Month: January 2015

A picture by a child

Painting by Sonja Fischerov√° (1931-44), source:


Spot the holiest site in Islam

The holiest site in Islam is hiding somewhere in this hellish cityscape of phallic kitsch and concrete. Can you spot it? Successful contestants will win a PRIZE.*


*Offer excludes Northern Ireland. Definition of ‘prize’ contested and subject to review. Prize may be entirely hypothetical and perhaps also metaphorical.

The progressive ideas of contemporary reality

From a guide to the art collection of The Russian Museum (St Petersburg, then Leningrad) published in 1975:

“After the October Revolution the arts became a powerful new medium for shaping the ideology of the masses in the new epoch. Socialist realism with its limitless opportunities for artistic expression naturally proved to be the dominant trend in Soviet art.”