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Russian art activist Pyotr Pavlensky to seek asylum in France

Pyotr Pavlensky (Image: Dmitry Tsyrenshikov, 2014)

Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky says he plans to seek asylum in France, amid allegations that he committed a sex crime.

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Art and endurance: glimpse the everyday life of the siege of Leningrad

  • Art and endurance: glimpse the everyday life of the siege of Leningrad

    To the concert, Elena Marttila

  • Art and endurance: glimpse the everyday life of the siege of Leningrad

    Portrait of Olga Berggolts, Elena Marttila

Art and Endurance in the Siege of Leningrad, an exhibition of works by Elena Marttila (b. 1923) capturing the experience of everyday life during the Leningrad blockade, opens this week in Cambridge.

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Budapest’s Shoes On The Danube Bank among most fascinating public sculptures

  • Budapest’s Shoes On The Danube Bank among most fascinating public sculptures

    (Image: Nikodem Nijaki under a CC licence)

  • Budapest’s Shoes On The Danube Bank among most fascinating public sculptures

    (Image: Dennis Jarvis under a CC licence)

Leading architectural design magazine Architectural Digest has named the Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, among the world's “13 Most Fascinating Public Sculptures”.

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Empty expectations: Ksenia Yurkova plays with our perception in latest photo book

  • Empty expectations: Ksenia Yurkova plays with our perception in latest photo book

    From Empty Expectations (2015) by Ksenia Yurkova

  • Empty expectations: Ksenia Yurkova plays with our perception in latest photo book

    From Empty Expectations (2015) by Ksenia Yurkova

  • Empty expectations: Ksenia Yurkova plays with our perception in latest photo book

    From Empty Expectations (2015) by Ksenia Yurkova

  • Empty expectations: Ksenia Yurkova plays with our perception in latest photo book

    From Empty Expectations (2015) by Ksenia Yurkova

  • Empty expectations: Ksenia Yurkova plays with our perception in latest photo book

    From Empty Expectations (2015) by Ksenia Yurkova

  • Empty expectations: Ksenia Yurkova plays with our perception in latest photo book

    From Empty Expectations (2015) by Ksenia Yurkova

  • Empty expectations: Ksenia Yurkova plays with our perception in latest photo book

    From Empty Expectations (2015) by Ksenia Yurkova

  • Empty expectations: Ksenia Yurkova plays with our perception in latest photo book

    From Empty Expectations (2015) by Ksenia Yurkova

As its title suggests, Empty Expectations, the latest photo book by Russian photographer and artist Ksenia Yurkova, challenges what we know about image, narrative, and visual language as a whole. 

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Serbian artist Ivana Bašić among ones to watch in 2017

Ivana Basic Throat wanders down the blade.. at Annka Kultys Gallery, London, 2016.  (Image: Anna Kultys Gallery / Facebook)

Leading online art platform and resource Artsy has named Serbian artist Ivana Bašić among the top 17 emerging artists to watch this year.

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On Kosovo field: siblings journey through a lost heritage in new BBC radio drama

  • PJ Harvey’s The Wheel from The Hope Six Demolition Project, 2016 (PJ Harvey - The Wheel / PJHarveyVEVO / YouTube)

The first episode of On Kosovo Field, a new radio drama inspired by musician PJ Harvey's writings, poetry and song demos from her time in Kosovo, airs today on BBC Radio 4.

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Vienna orchestra sparks scandal in Tirana

(Image: Edi Rama / Facebook)

A performance by a Vienna orchestra in Tirana has triggered criticism of Albanian President Edi Rama, with opponents arguing that more focus should be placed on local artists.

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Croatian street artist Lonac explores childish love in Florida mural

  • (Lonac - I lost my shoe when I saw you / Silkfatblues / Vimeo)

Zagreb-based street artist Lonac has made a name for himself around Europe for his impressive murals — recently he took his art across the Atlantic.

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Manure masterpiece: Siberian artist marks 2017 with huge dung rooster

(Image: b.i.t.67 / Instagram)

Siberian artist Mikhail Bopposov has marked the new year with a massive sculpture of a rooster, entirely made from frozen manure.

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Poland acquires incredible art collection for bargain price

  • Poland acquires incredible art collection for bargain price

    The Lady with an Ermine, circa 1490, Leonardo da Vinci

  • Poland acquires incredible art collection for bargain price

    Landscape with the Good Samaritan, 1638, Rembrandt

The Polish government has purchased an extensive art collection worth over $2 billion for just $104.2 million.

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