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Berlin nightclub Berghain opens to all for lockdown art exhibition

Visitors can view work by likes of Olafur Eliasson and Tacita Dean and take guided tours of venueBerlin’s legendary Berghain nightclub will relax its notoriously strict door policy for art lovers from next month as the venue turns into a gallery while the German capital’s nightlife remains on hold because of the pandemic.Berghain, housed in an old power plant on the border between the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg districts, will from 9 September show works produced during the Covid-19 lockdown b...
Tags: Art, Europe, Germany, Berlin, World news, Culture, Art and design, Tacita Dean, Kreuzberg, Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Berghain, Friedrichshain, Olafur Eliasson Tacita Dean, Shirin Sabahi Christine Sun Kim, Sandra Mujinga

Looted landmarks: how Notre-Dame, Big Ben and St Mark's were stolen from the east

They are beacons of western civilisation. But, says an explosive new book, the designs of Europe’s greatest buildings were plundered from the Islamic world – twin towers, rose windows, vaulted ceilings and allAs Notre-Dame cathedral was engulfed by flames last year, thousands bewailed the loss of . The ultimate symbol of French cultural identity, the very heart of the nation, was going up in smoke. But Middle East expert Diana Darke was having different thoughts. She knew that the origins of th...
Tags: Europe, Books, Design, Religion, World news, Syria, Culture, Architecture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Heritage, Paris, Middle East, Christianity, Islam, Notre Dame

Paint me up before you go-go: London borough to get George Michael mural

No, it’s not a careless whisper: a nine-metre-high image of the singer, by artist Dawn Mellor, is set to adorn BrentTurn a different corner in the London borough of Brent from September and you’ll be confronted with the strangest thing: a nine-metre mural of local hero George Michael.No this isn’t just a careless whisper. British artist Dawn Mellor has been commissioned to paint a permanent public artwork in Kingsbury, celebrating the life of the singer, who grew up in the area. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Music, London, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Street Art, George Michael, Kingsbury, Dawn Mellor

A city out of time: what do we dream of when we dream of Rome?

On a writing grant to the eternal city an Italian-born Australian encounters its two faces – the tourist’s fantasy and the residents’s realityMy desire to live in Rome germinated on a European holiday almost 20 years ago. I exited Trastevere train station, bleary eyed after the long-haul flight, and was instantly revived by the sight of women in tight skirts and stilettos zooming past on their Vespas. Men at the local bar made fun of my Italian pronunciation. Come si dice ‘tre’? they would tease...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, Books, Environment, Religion, Race, World news, Australia news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Catholicism, Sculpture, Pope Francis, Italy

Tate removes reference to 'amusing' restaurant after racist images in mural draw anger

Exclusive: Gallery removes reference to venue as ‘most amusing room in Europe’ as call grow for artwork’s removalTate Britain has removed a reference to its restaurant as “the most amusing room in Europe” after complaints about racist depictions in a 1920s mural.The Rex Whistler restaurant is covered floor to ceiling in a specially commissioned mural by the British artist titled the Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats, which depicts the enslavement of a black child and the distress of his mother...
Tags: Art, Europe, Race, UK News, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Tate Britain, Tate, Rex Whistler

Entirely unseen colour photographs by an unknown Italian photographer, discovered by his granddaughter.

Amateur photographer Alberto di Lenardo’s work was, for many years, hidden away in a secret room. Now the unguarded moments he captured are being published in An Attic Full of Trains Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Art and design books, Alberto di Lenardo

Place depicted in Van Gogh's final painting found with help of postcard

French hillside scene in Tree Roots may have been painted hours before artist’s deathThe exact location from where Vincent van Gogh is likely to have painted his final masterpiece, perhaps just hours before his death, has been discovered with the help of a postcard.The scene in Tree Roots, a painting of trunks and roots growing on a hillside near the French village of Auvers-sur-Oise near Paris was first spotted on a card dating from 1900 to 1910 by Wouter van der Veen, the scientific director o...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Netherlands, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Auvers, OISE, Wouter van der Veen, Institut Van Gogh Continue

A Renaissance masterpiece, Nazi looters, a double murder … and a happy ending

His grandparents had to sell their paintings for a pittance – and then were killed. Simon Goodman on why the recovery of one means so muchA masterpiece by the Italian Renaissance artist Paolo Uccello, which disappeared after the Nazis forced its owner to sell it for a pittance before sending him and his wife to their deaths, is to be sold this week after its current owners discovered its shocking past.The painting, Battle on the Banks of a River, had belonged to Friedrich “Fritz” Gutmann, who wa...
Tags: Art, Nazis, Painting, UK News, Art and design, Holocaust, Second world war, Adolf Hitler, Nazism, Louise, Theresienstadt, Paolo Uccello, Simon Goodman, Auschwitz Continue, Friedrich `` Fritz '' Gutmann

Jeff Divine’s best photograph: a wipeout on surfing's greatest wave

‘Other surfers at Oahu kept away from Fred. His eyesight was so bad, they were scared he’d wipe them out too’This wave is known as the Pipeline. It breaks near the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii’s third largest island. It’s one of the pinnacles of surf culture. In the 1970s, when this shot was taken, it was probably the most radical wave in the world. We knew of nothing else like it.To catch a wave like this, you need to amass a wealth of knowledge from years on the ocean. In California, the slope ...
Tags: Art, Photography, California, Sport, Life and style, US news, Culture, Art and design, Hawaii, Surfing, Oahu, Oahu Hawaii, Fred His, Jeff Divine

Edward Colston statue replaced by sculpture of Black Lives Matter protester Jen Reid

Exclusive: Artist Marc Quinn leads secret mission to install resin-and-steel figure of Jen Reid at site of toppled Bristol slave trader Read an interview with the sculptor and his subjectThe statue of slave trader Edward Colston was replaced in Bristol on Wednesday morning – with a sculpture of one of the protesters whose anger brought him down.The figure of Jen Reid, who was photographed standing on the plinth with her fist raised after the 17th-century merchant was toppled by Black Lives Matte...
Tags: Art, Protest, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Bristol, Marc Quinn, Black Lives Matter Movement, Edward Colston, Jen Reid

'Hope flows through her': artist Marc Quinn on replacing Colston with a Black Lives Matter statue

Today the sculptor placed a statue of a woman doing a black power salute on the vacant plinth in Bristol. We tell the full story of its creation – and speak to Jen Reid, the protester whose gesture so inspired him ‘Amazing moment’: new statue appears at dawnThere’s a lookout stationed at the end of Colston Street and a load of people, some dressed in hi-vis vests, are gathering at a nearby restaurant called Bambalan. Then, in the dawn light, a statue concealed in plastic wrapping can be seen app...
Tags: Art, Race, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Slavery, Bristol, British identity and society, Marc Quinn, Black Lives Matter Movement, Colston, Edward Colston, Colston Street

Artlords, not warlords – how Kabul's artists battle for the streets

Muralists are covering the Afghan capital’s blast walls with agitprop imagery and calling out corruptionFrom the killing of George Floyd in the US and the drowning of Afghan refugees in Iran, to the signing of the US-Taliban agreement towards peace and brutal murder of a Japanese aid worker, a group of Afghan artists have taken paintbrushes to adorn Kabul’s grey blast walls with vivid imagery.The barriers have been transformed into politically inspired murals, which the artists hope will create ...
Tags: Art, Protest, US, Painting, World news, Iran, Afghanistan, Culture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Global development, Kabul, Street Art, US Taliban, George Floyd

Banksy creates mask-themed work on London Underground

Coronavirus-inspired stencils on tube train feature rats with surgical face masks and hand sanitiserCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBanksy has entered the mask debate with his latest typically playful work: a series of stencils on the London Underground that feature his trademark rats struggling to come to terms with surgical masks.In a video posted on his Instagram page, the street artist is seen entering an underground train carriage while dressed as a member of the...
Tags: Art, London, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Rail transport, Banksy, Street Art, London Underground, Coronavirus outbreak

The great reopening – how Britain's galleries Covid-proofed themselves

From London to Llandudno to Dundee, museums are back in business. So is it now safe to view art – and how will they cope with the drastic drop in numbers?‘There was a moment,” says Andrew Nairne, “when I was thinking, of course, we are like Nottingham Contemporary and the Hepworth Wakefield, places like that.” The director of Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge is guiding me around a gallery that’s “in rehearsals” for a socially distanced opening in August. “Then I remembered that the others don’t have a...
Tags: Art, London, Wales, Scotland, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Museums, Dundee, Local Government, Cambridge, National Gallery, Llandudno, Carlisle

Boris Johnson pledges £1.5bn lifeline to keep UK's arts sector afloat

Industry welcomes ‘surprisingly ambitious’ sum for museums, galleries, theatres and music venues‘At last a glimpse of hope’: UK arts figures on the rescue packageCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain’s beleaguered arts and heritage sectors have been promised £1.57bn of help in a long-awaited rescue package described by the government as the biggest one-off investment in UK culture.After weeks of desperate warnings that the UK was facing an irreversible cultural cata...
Tags: Music, UK, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Boris Johnson, Opera, Arts policy, Coronavirus outbreak

Unseen Picasso portrait of lover and muse to appear at auction

Sotheby’s will auction 1931 charcoal drawing that shines light on artist’s affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter A tender and largely unseen portrait by Picasso of his lover and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter, which the artist personally kept until his death, is to appear at auction for the first time.The 1931 charcoal drawing shines light on one of the great love affairs of the 20th century and was made by Picasso when his affair with Walter was still a closely guarded secret. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Pablo Picasso, Walter, Picasso, Sotheby, Marie Thérèse Walter

Milton Glaser, groundbreaking I ❤️ NY designer, dies aged 91

Glaser’s bold logo, created for free in 1977, helped boost New York’s image and he was also part of the team that founded New York magazineMilton Glaser, the groundbreaking graphic designer who adorned Bob Dylan’s silhouette with psychedelic hair and summed up the feelings for his native New York with “I (HEART) NY,” died Friday, on his 91st birthday.The cause was a stroke and Glaser had also had renal failure, his wife, Shirley Glaser, told The New York Times. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, New York, US news, Culture, Art and design, Bob Dylan, Glaser, Milton Glaser, New York magazineMilton Glaser, Shirley Glaser, The New York Times Continue

It's a botch-up! Monkey Christ and the worst art repairs of all time

As another religious painting restoration goes horribly wrong, we take a look at some of the finest examples of butchered statues, art installations and frescoes In the latest instalment of the greatest genre of art news – and I write that as a lover of art – another restoration has gone awry. The word “awry” is being generous.This is the revelation that a private collector, based in Valencia, paid €1,200 (£1,070) for a restoration job on baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s Immaculate C...
Tags: Art, Religion, Painting, Spain, World news, Turkey, Culture, Canada, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Portugal, Installation, Valencia, Damien Hirst, Mary

Unfinished, abandoned, demolished: how Cairo is losing architecture it never knew it had

From grand visions that fail with the departure of a president to everyday buildings knocked down before they can be considered for heritage protection, a new book unpicks what Egypt’s capital might have beenn Looming above the affluent Zamalek neighbourhood in the centre of Cairo, the Forte Tower has stood as the tallest building in Egypt for the last 30 years – yet it remains unfinished and abandoned. A ring of faintly Islamic pointed-arch windows encircles the uppermost floor of the great cyl...
Tags: Books, Design, Africa, World news, Culture, Architecture, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Art and design, Manhattan, Cairo, Hosni Mubarak, Zamalek, Anwar Sadat, Sadat, Art and design books

Queen – not that one – to appear on postage stamps

Classic rock band to feature on 13 stamp designs from July, with Brian May saying ‘we have become a national institution’No, not that one – the rock band Queen are to feature on a series of UK postage stamps over the summer.They become only the third band to be honoured by Royal Mail, following the Beatles in 2007 and Pink Floyd in 2016. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Music, UK, Design, UK News, Pink Floyd, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Royal Mail, Queen, Stamps, Brian May

Queen to appear on postage stamps

Classic rock band to feature on 13 stamp designs from July, with Brian May saying ‘we have become a national institution’No, not that one – the rock band Queen are to feature on a series of UK postage stamps over the summer.They become only the third band to be honoured by Royal Mail, following the Beatles in 2007 and Pink Floyd in 2016. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Music, UK, Design, UK News, Pink Floyd, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Royal Mail, Queen, Stamps, Brian May

Experts call for regulation after latest botched art restoration in Spain

Immaculate Conception painting by Murillo reportedly cleaned by furniture restorerConservation experts in Spain have called for a tightening of the laws covering restoration work after a copy of a famous painting by the baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo became the latest in a long line of artworks to suffer a damaging and disfiguring repair.A private art collector in Valencia was reportedly charged €1,200 by a furniture restorer to have the picture of the Immaculate Conception cleaned. Ho...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, Painting, Spain, Culture, Art and design, Christianity, Valencia, Virgin Mary, Murillo, Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Nigerian scholar calls for halt to auction of sacred Igbo artworks

Chika Okeke-Agulu says sale of sculptures removed during 1960s civil war ‘perpetuates violence’ of conflictA prominent Igbo-Nigerian artist and academic has called for the cancellation of a forthcoming auction in Paris of two sacred sculptures taken out of Nigeria during its devastating civil war in the late 1960s.Chika Okeke-Agulu, a professor of art history at Princeton University, said the sale of the Igbo objects – called alusi or “sacred sculptures” – at Christie’s auction house later this ...
Tags: Art, France, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Paris, Princeton University, Christie, Chika Okeke Agulu

Dutch art detective says he has 'proof of life' of stolen Van Gogh painting

Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring was snatched from a museum in Laren in MarchDutch detectives are investigating two apparent “proof of life” photographs of a £5m Vincent van Gogh painting stolen from a museum during the coronavirus lockdown.The images appear to show Van Gogh’s Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring alongside a copy of the New York Times published on the day of the painting’s theft. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, New York Times, Netherlands, Art Theft, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Nuenen, Laren, Parsonage Garden

Katie Waggett's best photograph: Sunday worship with Joy

‘Joy was dancing in church with her children in London. She was in her element – her dress speaks to her sense of cultural pride’Her name is Joy and I photographed her outside one of the many African churches in south-east London. I had just finished photographing a mosque on the same bland industrial estate when I found the blue wall, then spotted Joy dancing in the church with her children. I thought: “That’s a portrait I’ve got to get,” and asked if she’d come outside and have her photograph ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, London, Nigeria, Africa, Religion, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Christianity, British identity and society, Quebec

Van Gogh and Gauguin letter about brothel visit sells for €210,000

‘Exceptional’ correspondence sent from Arles in 1888 is bought by Van Gogh MuseumA letter written by two of the greatest artists of the 19th century, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, about their visits to French brothels has been bought for the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam for €210,600 (£189,000).The correspondence, previously held in private hands, has been described as “exceptional”. The two painters entwine descriptions of their experiences living together in Arles, in Provence, with claims...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, World news, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Provence, Arles, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Van Gogh Museum, Van Gogh MuseumA

Christie's withdraws 'looted' Greek and Roman treasures

Four antiquities pulled from auction after claims they came from illicit excavations Christie’s has quietly withdrawn four Greek and Roman antiquities from auction this month amid allegations that they had been looted from illicit excavations.The items were in the original brochure catalogue but later removed from the online site with no explanation. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Christie

Paris museum reopens with stories of frantic wartime exodus

Visitors may find echoes of early 1940s Europe in present-day fears and uncertaintiesEighty years ago, on 13 June 1940, the last of the 2 million Parisians – nearly three-quarters of the city’s population – to flee the fast-advancing German army were scrambling frantically to leave the capital.Amid chaos and confusion, by train, in cars piled high with belongings, by bike and on foot, pushing prams and pulling handcarts, clutching suitcases and small children, they joined a throng of 8 million d...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, World news, Culture, Art and design, Second world war, Museums, Paris

Meet the mud people of Ireland – in pictures

Hurling and Irish dancing are part of County Wexford’s cultural tradition. Photographer Luis Alberto Rodriguez got physical with the locals Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Dance, Culture, Ireland, Art and design, Stage, County Wexford, Folk dancing, Art and design books, Luis Alberto Rodriguez

Bird figurine is earliest Chinese artwork ever discovered, say experts

‘Refined’ 2cm carving found in Henan dates to palaeolithic period up to 13,000 years agoA tiny figurine of a bird, carved from burnt bone and no bigger than a £1 coin, is the earliest Chinese artwork ever discovered, according to an international team of archaeologists. The carving, less than 2cm in length, has been dated to the palaeolithic period, between 13,800 and 13,000 years ago, which pushes back the earliest known date of east Asian animal sculpture by more than eight millennia.  Continu...
Tags: Art, Science, China, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Sculpture, Archaeology, Henan

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