London’s National Gallery revamp row: is it a sensitive makeover or like ‘an airport lounge’?


This week: uproar over the National Gallery in London’s building plans—is it a sensitive makeover or like “an airport lounge”? We talk to the director of the National Gallery, Gabriele Finaldi, about the gallery’s controversial plans for changes to its Sainsbury Wing, and to Rowan Moore, architecture critic at the Observer, about his views on the designs by the architect Annabel Selldorf, and how they respond to Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s original Post-Modern building.

Guest viewing Etinosa Yvonne’s installation, winner of The Access Bank ART X Prize 2019

Courtesy of Art X Lagos

Tokini Peterside-Schwebig, the director of Art X Lagos, tells us about the contemporary art scene in Nigeria’s most populous city, and how the fair is addressing the climate emergency, as devastating floods wreak havoc in West Africa.

Marc Chagall’s The Falling Angel (1923/1933/1947)

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Photo: Martin P. Bühler

And this episode’s Work of the Week is Marc Chagall’s The Falling Angel (1923/1933/1947), the centrepiece of a new exhibition at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany.

• Read more about the Sainsbury wing controversy here

Art X Lagos, Federal Palace, Lagos, Nigeria, 5-6 November

• Chagall: World in Turmoil, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, until 19 February 2023


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