Metaverse is a risk to human social skills, Abba Voyage producer says

The metaverse is a concern because it will encourage more screen time and damage human connections, the producer of the Abba Voyage show says. Svana Gisla told Britain’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that the technology “scares” her and does not represent an obvious improvement on digital experiences. Abba Voyage, a physical concert featuring four 3D digital versions of…

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Energy costs prompt protesters to occupy British Museum, other sites 

Campaigners were occupying buildings, including the British Museum and Scottish Power headquarters, amid a Saturday protest against rising energy bills and “sky-rocketing” levels of fuel poverty in Britain, according to organizers. Members of the grass roots movements Don’t Pay UK and Fuel Poverty Action said campaigners had bedded down with blankets, sleeping bags and hot water bottles in the foyer of the…

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German auctioneers to probe Kandinsky work origin after Poland complaint

German auction house Grisebach on Friday said it would open a new legal probe into a Kandinsky painting sold for 387,000 euros, after Poland said the work had been stolen from one of its museums. The 1928 piece called “Untitled” by Russian avant-garde artist Wassily Kandinsky was auctioned on Thursday evening in Berlin at a sale where a painting by…

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German court charges climate activist after museum glue stunt

The public prosecutor’s office in Berlin has brought charges against a 20-year-old climate activist who was involved in a glue stunt at Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie public painting gallery this summer.  The woman allegedly used superglue to attach herself and another activist to the historic wooden frame of the painting “Rest on the Flight into Egypt” by Lucas Cranach on August 25. …

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New exhibition in Paris explores Rodin’s obsession with Egypt 

Framed, mounted and on pedestals – Egyptian sculptures and historic objects could be found all over the studio of Auguste Rodin, where the artist liked to study them and use them as inspiration.  The Rodin Museum in Paris is now focusing on the French sculptor’s fascination with Egypt and its art, a side of the artist which has been largely unexplored…

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First collapsed stone vault restored at fire-gutted Notre-Dame 

Three and a half years after the devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, the first collapsed stone vault has been restored. Craftsmen used 14 cubic metres of stone for the reconstruction, the Établissement Public, which is responsible for the reconstruction, said on Thursday. “We are moving forward with determination towards the reopening of the cathedral in 2024,” said Jean-Louis Georgelin, special…

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Archeologists find ancient Peruvian fresco, lost for a century

Archeologists have rediscovered a pre-Hispanic fresco depicting mythological scenes in northern Peru that they had only seen in black and white photographs that were more than a century old. “It’s an exceptional discovery, first of all, because it is rare to unearth wall paintings of such quality in pre-Colombian archeology,” said Sam Ghavami, the Swiss archeologist who led excavations that…

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Ai Weiwei: China protests will not shake government

Protesters have taken to the streets of Shanghai, Beijing and other cities in recent days to demonstrate against heavy COVID-19 measures and restrictions on freedom, a show of civil disobedience that is unprecedented since leader Xi assumed power. Ai Weiwei said the protests were not likely to carry on – not only because security forces would quash those speaking out…

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‘More to offer’ than war: Ukraine works on display at Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum of Art in Madrid

Dozens of modern artworks removed from Kyiv to protect them from Russian strikes that have already done huge damage to Ukraine’s cultural heritage will go on display at a Madrid museum on Tuesday. The works on show at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum of Art as part of the “In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine 1900-1930” exhibition include…

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Record number of visitors as Venice Biennale draws to a close 

The Venice Biennale art exhibition is coming to an end after having received a record number of visitors.  The world’s most important presentation of contemporary art, alongside the documenta in Kassel, had recorded more than 800,000 admissions by Saturday, one day before it is due to close.  According to organizers, another 22,000 people bought tickets for the preview days in April.  The number…

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UK coin study salvages forgotten Roman emperor from ‘obscurity’

A forgotten Roman emperor has been rescued from “obscurity” after UK researchers determined a coin long dismissed as fake was in fact authentic. The coin featuring the profile of an emperor named Sponsian was among a handful of similar coins found in Transylvania in present-day Romania in 1713. They had been considered fakes since the mid-19th century due to their…

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Namibia pulls down statue of German coloniser

Authorities in Namibia’s capital Windhoek on Wednesday took down and relocated a statue of a controversial German colonial officer following pressure from local activists. The monument commemorated Curt von Francois, a German army commissioner who has been credited with founding Windhoek — something local campaigners and historians dispute. The statue, which stood on a high pedestal outside municipal buildings, depicted…

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German police search activists’ flats after Sistine Madonna attack 

German police on Thursday searched several premises in Leipzig following a glue attack on Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna” painting in Dresden earlier this year.  The flats likely belong to climate activists of the group Last Generation who glued themselves to the famous artwork in August in a bid to call attention to the climate crisis. “The measures are about finding evidence…

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Christie’s cancels controversial T-rex auction in Hong Kong

Christie’s has called off the auction of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, the auction house told AFP on Monday, days before it was due to go under the hammer in Hong Kong. The cancellation came after an American fossil company raised doubts about parts of the skeleton named “Shen”, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Christie’s said in a statement…

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The Twitterpocalypse is nigh: Time to back up your tweets and follows 

Elon Musk’s chaotic takeover of Twitter has snowballed into a full-blown catastrophe, with large parts of the company reportedly refusing to commit to the billionaire’s plans for a new “hardcore” work culture. The platform might still be live, and yet #RIPTwitter has been trending as reports circulate, both in tech media and on the platform, that many employees critical to the company’s…

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Banksy accuses Guess clothing of ‘helping themselves’ to his work 

Banksy has accused fashion brand Guess of using his work on a clothing collection without permission. The elusive artist posted an image of items on display in the window of Guess’s store on Regent Street in London. He wrote: “Attention all shoplifters. Please go to Guess on Regent Street. They’ve helped themselves to my artwork without asking, how can it…

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Explainer-What is ‘nature positive’? Biodiversity’s answer to net zero

At the U.N. COP27 climate change conference in Egypt, the architects of the Paris Agreement to curb global warming urged negotiators at the upcoming biodiversity summit in Canada to take “urgent action” to protect and restore nature. They said that a failure to agree on an “ambitious and transformative” biodiversity pact at COP15 in Montreal in December would risk undermining…

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Analysis – The next Amazon? Congo Basin faces rising deforestation threat

At the COP27 climate talks in Egypt this week, world leaders have sought to accelerate efforts to halt deforestation by 2030 – in line with a pledge 140 countries made last year to preserve forests. A new group of nations was created to boost momentum on that promise, along with new funding commitments, including 90 million pounds ($106 million) from…

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