Special: Fireworks! Picturing pyrotechnics with professor Simon Werrett

Part of Cai Guo-Qiangs display at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China

To mark Bonfire Night in the UK, this bonus episode of The Art Newspaper takes a look at the history of pyrotechnics in art and wider visual culture. We talk to Simon Werrett, the author of the book Fireworks: Pyrotechnic Arts and Sciences in European History, and he talks about the variety of uses of fireworks over the centuries and the differing ways that artists have depicted them. You can see some of the art discussed in the podcast here.

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