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Art

Emma Crichton-Miller

Charles I: King and Collector

Royal Academy of Arts, 27th January to 15th April

In a triumphant start to its 250th anniversary year, the Royal Academy is displaying one of the most impressive art collections of all time. In 1623 Prince Charles travelled incognito to Madrid to win the Spanish Infanta. He returned, instead, with paintings by Titian and Veronese and a voracious passion for art. By the time of his execution in 1649, Charles I had amassed over 1,500 works, including masterpieces by Mantegna, Rubens and Van Dyck (see his Charles I at the Hunt, below). Within months of his death the collection was dispersed throughout Europe. Here, 150 works are reunited.

Andreas Gursky

Hayward Gallery, 25th Jan to 22nd April

After a two-year renovation, the Hayward opens for its 50th birthday with the UK’s first retrospective of acclaimed German photographer, Andreas Gursky. Since the late 1980s, Gursky has captured our era in spectacular large-scale quasi-abstract images— whether his subject is blocks of flats, a factory floor, or a field of tulips. In 2011 his Rhein II fetched a record £2.7m.

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In Prospect’s January 2018 issue: Five writers attempt to plot the impending advances in shopping, politics, sex, food and computing through 2018. James Plunkett looks at shopping and explains how personalised prices will hand even more power to the big companies; Theo Bertram outlines why political volatility is here to stay and what it means for us; Kate Devlin argues that sex robots are only a part of the impending sexual revolution; Stephanie Boland outlines why we’ll all end up eating lab grown food; and Jay Elwes explains the next steps in our computing quantum leap. Elsewhere in the issue: Dani Rodrik uncovers the truth behind the great globalisation lie—there were always going to be losers, Iona Craig delves into the war in Yemen—the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, Chris Tilbury explains why Britain urgently needs a plan for its failing prisons
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