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Venice Biennale: art of nationhood
In the second report from this year’s Venice Biennale, we head to the national pavilions to meet the artists and curators who are raising their countries’ profiles on the world stage.
Venice Biennale: best in show
We sit down with Ralph Rugoff, the artistic director of 2019’s Venice Biennale, to round up the highlights of this year’s event.
The art of restoration
Monocle Films pays a visit to a restoration firm that has saved pieces by artists as diverse as Caravaggio and John Kirby.
The secret to buying a painting
In the latest episode of our ‘Secret to...’ series, Alexander Gilkes, co-founder of online auction house Paddle8, unveils the alchemy that surrounds the world of collecting art.
This contemporary art exhibition opened in Athens this year, as well as its home town of Kassel in Germany. It features artwork and performances from global artists about boundaries, displacement and the relationship between Greece and Germany.
Leipzig’s artist studios
Dubbed the new Berlin, Leipzig is home to an increasing number of galleries and project spaces – but the city still has lots of space for inexpensive artists’ ateliers.
Portrait of a Nation
Singapore is not used to letting people do whatever they want and thus it has been stuck with a moribund art scene. But the opening of the new National Gallery aims to change perceptions of the city-state both at home and abroad; Monocle takes a look at a fast-emerging art scene.
Son of a Beach: Miami's art scene
Miami was all washed-up but then a new breed of art galleries and a boatload of art collections sailed in, aided by the fair winds of Art Basel's Miami fair and the lure of the tropics. Monocle's culture editor finds out how this big, bad city turned into a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed art town.
Art is Therapy
Art is about more than just a nice painting – it can be a tool for understanding the many brushstrokes of life. So says philosopher Alain de Botton, who's co-curating a new exhibition in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam called Art is Therapy. Monocle's Robert Bound met De Botton in the Rijksmuseum to learn more about his artistic treatment.
Punctual? Rigorous? Romantic? What does it mean to be typically German? Rolf Sachs, a half-German, half-French artist and designer with a wry eye and a scarf made from dusters, explores the clichés that form his notion of a nation in a new exhibition at MAKK, Köln's Museum of Applied Arts. Culture editor Robert Bound went along to sort the ‘schadenfreude' from the 'sehnsucht'.
Art in Berlin
Berlin’s vibrant arts scene is getting serious and growing up. Creatives are making real investments in the city to transform its unusual spaces.
13th Venice Architecture Biennale - Part two
For our second film reporting from the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, Hugo Macdonald headed to the giardini to explore conceptual thought and artistic interpretations at the national pavilions.
13th Venice Architecture Biennale - Part one
British architect David Chipperfield was chosen to be director of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale this year. "Common Ground" was the theme he picked for the showcase. From 29 August to 25 November visitors can observe how architects, photographers, artists, filmmakers and urban planners together responded to sharing their space.
Arles Photography Festival
What Cannes is to film and Venice is to architecture - Arles is to photography. Our Monocle film crew headed down to the South of France for the opening week of Les Rencontres d'Arles - the world's leading photography festival.
THE MONOCLE BRIEFINGS: London Galleries
From cutting edge upstarts to blue-chip stalwarts, London's art galleries are ever innovating with new spaces and new ideas. Monocle visits four that each in their own way show the art scene to be as bold as ever.
54th Venice Biennale
Culture editor Robert Bound reports from the 2011 Venice Biennale, pitching the cream of contemporary art against the most classical backdrop of them all. Away from the parties and gin palaces parked on the Grand Canal, this year's show was an overtly political affair with an engaged Middle Eastern showing and the national pavilions of Old Europe offering their walls up to all comers. The Art Olympics are back in town.