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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Friday 11 May 2012
The extreme climber known to some as Spiderman has struck again: this time, on France's new tallest building.
Wednesday 02 May 2012
Growth in the construction sector slowed in April but another solid rise in new orders shored up confidence in the year ahead.
Friday 27 April 2012
A pool on the roof? But this is Sweden ...
Tuesday 24 April 2012
Regions badly hit by the financial downturn could miss out on the Government's plan to kickstart the economy through £250bn of infrastructure spending.
Friday 20 April 2012
What on earth is that goldy-looking thing in the middle of Maidstone, that supersized Benson & Hedges fag packet pretending to be a building? Ah, it must be one of those World-Class Places that the government is promoting – as in "iconic" architecture. Not so. The new extension of Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery, designed by Hugh Broughton, is a counter-blow to the government's witless, developer-friendly assumption that places, and lives, can be transformed by blinged-up buildings marketed as world class.
Sunday 15 April 2012
Abbott hopes for a hit, about the not-quite-a-Miss Mia
Saturday 07 April 2012
Emergency workers were searching for the occupants of six homes last night after a US Navy jet crashed into a group of apartment buildings.
Wednesday 28 March 2012
A group of travellers who settled on green belt land without planning permission have been given a year to leave the site.
Tuesday 27 March 2012
A legal bid by a group of travellers to stay on green belt land was today rejected by a High Court judge.
Tuesday 13 March 2012
Experts believe they are close to confirming that a lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece has been found in the cavity of a medieval Italian building, following the detection of paint similar to that used in the Mona Lisa.
Friday 09 March 2012
We're snowed in. The ancient stone city of Split and its palm-lined seafront promenade are completely white. No one's ever seen it like this before. Businesses are closed and everyone is out, throwing snowballs. They've launched a Facebook page called "Split opens the Skiing & Bathing Season 2012" with photos of locals skiing, swimming and kayaking, as fluffy snowflakes tumble into the Adriatic.
Friday 09 March 2012
Two men were jailed for life today for killing an unemployed plumber who was beaten to death after cashing in stolen scrap metal for £105.
Friday 24 February 2012
Bush House has been an iconic feature of the BBC since 1925 when it was opened by Lord Balfour.
Friday 24 February 2012
Barack Obama marked its launch, but not everyone welcomes the new addition to the Smithsonian family
Saturday 04 February 2012
It looks like a two-horse race, but the French President still refuses to declare his candidacy
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
Leaked documents show Ukip leaders approve NHS privatisation once it becomes more 'acceptable to the electorate'
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- 2 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 4 Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation
- 5 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2