Main content

Mondrian - the complete works; Arts and politics; Playwright Alice Birch; 40 years of Bob Marley's Exodus

'The Discovery of Mondrian' with Jonathan Jones. Plus how the arts feature in party manifestos, playwright Alice Birch on Anatomy of a Suicide and 40 years of Bob Marley's Exodus.

With less than a week to go before the General Election we hear what is in the political party manifestos for the arts and creative industries? What can we expect from the rise of creative hubs, zones and platforms? Kirsty Lang talks to Caroline Julian, from the Creative Industries Federation and cultural policy commentator David Powell.

As the entire collection of 301 works by the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1941) go on public display for the first time at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, critic Jonathan Jones assesses the work of the artist. Best known for his grid-like abstract paintings with a white background, black vertical and horizontal lines and blocks of three primary colours, Mondrian also painted landscapes and portraits.

Can the inclination to suicide be inherited? Playwright Alice Birch explores the legacy of what has happened to three generations of women in 'Anatomy of a Suicide'. The script is written with the precision and orchestration of a musical score to allow different times and locations to appear simultaneously on the same stage.

And we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Bob Marley and The Wailers recording the album Exodus.

Available now

30 minutes


  • Arts and Politics

    Duration: 08:50

  • Mondrian

    Duration: 05:41

  • Alice Birch

    Duration: 07:59

  • Bob Marley

    Duration: 06:28

Mondrian - the complete works

Mondrian - the complete works

Piet Mondrian with Broadway Boogie Woogie
New York,1943 Collection RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History
Photo credit: Fritz Glarner

The Discovery of Mondrian is at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag until 24 Sept

Main image: Piet Mondrian Composition with large red plane, yellow, black, grey and blue 1921 Oil on canvas

Alice Birch - Anatomy of a Suicide

Alice Birch - Anatomy of a Suicide
Hattie Morahan in rehearsal for Anatomy of a Suicide
by Alice Birch
at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court
until 8 July
Photo credit: Stephen Cummiskey 

40 years of Bob Marley's Exodus

40 years of Bob Marley's Exodus
Bob Marley


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Caroline Julian
Interviewed Guest David Powell
Interviewed Guest Jonathan Jones
Interviewed Guest Alice Birch




A season discovering where artists find inspiration and helping listeners get creative.

BBC Arts Digital

BBC Arts Digital

The best of British culture live and on demand.

Front Row on TV

Front Row on TV

Join Mary Beard and guests for live and late debate on Friday evenings on BBC Two.