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To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the British Museum's "Germany: Memories of a Nation" exhibition offers food for thought to those who think they know Britain's one-time enemy.
It's no secret that Germany doesn't have the best image in England. In covering international sporting or political events, British tabloids like to let the symbols of enmity with its 20th century rival resurface: tanks, guns and military uniforms. They serve as frequent reminders of the divided past between these two nations.
But the British Museum's "Germany: Memories of a Nation" exhibition makes a point of avoiding the clichés, instead offering many positive-minded pieces from the last 600 years in Germany history.
Opening the exhibition is a map of a reunified Germany in black, red and gold, bearing the words "Wir sind ein Volk" (We are one people). In 1989, demonstrators in East Berlin famously held a sign with the same message.
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Show at National Gallery brings together Dutch artist's masterpieces owned by museums around the world.
One of the biggest exhibitions of Rembrandt's paintings has just opened in London.
This is the first time so many Rembrandts from so many locations around the world have been put on show under one roof.
It concentrates on the Dutch master's works towards the end of his life.
Al Jazeera's Phil Lavelle reports from London.
The art of North Korea is almost entirely unfamiliar to the outside world. But now an exhibition of paintings in London gives an insight into the work of artists in one of the world's most secretive states. Even more remarkably the public are for the first time being invited into the country's embassy in London to view the pictures.
Gunnersbury Avenue in west London is a busy arterial road not much linked in the public mind with the worlds of diplomacy or art.
Yet number 73, built as a substantial family home, houses the embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). This week it's also doubling as an art gallery, exhibiting the work of four artists who in recent weeks have been encouraged to paint their impressions of London.
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Fabric nightclub: London's long-standing dance club may face closure over drug deaths
London’s long-standing nightclub Fabric is facing possible closure over four-drug related deaths, two of which have occurred in the last three months.
Fabric could be stripped of its licence and forced to close if Islington council agrees with Police requests at tonight’s Licensing Committee held by the council.
One resident told the Islington Gazette that they saw a group of men “tripping” and “out of their box on something more than alcohol” and complained about their behaviour, while another said they find it “appalling” that people “can move close to a nightclub that has stood there for 10 years, adding much to the city’s culture and diversity, and then complain about the noise”
continued in linkThe world’s largest and finest collection on the art of photography is to be created in London when more than 400,000 objects transfer from the National Media Museum (NMM) in Bradford to the Victoria and Albert Museum, in a move described as historic by both institutions.
The bulk of the objects being moved are part of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) collection, charting the invention and development of photography over 200 years. They include works by British photography pioneers William Henry Fox Talbot, who invented the negative/positive process for producing photographs, and Julia Margaret Cameron, known for her gorgeous, pre-Raphaelite-inspired portrait photography. The world’s first negative, daguerreotypes, early colour photographs and about 8,000 cameras will also be transferred, joining the V&A’s collection of 500,000 photographs.
Martin Barnes, the senior curator of photographs at the V&A, said putting the two collections together made “a huge amount of sense” and he paid tribute to the “clear thinking” of museum leaders.
“Having worked in national museums nearly my whole working life, it is really heartening to see national museums working together to look at where the collections are best placed,” Barnes said.
Works by American photographers such as Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams and Gertrude Käsebier will also be transferred to London.
A look around Jimi Hendrix's London home
The London home of rock star Jimi Hendrix has been restored to look as it would have when he lived there.
The guitarist and singer lived in Mayfair in the late 1960s, in a third floor flat which he called his "first real home".
Handel & Hendrix in London opens to the public on Wednesday 10 February.