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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Monday 05 December 2011
It took a while, 50 minutes to be exact, but Emily Maitlis finally landed a punch on Facebook.
Sunday 04 December 2011
Six weeks after she saw Sirte shelled almost to oblivion, Portia Walker revisits its ruined streets
Saturday 03 December 2011
Britain's construction sector suffered a relapse during November, new data suggested yesterday, after posting a surprise gain in October.
Saturday 19 November 2011
Concept Hotel, Brussels
Wednesday 16 November 2011
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Monday 31 October 2011
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Friday 21 October 2011
You don't need to be a food critic to know that the restaurant experience is about far more than what's on your plate. And a spate of recent openings and relaunches suggest that delicious décor is a higher priority than ever for many restaurateurs.
Saturday 03 September 2011
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Wednesday 27 July 2011
The mayor of Florence wants a referendum to decide if the city should embark on a major work by Michelangelo that was shelved because of the huge cost nearly 500 years ago.
Monday 25 July 2011
Friday 08 July 2011
From a long-term Arabist (TMS lives in Yemen), this third volume of a trilogy pursuing the 14th century traveller Ibn Battutah is much less daunting than it sounds. TMS may have gone native but his humour is undilutedly Anglo.
Wednesday 06 July 2011
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