Arts and Culture

Pablo Neruda death probe finds cancer didn’t kill him

by Giovanna Fleitas Agence France-Presse SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — International experts announced Friday that Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer, but could not conclusively determine if he was assassinated by late dictator Augusto Pinochet’s regime. Neruda, a celebrated poet, politician, diplomat and bohemian, died in 1973 aged 69, just days after Pinochet, then the head of the Chilean army, overthrew Socialist president Salvador Allende in a bloody coup. The writer, who […]

US author George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

by Joe Jackson Agence France-Presse LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — US author George Saunders on Tuesday became only the second American writer to win Britain’s renowned Man Booker Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length novel “Lincoln in the Bardo.” Judges for the world’s most prestigious English-language literary award praised as “utterly original” the book that chronicles the death of Abraham Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie using the accounts of hundreds of narrators. “The form […]

Japan’s blind piano maestro plays it by ear

by Ursula Hyzy Agence France Presse TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Blind since birth, virtuoso Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii puts his global success down to a wide range of experiences outside music — and listening to how the conductor breathes. “I love sport, I love swimming, skiing,” the 29-year-old maestro told AFP in an interview. “The more I experience, the more positive things it brings me as a musician.” Despite his blindness, Tsujii — or “Nobu” […]

Da Vinci’s last work in private hands arrives in Asia for first time

HONG KONG, China (Reuters) — The last privately-owned painting, Salvator Mundi, by Leonardo da Vinci was unveiled in Hong Kong on Friday (October 13). The Leonardo Da Vinci work, one of fewer than 20 paintings accepted from the artist’s own hands, is expected to fetch $100 million when it hits the auction block at Christie’s in New York on November 15. Christie’s Head of Old Master Painting, Francois de Poortere, said the painting, sometimes called […]

Destroyed artifacts ‘cloned’ for Tokyo exhibition

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) — Ancient art and monuments could be given a new lease of life thanks to ‘cloning’ technology used by Japan’s Foundation for Cultural Heritage and Research. Cultural artefacts damaged or destroyed by war and natural disaster have been reproduced in minute detail and put on display at the Tokyo University of the Arts museum. The process goes beyond just reproduction. The team behind what they call the ‘cloned cultural properties’ use patented […]

A changing China on view in New York art show

by Thomas Urbain © Agence France-Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A generation of artists deeply marked by the Tiananmen Square massacre, globalization and the liberalization of China’s economy is at the heart of a new exhibition at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The period bookended by Tiananmen (1989) and the 2008 Beijing Olympics witnessed what the museum’s senior curator for Asian art Alexandra Munroe called “the greatest transformations in the lives of 1.3 billion […]

Lego House, designed to look like 21 giant versions of its bricks, is inaugurated

BILLUND, Denmark (Reuters) — Danish toymaker Lego has inaugurated a play house in its home town designed to look like 21 giant versions of its bricks stacked on top of each other. Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik attended the opening ceremony at the house, near the company’s headquarters in Billund, with their four children. The 12,000-square-meter (130,000 square feet) building, designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, will include three restaurants, a Lego store, […]

British artist Sacha Jafri launches world tour of retrospective

LONDON, United Kingdom (Reuters) — British artist Sacha Jafri launched a four-year world tour of his retrospective ‘Universal Consciousness’ in London on Wednesday (September 27). The artist aims to raise £10m ($13.44 million) from the sale of his auctions over the duration of this tour. Jafri said he wants to raise money for children’s charity, “specifically for refugees.” The tour will stop at Los Angeles, New York, Moscow, Hong Kong, Sydney, Abu Dhabi, Beijing and […]

Christie’s holds autumn auction in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, China (Reuters) — Christie’s Shanghai auction season got underway on Sunday (September 24), with 35 offerings from the contemporary art world going under the hammer. Zao Wou-ki’s 24-12-2002-Diptyqe was sold for $5.09 million, which reached the highest bidding price for a single collection by Christie’s in mainland China. Collections from Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol were also up for bidding. Pablo Picasso’s Tete d’homme was sold for $200,000. Andy Warhol’s Monkey was […]

Tsunami-sunk’ Roman ruins discovered in Tunisia

NABEUL, Tunisia (AFP) — Vast underwater Roman ruins have been discovered off northeast Tunisia, apparently confirming a theory that the city of Neapolis was partly submerged by a tsunami in the 4th century AD. “It’s a major discovery,” Mounir Fantar, the head of a Tunisian-Italian archaeological mission which made the find off the coast of Nabeul, told AFP. He said an underwater expedition had found streets, monuments and around 100 tanks used to produce garum, […]

Infinity Room Exhibition coming to Los Angeles this October

By Jaina Pallasigui (EBC Las Vegas Bureau) Eagle News Service LAS VEGAS, USA  (Eagle News) — Yayoi Kusama is known for her artistic vision of perspective.  Even people who have never heard of Kusama have been drawn to her immersive artwork that seems to defy the boundaries of light and space.   Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibition has been touring the country, leaving a huge impression at each stop.  Commencing at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture […]