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The 10 best film scenes in museums

The 10 best film scenes in museums

From covert meetings between spies and elaborate art heists to the beginnings of love affairs and tender moments of self-reflection, museums have provided some of the most memorable scenes in film. In our latest feature, we select our 10 favourite museum film scenes.  1. Vertigo (1958) 'Oh that's Carlotta' Hitchcock's film Vertigo tells the story of San Francisco detective Scotty Ferguson (James Stewart) and his obsession with the mysterious Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak). The film features the Legion of Honor as the location for a pivotal scene in the story. In the film, Scotty, hired by her supposedly concerned husband, tails Madeleine through the city to...

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Exhibition review: Soutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys at The Courtauld

Exhibition review: Soutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys at The Courtauld

Backstage Parisian life – especially the staff and dancing girls of the Folies Bergère and the Moulin Rouge – was a favourite theme of Toulouse- Lautrec, Degas and the Impressionists during the Belle Époque. They also were a source of inspiration for the Russian-French artist Chaim Soutine during the Twenties.  An exhibition, at the Courtauld Gallery, has collected 21 of his portraits of uniformed staff from the city’s hotels and restaurants. And what incredible portraits they are. The bellboys, pastry chefs, butcher boys and waiting staff are, by turns, aggressive, surely, modest, humble and beaten down. The rich textures of the paintings give the...

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What's on: The best exhibitions in London this Christmas

What's on: The best exhibitions in London this Christmas

If you've got an hour or two to spare between munching mince pies and wrapping presents, why not consider a trip to one of these fabulous exhibitions. Basquiat : Boom for Real - at the Barbican Art Gallery until 28 January 2018 Basquiat: Boom for Real is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988) and one of the most popular shows in town.This dynamic exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works, many never before seen in the UK and really brings alive the charm, charisma and talent of Basquiat. Order the catalogue    Harry...

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Exhibition Review: Star Wars and the Power of Costume

Exhibition Review: Star Wars and the Power of Costume

Art historian and great friend of Museum Bookstore, Jean Marie Carey Ph.D. visits Star Wars and the Power of Costume at the Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg, Florida and gives her thoughts on the show.

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What makes a great exhibition catalogue?

What makes a great exhibition catalogue?

What makes a great exhibition book? Is it the quality of the reproductions, the research the book presents, the look and feel of the book or the ability of the book to communicate its ideas engagingly? Three industry experts have their say: Our thanks to them all for their thoughts and time. Matt Page, Art History student at The Courtauld Institute of Art and Editor of The Courtauldian One thing that always surprises me when sat in the library of my university is the number of exhibition catalogues that there are. I do not necessarily mean this in the sense that...

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