Secession and the City: Portraits in Vienna 1900, by Lucy Speelman

Vienna 1900 – the result of revolution.  As an imperial capital of Austria-Hungary, the city was politically and socially volatile to its core.  It was an avant-garde powerhouse of creativity and radical ideas about taste, aesthetics and multiculturalism.  But just beneath this facade of...


150 years of Munch: not just the man behind The Scream

On a recent trip to Oslo, I visited the 150 year anniversary exhibition of the work of Norway’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch. The exhibition, spread across two of the city’s galleries – the National Gallery and the Munch Museum – is the biggest...



A study of modern artist Alexa Meade: by AHA alum Helena Roy

Magdalena Sawon, owner of the Postmasters Gallery in New York, pointed out that ‘a portrait is something that’s been with us for 3,000 years – that’s not an easy genre to move forward.’ She was referring to the fascinating achievement of modern artist Alexa...


Berlin: City of Dissent. Thoughts by AHA tutor Andrew Stewart Mackay.

Hot-bed of dissent for two hundred years now, Berlin has absorbed strikingly divergent ideologies ranging from Romanticism, Expressionism and Dada to the imperatives of Marxism, Nazism and the Cold War.  The multi-layered history of Berlin’s artistic, cultural and political radicalism reveals a city at...