Inside Dame Zaha Hadid's 'womb-like' Science Museum gallery

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum Image copyright Jody Kingzett
Image caption A 1929 Handley Page bi-plane hangs in the gallery's entrance

The Science Museum in London has unveiled its new mathematics gallery, which was designed by the late architect Dame Zaha Hadid - the first of her projects to open in the UK since her death in March 2016.

Dame Zaha Hadid was a mathematics graduate and a master of the unexpected.

Which explains - perhaps - why the first thing you encounter when walking into the Science Museum's new Maths gallery is a 1929 Handley Page bi-plane suspended from the ceiling.

This was to be Dame Zaha's design touchstone, the airflow from its wings dictating a dynamic design of sweeping curves and a huge sculptural form that frames the gallery's central space.

There is, though, a function beyond the decorative to this particular form. It acts as a barrier to stop visitors using the gallery as a thoroughfare, which had been the case before its £5m upgrade.

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The poetic puzzles of Helen Marten

Helen Marten's work Image copyright AP
Image caption Helen Marten wants to "throw you off balance"

For someone who would prefer her work to do the talking Helen Marten is spending a lot of time in the limelight.

Last month she made national news as the winner of the inaugural Hepworth Prize for sculpture, to which she has now added one of the world's highest-profile art accolades, the Turner Prize.

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Geneva Free Port: The greatest art collection no-one can see

Media captionAround a million works of art are stored at the Geneva Free Port complex

As size is an important part of this story, let me start by giving you some context.

The National Gallery in London has around 2,300 paintings in its collection - which might sound a lot, but is a piffling hoard compared to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which has gathered almost 200,000 artworks of varying types and quality.

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The Grand Tour review: Clarkson returns in 'filmic' show

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Image caption The Grand Tour launched on Amazon Prime on Thursday evening

Filmic is the word that sprang to my mind when watching the Grand Tour.

The scale of the production, the quality of the cameras, the epic sweeping shots and the pastiches of old movies - it seemed the show was aimed at the big screen, not the telly. Or a mobile phone, which is how I imagine a lot of people will view it.

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The most sophisticated hucksters on earth

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Image caption Modernist photographs from Sir Elton John's private collection are on show at Tate Modern

Last week I was momentarily interested in buying a Volkswagen car. It was an embryonic impulse terminated before it germinated by an unpleasant young man in an Oxfordshire dealership with sulphuric breath and a hard-sales technique that would have made Del Boy wince.

A six-month placement in the art world would sort him out. There he'd learn how to sell from the most sophisticated hucksters on earth.

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What does David Bowie's art say about him?

Media captionDavid Bowie's art on show ahead of Sotheby's auction

First things first: The Sotheby's sale of David Bowie's art collection is only partial, in that it's not all there.

His family has kept a large chunk back - maybe around a third - including a Lynn Chadwick sculpture called Teddy Boy and Girl.

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Author and art critic John Berger at 90

Media captionJohn Berger at his home in Paris

The author and eminent art critic John Berger turns 90 this week and is celebrating with the publication of a new book called Landscapes on Art.

BBC Arts editor Will Gompertz went to Paris to speak to him.

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Bruce Springsteen: More or less than The Boss?

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Image caption Meeting Bruce Springsteen, aka The Boss, off-stage brought an unexpected revelation as to his true subdued character

What can I possibly tell you about Bruce Springsteen that you might not already know? Certainly nothing about his attire.

He wears the standard issue rock 'n' roll three-piece: jeans, t-shirt, and a black leather jacket, accessorised - in his case - with biker boots, earrings, and stories of working class life in post-war New Jersey.

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Turner Prize: What defines a good work of art?

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Image caption Helen Marten's work creates "time capsule stories containing an arrangement of clues that help the viewer solve a riddle"

I like the broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake. He poses good questions. Like the one he asked me this afternoon on BBC Radio 5 live.

We were talking about the Turner Prize, which can inspire "call that art" type cynicism. But he didn't go down that route. He asked me which of the four artists had moved me most with their work. Nice one Nihal.

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UK City of Culture: Why 2017 will change Hull for the better

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Image caption Hull 2017 is using the slogan "everyone back to ours"

Why on Earth is Hull spending tens of millions of pounds on a 12-month arts festival? What's the point?

Will the much-trumpeted "spectacular light shows" and opera on the Humber Bridge generate a flood of enquires from entrepreneurs looking to set up shop in the area? Probably not.

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