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The Russian avant-garde hits the big screen

Posted by External 2 hours 43 minutes ago General — Revolution: New Art for a New World is a new feature documentary that uses the collections of major Russian museumssuch as the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and the State Tretyakov Gallery  in Moscow to tell the story of the Russian avant-garde. The film, which is directed by Margy Kinmonth and due to be released on 11 November in the UK, tells the story of artists such as Marc Cha Read More
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How the Townley Venus's thumb was knocked off at the British Museum

Posted by External 2 hours 43 minutes ago General — The Townley Venus, one of the British Museums most important Roman sculptures, was damaged when its thumb was knocked off as catering staff were setting up for an evening event last December. Although the British Museums trustees were informed about the damage, the news was not released to the press or put into the public domain. The Townley Venus is a Roman copy of a fourth-century BC Greek Read More
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The sublime and the divine: Ashmolean exhibition explores Islamic divinatory art

Posted by External 2 hours 43 minutes ago General — An exhibition exploring the overlooked field of divinatory arts opened at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, last week (until 15 January 2017). For Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural, Francesca Leoni, the museums curator of Islamic art, has gathered more than 130 objects from private and public collections throughout the British Isles, around a third of which are on view for the fi Read More
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Photographer Steve McCurry speaks out against arrest of Sharbat Gula, the 'Afghan girl with green eyes'

Posted by External 2 hours 43 minutes ago General — The photographer Steve McCurry has raised concerns about the arrest of Sharbat Gula in Pakistan, the green-eyed Afghan girl he photographed in 1984 for the cover of National Geographic magazine. Gula has reportedly been detained for living illegally in Pakistan using false identification documents. Gula was taken into custody by Pakistans Federal Investigation Agency. [The agency] arrested Sha Read More
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Pope’s summer residence Castel Gandolfo opens to the public

Posted by External 2 hours 43 minutes ago General — Pope Francis has given permission for the private apartments of the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of popes for 400 years, to open to the public as a museum for the first time. The incumbent pope, who shunned the papal apartments at the Vatican for more modest quarters when he took office in 2013, has never stayed the night at the 17th-century lakeside palace 20km south Read More
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Dubai Design Week gets under way with more than 150 events

Posted by External 2 hours 43 minutes ago General — Design is big in Dubai, so much so that the city dedicates two weeks to it every year: Design Days Dubai in March and Dubai Design Week in October, which opened on Monday (until 29 October). For this years second edition of the event, more than 150 design-related exhibitions, fairs and events are taking place across the emirate. Here is our guide to the headline events at Dubai Design District (d Read More
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London mayor pledges to create affordable artists’ studios

Posted by External 2 hours 43 minutes ago General — As sky-high rents continue to price artists out of London, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced plans to set up a trust to finance and secure affordable artists studios across the UK capital. Drawing on a combination of public and private funds, the Creative Land Trust will offer loans for studio providers looking to buy their buildings, as well as ensuring that workspaces are permane Read More
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Row over Temple Mount in Jerusalem is reignited

Posted by External 2 hours 43 minutes ago General — If there is one place above all where the 70-year-old strife between Arabs and Israelis comes to a head, it is Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This was expressed yet again in all its bitterness by the row over a Palestinian-drafted resolution passed on 12 October by 24 delegates to Unesco, opposed by six, and with 26 abstaining. It was approved by the cultural bodys World Heritage Committee today (26 Read More
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37th Annual College and High School Photography Contest - Online

Posted by External 1 day 2 hours 43 minutes ago General — $8,500 in cash grants + Pentax equipment. Deadline: December 5, 2016 Read More
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Berlin-based Syrian artist Marwan dies aged 82

Posted by External 1 day 2 hours 43 minutes ago General — The Syrian artist Marwan Kassab-Bachi died on 23 October, aged 82. Marwan, as he is best known, was famous for his figurative oil paintings, particularly focusing on the human face. Marwan moved to Germany in 1957, where he remained until his death, and his work was heavily influenced by the memories of his home country as well as the European painting styles in which he was trained. Marwan Read More
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Luc Tuymans’s Ensor show at the Royal Academy plays the Trump card

Posted by External 1 day 2 hours 43 minutes ago General — An unexpected object sits in the first room of the exhibition Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans, opening at Londons Royal Academy of Arts on 29 October (until 29 January 2017). The Belgian painter Tuymans, who organised the show, has placed a hat featuring a mushroom-cloud of ostrich plumes on a low plinth. This extravagant headdress is of the sort worn by Gilles, the clown-like figures who al Read More
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