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Historic Uzbekistan theatre under threat from developers

The independent Ilkhom theatre in Tashkent opened under Soviet rule in 1976A cherished independent theatre in Uzbekistan is fighting eviction after real-estate developers in the booming capital selected its historic location for a new business centre.The Ilkhom theatre of Mark Weil, which has provided a rare venue for experimental theatre and culture in Tashkent since the Soviet era, says it could be forced out of its home for up to two years because of renovations required by a new building own...
Tags: Theatre, Communities, Society, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Heritage, Stage, Uzbekistan, Regeneration, Tashkent, Mark Weil


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


You still hear the people sing: Les Mis protest anthem blazes from France to China

The defiant lyrics to the classic Les Misérables track are reverberating through uprisings in Hong Kong and ChinaIt has soared during an airport sit-in, united street protests and drowned out the Chinese national anthem at a school assembly. Do You Hear the People Sing?, the defiant chorus from the musical Les Misérables, has become a song of protest in Hong Kong and, more recently, mainland China. Explicit references to Li Wenliang, the Wuhan doctor censured for his warnings about the coronavir...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, Musicals, France, China, Theatre, UK News, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Stage, Les Miserables, Wuhan, Weibo, Les Mis, Herbert Kretzmer


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


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


Scenes from Santiago: Chile's protests spill from streets to stage

The city’s theatre is emotional, indignant and polemical finds our critic on a whirlwind trip through a dozen showsThe sparky young performers on stage thank us for coming out tonight. There are so many other things we could have been doing, they tell us, before launching into their show, Too Much Sexual Freedom Will Turn You Into Terrorists. “Burning subways” gets the biggest laugh. We are, after all, in Santiago, where only three months ago people took to the streets and did exactly that. Even...
Tags: Americas, Theatre, World news, Culture, Santiago, Chile, Stage, Festivals, Political theatre, Sebastián Pinera


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


'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


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


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


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


Arnaud Desplechin: 'Theatre is for the bourgeois. Film is the art of rascals!'

The revered film director vowed never to touch theatre. So why is he staging the great Aids epic Angels in America? Apparently, it’s all a misunderstandingArnaud Desplechin looks surprisingly calm as he excuses himself to listen to a voicemail from the Comédie-Française’s technical team. France is one week into a general strike over pension reform and the country’s premier theatre company has followed suit, resulting in cancelled performances and rehearsals. “We take it day by day,” says Desplec...
Tags: Europe, Film, France, Angels, Theatre, America, World news, Culture, Paris, Stage, Arnaud Desplechin, Tony Kushner, Strindberg, Desplechin


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


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


Garibaldi's Shield missing for 20 years is found at house in Rome

Ornamental shield depicts ‘father of the fatherland’ and some of the battles he foughtItalian art police have recovered a long-missing sculpture known as Garibaldi’s Shield from an architect’s house in Rome.The ornamental bronze shield was a gift from the people of Sicily to Gen Giuseppe Garibaldi, who played a major part in the struggle for Italian unification and is considered one of the “fathers of the fatherland”. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Italy, Sicily, Garibaldi, Gen Giuseppe Garibaldi


The censor is watching: China's mega photo fair – in pictures

Life on green trains, wild animals caught unawares and 55 ‘sweetheart’ portraits that angered the authorities … here the highlights of China’s biggest photography showTo visit the Lianzhou Foto festival, one flies along the banks of the Pearl river delta and into the heart of Guangzhou. Witnessing this mega city from the plane is to suddenly realise the immensity of modern China. Roughly 50 million people live in this urban sprawl surrounding Hong Kong.Lianzhou is a four-hour drive from Guangzho...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, China, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Guangdong, Pearl, Guangzhou, Duan Yuting, Guangzhou Witnessing, Hong Kong Lianzhou


Dresden museum heist: police release dramatic CCTV footage of suspect

Footage shows man using axe to smash display case in Green Vault of Royal PalacePolice in Germany have released dramatic CCTV footage of one of two suspects in the Dresden jewellery heist using an axe to smash a display case in the state museum’s Green Vault.Two robbers snatched priceless 18th-century jewellery in an astonishing smash-and-grab raid from the Grünes Gewölbe’s jewel room at the Royal Palace in the east German city on Monday morning. Local media have called it the biggest art heist ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Germany, World news, Culture, Art and design, Cctv, Dresden, Royal Palace, Green Vault of Royal PalacePolice, Grünes Gewölbe


Erotic fresco depicting Greek myth unveiled in Pompeii

Well-preserved image of Leda and the swan was found during excavations last yearA fresco depicting an erotic scene from the Greek myth Leda and the Swan has been unveiled to the public for the first time in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.The well-preserved fresco of the figure of Leda being impregnated by the Roman god Jupiter, disguised as a swan, was found last year during excavations of Regio V, an area of the archaeological park that has yielded several surprises. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Heritage, Italy, Archaeology, Jupiter, Pompeii, LEDA


'Drunk on power and boredom': Israeli ex-soldiers depict life in the military

In a controversial new photographic exhibition in Tel Aviv, Israeli former soldiers detail abuses they saw – and perpetratedFor many Israeli soldiers, it is the mundane, day-to-day memories of their time in the military that continue to jolt them in post-army life. Regular house searches, arrest and hours at checkpoints fill their minds when they look back and wince.When several dozen ex-combatants were asked about a time that most affected them, former First Sergeant Omry Balely remembered week...
Tags: Art, Photography, Activism, Israel, Tel Aviv, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Art and design, Jericho Continue


Alexandria is an invisible city: we live in it, but cannot see it

The illustrated city: As rapid development sweeps through Alexandria, architect Mohamed Gohar is trying to document both the past and the present of this ancient Egyptian port cityFor a long time I have been attached to the past – or the past is attached to me. Either way, the past of my city, the ancient Egyptian port city of Alexandria, is something I feel incredibly strongly about.As an architect, I have been deeply impacted by the rapid loss of buildings along with their architectural and hi...
Tags: Design, Africa, World news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Egypt, Illustration, Art and design, Alexandria, Mohamed Gohar


A spirit the Nazis couldn't erase: Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre? review

Jewish Museum, LondonDiscovered after her death at Auschwitz, the artist’s graphic record of her life unfolds in startlingly poignant scenes, from her mother’s graveside to her lover’s bedCharlotte Salomon was murdered in a gas chamber shortly after her arrival at Auschwitz in October 1943. She was 28 and pregnant. Salomon was supposed to be forgotten, erased from history, along with the millions of Jews murdered in the 1940s. But after the defeat of Nazi Germany, her father and stepmother – who...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Germany, Nazis, Women, Painting, Life and style, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Holocaust, Second world war, Judaism, Exhibitions



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