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Links Round-Up: Viva la revolution

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If you enjoyed Barbara Kingsolver’s Orange Prize winning book, The Lacuna, you will know of the artistic and political turmoil in Mexico between the two world wars.  The same tempestuous mix is part of the film Frieda.   At the Djanogly Art Gallery you can see Mexican prints from this period, including many by Diego Rivera, partner of the artist Frieda Kahlo and host to Leon Trotsky.  As the gallery says:

Between 1910 and 1920, Mexico was convulsed by a socialist revolution that aimed to topple the elite ruling class and improve conditions for society at large. Walls of public buildings were covered with vast murals, and workshops made prints for mass distribution.

There is a full programme of talks, films, and guided tours, including talks about two of the Nottingham connections: Graham Greene (we have missed this one, I am afraid) and D. H. Lawrence (9 December).   The exhibition runs to 27 February.

 Switching from politics to physics, the Lace Market Gallery, 25 Stoney Street, has an exhibition which brings together five artists and their emotional responses to “understanding the natural phenomena in our universe“. In another example of Today Nottingham, Tomorrow Somewhere Else, the exhibition moves in the new year to the Royal Society as part of their 350th anniversary. But Beyond Ourselves closes here on 2 December, and the gallery is open only Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4.30 pm.

Just as physics recognises matter and anti-matter, this blog recognises exhibitions and anti-exhibitions.  To be precise, display cases in need of displays: Crocus Gallery in Lenton, Nottingham is in the process of improving its display of Craftwork and has two new large display cases to fill with work by local people. If you are interested in displaying your work in the gallery, check out the details

Finally, the tri-location British Art Show continues as does our own Sideshow, both subversive in their own ways.  Viva la revolution!