Arts and Culture

Poland to post Chopin collection online

WARSAW, Poland (AFP) — Poland’s Fryderyk Chopin Institute (NIFC) on Tuesday said it would make its entire collection devoted to the 19th-century composer available online for free by 2020. “Chopin will be the first great composer to have all of his musical scores digitised” and openly accessible by all, NIFC deputy director Maciej Janicki told reporters. Nearly 40,000 Chopin items from the UNESCO world heritage collection — including photographs and paintings of the Polish-French romantic […]

Rare Picasso painting in Hong Kong ahead of historic auction

HONG KONG, China (AFP) — A rare Picasso painting on auction for the first time made its debut in Hong Kong at the start of a global tour on Tuesday and is expected to fetch $50 million, auction house Sotheby’s said. The painting — “Femme au beret et a la robe quadrillee (Marie-Therese Walter)” — is a colorful and angular depiction of Picasso’s French lover with a dark silhouette looming behind her face. “Of all of the […]

When Greeks were less fond of Alexander the Great

by John HADOULIS Agence France Presse ATHENS, Greece (AFP) — To modern Greeks, Alexander the Great is an integral part of their rich heritage — one of history’s greatest conquerors who toppled the hated Persian Empire and took Greek culture as far as Egypt and India. But ancient Greek city-states, who spent more than a decade fighting against Alexander’s father Philip II of Macedon, were probably less enthusiastic. A skilled general and diplomat who transformed […]

Van Gogh Museum unveils rare picture by peer Munch

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AFP) —  Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum unveiled a rare new purchase Tuesday, painted by Vincent’s contemporary Edvard Munch, the only portrait by the Norwegian artist on display in The Netherlands. The “Portrait of Felix Auerbach,” created by Munch in 1906, was bought for an undisclosed amount from a private collection, Van Gogh Museum director Axel Rueger told journalists. “It’s the only portrait by Munch in a Dutch collection,” a beaming Rueger said as […]

1886 drawing of Van Gogh discovered

  (Eagle News) — A new drawing by Vincent van Gogh, dating back to March 1886, has been discovered, according to the Van  Gogh Museum. The drawing “The Hill of Montmartre with Stone Quarry” was confirmed following extensive research conducted by the Van Gogh Museum into the subject, style, technique, materials and provenance of the until now, unknown drawing in the collection of the Van Vlissingen Art Foundation. “As a result of this discovery, a […]

China demolishes a megachurch

BEIJING, China (AFP) — Authorities in northern China have demolished a megachurch in a move denounced by a religious rights group as “Taliban-style persecution”. China’s officially atheist Communist authorities are wary of any organised movements outside their control, including religious ones. The huge evangelical Jindengtai (“Golden Lampstand”) Church, painted grey and surmounted by turrets and a large red cross, was located in Linfen, Shanxi province. Its demolition began on Tuesday under “a city-wide campaign to […]

British crown jewels buried in biscuit tin during WWII

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Precious stones from Britain’s crown jewels were hidden in a biscuit tin and buried at Windsor Castle during World War II, a BBC documentary to be shown on Sunday reveals. Gems, including the Black Prince’s Ruby from the Imperial State Crown, were buried under a secret exit from the mediaeval castle used in times of emergency. The operation, intended to ensure the priceless gems did not fall into Nazi hands, […]

Einstein archives, letters to lovers set for Asian exhibits

JERUSALEM, Israel (AFP) — Handwritten pages from Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, letters to his lovers and other parts of his archive stored in Jerusalem are to be exhibited for the first time in Taiwan, China and Japan. Some 75 artifacts will go on display in Taipei beginning Friday as part of the exhibit “Albert Einstein: Life in Four Dimensions,” Jerusalem’s Hebrew University said Thursday. They will remain on display at the National Chiang Kai-shek […]

Bahamians celebrate the new year with Junkanoo

By Tenny Tamulong EBC Florida Bureau NASSAU, BAHAMAS (Eagle News) — In the early morning of New Year’s Day, and previously on December 26 (Boxing Day), the locals of the Bahamas were out on Bay Street to celebrate Nassau’s largest festival parade, Junkanoo. Junkanoo is a street parade where Bahamians showcase extravagant and colorful costumes and floats. To create the costumes, locals use an assortment of materials, such as scraps of newspapers, feathers, colorful recycled […]

Israel finds 2,700-year-old ‘governor of Jerusalem’ seal

JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Monday a 2,700-year-old clay seal imprinted with images and Hebrew words that may have belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem. The round button-sized seal was found in a building in Jerusalem’s Old City near the Western Wall and dates back to the 7th century BC, from the time of the First Jewish Temple, said the Israel Antiquities Authority. The artefact bears an engraving showing two men wearing […]

Turning e-waste into art at Ghana’s toxic dump

by Stacey Knott Agence France-Presse ACCRA, Ghana (AFP) — Joseph Awuah-Darko sits on a stool at one of the world’s largest electronic waste dumps, watching polystyrene and insulation cables burn on the blackened ground. “It’s survival and dystopia,” says the 21-year-old British-born Ghanaian, surveying the stretch of wasteland around him as dense plumes of acrid smoke rise into the air. Awuah-Darko and his university friends have ambitious plans for the sprawling Agbogbloshie dumping ground in […]