Category: The Arts

Who are the people seeking political asylum in the US?

Who are the people seeking political asylum in the US?

Edafe Okporo, a refugee and gay rights activist from Nigeria who was a victim of mob violence, participated in the project. Okporo is now a published writer, a Beyond the Bar fellow at Columbia University as well as a youth representative to the United Nations Department of Public Information and NGO Executive Committee Shimon Attie/More Art On Thursday (20 September), as world leaders convene in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly, the faces of 12 people who have sought political asylum in the US will appear larger than life on a 12-foot-tall video screen floating along the waterways of the city. The…

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Join a Parade!

Join a Parade!

The weather promises to be perfect on Saturday – just right for Perspektiva’s annual parade and party to celebrate inclusion of people with disabilities.

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Pussy Riot protester Pyotr Verzilov ‘was probably poisoned’, doctors say

Pussy Riot protester Pyotr Verzilov ‘was probably poisoned’, doctors say

Pyotr Verzilov served a 15-day prison sentence after running with other Pussy Riot members onto the field at Moscow’s FIFA World Cup final Pyotr Verzilov, known for his role in supporting Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist artists’ collective famous for its outspoken protests against President Vladimir Putin, is likely to have been poisoned, the German doctor treating him in Berlin told reporters on Tuesday, according to Russian media reports. “This is a case of poisoning with a high degree of probability,” Kai-Uwe Eckardt of the Charite clinic said at a news conference, the Interfax news agency reported. The doctor said that the source of the…

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At Home with Galina Ulanova

At Home with Galina Ulanova

Russia has always been known as a ballet powerhouse, producing some of the world’s best-known dancers. At home, they are national heroes, and abroad — fascinating wonders from another world.

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French court releases Russian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky from pre-trail detention

French court releases Russian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky from pre-trail detention

Oksana Shalygina, Pavlensky’s partner, posted on Facebook on Thursday: “Petr is coming out today!” Facebook Pyotr Pavlensky, the Russian political protest artist famous for nailing his scrotum to Red Square and setting fire to a door of the former Soviet KGB headquarters, has been released from pre-trial detention in a French prison where he landed after setting fire to an entrance at the Bank of France. Oksana Shalygina, Pavlensky’s partner, posted on Facebook on Thursday: “Petr is coming out today!” Pavlensky came to France via Ukraine in January 2017, after fleeing Russia, where he faced sexual assault charges. But he became as critical of France…

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French court releases Russian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky from pre-trial detention

French court releases Russian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky from pre-trial detention

In one of his earliest performances in 2012, Pavlensky sewed his lips shut in protest against the jailing of members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot Pyotr Pavlensky, the Russian political protest artist famous for nailing his scrotum to Red Square and setting fire to a door of the former Soviet KGB headquarters, has been released from pre-trial detention in a French prison where he landed after setting fire to an entrance at the Bank of France. Oksana Shalygina, Pavlensky’s partner, posted on Facebook on Thursday: “Petr is coming out today!” Pavlensky came to France via Ukraine in January 2017, after fleeing Russia, where…

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Pussy Riot supporter Pyotr Verzilov in critical condition after suspected poisoning

Pussy Riot supporter Pyotr Verzilov in critical condition after suspected poisoning

Pyotr Verzilov served a 15-day prison sentence after running with other Pussy Riot members onto the field at Moscow’s FIFA World Cup final Pyotr Verzilov, an anti-Kremlin activist and prominent supporter of the Russian artist collective Pussy Riot, who participated in their World Cup protest in July, has been hospitalised with suspected poisoning, the Meduza news site reports. According to Veronika Nikulshina, a member of Pussy Riot who is believed to be Verzilov’s girlfriend, he began to feel ill on Tuesday (11 September) after a court hearing over a traffic violation charge against her. Verzilov had also been detained briefly by police on 9 September,…

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‘Genuine’ Da Vinci ‘sold’ for €72m on classified ads site Avito

‘Genuine’ Da Vinci ‘sold’ for €72m on classified ads site Avito

A Russian man who advertised a “genuine” work by Leonardo da Vinci on Avito (a Russian classified ads site similar to eBay) for more than €72m says that he has found a buyer. “Dmitry”, from the town of Mamonovo in the Kaliningrad region, says that the painting, titled A Young Girl in Furs, was authenticated by the Stockholm art valuation firm Atelje Catellani. He posted photos of the accompanying documentation alongside the painting on 1 August. “Dmitry” found a buyer after posting this ad on Russian site Avito—similar to eBay Avito Before its removal, four days after it was posted on Avito, the advert read:…

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‘Genuine’ Leonard ‘sold’ for €72m on classified ads site Avito

‘Genuine’ Leonard ‘sold’ for €72m on classified ads site Avito

A Russian man who advertised a “genuine” work by Leonardo da Vinci on Avito (a Russian classified ads site similar to eBay) for more than €72m says that he has found a buyer. “Dmitry”, from the town of Mamonovo in the Kaliningrad region, says that the painting, titled A Young Girl in Furs, was authenticated by the Stockholm art valuation firm Atelje Catellani. He posted photos of the accompanying documentation alongside the painting on 1 August. “Dmitry” found a buyer after posting this ad on Russian site Avito—similar to eBay Avito Before its removal, four days after it was posted on Avito, the advert read:…

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‘Genuine’ Leonardo ‘sold’ for €72m on classified ads site Avito

‘Genuine’ Leonardo ‘sold’ for €72m on classified ads site Avito

A Russian man who advertised a “genuine” work by Leonardo da Vinci on Avito (a Russian classified ads site similar to eBay) for more than €72m says that he has found a buyer. “Dmitry”, from the town of Mamonovo in the Kaliningrad region, says that the painting, titled A Young Girl in Furs, was authenticated by the Stockholm art valuation firm Atelje Catellani. He posted photos of the accompanying documentation alongside the painting on 1 August. “Dmitry” found a buyer after posting this ad on Russian site Avito—similar to eBay Avito Before its removal, four days after it was posted on Avito, the advert read:…

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Russia and Qatar cosy up at Cosmoscow as tensions continue in the Gulf

Russia and Qatar cosy up at Cosmoscow as tensions continue in the Gulf

Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair this year features the first exhibition of Qatari art in Russia Cosmoscow The Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair opened yesterday, 6 September (until 9 September), with Qatar Airways as its new general partner and, at its centre, a stand containing the first Qatari contemporary art exhibition in Russia, titled What We Are Made Of. Now in its sixth edition, Moscow’s only contemporary art fair has expanded to seven sections with 70 galleries, ranging from Paris’s 55 Bellechasse to H.L.A.M. from Voronezh, a southern Russian city near Ukraine that is known for its contemporary art scene. Credit Suisse remains as a…

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Putin demands ramping-up of cultural hub in annexed Crimea

Putin demands ramping-up of cultural hub in annexed Crimea

Olga Golodets, Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Ovsyannikov meet in Sevastopol this summer © Mikhael Klementye and the Kremlin Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has ordered officials to speed up the construction of a cultural centre in Sevastopol, the historic naval capital of Crimea, which will include exhibition space for the State Hermitage Museum, the State Russian Museum and the State Tretyakov Gallery. Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. In May this year, Putin inaugurated a $7.5bn bridge to link the Crimean city of Kerch with the Russian mainland. “Let’s not drag this out, all right? When will the drafts be…

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Berlin to get replica wall with visa controls in giant art installation on Soviet era

Berlin to get replica wall with visa controls in giant art installation on Soviet era

Freedom will be show in Berlin from 12 October Gruber The centre of Berlin, already a vast building site, will soon host a new construction that few would want to see back for good. The Russian-born film-maker and artist Ilya Khrzhanovsky and the Berliner Festspiele are resurrecting the Berlin Wall. For four weeks this autumn, visitors to a pocket of central Berlin will need to buy a visa and pass through controls in order to enter an enclosed pedestrianised zone surrounded by a replica of the Berlin Wall—29 years after the original wall fell. The organisers promise “a special experiential space” and “historical echo chambers”…

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Georgia returns still life painting looted by Stalin’s Trophy Commission

Georgia returns still life painting looted by Stalin’s Trophy Commission

Pietro Francesco Cittadini, Still Life With Hare (around 1650) © SLUB / Deutsche Fotothek / Madlung, Sibylle The prime minister of Georgia, Mamuka Bakhtadze, returned a painting by Pietro Francesco Cittadini that disappeared without trace from a palace in Saxony more than 70 years ago to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to Tbilisi last week. Cittadini’s Still Life With Hare (around 1650) was acquired for the Saxon royal collections in 1741. During the Second World War, it was stored for safekeeping in Schloss Barnitz, near Meissen. It is presumed to have been among a stash of paintings looted from the palace by Red…

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Pierced hearts, unicorn horns and a bottled witch: Oxford show investigates the history of magic and witchcraft

Pierced hearts, unicorn horns and a bottled witch: Oxford show investigates the history of magic and witchcraft

A bull’s heart pierced with iron nails and thorns found in a chimney at Shutes Hill Farm, Somerset (date unknown) © Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford The Ten Commandments forbade the veneration of graven images—indeed, any other gods “but me”. However, the early Christian church, ever pragmatic, preferred to accommodate rather than challenge the old religions. As a compromise, pagan deities were driven out of the churches to serve as humble pediments and gargoyles but they lived on in the hearts of the congregation. Magic and the supernatural were irrepressible beliefs in medieval society and surprisingly they remain so, even to this day. The…

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