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Banksy, probably, visits Venice Biennale and gives city a gift Banksy, probably, visits Venice Biennale and gives city a gift May 15, 10:11 A Banksy-style mural has appeared on a wall of a building in Venice Istanbul Museum of Modern Art launches International Artist Residency Program Istanbul Museum of Modern Art launches International Artist Residency Program May 15, 9:24 It was established with the support of the Istanbul Development Agency Artists Damien Hirst and Anish Kapoor named among UK’s richest 1000 Artists Damien Hirst and Anish Kapoor named among UK’s richest 1000 May 15, 8:07 The Sunday Times has published its annual Rich List. British Council to use art projects for peace-building British Council to use art projects for peace-building May 14, 18:27 Studies shows that arts and cultural initiatives can be used for social cohesion Street art honouring Tadeusz Rejtan in central Brest Street art honouring Tadeusz Rejtan in central Brest May 14, 18:19 A portrait of the Belarusian national hero featuring his quote about preserving the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth has been pasted to a wall of a building in Kuybyshev Street Russian oligarch Potanin and New York’s Guggenheim Museum establish fellowship Russian oligarch Potanin and New York’s Guggenheim Museum establish fellowship May 14, 17:53 It was announced at the panel discussion “Preserving the Future: Conserving Contemporary Art in the Digital Age” at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice American artist Arthur Jafa and Lithuanian pavilion win Golden Lions at 58th Venice Biennale American artist Arthur Jafa and Lithuanian pavilion win Golden Lions at 58th Venice Biennale May 13, 18:29 The Biennale runs through November 29, 2019 Austria issues international arrest warrant for leader of Voina art group Oleg Vorotnikov Austria issues international arrest warrant for leader of Voina art group Oleg Vorotnikov May 13, 17:58 He is accused of arms trafficking, as well as founding and running the militant group Der Krieg Environmental activists spill 300 litres of fake blood in central Paris Environmental activists spill 300 litres of fake blood in central Paris May 13, 17:38 They urged the French government to take measures to preserve biodiversity on the planet. After the protest, they cleaned up the steps Looted antiquities from Syria and Iraq sold on Facebook Looted antiquities from Syria and Iraq sold on Facebook May 08, 20:36 The company responded to the BBC’s investigation and removed 49 criminal groups 58th Venice Biennale opens on May 11 58th Venice Biennale opens on May 11 May 08, 16:55 Exhibition spaces began to work before the official opening Posters depicting Yury Zakharanka popped up in Minsk to mark 20th anniversary of his disappearance Posters depicting Yury Zakharanka popped up in Minsk to mark 20th anniversary of his disappearance May 07, 18:47 Unknown activists put up posters in pedestrian underpasses in central Minsk Saatchi Gallery covers up two artworks after complaints from Muslims Saatchi Gallery covers up two artworks after complaints from Muslims May 07, 18:14 Discontent was caused by Rainbow Scenes Police police detain activist for depicting Virgin Mary with rainbow halo Police police detain activist for depicting Virgin Mary with rainbow halo May 07, 18:09 Poland’s interior minister Joachim Brudziński said the posters were “the profanation of the image of Our Lady” and added that “any story of freedom and tolerance does not give anyone the right to offend the feelings of believers”. Digital Archives Initiative launched at Metropolitan Museum Digital Archives Initiative launched at Metropolitan Museum May 06, 20:02 The Digital Archives Initiative (DAI) will provide access to rare materials related to modern art 14th Manifesta to take place in Kosovo in 2022 14th Manifesta to take place in Kosovo in 2022 May 06, 19:53 The biennial will explore how contemporary culture and social practices can address the identity of the country First art satellite Orbital Reflector lost First art satellite Orbital Reflector lost May 03, 21:15 The Nevada Museum of Art said Orbital Refelctor, the Earth’s art satellite, was lost. The museum can’t establish communication with the satellite Facebook removes accounts of far-right US politicians Facebook removes accounts of far-right US politicians May 03, 9:37 It is the first time the company has blocked individuals or organisations for supporting “hate and violence” Man sentenced to 2.5 years in jail for damaging Repin’s painting Man sentenced to 2.5 years in jail for damaging Repin’s painting May 02, 21:08 A representative of the Tretyakov Gallery says the gallery will file a civil lawsuit after the restoration cost is estimated Frieze New York kicks off Frieze New York kicks off May 02, 20:52 This year’s edition focuses on Latino and Latin American art, as well as virtual reality more