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Banksy unveils new ‘Valentine’s Day Mascara’ artwork

British graffiti artist Banksy on Tuesday unveiled his latest UK street artwork, which appears to take aim at domestic violence against women as the world celebrates Valentine’s Day. The mural, which appeared in Margate in southeast England, depicts a 1950s-style housewife with a swollen eye and a missing tooth seemingly shoving her male partner into a real chest freezer. Despite…


Nazi sculpture joins Lenin head in Berlin show on ‘toxic’ monuments 

A large sculpture used as Nazi propaganda in Adolf Hitler’s New Reich Chancellery headquarters has gone on display in Berlin as part of an exhibition examining the city’s history of “toxic” monuments. The Nazi propaganda piece is part of many similar works in the exhibition “Unveiled. Berlin and its Monuments” which explores how various state powers tried to shape the Berlin…


Thief who stole Banksy work in Ukraine faces up to 12 years in prison

The Prosecutor General’s Office in Kiev has initiated proceedings against the thief of a Banksy mural.  The man, together with several accomplices, cut a picture by the British street artist out of a wall in the Kiev suburb of Hostomel at the beginning of December.  The proceedings are directed exclusively against the man for theft under martial law, the authorities said. He…


Italy police seize Rubens masterpiece after fraud investigation

Italian police said on Friday they had seized a painting on display by the 17th century Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens after a fraud investigation into its owners. The masterpiece, called “The resurrected Christ appears to his mother”, was part of a “Rubens in Genoa” exhibition in the city’s Doge’s Palace. The police are not accusing the exhibition of any…


Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood dies aged 81

English fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has died at the age of 81, her representatives have confirmed. The pioneering designer made a name for herself on the fashion scene in the 1970s, with her androgynous designs, slogan T-shirts and irreverent attitude towards the establishment. Dame Vivienne died on Friday “peacefully, and surrounded by her family in Clapham, south London,” her representatives…

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