Two hundred years after the birth of Karl Marx, his ideas remain as relevant as ever as the ongoing crisis of capitalism continues to unfold and threatens the very future of humanity. Born on 5 May 2018, he was a philosopher, economist, historian, political theorist and revolutionary socialist. He remains the most profound and acute critic of capitalism and his writings are amongst the most powerful in the Western intellectual tradition. Interest in Marx and Marxism continues to grow as people recognise his significant contribution to the battle of ideas and the struggle for a better world. Culture Matters is contributing to the bicentennial by publishing some articles on his impact on the arts and on culture generally.