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Diary

Kanye West spotted on a secretive art tour in Berlin—but what works caught his eye?

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Afghanistan

Amid Taliban insurgency, culture sector fears looting as Kabul descends into chaos

British Council in Afghanistan among international heritage organisations that have suspended operations during the conflict

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Biennial

Art in motion: Autrostrada Biennale takes visitors on a journey through Kosovo

Third edition is spread between the cities of Prishtina, Prizren and Peja

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Exhibitions

Momentum biennial in Norway fires curator weeks before opening, prompting artists to withdraw work in solidarity

Organisers of the exhibition in Moss claim curator Théo-Mario Coppola "irreparably damaged" their relationship with the team

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Monuments

Stitching together a monument to sick kids, one bead at a time

Anishinaabe artist Nico Williams’s testament to the bravery of children facing difficult illnesses has been created using pieces that record every procedure, test or jab of a needle they undergo

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Art market

Pared down and profit sharing: here are the sales from Art Dubai, this year’s first physical fair

Meanwhile, a crypto-art cruise during the fair indicates which way the wind may be blowing for future editions

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NFTs

'Complete bullshit': conceptual artist Matty Mo calls out Nifty Gateway after NFT platform pulls plug on sale of his works

Nifty Gateway executive says it is unable to keep up with the volume of drops released on its site

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NFTs

'We can use NFTs to support good causes': Pussy Riot mints and sells first NFT to raise money for women's shelters

The video, titled Terrestrial Paradise, was bought for around £128,000 by the Iranian-born art collector and political activist Amir Soleymani

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Museums & Heritage

Royal British Columbia Museum CEO Jack Lohman resigns, after internal report finds a ‘dysfunctional and toxic workplace’

An investigation into management was prompted by the departure of the museum’s head of Indigenous collection, who complained of racism and discrimination

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LGBTQ

Polish region loses €1.65m European heritage grant after declaring itself 'LGBT-free zone'

Norway Grants pulled the award after Podkarpackie councillors voted for a resolution to "resist the promotion of LGBT ideology"

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Protest

Five Turkish students arrested over LGBTQ-themed work

Exhibition coincided with protests against the government's appointment of Melih Bulu as the new rector of Istanbul’s Bogazici University

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Politics

Hungarian museum director faces backlash after comparing George Soros to Hitler

In an op-ed published this weekend, Szilard Demeter called the billionaire financier 'the liberal Führer'

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Exhibitions

Ulay’s legacy expands with his first major retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum

The largest ever show on the performance artist is complemented by an extensive online and videos of his time in Amsterdam

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Protest

Amid nationwide pro-choice protests, leading Polish artist Joanna Piotrowska donates poignant photo to raise money for women's rights charity

Only one edition out of a 100 are left as donations flood website

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Protest art

What's behind the red lightning bolt, the main symbol of Poland's pro-choice marches?

As thousands take to the streets to protest against a near-total ban on abortion, the graphic designer Ola Jasionowska tells us about creating the movement's logo

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Armenia

Armenian monuments in line of fire in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Unesco accused of turning a blind eye to destruction of heritage sites, as bitter skirmish between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the disputed territory drags on

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Prizes

Cameroonian curator Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung awarded Berlin's highest state award

Ndikung, who founded Berlin art space SAVVY Contemporary, dedicated The Order of Merit of Berlin award to the "displaced people of Anglophone Cameroon"

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Politics

Activist groups condemn 'unjust' imprisonment of Sudanese artists including award-winning filmmaker Hajooj Kuka

Human Rights Watch among the organisations criticising the decision by Khartoum court to convict pro-democracy collective that were rehearsing a performance

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Poland

Culture figures unite against mounting anti-LGBTQ sentiment in Poland

Open letter—signed by prominent writers Olga Tokarczuk and Margaret Atwood—demands the release of imprisoned activist Malgorzata "Margot" Szutowicz

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Law

International Criminal Court trial begins of Jihadist police chief accused of destroying Timbuktu’s cultural heritage

Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud is on trial for war crimes in Mali

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racism

In open-letter, Jewish Museum staff ask for greater diversity and transparency

The move follows growing frustration after a Zoom meeting among employees and upper management at the New York institution

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Protests

Artist who represented Slovenia at 2015 Venice Biennale detained as country enters eighth week of anti-government protests

Jasa Mrevlje Pollak was thrown into the back of a police van during a demonstration last week triggered by corruption allegations

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Politics

'Blatant censorship': Polish government issues artists with fines—then withdraws them

Ahead of Poland's ghost election earlier this month, a group of artists carried a 14-metre letter to parliament

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Obituaries

Pioneering performance artist Ulay has died, aged 76

Marina Abramović's former partner and collaborator passed away in Ljubljana

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Private Museums

PinchukArtCenter employees claim to have been sacked after attempting to form trade union

Ukrainian institution says the 28 guides were dismissed to make way for innovation

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Poland

Right-wing director begins overhaul of Warsaw contemporary art centre

Controversial curator Piotr Bernatowicz has cancelled several 2020 exhibitions and cut funding from progressive art journal at Ujazdowski Castle CCA

Review
The Year in Review 2019

Ten memes that define the absurdity of the art world in 2019

From Maurizio Cattelan’s $120k banana to dedicated viral accounts, here are the images that tickled us this year

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Performance art

How one artist is using theatre to draw attention to the EU asylum problem

Staging of a refugee trial asking audience to determine the fate of an asylum seeker poses questions about the 'theatrification' of migration issues