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LGBTQ exhibition at the British Museum in London

The British Museum in London is presenting, from May to October next year, “A Little Gay History”, an exhibition exploring homosexuality from antiquity to the present day, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act dating from 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. The exhibition draws inspiration from a book published in 2013: A Little Gay History by Richard Parkinson, formerly a curator specialising in Egyptian culture at the British Museum. Meanwhile, the Tate Britain will be holding “Queer British Art” from 5 April to 1 October, featuring works by artists such as Dora Carrington and Francis...

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Nicholas Serota asks Tate Switch House neighbours to close their curtains

The inhabitants of a luxury residence next to the new extension of the Tate Switch House have complained about indiscreet visitors who take photos through the museum’s glass façade. The head of the Tate, Nicholas Serota, has responded by asking them to close their curtains. The tenth floor of the new Tate building offers a direct view into these apartments – worth over £5 million – which are only fifteen metres or so away from the British...

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Sixteen lithographs and three aquatints by Picasso at the British Museum in London

The British Museum in London has acquired sixteen lithographs and three aquatints by Pablo Picasso, created between 1940 and the end of the 1950s. This acquisition fills in a gap in Picasso’s printed productions at the British Museum. Reflecting the artist’s key themes over this period, namely his relationship with the young Françoise Gilot, the lithographs were designed in Paris at a time when the Catalan worked with printer Fernand Mourlot. The aquatints from the start of the 1950s explore this technique’s possibilities, and were also created in Paris, this time in the workshop of Roger Lacourière. Picasso had already worked with the latter, in the 1930s, on the Suite Vollard series of 100 prints, acquired by the British Museum in 2011. In 2013, the museum also purchased 17 printed works by Picasso, dating from 1962. The museum’s recent acquisition will be presented to the public from January to March...

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Drawings at the metal point from Leonardo to Jasper Johns at the British Museum

From 10 September to 6 December 2015, the British Museum in London hosts the thematic exhibition “Drawing in silver and gold. Leonardo to Jasper Johns”, first unveiled at the National Gallery in spring 2015. These drawings brush six centuries of creation from the Renaissance to nowadays, from Rogier van der Weyden to Bruce Nauman, from Petrus Christus to Edward Burne-Jones, from Leonardo de Vinci to Jasper Johns including Raphael, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt and Otto Dix. Master’s drawings counting among the collections of the British Museum, but also borrowed by European and American institutions, even including some pieces by Leonardo de Vinci from the Royal Collection. Technical fashion in the Renaissance, forgotten in the seventeenth century and brought up to date in the nineteenth century, the metal point is based on the abrasion of support by a metal stylus- often money- unlike hardly erasable pencil, and asking a way of creation to the artist directly. The exhibition offers a comparison of drawings by great masters about the particular medium of metal point, apprehended with a large geographical and temporal spectrum. On display until 6 December....

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India and the UK Partner to Launch New Cross-Cultural Festival for 2017

A new festival celebrating the cultural ties between India and the UK will launch in 2017; marking the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence. The move, which is backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, follows a highly publicised state visit to the UK last week by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Nehru Centre in London and the British Council are among the organisers of the new initiative. A major exhibition at the CSMVS museum in Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya) including a number of key loans from the British Museum will be a centrepiece event of the 2017 festival. “[The exhibition] will tell the story of Indian history and civilisation in the wider context of simultaneous events in world history,” says a press statement from the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The CSMVS museum, formerly called Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, is the main museum in  Mumbai. It was founded in the early years of the 20th century by prominent citizens of Bombay, with the help of the government, to commemorate the visit of the then prince of Wales. Two cornerstone British texts drawn from the British Library will tour India as part of the programme: Shakespeare’s First Folio, the first collected edition of the Bard’s plays, and the 1225 edition of the Magna Carta. More than seven million pages from Asian-language books will also be digitised as part of the project. Meanwhile, an India-themed exhibition will open at the Manchester Museum ahead of its new India gallery launch, the date of which is...

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