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Meet the creatives reshaping modern art collections in a bid to battle populism

31 October 2018 · Bucharest · Romania
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  • And he knew that those who witnessed these things might be too stunned to speak, by Anna Dasović (2017)

  • In the Corridor of Cyberspace by Valentina Vetturi (2018). Image courtesy of the artist.

  • Portrait of My Husband, by Raluca Popa (2016). Image courtesy of the artist.

  • Romanian Trick,by Ivan Moudov (2016)

  • Free Thinking is For Free, by Chicks on Speed (Melissa E. Logan & A.L. Steiner) (2018). Image: Melissa E. Logan

Most art collections fall into two categories: those owned by wealthy citizens, or those squirrelled away by institutions.

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Explore sex, love and gender in Latvia with Jezga Vol. 2

30 October 2018 · Riga · Latvia
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Latvian art zine Jezga has opened pre-orders for its latest edition on love, gender and sexuality.

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Smash the patriarchy with a night of feminist film from the New East

29 October 2018 · Kyrgyzstan · Macedonia · Russia
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A series of short films exploring the role of women across the New East are being shown on the big screen as part of an event in central London.

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Take to Hungary’s Great Plain with this cowboy-inspired fashion film

26 October 2018 · Hungary
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Before cowboys rode across America’s Wild West, Hungarian Csikós herded horses on the country’s Great Plain.

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Georgia’s first architecture biennale opens in Tbilisi

26 October 2018 · Tbilisi · Georgia
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The inaugural Tbilisi Architectural Biennale has kicked off with a programme dedicated to unravelling the unique neighbourhoods of the Georgian capital.

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Moscow’s Garage Museum reveals their 2018 grant picks for Russia’s top emerging artists

25 October 2018 · Russia
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Image: Grant recipient Anastasia Bogomolova

The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow has announced the winners of its 2018 grant program to support Russia’s upcoming artistic talent.

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Don’t miss this celebration of cutting-edge Czech cinema heading to London

25 October 2018 · Czechia · Czechoslovakia
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A still from Jan Švankmajer’s Insects, which is also showing at the festival

A week-long celebration of contemporary Czech cinema is set to open its doors in London.

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Google Russia honours scientist Zinaida Ermolyeva with doodle

24 October 2018
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Known as ‘Madam Penicillin’, Russian microbiologist and bacterial chemist Zinaida Ermolyeva was a leading light in Russian medicine and a trailblazer for women in science. Today, Google Russia honours the scientist, who, born in the Russian town of Frolovo in 1898, became a crucial member of the Soviet Union’s science elite.

Intrigued by the mould growing on a wall in an air-raid shelter, Ermolyeva tested hundreds of mould cultures leading to the development of a number of treatments for wounded soldiers threatened by infection. Her work led to the mass production of penicillin in the Soviet Union, making the country less reliant on shipments of antibiotics from the West.

Hedgehog bra sparks controversy and calls to close an art exhibition in St Petersburg

24 October 2018 · St Petersburg · Russia
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A bra made out of two taxidermied hedgehogs has sparked controversy in St Petersburg, with politicians and activists speaking out against it. The bra is displayed at the Erarta Museum of Modern Art as a part of the World of Wearable Art exhibition.

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Watch this award-winning documentary on Kosovo’s LGBTQ community

19 October 2018 · Kosovo
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  • Episode 1 of The Sky is Turning

When Kosovo’s first pride parade exploded into the heart of Pristina in 2017, it marked one step in a long and difficult struggle by the country’s LGBTQ community.

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