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A Dance School Flourishes In Africa’s Largest Slum

The Kibera district of Nairobi is home to 250,000 people, most in extreme poverty. Michael Wamaya, a Kibera native, returned home from Europe in 2008 and began offering dance lessons to vulnerable children; by 2017, he was able to open a dance academy called Project Emilu. – Euronews
Tags: Art, Europe, Africa, Dance, Nairobi, Kibera, Michael Wamaya

The Hollywood Rom-Com Take On Europe

As in: What is Europe? Cue faintly hand-wavey snow, hunting lodges, Christmassy scenes, maybe cheese and art themes … but no actual Europe. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Europe, Media

‘We are in limbo’: banned Belarus theatre troupe forced into exile

Members of Belarus Free Theatre say authorities ‘are more scared of artists than of political statements’For 16 years, the Belarus Free Theatre has advocated for freedom of expression, equality and democracy through underground performances from ad hoc locations to audiences hungry for an alternative voice to the country’s repressive dictator, Alexander Lukashenko.Now the banned company has taken the momentous decision to relocate outside Belarus, saying the risk of reprisals against its members...
Tags: Europe, Theatre, UK News, World news, Culture, Stage, Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko, Belarus Free Theatre

Belarus theatre group in exile: ‘We are stronger than the regime’

Members of Belarus Free Theatre say authorities ‘are more scared of artists than of political statements’For 16 years, the Belarus Free Theatre has advocated for freedom of expression, equality and democracy through underground performances from ad hoc locations to audiences hungry for an alternative voice to the country’s repressive dictator, Alexander Lukashenko.Now the banned company has taken the momentous decision to relocate outside Belarus, saying the risk of reprisals against its members...
Tags: Europe, Theatre, UK News, World news, Culture, Stage, Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko, Belarus Free Theatre

Museum rivalry could make Dutch Vermeer show last of its kind

Rijksmuseum aims to bring together all the works by Girl with a Pearl Earring painter that are fit to travelAmsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has announced a “first and last” exhibition of all the paintings by Johannes Vermeer that are fit to travel, as its director claimed growing museum rivalry makes such international cooperation unlikely in the future.Vermeer, whose most famous work is Girl with a Pearl Earring, dating from around 1665, is thought to have painted 35 masterpieces, of which 23 were show...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Netherlands, Exhibitions, Johannes Vermeer, Vermeer, Pearl Earring, Mauritshuis, The Hague Continue, Dutch Vermeer

From Olafur Eliasson to Gerhard Richter: the art show aiming to unite Europe

Diversity United is a travelling exhibition featuring work by 100 living artists from 34 countries – seeing this monument to liberal values moved our writer to tearsWhen it comes to outsized projects with geopolitical undertones, Walter Smerling has form. Between 2015 and 2017, the chairman of the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur (Foundation for Art and Culture) in Bonn and a German art-world statesman of sorts organised the largest ever exhibitions of Chinese art in Germany and German art in China...
Tags: Art, Europe, China, Germany, Russia, Painting, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Moscow, Bonn, Exhibitions, Venice, Anselm Kiefer, Brexit

Repatriation Of Benin’s Bronzes Should Be Only The Beginning

Museums in Europe and the U.S. have more to do to help Nigeria showcase the bronzes safely and well, argues an advisor to a new museum in Nigeria. “It will take time, patience, and deep discussions about establishing practices that will guide these decisions going forward.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Europe, Nigeria, Benin, Visual

Huge star atop Sagrada Família rekindles residents’ complaints

Locals in Barcelona accuse religious foundation in charge of Gaudí‘s masterpiece of highhandednessA gigantic 12-pointed star was installed on Monday on one of the main towers of the basilica of the Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece that has been a work in progress since 1882.But the star is unlikely to brighten the mood of local residents whose lives have been blighted for years by the city’s biggest tourist attraction, which before the pandemic brought 60,000 visitors a day to the are...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, World news, Art and design, Catholicism, Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí, Sagrada Família Antoni Gaudí

As Coronavirus Surges Again In Europe, Restrictions On Performance Return

“After months of relative normalcy, Europe’s opera houses, concert halls and theaters are reintroducing measures all too familiar from earlier phases of the pandemic, restricting audience numbers and mandating testing, if not canceling shows outright.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Europe, Theatre, Audience

Italy’s “Netflix For The Arts” Is Now Open Across Europe

“ITsART … was rolled out across 26 European countries on Tuesday, with plans to expand into the U.S. and China next year. … Prices range from €2.90 ($3.25) for a movie to €9.90 ($11.10) for an exclusive live opera.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Europe, China, Italy, Issues

Sign of the times: row over street art shines light on Spain’s divisions

Madrid council orders removal of street art featuring left and rightwing heroes as Socialist-led government proposes prosecution of Franco-era crimesFor the past 11 months, the two walls that make up a street corner in east Madrid have engaged in a mute but bitter debate that mirrors the faultlines, fights and ferocities of Spanish politics.On the left wall are 24 street signs commemorating poets and writers including Federico García Lorca, Miguel Hernández, Victoria Kent and Carmen Laforet. Con...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Franco, Madrid, Carmen Laforet

Return of Parthenon marbles is up to British Museum, says No 10

Spokesperson’s comments before Boris Johnson meets Greek PM appear to signal softening of positionReturning the Parthenon marbles to Greece is a matter for the British Museum, Downing Street has said, apparently reversing longstanding UK government opposition to the idea, reiterated by Boris Johnson as recently as March.Johnson was scheduled to meet the Greek prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, at No 10 later on Tuesday, and Mitsotakis was expected to argue that the reunification of the “stolen...
Tags: Art, Europe, Politics, UK, Greece, UK News, World news, Culture, Foreign Policy, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Parthenon, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Parthenon marbles

Museums v business: the growing market for cultural digitisation

As sales of licensed goods soars, battles loom over the use of works by long-dead artistsThis summer, the Uffizi gallery threatened to sue Pornhub for using its masterpieces in a “classic nudes” video. “Some people think of museums as boring, stuffy or dull,” posed the adult streaming site. “But what if we told you they housed a collection of priceless porn?” The video re-enacted erotic scenes from art history using artworks including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, housed in the Uffizi in Florence...
Tags: Art, Europe, Business, Law, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Italy, Intellectual Property, Pornhub, Botticelli, Florence Pornhub

Greek PM to make Parthenon marbles key issue in meeting with Boris Johnson

Kyriakos Mitsotakis is to argue reunification of ‘stolen’ sculptures is matter outside remit of British MuseumThe Greek prime minister will make the Parthenon marbles the key issue in upcoming talks with Boris Johnson in London, arguing the reunification of the “stolen” sculptures is an intergovernmental matter that lies outside the remit of the British Museum.Determined to raise the issue in his first Downing Street visit, Kyriakos Mitsotakis is also expected to emphasise the leaky roof in the ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Politics, London, Greece, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Parthenon, Boris Johnson, Parthenon marbles, British Museum, Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Europe’s Best Cathedrals

While some on this list are obvious, others may inspire an artistic pilgrimage – though Milan “is a chaotic hotchpotch of buttresses, pinnacles and a reputed 2,245 statues, part gothic, part classical. Like an overdressed model on a Milan catwalk.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Europe, Milan, Visual

Ghosts of colonial looting haunt Europe’s museums

Here is a recap of disputes over artefacts looted from Europe’s former African colonies. The post Ghosts of colonial looting haunt Europe’s museums appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Germany, Africa, Senegal, United Kingdom, Belgium, Democratic Republic of the Congo, British Museum, Benin, Openaccess, Emmanuel Macron, Patrice Talon, Quai Branly Museum, Kingdom of Dahomey

Greek prime minister tries to broker deal for return of Parthenon marbles

Kyriakos Mitsotakis offers to loan Greek treasures to British Museum if ‘stolen’ sculptures are returned to AcropolisThe Greek prime minister has demanded that the 2,500-year-old Parthenon marbles, which he accuses Britain of stealing, be returned to Greece, and even offered to loan some of his country’s treasures to the British Museum in an attempt to broker a deal.Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the Daily Telegraph that the sculptures, also known as the Elgin marbles, belong in the Acropolis Museum i...
Tags: Art, Europe, Politics, Greece, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Athens, Parthenon, Boris Johnson, Parthenon marbles

Adieu gin, au revoir roast beef! How Hogarth became a proud European

His most famous satires are often seen as part Shakespeare comedy, part Carry On film. But Tate Britain’s Hogarth and Europe exhibition shows the artist was no Little EnglanderIn one of his most celebrated paintings, O the Roast Beef of Old England, William Hogarth appears as himself, sketching the fortifications at Calais at the very moment of being mistakenly arrested as a spy in 1748. It is not what you would call a subtle scene. The raggedy French soldiers are on their last legs, barely sust...
Tags: Art, Europe, England, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Calais, Tate Britain, Hogarth, William Hogarth, John Bull, Britain Spying

Petrit Halilaj: ‘I started to live with fear on a daily basis’

The artist was 12 when the Kosovo war destroyed his home, but a chance meeting in a refugee camp led him to document a child’s-eye view of the conflictPetrit Halilaj was 12 years old when Serbian troops moved into his Kosovar village, forcing his family to flee and then burning their house to the ground. Piling as much as they could on to a tractor, they took off for his grandfather’s home. When that was also invaded they moved again, flitting from refuge to refuge until they arrived at a camp i...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, Serbia, Refugees, Un, Albania, Kosovo, Kofi Annan, Giacomo, Petrit Halilaj, Halilaj

Roman villa with world’s only Caravaggio mural up for sale

Villa Aurora set to go on auction in January with opening bid of almost €500mA sprawling villa in Rome containing the only ceiling mural ever painted by the Italian master Caravaggio is being put up for sale for almost €500m (£422m).The 2.75-metre wide painting Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto was commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte in the 16th century to adorn the ceiling in what was his alchemy laboratory at Casino di Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi, better known as Villa Aurora. Continue ...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Pluto, Villa Aurora, Caravaggio, Jupiter Neptune, Francesco Maria Del Monte, Casino di Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi, Villa Aurora Continue

Six jailed in Spain for selling fakes of Goya and other artists online

Valencia police seized 27 paintings by various artists being sold for €1.2m, 18 of which were crude forgeriesSix people have been jailed in the eastern Spanish region of Valencia after police broke up a criminal gang that was using the internet to sell crudely forged paintings attributed to artists including Francisco de Goya, José Benlliure y Gil and Nicolás Falcó.The investigation, carried out by officers from the historical heritage group of the Valencian police, began when doubts arose over ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Valencia, Goya, Francisco De Goya, Gil, Falco, Francisco de Goya José Benlliure

Friends of Chamber Music KC Seeks Artistic Director

The Friends of Chamber Music, located in Kansas City, Missouri, is searching for a dynamic and experienced Artistic Director to lead one of the country’s preeminent music series. Currently in its 46th season, The Friends of Chamber Music has earned a reputation for excellence, with programs and performers matched to create a season of deliberate artistic vision. The organization’s season has been comprised of about a dozen concerts from October through May in three series: The Intern...
Tags: Art, Europe, Jobs, US, Kansas City Missouri, Chamber Music KC, Friends of Chamber Music

Little Amal in Britain: giant puppet of Syrian refugee reaches Folkestone – video

The giant puppet representing a nine-year-old Syrian girl has reached the UK, making her first stop in Folkestone, Kent, after walking thousands of miles across Europe.Choirs sang and children greeted Little Amal on the beach on Tuesday. She had made the same cross-Channel journey taken so far this year by more than 17,000 people seeking refuge from conflict, hunger and persecution.On the last leg of her journey, Little Amal will visit Canterbury, London, Oxford, Coventry, Birmingham, Sheffield ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Theatre, UK News, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Stage, Manchester, Refugees, Kent, Barnsley, Puppetry, Folkestone, Folkestone Kent, Little Amal

‘People felt threatened even by a puppet refugee’: Little Amal’s epic walk through love and fear

From being pelted with stones in Greece to receiving a papal welcome in Rome, the giant girl’s migrant trek from Syria to Manchester provoked powerful responsesIn Greece, far-right protesters threw things at her as she walked through the streets, local councillors voted to ban her from visiting a village of Orthodox monasteries, and protests in Athens meant her route had to be diverted. In France, the mayor of Calais raised objections to her presence.At times, the 8,000km journey across Europe o...
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, Greece, France, Theatre, UK News, World news, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Stage, Manchester, Refugees

Madrid exhibition reimagines Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights for digital age

Triptych’s 21st-century variations comment on technology, consumerism, sex and the planetAdam is a busy robot poring over the codes of creation. The climate disaster has imprisoned the devil in a block of ice. And a social media sinner is lashed to a hashtag for all eternity while a Terminator stalks through a charnel house hell.The Garden of Earthly Delights is once again in full, admonitory bloom. More than five centuries after it was completed, Hieronymus Bosch’s masterpiece is being reimagin...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Madrid, Bosch, Hieronymus Bosch

Gandhi in heels? Maria Callas statue hits the wrong note

Critics compare figure of famous soprano erected in Greek capital to an Oscar statuette Drama in life, drama in posterity. For Maria Callas, Greece’s greatest diva, there is, even 44 years after her death, no let up from the artistic wrangling that was her lot.But this time the uproar is focused on a statue erected at the foot of the ancient Acropolis, opposite the Roman theatre where the world-renowned opera singer made her debut. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Greece, World news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Acropolis, Roman, Gandhi, Maria Callas

Nobel Prizewinner Abdulrazak Gurnah Has Some Strong Words For Europe

Gurnah, who is from Tanzania and lives in Britain, said, “People don’t come with nothing, they come with their youth, their energy, their potential. … Just to stay on the idea ‘they are there, they are coming to steal something of our prosperity’ is inhumane.” – Le Figaro
Tags: Art, Europe, Britain, Tanzania, Words, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Gurnah

Opera Singer Warns Of Brexit’s Damage To British Musicians’ Careers And Standing

If British musicians can’t travel to Europe easily and often, Dame Sarah Connolly says, their ability to be seen and to network will decline quickly and decisively. “How can we compete with our German, French, Portuguese, Austrian friends if we are not known?” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Brexit, Dame Sarah Connolly

Aeroflot: a history of the Soviet airline – in pictures

The story of one of the world’s oldest carriers is told through photographs, posters and ephemera in Bruno Vandermueren’s book Aeroflot – Fly Soviet, published by FUEL Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Design, Russia, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Air transport, Airline Industry, Aeroflot, Bruno Vandermueren

Unseen Van Gogh sketches that rework scorned masterpiece to go on display

Preparatory work for ‘redoing’ of The Potato Eaters – savaged in his lifetime – to feature in exhibitionA collection of Vincent van Gogh’s preparatory drawings sketched ahead of a planned “redoing” of The Potato Eaters, a masterpiece brutally slated by buyers, friends and family at the time of its painting, are being exhibited for what is believed to be first time.The Dutch artist considered his depiction of a peasant family from the village of Nuenen in Brabant eating a meal of potatoes as one ...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Drawing, Museums, Netherlands, Exhibitions, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Nuenen, Brabant, Bedroom Sunflowers

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