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Welcome to the virtual world
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Welcome to the virtual world 29 January 2016

With the ground-breaking Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset hitting the mainstream later this year, a growing number of artists and museums are incorporating this and other new technologies into their work

Tehran: Soft Power, Hard Bargains
Tehran: Soft Power, Hard Bargains

With its infamous Modern art collection, a Tehran museum has enticed international curators and struck lucrative deals with institutions in the West. But has it sparked a wider renaissance in the Tehran art scene?

John Akomfrah: Sea Change
John Akomfrah: Sea Change

As his Venice Biennale film makes its UK debut, the British film-maker discusses growing up as a communist, the perennial issue of human migration—and why he has moved away from cinema and towards art

The artist helping stateless Syrians build a democracy
The artist helping stateless Syrians build a democracy

The Dutch artist Jonas Staal is working in Syria’s autonomous Kurdish region, alongside freedom fighters whose philosophy includes a radical feminist rejection of the state, in an attempt to challenge the accepted view of democracy and the role of the artist within it

Frank Stella: A romantic, after all
Frank Stella: A romantic, after all

As a major retrospective opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the US artist reflects on how beauty is “a given” in art—and how, after nearly 60 years, he is still pursuing “the problems of painting”

Unesco at 70: fit for a purpose
Unesco at 70: fit for a purpose

Once the idealistic creation of intellectuals, Unesco is now dominated by diplomats and hamstrung by budget collapse, the debasement of its gold-standard heritage lists by narrow economic and nationalist interests, and a huge and rigid governance structure

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