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Art Without Frontiers: The Story of the British Council

ISBN: 9781908970527
Author(s): Annebella Pollen
Format: hardback
Year published: January 2024
Publisher: Art / Books
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 408
Illustrations: 309 illustrations

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An accessible, lively and timely history of the collection and presentation of visual art by the British Council, one of the most influential international cultural bodies in the world.

Does the meaning of a work of art change as it crosses a border from one place to another? Can art exhibitions play a role in the relations between different nations? How does a national collection of art reflect a country’s sense of itself, and even shape its standing in the world? Over nine decades, the British Council has sent British art abroad in ambitious acts of cultural dialogue with more than one hundred countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Its acclaimed exhibitions are seen by millions of people worldwide. These touring shows not only bring the work of leading artists to audiences in every continent, they also demonstrate art’s variety and endless capacity for reinterpretation, and the myriad ways that art exhibitions can serve international relations, as forms of promotion and partnership, and as sites of debate and dissent.

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