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Madrid, November 27th, 2017.- The 19th Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition, which will take place between July 25th and August 5th next year, has kicked off with an outstanding number of applicants.

After the registration process was closed on November 13th, the competition has a final count of 241 applications from 44 different countries, mostly from Europe –with 116 inscriptions from different nationalities (Austria, Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Ukraine) − as well as Americans and Asians. Their ages range between 15 and 31, being the majority aged 24-29.

ModiglianiSee some of the most memorable art of the 20th century at Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work.

During his brief and turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style. Though meeting little success during their time, his emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century.

Modigliani’s nudes are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. These sensuous works proved controversial when they were first shown in 1917, leading police to censor his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency.



The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1986-2016, by Martin Amis, Jonathan Cape, 368 pp, £20, ISBN: 978-0224076111

All artists, in a sense, elect their own precursors – declaring themselves for or against this or that canonical idol, promoting (as a rule) those who have proved most useful to their own self-fashioning, and banishing those from whom there is nothing worthwhile to be learned. Novelists in particular are great makers of personal pantheons – although very few novelists have been as consistently frank about their fetishes as Martin Amis. Reading Amis’s literary criticism – the essays and reviews collected in The Moronic Inferno (1986), Visiting Mrs. Nabokov(1993), The War Against Cliché (2001), and now The Rub of Time – you quickly discover that the Amis Canon shakes down to an austerely cultivated handful of Approved Writers. Shakespeare, John Updike, JG Ballard, William Burroughs (once upon a time), Anthony Burgess (sort of), Philip Roth, Iris Murdoch (maybe), Joseph Heller (the early stuff), James Joyce (ditto), Philip Larkin, Don DeLillo (with reservations), Jane Austen … Oh, and don’t forget Saul Bellow and Vladimir Nabokov, whom Amis describes, in the new book, as his “Twin Peaks”.


Corsini Exhibition

From the private collection of the eminent Corsini family in Florence, Italy, comes this fascinating exhibition featuring Renaissance and Baroque painting by artists such as Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto, Caravaggio and Pontormo.

Auckland City Art Galery

A History of the Future: how writers envisioned tomorrow’s world.

future has not changed a great deal over the past hundred years. In the late 1920s a book called The Conquest of Life by Dr Serge Voronoff, a Russian émigré based in Paris, became a worldwide success with the claim that the author had found “a remedy for old age” with the aid of which “life can be prolonged, sex intensified, and death delayed”. TheNew York Times featured Voronoff’s work under the headline “Science promises an amazing future”, and his supposed advances were publicised in the Scientific American.


The New Statsman