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Improvisation 30 by Wassily Kandinsky

Improvisation 30 by Wassily Kandinsky

Kandinsky: The Path To Abstraction
Tate Modern, central London until 1 October

A new exhibition follows the journey of Russian revolutionary artist Wassily Kandinsky from a figurative landscape painter to one of the founders of modern art. Kandinsky’s artistic revolution was heavily influenced by the Russian revolutionary movement and the revolution that occurred in Russia in 1917. This is an inspirational exhibition, with paintings conveying political turmoil and the birth of a new hope.

Directed by Stephen Gaghan
DVD out 10 July

George Clooney stars in this thoughtful and exciting film on the oil industry.

Like Gaghan’s screenplay for Traffic, Syriana uses multiple storylines. These depict the way that the US government puts its need to control oil above the needs of its people across the world.

Syriana focuses on the influence of the oil industry, the effects of which are experienced by different characters, including Clooney’s CIA operative.

This is a film for the anti-war generation. If you missed it at the cinema, make sure you see it now.

Katherine Branney

The Louis Malle Collection Volume One
DVD out now

Four of the French filmmaker’s classic early movies are released in this boxset.

They are Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud, The Lovers, Zazie Dans Le Métro and Le Feu Follet.

Malle was a controversial director, unafraid to take on challenging and diverse subjects, showcased by this first collection.

Peter David

Women and War
Photography by Jenny Matthews
St Mungo Museum Of Religious Life And Art, Glasgow
Until 13 August

Jenny Matthews is one of the world’s most respected photojournalists.

She has photographed ordinary women caught up in war zones since 1982. Matthews documents women and the roles they play, including that of fighters and survivors.

The exhibition includes images from her recent travels to Iraq, Beslan and Afghanistan.

Simone Murray

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Sat 8 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2008
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