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Artists on a march to demand the restitution of the Ministry of Culture on June 15, 2020 in La Paz, Bolivia. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP via Getty Images

Status anxiety – the battle over culture in Bolivia

The sacking of two museum directors and the axing of the ministry for culture is part of a wider struggle about who and what culture is for

The Severan Tondo, c. 200AD, Altes Museum, Berlin.

Losing face – iconoclasm in ancient Rome

The importance of public statuary and portraiture for the Romans is no better demonstrated than in the way images of personae non gratae were destroyed, disfigured or re-carved

28 Jul 2020

‘Her photographs appear as an eloquent reminder to passers-by of a life cut short’

Khadija Saye was among the 72 people who died in the fire at Grenfell in 2017. A series of self-portraits she made that year is currently on display near the tower

22 Jul 2020
The Chapelle Expiatoire (chapel of atonement) in Paris. Photo: Gilles Target/Photo 12/Alamy Stock Photo

Bones of contention – what does the discovery of human remains at the Chapelle Expiatoire mean?

The discovery of remains of victims of the Terror in a chapel dedicated to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette complicates our understanding of the monument

22 Jul 2020
A builder works on the roof of the south tower of Zagreb's cathedral in April 2020 following the 5.3-magnitude earthquake in downtown Zagreb on 22 March. Photo: DENIS LOVROVIC/AFP via Getty Images

‘Zagreb’s museums and historic sites are suffering severely’

Struck by both Covid-19 and a fierce earthquake, Croatia’s capital city and its cultural heritage need urgent help

20 Jul 2020
Bernard Leach working at the wheel (detail; 1963).

Wheel of fortune – the life and achievements of Bernard Leach

A century after the founding of the Leach Pottery in St Ives, the ‘father of British studio pottery’ remains an influential, if contested, figure

18 Jul 2020
Suffragists on the picket line in front of the White House in 1917. National Woman’s Party Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

A history of the US women’s suffrage movement in five objects

This August marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in America

14 Jul 2020
Installation view of ‘The Ecstatic Eye: Sergei Eisenstein, a filmmaker at the crossroads of the arts’ at the Pompidou-Metz in September 2019.

At the movies, in the museum

What does it mean to make cinema – and film directors in particular – the subject of museum exhibitions?

11 Jul 2020
Untitled, Harlem, New York (1963), Gordon Parks.

A socially distanced stroll around the galleries

Photographs by Gordon Parks and a panoramic painting by Dale Lewis feature amid an unusually plentiful offering in London this summer

9 Jul 2020
To See and To Know; Future Lovers from A Countervailing Theory (2019), Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Opening season – exhibitions not to miss in the UK this summer

As museums and galleries in the UK reopen, Apollo’s editors pick out the exhibitions they’re most looking forward to visiting

9 Jul 2020
Andy Warhol’s window display for department store Bonwit Teller, New York, in 1961.

Window dressing – the art of shopfronts and gallery facades

The shop window has long been a playground for artists – and looks set to be so more than ever in the months ahead

6 Jul 2020
Noli Me Tangere (c. 1514), Titian

Touching distance – the fine art of keeping apart

The encounter between Mary Magdalene and the risen Christ has challenged the artists who have chosen to represent it

4 Jul 2020
2330 grammi (detail; 1994), Giuseppe Penone.

Acquisitions of the Month: June 2020

Five decades of drawings by Giuseppe Penone and a dazzling drunkard by Joaquin Sorolla are among this month’s highlights

2 Jul 2020
Marlborough House: Sixth Room (1857), Charles Armytage. Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Jewish collectors who gave important early gifts to the V&A

The role of leading Anglo-Jewish figures in the development of the fledgling museum deserves to be better known

30 Jun 2020
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, photographed on 29 May 2020.

The Hagia Sophia takes centre stage in the battle over Turkey’s past

The contested building was recently, for the first time, the site of the annual celebration of the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople

30 Jun 2020
The earliest printed map of London, from Braun and Hogenbergh’s Civitates Orbis Terrarum, drawn in c. 1560 (printed in 1572).

Boozing, bear-baiting and treading the boards – the history of London’s first playhouse

The remains of the Red Lion, recently unearthed in Whitechapel, show us a dress rehearsal for the great Elizabethan theatres

29 Jun 2020
Monstre (n.d.), Leopold Chauveau.

Best of fiends – the monsters of Léopold Chauveau

These modern monsters may look lonely, but they’re familiar figures – descendants of the Parisian beasts of Viollet-le-Duc and Charles Meryon

27 Jun 2020
Protesters at a Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne in June 2020. A number of issues have been raised at recent protests, including the destruction of heritage like the Juukan Gorge sites, the number of Indigenous people who have died in custody over the past three decades, and Australia’s colonial history.

The destruction of Indigenous Australian sites cannot be allowed to continue

Recent mining blasts at a sacred site in Western Australia have fired up protestors

22 Jun 2020
Kené (detail) (2020), Olinda Silvano. Courtesy Dibujos por la Amazonía; © the artist

Peruvian artists address the Covid crisis in the Amazon

A project to raise funds for Amazonian communities also raises questions about the status of indigenous people in Peru

Michael Hall (1926–2020).

In memory of Michael Hall, a committed connoisseur and an unforgettable character

The collector, dealer and erstwhile actor had a remarkable eye for discovering works of art, often in the unlikeliest of places

16 Jun 2020
Grainstack (Snow Effect) (1891), Claude Monet.

Absentee party – the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston turns 150

As the museum passes an important milestone with its doors shut, Glenn Adamson considers what its collection has meant to him over the years

13 Jun 2020
St Catherine of Alexandria (c. 1491–94), Carlo Crivelli. National Gallery, London

Flies, flowers and trompe l’œil – the art of trickery

A small painting by Carlo Crivelli prompts reflection on artworks that set out to tease the viewer

12 Jun 2020
Original door fittings at an entrance to the Bauhaus in Dessau, designed by Walter Gropius.

Points of contact – a short history of door handles

Door handles can be the first and only part of a building we touch, but their design is all too often an afterthought

10 Jun 2020
The Lavergne Family Breakfast (1754), Jean-Etienne Liotard.

Acquisitions of the Month: May 2020

A masterful pastel by Liotard and more than 100 scenes of New York are among this month’s highlights

4 Jun 2020