Fit for a king: Tutankhamun’s chamber

Retouching and construction work in the facsimile of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber
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Almost a century after its discovery, the burial chamber of Tutankhamun is being recreated in the Egyptian desert. Peter Aspden reports on the technical revolution that has made it possible and how a new age of ‘facsimile tourism’ could help preserve many more of the world’s antiquities

Satire that has no sting

‘The political mainstream has become expert in the co-option of its critics’

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in ‘Roman Holiday’ (1953); Richard Gere in ‘American Gigolo’ (1980)
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Italian fashion at London’s V&A

The museum’s new exhibition showcases the rise of effortless cool and sensuality in menswear

Up close and visceral

‘Takacs and Cseke plunge their cameras into the heart of the action, asking questions that are normally suppressed’

Chris Marker

Phantom of the cinema

Who was Chris Marker? And why is this Frenchman, one of the most original artists of postwar Europe, scarcely known to the wider public?

Economical with the truth

‘There’s a reason a Warhol dollar-sign painting is valued more than most renaissance altarpieces’

DVD cover - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – DVD review

Part two of the mega-successful franchise features more camp dystopia

Revving up for the road

An early novella reveals the green shoots of Jack Kerouac’s freewheeling style. A review of ‘The Haunted Life: The Lost Novella’

The joy of archaeolatreia

‘Forget the ruins of the past; today’s ruinous visions are of the future’

From left: matchbox illustrated by a Theodoros Kolokotronis portrait; an 'Unzippa Banazi' badge; Ann Sheridan photograph

It’s not junk. It’s history

‘To walk into my childhood bedroom was to stumble into a Sir John Soane’s Museum of the mid-20th century’

Social network of the damned

‘It is solitude that is the infernal quality of today’

From Seeger to self, self, self

‘I’m with Pete Seeger: I blame Bob Dylan for the beginning of the end of idealism’

Dark star – Ralph Fiennes

His incarnations of evil – from sadistic Nazi officer to Voldemort – have made him one of Britain’s most celebrated film actors

Dreams of a pre-modern England

‘Like any great student, Derek Jarman looked to the past to find a way of rebelling against the present’

Seeger’s curiosities

From blues to bling

Popular music has always been fascinated by money and big business

The 1970s, when life was lived in three dimensions

‘Expect Christian Bale’s hairpiece in “American Hustle” to walk away with an Oscar all of its own’

When worlds collide

The argument for corporate art collections is well enough rehearsed: it enhances image and brands the company’s culture

Steven Isserlis interview

You have to be there

‘There are few more powerful forms of revolt against stuffocation than to submit to an artistic experience’


Peter AspdenPeter Aspden is the Financial Times’ arts writer, having previously been its arts editor for five years. He joined the paper in 1994, as deputy books and arts editor and a general feature writer on Weekend FT. He has written on numerous subjects, including travel, religion, politics, history, most art forms and sport: he covered the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, and the World Cup in France in 1998.

He was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, before going into journalism. He joined the Times Higher Education Supplement in 1985, where he went on to become deputy editor. He has been writing a weekly column on contemporary culture since January 2004; it appears in the Life & Arts section every Saturday.

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