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France announces contest to redesign Notre Dame spire

France announces contest to redesign Notre Dame spire

PM says rebuilt cathedral could reflect ‘techniques and challenges of our times’France will launch an international architectural competition to redesign the roofline of Notre Dame Cathedral after a
A bunker for Bauhaus: design school comes home to Weimar

A bunker for Bauhaus: design school comes home to Weimar

The Bauhaus was born in Weimar, but was forced to flee the conservative city. Now it’s back with a centenary museum – as Germany’s far right rises againThe German city of Weimar has long bathed in its
Stolen Van Gogh works return to public display after 17 years

Stolen Van Gogh works return to public display after 17 years

Restored paintings go on view in Amsterdam, bringing story of infamous art heist to a closeSeventeen years after being snatched from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, two of the artist’s works have
Share your ideas for a renewed Notre Dame cathedral

Share your ideas for a renewed Notre Dame cathedral

As France announces contest to redesign spire after fire we want to hear from design-minded readersAn international architectural competition to redesign the roofline of Notre Dame Cathedral has been
'Amsterdam is a cat city pretending to be a dog' – a cartoon

'Amsterdam is a cat city pretending to be a dog' – a cartoon

A dog city comes to you with its tail wagging, but cat cities like Amsterdam are more reticent and harder to judge, says artist Jan RothuizenMy drawings are best described as written maps or graphic
'Even more beautiful': should Notre Dame get a modern spire?

'Even more beautiful': should Notre Dame get a modern spire?

The competition to repair the Paris cathedral will attract global interest. Architects give their viewsIt is less than a week since the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral and the response has swung from
Who was Leonardo da Vinci and what can we learn from him?

Who was Leonardo da Vinci and what can we learn from him?

As Europe prepares to mark the 500th anniversary of his death, we look at his achievements in art, science – and even flightLeonardo was born in 1452, apparently in a Tuscan village called Anchiano,
Express yourself: Mexicans in body paint – in pictures

Express yourself: Mexicans in body paint – in pictures

Phyllis Galembo photographs ritual dress, from costumes to masks to body paint, expressing a rich range of political, artistic, theatrical, social and religious meanings. Her latest project focuses on
A library of exile: Edmund de Waal on Venice's Jewish Ghetto

A library of exile: Edmund de Waal on Venice's Jewish Ghetto

In 1516, Venice’s Jewish population was forced into one small area of the city. Now the writer and artist has created artworks expressing a history of displacement and lossMy day begins in the Campo
REM's Michael Stipe on his 37,000 photos – of stars, lovers and Kurt Cobain's hands

REM's Michael Stipe on his 37,000 photos – of stars, lovers and Kurt Cobain's hands

Photography has been a lifelong passion for the singer. He talks us through his finest shots, from a sleeping River Phoenix to ‘his queer grandfather’ William Burroughs‘It was dismissed as a hobby,
Kyotographie 2019: the vibe of Japan's new era

Kyotographie 2019: the vibe of Japan's new era

The Kyoto photographic festival endeavours to take the pulse of the country. From an examination of the elderly from the perspective of a bento box delivery man, to ancient erotic art and a humorous
A love song for Europe: the couple who drove 20,000 miles to record 731 tunes

A love song for Europe: the couple who drove 20,000 miles to record 731 tunes

They put a recording studio in a rickety motorhome and crossed 33 countries – asking strangers to knock out a tearjerker‘People asked us, ‘Are you crackers?’” says Gemma Paintin. She can see why.
London Extinction Rebellion mural is a Banksy, says expert

London Extinction Rebellion mural is a Banksy, says expert

Art dealer who owns a dozen pieces by the street artist is convinced by Marble Arch work A Banksy collector and expert believes a mural that appeared at Extinction Rebellion’s Marble Arch base
High-density megacities: the photographs of Michael Wolf

High-density megacities: the photographs of Michael Wolf

Hong Kong-based photographer Michael Wolf is best known for Architecture of Density, which shows the city’s tower blocks as dramatic geometric abstractions, and Tokyo Compression, which captures rush
Why we need to pause before claiming cultural appropriation | Ash Sarkar

Why we need to pause before claiming cultural appropriation | Ash Sarkar

The debate, tied up with racial oppression and exploitation, is a difficult one. Yet not every interloper is a colonialist in disguiseIs Gordon Ramsay allowed to cook Chinese food ? Is it OK to dress
Paolo Di Paolo's Italy in the 1950s and 60s – in pictures

Paolo Di Paolo's Italy in the 1950s and 60s – in pictures

The Paolo Di Paolo: Lost World exhibition presents more than 250 largely unseen images from the photographer’s archive. Di Paolo chronicled life in his country as an economic boom followed the
Italians try to crack Leonardo da Vinci DNA code with lock of hair

Italians try to crack Leonardo da Vinci DNA code with lock of hair

Hair tagged as polymath’s in US collection to be tested against remains in French graveTwo Italian experts are set to perform a DNA test on a lock of hair that they say might have belonged to Leonardo
Dream weavers: the indigenous Ainu people of Japan – in pictures

Dream weavers: the indigenous Ainu people of Japan – in pictures

The Ainu of Hokkaido in Japan were not officially recognised as an indigenous people until 2008. This recognition came after a long history of exclusion and assimilation that almost erased their
Leonardo da Vinci events marred by Italy and France row

Leonardo da Vinci events marred by Italy and France row

500th anniversary of artist’s death overshadowed by escalating diplomatic tensionsEvents to commemorate Leonardo da Vinci will take place in France and Italy on Thursday, the 500th anniversary of the
Old Norse, mystics and race cars: is Älvdalen the weirdest village in Sweden?

Old Norse, mystics and race cars: is Älvdalen the weirdest village in Sweden?

It is the place where the witch hunts began – and it still boasts its own language and strange rituals. Photographer Maja Daniels relives three freezing years in a cabin in ÄlvdalenIn 1926, the