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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Sunday 29 July 2012
Keira plays Karenina ‑ the race for the Oscars starts here
Sunday 22 July 2012
De-barnacled and bejewelled, the Bard's tricky play shines like a topical treasure
Sunday 15 July 2012
Ten people have been killed when an apartment tower under construction collapsed on adjacent buildings in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.
Tuesday 10 July 2012
A man who stole £34m in PAYE employee tax has been jailed for 17 years – one of the longest fraud sentences in British criminal history.
Saturday 07 July 2012
The Town That Never Retired
Thursday 05 July 2012
Unhelpful estate agents and websites are trapping young disabled people at home, says a new report
Thursday 05 July 2012
The long-awaited redevelopment of the town centre of Crawley, West Sussex, took a step forward yesterday, when the local council recommended developer Stanhope as its development partner.
Government urged to take "aggressive steps" to increase home-ownership or face huge housing benefit costs
Wednesday 27 June 2012
By 2060, the state will need to spend an extra £8.13 billion on Housing Benefit for older people, says new report
Tuesday 26 June 2012
Archaeologists in Greece's second-largest city have uncovered a 70-metre section of an ancient road built by the Romans that was city's main travel artery nearly 2,000 years ago.
Tuesday 19 June 2012
Uefa president declares himself 'very, very happy' with the co-hosts of Euro 2012
Saturday 02 June 2012
Hundreds of thousands of families could benefit from tax breaks on "granny flats" under plans being considered by the Government.
Monday 28 May 2012
For the right price, you or a loved one can rest in peace in the tomb of The King.
Saturday 26 May 2012
Make a splash in a Moroccan palace
Thursday 17 May 2012
Wings of Desire starts with angels roosting on rooftops, white-clad figures silhouetted against a darkening sky. It ends with an astonishing blast of digital imagery, Birmingham’s Town Hall transformed as the performers move across it.
Friday 11 May 2012
A modern view in an ancient landscape
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