Controversies

Turkish president appeals ruling that he must pay damages to artist

Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Mehmet Aksoy’s work as a “monstrosity”

Published online: 30 March 2015

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Why Italy should sell the 5,000 antiquities recovered by the police

Improperly excavated artefacts could be auctioned to help cash-strapped museums

Published online: 25 March 2015

Russia’s Gulag museum to shut down after clash with regional authorities

The closing of Perm-36, the country’s only historic site to commemorate Soviet repression, marks one of several recent battles over culture

Published online: 05 March 2015

Cultural boycott of Israel under fire

Jeremy Deller’s name withdrawn from campaign backed by more than 1,000 cultural figures

Published online: 26 February 2015

Tate website reposts landscapes by convicted child abuser Graham Ovenden

Images of children still available to view at gallery “by application”

Published online: 19 February 2015

Cultural boycott of Israel gains momentum

Artists and activists in the UK and US call for withdrawal from Israel-sponsored events

Published online: 13 February 2015

 

Swiss schmoozing helps bag a Gauguin

There was great relief at the Zurich Kunsthaus when a Gauguin painting from Tehran arrived on Thursday afternoon (19 February), just hours...

Malevich’s heart of darkness

Patriarch Kirill I of the Russian Orthodox Church is known for his harsh views on contemporary art, widely denouncing the “punk prayer”...

Controversial Maggie statue is on the move

The controversial marble statue of Margaret Thatcher by Neil Simmons has been banished from its prominent spot near the entrance to...

 

The travails of Ai Weiwei

In 2011, the artist Ai Weiwei was arrested by Chinese authorities on charges of posing a threat to national security. He was released 81 days later, but the harassment did not end there. A new documentary looks at Ai’s life following his release and the troubles he has faced since. “I have a difficult life,” he says in the film. “It doesn’t make me weaker or stronger. I just have to face it.”