Arts & Culture

Germany scraps tuition fees for all universities

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Politicians say charging young people for education is ‘socially unjust’ – hear that, UK? Less than a year after the British government realised that the hike in tuition fees accomplished absolutely nothing besides landing students in more debt, Germany has decided to abolish fees for all universities. What’s the German word for “deep regret at choosing the wrong place of study, tinged with envy and ... Read More »

One Controversial Art Exhibit — And Its Cancellation — Sends an Unsettling Message About Race

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On its fall calendar, London’s Barbican performing arts center had slated a controversial production called “Exhibit B – The Human Zoo.” The performance featured black actors shackled, bound and gagged, chained and caged in 12 tableaux vivants all to make a point about the history of colonial powers in Africa. The performance’s ambition was to reflect upon, raise awareness about and ultimately skewer the racist model villages (or human ... Read More »

MONA director David Walsh started museum out of guilt for making millions as professional gambler

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MONA founder David Walsh says guilt over making millions of dollars as a professional gambler was one of the driving forces behind his decision to set up the internationally famous Hobart gallery. Mr Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art is now a major tourist drawcard on the Hobart waterfront, drawing visitors from all over the world. But the gambler-turned-art ... Read More »

Van Gogh Painting Could See $50 Million at Sotheby’s Evening Sale

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Vincent van Gogh’s Still life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies (1890) will hit the auction block atSotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on November 4 and is expected to sell for between $30 million and $50 million. The painting is significant as it is just one of a few by the Dutch painter “to be sold on the open market since the ... Read More »

Key of Sea

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The Wheeler Centre, 6:15PM – 7:15PM, Wednesday 01 October 2014 Join us for an emotional night of storytelling and song. The Key of Sea produces creative projects – albums and journals – that celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. The albums pair established artists with musicians escaping war, hardship or persecution. In this intimate evening, we’ll hear from Danny Katz, Oslo Davis, ... Read More »

A Warning in China: Beware the ‘Blue Fatty’ Cat

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As Hong Kongers rally for the right to choose their own chief executive over Beijing’s pick, tens of thousands of mainland Chinese are participating in a one person, one vote online opinion poll that asks whether China should boycott a blue Japanese cat. Nothing seems more harmless than the plump-faced Japanese cartoon robot cat, Doraemon, who does not even have claws. ... Read More »

Will Afghanistan Rebuild the Buddhas of Bamiyan?

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There is a movement to rebuild the Buddhas of Bamiyan, destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, in order to promote tourism in Afghanistan, reports Roads and Kingdoms. One local man, Mohammad Reza Ibrahim, is leading the efforts to entice foreigners back, and show them that his country has much to offer in areas removed from conflict. “Bamiyan has a great potential for tourism,” ... Read More »

Brazil in narrow presidential race as Silva captures imagination

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Brazil is the world’s seventh largest economy, but millions still live in poverty Brazil is a contradictory, complex country. It boasts the world’s seventh largest economy but Brazilian society is still deeply divided and unequal. Racism and corruption are still rife yet a mixed-race woman, born into almost absolute poverty in the jungle interior, could soon be elected to lead ... Read More »

Ai Weiwei explores human rights and freedom of expression in exhibition at Alcatraz

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Featuring seven new sculpture, sound, and mixed-media works by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz explores human rights and freedom of expression in the context of this iconic historic site. Installed across four locations on Alcatraz and on view from September 27, 2014, through April 26, 2015, the exhibition is inspired by the island’s ... Read More »