Music & Arts

LeBeouf's anti-Trump New York exhibit shuttered over safety concerns

By Joseph Ax | NEW YORK A New York City museum has shut down an exhibit protesting U.S. President Donald Trump co-created by actor Shia LaBeouf, saying the installation titled “HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US” had triggered threats of violence and endangered public safety. LaBeouf and two artists had set up a live-streaming camera outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens on Jan. 20, the day that Trump was inaugurated, and encouraged members of the public to repeat “he will not divide us” into the camera. The exhibit was intended to continue ...

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Survivors, Dutch soldiers reflect on Srebrenica in new exhibition

By Maja Zuvela | SREBRENICA, Bosnia Former Dutch peacekeepers and bereaved Bosnian Muslims confronted painful memories on Thursday at the opening of a new permanent exhibition in Srebrenica, where Serb forces massacred more than 8,000 people in 1995. The Dutch soldiers were meant to protect the local population, but they were lightly armed and had no orders to confront the Bosnian Serb army commanded by General Ratko Mladic. They stood by as his forces overran the enclave, declared a ‘safe zone’ by the United Nations. They rounded up local men ...

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The true face of Mr Darcy – long, oval and pale

Mr Darcy, the romantic hero of Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice,” has been portrayed by a string of showbusiness heart-throbs, but a new study suggests he would probably have looked very different from the modern ideal of masculinity. Austen is likely to have had in a mind a man with sloping shoulders, white powdered hair, a pale complexion, thin oval face and a small mouth, according to academics who were asked to advise on the most historically accurate look of Mr Darcy, to mark a television series celebrating the ...

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Daniel Radcliffe talks comedy, nerves in return to London stage

File Photo: Actor Daniel Radcliffe stands during a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California November 12, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo By Sara Hemrajani | LONDON “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe has plenty of stage experience – even famously appearing nude in “Equus” – but the British actor still gets nervous before each performance. “[I] get a bit twitchy and nervous,” Radcliffe said. “You need nerves, you need that. If you don’t feel that then why are you here? That’s exciting. That’s ...

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'Alice in Wonderland' collection fetches 88,000 dollars at auction

One of the world’s largest collections of “Alice in Wonderland” memorabilia, featuring over 3,000 items, was sold at an Oxford auction house on Wednesday for around 70,000 pounds ($ 88,000). The collection, which features memorabilia of the fantasy novel by Lewis Carroll – also known as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson – was owned by late antiquarian book and prints dealer Thomas Schuster and his wife Greta. The couple built the collection over 25 years, buying at auctions, antique fairs, and through specialist dealers. Among the items on sale were a first ...

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New Brussels museum displays costumes of Manneken Pis statue

Visitors to Brussels will soon be able to admire scores of colorful costumes used over the years to dress the city’s most famous landmark, the 400-year-old Manneken Pis. The 61 cm (24 inch) bronze statue of a naked boy urinating into a fountain is one of the biggest attractions for visitors to the Belgian capital and on Saturday a museum that celebrates his extensive and diverse wardrobe will open near to the site. The museum, called Garderobe MannekenPis after the French word for ‘wardrobe’, will display 133 costumes from a ...

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Fit for an emperor – a virtual reality tour of Nero's golden palace

By Cristiano Corvino | ROME Emperor Nero, a technology enthusiast, would have loved it: his over-the-top golden palace in Rome is about to get the virtual reality treatment. From Saturday, visitors to the buried Domus Aurea (Golden House) will be able to don headsets to get a closer look at the frescoes on its 12 meter (40 ft)-high walls. The palace was built in 64 A.D. after fire swept through the city, the one through which the man himself is – probably apocryphally – said to have fiddled. “We believe ...

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Cuban artists paint garments, not canvases for 'Fashion Art' show

By Sarah Marsh | HAVANA A fantastical blue bird emerges from leaves in the latest work by Manuel Mendive, considered Cuba’s top living artist. But this isn’t a framed canvas, it’s a painting on a dress, for the exhibit “Fashion Art Havana” that opened on Tuesday. In creations by other Cuban artists, a ghostly face seems to scream out from a dark cape, a red and blue matryoshka doll is painted onto a dress, while a bubble-shaped frock is covered with wooden spikes. The show is the latest in the ...

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Spanish police arrest three linked to 25-million-euro art heist

Spanish police arrested three people on Tuesday in connection with the theft of five paintings by the Irish-born artist Francis Bacon that were worth 25 million euros ($ 26.88 million), the Interior Ministry said. Police raided six homes in the Madrid region and seized a gun, ammunition, manuals to cracking safes, laser devices and oxy-fuel cylinders used to cut metal, the ministry said in a statement. The three people were “directly connected” to the robbery and were part of a group that burgled homes across Spain, the statement said. Five ...

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Abdication letter and papers give insight into Britain's 'mad' King George

A handwritten draft letter of abdication penned by King George III is to go on display for the first time as part of a huge cache of documents from the reign of the last British monarch to rule over America, the royal household said on Saturday. The letter, covered in blotches, scratchings and corrections, was penned during a period of political crisis in March 1783 at the end of the American War of Independence. “I am therefore resolved to resign my Crown and all the Dominions appertaining to it to ...

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