Avoiding Self-Indulgence: A Defence of Medieval Literature

A pervasive perception of medieval literature is that it is simplistic – in plot, character types, and morality. The themes of medieval writing are, indeed, simpler than modern writing, as a result of the state of post-1800 (modern) literature. Much of it has descended into pretentiously executed existentialism (Pig Tales, Marie Darrieussecq) and lazy dystopian […]

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The History of Iconoclasm

Image description: 1566 Calvinist Iconoclastic Riot, Frans Hogenberg Iconoclasm represents the viscerality of the human response to art. Reflective of more than just our subjective taste, this sort of destruction is charged with a raw sense of rage. Iconoclasm has the potential to throw crowds into a frenzy; tearing down statues and burning paintings. Simultaneously, […]

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Museum as utopia: Qatar’s National Museum opens to the public

Overlooking Doha’s sea front, The National Museum of Qatar appears as a mirage in the desert. The highly anticipated museum, designed by Atelier Jean Nouvel, held its glamorous opening ceremony on March 27th 2019. The building is an avant-garde structure made with 539 intersecting vertical and horizontal disks of multiple diameters, curvatures, and inclinations. Nouvel’s […]

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