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Podcast

Podcast episode six: trouble at Unesco, plus Art and Terror

Why did the US and Israel pull out of the organisation and what will happen next? Plus: 9/11 and its impact on art is explored at London’s Imperial War Museum

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Podcast

Podcast episode five: what's the story behind the $100m Leonardo?

What will happen when the only painting in private hands by the Renaissance master heads to auction? Plus: the New Museum's big new show on gender, and our literary editor talks 18th-century princesses

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Frieze 2017

Join the orgy at Frieze Masters

Richard Artschwager's Triptych IV, Fucking Painting has a double meaning

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Zaki Nusseibeh

Louvre Abu Dhabi aims to make up for failed education in the Middle East

Leading Emirati thinker, Zaki Nusseibeh, on why the UAE is more humanistic than its neighbours

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Features

Venice can’t manage its tourists—yet it’s encouraging more to come from China

The town council proposes digital monitoring and a charge to enter St Mark’s Square

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Obituaries

Death of Russia’s 'most popular' artist, a pseudo-dissident, far-Right nationalist

Ilya Glazunov gained the backing of all Russia’s presidents from Khrushchev onwards

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Portrait of the mystery man behind Castello di Rivoli’s £450m art loan

Federico Cerruti was extraordinary in his extreme ordinariness and austerity

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Lavish show celebrates 70th anniversary of the fashion house that Christian Dior built

Musée des Arts Décoratifs dedicates main areas to collaboration with the House of Dior and the artistic directors who defined it

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Museums

How departing director Perdita Hunt saved the Watts Gallery from near death

She led a seven-year, £10m project to restore the buildings, rehang the galleries and conserve the collection

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Prizes

At last: the mayor of Venice recognises the role of the private citizen in defending Venice

Jane da Mosto wins Osella d’Oro prize

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Auctions

Low total for Sotheby’s first African art sale (but what is “African” art?)

Highest prices for artists already in the international art system

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Sharjah Biennial follows recipe of crops, earth, water and cooking

The curator Christine Tohme broadens the event’s potential audience by also taking it to Dakar, Istanbul, Ramallah and Beirut

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Modernism gives Art Dubai sales a boost

Rediscovered work from the 20th century has new relevance today

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What is the point of a biennial in the Middle East?

Social activist, art-centre founder Christine Tohmé explodes the concept with her Sharjah Biennial

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Features

The Antarctic Biennale: a crazy idea becomes reality

In little more than a year, the artists and scientists—and, crucially, the funds—have been gathered for a unique biennial. The journey begins this month

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The 2017 Sharjah Biennial roots for crops, earth, water and cooking

Curator Christine Tohmé also takes it to Dakar, Istanbul, Ramallah and Beirut

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First Emirati to create art in Antarctica

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Museums

Comment: Is expertise at risk at the Victoria and Albert Museum?

The world’s greatest museum of decorative arts has been without a ceramics expert since 2016 and other gaps in knowledge are opening up

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Museums

A totem sculpture, Physical Energy, to rise up in the woods south of London

The Watts Gallery Trust has authorised a cast of this masterpiece by George Frederick Watts to celebrate his bicentenary