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IM Pei: an audacious daredevil who built the impossible

IM Pei: an audacious daredevil who built the impossible

From his provocative Louvre pyramid to his inverted wedge for Dallas, the Chinese-American architect was too modern for his time – but his angular marvels look perfect nowSo bold were IM Pei’s
'The Lost Metropolis': 1930s Tokyo street life – in pictures

'The Lost Metropolis': 1930s Tokyo street life – in pictures

Kineo Kuwabara captured these rich images of everyday life the city during the buildup to the second world war. The series is on display 18-19 May at the Special Edition of The London Photograph Fair
The 20 photographs of the week

The 20 photographs of the week

Conflict in Syria, shocking pink fashion at Cannes, and a seal pup making a splash – the last seven days, as captured by the world’s best photojournalists Continue reading...
'Art electricity' revives old German power station

'Art electricity' revives old German power station

E-Werk Luckenwalde will offer workshops and studio space for artists squeezed out of BerlinWhen the Luckenwalde coal power plant in east Germany closed down soon after the collapse of communism, the
Art installation lights up Sydney's zoo – in pictures

Art installation lights up Sydney's zoo – in pictures

As part of this year’s Vivid Sydney festival, Taronga zoo will feature an array of dazzling animal projections, illuminated trails and giant multimedia light sculptures telling a story about wildlife
Rem Koolhaas video: 'I've seen Britain transformed for the better by Europe'

Rem Koolhaas video: 'I've seen Britain transformed for the better by Europe'

The revered architect and theorist is on a mission to explain why being a part of Europe is good for the national interest - and lovers of coffee I was present in Britain when it became part of the EU
The lost Louvre of Uzbekistan: the museum that hid art banned by Stalin

The lost Louvre of Uzbekistan: the museum that hid art banned by Stalin

This museum in a bleak outpost has one of the world’s greatest collections of avant-garde art, rescued from Stalin’s clutches by an electrician. But now it needs a rescue of its ownI am sitting at a
Queen Victoria's risqué side revealed with nude-filled collection

Queen Victoria's risqué side revealed with nude-filled collection

Romantic gifts exchanged between Victoria and Prince Albert will be displayed at Isle of Wight’s Osborne HouseQueen Victoria is sometimes remembered as prudish, buttoned-up and disapproving, but a new
Headless self-portraits from a face everyone knew – Luchita Hurtado review

Headless self-portraits from a face everyone knew – Luchita Hurtado review

Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London Marcel Duchamp massaged her feet and Leonora Carrington built her kids a house. But the work of the 98-year-old Venezuela-born painter is every bit as extraordinary
‘Worse than Ronaldo’s’: fans mock George Best statue in Belfast

‘Worse than Ronaldo’s’: fans mock George Best statue in Belfast

Artwork joins list of footballers’ bronzes that received less than glowing reviews From Cristiano Ronaldo to Diego Maradona, a dubious likeness in bronze has become almost de rigueur for any
Judith Kerr obituary | Julia Eccleshare

Judith Kerr obituary | Julia Eccleshare

The author and illustrator best known for the classic children’s book The Tiger Who Came to TeaThe creator of the classic children’s books The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat, Judith
UK show revives lost work of photographer who fled Nazis

UK show revives lost work of photographer who fled Nazis

Gerty Simon photographed Albert Einstein and Nye Bevan, but was forgotten after warLost photographs from Weimar-era Berlin and 1930s London are to go on display, telling the remarkable story of a
Home, sweet home: an emigrant's view of Brexit – photo essay

Home, sweet home: an emigrant's view of Brexit – photo essay

The British photographer Ed Alcock took French citizenship in 2018. He examines the UK’s decision to leave the EU from a unique perspective, questioning the meaning of belonging to a nation, the place
The rise and fall of Las Vegas motels – in pictures

The rise and fall of Las Vegas motels – in pictures

Photographer Fred Sigman’s latest book, Motel Vegas, documents the vernacular roadside architecture that at once dominated the Nevada city’s skyline Continue reading...
Now kids, help us to kill Bin Laden! The dark side of Washington's spy museum

Now kids, help us to kill Bin Laden! The dark side of Washington's spy museum

The bugged shoes and poison brollies are fun and fascinating. But why are the sections about state-sponsored torture and assassination so uncritical?Sitting in a glass case, standing out against a
Shen Wei's best photograph: a naked self-portrait on a Chinese stage

Shen Wei's best photograph: a naked self-portrait on a Chinese stage

‘Not knowing if anyone would walk in gave me energy and inspired my powerful stance’On a trip through Jiangxi province in south-east China two years ago, my friend and I were wandering around one of
Lewis chessmen piece bought for £5 in 1964 could sell for £1m

Lewis chessmen piece bought for £5 in 1964 could sell for £1m

Missing walrus tusk warrior was purchased in Edinburgh and stored in a drawerA small walrus tusk warrior figure bought for £5 in 1964 – which, for years, was stored in a household drawer – is a
Naked protesters condemn nipple censorship at Facebook headquarters

Naked protesters condemn nipple censorship at Facebook headquarters

Demonstrators cover bodies with stickers to ensure nipples on display are ‘male’, in line with Facebook policySome were hairy. Some were pointy. Some were dark brown, some a pale pink. But the
Rodin rescue: visitor cracks Madrid gallery's mistaken identity case

Rodin rescue: visitor cracks Madrid gallery's mistaken identity case

Portrait thought to be of notorious Belgian king turns out to be of French sculptorA tiny and previously unknown portrait of Auguste Rodin has been discovered thanks to an unwell child, a sharp-eyed
Saype's grassy graffiti: meet the street-art sensation who sprays mountains

Saype's grassy graffiti: meet the street-art sensation who sprays mountains

The French artist’s giant biodegradable artworks adorn fields, are best seen by drones and last only days. Now, Guardian readers can get their hands on themOn a vast stretch of lawn beneath the Eiffel