Controversial Indigenous blood artwork pulled from festival

The Dark Mofo art festival in Tasmania, Australia, has canceled a project that asked for blood donations from Indigenous people, following a backlash. Spanish artist Santiago Sierra had planned to immerse the British Union Jack flag “in the blood of its colonised territories,” according to the call for donations earlier this month. “We made a … Read more

‘Straight Outta Ulaanbaatar’: A portrait of Mongolia’s burgeoning hip-hop scene

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN It was 1996 when the young poet Tugsjargal Munkherdene heard American hip-hop for the first time. Four years earlier, Mongolia’s Soviet-aligned government had fallen, opening the country to a fresh wave of cultural imports. The easing of state censorship heralded a new era of free expression. It also meant that … Read more

Rare ‘locked’ letter sealed 300 years ago is finally opened virtually

Three hundred years ago, before envelopes, passwords and security codes, writers often struggled to keep thoughts, cares and dreams expressed in their letters private. One popular way was to use a technique called letter locking — intricately folding a flat sheet of paper to become its own envelope. This security strategy presented a challenge when … Read more

Rare Winston Churchill painting sold by Angelina Jolie smashes auction record

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN A rare Winston Churchill painting that was gifted to US President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II and eventually made its way into actor Angelina Jolie’s collection has become the most expensive painting by the former British prime minister to sell at auction, fetching nearly £8.3 million ($11.5 million) … Read more

Rare Winston Churchill painting sold by Angelina Jolie smashes auction record

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN A rare Winston Churchill painting that was gifted to US President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II and eventually made its way into actor Angelina Jolie’s collection has become the most expensive painting by the former British prime minister to sell at auction, fetching nearly £8.3 million ($11.5 million) … Read more

One of the last privately owned Botticelli portraits has sold for over $92 million

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN Contributors Jacqui PalumboLily Smith, CNN One of the last Sandro Botticelli portraits left in private hands sold at auction for more than $92 million USD (after fees) at Sotheby’s New York on Thursday morning. The 15th-century painting “Young Man Holding a Roundel” became the most expensive work by the Renaissance … Read more

New York’s radical female and non-binary skateboarders — in photos

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN Though Jordana Bermúdez isn’t a skateboarder, she found a sense of community at a skate park on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The photographer, who relocated from Mexico City to New York City in 2019, grew up roller skating and biking. And it was in Coleman Playground, a stretch of concrete … Read more

‘The Dig’ and five other culture recommendations if you love ancient discoveries

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN Keeping you in the know, Culture Queue is an ongoing series of recommendations for timely books to read, films to watch and podcasts and music to listen to. Caches of unopened sarcophagi found in Egypt. Eight miles of Ice Age rock paintings discovered in the Amazon rainforest. An intricate Roman … Read more

This woman left North Korea 70 years ago. Now virtual reality has helped her return

Hyun Mi was 13 years old when she fled Pyongyang with her parents and five siblings to escape fighting on the Korean Peninsula. Chinese troops were approaching the North Korean capital and her family planned to hide further south until they passed. “I thought it would be a week, but that week became 70 years,” … Read more