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China and Vatican to exchange artworks in bid to boost relations

China and Vatican to exchange artworks in bid to boost relations

Each will send the other 40 works to go on display simultaneously from MarchThe Vatican is to send 40 works of art to China in a cultural exchange amid signs that attempts at rapprochement between the
London gallery honours Tarantino precursor Jusepe de Ribera

London gallery honours Tarantino precursor Jusepe de Ribera

Art of Violence exhibition in Dulwich to explore depictions of torture and martyrdom by 17th-century Spanish artistA stomach-churning exhibition of tortured human bodies will open in London next year.
Bilbao on the prairie: why does tiny Saskatoon need an $85m art gallery?

Bilbao on the prairie: why does tiny Saskatoon need an $85m art gallery?

Saskatoon’s awe-inspiring new Remai gallery has vast ambitions. But does the overspend and hype about indigenous art justify all the bluster?‘This isn’t just a gallery, it’s an act of making a city,”
The $3bn subway station – and other urban white elephants

The $3bn subway station – and other urban white elephants

From Alaska’s ‘bridge to nowhere’ to Pyongyang’s Hotel of Doom, via a €1bn arts centre that leaks, here are the world’s most high-profile wastes of capitalHow much should one subway station cost? The
Florence court puts foot down over Michelangelo's David

Florence court puts foot down over Michelangelo's David

Civil court orders tour firm to remove images of famous nude from marketing used to sell expensive tickets to museum His are the most famous curves in Florence and adorn everything from aprons to
Korean Designers Develop Modern Furniture with Color-Changing Surfaces

Korean Designers Develop Modern Furniture with Color-Changing Surfaces

South Korea-based design studio Orijeen released their latest collection—Color Flow—featuring two eye-popping, color-changing cabinets. Both pieces are covered in a lenticular surface which—depending
Ai Weiwei installation set to shine at Amsterdam Light Festival

Ai Weiwei installation set to shine at Amsterdam Light Festival

The Chinese artist’s piece, Thinline, which represents a theoretical border, takes pride of place among 36 installations at the city’s land- and canal-based annual light festivalOriginal artworks by
Boom town: São Paulo in the 1940s – in pictures

Boom town: São Paulo in the 1940s – in pictures

Swiss-born Hildegard Rosenthal fled the second world war to become a pioneering photojournalist in Brazil. Here’s a selection of her unstaged street shots, taken during a period of transformation for
Teatro Oficina: the tycoon v the theatre

Teatro Oficina: the tycoon v the theatre

Dreamed up by architect Lina Bo Bardi, Teatro Oficina’s experimental, drug-fuelled theatre was a hallmark of Brazil’s counterculture in the 60s and 70s. Now it risks being a casualty of São Paulo’s
How digital technology is taking Mayan culture back to the future

How digital technology is taking Mayan culture back to the future

Google and British Museum tie-up brings explorer Alfred Maudslay’s largely unseen collection of ancient artefacts to the worldMore than a century after the British explorer Alfred Maudslay took
Flea markets, favelas and football fever: Sāo Paulo storms Instagram – in pictures

Flea markets, favelas and football fever: Sāo Paulo storms Instagram – in pictures

Brazil’s mind-boggling metropolis is the most Instagrammed city in the southern hemisphere – and for good reason. We’ve assembled the most striking snapsSão Paulo is one of the largest cities in the
Copan strategy: the wild plan to revamp the ‘coolest building in Latin America’

Copan strategy: the wild plan to revamp the ‘coolest building in Latin America’

Once a crime-ridden mess, Oscar Niemeyer’s colossal curving structure has flourished thanks to the efforts of its fabled administrator. But can he push through his last, greatest scheme – the
'This exhibition contains nudity': the front line of Brazil's culture wars

'This exhibition contains nudity': the front line of Brazil's culture wars

The galleries depict group sex and bestiality, while on the street evangelists cry blasphemy and paedophilia, with a reformed porn star leading the charge. Crunch time is approaching for a divided
Belgian artist rescued from installation representing 'inescapable burden of history'

Belgian artist rescued from installation representing 'inescapable burden of history'

Man chained to block of marble had to be cut free after he failed to liberate himself by chiselling away at the stoneA Belgian man who chained himself to a block of marble to show the “burden of
Shenzhen’s new V&A-approved culture centre to showcase city’s artistic side

Shenzhen’s new V&A-approved culture centre to showcase city’s artistic side

The Chinese megacity has grown rapidly over the last 35 years and with its new Sea World Culture and Arts Centre opening in December it’s looking to make as big an impact in culture as it has in
The V&A's new Chinese outpost: an oasis of calm in a kitsch jumble

The V&A's new Chinese outpost: an oasis of calm in a kitsch jumble

Wedged between a landlocked cruise liner and gothic apartment blocks, the V&A’s first international foothold, built in the cradle of the new China, is more luxury mall than magical museumA fake
Berlin exhibition questions CIA's influence on global art scene

Berlin exhibition questions CIA's influence on global art scene

The Trump era has prompted Germany to review the historic effects of America’s soft power, and debate Berlin’s future relationship with WashingtonIn Europe’s city of spies, it was a feat of cold war
Émile Zola, the photographer: personal collection goes under the hammer

Émile Zola, the photographer: personal collection goes under the hammer

Thousands of photographs and equipment belonging to writer’s grandson expected to fetch up to £53,000 at auctionÉmile Zola is best known as the 19th century French author of celebrated works including
Fine art to topple fine wine in 2017 luxury investment league

Fine art to topple fine wine in 2017 luxury investment league

Rich investors burned in the financial crisis are back in the market for modern masterpieces, according to Knight Frank luxury investment indexArt is expected to overtake wine as the best-performing
Fine art to topple fine wine in 2017 luxury investment league

Fine art to topple fine wine in 2017 luxury investment league

Rich investors burned in the financial crisis are back in the market for modern masterpieces, according to Knight Frank luxury investment indexArt is expected to overtake wine as the best-performing