4 things to see

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Four things to see: Bridges

As 24 May marks the anniversary of the openings of two iconic bridges, we look at how these engineering marvels have been captured in art around the world

24 May 2024

Four things to see: Toys and games

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the invention of the Rubik’s Cube, we look at four toys and games spanning centuries and continents that offer different perspectives on how to have fun

17 May 2024

Four things to see: The passage of time

To mark the anniversary of the birth of Salvador Dalí, who played all sorts of temporal tricks in his paintings, we look at four artworks that address the forward march of time

10 May 2024

Four things to see: Holi

As Hindu communities around the world celebrate Holi, we look at four artworks that depict this vibrantly colourful festival

22 Mar 2024

Four things to see: Isadora Duncan

To mark the anniversary of Isadora Duncan’s first performance in Europe, we look at four artworks that immortalise the trailblazing dancer

15 Mar 2024

Four things to see: Mosaics

In honour of the centenary of Eduardo Paolozzi’s birth, we look at four works that convey the dazzling variety of forms mosaics have taken throughout history

7 Mar 2024

Four things to see: Women and medicine

In tribute to Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the trailblazing African American who qualified as a doctor 160 years ago today, we look at four works that celebrate the women who have shaped medicine over the years

1 Mar 2024

Four things to see: Seascapes

To mark Winslow Homer’s birthday, we look at four very different marine scenes from across the ages – including one by the Boston-born painter himself

23 Feb 2024

Four things to see: Mardi Gras

From pancakes to parades, pre-Lent indulgences bring joy to countless communities around this time of year

16 Feb 2024

Four things to see: The Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year is nigh – but the zodiac’s most auspicious creature has a storied history of baring its fangs in many other cultures, too

9 Feb 2024

Four things to see: Groundhog Day

As the time-honoured tradition taps into our desire for spring, we dig into four seasonal subjects

2 Feb 2024

Four things to see: Christmas

From a festive snapshot to a paper angel, we’ve picked four objects that make up the perfect Christmas day

8 Dec 2023

Four things to see: Civil Rights

From snapshots of Martin Luther King Jr. to a mural commemorating the Peterloo massacre, we look at four objects that speak of the long struggle for civil rights

1 Dec 2023

Four things to see: art and nightlife

The seedier side of city life has captured the imaginations of artists throughout the decades

24 Nov 2023

Four things to see: the Elizabethan era

The British monarch was no patron of the arts, but the political upheaval of her reign inspired many writers and artists

17 Nov 2023

Four things to see: the Cold War

Artists of the period found inventive ways of responding to and confronting an atmosphere of fear and oppression

10 Nov 2023

Four things to see: documentary photography

Photographers have long used their medium to document pressing social issues and overlooked communities

3 Nov 2023

Four things to see: the untold story of Pop art

Andy Warhol might get all the glory but there are many other artists associated with the movement whose work has been overshadowed or forgotten

27 Oct 2023

Four things to see: a history of light

144 years after Thomas Edison’s light bulb changed the world forever, we take look at four illuminating works of art and objects

20 Oct 2023

Four things to see: rococo

Emerging in France in the 1720s, this new style gave artists free rein to be as over the top as they liked

29 Sep 2023

Four things to see: the Autumn equinox

The end of summer might provoke sadness for some but the changing colours of the landscape have captivated artists for centuries

22 Sep 2023

Four things to see: Darwin’s discoveries

On the 188th anniversary of the HMS Beagle landing on the Galápagos Islands, we take a look at four artworks and objects that tell the story of evolution

14 Sep 2023

Four things to see: public sculpture

From a giant billiard table to a three storey concrete house, we take a look at some of the most compelling public artworks in recent history

8 Sep 2023

Four things to see: the patrons who transformed the arts

From Scipione Borghese to Peggy Guggenheim, collectors have long supported the careers of the world’s most influential artists

1 Sep 2023