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Hume with a view

Turner Prize-nominated artist Gary Hume – lauded by the art world and a wider audience alike – is known for his vibrant high-gloss creations.

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Master of reinvention

We visit the Beijing studio of Zeng Fanzhi, the Chinese artist who usually prefers to let his work do the talking. Fortunately he was willing to have a conversation with Monocle, in which we cover changing styles, perpetual…

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New masters

Austrian auction house Dorotheum is looking to the future but with a deferential nod to the past – and it’s proving to be a winning bid.

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Time bandit

On his latest album, Sam Beam, otherwise known as Iron & Wine, is in a reflective mood. His theory: embrace the moment but if it’s not happening, just do something else.

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Tracking changes

Occupying former railway warehouses, Luma Arles is a gallery going full steam ahead with big ambitions and big ideas.

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Sleeping beauty

Nolan Giles reporting from Semmering: A mountainside fin-de-siècle resort town in Austria is being reawakened from its slumber by new arrivals who come armed with a vision – and a paint brush.

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Turkey’s beach clubs: sea change

Christopher Lord reporting from the Aegean coast, Turkey: Political upheaval and terror attacks have hit tourism hard here but beach clubs are being buoyed by a homegrown crowd escaping city life and uncertainty.

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Columbus’s new world

Ed Stocker reporting from Columbus, Indiana: This Columbus (not its Ohio namesake) has a population of 45,000 and one of the best line-ups of modernist architecture in the world. But as the city searches for a future in…

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Getting swept away

This tiny town in Western Australia may have been a backwater just 40 years ago but today it’s cleaning up its act. Its unique architecture and laidback lifestyle are attractive prospects for the outside world.

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Break from the norm

Escape the city for a long weekend and discover the anti-Saint Tropez, a Thai-Skandi bolthole and a Canadian island with Japanese blossom. Only problem: leaving.

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Do not disturb

Fiona Wilson reporting from Tottori, Japan: To run a great hotel, sometimes all you need to do is leave well alone. Fortunately the owners of Toukouen have let their 1960s architectural hot property mellow with age.

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Starting from scratch

Chiara Rimella reporting from Bucharest: In a city whose present has been shaped by its political past, people are taking matters into their own hands by embracing creative freedom and entrepreneurialism to inform the…

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Reportage 2. Besides the seaside

Beyond the sunburn and sangria, what does this rowdy resort on the east coast of Spain have to recommend it? Well, there’s a sunny architectural vernacular and Unesco World Heritage ambitions to consider. With a hanky on…

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