Art news

Paris Pinacotheque museum closes as visitor numbers drop post attacks

Entrée de l'extension de la Pinacothèque, le 26 janvier 2011 à Paris DEMARTHON


14 Feb 2016
The Paris Pinacotheque, one of France's rare privately owned art museums, will close on Monday as visitor numbers have plunged following the November shootings in Paris.   The Pinacotheque, which has been under court receivership...

CNN:Van Gogh's bedroom is on Airbnb

'Ever wanted to climb into a painting? The Art Institute of Chicago has recreated the bedroom featured in Vincent Van Gogh's famous paintings, and it's for rent on Airbnb.
13 Feb 2016
For rent: Vincent Van Gogh's inner sanctum.   In true 21st-century style, the Dutch post-Impressionist's bedroom is available on Airbnb.   Only this particular chambre isn't in the "Yellow House" in Arles,...

Clooney says refugee crisis is huge, US Muslim ban won't happen

13 Feb 2016
Actor George Clooney said on Friday the refugee crisis is bigger than the headline-grabbing exodus from Syria and Iraq, and he believes Americans "will do the right thing" by rejecting Donald Trump and calls to ban Muslims...

Hugh Jackman has another skin cancer growth removed

Actor Hugh Jackman


09 Feb 2016
"X-Men" star Hugh Jackman said on Monday he had another skin cancer growth removed from his nose, and urged people to wear sunscreen.   Jackman, 47, posted a photo on his Instagram account, showing a bandage across his nose...

Mad Max director George Miller to preside over Cannes film festival

Director George Miller (C), cast members Tom Hardy (L) and Charlize Theron (R) pose during a photocall for the film 'Mad Max: Fury Road' out of competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 14, 2015. 
03 Feb 2016
Australian director George Miller will preside over the 69th Cannes film festival, organizers said on Tuesday.   Miller, whose latest installment of the Mad Max franchise, 'Fury Road', kicked off last year's festival on...

New “A Book and a Loaf of Bread” campaign promotes reading among Egypt's poor

02 Feb 2016
The Egyptian government has launched a new campaign called “A Book and a Loaf of Bread”, which provides a 90 percent discount on books at the Cairo International Book Fair to people who hold ration cards in an effort to promote...

Trump outshines other celebrities on social media

30 Jan 2016
Not only is billionaire Donald Trump outpolling the rest of the Republican presidential field, the former reality TV star has charged ahead of megastars Justin Bieber and Kanye West for celebrity mentions on social media, according to new...

Nobel laureate Pamuk brings Museum of Innocence to London

Some of the exhibits on display at the Museum of Innocence in Istanbul, Turkey.
29 Jan 2016
Glass cabinets filled with mundane but poignant objects including cologne bottles, dentures and postcards form the centerpiece of a London exhibition presented by Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk on Jan 26.   The unique...

Abe Vigoda, ‘Godfather’ star, dies at 94

Abe Vigoda has reportedly died of old age. Vigoda was famous for his role in 'The Godfather'. 
27 Jan 2016
Abe Vigoda, the sad-faced star of Francis Ford Coppola's classic film "The Godfather", died on Tuesday at 94, his manager told AFP.   The actor died at the home of his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, in New Jersey....

Tuareg women-only musical tradition reborn in Algeria

© AFP / by Amer Ouali | Tuareg Khoulene Alamine (R), an imzad teacher, walks with a poet over the Tagmart plateau, around 30 kilometres (20 miles) outside Tamanrasset, southern Algeria, on January 13, 2016
25 Jan 2016
A single-stringed violin played only by Tuareg women is making a comeback in Algeria as the last of its players come to the rescue of a tradition on the verge of extinction.   Women have long played the imzad in the matriarchal Tuareg...