Music

Italy seizes Giuseppe Verdi's villa and plans to turn it into a museum

The 19th-century property, where the Italian composer wrote 'La Traviata', was due to be auctioned, but the sale never happened

Wouldn't it be nice to see The Beach Boys: new show goes behind the scenes of seminal 1960s band

Exhibition at Iconic Images Gallery includes rarely seen works by top photographers from the period, as well as childhood pictures

Prizesnews

Ten artists receive €100,000 as winners of Chanel Next Prize 2024

The second edition of the biennial award, which acknowledges practitioners across art, film, theatre and more, also grants two years of mentorship and inclusion in a global networking programme

Diaryblog

Killer Queue: Freddie Mercury fans go Ga Ga and line up round the block for Sotheby’s show

The masses are being drawn in by the chance to see objects both fine and personal

'People may not be prepared': Latifa Echakhch brings experimental classical music to Basel's Messeplatz

Artist aims to elicit both catharsis and discomfort from audiences for her music performances outside the Art Basel fair

Diaryblog

Taylor Swift’s cat painting pops up in New York museum show

Museum of Arts and Design exhibition is a feast for Swifties (namely devotees of the Shake It Off singer)

A brush withinterview

Etel Adnan's poetry and Hilma af Klint's hidden worlds: curator Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel on her greatest influences

Director of Lafayette Anticipations tells us about her favourite writers, what music and podcasts she's been listening to, and the cultural experience that changed the way she sees the world

As the world strums: an exhibition examines the unique appeal and political power of guitars

The show “Stories Strings” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts brings together images of guitars in art from the 19th century to today, plus classic examples of the instruments themselves

Move aside Paul McCartney! Ai Weiwei and Ai-Da the robot to debut work at this year's Glastonbury Festival in England

At the Somerset music event, the Chinese dissident artist is screening a film about his family's history as prisoners of conscience

Louis Armstrong’s ‘second home’ in New Orleans destroyed by Hurricane Ida

The Karnofsky Store, a Jewish family’s former tailor shop where the young jazz legend found early encouragement for his musical talent, has been reduced to rubble

Bangladeshfeature

Concert from Bangladesh: virtual reality music event revives 1971 Beatles charity concert—but without the white saviour complex

British-South Asian artist Shezad Dawood and curator Diana Campbell have collaborated with a group of Bangladeshi creatives to create a virtual stage celebrating the country as it turns 50

'If you are of the camp that wants to keep the art world an exclusive club, then look away now'

Silos are tight in the arts, but here's how musicians, artists and writers and can work together to bring in new audiences

Raphael Cartoons at Victoria and Albert Museum serenaded by live orchestral performance

The London museum’s newly refurbished Raphael Court plays host to a “visual album” of classical pieces on film

Hear the sound of an ancient conch horn, played again after 18,000 years

The unique Palaeolithic instrument was found in a cave rich in rock art, and was marked with red pigment that matches the paintings

Awardsnews

Singer RM from Korean boyband BTS named 'art sponsor of the year'

The Bangtan Boys musician was recognised for donating $90,400 to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul last September

Artistsfeature

Opera as art: the rise of the artist as impresario

Marina Abramovic's opera The Seven Deaths of Maria Callas, which opened to a socially distanced audience in Munich last week, is the latest in a long history of artistic explorations of the art form

Artistsfeature

What songs do contemporary artists listen to while they work? Tune in to our Spotify playlist to find out

From Joni Mitchell to Radiohead and Sun Ra, Michael Armitage, Jenny Saville, Chantal Joffe and Rashid Johnson reveal their favourite tracks

Redbone music video sparks artist dispute over copyright infringement

Frank Buffalo Hyde says the imagery in the short film for the band's 1974 hit Come and Get Your Love released by Legacy Recordings this month is "too close to comfort" to his work

Native American artist Brent Learned collaborates on first official music video for Redbone's 1970s pop-rock hit

The "Come and Get Your Love" short film is the first release in a new Sony Legacy project that will tap contemporary artists to create videos for classic tunes

Florian Schneider, co-founder of pioneering electronic band Kraftwerk, has died, aged 73

The experimental musician and his fellow “klangchemiker” Ralf Hütter were known for their highly visual, conceptual sensibility

Musicfeature

The artist’s composer: Steve Reich's percussive experiment returns to the Hayward Gallery this week

Drumming was first performed at the London venue in Mark Rothko's 1972 exhibition—now it will be surrounded by Bridget Riley's show

Musicnews

John Lennon wanted Hitler on cover of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album

Jann Haworth, who co-created the classic image with Peter Blake, revealed the surprising choice on our podcast

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What Kanye West got wrong so far in his Nebuchadnezzar opera

The image used in Ye's tweet is actually thought to depict Darius the Great. But why celebrate Nebuchadnezzar anyway?

US singer Chris Brown accused of ripping off several artists’ work in Wobble Up music video

Marius Sperlich and Tony Futura are among those calling for greater copyright protection in the creative industry

How Paul McCartney helped Richard Hamilton create the Beatles' iconic White Album

On The Art Newspaper podcast, we celebrate 50 years of one of the world's greatest records of all time with a look at how the distinctive plain cover was designed