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 18 May 2013
As it did 250 years ago, Velázquez's portrait of Pope Innocent X peers into the gloom at Houghton Hall. It is an extraordinary image in an extraordinary space.
Wednesday 15 May 2013
Shaun Walker meets the Communist party faithful as the Soviet leader goes back on display
Wednesday 08 May 2013
This is a story about making amends for cultural asset-stripping in the grand style. A little over three hundred years ago, the debt-ridden grandson of Sir Robert Walpole, England's first Prime Minister, sold off to Catherine the Great of Russia the great art collection amassed by his grandfather.
Sunday 05 May 2013
With ocean-facing terraces and a standout location, this chic guesthouse is the perfect Cape escape
Thursday 02 May 2013
Alice Jones' Arts Diary
Thursday 25 April 2013
The Bellgrove Hotel has since been removed from the popular site
Wednesday 27 March 2013
First he named himself Francis (of down-with-the-poor Assisi fame) offering an impression of humility only enhanced by his uncanny likeness to Jim Bowen.
Sunday 24 March 2013
Who could have known the world needed a laid-back French bistro that plays reggae music?
The photos Saudi Arabia doesn't want seen – and proof Islam's most holy relics are being demolished in Mecca
Friday 15 March 2013
Archaeologists fear billion-pound development has led to destruction of key historical sites
Friday 15 March 2013
The Church of Scientology, which includes celebrities Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its followers, has submitted plans for a £6m “country-estate” headquarters in Birmingham.
Mark Wallinger hopes life-size white horse unveiled on The Mall will 're-kick-start' momentum for its 50m sister
Tuesday 05 March 2013
Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger believes his new life-sized sculpture of a racehorse may “re-kick-start” funding for a 50 metre version in Kent, which is currently stuck in Limbo.
Sunday 17 February 2013
Something to Declare
What To Do, See & Buy: Rob Ryan's Valentine's cards; Tate Britain's Looking at the View; Cheltenham Folk Festival; Bill+Mar
Saturday 09 February 2013
Friday 08 February 2013
The future Prime Minister was born and brought up in Grantham
Monday 04 February 2013
528-year mystery of what happened to the body of the last Plantagenet King has been solved
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Douglas Carswell tells Ukip to stop blaming foreigners as youth poll shows Nigel Farage is even less popular than Nick Clegg
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- 2 Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals