Somasish Ghosh

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Why museums hide masterpieces away

In major museums around the world, some truly great works of art are hidden away from public view. What are they – and why can’t we see them? Kimberly Bradley finds out.<p>The numbers don’t lie. At New York’s Museum of Modern Art, 24 of 1,221 works by Pablo Picasso in the institution’s permanent …

Museums

The greatest mistranslations ever

After Google Translate’s latest update, BBC Culture finds history’s biggest language mistakes – including a US president stating ‘I desire the Poles carnally’.<p>Google Translate’s latest update – turning the app into a real-time interpreter – has been heralded as bringing us closer to ‘a world where …

French Government

Queen of the Desert: Berlin Film Festival review

The explorer Gertrude Bell played a huge role in shaping the Middle East today – but Werner Herzog’s new film of her life prefers schmaltzy romance to history or politics, writes Matthew Anderson.<p>‘The female Lawrence of Arabia’, they call her; ‘the woman who made Iraq’. Events in the Middle East …

Filmmaking

Mrs Miniver: The film that Goebbels feared

Winston Churchill credited Mrs Miniver with increasing American support for the war effort. A new programme finds out how the domestic drama changed history.<p>“We will come. We will bomb your cities.” So bristles a character in the film Mrs Miniver. A German pilot who had been shot down in the …

Winston Churchill

Hodges & Co: Casting Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes

Stephen King has always stretched beyond the label of "horror writer." He's written novels, nonfiction, coming-of-age novellas, and has shown …

Beyond Curious: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' & 8 Hot Book-Based Movies

Unless you've been kept blindfolded and cuffed in someone's playden for the past eighteen months, you're probably aware that the film adaptation of …

Who are the 20th Century’s 10 best composers?

It was a turbulent and fascinating 100 years in music history – who made the greatest contributions? Clemency Burton-Hill makes her picks.<p>Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Philip Glass on the eve of the world premiere of his new opera The Trial<i>,</i> based on Kafka’s masterpiece. Researching …

The Arts

Evelyn Nesbit: The world’s first supermodel

Evelyn Nesbit achieved great fame more than a century ago as a model. She revolutionised cultural life, writes Lindsay Baker.<p>What makes a supermodel? A preternatural beauty, of course, but there is more – a certain charisma, an unerring fashion instinct, a steely resilience, sex appeal. And a mere …

The Arts

Eight ideas that changed the history of Western music

From pre-historic times to the present day, music has been constantly developing. From Pythagoras’ scale to the invention of the Walkman, BBC Culture chooses eight moments that changed the course of its history forever.<p>Pythagoras creates the scale<p>Before Pythagoras music was a divine mystery. There …

Greek Philosophy

7 Bizarre Easter Eggs Hidden in Great Works of Art

We tend to think of classic art as being all dignified and serious, if perhaps a little stuffy. But that's only because we're not looking closely …

10 Futurama Jokes That Will Make You Smarter

When your TV show's writing staff includes folks with PhDs in maths and sciences, you're bound to end up with some spectacularly nerdy jokes. And if …

Magna Carta: the things you didn't know

800 years ago, Magna Carta was granted and in 2015 the reunited copies are on display. Here's the story of the seminal document<p>This will be the year of Magna Carta. It is a year rich in historical anniversaries, including those of the battles of Agincourt (1415) and Waterloo (1815). But it is the …

The 4 Must-Sees From the Raymond Chandler Canon

Raymond Chandler not only helped to invent the quintessential private eye of genre fiction, he did as much as anyone to define the movies' noir …

6 Primers for 'Inherent Vice'

In a world in which more and more forms of media are making themselves available in more and more convenient ways, Hollywood is increasingly …

The Year Ahead: 2015's Most Anticipated Movie Adaptations

For the literary-minded moviegoer, this coming year looks to be a typical smorgasbord of rich, print-based material in the world of movie …

These Were the 20 Most Popular Websites Every Year Since 1996

Webcrawler and AOL were the Google and Facebook of the 90s.<p><b>You could forgive Webcrawler,</b> Netscape, and Excite if they looked around in the mid-1990s and thought they would rule the internet forever. How quickly things change online.<p>The <i>Washington Post</i> just published this look back at web dominance …

Time Warner

15 colorful landscape photos from around the world | CNN Travel

Joanne Gair

<b>Joanne "Kiwi Jo"[1] or "Kiwi Joe"[2][3] Gair</b> (born c. 1958)[4] is a New Zealand-born and raised make-up artist and body painter whose body paintings …

Art historian questions whether artist Tracey Emin actually slept in her $5-million piece, ‘My Bed’

Six months after it sold for $5-million, the authenticity of the signature work by renegade British artist Tracey Emin has been cast into doubt by a …

21 Obscure References in Classic Songs—Explained!

We've all heard these classic pop and rock hits a thousand times. But even if you know all the words, do you know what they were about?<p>1. "You’re So …

Bill Clinton

Ten films to watch in 2015

Mark Hamill

Oscars 2014: How Adaptations Continue to Shape the Conversation

Well, the Oscars are nearly upon us, and the predictions are flying around like satellite wreckage in “Gravity.” Rather than add to the deluge, we’re …

Stefan Zweig: Grand Budapest Hotel’s inspiration

Stefan Zweig was once ‘the world’s most translated author’ – then he faded into obscurity in the English-speaking world. But a revival in interest is under way, reports Matthew Anderson.<p>A few years ago the director Wes Anderson was browsing the shelves of a bookshop in his adopted home of Paris …

Literature

Six of the greatest ‘lost’ movies

After the rare discovery of a silent feature, could other important films still be found? BBC Culture examines some missing masterpieces.<p>“We get sent these rusty cans, but they’re put on the shelf because there are so many coming in,” says Bryony Dixon, curator of silent films at the British Film …

Archives

Carrying Your Nobel Prize Through Airport Security

Astrophysicist Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University won the Nobel Prize for physics in 2011 for discovering dark energy. Speaking at …

Ten of the worst years in British history

Think things are bad? Think again. Here are 10 years from history when Britons really had something to complain about<p><b>1066</b><p>From the complacent armchairs of the modern world, the Norman conquest looks like a positive thing – a battle that defines us. But 1066 saw the country face invasion not once but …

A Million Ways to Die in the West and the 8 Best Wild West Spoofs

Seth MacFarlane is undoubtedly one of the most successful multi-media creatives working today. His empire stretches beyond the globally popular …

The 25 Greatest Homes in Literature

Great characters in literature get all the credit, but the fictional spaces they occupy are often just as interesting and can provide an opportunity …

Literature