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Contemporary art and migration: Sadika Keskes’ tribute to victims of the sea

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:57:48 +0100

, – Tunisian artist Sadika Keskes, with her latest performance on 1 October in Tunis, wanted to "restore dignity" to the thousands of migrants who died as they tried to cross the Mediterranean in search of a better life, and reminds Europe of its tradition of hospitality. See more.

United Kingdom: ‘Racist’ Banksy artwork destroyed ahead of election

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:08:44 +0100

The Guardian, London – See more.

Artworks recovered in Germany: Colours of a painful past

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:31:36 +0100

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich – The 1,400 paintings snatched away from their owners by the Nazis and found in the Munich flat of Cornelius Gurlitt are not only a great artistic discovery. The story of the son of an art collector during the Nazi era is once again raising the question of Germany's relationship to its past. See more.

Poland: ‘Our antiques disappear in the EU’

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:49:51 +0100

Rzeczpospolita, Warsaw – See more.

Romania: The barbarians are among us

Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:51:09 +0100

România libera, Bucharest – Already stigmatised for the theft of copper cables, will Romanians also earn themselves a reputation for destroying art and inept police work? The trial of the suspected Kunsthal Museum robbers, due to start on August 13, reveals the gap between the most backward parts of Romania and a still distrustful western Europe. See more.

Marseille: A museum for Mediterranean culture

Fri, 02 Aug 2013 12:02:22 +0100

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich – The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, opened in June, sets out to highlight the culture of a region whose cultural and political identity is not always easy to define. See more.

Romania: ‘DIICOT’s monstrous blunder’

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:18:47 +0100

Jurnalul Naţional, Bucharest – See more.

Portugal: ‘Government under construction’

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:08:58 +0100

i, Lisbon – See more.

Clothing production: ‘H&M and Zara promise cleaner clothes’

Tue, 14 May 2013 11:45:28 +0100

De Morgen, Brussels – See more.

Iceland: Renewal through architecture

Tue, 07 May 2013 12:48:42 +0100

Público, Lisbon – Completed just as the financial bubble burst, the Harpa concert hall symbolises the recovery of Iceland following years of gloom. Just one of the reasons why it was awarded the 2013 Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Prize. See more.

Design: The runaway architecture of the ECB

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:18:08 +0100

Der Spiegel, Hamburg – For the new building of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Vienna architect Wolf D. Prix sought inspiration in the fast-paced game of FC Barcelona. From two twisted, avant-garde office towers, the European Central Bank will soon be steering Europe through the crisis. See more.

Debate: Of Germany – and of misunderstandings

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:38:15 +0100

Le Monde, Paris – To celebrate 50 years of Franco-German friendship, Paris's Louvre Museum is presenting a major retrospective of German painting. The problem is that some – on the other side of the Rhine – say it suggests that Nazism was an inevitable result of German culture. See more.

Belgium: Brussels enjoys an artistic awakening

Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:25:15 +0100

NRC Handelsblad, Amsterdam – Brussels seems to be all the rage for contemporary art galleries. Less expensive, less saturated, and blessed with a new cultural dynamism, the town is in the midst of an artistic boom. But not everyone is convinced it will last. See more.

Netherlands: ‘Rembrandt is back in its place’

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 09:21:13 +0100

De Volkskrant, Amsterdam – See more.

Poland: Katowice mining the past

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:54:39 +0100

New Eastern Europe, Cracow – How does a city reinvent itself and build a new identity on a lost industrial past? By betting on culture and architecture to attract tourists. This Silesian city is following Bilbao’s footsteps and will open a rejuvenated museum in January. See more.

Photography : Their Europe is ours too

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:39:58 +0100

Público, Lisbon – What is our Europe like? How do we see it? How do we experience it? We all live in the same space, but without seeing it in the same way: an observation demonstrated by the works on show at the European Photo Exhibition Award, which is set to run until 18 November at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris. See more.

Contemporary art: Paintbrush factory brightens Cluj-Napoca

Fri, 04 May 2012 12:00:27 +0100

România libera, Bucharest – Located in a former factory in Cluj, the Transylvanian capital, a contemporary art centre managed by several galleries and artists' collectives is trying to break into the European art scene. See more.

Hungary: Orbán makes an exhibition of himself

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 16:02:48 +0100

SME, Bratislava – Asserting national values is central to the political project of the Hungarian PM. Since the start of the year, fifteen paintings, specially commissioned for an exhibition in the Castle of Buda, have been putting this ambition on show. See more.

Greece: Athens Biennale, the crisis as art

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:30:35 +0100

Expressen, Stockholm – In a country destabilised by the crisis, the 3rd Athens Biennale contemporary art festival has been largely overlooked. However, a Swedish journalist argues that the exhibition offers an opportunity to appreciate the urgency of the moment. See more.

Ideas: Never mind the cave paintings, here’s the Sex Pistols

Fri, 25 Nov 2011 16:00:47 +0100

The Guardian, London – Is the graffiti left by the 1970’s punk band in London as worthy of humanity as prehistoric cave art? A British archeologist believes so, seeing on these walls the end of faith in "human progress" initiated by our ancestors. See more.

Czech Republic: Instant repatriation for national artworks

Wed, 01 Jun 2011 11:28:32 +0100

Lidové noviny , Prague – See more.

Museums: Antwerp bets on the MAS

Fri, 20 May 2011 15:29:44 +0100

De Morgen, Brussels – Inaugurated on 17 May, Antwerp’s new metropolitan museum has become a talking point for its architecture. But will it, as its designers have hoped, bring lasting change to the Flemish city? Planner and columnist Filip Canfyn is not convinced. See more.

Contemporary art: Fundamentalists attack Christ artwork

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 11:32:42 +0100

Libération, Paris – See more.

Urbanism: Digging deep for a better life

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:16:27 +0100

Polityka, Warsaw – From the eastern Baltic to the western straits, Scandinavians are building everything underground: roads, tunnels, and even huge shopping malls. Polish weekly Polityka reports. See more.

A city in Europe: Nostalgia for Bucharest's golden age

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:12:33 +0100

Dilema Veche, Bucharest – Nicknamed "Little Paris", the Romanian capital is getting a little uglier every day, carved up by building sites that are as mammoth as they are meaningless. But some parts of the town have retained their charm, and it wouldn’t take much to give the city a human face. The architect Teodor Frolu reports. See more.

Architecture: Souto de Moura wins Pritzker Prize

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:03:51 +0100

Público, Lisbon – See more.

Cities: Gated communities, German style

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 12:16:15 +0100

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich – Rich man, poor man: as the wealth gap widens in Berlin, the well-heeled are fencing themselves in. They feel safe in their gated communities – if only it weren’t for the neighbours…. The envy. And the protest. See more.

European of the week: The riddle of Princess Hijab

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 10:56:53 +0100

The Guardian, London – In the midst of heated debates about national identity and burqa bans, French graffiti artist Princess Hijab’s ad-busting interventions on Paris metro fashion ads now have a worldwide audience. But who is she? And does it matter if she’s not even a she? See more.

Exhibitions: Art - the bigger the better

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:08:46 +0100

De Standaard, Brussels – An immense inflatable mannequin, thousands of empty cans, a 17-metre high tower: several of the works currently on display in Belgium point to the trend for gigantism in contemporary art. See more.

Counterfeiting: Fake is absolutely fabulous

Fri, 03 Sep 2010 09:35:32 +0100

The Daily Telegraph, London – A new European Union-funded report has declared that buying counterfeited designer goods can benefit consumers and the companies whose brands are being ripped off. See more.

Crime: The art thieves stalking Europe

Fri, 27 Aug 2010 11:00:45 +0100

International New York Times, Paris – The vulnerability of museums and high-end art owners to costly thefts has been a whispered concern in France for years, but two events here are forcing the issue into the open. See more.

Art world: Ego-seums are coming to Europe

Thu, 24 Jun 2010 15:28:37 +0100

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt – A rift is emerging in the European art scene: as public establishments languish under budget cuts, private museums are booming. But the latter are generally showcases for self-serving oligarchs, warns the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Museums, places where our society portrays and projects itself, may be becoming an endangered species. See more.

Exhibition: From east to west, art remains political

Fri, 18 Jun 2010 13:52:34 +0100

Dilema Veche, Bucharest – In Paris the "Les Promesses du Passé" (Promises of the past) exhibition examines the development of artistic creation and the continuing ambition to change the world in a Europe marked by the Iron Curtain and the East-West divide. See more.

France: Modern art goes to the provinces

Tue, 11 May 2010 12:10:56 +0100

La Croix, Paris – See more.

European of the Week: Antonio Presti, anti-Mafia patron of the arts

Fri, 23 Apr 2010 15:51:18 +0100

El País, Madrid – For 30 years this Sicilian entrepreneur has been lavishing the bulk of his fortune on artistic projects. Defying convention, corruption and the Cosa Nostra, he seeks to "help people respect their patch” and “rediscover their identity" through art. See more.

Photography: Quest for Europe’s natural treasures

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 14:22:23 +0100

De Morgen, Brussels – For over a year, 69 photographers were sent out on “The Great Quest” for Europe’s flora and fauna. The object of project Wild Wonders of Europe: to reveal the continent’s biodiversity to the world. See more.

Architecture: Scaling down on starchitects

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 16:22:12 +0100

Trouw, Amsterdam – The days of ostentatious architecture by star architects are at an end. Under the influence of the economic crisis, budgets have been pared down and vast projects have been set aside to be replaced by more modest buildings. A positive change, which will force architects to seek solutions to problems that they themselves have helped to create, argues director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi), Ole Bouman. See more.

Denmark: Ni Hao Little Mermaid

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 14:05:20 +0100

Politiken, Copenhagen – See more.

Netherlands: Peter Stuyvesant artwork makes a packet

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 13:42:22 +0100

De Volkskrant, Amsterdam – See more.

A town in Europe: The Ruhr - from coal to culture

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 11:53:47 +0100

Der Spiegel, Hamburg – The Ruhr region has seen the rise and fall of the coal industry in the space of 170 years. Now, during its stint as 2010 European Capital of Culture, it aims to complete its modernisation process. But its cities are running out of funds, reports Der Spiegel. See more.

Communication: Europe doesn't have to look cheesy

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 17:21:59 +0100

NRC Handelsblad, Amsterdam – Brussels is the source of numerous poorly designed communications. On the Internet, and in brochures and logos, European institutions appear to be incapable of showing any imagination. A Dutch journalist makes the case for making more frequent calls to creative professionals, with interesting results. See more.

Internet: Fine art of virtual museums

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 14:30:27 +0100

De Volkskrant, Amsterdam – The success of the Tate Britain website has shown how the Internet can promote collections and stored works in major museums and attract a new generation of visitors. See more.

European of the Week: Eric Cantona : striker universalis

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 11:34:07 +0100

Le Monde, Paris – Having played himself in Ken Loach's Looking for Eric, the former star of Manchester United is now preparing to take on a leading role in a major Parisian theatre production. Le Monde presents a portrait of a legendary footballer who has found a new career as a sensitive and committed artist. See more.

Denmark: Muhammad caricaturist for Haiti

Thu, 21 Jan 2010 12:28:42 +0100

Jyllands-Posten, Aarhus – See more.

Netherlands: Rebuilding the forbidden city

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 13:48:40 +0100

De Volkskrant, Amsterdam – On the immense site of what was once the "Philips forbidden city," work is underway to build a new neighbourhood. The development plan, the largest of its kind in the Netherlands, will bring new life to a town that has always identified itself with the electronics group. See more.

United Kingdom: Private city – keep out

Mon, 21 Dec 2009 10:01:50 +0100

The Guardian, London – In the name of urban regeneration, entire swathes of cities like London and Liverpool are now under private ownership and policed by private security firms. Writing in the Guardian, Anna Minton reports on a new Britain where seemingly innocuous activities such as eating or taking photographs are now forbidden. See more.

United Kingdom: Bobbies confiscate your holiday snaps

Thu, 03 Dec 2009 14:17:35 +0100

The Independent, London – See more.

Czech Republic: Giving the Velvet Revolution the finger

Mon, 23 Nov 2009 13:36:24 +0100

Týden, Prague – See more.

After "89: Wall comes down in Big Apple

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 12:06:56 +0100

Cotidianul, Bucharest – See more.

Fashion: High-tech and ethically right-on

Fri, 06 Nov 2009 15:38:30 +0100, Paris – In 2030, we may well be wearing clothes that offer a new level of physical well-being by adapting to the ambient temperature, and at the same time, respect our political convictions. reports on a heady blend of technology and ideology. See more.