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Art

Emma Crichton-Miller

Liverpool Biennial: Beautiful World,

Where Are You?

Various locations, 14th July to 28th October

The UK’s largest contemporary art festival this year takes its cue from a poem by Friedrich Schiller mourning the disappearance of the Greek gods in a turbulent age. The curators have invited 40 artists from 22 countries to make beauty their priority: whether it’s Belgian artist Francis Alÿs’s war paintings (see Outskirts of Mosul, below), works by indigenous artists, including Canadian Inuit Annie Pootoogook or a healing garden for Toxteth created by Algerian artist Mohamed Bourouissa. One highlight will be a new three-channel video installation by the great French New Wave filmmaker, 90-year-old Agnès Varda.

Rembrandt: Britain’s Discovery of the Master

Scottish National Gallery, 7th July to 14th October

In 1629, Rembrandt’s sombre but exquisite painting The Artist’s Mother arrived in Britain, a gift to Charles I, sparking a craze for the Dutchman’s work that has lasted nearly 400 years. This exhibition gathers together portraits, landscapes, prints and drawings by the master from all over Britain as well as those by artists he influenced. It will include two 1634 portraits of a Dutch couple living in Norfolk, the Rev Johannes Elison and his wife Maria Bockenolle.

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In Prospect's July issue: Editor of Prospect Tom Clark tackles the major fault lines developing in the Conservative Party over Brexit, arguing that the issue could be one of those few occasions where the Tories can’t overcome a significant challenge. Alongside his lead essay, Andrew Gamble, professor of politics at the University of Sheffield, examines why many European parties on the right are struggling and why the continent should be worried. Conservative MP Lee Rowley charts what some of the policy areas that the Tories will have to deal with beyond Brexit if they are to get it right. Elsewhere in the issue: Nabeelah Jaffer tries to answer one of the most difficult questions of our time: how do you de-radicalise an extremist. Using examples from both the UK and Denmark, she argues that the UK model needs more work to be effective; Philip Collins asks why Britain’s towns have fallen by the wayside while its cities have thrived; and Sam Tanenhaus profiles “the real deal-maker” in Donald Trump’s White House, Mike Pompeo, after the Secretary of State oversaw the US-North Korea summit.
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