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Rebellion and Art

Picture a circle of people holding hands, dancing around. Nothing particularly remarkable about that, right? Now imagine half of them as skeletons.

Lenin’s on sale again

We love the idea of effecting change, of putting our own mark on the world. But take a peek under the hood, and the truth is a little less empowering, and far more complicated.

The revolution turn-over

The thing about self-consciously revolutionary art, however, is that it rarely has a particularly long shelf-life. Perhaps this remains most obvious in pieces that are pragmatically revolutionary; demonstration posters, graffiti, propaganda. Things like Guerrilla Girls and posters of Johnson and Trump’s lovechild are destined – designed, even – to become quickly dated.

Call to Science: Brecht’s Life of Gaileo

Brecht's Life Of Galileo brings scientific revolution to the Keble O'Reilly.

The opening of a closed cultural world

One combative poem has a lot to reveal about the place of artists under Soviet rule, Charlie Baker writes

The music of Latin American revolution

Daniel Antonio Villar explores the legacy of the Nueva Trova

The queen of artistic appropriation is crowned at the Tate Modern

Nicola Dwornik reviews a long overdue exhibition of Fahrelnissa Zeid's life and work

A flawed man with a revolutionary aim

Ethan Croft explores Philippe Girard's admirable Toussaint Louverture: a revolutionary life
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