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Controversies

Mary Rose Museum 'appalled' by David Starkey's racist remarks as British historian steps down as trustee

Tudor specialist has been widely condemned for remarks on slavery and Black Lives Matter in YouTube interview

Podcast

Special: Fireworks! Picturing pyrotechnics with professor Simon Werrett

In honour of Bonfire Night in the UK this podcast looks at how artists—from Whistler to Cai Guo-Qiang—have captured fireworks

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Germany

Berlin celebrates fall of the wall with art installations, projections and an app

A week-long festival for the 30th anniversary includes a banner of messages floating near the Brandenburg Gate

Interview
China

An artist’s memories of Tiananmen Square

The Bay Area artist Stella Zhang was a senior at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing during the student-led protests. She has created a new work based on those memories—and the government’s efforts to silence them

Review
Book Shorts

Dead kings and queens and where to find them

A dictionary of the burial places of the English and Scottish kings and queens (and their relations)

Archive
Exhibitions

The changing face of Harlem through the eyes of photographers on show now at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

93 works by 10 photographers track the evolution of this New York neighbourhood

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Exhibitions

Berlin Kulturforum surveys the long history of alchemy

Spanning 3000 years, the exhibition covers the Egyptian origins of alchemy to its influence on contemporary artists such as Koons

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Tate Britain

Art and the appetite for destruction: Histories of British Iconoclasm on now at Tate Britain

Tate Britain examines the history of those who have targeted art, from Henry VIII to the present

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Tate Britain

Purposeful destruction: Smashing art at the Tate Britain

Tate Britain traces the driving forces and ideologies behind a 500-year history of iconoclasm

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Moscow

From shtetl to spectacle at the Russian Jewish Museum and Centre of Tolerance

Constructivist-style bus garage transformed into high-tech Jewish museum in Moscow

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Sport

Prosthetic technology in sport on display at the Wellcome Collection ahead of the Olympics and Paralympics

The Wellcome Collection puts its best (false) foot forward

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Books

Books in brief: the Medieval Warrior’s (Unofficial) Manual

The perfect reference book for those of us who cannot just offhand distinguish a gambeson from a hauberk

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Books

Books: Material culture and medieval "Hindu-Muslim" encounter

Objects of translation and the cultural interactions of Muslims and Hindus in the late 12th and early 13th centuries

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Books

The art world’s Christmas reading

Artists, collectors, critics, museum directors and auction house executives pick their holiday books

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Iran

How Sami-Azar, head of Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art, has been the mediator that Iranian artists yearned for

With the view that creative outlet precedes change, Sami-Azar has begun to thaw segregationist policies that bar Iranian artists from international acclaim

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Museums

Communist museum for Warsaw

It will include displays of photographs and posters, pieces of barbed wire, tools and clothes from the Gulags

Archive
Gilded Age

A charmed couple: the art and life of Walter and Matilda Gay

A celebration of the Gilded Age couple famed for their taste and refinement

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War & Conflict

St Catherine's monastery: A short history, from Moses to the Arab-Israeli wars

The incredible longevity of the monastery - or mosque, for a period - can be attributed to its willingness to change with the times

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Media & broadcast

Art in the media: History as a developing process

Lodz ghetto photos found in Vienna; Van Dyck reassessed; Tracey Emin in profile

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History

Letter discovery suggests inter-war bell rivalry

The letter was written by Giacomo Boni and dates from 1925

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Museums & Heritage

Publishing Tate's colourful past to celebrate its centenary

Histories and anecdotes of the Tate Gallery and the British Museum

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Tokyo

Edo-period art at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

From the ukiyo-e prints popular culture to the armour of the Shogun, this exhibition delves into the many strands of Edo period art and culture

Archive
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim's China exhibition: everything but the kitchen sink

This mega-show spanning five millennia focuses on “diversity rather than unity”, insists its organiser Sherman Lee, but does it risk homogenising Chinese art into a timeline?

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Publications

Round up of Italian publishers this season

Historical figures predominate, with archaeology close behind.

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Moral guidelines for archaeology

New rules and guidelines for archaeologists around the world.

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Jewellery

International Silver and Jewellery Fair exhibition examines royal jewellery: real, revived and faked

“Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen Scots: History and Myth” is on show, along with several groundbreaking seminars