Theodor Adorno

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A monument of the composer Ludwig van Beethoven in Vienna, Austria. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

“These [French revolutionary] composers have a kind of godparental relationship to Beethoven’s symphonies.” So says the conductor John Eliot Gardiner(...)

Auschwitz: the infamous German inscription that reads Work Makes Free at the main gate of the Auschwitz I extermination camp, in Poland. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

THE NAZI DEATH CAMP WAS LIBERATED 75 YEARS AGO ON MONDAY. TODAY IT IS A TOURIST DESTINATION WITH ITS OWN JAUNTY LITERARY SUBGENRE. A FEELGOOD (...)

John Boyne: ‘All I ever wanted was that kids would be moved enough by the story that they would develop the same interest in this period of history as I had.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Last week, the author John Boyne pointed out what he saw as a troubling trend in publishing. “I can’t help but feel that by constantly using the same (...)

Roman Griffin Davis (left) has dinner with his imaginary friend Adolf and mother in  the second World War satire Jojo Rabbit. Photograph: Kimberley French

Philosophers still argue over what Theodor Adorno meant by “to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric”. We can, however, safely wager that those who(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson has claimed that the EU was ‘pursuing a similar goal to Hitler in trying to create a powerful superstate’, and that the plucky English Brexiteers would ‘set the country free’. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

“To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” The German philosopher Theodor Adorno made this statement for the first time in 1949. It implies at lea(...)

Trying to prove that art is good for health, well-being, social inclusion, creativity and education is as hard as trying to nail down ‘excellence’, a term beloved of funders and evaluators

As you read this, arts managers, curators and creators are hard at work. They’re not making, curating or managing art, they’re writing their annual Ar(...)

The Capital Paintings by Colin Darke (2004-2007). Courtesy of the artist

In Siberia a group of young artists hold an annual auction in which they sell their art for food. In Glasgow, the Turner Prize is awarded to an archi(...)

Cate Blanchett in Carol, Todd Hynes’s  adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel about a lesbian romance

This correspondent has developed a theory that recent Cannes Film Festivals are a little like Star Trek films. Over the current decade, the even-numbe(...)

It has been some time since a debut feature in the main competition at Cannes registered with the same power as László Nemes’s breathtaking study o(...)

An individual’s experience of time can be very subjective

Another year gone: did 2013 go fast or slow for you? Or was it just the same as all the others?An individual’s experience of time can be very subjecti(...)

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