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Cover The invisible enemy should not exist (Room F, Panel F-10, Northwest Palace of Nimrud) (detail), 2019, Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973), Middle Eastern food packaging and newspapers, glue and cardboard on wooden structures, 89 × 83cm. Photo: Arturo Sanchez; courtesy the artist and Jane Lombard Gallery; © the artist See feature on pp. 34–40


13 Editor’s Letter 14 Agenda

May highlights 16 Forum

Will the London art market bounce back? 18 Diary

Xavier F. Salomon tracks down a lost Valadier masterpiece in Nicaragua 20 Diary

Isabella Smith is transported to imperial China, via the small screen 23 Letter

Samuel Reilly retraces the footsteps of Joan Eardley in Glasgow 26 Advertising Feature

The Swiss museums combining art and nature to dazzling effect 28 Architecture

Charles Holland on the ‘progressive classicism’ of Raymond Erith 30 Inquiry Debika Ray asks why Narendra

Modi wants to remake New Delhi

Features 34 Monuments Man

Michael Rakowitz talks to Daniel Trilling about recreating lost artefacts and making new kinds of memorials 42 Making a Stink

Jon Day sniffs out the subtle connections between the visual arts and smell over the centuries 48 Class Menagerie

The former Louvre director Pierre Rosenberg tells Susan Moore about his collection of French art and Murano-glass animals 56 Playing House

Oliver Cox considers the history of country-house exhibitions in museums – and the way forward in more contentious times


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