Music & Arts

Russian sculptor creates chocolate sculpture of Putin

Russian artist Nikita Gusev has created a life-size sculpture of  President Vladimir Putin made entirely of chocolate. Gusev used 70 kilos (154 lbs) of chocolate to make the sculpture that was commissioned by and will be the main attraction at the city’s Chocolate Festival. He also made a chocolate sculpture of Putin’s late dog, a Labrador named Connie. Organizers of the show said the sculpture will be given to Putin after the festival.   This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading ...

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Artist hauls Greenland ice to Paris as a reminder of climate change

Residents of central Paris got a chilling reminder on Thursday of the challenge facing negotiators at the world climate summit on the city’s outskirts: 80 tonnes of Greenland ice left to slowly melt on the cobbles in front of the Pantheon. The ice was scooped from a Greenland fjord and hauled to Paris as part of an installation by the visual artist Olafur Eliasson, best known for building waterfalls in New York City in 2008 and an artificial sky inside the Tate Modern gallery in London in 2003. “I hope ...

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Pakistan court filing asks British queen to return Koh-i-Noor diamond

Queen Elizabeth II attends a prize giving ceremony during a visit to Malta Racing Club at Marsa racecourse near Valletta, Malta, November 28, 2015. Reuters/Matt Cardy/Pool A Pakistani attorney said on Thursday he has filed a court petition seeking the return of the famed Koh-i-Noor diamond Britain forced India to hand over in colonial times. Once the largest known diamond in the world, the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor is one of the Crown Jewels. It is set in a crown last worn by the late mother of Queen Elizabeth II during her ...

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Interest, prices for Southeast Asian art soar: Sotheby's

A security guard walks past ”Pasukan Kita Yang Dipimpin Pangeran Diponegoro” (Our Soldiers Led Under Prince Diponegoro) by Indonesian artist S. Sudjojono during a preview ahead of Sotheby’s Spring Sales in Hong Kong in this April 2, 2014 file photo. Reuters/Tyrone Siu/Files When “Bathing in the Shower” by the late Indonesian artist Hendra Gunawan went under the hammer at Sotheby’s autumn auction in Hong Kong in October this year, the oil painting of three female bathers was sold for HK$ 9.7 million ($ 1.3 million). That price was more than ...

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Rare mark from biblical king's seal found in Jerusalem

Israeli archaeologists have discovered a mark from the seal of biblical King Hezekiah, who helped build Jerusalem into an ancient metropolis. The circular inscription, on a piece of clay less than a centimeter (0.4 inches) long, may very well have been made by the king himself, said Eilat Mazar of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University who directed the excavation where it was uncovered. Hezekiah ruled around 700 BC and was described in the Bible as a daring monarch – “There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either ...

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Singer Morrissey's debut novel wins 'Bad Sex' prize

British pop singer Morrissey’s debut novel, “List of the Lost”, won the award for the worst sex scene of the year on Tuesday for a passage in which two characters roll together into “one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation”. Morrissey, one-time lead singer of The Smiths, was picked for the dubious distinction of winning the tongue-in-cheek Bad Sex in Fiction Award by Britain’s Literary Review magazine for his Penguin Classic book about four Boston relay runners who are cursed by an old man. “The judges were swayed by an ecstatic ...

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Rare mark from biblical king's seal found in Jerusalem

A projected image of a clay imprint, known as a bulla, which was unearthed from excavations near Jerusalem’s Old City, and later discovered to be from the seal of the biblical King Hezekiah, is displayed during a news conference at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem December… Israeli archaeologists have discovered a mark from the seal of biblical King Hezekiah, who helped build Jerusalem into an ancient metropolis. The circular inscription, on a piece of clay less than a centimeter (0.4 inches) long, may very well have been made by the ...

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Singer Morrissey's debut novel wins 'Bad Sex' prize

British singer-songwriter Morrissey performs during the International Song Festival in Vina del Mar city. Reuters/Eliseo Fernandez British pop singer Morrissey’s debut novel, “List of the Lost”, won the award for the worst sex scene of the year on Tuesday for a passage in which two characters roll together into “one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation”. Morrissey, one-time lead singer of The Smiths, was picked for the dubious distinction of winning the tongue-in-cheek Bad Sex in Fiction Award by Britain’s Literary Review magazine for his Penguin Classic book about four Boston ...

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Live Shakespeare tops British cinema box office – for a day

Director Kenneth Branagh arrives for the screening of the movie ‘Cinderella’ at the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany in this February 13, 2015 file photo. Reuters/Stefanie Loos/Files A live broadcast of Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh starring in Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” was the biggest cinema box office draw in Britain on the night of the screening, the show’s publicists said on Friday. The three-hour-long play, broadcast from London to 520 cinemas across Britain on Thursday night, took in 1.1 million pounds ($ 1.65 million), which put ...

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Beloved Japanese artist who depicted horrors of war dies at 93

Shigeru Mizuki, a giant of Japanese manga artists (L) and his wife Nunoe Mura pose for a photo with Kitaro, the main character of his popular horror manga series ”Gegege no Kitaro,” in Tokyo, in this file photo taken by Kyodo May, 2014 and released by Kyodo November 30,… Reuters/Kyodo/Files An award-winning Japanese manga artist, whose retellings of traditional ghost stories and depictions of the horrors of World War Two helped propel anime to global popularity, died on Monday at the age of 93. Shigeru Mizuki, a beloved household name ...

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