Archive for December 2018

Could high-tech copies be the solution for the return of colonial artefacts?

“Africa is empty of its riches,” Beninese artist Thierry Oussou told the Guardian earlier this year in an interview. “When young students wish to write about the treasures of their homeland, they have to travel to France to do their research.” This was in reference to Oussou’s work, whose latest multimedia installation, Impossible Is Nothing, […]

Art series seeking to capture the taste of freedom

Kristine Bunch ate a meal of scallops, grits, vegetables, pita, and hummus at Indianapolis’ Bistro 318 in 2012. Her bright and colourful meal was unlike that which most will experience – this was her first meal after spending more than 17 years behind bars in an Indiana prison. In 1995, a fire broke out in […]

Lobster telephone by Salvador Dalí to remain in the UK

Lobster Telephone (White Aphrodisiac), one of Salvador Dalí’s renowned lobster phones, will remain in the UK after the National Gallery of Scotland (NGS) acquired it for £853,000. The Surrealist, white lobster telephone was sold at auction to a foreign buyer before UK arts minister Michael Ellis put a temporary export bar on the artwork to […]

Tate acquires paintings by artist and suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst

As the centenary for women’s suffrage comes to a close, Tate announced the acquisition of four watercolours by Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960), a well-known artist and women’s rights campaigner. The 1907 paintings show images of apron-clad women working in Glasgow cotton mills and Staffordshire potteries. These are the first paintings by Pankhurst to be added to […]

Let it snow: Banksy’s most recent mural

On December 19th, Banksy offered his own ‘Seasons greetings’ on his Instagram. The video begins with a picturesque mural of a child standing, arms outstretched, face tilted towards the sky with his tongue out to catch snowflakes ‘falling from the sky’ as the accompanying song says. The frame, shot by a drone then moves around […]

After a devastating fire, Brazil’s National Museum seeks to continue research

After a fire in September, Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeiro was devastated. Priceless artefacts and ongoing research were completely lost as the massive blaze that engulfed everything. Of the 20 million items, including ‘Luzia’ – the 12,000-year-old remains of the oldest found Latin American woman – it is estimated that 92.5% of them […]

Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery to use blockchain in new gallery app

Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery is Russia’s main art museum and is considered to have been first founded in 1856 when Pavel Tretyakov acquired two paintings by Russian artists. Tretyakov would go on to collect works throughout his life before gifting the museum to the city allowing Russians to experience the great art behind the country. Tretyakov […]