Sarah Crompton

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Bill Viola

Kira Perov: the ‘guardian angel’ in Bill Viola’s life and work

As the Royal Academy in London prepares to open a show uniting the US video artist with Michelangelo, his wife and collaborator discusses her pivotal role in his process

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Exhibitions

Beacons of empathy: the forgotten women who brought the Foundling Museum to life

The portraits of men in the London museum's picture gallery are being replaced by portraits of women who supported a vision to protect young children

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When less is a great deal more: in praise of the small museum

Sarah Crompton, a former Museum of the Year judge, recalls her voyage of discovery across the UK

In association withArt Fund

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Features

The fine art of craft

London Craft Week celebrates makers from across the world in more than 120 events. Five of the 200-plus makers at the festival tell us about their work

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Exhibitions

Exhibition impossible: the shows that can’t be staged

It may be because works are never lent or simply cannot be moved, or because historical figures become unfashionable or controversial, or because living artists prove reluctant, but some of the most cherished ideas of leading curators and directors have never come to fruition—yet<br>

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Museums

End of a golden era: farewell to an outstanding generation of museum directors

The impresarios of cultural institutions, they have combined deep learning with business nous. As they move on, UK museums are at a turning point