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The new Glynn Vivian: Day 1

October 16, 2016 1 Comment
The new Glynn Vivian: Day 1

For five years the façade of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery has been hidden by tall wooden hoardings.  A week or two ago the screens came down, and yesterday, at last, the ‘new’ Glynn Viv opened its doors to the public. In the morning a long parade of people walked through the city centre to […]

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The destruction of culture: a plea to Swansea Council

March 13, 2016 7 Comments
The destruction of culture: a plea to Swansea Council

What makes a city a city?  I mean, in the sense of a particular, distinctive city.  Its people, certainly, its geography, landscape and architecture, also its economy and politics.  But what really sets a city apart from its neighbours is its culture – that network of traditions, customs, institutions and habits, most of them with […]

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Two Americans in Porto

February 22, 2016 1 Comment
Two Americans in Porto

What comes to mind when you think of a contemporary art gallery?  Probably, big empty spaces, clean geometric vistas, minimal signing, white walls.  The Museo de Serralves in Porto, Portugal’s main centre for modern art, meets all those expectations, and many more.  Its new building was opened in 1999.  The designers not only had a […]

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