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Monumental women: Sofia pop-up exhibition raises questions on gender in the city

27 March 2017 · Sofia · Bulgaria
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Work from Monument #1 by Irina Tomova-Erka (Image: : Mihail Novakov / Yana Buhrer Tavanier / Facebook)

If you've been in Sofia over the last few days, you may have noticed an extra splash of colour and a few more female faces. On 22 March a number of brightly-coloured busts were erected around the Bulgarian capital, drawing attention to the city's chronic lack of monuments celebrating women.

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All-female art exhibition opens in Krasnodar

26 March 2017 · Russia
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  • Image: Denis Yakovlev

  • Image: Denis Yakovlev

  • Image: Denis Yakovlev

  • Image: Denis Yakovlev

  • Image: Denis Yakovlev

Krasnodar's first all-female art exhibition has opened at the Printing House cultural centre, showcasing installations by eight artists examing the role of women in the art world.

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Russian artist paints Pepe the Frog like you’ve never seen him before

24 March 2017 · St Petersburg · Russia
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  • Pepe the Frog - Portrait of Dr. Gachet, 2016, Olga Vishnevsky

  • Pepe the Frog - Girl with a Pearl Earring, 2016, Olga Vishnevsky

  • Pepe The Frog - Mona Lisa, La Gioconda Pepe The Sad Frog, 2017, Olga Vishnevsky

  • Pepe The Frog - Harlequin, 2016, Olga Vishnevsky

  • Pepe the Frog With Grapes, Young Sick Bacchus Pepe, 2016, Olga Vishnevsky

Have you ever looked at popular internet meme Pepe the Frog and thought “Hmm, I'm not sure I can totally agree with the views he represents, but I sure do wonder what he would look like in the style of Van Gogh”? Us too. Thankfully, St Petersburg-based painter Olga Vishnevsky had just the same thought.

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Blue teeth: explore digital artist Uno Moralez’s graphic novel in Moscow

24 March 2017 · Moscow · Ufa · Russia
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Russian digital artist Uno Moralez's solo exhibition Blue teeth opens on 31 March at Triumph Gallery in Moscow, based on his unpublished graphic novel of the same name.

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The only truth: Novi Sad mural disappearance sparks anger

23 March 2017 · Novi Sad · Serbia
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  • The Only Truth by Remed, digitalised by Stefan Alex Kostić (Image: Ivica Milarić / @filmzadanas / Twitter)

  • The various stages of the mural wall’s development (Image: tandaramandarina / @lee_lloo / Twitter)

  • A t-shirt made in honour of the scandal (Image: Dorian Gray / @SrdjanNovakovic / Twitter)

Protests broke out last week after a prominent mural in Serbia's second city, Novi Sad, was unexpectedly painted over. The artist behind the mural, French-born Guillaume Alby, also known as Remed, believes that the city authorities lie behind its disappearance.

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Votives: Slovenian artist Aleksandra Domanović in Leeds show

22 March 2017 · Slovenia
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Aleksandra Domanović, <em>Calf Bearer</em>, 2017 (Mock-up)

Berlin-based Slovenian artist Aleksandra Domanović's show Votives opens tomorrow at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, UK. The exhibition will showcase specially commissioned sculptures, bringing together the aesthetic of classical sculpture with reflection on ever-developing technology.

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Revista ARTA launches residencies for young art critics in eastern Europe

21 March 2017 · Czech Republic · Hungary · Poland · Romania
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Illustration by George Roșu

Romanian contemporary art magazine Revista ARTA has announced East Art Mags, a programme of residencies for young art critics in eastern Europe.

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Zagreb illuminated in first Festival of Lights

17 March 2017 · Zagreb · Croatia
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  • (Festival svijetla Zagreb 2017 / HINA multimedija / YouTube)

The Croatian capital's first Festival of Lights opened last night, with an array of impressive light displays illuminating central Zagreb.

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Life’s about the little things for Lithuanian artist Kristina Suvorova

16 March 2017 · Lithuania
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  • Plesikai, Kristina Suvorova

  • Unnamed, Kristina Suvorova

  • Friends, Kristina Suvorova

  • Unnamed, Kristina Suvorova

  • Chaos, Kristina Suvorova

  • Holding, Kristina Suvorova

  • Inner visions, Kristina Suvorova

  • Jungle dog, Kristina Suvorova

  • Labanaktis, Kristina Suvorova

  • Laukinis zmogus ir lape, Kristina Suvorova

  • Moteris ir kate, Kristina Suvorova

  • Meska, Kristina Suvorova

  • Po labanaktis, Kristina Suvorova

  • Tired, Kristina Suvorova

  • Twins, Kristina Suvorova

  • The reader, Kristina Suvorova

Lithuanian artist Kristina Suvorova sees big stories in tiny details — you just have to look a little closer.

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London exhibition by Romanian artist Geta Brătescu considers the studio as critical space

14 March 2017 · Romania
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Geta Brătescu, Le Theatre des Formes (2011)

Next month, London's Camden Arts Centre will host The Studio: A Tireless, Ongoing Space, the first major London exhibition for 90-year-old Romanian visual artist Geta Brătescu.

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