Category: The Arts

Van Gogh sculpture unveiled outside the London lodgings where he fell in love

Van Gogh sculpture unveiled outside the London lodgings where he fell in love

Anthony Padgett with his Van Gogh sculpture, photographed in a Lancashire wheatfield, 2018 The Lancashire artist Anthony Padgett has designed a sculpture of Van Gogh’s head which he hopes to site in many of the places where the Dutchman worked. Padgett based his design on a close scrutiny of Van Gogh’s 35 painted self-portraits, plus two photographs from when he was young and a few portraits of him by other artists (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, John Russell, Horace Livens and Archibald Hartrick). Today (16 November) a version of the sculpture will be unveiled in Van Gogh Walk, a pedestrianised garden area just off Hackford Road in…

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Feed the Fleet!

Feed the Fleet!

In honor of the armed forces around the world, our favorite cook has made boring into bright and tasty.

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The mid-term elections brought many gains for progressive causes—but there is still work to be done

The mid-term elections brought many gains for progressive causes—but there is still work to be done

Martha Rosler, Point n Shoot (2016) © Martha Rosler. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York Trump is a familiar figure: a man who aspires to autocracy (after previously only aspiring to be a very rich and adored celebrity) and to the perks and privileges of kingship. He overcame his almost palpable shock and dismay at falling into the presidency, deciding to rely on others for advice while nevertheless opining and governing by whim. He makes no effort to represent all the people in the country and has refused to adopt the norms of modern governance by behaving in a civil and…

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Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev charged in corruption probe brought by Monaco police

Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev charged in corruption probe brought by Monaco police

Dmitri Rybolovlev with Prince Albert II of Monaco at a football match between AS Monaco FC, which Rybolovlev owns, and Atlético de Madrid Photo by Lionel Urman/Sipa USA After being detained overnight by police in Monaco, Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev was charged yesterday (8 November) based on claims that he attempted to influence senior Monegasque authorities involved in his ongoing dispute with the Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier. Though the exact charges have not been confirmed, Rybolovlev and three others are suspected of influence peddling and bribery according to a statement by Monaco’s chief prosecutor Sylvie Petit-Leclair. Rybolovlev and the others have been released from…

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Moscow On Stage

Moscow On Stage

Theaters are beginning their parade of new, revived and favorite productions. Order your tickets now, especially for the holiday season.

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Victorian pioneer Roger Fenton’s images of Crimean War continue to inspire photographers today

Victorian pioneer Roger Fenton’s images of Crimean War continue to inspire photographers today

Roger Fenton’s The Valley of the Shadow of Death (1855) © Royal Collection Trust; Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018 Photographs of military camps and bleak landscapes taken by Roger Fenton (1819-69) during the Crimean War were first displayed 160 years ago in an impressive, 26-venue tour across the UK. The hardships of the conflict—reported in newspapers and illustrated journals—were well known at the time and would have been at the forefront of people’s minds when viewing the images. This week an exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery in London, of more than 60 of Fenton’s original salted paper and albumen prints, reveals how these early photographic…

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Mount Athos, the Greek peninsula that is home to 20 monasteries, is under threat after Ukraine wins approval to split from the Russian church

Mount Athos, the Greek peninsula that is home to 20 monasteries, is under threat after Ukraine wins approval to split from the Russian church

Mount Athos is inaccessible to women and some female animals © Kremlin.ru The Unesco Heritage Site Mount Athos, the Greek peninsula that is home to 20 monasteries, is under threat after Ukraine won approval for a historic split from the Russian church last month. Described as the biggest divide in Christianity for a thousand years, the Church of Ukraine was promised ecclesiastic independence—called autocephaly—by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, on 11 October. The Russian Orthodox Church hit back by cutting ties with the Istanbul-based ecclesiastical body. Mount Athos, which is inaccessible to women and some female animals, has become a popular pilgrimage site for Russian…

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Selfie-takers accidentally damage Goya and Dali works in Russia’s Yekaterinburg

Selfie-takers accidentally damage Goya and Dali works in Russia’s Yekaterinburg

CCTV footage showing a stand toppling over in Chelyabinsk Glavny Prospect International Arts Centr Just how much is a selfie worth? A few dozen likes, some positive comments, an original Salvador Dali etching…Well, a group of Russian women may be about to find out after accidentally damaging artworks by both Dali and Francisco Goya in Yekaterinburg while posing for photos. The four women, from the city of Chelyabinsk, were part of a tour visiting the Glavny Prospect (Main Avenue) International Arts Centre on 27 October. CCTV footage shows a stand displaying Goya’s Bravissimo! (1798) etching from the Los Caprichos series and Dali’s interpretation of the…

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Imperial War Museum London receives “generous” donation from Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich

Imperial War Museum London receives “generous” donation from Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich PA Archive/PA Images The Imperial War Museum London has received a “generous contribution” from the Russian billionaire and collector Roman Abramovich towards new Holocaust Galleries scheduled for completion in 2021. The donation amount remains undisclosed; the £30.5m IWM project involves the creation of new Second World War Galleries, the Holocaust section and a new learning suite. The galleries will draw upon individual personal stories and items from IWM’s collections to reflect the realities and horror of the Second World War. Museums officials say that the new displays will help visitors “to understand the complex narrative of the Holocaust within the context of the…

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Imperial War Museum London receives ‘generous’ donation from Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich

Imperial War Museum London receives ‘generous’ donation from Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich PA Archive/PA Images The Imperial War Museum London has received a “generous contribution” from the Russian billionaire and collector Roman Abramovich towards new Holocaust Galleries scheduled for completion in 2021. The donation amount remains undisclosed; the £30.5m IWM project involves the creation of new Second World War Galleries, the Holocaust section and a new learning suite. The galleries will draw upon individual personal stories and items from IWM’s collections to reflect the realities and horror of the Second World War. Museums officials say that the new displays will help visitors “to understand the complex narrative of the Holocaust within the context of the…

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Bangkok’s first biennial is a blissed-out affair

Bangkok’s first biennial is a blissed-out affair

Bangkok has launched its first biennal (until 3 February 2019) with an international schedule of artists showing at diverse venues around the city. “We’ve wanted this for a very long time,” says artistic director Apinan Poshyananda. Working with four other curators, Poshyananda has placed the work of 75 artists from 33 countries in 20 venues across the city ranging from museums and galleries to heritage sites, Buddhist temples along the Chao Phraya river, as well as shopping malls, hotels and banks. This is a biennial that explodes into the city, claiming commercial and sacred spaces alike, to explore notions of happiness (the title of the…

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Revealed: must-see Van Gogh exhibitions in 2019

Revealed: must-see Van Gogh exhibitions in 2019

This week we look at major Van Gogh exhibitions which are being organised for next year. With such an enormous appetite for the artist, they will undoubtedly pull in the crowds. But the challenge for exhibition curators is to secure the loans. Just over 200 of the artist’s surviving paintings from his family ended up at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum—which is constantly deluged with loan requests. Nearly a hundred are at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, set in a national park in the east of the Netherlands. Van Gogh’s remaining 550 or so paintings are scattered far and wide, in museums and private collections. Houston,…

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Revealed: must-see Van Gogh exhibitions, part one—2019

Revealed: must-see Van Gogh exhibitions, part one—2019

This week we look at major Van Gogh exhibitions which are being organised for next year. With such an enormous appetite for the artist, they will undoubtedly pull in the crowds. But the challenge for exhibition curators is to secure the loans. Just over 200 of the artist’s surviving paintings from his family ended up at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum—which is constantly deluged with loan requests. Nearly a hundred are at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, set in a national park in the east of the Netherlands. Van Gogh’s remaining 550 or so paintings are scattered far and wide, in museums and private collections. Houston,…

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Premieres and New Productions

Premieres and New Productions

Autumn means the start of Moscow’s cultural season. Here are some of the exciting premieres and new productions taking place on stages across Russia’s capital.

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A monumental study of the heyday of Historicist painting

A monumental study of the heyday of Historicist painting

Anticlerical: Jean-Paul Laurens painted Pope Formosus and Stephen VII (1870) as a historic pointer to the church’s backwardness and barbarity The artist This book begins with a striking juxtaposition of two paintings. Both depict Napoleon crossing the Alps on his Italian campaign of 1800—yet in one we see the commander in a guard’s uniform, riding a spirited white horse and signalling the way forwards with his right hand; in the other he is trotting along on a weary mule, wearing a grey greatcoat and a gloomy expression. The earlier painting is by Jacques-Louis David and dates from 1801, the later one by Paul Delaroche from…

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Niko Pirosmani: the ‘vagabond’ who inspired the Russian avant-garde

Niko Pirosmani: the ‘vagabond’ who inspired the Russian avant-garde

Niko Pirosmani’s Tatar Camel Driver © Roberto Bigano; Infinitart 2015 Niko Pirosmanashvili, a peasant from the Caucasus Mountains who became a self-taught artist known as Pirosmani and inspired key figures in the Russian avant-garde, is about to get his due in Europe with an exhibition that will open this week at the Albertina in Vienna. Many details of Pirosmani’s life are murky, but it is known that he was the orphaned son of poor farmers who had to support himself as a sign painter in Tbilisi, Georgia. These shop signs, as well as the paintings that he created for taverns, are full of visual references…

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