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Restitution

Police search for Benin Bronze protestor—found guilty of 'threatening behaviour'

Isaiah Ogundele, who demonstrated outside the Museum of London, Docklands for the objects' repatriation, failed to appear at his court hearing earlier this month

Analysis
Protest

Student flash mobs in Thailand target ‘art scene run by elite old men’

Recent demonstrations break a long-held taboo–criticism of the Thai monarchy, an institution which protesters believe is the main obstruction to democracy

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Art market

Belarus art collector Viktor Babariko, rival to President Alexander Lukashenko, jailed before election

Former chairman of Belgazprombank, which owns works by Chagall and Soutine, was arrested in June on charges of laundering $430m but many suspect it was politically motivated

Podcast

Hong Kong: has the new law 'destroyed' the art scene?

Plus, art historian Alyce Mahon on Leonor Fini’s illustrations. Produced in association with Christie's

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Monuments

Tribal leaders and organisations call for the removal of Mount Rushmore monument

Leaders argue that Trump's plan for a rally there is an "unforgivable affront"

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Russia

Forty protestors detained for defending Russian activist facing prison for posting art with LGBTQ message

Russia's arts community rallying behind Yulia Tsvetkova whose trial starts in July

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Exhibitions

'Radical black resistance': Dresden exhibition to focus on legendary activist Angela Davis

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, Albertinum show explores impact of her visit to East Germany in 1972

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Protests

Protestors seize African artefact from Paris's Quai Branly museum in bid to 'bring to Africa what was taken'

Five demonstrators will go to court on charges of theft

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Protest

Oxford council says controversial Cecil Rhodes statue should go to museum after long-running stalemate

Thousands of protestors are demanding removal of statue of the Victorian imperialist from Oriel college

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Protest

Art world workers join protests against injustice in New York—and aim to change racist systems in the culture sphere

Activists working at museums and galleries are bringing the fight for equality from the streets back into institutions

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Monuments

Campaign launched by teenager to remove statues of Congo coloniser Leopold II gains pace in Belgium

Monuments of the king were targeted by anti-racism protestors last weekend

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong artists abroad launch pro-democracy platform as China's security law looms

Online project documents one year of anti-government protests in the territory and aims to rally support from international art community

Comment
Protest

Dread Scott: America God Damn

The multidisciplinary artist and social justice activist reflects on the recent protests in response to the killing of George Floyd and the history of racialised police violence in the US—and how change may finally be underway

Podcast

Let’s talk about race: museums and the battle against white privilege

Plus, remembering Christo—the art world's wrap star. Produced in association with Christie's

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Protest

Art world presses pause for #BlackOutTuesday

Mixed reactions for the social media campaign, whereby millions are posting black squares in support for the Black Lives Matter movement—but is it reductive?

Comment
racism

The US has a big racism problem and the art world is not helping

A looted Kaws sculpture and museums' silence reveal a predatory not progressive industry as protests flare following the killing of George Floyd

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Protest

'Impeach Bolsonaro': artist hangs black cloths on Brazilian Embassy in Paris to protest against president

Julio Villani's banners symbolise his “ongoing determination, revolt and despair” at the Brazilian leader's handling of the coronavirus crisis

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Prizes

Hong Kong artist's sombre still life with a tear gas canister vase wins Human Rights arts prize

Jeremy Deller judged the sixth edition which is backed by the European Union

Interview
Labour

‘You can’t exactly walk a picket line in a pandemic’: New York union leader Maida Rosenstein on the crisis for museum workers

The president of the main museum union talks to us about what the organisation has been doing to secure jobs in the wake of coronavirus

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Law

France reconfirms that women baring their breasts in public is illegal—even for artists and protestors

Two women who are part of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen were charged for topless protests, one of which was in a Paris museum

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Sponsorship

Climate activists take over British Museum in all-night protest against BP sponsorship

Organisers of the three-day action, the group BP or not BP?, called it the "largest protest in the history of the museum"

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US politics

'An impeachment tomb stone': Jenny Holzer creates work to mark President Donald Trump's trial

The skateboards are produced in a limited marble edition of 25 and a wood edition of 500

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Art market

Art Basel in Hong Kong exhibitors call for 50% discount as concerns mount over a drop off in collectors and freedom of expression

Galleries including Lévy Gorvy, Lisson and Sprüth Magers have expressed their concerns in a letter to the fair organisers

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MoMA PS1

Artists in PS1 Gulf War show urge museum to sever ties with toxic philanthropy

After Michael Rakowitz paused his video, 37 artists have signed an open letter condemning investments by MoMA board members Larry Fink and Leon Black into private prisons, weapons manufacturing and defense firms

Interview
Abed Al Kadiri

Capturing the streets: the Lebanese revolution through the eyes of an artist

Three months into the uprising we speak to Abed Al Kadiri about popular unity, state brutality and why he is documenting events through Chinese-style ink drawings

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Art market

'All bets are off': Hong Kong protests cause insurance headaches for dealers heading to Art Basel

With pro-democracy demonstrations showing no sign of abating, the fair is working with a broker to offer galleries cover at 20 times the normal rate

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Politics

Chile’s neoliberal ideology has co-opted artist’s creativity

The failed economic experiments of the 1970s laid the groundwork for today’s socio-economic crisis

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Museums

'Xavier Bray, end low pay!': Wallace Collection staff fight for London Living Wage

Museum is in discussion with trade union after 'final offer' 1.5% salary increase was deemed too low

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Art market

Chilean art fair suspends its 2019 edition as artists and galleries mobilise to support protesters

After more than a week of violent uprising in Santiago, the director of Chaco calls on art to “become the meeting space that Chile needs”

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Museum of Modern Art New York

Seven arrested at protest during MoMA’s public opening

Demonstrators blocked the museum’s entrance and sat in the street as they demanded the removal of Steven Tananbaum — a financier whose company owns $2.5bn in Puerto Rican debt — from its board of trustees

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Politics

Beirut art spaces close en-masse as huge anti-government protests take over the city

Artists and institutions come out in support of protestors who are demanding political reforms in Lebanon

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Protest

Ai Weiwei was not 'thrown out' of Munich’s Haus der Kunst, artist confirms

Activist was demonstrating in support of workers' rights in the face of cost-cutting at the museum

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Politics

The artists at the forefront of Russia's democracy protests

Street art and digital art used as tools of subversion, as artists themselves bear the brunt of a brutal government crackdown

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Politics

Ai Weiwei: 'Hong Kong is on fire and the world is indifferent'

Chinese artist and activist’s team has been documenting the intensifying anti-government protests over the weekend

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong's cultural workers defy government pressure to hit streets in protest

Several thousand civil servants, including many from state-backed arts institutions, come out in support of ongoing pro-democracy protests

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Sackler family

Musée du Louvre removes all mention of Sackler name from its galleries following protests

Activist group Pain says Paris museum has taped over or taken down plaques dedicated to the eponymous family whose pharmaceutical company is accused of fuelling the US opioid crisis

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Instagram

Former Venice Biennale director launches satirical Instagram attack on Italian government

Francesco Bonami's new political party EXAGERAMOS! promises to introduce new laws including forbidding contemporary art in museums

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Appointments & departures

In damning online critique of British Museum's ethics, trustee Ahdaf Soueif announces resignation

Prominent Egyptian-born writer cites the institution's BP sponsorship, treatment of workers and its silence over restitution as key issues

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Art market

Artist-led groups battle to stem gentrification in New York

Ambitious new developments in Manhattan’s Lower East Side threaten the vibrant community

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Art market

Protestors gather outside Christie's as ancient head of Tutankhamen sells for £4.7m

Egyptian authorities had tried to stop the sale claiming that the 3,000 year old quartzite sculpture should be repatriated

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Musée du Louvre

Nan Goldin’s activist group storms the Musée du Louvre

Pain protestors demand that museum officials rename 12 rooms named after the Sackler family

Comment
Museums & Heritage

Mission statements and paychecks: let's put our money where our mouths are

A call for concrete action on art world salaries

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Heritage

Anti-Semitic 'Jewish Sow' relief may be removed from Luther’s church

Medieval sculpture on façade of Unesco World Heritage site in Wittenberg is one of around 30 similar pieces across Europe

Review
Book Shorts

Book on artists’ opposition to the Vietnam War

Part of the 1960s US anti-war movement, artists then had nothing like the impact they have today

News

Macron uses Notre Dame fire to urge unity amid ongoing protests

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Banksy

New Banksy mural appears in support of Extinction Rebellion protest in London

Work was painted last night at Marble Arch, where the climate change group had set up base camp for ten days of demonstrations

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Protest

Extinction Rebellion protesters to stage ‘die-in’ at Tate Modern

The climate change activists are targeting the museum because they say its “fortune was built on sugar cane production from colonial exploitation”

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Protest

Petition launched to remove 'racist' anti-slavery fresco in France's National Assembly

Artist Hervé Di Rosa describes the demand as "censorship"

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Protest

Demonstrators take over British Museum in biggest-ever protest against oil sponsorships

Event, organised by grassroots climate justice group BP or not BP?, highlighted relationship between oil companies and war in Iraq

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Protest

'Exploitation and injustice': London gallery show protests BP sponsorship at British Museum

P21 show, organised by campaign group BP or Not BP, is due to coincide with a “mass takeover” of the British Museum

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Protest

Hundreds of Christians protest against McJesus sculpture at Haifa Museum of Art in Israel

Finnish artist Jani Leinonen has asked museum to remove the work—with no response

Comment

The recent protests at the Whitney show museum trustees’ dealings cannot be ignored

The same old arguments in favour of ignoring the business dealings of trustees, of pretending museum programming can function independently of those funding it, cannot stand for long

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Protest

Arc de Triomphe to reopen after vandalism by 'Yellow Vest' protestors in Paris

But the bust of Napoleon is still being restored

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Protest

'Tania Bruguera's bravery always stands out': art world responds to Cuban artist's arrest

Activist is among several artists detained in Havana on Monday ahead of planned protest

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Candice Breitz

Venice Biennale artist Candice Breitz demands release of imprisoned aid worker Sarah Mardini

The humanitarian volunteer, held in a Greek jail for more than 100 days, faces charges of people smuggling

Comment
Protest

Why I made a cemetery for hundreds of banned books in Kuwait

Kuwaiti artist Mohammad Sharaf hopes to provoke the general public as well as the authorities

News

Proposal for a Judy Chicago museum divides a New Mexico town

Some residents object to exhibition space, arguing that the artist’s work is pornographic

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Politics

Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam granted bail after 102 days in jail—but must still face trial

Court decision comes after a wave of protests from cultural and political figures

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In the frame

Aids activists Gran Fury bring their rage to the UK in new show

Exhibition at east London's Auto Italia gallery is a British debut for the New York-based art collective

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Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning says watching students toppling Confederate monument was 'inspiring'

Speaking at an event organised by London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, the whistleblower said the statue's removal aligned with her own passion for 'direct action'

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Censorship

Wolfgang Tillmans and Tania Bruguera pledge support for censored Serralves Museum director

João Ribas has stepped down following censorship row around Robert Mapplethorpe show

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Protest

French court releases Russian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky from pre-trial detention

Femen activists showed their support outside the courthouse by sewing their lips shut in a recreation of his first performance

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Politics

Pussy Riot supporter Pyotr Verzilov in critical condition after suspected poisoning

Activist who was recently imprisoned for Russian group's World Cup protest in July "lost his vision, speech and ability to walk"

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Censorship

Cuban activists issue manifesto against artistic censorship

Document denounces effort to ‘punish free creation’

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Protest

‘Who keeps the cube white?’: protesters disrupt opening of London’s newest gallery Goldsmiths CCA

Students supporting cleaning staff picket the unveiling of £4.5m building on university campus

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Politics

Nicholas Serota, Frances Morris and Mark Wallinger demand the release of Shahidul Alam

Leading UK names have signed an open letter raising concerns about human rights in Bangladesh

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MoMA agrees to museum-wide raises after months of negotiations with union

"The museum shifted its position substantially", union boss says

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USA

Naked 'clown Trump' statue installed on Los Angeles billboard

In their latest project, the guerrilla group Indecline compares the US president to serial killer John Wayne Gacy

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Politics

Petitions and protests as art world rallies to free imprisoned photographer Shahidul Alam

Kochi Biennale organisers condemn “state-sanctioned violence” while Indian artists pledge to “shame the Bangladeshi authorities”

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Politics

Arts and human rights organisations denounce arrest of Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam

Activist is detained and charged after commenting on student protests in Dhaka

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Protest

MoMA employees lead protest on eve of union negotiations

Around 250 staff members have been working without a contract since 20 May

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Protest

Peter Kennard among artists to remove their art from London's Design Museum in protest over arms event

Directors Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black say ‘professional activists exploited the situation’ and they stand by their ‘curatorial independence’

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Controversies

Shepard Fairey joins group of artists demanding their work be removed from the Design Museum after ‘arms trade’ event

The London institution says it did not endorse the private event organised by the Italian aerospace company Leonardo

News

Unionised MoMA staff protest low wages during Party in the Garden fundraising gala

Around 250 workers are fighting for better pay and benefits, as the museum gears up to open a $400m expansion

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Biennials & festivals

Havana’s alternative #00Bienal ends on a defiantly optimistic note

The event’s organisers see success in the participants’ resistance to threats and intimidation from Cuba’s government

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Frieze New York

The public joins the protest in Frieze’s Live programme

Activist work reflects what artists are making, says curator of new initiative

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Exhibitions

Paris celebrates 50th anniversary of May ‘68 protests with shows and new commissions

Institutions remember the turbulent period and consider its legacy

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Tate Modern

Tate Modern hit with protests over cleaner dispute

There has been controversy at the gallery over the sponsor for the Picasso 1932 exhibition

News

Activist group calls out Brooklyn Museum’s appointment of white African art curator

The museum has not yet responded to criticism about the “dismal rates of representation” of people of colour among its senior staff

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Art fairs

Artists to plant protest flags and stage processions at Frieze New York

Visitors to the fair will see banners by Adam Pendelton, Hank Willis Thomas, Lara Schnitger and Renée Green among others as part of the Live programme curated by Adrienne Edwards

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Protest

US students and activists take creative action against gun violence

Protests included impromptu memorials to the children and adults killed in recent shootings

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Protest

Activists protest Louvre's oil ties

Paris-based group criticises sponsorship by French oil company Total

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Protest

Nan Goldin leads anti-opioid protest at the Met's Sackler Wing

In their first direct action, the artist and her activist group PAIN tossed prescription pill bottles labelled OxyContin into the moat surrounding the Temple of Dendur and staged a die-in

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Protest

Tate's artist-in-residence resigns over institution's 'appalling response to sexual harassment'

Liv Wynter says Tate is failing women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds

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Protest

Tania Bruguera and Laurie Anderson join spring edition of Times Square all-female project

Born out of the 2017 Women's March, Word on the Street returns to Midtown Manhattan to co-opt public advertising space with protest art

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The Buck stopped here

Russian man suspends himself from a London building in the name of art—and LGBT rights

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Politics

Christoph Büchel relaunches petition to turn Trump’s wall prototypes into a national monument

While other artists sign open letter denouncing the concept

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Exhibitions

Former NFL player and Minnesota Supreme Court judge Alan Page tackles racial justice through his family’s art collection

The exhibition is on view during the Super Bowl as the controversy over the Take a Knee movement continues

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Artists

Artists back Nan Goldin’s call to hold Sackler family to account over US opioid crisis

"Maybe the Sacklers don’t care, but we should give them the chance to discuss solutions, and if they rebuff, then f*** them"—Jeremy Deller

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Artists

Stuart Semple launches campaign to eradicate ‘hostile design’ around the world

British artist was motivated after local council installed metal bars on benches to prevent homeless people from sleeping on them

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Protest

Online petition demands Sacklers and Purdue Pharma pay for rehab centres and Narcan dispensers

The activist group founded by the artist Nan Goldin, who revealed her struggles with opioid addiction, says it intends to pressure museums to refuse the philanthropic family’s money

Analysis
The Year In Review

The year in heritage

Dismantlement and reconstruction

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Photography

Photographer Lu Guang reveals how China’s love of bloodwood is destroying African forests

Collaboration with Greenpeace documents logging in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Architecture

Gazebo where Tamir Rice was shot is now at Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago

Theaster Gates and his Rebuild Foundation have organised a display and series of conversations around the disassembled structure, with hopes of rebuilding it outdoors this spring

Blog
The Buck stopped here

Your correspondent goes Inside Pussy Riot—and gets a wake up call

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Protest

'In Russia, either be brave or be silenced… there is no middle ground'

Russian art patron Igor Tsukanov has created a show at the Saatchi Gallery about artists who have risked protesting against conditions in Russia since 1991

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Street art

New Banksy work in Bethlehem says ‘sorry’ for UK’s Balfour Declaration

Work was revealed by actor dressed as Queen Elizabeth II, marking 100th anniversary of contentious declaration

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Protest

'In Russia, either be brave or be silenced'

Russian art patron Igor Tsukanov has created a show at the Saatchi Gallery about artists who have risked protesting against conditions in Russia since 1991

News

Activists deface American Museum of Natural History’s Theodore Roosevelt monument

The group says it splashed red paint on the statue as “an act of applied art criticism”

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Politics

Erdogan responds to detention of leading cultural activist Osman Kavala

Chairman of the Anadolu Kültür centre, who is outspoken critic of Turkish president, was detained at Istanbul airport