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Ivan Aivazovsky, ‘The Ninth Wave’ and the Russian Mindset.

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Visual arts, performing arts and literature are all examples of theoretical and physical expressions of creativity found in our societies. At certain points in history, there is an explosion of ideas and at other times there can be a decay. Ibn Khaldun would associate such creativity as a hobby of sedentary people who within that …

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Hungary’s Orbán becomes a de-facto dictator

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What happened? The Hungarian parliament has voted in the face of the coronavirus pandemic to allow the government of Victor Orbán to rule by decree indefinitely. This decree gives the prime minister free rein to combat the virus but raises questions as to how it will be used.  The decree, which passed with a two-thirds …

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Pass Me The Remote: How COVID-19 is affecting Televised Media

There has been an age old saying that life imitates art. However, the ongoing pandemic presents an argument for the opposite. Television content has continued to evolve during the darkest periods of history and the current health crisis proves the industry remains resilient.  According to Johns Hopkins Universities Coronavirus Research Center, the virus has claimed …

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The Art of Diplomacy Pt 2: Buddy-Up with the ‘New’ Kids on the Block.

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In Part 1 ‘Franchising Cultural Heritage’ we explored the concept of using art as a means of facilitating diplomatic relationships between countries. If you haven’t yet read it, you can check that article out here. In this second part of the series, we explore the growth of the art market and the challenges that come …

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The Art of Diplomacy Pt 1: Franchising Cultural Heritage

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In November, Emmanuel Macron, the French President, travelled to China to officially open the new Pompidou centre on the famous West Bund in Shanghai. The state-owned Pompidou Centre is one of Paris’ most famous museums and art collections, housing artworks from almost every big-name, western artist since the 1850s. As a result, visitors to the …

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Opinion: “And what about us? The erasure of Black people in today’s political discourse”

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The disregard towards racism within our political system strikes me as shocking. While racism is at perhaps its most apt today, there seems to be little consideration for anti-black rhetoric. For example, Jacob Rees-Mogg’s recent insult to the tragedy of Grenfell, the reinstatement of Anne Marie Morris as Tory whip after her brazenly saying “n****r …

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