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Mwazulu Diyabanza, three others, acquitted for Marseilles demonstration

Four activists, including Mwazulu Diyabanza, have been acquitted by a French court for theft charges they accrued in relation to a July 30th demonstration at the Museum of African, Oceanic, and Native American Arts (Musée d’Arts Africains, Océaniens et Amérindiens) in Marseilles. The activists are part of the Multicultural Anti-Spoliation Front, a newly founded organization, […]

Activist Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza faces trial in Paris after taking restitution into his own hands

Before June, people, particularly in the museum world, were probably unfamiliar with Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza. However, the 41-year-old Congolese activist now faces a series of court dates, the first of which is next week in Paris, for demonstrations he led that involved attempting to take artwork from three different museums. Diyabanza, originally from the Democratic […]

Art World Roundup: Notorious B.I.G.’s crown makes bank at auction, FIAC cancels October show, and more

This week we cover the cancellation of FIAC, an artist duo who cleared more than £1 million in debt as part of a book and documentary project, the recipient of the 2020 Artists’ Legacy Foundation Artist Award, the auction of Notorious B.I.G.’s crown in Sotheby’s first Hip-Hop auction, and the Brooklyn Museum’s plans to deaccession […]

Winner of €1m Picasso announced in charity raffle

In a 12-minute live streamed video, Claudia Borgogno was announced as the winner of an oil painting by Pablo Picasso. The painting, titled Nature Morte (1921), was part of a Care charity raffle with tickets selling for €100 (£90) each to raise money for communities in need of clean water. The winning ticket was purchased […]

The Social Distancing Festival- an international platform of connection

We’ve been seeing an uptick in digital content consumption in the wake of the global COVID-19 crisis. And with the nigh-impossible feat of viewing art in person right now, artists of every discipline have been experiencing cancellations, rescheduling, and general losses on their projects. But necessity is the mother of invention, and one Canadian playwright […]

Two men arrested for stealing stones from Notre Dame

For those following the restoration of Notre Dame, March looked to be a promising month. This was when the forecourt and crypt of the Parisian cathedral, devastated by a fire in April 2019, were set to reopen marking a first victory in the restoration. However, as COVID-19 has tightened its grip on France, restoration efforts […]

‘Leonardo da Vinci’ shatters Louvre exhibition attendance records

After running its course, the numbers are finally out for the Louvre’s blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibition and a blockbuster it was. A staggering 1,071,840 people ended up waiting their turn, waking up in the middle of the night, and filing through the museum’s corridors to see the exhibition in honour of the artist’s death […]