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"The Magistrate Of Brussels" by Van Dyck. Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org
Van Dyck discovered by British TV programme fails to sell

A lost Van Dyck painting spotted on a British television programme failed to find a buyer at a Tuesday auction despite estimates it would fetch 1,000 times its original price.

Van Dyck discovered by British TV programme fails to sell
Artist Jeff Koons. ©Reuters/Lucas Jackson
Art superstar Koons unveils life work in New York

Jeff Koons, one of world's highest paid artists, unveils his life work in New York on Friday, a chance to understand why his art is so celebrated, so loathed and so expensive.

Art superstar Koons unveils life work in New York
London jury considers verdicts on Australian star Harris
London jury considers verdicts on Australian star Harris

The jury in the trial of Rolf Harris, the Australian entertainer accused of a string of sexual assaults against girls and young women, retired to consider their verdicts.

London jury considers verdicts on Australian star Harris
Amedeo Modigliani’s Portrait of Paul Alexandre. Photo courtesy of wikiart.org
Modigliani painting sells at auction for 13.5 mn euros

A painting by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani sold at an auction in Paris Wednesday for 13.5 million euros ($18.3 million), a record for the artist's work in France, auction house Sotheby's announced.

Modigliani painting sells at auction for 13.5 mn euros
Photo © Alisher Akhmetov
First time ever electro jetigen at The Spirit of Tengri

Have you heard the sound of jetigen? It is a Kazakh many-stringed harp-like instrument that is similar to Russian gusli.

First time ever electro jetigen at The Spirit of Tengri
Ordabek Duisen. Photo from personal archives of the artist
Kazakhstani violin player to perform in Graz, Austria

Kazakhstani violin player Ordabek Duisen will perform as a concertmaster at the Classical Music Festival in Austrian Graz.

Kazakhstani violin player to perform in Graz, Austria
BaBa Zula. ©bulgarian.ibox.bg
Turkish band BaBa Zula to perform at The Spirit of Tengri

Turkish band BaBa Zula will perform at the 2nd music festival The Spirit of Tengri in Almaty on June 7th.

Turkish band BaBa Zula to perform at The Spirit of Tengri
Baurzhan Anderzhanov. Photo  ©astanaopera.kz
Astana Opera's Anderzhanov to perform at German Aalto Musik-Theatre

The lead singer of the Astana Opera Baurzhan Anderzhanov will sing in six performances of the German Aalto Musik-Theatre in Essen.

Astana Opera's Anderzhanov to perform at German Aalto Musik-Theatre
Queen Elizabeth portrait released to mark 88th birthday
Queen Elizabeth portrait released to mark 88th birthday

A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, taken by David Bailey, has been released to mark her 88th birthday on Monday, with the renowned photographer delighting in the "mischievous glint" in her eyes.

Queen Elizabeth portrait released to mark 88th birthday
Photo ©astanaopera.kz
Astana Opera singers to perform La Boheme at Arena di Verona

The lead singers of Astana Opera Medet Chotabayev and Sundet Baigozhin have signed contracts with Italian Lirico di Verona to the perform primary roles in Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme.

Astana Opera singers to perform La Boheme at Arena di Verona
Aigerim Beketova. Photo  ©astanaopera.kz
Astana Opera ballerina to perform with Eifman Ballet

Astana Opera’s lead ballerina Aigerim Beketova has been invited to preform in Budapest and London with Boris Eifman’s troupe.

Astana Opera ballerina to perform with Eifman Ballet
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Astana: Nauryz costs $1.8 million

$1.8 million was spent on the Nauryz celebration in Astana.

Astana: Nauryz costs $1.8 million
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Italy challenges US gun ad using Michelangelo's David

Italy's Culture Minister Dario Franceschini Saturday called for a US guns dealer to withdraw an advertisement using an image of Michelangelo's David -- but with the famed statue holding a bolt-action rifle.

Italy challenges US gun ad using Michelangelo's David
Art with a punch: Liu Bolin, 'China's Andy Warhol'
Art with a punch: Liu Bolin, 'China's Andy Warhol'

Emerging from the acrid fumes at a steelworks, artist Liu Bolin inspects the progress of his latest work -- a giant iron fist, poised to punch a hole through modern China.

Art with a punch: Liu Bolin, 'China's Andy Warhol'
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's "Colored Vases". ©Reuters/Zachary Fagenson
Ai Weiwei brushes off painter's smashing of $1m vase

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei shrugged off the smashing of a $1 million Han dynasty vase that was part of his exhibition at a Miami museum, saying his works often get broken.

Ai Weiwei brushes off painter's smashing of $1m vase
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Coloured tattoos escape ban in France

Tattoo artists in France, who were up in arms about a government ban on certain dyes, say the health ministry has reassured them they will be able to keep using coloured ink, attributing the uproar to a misunderstanding of thousands of pages of regulations.

Coloured tattoos escape ban in France
Norman Rockwell's The Thing to Do With Life is Live It! (Outrigger Canoe)". ©Reuters/Carlo Allegri
Three Norman Rockwell works sell for almost $60 mn

Three oil paintings by Norman Rockwell, the celebrated 20th century master illustrator of everyday life in America, sold Wednesday for almost $60 million, setting a new record for the artist.

Three Norman Rockwell works sell for almost $60 mn
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'Banksy' Lego-style crime mural goes viral in Malaysia

A street mural that was whitewashed by authorities because it highlighted Malaysia's crime problem has gone viral, with versions popping up across the country and earning their creator comparisons to UK graffiti artist Banksy.

'Banksy' Lego-style crime mural goes viral in Malaysia
Afghanistan's modern artists puzzle and provoke
Afghanistan's modern artists puzzle and provoke

Shocking, intimate and often bemusing to outsiders, the modern art produced by a small group of young Afghans would come as a surprise to connoisseurs who stalk the galleries of New York, London and Tokyo.

Afghanistan's modern artists puzzle and provoke
Empty chair to represent China's Ai Weiwei at Sweden film fest
Empty chair to represent China's Ai Weiwei at Sweden film fest

When the Stockholm Film Festival opens Wednesday, the jury will include world-famous Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei -- in spirit only, represented by an empty chair he designed himself.

Empty chair to represent China's Ai Weiwei at Sweden film fest