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EMPIRE LINES uncovers the unexpected, often two-way, flows of empires through art. Interdisciplinary thinkers use individual artworks as artefacts of imperial exchange, revealing... more

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The Evolution, Paintings for the Temple, Hilma af Klint (1908) (EMPIRE LINES x Tate Modern)

Tate Modern curator Nabila Abdel Nabi plants European abstract art in transnational networks of spirituality and theosophy, through Hilma af... more

31 May 2023 · 10 minutes
The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend (20th Century-Present) (EMPIRE LINES x Royal Academy)

Raina Lampkins-Felder, Curator at the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, weaves together the histories of Black artists who stayed in Southern... more

25 May 2023 · 23 minutes
The Experiment with the Bird in the Air Pump, Joseph Wright of Derby (1768) and Nalini Malani (2022) (EMPIRE LINES x National Gallery, Holburne Museum)

We return to Nalini Malani’s immersive installation My Reality is Different as it iterates in London, where curator Priyesh Mistry... more

18 May 2023 · 21 minutes
We Kiss the Earth: Danish Modern Art, 1934-1948 (EMPIRE LINES x Cobra Museum of Modern Art)

Winnie Sze and Pim Arts, curators at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in the Netherlands, carve out the connections... more

19 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
Spouts, Ai Weiwei (2023) (EMPIRE LINES x Design Museum)

Design Museum curator Rachel Hajek makes sense of Ai Weiwei’s ‘fields’ of found objects, from ancient Chinese porcelain to Lego... more

13 Apr 2023 · 12 minutes
Red-Figure Hydria of Oedipus and the Sphinx, Ancient Greece (380-360BCE) (EMPIRE LINES x Freud Museum London)

Professors Miriam Leonard and Daniel Orrells, curators at the Freud Museum London, dig into the Austrian’s collection of ancient objects,... more

05 Apr 2023 · 9 minutes
River Atlas, Law Yuk-Mui (2021) (EMPIRE LINES x Two Temple Place and Kakilang)

Could the state of state-lessness mean a more continental, inclusive sense of belonging? The contemporary Southeast and East Asian artists... more

30 Mar 2023 · 12 minutes
Slavery: Ten True Stories of Dutch Colonial Slavery (EMPIRE LINES x Rijksmuseum, United Nations)

Rijksmuseum curator Valika Smeulders polishes and personalises our understanding of the Dutch Golden Age, from their joint exhibition with the... more

23 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
Antique French Military Uniform with Kumihimo, Hasegawa Akira (2021) (EMPIRE LINES x Japan House London)

Japan House curator Hashimoto Mari and translator Eyre Kurasawa unravel kumihimo, the ancient craft of Japanese silk braiding, and how... more

16 Mar 2023 · 9 minutes
Painting on an Island (Carrera), Peter Doig (2019) (EMPIRE LINES x The Courtauld Gallery)

Curator Barnaby Wright transports us from the Courtauld Gallery in London, to the Caribbean island of Trinidad, as seen -... more

02 Mar 2023 · 16 minutes
The Evolution, Paintings for the Temple, Hilma af Klint (1908) (EMPIRE LINES x Tate Modern)
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