4 things to see

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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

Four things to see: The art of exploration

On the anniversary of Captain Cook’s first voyage to Australia, we consider the history of exploration through four objects including a map of sea monsters and a robot used for navigation

25 Aug 2023

Four things to see: The power of the witch

How tales of witchcraft have spellbound artists and makers for centuries

18 Aug 2023
Jackson Pollock drip painting

Four things to see: Abstract Expressionism

On the anniversary of Jackson Pollock’s death, we look beyond the legend of the artist to the many other figures whose work defined the movement

11 Aug 2023

Four things to see: The moon landing

To mark the anniversary of Neil Armstrong stepping foot on the moon, we take a look at four objects inspired by our beloved satellite

21 Jul 2023

Four things to see: The art of revolution

On this year’s Bastille Day, we have selected four works that capture the spirit of revolution

14 Jul 2023

Four things to see: Expressionism

From Käthe Kollwitz to Edvard Munch and beyond, this week take a look at some of the key figures of this important movement

7 Jul 2023

Four things to see: Pride

How artists have depicted homosexuality at various points in history

30 Jun 2023

Four things to see: Midsummer

The mystical associations and strange rituals of the summer solstice have captured the imaginations of artists for centuries

23 Jun 2023