The Bauhaus School of Art & Architecture was founded by Walter Gropius 100 years ago, in April 1919.
To this day, it serves as a benchmark for those belonging to the avant-garde in art, design, architecture, and urban planning.
The originator of the miniskirt and hot pants, Mary Quant has been designing clothes since the late 1950s. Convinced that fashion needed to be affordable, she opened her retail boutique, Bazaar, on the Kings Road in 1955, introducing the "mod" era and the "Chelsea look." In April 2019, Victoria & Albert Museum will stage a comprehensive overview of Mary Quant's career.
Emperor Akihito (born 23 December 1933) is the 125th Emperor of his line according to Japan's traditional order of succession. In June 2017 the Diet enacted a special law that would allow Akihito to abdicate, and on 1st December 2017, Akihito formalised his intentions. He announced that he would step down on April 30, 2019, and would pass the throne to Crown Prince Naruhito.
Leonard da Vinci epitomises the genius and great diversity of achievements that we associate with the Italian Renaissance. May 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the artist's death with events and publications looking at his life, writings, and artistic legacy. Visit our website to explore Leonardo's paintings, drawings, and scientific discoveries, including 3D reconstructions of his engineering sketches.
On 24 May 2019, Queen Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901), Britain’s second longest serving monarch, would have turned 200 years old. The Queen's reign marked a period of great cultural, industrial, and political change as well as a great expansion of the British Empire. She succeeded to the throne shortly after her eighteenth birthday in July 1837, and governed the empire until 1901.
The Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany was approved 70 years ago, on 8 May 1949 in Bonn and came into effect on 23 May 1949. In the subsequent Unification Treaty of 1990, this amended Basic Law was adopted as the constitution for the united Germany.
The Treaty of Versailles was signed 100 years ago on 28 June 1919. It concluded six months of peace negotiations between Germany and the Allied Powers that had begun during the Armistice of 11 November 1918 that ended World War I.
In June 2019 we will celebrate 200th anniversary of Gustave Courbet (10 June 1819 – 31 December 1877), a French painter who led the Realism movement in 19th century French painting. He occupies an important place in the history of art as an innovator and as an artist willing to make bold social statements through his work.
Travel educates and broadens the mind. In the past, travelling was time-consuming, cumbersome and simply impossible for most people, but today we can explore almost every corner of the world. Get ready for your next adventure with our travel photography selection.