George Ortiz was one of the great contemporary collectors. He came to public attention in 1994, when the Royal Academy showed his breathtaking collection of antiquities. Not all were impressed: Lord Renfrew criticised the show, talking of “the large-scale looting which is the ultimate source of so much of what he is able to exhibit.” This stung, because Ortiz’s collecting was guided by the concept of André Malraux’s Musée Imaginaire, where objects could be viewed without the preconceptions that grouped them by country and period – contrary to the traditional practice of curators and art historians.
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Saturday 30 November 2013
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Tuesday 19 November 2013
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Wednesday 13 November 2013
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Thursday 12 September 2013
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Sunday 08 September 2013
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Saturday 24 August 2013
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Wednesday 31 July 2013
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Tuesday 09 July 2013
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Saturday 29 June 2013
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Thursday 27 June 2013
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Tuesday 18 June 2013
By taking a 6am dip in the chilly waters of Lough Erne, accompanied by a reluctant police protection officer, while the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, stayed in bed, David Cameron has joined the macho band of political leaders who have sought to reinforce their authority with displays of physical fitness.
Sunday 16 June 2013
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Saturday 15 June 2013
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Wednesday 22 May 2013
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