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Banksy fake banknote artwork joins British Museum collection

Banksy fake banknote artwork joins British Museum collection

Piece depicts Princess Diana and was one of thousands of copies produced in 2004More than a decade after he cheekily stuck a fake artwork to the wall of one of its galleries, Banksy has officially
Leonardo da Vinci dragged into Salvini's spat with Macron

Leonardo da Vinci dragged into Salvini's spat with Macron

Louvre blockbuster marking 500 years since artist’s death may end up a casualtyHe was a Renaissance master – painter, scientist, engineer and inventor – who was hailed as one of the greatest artists
Slavery in Britain: the photographer documenting the streets where people have been held

Slavery in Britain: the photographer documenting the streets where people have been held

About 13,000 people are kept in slavery in the UK. Amy Romer’s book The Dark Figure* reveals the terrifying ordinariness of the sites of their captivity In 2013, a 22-year-old Hungarian woman
Mind my Picasso… superyacht owners struggle to protect art

Mind my Picasso… superyacht owners struggle to protect art

Billionaires try to cut risk to priceless paintings from flying champagne corksFrom champagne corks flying towards a Picasso to cornflakes splashed on a Basquiat painting, the perils facing
Mauni Amavasya at the Kumbh Mela – in pictures

Mauni Amavasya at the Kumbh Mela – in pictures

Monday was Mauni Amavasya, the new moon day and most significant bathing day, particularly if it falls on a Monday. At the Hindu festival pilgrims bathe in the confluence of three sacred rivers to
Almaty spills its secrets: lost Soviet art discovered behind wall

Almaty spills its secrets: lost Soviet art discovered behind wall

Thanks to the Kazakhstan city’s loss of capital status in the 90s, rare mosaics, sgraffiti and other artworks escaped destructionWhen Jama Nurkalieva and a small group of colleagues conducted a site
House of Palestine: the architectural wonder built by a West Bank oil tycoon

House of Palestine: the architectural wonder built by a West Bank oil tycoon

The richest man in the occupied territories has indulged his passion for Palladio – by creating a replica of his Villa Rotunda and filling it with priceless treasuresA terracotta-tiled dome pokes up
'I'm petrified': 10 years on, Black Saturday trauma still haunts

'I'm petrified': 10 years on, Black Saturday trauma still haunts

Survivors of the Kinglake bushfire of 7 February 2009, which took 120 lives, talk about their struggle to move onAn Australian tragedy that redefined the way we live with fire “Half the town is on
'Each one has a story': the mundane beauty of NYC's doors

'Each one has a story': the mundane beauty of NYC's doors

Instagrammer Jonathan shares his obsession with the city’s doors, from the grand to the graffiti-riddenIt is only natural to feel curious about what goes on behind the imposing, archaic or
Russian artists invite visitors to donate blood to exhibition

Russian artists invite visitors to donate blood to exhibition

Charleroi show will feature blood pumped through tubes spelling out banned song lyricsIn an unusual twist on participatory art, visitors to an exhibition by two prominent Russian conceptual artists
'Beautiful detail and a bit of green': Kyoto by Janis Malcomson

'Beautiful detail and a bit of green': Kyoto by Janis Malcomson

Over the years, former architect Janis Malcomson has explored Kyoto’s mixture of tradition and modernity – and had a tofu revelation Continue reading...
Louvre Abu Dhabi to exhibit Rembrandt and Vermeer masterpieces

Louvre Abu Dhabi to exhibit Rembrandt and Vermeer masterpieces

Dutch Golden Age art exhibition to open at museum in UAE capitalThe Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to carry the name outside France, has announced that it will display works by the Dutch masters
Joy of six: the buildings transformed by 3D hexagon murals

Joy of six: the buildings transformed by 3D hexagon murals

Street artist Mr June brings facades to life with his abstract, colourful designsThe Dutch artist David Louf, who goes by Mr June, is the person behind these striking 3D hexagon murals, which have
Giant leap for art: Lichfield Cathedral to become 'lunar landscape'

Giant leap for art: Lichfield Cathedral to become 'lunar landscape'

Installation will transform cathedral floor to mark 50 years since Apollo 11 moon landingIt’s hard to imagine anything less like a lunar landscape than the medieval glories of Lichfield Cathedral. But
Tate Modern wins privacy case brought by owners of £4m flats

Tate Modern wins privacy case brought by owners of £4m flats

Residents had complained of ‘near constant surveillance’ by visitors to London gallery One of Tate Modern’s most popular areas, a top-floor terrace that offers spectacular 360-degree views of London,
On board Zimbabwe's only commuter train – a photo essay

On board Zimbabwe's only commuter train – a photo essay

Chugging through townships, maize fields and scrubland as the sun rises, Zimbabwe’s only commuter train is cheap and reliable – two qualities its passengers cherish in a downwards-spiralling
Rare works by 'cultural magpies' of Bauhaus to go on show in London

Rare works by 'cultural magpies' of Bauhaus to go on show in London

Exclusive: Sotheby’s to exhibit art from influential German design school ahead of auctionA collection of seldom-viewed paintings by key proponents of the influential Bauhaus art and design school are
Nan Goldin threatens London gallery boycott over £1m gift from Sackler fund

Nan Goldin threatens London gallery boycott over £1m gift from Sackler fund

Artist brands planned donation from pharmaceutical family to National Portrait Gallery unethical over OxyContin linkThe National Portrait Gallery will be forced to turn down a gift of £1m from members
City of stairs: the interconnecting walkways of Hong Kong

City of stairs: the interconnecting walkways of Hong Kong

Hans Leo Maes captures the bridges and stairways that link up the hilly, population-dense cityHong Kong is known for its flashing lights, neon signs and high-rise skylines. But the architect and
Final days of the 'Isis caliphate' – photo essay

Final days of the 'Isis caliphate' – photo essay

Photojournalist Achilleas Zavallis has been in Syria covering the collapse of Islamic State across the region and the resultant displacement of familiesFor the past week the Syrian Democratic Forces