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Van Gogh 'suicide gun' on display in Amsterdam

Den Haag - Amsterdam's renowned Van Gogh Museum unveiled a new exhibition Tuesday focusing on Vincent's final 18 months of mental anguish before he shot himself in 1890, including the suspected gun he used in his suicide.

Taboo or not taboo? Artists expose naked truths in Pakistan

Karachi - Mohammad Ali sits before a painting of a semi-naked man and declares his work has never been censored in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where an artistic vanguard are challenging taboos in the chaotic city of Karachi.

Christo artwork a 'waste of public money': Watchdog

Rome - An Italian consumer group said Saturday it suspected artist Christo's popular floating walkway on a lake had involved an unreasonable waste of public money.

Thousands flock to Christo work to walk on water

Iseo - Thousands of people stepped out onto the latest work by renowned artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in northern Italy Saturday, seizing their chance to "walk on water".

Famed artist Christo invites public to walk on water

Iseo - Renowned artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff can walk on water. And thanks to him so can you.

For Bethlehem tattoo artist, religion is more than skin deep

Bethlehem - Pilgrims to Bethlehem often return home with candles or rosaries, but for those who see religion as more than skin-deep, tattoo artist Walid Ayash is there to help.The 39-year-old Palestinian specialises in Christian themes.

Art hooks up with tech: A marriage made in…? Special

Brooklyn - Imagine what Leonardo da Vinci could do if he had a chance to develop an app for the iPhone or what Picasso could have done with PhotoShop. As the New Museum’s Julia Kaganskiy describes it, “Artists wield new tools to create new stories.”

Newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook to be published

Paris - A sketchbook of drawings by Dutch post-Impressionist master Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered and will be published in November, the French publisher Seuil announced Thursday.

Back to back: Dutch expo reveals art's surprising side

Den Haag - For centuries many have pondered what lies behind the Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile, but it was more of a rhetorical question. Now art lovers can literally discover what the back of Da Vinci's masterpiece looks like.

Athens to hide sculptures after busts go missing

Atenas - Athens is to store away dozens of outdoor sculptures after five brass busts went missing last month and a marble statue was vandalised, officials have said.

Ukranian art buyer hands back stolen Dutch masterpiece

Den Haag - A Ukranian art buyer has handed back a missing 18th-century painting stolen a decade ago from a Dutch museum, bringing the total number of masterpieces retrieved from the heist to five, officials said on Monday.

Museum of Russian impressionist art opens in Moscow

Moscow - A museum of Russian impressionist art opened in Moscow on Saturday amid efforts to promote the country's little-known art movement to a global audience.

Artistic dissent alive in Russia despite crackdown

Moscow - Clad in a rather unpresidential blue parka and jeans, Roman Roslovtsev unfurls a rubber mask of Vladimir Putin and pulls it over his head. He then holds up his protest poster and walks towards the Kremlin.

Masterpieces lost in Italy museum heist recovered in Ukraine

Rome - Paintings including masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto that were stolen from a Verona museum last year have been found in Ukraine, Italy's culture minister said Wednesday."It is a great day," the minister, Dario Franceschini, said in a statement.

Art-loving mafia mobster's collection in Italy show

Reggio Calabria - The prized art collection of a mafia boss, confiscated by Italian police, has gone on show in Calabria in an exhibition billed as a "victory of the state" over organised crime.

Rodin sculpture scores record $20 million at auction in NY

New York - Auguste Rodin's "L'Eternel Printemps" (Eternal Springtime) marble sculpture of lovers fetched more than $20 million at auction, a record for the French sculptor, at Sotheby's in New York.

American painter Sherri Aldawood revels in her love of beauty Special

When it comes to creating her masterpieces, this Phoenix-based artist is especially attracted to light and colour. She talked life and fine art with Digital Journal.

Sculptor of iconic knotted revolver, symbol of peace, dies

Stockholm - Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward, best known for his iconic sculpture of a revolver with a knotted barrel displayed outside the UN headquarters in New York, has died aged 81, Swedish officials said Wednesday.

From NY to LA, street art blooms for U.S. presidential candidates

Los Angeles - Many Americans are taking to canvas and poster board this year to express their political thoughts through depictions -- sometimes unflattering -- of presidential hopefuls like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Dutch painter Liseth Visser on what motivates and inspires her Special

Veghel - This talented lady from the southern Netherlands is renowned for her beautiful, thought-provoking and deeply striking portraits. She agreed to answer some questions put to her by Digital Journal.

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.
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