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The art of politics: Democracy protests inspire Thai creatives

Bangkok - With virtual reality goggles strapped on and controllers clasped in his hands, Thai artist Chalermpol Junrayab looks more like he's doing a robot dance than creating political art.

What a tail: whale sculpture saves runaway Dutch train

Spijkenisse - A runaway Dutch metro train was saved from disaster on Monday after it smashed through a stop barrier but then came to rest on a giant sculpture of a whale's tail.

Mexico sets sights on Vienna's Aztec crowning glory

Vienna - It is one of the star attractions of Vienna's Weltmuseum, a resplendent ancient Aztec headdress of iridescent blue-green feathers almost two metres (six feet) wide with a centrepiece sporting hundreds of pieces of gold.

Anti-Semitic ex-mayor becomes magnet for Vienna statue protests

Vienna - A statue of an anti-Semitic former mayor of Vienna who inspired Hitler has become the focus of competing left- and right-wing protests, with anti-racist activists mounting a "shame vigil" around the monument.

French MPs vote to return stolen artefacts to Benin, Senegal

Paris - French lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously voted to return prized artefacts to Benin and Senegal more than a century after they were looted by colonial forces and hauled back to Paris to be displayed in museums.

In Iraq's Mosul, new statues rise from ashes of IS rule

Mosul - As sunset nears, the residents of Iraq's Mosul flock to a golden-tinted statue of a woman looking out over their scarred city with an expression of steady defiance.

Taiwan artisans fuse reality and fantasy in miniature worlds

Taipei - From a bucolic rural grocery shop to fictional battlefields and robot warrior bases, Taiwanese artisans are meticulously handcrafting miniature worlds that fuse reality and fantasy.

Italian coastguard comes to aid of Banksy-funded rescue boat

Rome - An Italian coastguard vessel Saturday rushed to a rescue ship funded by British street artist Banksy, which sent out a call for help with more than 200 migrants onboard, and took in 49 of the most vulnerable people on board.

Nazi-looted French painting on display in search for rightful owner

Verdun - A 19th-century oil painting stolen from occupied France during World War II has gone on display in a bid to trace its rightful owners after being returned by the son of the German soldier who took it on orders from above.

Street art thrives in Sao Paulo despite pandemic

S - Perched atop a platform swaying in the air 10 stories high, Paola Delfin is putting the final touches on a giant graffiti mural in the sprawling concrete jungle of Sao Paulo.

Picasso murals removed from Oslo building damaged by Breivik

Oslo - Despite protests, the removal of two murals designed by Pablo Picasso began on Monday from an Oslo government building damaged in right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 attack, a project manager said.

In Iraq's Kurdish capital, all's fair in love and walls

Arbil - "Nero set Rome on fire and Nermin set my heart on fire." Iraqi Kurds in Arbil are declaring their love on the city's walls, their only refuge in a conservative society.

It wasn't the sex: bloodletting fatal for Raphael, study claims

Rome - A feverish Raphael suffering from "a coronavirus-like disease" died after failing to tell his doctors he had been secretly visiting lovers on freezing cold nights, leading them to wrongly prescribe bloodletting, a new study claims.

Up for grabs: Tokyo art exhibit invites theft

Apo - The Tokyo art exhibit opened to enthusiastic visitors, but many of those circulating weren't just there to soak in some culture -- they were casing the joint for a midnight raid.

Tiny songbird is East Asia's 'oldest' carved artwork

Paris - A miniature bird sculpted out of burnt bone in China around 13,500 years ago is the oldest known figurine from East Asia, according to researchers who discovered it in a refuse heap near an archaeological site.

Last-ditch bid to save Oslo building with Picasso murals

Oslo - Face masks are rare and social distances vary but the human chain spreads out, braving the risk of infection, as activists in Oslo make a last-ditch bid to save a building adorned by Spanish master painter Pablo Picasso.

Belfast's dividing walls united by virus tributes

Belfast - Northern Ireland's public walls have long been known for their towering murals, glorifying gunmen of the paramilitary groups that fought for decades over British rule.

Vietnam draws on propaganda artists in battle against virus

Hanoi - A 76-year-old Vietnamese painter who has spent his life making propaganda art for the Communist government has turned his brush to the coronavirus, designing posters that have popped up across Hanoi.

Chinese 'light painter' takes artistic inspiration from virus

Bejing - A Chinese artist has paid tribute to doctors and nurses and their months-long battle to treat virus-stricken patients in his latest light painting creations.

Top Dutch museums close over coronavirus

Den Haag - The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museums in the Dutch capital Amsterdam said Thursday they were closing until the end of March to help halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Norway authorises demolition of building with Picasso murals

Oslo - Norway gave the go-ahead on Wednesday for the demolition of a bomb-damaged building adorned with drawings by Spanish master painter Pablo Picasso.

Pavlensky, artist provocateur, claims top French political scalp

Moscow - Pyotr Pavlensky, the Russian artist provocateur who forced a top French politician to drop out of a key election Friday, is well known for his shock and awe "performances," usually involving pain and discomfort for all involved to highlight causes he t...

Q&A: Using 3D technology to bring the art-buying process closer Special

Artland, an app that’s well established in Europe and launching in the U.S., simplifies the art buying process while bringing e-commerce capabilities, like “buy now” and filtered search, to galleries across the globe.

Budapest's Banksy disciple sparks treasure hunts and nostalgia

Budapest - Drawing inspiration from enigmatic British artist Banksy, a sculptor of tiny bronze statues has gained a cult following in the Hungarian capital Budapest by placing his quirky works around the city for the public to discover.

Ghent's refreshed 'Mystic Lamb' artwork inspires new adoration

Ghent - The grass is greener, the sky is cleaner and dozens of tiny details have been exposed to delight art historians and inspire the devotion of the faithful.

China dramatists wage 'guerrilla' fight for artistic freedom

Wuchen - An actress playing US espionage whistleblower Edward Snowden imitates a gun with her hand, aims it at a security camera, and fires -- not exactly the sort of stage content that's green-lighted in China's surveillance state.

Gay altarpiece of original sin makes waves in Sweden

Malm - Two Eves on one side of the tree, two Adams on the other, each couple openly flirting: a Swedish diocese said Wednesday it would remove a gay depiction of original sin that hung briefly as an altarpiece.

Japan drawings reveal little known side of Polish director Wajda

Krak - A new exhibition shows a little known side of the late Andrzej Wajda, who was not only an Oscar-winning Polish film and theatre director but also a lifelong visual artist with a love of Japan.

Iraq revolution will be dramatised, written, read, and painted

Baghdad - The pops of gunfire rang out across the protest camp in Iraq's capital. Blood-stained bodies writhed on the pavement, and smoke from burning tyres smarted the captive audience's eyes.

Rare Gauguin fetches 9.5 mn euros at Paris auction

Paris - A rare canvas by French artist Paul Gauguin from his time in Tahiti fetched 9.5 million euros ($10.5 million) in Paris on Tuesday, nearly twice its estimated value, the auction house said.
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A piece of art at the Eastside Gallery  a 1.3 km long section of the Berlin Wall located near the ce...
A piece of art at the Eastside Gallery, a 1.3 km long section of the Berlin Wall located near the centre of Berlin on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
The discovered oil painting by John Constable.
The discovered oil painting by John Constable.
BBC News
File photo: Skating in Holland  Unknown author  Oil on canvas 31.8 x 46.4 cm. Sir Hugh Lane Bequest ...
File photo: Skating in Holland, Unknown author, Oil on canvas 31.8 x 46.4 cm. Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917; on loan to the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, since 1979. Signed: Jongkind, but likely to be a forgery.
National Gallery, London
Lygia Clark  Planes on a Modulated Surface  from 1957.
Lygia Clark "Planes on a Modulated Surface" from 1957.
Statue of King Louis XIV  Place Bellecour  Lyon France
Statue of King Louis XIV, Place Bellecour, Lyon France
Artist Kanene Weston and her work   Blue Mountains 2   at The Many Faces art opening  Gallery Sensei...
Artist Kanene Weston and her work, "Blue Mountains 2", at The Many Faces art opening, Gallery Sensei NYC, December 12, 2014
High Museum of Art  Atlanta
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Cycle Critters  made from recycled bike parts. By Mike Schram of Toronto
Cycle Critters, made from recycled bike parts. By Mike Schram of Toronto
Cheryl Jean and Dexer Ico
Julian Schnabel spoke to the media at AGO about his collection that will be on exhibit starting next...
Julian Schnabel spoke to the media at AGO about his collection that will be on exhibit starting next week.
Acadia Gallery in Toronto is taking part in Nuit Blanche for the first time with 13 artists.
Acadia Gallery in Toronto is taking part in Nuit Blanche for the first time with 13 artists.
Navajo artifact currently in the hands of private collector.
Navajo artifact currently in the hands of private collector.
An artistic hand painting by Guido Daniele  depicting an elephant
An artistic hand painting by Guido Daniele, depicting an elephant
From Guido Daniele
 Evil Dead 2013  rises to the top.
"Evil Dead 2013" rises to the top.
Box Office Mojo
 Big 5
"Big 5"
An exhibit of colourful fish  by Sayaka Ganz
An exhibit of colourful fish, by Sayaka Ganz
With permission by Sayaka Ganz
Dana Idlet
 It s Well With My Soul
"It's Well With My Soul"
Dana Idlet
Photo from IceBerg  by Evelyn Berg. Used with permission by the photographer.
Photo from IceBerg, by Evelyn Berg. Used with permission by the photographer.
Evelyn Berg

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