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Wrocław hosts huge retrospective of works by sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz

26 June 2017 · Wrocław · Poland
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  • Magdalena Abakanowicz, Bambini 2, 1998-1999, concrete, glue, wood, each figure approximate 109 x 38 x 25 cm. Photo courtesy of the artist’s estate

  • Installation view of Effigies of Life, A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz in Wrocław, Poland. Image courtesy of the artist’s estate

  • Installation view of Effigies of Life, A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz in Wrocław, Poland. Image courtesy of the artist’s estate

  • Installation view of Effigies of Life, A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz in Wrocław, Poland. Image courtesy of the artist’s estate

  • Installation view of Effigies of Life, A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz in Wrocław, Poland. Image courtesy of the artist’s estate

If you're in the Polish city of Wrocław over the next couple of months, you can't miss the major retrospective of works by renowned sculptor and fibre artist Magdalena Abakanowicz. Spanning a number of public outside spaces and seven exhibition venues, the retrospective stands as a tribute to the avant-garde artist, who died in April this year.

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Uzbekistan censors “inappropriate” music videos

26 June 2017 · Uzbekistan
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  • Music video of Sakramento by Munisa Rizayeva. Video: RizaNovaUZ / YouTube

As of 1 July 2017, singers in Uzbekistan will require state permission to post their music videos on YouTube, and risk losing their performance licence if they do not adhere to the proposed legislation. The new law is an extension of a governement resolution in 2015 that required professional singers to provide evidence that they conform to the country’s “age-old spiritual and cultural values and national traditions”.

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Art as labour: join the design summer school set in Europe’s largest art park

26 June 2017 · Russia
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Applications are now open for the Global Practice Unit international summer school, a programme for young architects and artists set in the Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, home of the Archstoyanie Land Art Festival and located 200km from Moscow on the banks of the river Ugra.

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Political candidate uses breasts in artistic protest against Moscow demolition project

26 June 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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  • Lyucia Stein’s project is officially unveiled. Video: Shtab Strein / YouTube

Could breasts be the key to change and electoral success for Moscow City Council candidate Lyucia Stein? Last week the political hopeful installed plaster copies of her breasts onto six residential buildings marked for demolition in Moscow's vast khrushchevki clearance programme, which will see 1.6 million people lose their homes.

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Not suitable for children: Russian daredevils make giant fidget spinner out of cars

26 June 2017 · Novosibirsk · Russia
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  • Video: Garage 54 / YouTube

The fidget spinner craze has had teachers up in arms around the world, but the toy trend has spread far beyond the playground: last week a group of Novosibirsk car fanatics constructed a fidget spinner from three cars… and it very nearly worked.

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Follow of the week: brutalist architecture from the New East and beyond

22 June 2017 · Belgrade · Moscow · Russia · Serbia · Tajikistan
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If you require a daily dose of brutalist architecture, you need look no further than @brutgroup.

The account comprises submissions from photographers and archive pictures, featuring everything from the well-known Spomenik in Serbia and the apartment blocks of New Belgrade, to rarer 1960s photos of modernist architecture in Brazil and unusual shots of the famous sights like the Gagarin statue in Moscow. Moreover, the account also posts clever collages and brutalism-inspired artwork for comic relief. 

 

 

Solidarity Square, Bar, Montenegro. #BRUTgroup photo sent in from @d.a.kovynev #socialistheritage #socheritage

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Some of the photos explore countries well outside the New East — from Germany and Britain to Israel, Lebanon, Japan and Cambodia.


 

Soviet Mosaics: the book that unearthed Ukraine’s forgotten art

22 June 2017 · Kiev · Ukraine
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Double-page spread from Decommunized: Ukrainian Soviet mosaics / Facebook

A new art book entitled, Decommunized: Ukrainian Soviet mosaics, has been published by Osnovy, documenting Soviet-era mosaics across Ukraine, including Russian-occupied Crimea and parts of war-torn Donbass.  

The book was created by Kiev-born photographer Yevgen Nikiforov, whose motivation for the project was to “bring people’s attention to the fact they’re surrounded by art. The art that is hidden by modern renovations, new tacky buildings and uncontrolled advertisements.”

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Russian news agency publishes unauthorised interview with Svetlana Alexievich

21 June 2017 · Belarus · Ukraine
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Svetlana Alexievich speaking in Cambridge in 2016. Image: Chris Boland under a CC licence.

A Russian news agency has published an interview with Nobel Prize winner in literature Svetlana Alexievich, without her authorisation. 

According to local reports, Alexievich asked for the interview with Delovoi Peterburg not to be published, after she claimed that the interviewer “behaved not like a journalist, but like a propagandist”. She added, “After his question: ‘Why do you support Ukrainian bandits?’ everything became clear.”

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Red Utopia: help fund a new art book documenting communist iconography across the globe

21 June 2017 · Russia
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Still from Red Utopia promo video

Red Utopia is an art book in the making, documenting communist parties and their iconography over the past 100 years in India, Italy, Nepal, Portugal and Russia. The project is currently gathering funds on Kickstarter and will be jointly published by Nazraeli Press and Ipso Facto. 

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Georgia wins at Cannes for 6 Millionth Tourist Campaign

21 June 2017 · Tbilisi · Georgia
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  • Award winning 6 Millionth Tourist Campaign video

Georgia is often associated with great hospitality and grand welcomes, but a recent award winning video shows how they took it to the next level, for an anassuming tourist from Holland. 

A clip made by production company WINDFOR'S in collaboration with the Georgian National Tourism Administration (GNTA) has won Silver and Bronze Lions at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. 

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