Eminence

Pictures at an execution: The condemned in art

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A new exhibition aims to humanise condemned prisoners. From the sword to the electric chair, the death penalty has inspired challenging art, writes Jason Farago. One man, before dying, said, “I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.” Another said, “I’m going to a beautiful place.” A third: “I am innocent, innocent, innocent.” Those were their last ... Read More »

Courage and Hope

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What the Nobel Peace Prize means to me. Today, I was honoured to learn I have been selected to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I am proud I am the first young person and first Pakistani to win this prize. It is an honour I share with Kailash Satyarthi — a hero in the fight for children globally. More than ever, our ... Read More »

Gaudí, an inspiration to architects—and a famous chef

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This month’s congress on Gaudí will focus on the church of Colònia Güell A conference on the designer, alternately called a madman and a genius, is taking place in Barcelona It is said that when the head of Barcelona’s school of architecture gave a young Antoni Gaudí his degree in 1878, he said it wasn’t clear if he was presenting ... Read More »

Vanessa Redgrave premiers documentary on Bosnia labor rights

Actress Vanessa Redgrave arrives for the world premiere of the documentary "Bosnia Rising" in Sarajevo

British actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave premiered a documentary late on Friday made with her son about a workers’ uprising in Bosnia this year that typifies the pain of post-communist transition in eastern Europe. “Bosnia Rising” centers on the fight to save a detergent factory in the northern Bosnian town of Tuzla, once a hub for the metals and chemicals ... Read More »

Da Vinci Restoration Project Reignites Conspiracy Theories

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Restorations to an unfinished painting by Renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci are well underway, and may confirm some Dan Brown-level conspiracy theories, reports the Art Newspaper. The large wood panel painting, The Adoration of the Magi, belongs to Florence’s Uffizi Galleries, but is currently being worked on at Florence’s conservation institute, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Da Vinci began work on The Adoration of the ... Read More »

Seventy-five years after his death, Vienna struggles with Freud

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VIENNA: Even before Sigmund Freud fled Hitler on the Orient Express from Vienna in June 1938, the father of psychoanalysis and his ideas about sex, dreams and cocaine divided opinion in the Austrian capital. And even now, 75 years after his death in London on Sept 23, 1939, Freud and the groundbreaking theory of mind that he fathered still lack ... Read More »

David Bowie Exhibition Details How An Artist Became An Icon

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There’s never been an artist quite like David Bowie, so it’s only fitting that a major exhibition chronicling the legend’s work is as diverse, expansive and exciting as his career over the past half century. “David Bowie Is,” opening Tuesday at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, contains more than 300 artifacts selected from an incredible 75,000 items Bowie ... Read More »

First major exhibition devoted to Niki de Saint Phalle in twenty years opens in Paris

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PARIS.- Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 – 2002) is one of the most renowned artists from the mid-twentieth century. Throughout her prolific career, Saint Phalle created a complex body of work in various media which was deeply embedded with socio-political issues. With themes ranging from joyful to profound to intellectual, the paradoxal nature of her work has yet to be ... Read More »

Iranian photographer returns €50,000 prize

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A row has erupted between the Paris-based Fondation Carmignac and the Iranian artist Newsha Tavakolian, who stepped down as the winner of the foundation’s photojournalism award and returned the €50,000 purse. Tavakolian says the organisation’s founder Edouard Carmignac interfered with her work, while the foundation argues that she did not respect the terms of the prize and has cancelled a ... Read More »