Christian Dollimore

Christian Dollimore

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London, UK  ·  When I'm not taking photos of things dotted around London, I'm writing reviews about its best exhibitions (exhibitionologist.wordpress.com)
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'After Battle' by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, 1923 (Oil on canvas, The Central Armed Forces Museum of Russian Federation). See it in the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition 'Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932' until 17th April 2017.

'After Battle' by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, 1923 (Oil on canvas, The Central Armed Forces Museum of Russian Federation). See it in the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition 'Revolution: Russian Art until April

The USSR that might have been? This advertisement ('Of Course! Cream Soda!') was produced during the years of Lenin's 'New Economic Policy' (1921-24), a partial return to capitalism intended to revitalise an economy devastated by years of civil war and famine. It's hard to think of an image more far removed from Stalin's Soviet Union that came after. One of the more surprising pieces from the 'Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932' exhibition the Royal Academy of Arts.

Advertisement 'Of course, cream-soda! Paper, chromolithograph, 46 x cm The State Museum of the History of St Petersburg. Photo © Provided with assistance from the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO

In 1922's 'Carnival', Boris Kustodiev celebrates the traditional Russian way of life, fast disappearing in the face of communism and the suppression of the Russian Orthodox Church. See it in the Royal Academy's 'Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932' exhibition until 17th April.

Boris Kustodiev A provincial Russian town in winter, (Maslenitsa), 1919 Boris Kustodiev was a Russian painter and stage designer.

'Red Spinner', fabric design depicting cotton mill workers, by Andrey Golubev, 1930. A perfect example of how images of heavy industry and machinery found its way into the homes of ordinary Soviet home. See it in 'Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932' at the Royal Academy.

'Red Spinner', fabric design depicting cotton mill workers, by Andrey Golubev, A perfect example of how images of heavy industry and machinery found its way into the homes of ordinary Soviet home. See it in 'Revolution: Russian Art at the Royal Academy.

The team at the British Library - what a wonderful place - are busy putting together a major exhibition: "The Century Through Maps.

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Maurice Gomberg's 'New World Order' Map, outlining his vision for the post-World War II world. Canada, Greenland and Iceland in the USA, anyone? See in the British Library's 'Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line' exhibition until 1 March 2017.

Maurice Gomberg's 'New World Order' Map, outlining his vision for the post-World War II world. Canada, Greenland and Iceland in the USA, anyone? See in the British Library's 'Maps and the Century: Drawing the Line' exhibition until 1 March

Portrait of William Burbage (1567-1614), a leading actor of Shakespeare's theatre company and the first man ever to play Hamlet on stage. Portrait by an unknown artist (Dulwich Picture Gallery). On display in the British Library's 'Shakespeare In Ten Acts' exhibition until 6th September 2016.

Richard Burbage played the title role in the first performances of many of Shakespeare's plays, including Hamlet, Othello, Richard III, and King Lear.

'The spirit of Shakespere appearing to his detractors' by Silvester Harding, from the Gentleman's Magazine, 1797. This cartoon mocks the fraudster William Henry Ireland, who claimed a play that he had written, Vortigern, was in fact a 'lost' work by William Shakespeare. See it in the British Library's 'Shakespeare In Ten Acts' exhibition until 6th September 2016.

Image gallery: The spirit of Shakspere appearing to his detractors

This beautiful display captures the Soviet space programme as a place for licensed dreaming, and features space relics never before allowed out of Russia

Charles II of England in Coronation robes. Charles was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 23 April Coronation portrait by John Michael Wright, c.