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Artocracy in Tunisia

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Artocracy is an international art project led by the French artist JR and his collaborators.

Previously JR has worked in Brazil in the favelas and on the Wall between Palestine and Israel. His next stop is said to be Egypt.

In Tunisia he worked with six local photographers. The aim is to provoke discussion with huge portraits of ordinary people in the ruins of government buildings destroyed in the revolution. Art is used to show how the world has been turned upside down or inside out, taking it out of the studio and onto the streets and areas of social conflict.

Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s

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The Barbican, London
until 22 May



The curators of this exhibition have tried to reconstruct the multimedia art scene of downtown Manhattan in the 1970s, when it became known as SoHo (south of Houston). Before it became trendy it was one of the cheapest run-down parts of town.

It was a place of old empty workshops and factories, mostly falling down, in an area which was not classified as residential. It was an area for work, but the work had long moved out.

Aghanistan: crossroads of the ancient world

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This exhibition showcases over 200 objects from Afghanistan, many of them of great beauty, produced between 4,000 and 1,800 years ago



Afghanistan was, as the exhibition's subtitle puts it, "the crossroads of the ancient world". A network of trade routes that joined China and India with Europe - sometimes called the "Silk Road" - ran through the country. For 3,000 years both ideas and commodities, including luxuries like jade and silk, moved along its 6,500 kilometres of roads.

Marxism Today

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BFI Gallery, London, Until 10 April

Two short films by video artist Phil Collins explore sympathetically the contradictions of Marxism that existed in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The first, Marxism Today, uses interviews, music and archive footage to ask the questions: what was education like in the GDR, and what happened to teachers of Marxism-Leninism after reunification?

Evolving English

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British Library, Until April 2011

Hwæt! (Pronunciation: What! Meaning: Listen up!)

So begins Beowulf, the most famous Old English poem known to exist. This new exhibition brings together the first known copy of this and others of the British Library's most treasured books and manuscripts in an effort to chart the complex evolution of the English language.

London Futures

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Museum of London, until March 2011


Buckingham Palace: By Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones

The images at the London Futures exhibition in the Museum of London are quite extraordinary for any citizen to contemplate, but they will resonate especially strongly with Londoners. The exhibition is designed to bring home "the full impact of global warming, food scarcity, rising sea levels and how all Londoners will need to innovate and adapt to survive".

Against Mussolini: Art and the Fall of a Dictator

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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art


Renato Guttuso (1912-87) "The Massacre", 1943. Oil on canvas, 59 x 73 cm. Raccolta Alberto Della Ragione, Florence

Benito Mussolini and Italian fascism are often seen as the junior partners of German Nazism. This compelling new exhibition of Italian resistance art, mainly from the 1930s and 1940s, vividly explores the arrogance and vanities of the Il Duce leadership cult and its savage outcomes.

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