Controversies

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

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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

‘The Gurlitt collection should be sold to benefit Jewish organisations’

Alfred Weidinger, deputy director of the Belvedere in Vienna, is calling on the Kunstmuseum Bern to make the right choice

Published online: 20 November 2014

Further protests over appointment of far-right European culture commissioner

Tibor Navracsics was foreign minister in controversial Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán

Published online: 20 November 2014

Artists reject €30,000 prizes to protest Spain’s ‘embarrassing’ cultural policies

The photographer Colita and the musician Jordi Savall both turned down national awards this month

Published online: 13 November 2014

 

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...

Artforum in-fighting

After reading the latest issue of Artforum, longtime contributor Gary Indiana felt compelled to write to its publisher, Knight Landesman,...

 

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.”