Rome Until Sun 27 Dec. A display from the gallery collection which explores this fertile period, beginning with Alberti and Arpino and moving to the Carracci family. Round the National Galleries A series of tours began at the end of October The following are planned for November. All free (and in the galleries relevant to each talk/tour). A History of the Portrait Gallery and its Collection Wed 4 Nov at 2.30pm with the Keeper Duncan Thomson and his Assistant James Holloway.

Ernst Barlach and Oskar Kokoschka Wed 11 Nov at 2.30pm. With Richard Calvocoressi, Keeper of the Gallery of Modern Art.

An Introduction to the Scottish Collection and Drawings by Artists in 17th Century Rome Wed 18 Nov at 2.30pm. With Lindsay Errington, Assistant Keeper ofthe National Gallery and Hugh Macandrew, Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery.

The National Collection oi Photography Wed 25 Nov at 2.30pm. With Sara Stevenson. Curator of Photography at the Portrait Gallery.

0 NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George IV Bridge, 226 4531. Mon—Fri 9.30am-5pm; Sat 9.30am—lpm; Sun 2pm—5pm. European Community Archives Until Sat 14 Nov. A small exhibition to commemorate the arrival, in form of microfiche, of material relating to

European Community. The Library will continue to receive these archives over the next few years. Scotland and Russia Until 8 Jan 1988. Following the Edinburgh Festival‘s celebration of the October Revolution , this exhibition examines the historic links cultural, scientific, economic and military between Scotland and Russia.

Burns in Edinburgh Until 8 J an 1988. An exhibition to celebrate the publication of Burns’ Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, when the poet came to Edinburgh and charmed all the people of consequence here.

0 NEGOCIANTS BAR/RESTAURANT 45/47 Lothian Street, Bar hours. Table Tops Until Sat 31 Oct. An exhibition of pastel painting by Joan Gillespie. Table tops take a still life theme.

0 JOHN NELSON 22 Victoria Street, 225 4413. MoHaI loam—Noon and 1.30-5pm.

Scottish Ports and Harbours Until Sat 31 Oct.

0 NETHERBOW 43 High Street, 556 9579. Mon—Sat 10am—4pm and 6pm-10.30pm.

Vibration of Narmony Until Sat 31 Oct. Textiles and calligraphy from Yumiko Ogawa ofJapan.

Judith Bromley Until Sat 31 Oct. Cafe exhibition.

Living Arts from Airica Until Sat 31 Oct. Contemporary and traditional work including carving, linocuts,


Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Two small and very different exhibitions well reward a trip to the Gallery of Modern Art at the moment. One marks the 50th anninversary of Hitler's ‘Entartete Kunst' (Degenerate Art) exhibition held in 1937 and shows Nazi propaganda pushed to its unashamed limits. The original exhibition set out to ridicule, as unequivocally insultineg as possible, virutally all modern (and therefore ‘degenerate’) art both German and foreign. Pictures were hung, ilthey were hung at all and not left on the floor, at their least unflattering. They were crowded together, showing hooks, wires and their price tags. In case the public didn’t get the message there were explanatory labels accompanying the works such as ‘When an incurable mad man, an obvious dilettante models a cat It looks like this.’ That the labels refer to excellent examples of work by Kokoschka, the leading German expressionists, and the sculptor Barlach gives the exhibition an extraordinarily bizarre feeling which somehow goes beyond the natural sense of outrage and injustice. I-iitler’s argument was only with modern art, which was presumably too much the product oi politically free-thinking minds for him to be able to control, as is demonstrated in the concurrent exhibition he held called Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung 1937 (Great German Art Exhibition). lt advocated iervent nationalism and ‘sale' classical ideals of beauty. Interestingly Goebbels, minister in

charge of culture and propaganda, himseli owned several works by the derided Barlach until Hitlertold him personally to get rid of them. Hypocrisy clearly mattered not a iot.

The second exhibition shows a small selection of the work of the British landscape painter Paul Nash who died in 1946 and the centrepiece is three versions oi a picture called Landscape oi the Vernal Equinox. This is landscape as prehistory, where the painter's sense oi place is so profound, the landscape is made to hold all the mysteries contained in heaven and earth. Both exhibitions are very well labelled and the notes in the Nash exhibition provide a glimpse of the painter’s humour. Referring to paintings begun in 1943 he wrote ‘Ail my recent landscapes are, as it were, reactions of one actual scene . . . [but] I don't bother what grows where very much. I find most things grow where l paint them.’ (Sally Kinnes)




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