Controversies

Oscar nominated ‘Leviathan’ may fall foul of Kremlin cultural decree

Document signed by Vladimir Putin refers to “false ideas about Russia’s historic backwardness”

Published online: 23 January 2015

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The other Gurlitt: the dealer cherished by 'degenerate' artists and Nazis alike

Discovery of Hildebrand Gurlitt’s Nazi-confiscated art hoard caused a scandal. His cousin Wolfgang’s story is less well known, but asks troubling questions of collections across the world

Published online: 16 January 2015

In sorrow: We are Charlie

Demonstrators all over France show their solidarity with journalists and artists killed in today’s massacre

Published online: 07 January 2015

Kandinsky Prize winner supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Pavel Pepperstein’s controversial comments resurface after he receives €40,000 Russian art award

Published online: 19 December 2014

Artists’ studios in Moscow seized, union says

The city has been cracking down on subsidised workspaces

Published online: 27 November 2014

Swiss museum accepts Gurlitt's problematic bequest

Kunstmuseum Bern could face years of litigation from heirs claiming looted works

Published online: 24 November 2014

 

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...

Goebbels’ home transformed by Gregor Schneider

The German artist Gregor Schneider makes waves (again) with the news that he has taken over the childhood home of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s...

You can’t keep McCarthy down

Paul McCarthy’s subversive and decidedly dark art may not have been to everyone’s liking in Paris last week: his 80ft lime green Christmas...

 

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.”