Mars landing, Kitty goes to Washington and auctioning digital art

It’s been a week of wild weather for regions across the globe — from snow in Jerusalem to a deep freeze in Texas. After you dry your socks off and shake the snow out of your hair, pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate and dig into the biggest business and economic news stories you […]

Paint, Poems and Protest Anthems: Myanmar’s Coup Inspires the Art of Defiance

Most nights since a coup returned Myanmar to military rule on Feb. 1, a spectral symbol of protest has glowed on a mildewed side of a building. Where the next illumination will appear in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, is a mystery. But, suddenly, a projected image appears in the dark. Three fingers raised in […]

Afghan artist on a mission to preserve art traditions

KABUL: In a ramshackle part of the Baraki district of old Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, Sami Jan Faqiry is teaching calligraphy and painting to a group of children for a few hours every day.He teaches his pupils, who are between nine and 16 years of age, at the Seven Colours “school” in small premises […]

Simorgh: The art of apartheid walls

Earlier this month, BBC Culture published an excellent article by Arwa Haidar exploring the global reach and universal language of the art of protest through the murals painted across the world to honour George Floyd – the Black American man whose killing at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer in May triggered a massive […]

He Art Museum makes ‘gutsy’ China arts push in industrial Foshan

Foshan, China – After five years of planning, a pandemic and a failed kidnapping, the He Art Museum, China’s buzziest new private arts venue in Guangdong province, is finally welcoming visitors. Initially delayed by the COVID-19 outbreak, which scuttled its planned mid-March unveiling, it was then almost derailed by a June kidnapping attempt on the […]

Dutch masterpiece ‘Two Laughing Boys’ stolen for third time

Thieves have stolen the painting Two Laughing Boys by Dutch golden age artist Frans Hals from a museum in the Netherlands, police said, the third time it has been taken. The artwork, valued at $18m by one expert and dating from 1626, was taken from the Hofje van Aerden Museum near the city of Utrecht before […]