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Sumaya Kassim writes about the ingrained orientalist attitudes and tropes which reinforce exhibitions like the British Museum’s Inspired by the East, often at the expense of the experiences, creativity and cultural history of Middle Eastern Muslims.
Read More “There is no mutual fascination: why the British Museum’s ‘Inspired by the East’ is not inspired (at least, not to me, a heartbroken Muslim Middle Easterner)”
Two exhibitions at the British Museum and Watts Gallery strive to re-contextualise European Orientalism and emphasise artistic relationships between east and west, but do they succeed? asks our arts writer Miriam Al Jamil.
Read More “Starting at the tail end of the snake: Islamic art, British Orientalism and contemporary responses at the British Museum and Watts Gallery”
Dangerous women, failed relationships, melancholic landscapes and the death of loved ones all haunt the work of artist Edvard Munch, as seen in the British Museum’s latest exhibition.
Read More “Edvard Munch: Love and Angst at The British Museum”
Our contributor, Jo Hemmings, glimpses ancient grandeur, the story of Gilgamesh and a King who loved to hunt lions in the British Museum’s latest show, I am Ashurbanipal.
Read More “I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria at the British Museum”