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“The Many Facets of the Discobolus Sculpture” on BBC Radio 4

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Discobolus author Dr. Ian Jenkins is on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme discussing the ancient Greek sculpture, epitome of the Olympic spirit.

The Discobolus, which  which is back on display at the British Museum after four years, is a Roman copy of the bronze original from the 5th century BC and is one of the most famous images from the ancient Greek world.

You can listen to the programme here. For further information on Discoblus, from the British Museum Objects in Focus Series,  please visit the  British Museum shop online.

Join us in discovering Power Games: a gripping narrative set during the celebrated Greek Games of 416BC

Author DAVID STUTTARD
will be at Waterstones Brighton
to discuss and sign his new book

Author David Stuttard will be at Waterstones Brighton to discuss and sign his new book at 7.30PM on 26th July. We hope to see you there!

Waterstones Brighton Poster - Power Games 26th July

New from the British Museum Press: Modern Chinese Ink Paintings

Modern Chinese Ink Paintings by Clarissa von Spee is out today from the British Museum Press!

Modern Chinese Ink Paintings

Modern Chinese Ink Paintings

Displaying the beauty and skill of Chinese ink paintings through a selection of highlights from the British Museum’s collection, Modern Chinese Ink Paintings features hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, large-scale paintings and album leaves to explore the innovative contributions of individual masters.
Clarissa von Spee explores how their artistic work has helped shape the image of modern China, revealing how their works reflect the political climates and important events of the times in which they were created. With reference to artistic exchanges between Picasso and Zhang Daqian, the relationship between modern Chinese painting and the modern Western art scene is also highlighted in this informative and accessible introduction to the subject.

Displaying the beauty and skill of Chinese ink paintings through a selection of highlights from the British Museum’s collection, Modern Chinese Ink Paintings features hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, large-scale paintings and album leaves to explore the innovative contributions of individual masters.

Clarissa von Spee explores how their artistic work has helped shape the image of modern China, revealing how their works reflect the political climates and important events of the times in which they were created. With reference to artistic exchanges between Picasso and Zhang Daqian, the relationship between modern Chinese painting and the modern Western art scene is also highlighted in this informative and accessible introduction to the subject.

You can pick up a copy here from the British Museum shop!

Grayson Perry Wins at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Winners of Sky Arts South Bank Awards

Congratulations to Grayson Perry for taking home the award for Visual Art for The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at last night’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards! Leaders of the contemporary and classical arts scene gathered at The Dorchester in London to celebrate this year’s artistic triumphs and present the chosen few with a South Bank Sky Arts Award.

According to South Bank Sky Arts Awards, Perry’s British Museum exhibition explored “a range of themes from holy relics to identity and contemporary culture, [and] was a smorgasbord of creativity and a personal lifetime’s ambition that he was delighted and surprised to see come to life.

You can view the full list of winners here, and read more about the book here.

The Telegraph Hay Festival: 31 May – 10 June 2012

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This summer, the Hay Festival celebrates its 25th year with a stunning programme of international writers and thinkers. The British Museum Press is delighted to be partnering with Hay to present a lecture and talk for our recent release, Shakespeare: staging the world.

Thursday 7 June 2012

Shakespeare 1 – Staging the World

Barclays Pavilion

1.00PM

Written by internationally-acclaimed author and editor Jonathan Bate and the curator of Renaissance Europe at the British Museum, Dora Thornton, Shakespeare: staging the world provides a unique and fascinating insight into the early modern world, seen through the lens of Shakespeare’s plays.

The event will be chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill, and will be the first of three Shakespeare sessions.

The full festival programme is available here.