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Rubbish mixtape: fan reunited with cassette 25 years after losing it

Stella Wedell astounded to spot tape in exhibition of art made out of plastic marine debrisA music fan has been reunited with a cassette tape she lost while on holiday 25 years ago after it washed up on a beach hundreds of miles away.Stella Wedell was 12 when she took the tape on a Spanish holiday to listen to songs by the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Shaggy and Bob Marley on her Walkman. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Germany, Environment, UK News, World news, Culture, Pollution, Art and design, Bob Marley, Plastics, Stella Wedell


'We're playing to the world': Galway's European capital of culture year kicks off

Galway 2020 promises everything from Margaret Atwood to art with local asylum-seekers. Its organisers and artists talk about building bridges and creating a lasting legacy for Irish artists‘I know it’s not utopia, but …” Author Sarah Moss has made a decision, she tells the audience at Imagining Ireland. She’s moving to Ireland to discover whether the country of her imagination can survive the test of lived experience. Striking a note of guarded optimism that captured the mood of the evening at G...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Culture, Ireland, Art and design, Festivals, Margaret Atwood, Arts funding, Performance art, Galway, European Capital Of Culture, Sarah Moss, Sara Baume, Imagining Ireland, Elaine Feeney


Gustav Klimt theft: police question gallery owner's widow

Woman linked to Italian gallery from where painting vanished questioned over diary entryIn the latest twist to one of Italy’s most bizarre cases of stolen art, the widow of a former gallery director is being investigated as police try to piece together the mysterious circumstances surrounding the theft and recent rediscovery of a Gustav Klimt painting.Prosecutors in Piacenza are questioning Rossella Tiadina, the widow of Stefano Fugazza, who was managing the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery when Kl...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Art Theft, Gustav Klimt, Klimt, Piacenza, Ricci Oddi, Rossella Tiadina, Stefano Fugazza, Tiadina


Lisbon's outdoor art gallery – in pictures

Street art has transformed Quinta do Mocho, an area once plagued by crime and unemployment Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, World news, Culture, Art and design, Portugal, Street Art, Lisbon, Quinta, Mocho


Critic accidentally destroys $20,000 artwork at Mexico fair

Avelina Lésper said it was almost as if Gabriel Rico’s piece knew how much she disliked itAn art critic has destroyed a contemporary piece at Mexico’s premiere art fair, sparking a debate about what constitutes art.Critic Avelina Lésper said she accidentally shattered the installation on Saturday at the Zona Maco art fair in Mexico City when she placed an empty soda can near it to express her disdain for the piece: a sheet of glass with a stone, soccer ball and other random objects suspended ins...
Tags: Art, Mexico, Americas, Culture, Art and design, Mexico City, Zona Maco, Avelina Lésper, Gabriel Rico


Berlin artist uses 99 phones to trick Google into traffic jam alert

Google Maps diverts road users after mistaking cartload of phones for huge traffic clusterA Berlin-based artist managed to create a traffic jam on one of the main bridges across the Spree with nothing but a handcart and 99 second-hand phones. But one other thing was unusual about the jam: it only existed on Google Maps.Simon Weckert’s artwork Google Maps Hacks involved the artist pulling a small red cart at walking pace down some of the main thoroughfares of Berlin. The 99 phones in the cart, al...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, Technology, Germany, Berlin, Video Art, World news, Culture, Art and design, Gps, Google Maps, Alphabet, Simon Weckert


Portrait long thought to depict Louis XIV's son revealed as British

True identity of sitter found to be 17th-century lord mayor of London, and not French princeA colossal portrait long thought to be of France’s Grand Dauphin that hung for a century in a corridor of the central bank in Paris has been revealed to be British.The true identity of the sitter, with elaborate regalia and pearl-mounted sword, is not the son of Louis XIV but a lord mayor of London from the late 17th century. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, France, Painting, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Paris, Exhibitions, Tate Britain, Louis XIV, Grand Dauphin


Civil rights era photographer Doris Derby: ‘If people were being so brave, it was the least I could do’

Ahead of a UK exhibition of her work, the activist and former academic discusses capturing everyday realities of southern black lives• See a gallery of Doris Derby’s photographsDoris Derby has had a productive 81 years. She’s been an elementary-school teacher, a photographer and a civil rights activist. She has founded theatre groups and been a professor of anthropology. “I like to say, I’ve worn a lot of different hats,” she tells me with a laugh one morning last week on the phone from her home...
Tags: Art, Photography, UK, America, Culture, Art and design, Derby, Margate, Civil rights movement, Black Lives Matter Movement, Atlanta Georgia, Turner Contemporary, Doris Derby


Smash and grab thieves take Salvador Dalí art from Swedish gallery

Bronze sculptures and etchings by Spanish surrealist stolen from Stockholm’s Couleur galleryThieves have stolen bronze sculptures and etchings by the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí from a gallery in Stockholm in a smash and grab raid.The Couleur gallery, in the Swedish capital’s upmarket Östermalm district, was holding an exhibition of work by Dalí containing about 10 pieces by the Spanish artist, the news agency TT said. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Sweden, World news, Culture, Art and design, Salvador Dalí, Stockholm, Dali, TT, Östermalm


Steve McQueen: ‘It’s all about the truth, nothing but the truth. End of'

First he was a Turner prize-winning artist, then a Oscar-winning film director. Now, with a knighthood and a Tate Modern retrospective, he explains why he’s still angry – and still searchingBack in 2001, seven years before he directed his first feature film, Steve McQueen made 7th Nov, an installation that features in his forthcoming Tate Modern retrospective. Visually, it is his most minimalist work: a projection of a single still photograph of the crown of a reclining man’s head, which is bise...
Tags: Art, Film, Race, World news, Culture, Art and design, Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave, Tate Modern, Turner, Mcqueen, Marcus


I loved this dreamy bohemian place: my art holiday in south Wales

A portraiture painting break in the Black Mountains reignited the artistic spark that I abandoned as a teenagerClosing the door of my holiday accommodation for the last time felt like leaving my fantasy life behind. For a week I’d been a bohemian artist, drawing and painting daily, mixing with colourful arty types, surrounded by remote and inspiring Black Mountains scenery.I had just been on my first learning holiday – a five-day course with the Welsh Academy of Art in Cwmdu, a hamlet in the hil...
Tags: Travel, Art, Life and style, Art and design, South Wales, Learning Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Wales Holidays, Crickhowell, Black Mountains, Cwmdu, Welsh Academy of Art


'Like Noah's ark': Polish art collection with chequered history back on show

Czartoryski collection, parts of which were once the property of Nazis and communists, reopens amid financial controversyFrom rare parchments and ancient Egyptian mummies to artworks including a Rembrandt and a prized Leonardo da Vinci portrait, the Czartoryski collection, added to by generations of Polish nobles, is one of the most intriguing and varied in Europe.Its fate has been a mirror of Polish history: begun in lieu of a national museum at a time when Polish independence was under threat,...
Tags: Art, Europe, Nazis, World news, Noah, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Poland, Rembrandt, Art Theft, Nazism, Leonardo da Vinci, Czartoryski


Czartoryski collection back on display after decade-long wait

Polish art collection, parts of which were once the property of Nazis and communists, reopens amid financial controverseyFrom rare parchments and ancient Egyptian mummies to artworks including a Rembrandt and a prized Leonardo da Vinci portrait, the Czartoryski collection, added to by generations of Polish nobles, is one of the most intriguing and varied in Europe.Its fate has been a mirror of Polish history: begun in lieu of a national museum at a time when Polish independence was under threat,...
Tags: Art, Europe, Nazis, World news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Poland, Rembrandt, Art Theft, Nazism, Leonardo da Vinci, Czartoryski


Lamb of (oh my) God: disbelief at 'alarmingly humanoid' restoration of Ghent altarpiece

Painstaking operation to return Adoration of the Lamb to its former glory has left many speechlessA restoration of one of the world’s most famous paintings has been described as “a shock for everybody” after it revealed a depiction of a sheep with extremely human-like eyes.The Ghent Altarpiece, completed by Hubert and Jan van Eyck in 1432, is a 15th-century masterpiece in St Bavo’s Cathedral in Belgium, widely considered to be the first major artwork to use oil paint. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Art and design, Belgium, Hubert, Jan van Eyck, St Bavo 's Cathedral


'Alarmingly humanoid': shear disbelief over restoration of Ghent altarpiece

Painstaking operation to return Adoration of the Lamb to its former glory has left many speechlessA restoration of one of the world’s most famous paintings has been described as “a shock for everybody” after it revealed a depiction of a sheep with extremely human-like eyes.The Ghent Altarpiece, completed by Hubert and Jan van Eyck in 1432, is a 15th-century masterpiece in St Bavo’s Cathedral in Belgium, widely considered to be the first major artwork to use oil paint. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Art and design, Belgium, Hubert, Jan van Eyck, St Bavo 's Cathedral


Klimt art thieves confess to stealing then returning painting

Portrait of a Lady was hidden in same Italian gallery from which it went missing in 1997Two men have confessed to stealing, and then returning, a painting by Gustav Klimt in a bizarre twist to one of Italy’s most mysterious cases of stolen art.Experts confirmed on Friday the authenticity of Portrait of a Lady, which was found concealed in a wall of the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery, the same gallery in Piacenza from which it went missing almost 23 years ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Art Theft, Gustav Klimt, Klimt, Piacenza, Ricci Oddi


Ai Weiwei on his new life in Britain: 'People are at least polite. In Germany, they weren't'

Devastated by his time in Germany, which he regards as still Nazi, the artist has moved. As he unveils a powerful virtual reality artwork, he talks about needing a monster to fight – and why he’d like to be a barberExperience Ai Weiwei’s virtual reality artwork Omni‘When we filmed this,” says Ai Weiwei, “the elephants didn’t know what to do.” The artist is talking about the groundbreaking documentary he has just made about unemployed logging elephants in Myanmar. You watch the film, shot with 36...
Tags: Art, Activism, Germany, Culture, Britain, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Sculpture, Refugees, Installation, Virtual Reality, Myanmar, Ai Weiwei


Minha casa é sua casa: The family who turned their Lisbon home into a hotel

In a 1900s building in Lisbon, António Costa Lopes and Filipa Fortunato have created an intimate hotel that feels like a family home – because it is oneOver the years, Casa Fortunato in Lisbon has been many things to many people. The first floor was originally a doctor’s home, while the ground floor was divided into several shops, their glass facades facing the wide, tree-lined street. After the second world war, it served as a meeting place for the city’s Japanese community; then, from the 1960...
Tags: Travel, Design, Hotels, Life and style, Art and design, Homes, Angola, Interiors, Lisbon, Portugal Holidays, Europe Holidays, Lisbon Holidays, Alexandre, Casa Fortunato, Lisbon António Costa Lopes, Filipa Fortunato


Painting found inside Italian gallery wall confirmed as a Gustav Klimt

Gardeners discovered Portrait of a Lady while clearing ivy at gallery in PiacenzaA painting found hidden in an Italian gallery in December is an authentic Gustav Klimt piece stolen almost 23 years ago, experts have confirmed.The Portrait of a Lady was one of the world’s most sought-after stolen artworks before it was found concealed in a wall of the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery, the same gallery from where it went missing in the northern city of Piacenza. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Italy, Art Theft, Gustav Klimt, Ricci Oddi, PiacenzaA, Piacenza Continue


Ickworth embraces enforced darkness to spotlight art collection

Rotunda at National Trust property exploits gloom from scaffolding to stage exhibitionA 200-year-old Italianate palace, hidden away in the Suffolk countryside and currently encased in more than 270 miles of scaffolding, is to hold an exhibition that is only taking place because it is undergoing £5m of conservation works.Ickworth, a Georgian estate and one of the most photographed of all National Trust properties, will on Satuday open its magnificent but leaky Rotunda to show off world class work...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, The National Trust, Exhibitions, National Trust, Suffolk, Ickworth


Yinka Shonibare: ‘I see what’s happening as an African renaissance’

The artist talks about his project spaces in London and Nigeria, and Africa’s untapped artistic potentialOver the past decade, I’ve been running a project space for emerging artists in east London called Guest Projects. Based just off Broadway Market, it supports practitioners in a variety of disciplines, from visual artists to musicians to theatre companies. Not long after setting it up in 2008, I decided I wanted to make the project international. As I have roots in Nigeria, and the creative s...
Tags: Art, London, Nigeria, Africa, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Installation, Lagos, Lekki, Broadway Market, Yinka Shonibare


French masterpieces looted by Nazis set to fetch £20m at auction

Pointillist works by Pissarro and Signac returned to the family of a Jewish art collector are expected to raise millions at auctionThree neo-impressionist masterpieces that were looted by the Nazis from the homes of a Jewish collector during the German occupation of France are to be auctioned in London.The works by Camille Pissarro and Paul Signac, described by experts as “exceptional”, were recently handed back to the heirs of Gaston Lévy, a successful businessman, property developer and art co...
Tags: Art, London, France, Nazis, Painting, World news, Art and design, Paris, Nazism, Pissarro, Camille Pissarro, Paul Signac, Gaston Levy, Signac


Vivian Suter: the rainforest-dwelling artist who paints with fish glue, dogs and mud

She was ignored for decades, but now Suter has been rediscovered as a pioneering eco-artist. We meet her, and her 97-year-old collagist mum, in the wilds of GuatemalaA large dog romps across a blue and white canvas, leaving a trail of brown paw prints. “Oh well,” shrugs Vivian Suter. “They’re part of the work now. I don’t think anyone will mind.” I realise Bonzo – one of three Alsatian crossbreeds that shadow the artist wherever she goes in her Guatemalan home – has just put the finishing touche...
Tags: Art, Climate Change, Environment, Women, Americas, Painting, Life and style, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Older people, Guatemala, Madrid, Suter


From Worms to Tomb Raider: classic UK video games celebrated in new stamps

Royal Mail’s set of 12 postage stamps traces Britain’s role at the forefront of the games industry through the 1980s and 90sA new set of postage stamps will celebrate the history of the British video game industry, from groundbreaking space sim Elite to blockbusting action adventure Tomb Raider.Each of the 12 stamps in the collection features an image from a memorable and influential game, tracing the history of the industry from the 1980s. Also featured are classic titles such as Dizzy, Populou...
Tags: Games, UK, Design, Life and style, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Royal Mail, Stamps, Retro games, Tomb raider, Collecting


How to fight the far right? Invite them in – the German museum taking on hate

Dresden has declared itself in the grip of a ‘Nazi emergency’. But when one museum boss was targeted by extremists for promoting ‘non-German art’, she asked them to pop byWhen museum director Hilke Wagner went to the opening of a new public artwork in Dresden’s market square, she anticipated a friendly gathering of culture lovers. Instead, she and her colleagues found themselves surrounded by far-right protesters with megaphones, vilifying the sculpture’s organisers and its Syrian-German artist ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Activism, Protest, Germany, Religion, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Migration, Heritage, Museums, Refugees, Identity politics, The far right


John Baldessari, US conceptual artist with a sense of humour, dies aged 88

Baldessari saw his work, juxtaposing painting, text, video, sculpture and more, as a counter to the world’s po-facednessJohn Baldessari, the Californian conceptual artist known for his witty and provocative image-making, has died aged 88.Baldessari was known for countering what he saw as a po-faced conceptual art scene with colour and humour. He once videoed himself being forced to write lines in a notebook: “I will not make any more boring art.” Such pieces were devised in the 1970s, after Bald...
Tags: Art, New York, US, Culture, Art and design, San Diego, Moma, LA Times, John Baldessari, Baldessari


Beaches, black power and beauty salons: contemporary African photography – in pictures

Playful and bold, the images at the Bamako Encounters Photography Biennial subvert advertising tropes, interrogate beauty standards, examine the effects of urban life – and salute the clenched fist of the black power movement. Inaugurated in 1994, the festival celebrates contemporary photography in Africa. Here’s a selection of images from this year’s eventBamako Encounters Photography Biennial is at various venues around the capital of Mali until 31 January Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, Africa, World news, Culture, Art and design, Festivals, Mali, Exhibitions, Bamako


The murals brightening a Delhi slum – in pictures

Raghubir Nagar has been given a colourful makeover by the Delhi Street Art group, drawing art lovers and selfie-snappers to a rundown area that they would never normally visit Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, India, World news, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Delhi, Raghubir Nagar


Vaughan Oliver, celebrated 4AD graphic designer, dies aged 62

Self-confessed ‘working class lad from a dull town’ created some of the most revered sleeves in modern popVaughan Oliver, the graphic designer known for his record covers for Pixies, Cocteau Twins and more, has died aged 62.Adrian Shaughnessy, a graphic designer who had worked with Oliver, announced the news on Instagram, saying Oliver had died with his partner Lee by his side. No cause of death has been given. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Design, Instagram, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Scott Walker, Graphic Design, David Lynch, Oliver, Lee, Pixies, Vaughan Oliver, Pixies Cocteau Twins, Adrian Shaughnessy


France blocks export of €24m Cimabue artwork found in kitchen

Renaissance work sold to foreign bidder has now been declared ‘national treasure’France has blocked the export of a tiny early Renaissance masterpiece found in a French women’s kitchen that fetched more than €24m (£20.5m) at auction and became the most expensive medieval painting ever sold.Christ Mocked, by the 13th-century Florentine painter Cimabue, had hung for decades above a cooking hotplate in the kitchen of a 1960s house near Compiègne, north of Paris before it was spotted by an auctionee...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, World news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Compiegne, Cimabue



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