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A Chinese eye delivers new perspectives on Europe's migrant crisis

Florence - Liu Xiaodong, the acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist, has put Europe's migrant crisis at the centre of an exhibition of new work which goes on show from Friday in Florence.

Op-Ed: Artist Cynthia Tom is a surrealist presence telling truths Special

San Francisco - The weather was gloriously summer-like this past Saturday April 16 as surrealist artist Cynthia Tom opened her 1890 Bryant Street studio to the public.

Artist Christo in divine stunt on Italy lake

Brescia - World-renowned artist Christo may be 80, but he boasts the energy of a teenager: after creating umbrella forests, wrapping the Reichstag and decking Central Park in saffron, his new project will see audiences walk on water in Italy.

London's reorientated conceptual art gallery Special

London - London's Tate Modern is one of the biggest and most innovative modern art centers in the world. The exhibit area consists of several large galleries. One is dedicated to conceptual art, and it has recently been revised. Digital Journal paid a visit.

Review: Joseph Beuys exhibition in London Special

London - Joseph Beuys, the German Fluxus, happening and performance artist, is currently the focus of a retrospective exhibit at London's Tate Modern. Digital Journal takes a look.

Botero sculptures centerstage in Colombia pollution protest

Medell - Sculptures by Colombia's most famous artist, the world-renowned Fernando Botero, unwittingly found themselves thrust into the midst of an anti-pollution protest Friday when activists strapped surgical masks on their giant faces.

Austria museum settles feud over Nazi-looted art

Vienna - Vienna's famous Leopold Museum on Thursday settled a long-running feud over five Nazi-plundered drawings by Austrian painter Egon Schiele with the descendants of the works' Jewish former owner.

Stolen Munch recovered in Norway, two arrested

Oslo - Norwegian police on Wednesday announced the recovery of a valuable lithograph by Edvard Munch which was stolen in 2009, with two men arrested.The artwork, named 'Historien' or 'History' in Norwegian, was retrieved undamaged, a statement said.

Wikimedia art database breaks copyright law: Swedish court

Stockholm - Sweden's highest court on Monday found Wikimedia Sweden guilty of violating copyright laws by providing free access to its database of artwork photographs without the artists' consent.

Mobile messages tell stories of refugees fleeing war

Dubai - "Daddy, where are you now? In Turkey or Sweden?" a Syrian girl asks her father in her first voice message to him since he joined hundreds of thousands fleeing the war.

Malaysian punk artist clowns with scandal-hit leader

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian designer's caricatures of the scandal-plagued prime minister as a sinister clown have become a viral phenomenon, spurring a wider protest-through-images movement and making the artist a target of authorities.

After lifejacket art and piano recital, Ai Weiwei gets migrant haircut

Gevgelija - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Thursday sat for a haircut and trim from a migrant barber at the Greek border camp of Idomeni to once again draw attention to the plight of thousands trapped there in squalor."I needed a haircut ...

Paris auction house porters on trial for stealing 250 tonnes of valuables

Paris - Porters from Paris' most famous auction house went on trial Monday, accused of systematically stealing 250 tonnes of valuable antiques, jewels and artworks, including a Chagall painting and rare Ming dynasty porcelain.

Five Bacon paintings reported stolen in Madrid

Madrid - Five paintings by British artist Francis Bacon worth an estimated 30 million euros have been stolen from the Madrid home of their owner, El Pais reported Sunday.

Presenting portrait painter to the stars, AraDona Special

The Los Angeles-based, classically-trained artist has been tasked with capturing some of the entertainment world's biggest names on canvas. He talked to Digital Journal.

Saint's treasure sparks battle between Naples and Church

Naples - Thousands of protesters demonstrated in Naples on Saturday in a bid to prevent the Catholic Church gaining any control over the treasure of a local saint that is reputedly worth more than British crown jewels.

Rare Giotto copy emerges from Transylvanian church ruins

Budapest - A jewel among the wild grass? A Hungarian historian is convinced that patches of fresco in a Transylvanian church ruin are a rare medieval copy of a legendary masterpiece by Italian maestro Giotto.

Russia keeps artist behind bars for torching security HQ

Moscow - Russia on Friday ruled to keep performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky behind bars until April as he awaits trial for torching the door of the feared security service's headquarters.

Global art market bounces back after 10% slump in 2015

Paris - The art market has bounced back worldwide after prices slumped by more than 10 percent last year as investors look for a safer alternative to falling stock markets, the leading index Artprice said Friday.

Iraqi artist imagines life in a bomb suit

Baghdad - The man in the bulky bomb disposal suit waved at a gaggle of awed children as he walked down a Baghdad street and sat outside a small cafe to drink tea.

Russia rejects nomination of jailed artist Pavlensky

Moscow - The organisers of Russia's top state art prize on Tuesday rejected the nomination of artist Pyotr Pavlensky for his performance setting fire to the headquarters of the Russian security service.

Hop on down, Miffy the rabbit gets her own museum

Utrecht - To some she's just a plain white bunny, to others she's a prime example of minimalist art. But for six decades Miffy has been delighting young kids around the world, and now she's getting a museum of her own.

Greek island gives migrant life jackets for Ai Weiwei artwork: Mayor

Atenas - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei will create an artwork in Germany from 14,000 life jackets discarded by migrants arriving on Greece's Lesbos island, local authorities said on Tuesday.

France and Netherlands seal historic 160 mn euro Rembrandt purchase

Paris - France and the Netherlands signed a historic deal Monday acquiring two large Rembrandt portraits for 160 million euros ($174 million), the French culture ministry announced.

New Bosch painting unveiled on eve of 500th celebrations

Den Haag - Art historians on Monday revealed that a painting stored for decades at an American museum was in fact a work by Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch.

Colombian street artists graffiti for peace

Estanzuela - A pineapple that looks strikingly like a grenade is spray-painted on one wall, while another is splashed with carnations sprouting from rifle barrels.

China's Ai Weiwei shuts show to protest Danish migrant law

Copenhagen - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Wednesday closed down his exhibition in the Danish capital after lawmakers passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to seize valuables from asylum seekers.

Russians break door at top museum as record crowds rush to art show

Moscow - A top Russian museum struggled to control record crowds on Friday as thousands rushed to see a 19th-century art exhibition, queing for hours in the snow and even breaking a door.

Philanthropists hand Lithuania world-class modern art museum

Vilnius - Local philanthropists are teaming up with a world-renowned architect to hand Lithuania's capital Vilnius its first modern art museum, with doors due to open in early 2019.

Indecent exposure: artist arrested for nude pose in Paris museum

Paris - A woman has been arrested for indecent exposure after lying down naked in Paris's Musee d'Orsay in front of Edouard Manet's similarly nude painting of the prostitute Olympia, her lawyer said Sunday.
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