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Looted artefacts withdrawn from UK auction after Ethiopia’s appeal

Ethiopian government asked auction house to ‘stop cycle of dispossession’Two artefacts that were taken during colonial-era looting by British forces in Ethiopia have been withdrawn from auction after the Ethiopian government appealed to an auction house selling them to “stop the cycle of dispossession”.Busby auctioneers in Bridport, Dorset, has withdrawn a leather-bound Coptic bible and a set of horn beakers from a sale on 17 June after the Ethiopian embassy in London discovered the items – whic...
Tags: Art, UK, London, Africa, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Ethiopia, Maqdala, Bridport Dorset


Madrid’s Reina Sofía examines Latin America’s artistic boom

Dangling artist, dead dog and lovingly tangled mattress help convey volatile past in new showThe black and white photograph of a dead dog, taken in Lima in 1989, that now hangs on the immaculate walls of the Reina Sofía in Madrid seems to have little in common with the Caetano Veloso album covers also on display or, come to that, with the image of a young Chilean artist suspended by his feet alongside a map of his homeland.But they – and the 100 or so other works that make up the museum’s latest...
Tags: Art, Europe, Americas, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Madrid, Lima, Latin America, Reina Sofia


‘Cultural appropriation is a two-way thing’: Yinka Shonibare on Picasso, masks and the fashion for black artists

Picasso was so enthralled by African art, he used it to start a revolution. But did it give rise to a fantasy of Africa that still endures? British-Nigerian artist Shonibare tells us why he’s revisiting that seismic moment In 1998, in a hilarious work called Diary of a Victorian Dandy, Yinka Shonibare inserted himself, impeccably attired, into the sitting rooms, drawing rooms, billiards rooms and bedrooms of high society Victorian Britain, invariably causing a sensation in each of the perfectly ...
Tags: Art, Nigeria, Africa, Race, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Sculpture, Paris, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Hogarth, Picasso, Tate


Masks, monsters and masterpieces: Yinka Shonibare squares up to Picasso

Picasso was so enthralled by African art, he used it to start a revolution. But did it give rise to a fantasy of Africa that still endures? British-Nigerian artist Shonibare tells us why he’s revisiting that seismic moment In 1998, in a hilarious work called Diary of a Victorian Dandy, Yinka Shonibare inserted himself, impeccably attired, into the sitting rooms, drawing rooms, billiards rooms and bedrooms of high society Victorian Britain, invariably causing a sensation in each of the perfectly ...
Tags: Art, Nigeria, Africa, Race, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Sculpture, Paris, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Hogarth, Picasso, Tate


Italian TV employees suspected of thieving dozens of works of art

‘Priceless’ pieces removed from Rai’s offices by employees and replaced with fakes, police believe“Disloyal employees” at Italy’s public broadcaster, Rai, are suspects in the theft of dozens of works of art from its offices thought to date back to the 1970s.In what the daily newspaper Il Messaggero has described as “the sack of Rai”, the “priceless” artworks were removed from the broadcaster’s headquarters in Rome and units across the country and replaced with fakes. The works included original ...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Rome, Italy, Art Theft, Claude Monet, RAI, Amedeo Modigliani, Il Messaggero, Renato Guttuso


Calls for Keith Haring mural to stay at Barcelona site being turned into care home

Artwork in building slated for demolition faces uncertain future, though city has pledged to save itIt all began one February night in 1989. Cesar de Melero was DJing in the Ars Studio club in Barcelona when someone told him that the artist Keith Haring was outside but the doorman wouldn’t let him in.“The place was packed, so I put on a record and pushed through the crowd,” De Melero told the Guardian. “And there he was with his saintly, innocent face and I told the doorman to let him in and I s...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, Barcelona, World news, Culture, Art and design, Street Art, Keith Haring, ARS Studio, César de Melero, De Melero


Keith Haring’s Barcelona mural to be moved as former club faces demolition

Ibiza DJ suggests impromptu 1989 artwork should feature in new building – a care homeIt all began one February night in 1989. César de Melero was DJing in the Ars Studio club in Barcelona when someone told him that the artist Keith Haring was outside but the doorman wouldn’t let him in.“The place was packed, so I put on a record and pushed through the crowd,” De Melero told the Guardian. “And there he was with his saintly, innocent face and I told the doorman to let him in and I said to the boss...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, Barcelona, World news, Culture, Art and design, Ibiza, Keith Haring, ARS Studio, César de Melero, De Melero


Modi’s bulldozing of parliament shows him as the architect of a Hindu Taliban | Anish Kapoor

Flattening the majestic Murghal-inspired buildings is the latest stage in a hateful, vanity-fuelled campaign to de-Islamify IndiaAt the heart of New Delhi, the capital of India, sits a Mughal-inspired monument that houses the seat of the Indian parliament. Built by the British architect Edwin Lutyens between 1911 and 1931, the parliament buildings and their grand roadways and water channels follow the form established by the Islamic rulers of Iran and elaborated by the Islamic sultanate of Samar...
Tags: Art, India, Narendra Modi, World news, Iran, Culture, Architecture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Sculpture, New Delhi, Samarkand, Anish Kapoor, Modi, Lutyens, Edwin Lutyens


Mohamed Bourouissa on France’s identity crisis: ‘We’ve got catching up to do!’

The French Algerian artist uses photography, rap music and the frequencies of trees in his quest to shine a light on marginalised communities. Now he’s preparing for his first solo UK showIn early 2020, when Dave was making British history by triumphing at both the Brits and Mercury music prizes, the equivalent awards in France were making headlines for all the wrong reasons. That year’s Victoires de la Musique featured no headline prizes for a black or Arab rapper. “Domestic rap has become the ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, Music, UK, France, Africa, Race, Society, World news, Dave, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Hip-hop, Installation


Afrofuturism and the sex life of coral – inside the wild mind of Ellen Gallagher

The artist’s latest work is the product of ‘hard physical labour’. She reveals her inspirations – from marine ecosystems and Flemish commodity painters to Black AtlantisTalking to Ellen Gallagher about her paintings is a multi-dimensional slalom ride: we swerve from the social lives of pictures to the sex life of coral and the transportation of slaves across oceans and centuries. Right now her latest works are all finished and singing to each other across a gallery floor before going their separ...
Tags: Art, London, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Slavery, Ellen Gallagher, Hauser Wirth


‘We have to laugh’: Brexit art show hits Paris

From remixed flags to a fishermen’s feast, more than 400 works by amateur artists exploring the new Franco-British relationship have gone on showWinners of a cross-Channel competition for amateur artists to shake off the Brexit blues have gone on display in Paris.I Love You, Moi Non Plus drew more than 400 entries including paintings, illustrations, photography, music and writing aimed at exploring the new British-French relationship. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, European Union, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Brexit


Plunder of Pompeii: how art police turned tide on tomb raiders

Looters have plundered Italy’s cultural sites for years, but a crackdown by the carabinieri’s art squad means recent trade has not been as fruitfulBy day, the tombaroli, or tomb raiders, marked out the spot. They used long, pointed tools to pierce the earth , beneath which there was a passage that would take them to Roman homes replete with treasure in Civita Giuliana, a suburb of ancient Pompeii, about 700 metres north-west of the main archaeological park.By night, they dug a network of tunnels...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Italy, Art Theft, Pompeii, Civita Giuliana


David Lan: In the age of apartheid, theatre resisted

The theatre director and writer looks back at the spirit of protest that fuelled daring dramas staged in South Africa 50 years agoI grew up in South Africa during the bleak, violent, seemingly never-ending iron age of apartheid. In 1971, when I was studying acting at Cape Town University, the National Party government built a monolithic 1,500-seat theatre complex in a commanding position near the centre of the city. The Afrikaner Nationalists had an easy rule of thumb by which to distinguish bet...
Tags: Books, Activism, Protest, Africa, Race, Theatre, World news, Culture, South Africa, Stage, William Shakespeare, Autobiography and memoir, Chekhov, Vanya, Athol Fugard, ANC (African National Congress


‘It’s cooler to hang Lennon’s guitar than a Picasso’: pop culture wins out at auctions

Sales of items from celebrities such as Janet Jackson and K-poppers BTS are trending – and reframing what goes under the hammerIs celebrity merchandise the new Monet? Auction houses are in flux, with more and more pop culture items being sold under the hammer for six and seven-figure sums.Last month, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills hosted a three-day auction of Janet Jackson’s personal belongings, including some of her most iconic stage outfits. Buyers included Kim Kardashian, who snagged Jac...
Tags: Art, Fashion, Music, Kim Kardashian, Instagram, Film, Los Angeles, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Beverly Hills, Jackson, Nirvana


‘I can now do it in less than two minutes’: a Rubik’s cube and nine other objects readers relied on in lockdown

From a paintbrush to a Stratocaster and a stained glass panel, some unexpected items took on huge new importance in a world of coronavirus restrictions Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Toys, Music, Life and style, UK News, World news, Hobbies, Coronavirus


Billionaire François Pinault fulfils Paris art gallery dream

Contemporary collection finds home in former grain exchange 16 years after plan for Seine island failedFor 20 years, the French billionaire François Pinault has dreamed of opening a museum to display his renowned contemporary art collection in Paris.The original plan was to build a massive concrete and glass structure on an abandoned island in the River Seine three miles from the Eiffel Tower. When that sparked planning and legal rows and proved impossible, the tycoon moved his collection to Ven...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Paris, Venice, Seine, François Pinault, River Seine, Eiffel Tower When


Édouard Louis: ‘Truth is a revenge because we live in a world of lies’

The author, who became a literary sensation at the age of 21 with The End of Eddy, is appearing in a show exploring acting in theatre and in everyday lifeSome people give their bodies to medical science. Édouard Louis has given his to art. That, at any rate, is the view of a fan the novelist met and it seems to hit the mark. Louis is the French literary sensation who was celebrated at 21 for The End of Eddy, an autobiographical account of growing up gay in a working-class village in the north of...
Tags: Europe, Books, Law, France, Theatre, Society, World news, Culture, Stage, LGBT rights, Acting, Louis, Eddy, Édouard Louis, Rape and sexual assault, Milo Rau


Tintin heirs lose legal battle over artist’s Edward Hopper mashups

French artist Xavier Marabout wins case and €10,000 in damages after Moulinsart contacted galleries displaying his artThe French artist who was sued by the Tintin creator Hergé’s heirs over his paintings that place the boy adventurer in romantic encounters has won his case after a court deemed them parodies.Xavier Marabout’s dreamy artworks imagine Tintin into the landscapes of Edward Hopper, including a take on Queensborough Bridge, 1913, or talking with a less-clothed version of Hopper’s Chop ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, France, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Comics and graphic novels, Hopper, Tintin, Edward Hopper, Hergé, Queensborough Bridge, Moulinsart, Xavier Marabout


Puppet of refugee girl to ‘walk’ across Europe along 12-week arts festival trail

Three teams of four puppeteers will accompany Little Amal from Turkey to Manchester to celebrate refugeesA giant puppet of a nine-year-old Syrian refugee girl is to “walk” from Turkey to the UK through villages, towns and cities for one of the most ambitious and complex public artworks ever attempted.The Walk project was meant to have taken place between April and July but was delayed by the pandemic. Now the 5,000 mile (8,000km) journey of Little Amal, from Gaziantep, near the Turkish-Syrian bo...
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, Theatre, UK News, World news, Turkey, Culture, Art and design, Stage, Manchester, Festivals, Refugees, Puppetry, Gaziantep, Little Amal


‘We even performed it in front of the pope!’ – how we made Godspell

‘Religious groups didn’t like Jesus wearing a Superman shirt or the lack of a resurrection. So we told them the curtain call was the resurrection – when Jesus runs on and takes a bow’Godspell opened in London in November 1971 and ran at the same time as Jesus Christ Superstar. It was the Rolls-Royce to our Ford Fiesta. I was 23, had just left the Bristol Old Vic company and was auditioning for everything. There were 30 of us lined up along the stage for the audition. I was on the end and taller ...
Tags: Books, London, Musicals, Religion, Theatre, World news, Culture, Christianity, Stage, Broadway, The Bible, Jesus, Bristol, West End, Jesus Christ, Jeremy Irons


How rugby star Maro Itoje found his voice: ‘For black people, the road is often trickier’

From highlighting black history to tackling everyday racism, the powerful athlete is determined to use his platform for changeJust under a year ago, Maro Itoje popped into his local branch of Waitrose to do some shopping. Despite being one of this country’s finest and most recognisable rugby union players – a 6ft 5in second-row forward who has played in a World Cup final and won virtually every major prize in the club game with his team, Saracens – he still enjoys the luxury of being able to wal...
Tags: Art, London, Nigeria, Africa, Race, Sport, World news, Culture, Rugby Union, Art and design, Saracens, Black Lives Matter Movement, Maro Itoje


Under the Pavement Lies the Strand: Berliners build a feminist future

Part of the New German Cinema boom, Helma Sanders-Brahms’ 1975 film about two actors asks if theatre still has revolutionary potentialThe stage on screen: more films about theatreGrischa Huber, the magnetic German star who died this year aged 76, became a feminist icon in European cinema with one of her first features. She was an established stage performer by the time she was cast by director Helma Sanders-Brahms as a politically engaged theatre actor in the film Unter dem Pflaster ist der Stra...
Tags: Health, Europe, Film, France, Germany, Women, Theatre, Society, World news, Culture, Feminism, Stage, Abortion, World cinema, Huber, Grischa


It’s a hard sell but Africa must invest in art and imagination

Building an arts centre in Uganda, in a pandemic, was never going to be easy but it’s crucial to our post-Covid futureI’ve been raising funds for a building project: not a hospital, not a school, but an arts centre.It’s not an easy sell at the best of times but add in a pandemic and the fact that I’m in Africa and, according to the current rules of financial engagement, art is the verylowest of priorities. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Africa, Society, World news, Uganda, Culture, Art and design, Global development, Installation, Arts funding, Coronavirus


Olympia Dukakis obituary

American stage and screen actor who won an Oscar for her role in the 1987 film MoonstruckAfter more than two decades of distinguished work in the US theatre as an actor, director and teacher, and appearances in a dozen or so films, Olympia Dukakis, who has died aged 89, became hugely famous overnight by winning the best supporting actress Oscar in 1988 for her performance as Cher’s mother in the romantic film Moonstruck (1987).The course of her career suggests that her ambitions never lay in the...
Tags: Hollywood, Film, Theatre, US, World news, US news, Culture, Democrats, Stage, US television, LGBT rights, Broadway, Cher, Tennessee Williams, Olympia Dukakis


Giant statue of Roman emperor reunited with long-lost finger

Bronze finger found at Louvre is remounted onto Constantine’s hand at museum in RomeA giant statue of the hand of Constantine the Great in Rome has been reunited with its missing finger after more than 500 years.The 38cm-long bronze index finger, found in the Louvre in Paris in 2018, was remounted onto the statue at Rome’s Capitoline Museums on Wednesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Sculpture, Paris, Italy, Archaeology, Louvre, Capitoline Museums, Constantine, Romea


Family of late Samsung chair offload Picassos and Dalís to cut inheritance tax bill

Relatives of Lee Kun-hee to donate 23,000 artworks to South Korean national museumsThe family of the late Samsung Electronics chair Lee Kun-hee have said they will pay more than 12tn won (£7.8bn) in inheritance tax and donate his collection of more than 23,000 artworks – including pieces by Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat and one of Claude Monet’s water lilies paintings – to South Korean national museums.Lee, who is credited with transforming Samsung into the world’s largest s...
Tags: Art, South Korea, Business, Technology, Money, Samsung, Painting, Tax, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Museums, Computing, Inheritance Tax, Samsung Electronics


‘Damn! This is a Caravaggio!’: the inside story of an old master found in Spain

Art dealer Giancarlo Ciaroni attempted to buy painting listed at €1,500 for €500,000 – but discovered bewildered owners already had two offers of €3mIt took all of six minutes for Massimo Pulini to realise that the small oil painting due to go under the hammer in Madrid earlier this month with a guide price of €1,500 (£1,300) could be worth millions.At 9.48pm on 24 March, Pulini, a 63-year-old professor at the Bologna Fine Arts Academy, received a email request for an evaluation. Sent by an anti...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Madrid, Massimo Pulini, Pulini, Giancarlo Ciaroni, Bologna Fine Arts Academy


The Great British Art Tour: how a French artist gave us plenty to see in Barnard Castle

With public art collections closed we are bringing the art to you, exploring highlights and hidden gems from across the country in partnership with Art UK. Today’s pick: Joséphine Bowes’s Château du Barry in the Bowes museumBowes Museum in Barnard Castle wouldn’t exist without the painter of this work. Joséphine Bowes was a French actor with Théâtre des Variétés in Paris who captured the heart of the English landowner John Bowes. She was also a talented artist, whose work was chosen to be exhibi...
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, France, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, John, Barry, Josephine, Barnard Castle, Paris Salon, John Bowes, Josephine Bowes


Skull brides and iguana hats: Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico – in pictures

The renowned Mexican photographer has spent a lifetime documenting indigenous communities and chance encounters in her homeland Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, Mexico, Americas, World news, Culture, Art and design, Awards and prizes, Indigenous Peoples, Exhibitions, Sony World Photography Awards, Graciela Iturbide


Subway to Studio 54: a bygone New York – in pictures

Skaters, dancers, hustlers, boxers … Swiss photographer Willy Spiller prowled the streets of the Big Apple from 1977 to 1985, capturing characters from all walks of life Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, New York, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Willy Spiller



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