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Photograph of Baltimore waterfront in c. 1910/15.

The museums putting Baltimore back on the cultural map

The American city has not one, but two world-class art institutions – both contributing to its wider revival

17 Aug 2019
Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890 (1890), Paul Signac. Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Félix Fénéon – critic, collector, and champion of African art

The Parisian critic may have been an enigma who stayed out of sight – but he introduced African art to the French avant-garde

14 Aug 2019
untitled (to you, Heiner, with admiration and affection) (1973), Dan Flavin. Installation view of ‘Königsklasse’, Herrenchiemsee Palace, Munich, 2019.

Minimalism, murals and makeshift studios – contemporary art comes to Munich

The Bavarian capital is reasserting its position as a city to rival Berlin in its embrace of the arts

12 Aug 2019
The Menil Drawing Institute at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, designed by Johnston Marklee

‘All viewers are equal – no one is told how to see’ – at the Menil Drawing Institute

The latest addition to the Menil’s ‘neighbourhood of art’ in Houston offers an expanded vision of what drawing means

10 Aug 2019
Clevedon Bandstand (1964), Peter Lanyon.

Acquisitions of the Month: July 2019

One of Peter Lanyon’s last works and a rare print by Rembrandt are among this month’s highlights

9 Aug 2019
The pyramids in the Saqqara necropolis, with the Pyramid of Unas in the foreground and the Step Pyramid of Djoser in the background.

Peak practice – the art of building pyramids in ancient Egypt

Looking beyond the pyramids at Giza, royal tomb design was a more varied affair than we sometimes realise

9 Aug 2019
Installation view of ANOTHER TIME by Antony Gormley at Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2017.

On the seashore – beachside art around the world

From Barcelona to Venice Beach – with summer in full swing, Apollo rounds up some notable examples of art on the beach

31 Jul 2019
A visualisation of what visitors to the Ara Pacis Museum see via their AR headsets. Image: © Zètema Progetto Cultura

The digital reconstructions bringing Roman ruins to life

From the Circus Maximus to the Ara Pacis, virtual and augmented reality can enhance our experience of ancient sites

30 Jul 2019
Piglet (1st century BC–1st century AD), Roman. Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

Hedonism in Herculaneum – a guide to good living in a luxurious Roman villa

The Villa dei Papiri gives us a glimpse into the world of a Roman statesman and his interest in Epicurean philosophy

27 Jul 2019
The Lovell Telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, Chesire.

Jodrell Bank – a beacon of British science and a boon for artists

While few would contest the scientific significance of the site, its cultural impact has been less widely acknowledged

26 Jul 2019
The 16th-century Zabalaga farmhouse of Chillida Leku, Hernani.

How Eduardo Chillida carved out a place for himself

The reopening of the sculptor’s museum in the Basque Country allows visitors to encounter his works in their intended home

23 Jul 2019
Tuareg Rug (detail; 2018), Abdoulaye Konaté.

A pan-African event keeps its sights set on local scenes

A year-long travelling exhibition celebrates the continent’s leading artists

22 Jul 2019
The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist (2018), Michael Rakowitz’s sculpture for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London.

Making up for the past – the artists filling in the blanks in our collective memory

How artists such Michael Rakowitz, Kader Attia and Hew Locke are picking up where official narratives leave off

20 Jul 2019
Yahon Chang’s work installed at Fèlsina.

Pairing Chinese calligraphy with performance art in the Chianti Valley

A display of ink painting in action launched Tuscan wine country’s annual art event

16 Jul 2019
Fakirs, Trinidad (c. 1890), Felix Morin.

Acquisitions of the month: June 2019

Chippendale furniture and early photographs of the Caribbean are among this month’s highlights

15 Jul 2019
The Visit (1899), Félix Vallotton. Kunsthaus Zürich.

The ‘very singular’ Félix Vallotton is finally given his due

Long eclipsed by his fellow Nabis artists Bonnard and Vuillard, this Swiss painter and printmaker produced brilliant and unsettling work

3 Jul 2019
The Carlile Family with Sir Justinian Isham in Richmond Park ('The Stag Hunt’) (detail; 1650s), Joan Carlile. Lamport Hall

A studio of one’s own – Britain’s first women artists

How to succeed as a woman painter in 17th-century England? A supportive husband, royal patronage and mentorship from Van Dyck certainly helped

2 Jul 2019

The Apollo summer party, in pictures

Leading lights from the art and museum worlds turned out on Monday night for Apollo’s annual summer party

2 Jul 2019

Crater glory – how artists have responded to Earth’s nearest neighbour

From Friedrich Nerly to Robert Rauschenberg – artistic fascination with the moon has never waned

1 Jul 2019
The Hood Museum of Art in Dartmouth.

Class act – a new look for Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art

From Assyrian carvings to contemporary African art, the museum’s wide-ranging collection has a recently expanded home

30 Jun 2019
Sculpture of a large anthropomorphic crab by the Martin Brothers, 1880, salt-glazed stoneware.

Who’s going to shell out for this monumental crab?

‘Truly grotesque’ it may be, but the export bar placed on this characterful Victorian ceramic reflects its importance as a work of art

27 Jun 2019
Dido and Aeneas (detail; c. 1640s), Mortlake Tapestry Works.

What not to miss at London Art Week

Highlights of this year’s event include a long-lost tapestry commissioned by Charles I and dozens of drawings by Adolph von Menzel

26 Jun 2019
The 11 Lewis chess pieces owned by the National Museums Scotland. Photo: © National Museums Scotland

Pawn stars – famous chess sets in art and history

With a rediscovered Lewis chessman coming up for auction in July, Apollo takes a look at other great sets of the noble game

25 Jun 2019
Aquamanile in the form of Aristotle and Phyllis, late 14th century/15th century, South Netherlandish, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

From infant prodigy to infatuated old man – the many guises of Merlin

The mythical figure has taken many forms over the centuries, some more dignified than others

22 Jun 2019