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Picasso in Liverpool, Tosca in London and Tracey Thorn

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 19 May 2010

With John Wilson. A major new exhibition at Tate Liverpool reveals Picasso as a political activist and post-war campaigner for peace. Richard Cork discusses the exhibition and the new light it sheds upon our understanding of the artist.

Tracey Thorn dominated the pop charts in the 1990s with Everything But The Girl. She talks about her new solo album, plays live in the studio and reflects on a career which started at the age of 16 with post-punk act Marine Girls, through to her time recording with The Style Council and Massive Attack.

ENO's new production of Puccini's Tosca is directed by the American soprano Catherine Malfitano, famous for playing Tosca herself in an Emmy Award-winning, real-time performance alongside Placido Domingo in Rome. Roderick Swanston reviews.

Rana Dasgupta discusses his novel Solo, which recently won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers Prize . Set in Bulgaria, the story follows a blind chemist who lives alone and tries to overcome the hopelessness of his existence through dreaming.

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  • Picasso in Liverpool

    • Picasso in Liverpool

      A major new exhibition at Tate Liverpool reveals Picasso as a political activist and post-war campaigner for peace. Richard Cork reviews.

  • Singer Tracey Thorn

    • Singer Tracey Thorn

      Tracey Thorn dominated the pop charts in the 1990s with Everything But The Girl. She talks about her new solo album, plays live in the studio and reflects on her career.

  • ENO's Puccini's Tosca

    • ENO's Puccini's Tosca

      ENO's new production of Puccini's Tosca is directed by the American soprano Catherine Malfitano. Roderick Swanston reviews.

  • Rana Dasgupta's novel Solo

  • Picasso: Peace and Freedom

    Picasso: Peace and Freedom is at Tate Liverpool from 21 May until 30 August 2010

    Tate Liverpool site
  • Tosca

    Tosca is at English National Opera until 10 July.

    ENO site
  • Rana Dasgupta

    Rana Dasgupta's novel Solo is published in paperback.

  • Tracey Thorn

    Tracey Thorn

    Tracey Thorn's album Love and its Opposite is out now.

  • Picasso - The Charnel House

    Picasso - The Charnel House

    Pablo Picasso
    The Charnel House, Paris, 1944-1945, dated 1945
    Oil and charcoal on canvas
    199.8 x 250.1 cm
    © Succession Picasso/DACS 2009
    © 2009 Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art New York/Scala, Florence.
    Mrs. Sam A. Lewisohn Bequest (by exchange) and Mrs. Marya Bernhard Fund in memory of her husband Dr. Bernhard Bernhard and anonymous funds.

  • Picasso - Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe (after Manet)

    Picasso - Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe (after Manet)

    Pablo Picasso
    Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe (after Manet)
    27 February 1960
    Oil on canvas
    1140 x 1460mm
    Photo © Nahmad Collection, Switzerland
    © Succession Picasso/DACS 2010

  • Picasso - The Rape of the Sabine Women (after David)

    Picasso - The Rape of the Sabine Women (after David)

    Pablo Picasso
    The Rape of the Sabine Women (after David), Mougins, 2-4 November 1962
    Oil on canvas
    161.5 x 130 cm
    Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel
    © Succession Picasso/DACS 2009
    Photo: Robert Bayer, Basel

  • Picasso - Lobster and Cat

    Picasso - Lobster and Cat

    Pablo Picasso
    Lobster and Cat, January 11, 1965
    Oil on canvas
    73 x 92 cm
    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
    Thannhauser Collection, Gift, Justin K. Thannhauser
    © Succession Picasso/DACS 2010

  • Picasso - Monument to the Spaniards

    Picasso - Monument to the Spaniards

    Pablo Picasso
    Monument to the Spaniards who Died for France, Paris, late 1945 to 31 January 1947
    Monument aux espagnols morts pour la France
    Oil on canvas
    195 x 120 cm
    Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
    © Succession Picasso/DACS 2009

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