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Ferry disaster, politics and cinema intermingle at BIFF

Busan - A new film about the Sewol ferry sinking, a disaster that killed more than 300 people -- most of them children, will premiere at Asia's biggest film festival, five years after director Lee Sang-ho caused controversy with his first documentary on the to...

Hidden for 21 years, Ethiopian crown set to return home

Rotterdam - A priceless 18th-century Ethiopian crown is set to be returned from the Netherlands to Addis Ababa after a one-time refugee found it in a suitcase and hid it in his apartment for two decades.

Russian jailed for 3 years for stealing painting in plain sight

Moscow - A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced a man who snatched a 19th-century painting off the wall in a busy Moscow gallery earlier this year to three years in a maximum security prison.

Old lady discovers Renaissance masterpiece in her kitchen

Paris - An early Renaissance masterpiece by the Florentine master Cimabue has been discovered in an old lady's kitchen in a town near Paris, art experts said Monday.

Early Van Gogh works auctioned in Belgium

Ghent - Two early works by Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh were auctioned in the Belgian city of Ghent on Sunday, fetching near estimate prices that the organiser said were bargains.

Austrian football stadium turned into a forest

Vienna - The rustling of the wind through trees has replaced the referee's whistle at a football stadium in the Austrian city of Klagenfurt after an unusual art installation was revealed there on Thursday.

Turkey's 'Microangelo' turns tiny objects into artworks

Istanbul - For Turkey's "Microangelo", any tiny, discarded item could be the canvas for his next mini masterpiece, from a matchstick to a pumpkin seed.

Decoding the mysteries of da Vinci's paintings with proteomics

Scientists have used the technique of proteomics to assess the paint blends used in a painting supervised by Leonardo da Vinci. The exercise paves the way for improving the restoration and validation of older paintings.

Skin in the game: Hong Kong protesters get inked

Fpo - As a tattooist's black ink fills the petals of Hong Kong's Bauhinia flower on her upper thigh, 'C' says the indelible act of rebellion will forever serve as a reminder of the city's summer of defiance.

Michael Jackson art show opens in Finland despite controversy

Apo - An exhibition of art inspired by Michael Jackson opened Tuesday in Helsinki with organisers insisting it was not a "celebration" of the singer, still dogged by abuse allegations a decade after his death.

Review: Reza’s ‘Art’ loses little of its bite in new Soulpepper remount Special

Toronto - It’s easy to satirize modern art, especially if you don’t get it. It’s harder to turn a disagreement on art into a funny, biting examination of male fragility. The latter achievement is why Yasmina Reza’s 1994 play “‘Art’” holds up well.

Leave our graffiti on the walls, say Sudan protesters

Khartoum - The graffiti that symbolised Sudan's uprising are being painted over across the capital Khartoum, protest leaders complained Wednesday, urging the military authorities to stop their whitewashing.

Art exhibit in Lake Ontario highlights plight of refugees

If you look out over the shoreline of Lake Ontario, at the foot of Toronto’s Harbour Square Park, you’re likely to see a vibrantly-coloured tribute to the many lives tossed into chaos in the ongoing global refugee crisis.

World can see museum restore Rembrandt's 'Night Watch'

Amsterdam - Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum on Monday began the biggest ever restoration of Rembrandt's "The Night Watch", building a giant glass case around the famed painting so the world can see the work carried out live.

Images of since-'erased' Sudanese protest art shown in London

London - Sudanese anti-government protesters painted blistering images of defiance -- raised fists and rallying cries -- on the walls at their recent weeks-long sit-in demonstration in Khartoum that ended in a bloody crackdown.

Lost '$170 million Caravaggio' snapped up before French auction

Toulouse - A painting thought to be a "lost masterpiece" by Italian painter Caravaggio has been bought two days before it was due to go under the hammer in France.

Gun 'that ended Van Gogh's life' sells for nearly triple estimate

Paris - The revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself sold for 162,500 euros ($182,000) at a Paris auction on Wednesday -- nearly three times the estimate.

Gun 'Van Gogh killed himself with' to go under hammer

Paris - The revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself is to go under the hammer Wednesday at a Paris auction house.

China's largest ever Picasso exhibition opens

Bejing - The largest Picasso exhibition ever held in China opens on Saturday, featuring more than 100 works -- many of them from the artist's early years.

Mexico unearths what may be historic recording of Frida Kahlo

Mexico - Iconic 20th-century artist Frida Kahlo has one of the best-known faces on the planet, but the world at large has never heard the Mexican painter's voice -- until, possibly, now.

Chinese artists set new records at Paris auction

Paris - Paintings by two of the "Three Musketeers" of Chinese art, Chu Teh-Chun and Zao Wou-Ki, have set new records, going for nearly 10 million euros ($11.2 million) at a Paris auction.The abstract work "Synthese hivernale C" by Chu went for more than 5.

Chinese cartoonist slams Twitter for refusing Tiananmen emoji

Fpo - Chinese artist Badiucao, whose anonymous political satire infuriated Beijing, on Thursday announced a protest campaign against Twitter for what he says is pandering to China, after the platform's refusal to create a special tank man emoji to mark the 3...

Chinese cartoonist Badiucao unmasks after Beijing threats

Fpo - A Chinese cartoonist whose anonymous political satire earned him comparisons with Banksy -- and the wrath of Beijing -- has outed himself as a former law school student who became politicised after watching a Tiananmen Square documentary in a dorm room...

50 years later, Montreal celebrates Lennon-Ono 'bed-in' for peace

Montr - John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent a week in pajamas in 1969 at The Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal, welcoming journalists and recording "Give Peace a Chance" as the Vietnam War raged.

Monet painting draws $110.7 mn at New York auction

New York - A Claude Monet painting from his celebrated "Meules" (Haystacks) series drew $110.7 million in New York on Tuesday in an auction record for the French Impressionist master.

Suspected Banksy work tackles climate protests

London - A new work believed to be by British street artist Banksy appeared near London's Marble Arch on Friday, where climate change protesters have camped out for days.

Bashir's overthrow inspires Sudan graffiti artists

Khartoum - With the fall of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir, Sudan's long stifled graffiti artists are finally able to express their art, painting the country's revolution in murals and portraits flourishing across Khartoum's walls.

Notre-Dame paintings removed amid lead pollution fears

Paris - French art experts headed into the stricken Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to remove all the remaining paintings on Friday despite warnings from an environmental group that the site could be a toxic health threat.

Stolen Van Goghs due back on display after 16 years

Den Haag - Two Vincent van Gogh masterpieces stolen 16 years ago from the Amsterdam museum dedicated to his works will go back on display this week after extensive restoration, curators said Tuesday.

Ai Weiwei unveils Lego portraits of Mexico's missing students

Mexico - Chinese artist Ai Weiwei unveiled a series of portraits Thursday made with around one million Lego blocks, depicting 43 Mexican students who were abducted and apparently massacred in 2014.
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