Month: November 2014

Festive tradition or Bah Humbug? The Krampus is a mythological creature that appears in Alpine folklore and traditions. You may be asking yourself right now: “Who, or what, the hell is Krampus?” Well, “hell” is a pretty good starting place to explain…   A Christmas devil?  The Krampus looks like what one would imagine a devil or demon straight out of hell to look like: a…

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Walls of Water: Maggi Hambling

Posted by Published on November 25, 2014

The National Gallery celebrated the return of Maggi Hambling CBE, its first Artist in Residence over a year ago. Here is an overview of the exhibition, her life and work. Experience the intensity of crashing waves in vast, new works by one of Britain’s most distinguished contemporary artists.  Maggi Hambling began her continuing series of ‘Walls of Water’ paintings in 2010 that currently consist of…

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Prisoners of World War I

Posted by Published on November 21, 2014

An estimated eight million men were taken prisoners of war (POWs) during World War I. These prisoners, often scarred by their time in the camps, rarely talked about their experiences later in life. Explore historic images and footage from the Bridgeman archive to get an impression of what reality was like for prisoners in World War I.     Conditions in the prison camps varied from country…

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Bridgeman Goes to the Griersons

Posted by Published on November 10, 2014

Last week we were lucky enough to attend the 42nd annual Grierson Awards ceremony in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. It was a star-studded do, hosted by the excellent Sue Perkins, witty and charming as always, but with an added fierceness as she reproached the documentary film industry for its lack of female presenters, and, for that matter, filmmakers. Perkins, we salute you! We had the pleasure of…

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UK based arts and culture bible, Apollo Magazine, recently named The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the best Museum Opening (or re-opening) of 2014. In July, the museum, usually referred to simply as The Clark, unveiled their brand new space featuring cutting edge design by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, transforming the landscape of their 140-acre country estate. A Family Affair Established in…

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Mike Leigh’s film ‘Mr. Turner’ explores the last quarter century of British artist J.M.W Turner’s life. In reconstructing each of Turner’s environments Thin Man Films aimed to be as authentic as possible and so, for the Royal Academy Varnishing Day scene, this involved reproducing works that would have been there using a catalogue from the exhibition of 1832.  Click on the image  for exclusive behind…

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Hot to Trot: Allen Jones

Posted by Published on November 4, 2014

‘Jones does for the leg what Stubbs did for the horse’ John McEwan (art critic) Allen Jones R.A. (b.1937) is one of Britain’s most distinguished and seductive artists from the pioneering Pop Art movement. Ahead of a major retrospective at the Royal Academy this November, here is a brief overview of Jones’s life, work and influences. Allen Jones was one of an outstanding generation of…

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A Day to Remember

Posted by Published on November 3, 2014

In her own words Beatrice Okoro, Bridgeman’s UK Account Manager for TV and Film, recalls taking part in the artistic installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ that sees the Tower of London’s moat filled with over 800,000 ceramic poppies.   The day arrived for me to volunteer at the Tower of London to plant the ceramic poppies, commemorating all the British and Commonwealth soldiers…

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