20 August 2020

Grayson Perry Unveils New Unknown Craftsman Tomb At British Museum

Grayson Perry the Turner Prize-winning transvestite artist has unveiled the installation of a previously unseen edition of his work The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum.

28 April 2020

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British Museum Puts Four Million Objects Online 

The British Museum today launches a major revamp of its online collection database, allowing over 4 million objects to be seen by people anywhere in the world.

9 April 2020

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Piranesi Drawings – Neoclassical Visions – Edward Lucie-Smith

This handsome soft-cover catalogue published by Thames & Hudson for the British Museum was intended to commemorate an exhibition that hasn’t in fact taken place, due to the coronavirus.

26 March 2020

Edmund de Waal Books Thousands of Books British Museum – Marina Vaizey

Books written in exile by the exiled. It is this phenomenon, the triumph of the human spirit in dire circumstances, that is the focus of a gesamtkunstwerk, a complete work of art, by Edmund de Waal which may be viewed at the British Museum when it reopens

18 December 2019

Ten UK Exhibitions You Should Have Seen In 2019 – Edward Lucie-Smith

From a critic’s point of view, It is pretty difficult, to sum up, the year 2019. It was, for example, a year when greater and greater emphasis was placed on doing full justice to women artists.

3 September 2019

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British Museum Acquires Dante Gabriel Rossetti Painting Belonging To William Morris

The British Museum has acquired an important painting by the English painter, poet and Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood founder, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882).

26 May 2019

Manga: Masterpieces Of Narrative Art – British Museum – Edward Lucie-Smith

It is bold of the British Museum to embark on an exhibition of Japanese Manga in their most significant and grandest temporary exhibition space – the one right at the back of the building, on the ground floor.

21 May 2019

Edmund de Waal Venice Installation Confirmed For British Museum

Edmund de Waal is to exhibit his profoundly beautiful Venice Biennale collateral work, ‘Psalm’, Library of Exile, at the British Museum in London in 2020. The work will also be presented at the Japanisches Palais in Dresden from November 2019 to February 2020.

11 April 2019

Edvard Munch: Ibsenian Imagery And Isolation – Edward Lucie-Smith

A new exhibition of work by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch now at the British Museum claims to be the biggest ever devoted to his work here in Britain.

27 March 2019

Tate Modern Tops Visitor Attraction List For First Time

The public has chosen Tate Modern over the British Museum for the first time since records began. The UK’s most popular visitor attractions’ list published yesterday has shown for the first time in a decade Tate Modern is the clear winner.

20 March 2019

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8 January 2019

Edvard Munch Printmaking Explored In New British Museum Exhibition

The British Museum will be presenting a major new exhibition of printmaking by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944).

26 April 2018

Rodin – Ancient Greece And A Third Uninvited Presence – Edward Lucie-Smith

The longer I spent in the British Museum’s admirable new blockbuster show, Rodin and the art of ancient Greece, the more keenly I seemed to feel the presence of a third, uninvited presence

22 December 2017

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New Asian Art Gallery At British Museum A Let Down – Edward Lucie-Smith

The new galleries of Asian art at the British Museum, named after benefactor Sir Joseph Hotung and numbered 33 on the museum’s floor plan, ought to mark a big step forward in the B.M’s engagement with historic Asian cultures. The sad fact is that for various reasons, they don’t.

17 September 2017

Scythian Gold Sinister Riches British Museum By Edward Lucie-Smith

The British Museum’s new exhibition, Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia, marks another triumph for the B.M’s  policy of allying itself to Russian institutions.

30 May 2017

HOKUSAI A Most Influential Alien By Edward Lucie-Smith

Until the Modern epoch, and indeed right up to the present day, Hokusai was by far the most influential non-European artist to impact European art.

27 October 2016

Clumsy Agency Waiter Breaks Priceless Roman Statue At British Museum

A clumsy agency waiter from an external hire company working at a party at the British Museum has broken a priceless Roman sculpture.

12 August 2016

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British Museum Sculpture In Easter Island Restitution Bid

The British Museum is again the focus of an international campaign calling for the return of a sacred object. Chilean filmmakers have launched a campaign for the world’s second most popular museum to return a mystical Easter Island sculpture on display for the last 100 years.  Hoa Haka Nana’ia AKA “hidden or stolen friend” in the regions’ native […]

11 August 2016

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Maggi Hambling Works On Paper Exhibition Announced For British Museum

A new show of works on paper by Maggi Hambling has been announced by the British Museum. Working across all media, in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installation, Hambling is one of Britain’s foremost contemporary figurative artists. Drawing has always been at the heart of her practice and is of fundamental importance to her. The exhibition takes its title ‘Touch’ from this concept of a […]

4 July 2016

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British Museum Celebrates 2016 As Most Successful Year Ever

The British Museum has released their Annual Review for 2016 revealing thatit was the Museum’s most successful year ever with nearly 6.9 million visitors to Bloomsbury (6,853,540) and a digital audience in excess of 40 million. An astonishing 7.7million people in the UK saw British Museum objects outside London thanks to the Museum’s National Programmes partnership scheme. The Museum was […]

4 April 2016

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Activists Target British Museum’s Links With Oil Giant BP

Anti BP Oil Activists staged a demonstration inside London’s leading museum yesterday in protest of the institutions continuing sponsorship with the energy giant BP.  A group of at least twenty demonstrators organised a “disobedient exhibition” inside the covered central courtyard on the busiest day of the Easter Holiday. Dozens of black-clad activists entered the court at around 3pm and […]

7 March 2016

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Tate Modern Losing Visitors As Figures Drop To Ten Year Low

Tate Modern and The Southbank Centre both suffered large falls in visitor numbers in 2015 with 18% and 19% drops respectively. Tate Modern’s 4.7 million visitors was the lowest for 10 years, however figures are expected to improve this year following the highly anticipated Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition and the opening of the venue’s new extension this summer. A spokesperson […]