Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation Tate Britain, London

Period reconstructions evoke English taste during the art historian’s Edwardian youth – Landseer, Beardsley, Japanese prints – and during the 1930s-40s, when he collected and jumbled displays of Renaissance and impressionist paintings, Coptic textiles and German silver in his grand homes as a “rearguard action” against modernism.

Paradoxes – how an elitist conservative democratised art; why a patron with brilliant insight into the past failed to understand art in his own time – make this idiosyncratic show thought-provoking if nostalgic., 020 7887 8888

runs to August 10

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