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Free kick king Messi proves he has mastered the art

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi in full flow is one of the most exhilarating sights in football and a threat that puts defences on red alert, but the Barcelona talisman has become just as dangerous from dead ball situations too. With a perfectly-placed dipping free kick from 23 metres out on Sunday, Messi beat Atletico Madrid’s wall and towering goalkeeper Jan Oblak to earn Barcelona a vital 1-0 win over their La Liga title rivals at Camp Nou. It was a sensational effort which leaves the unbeaten Catalans eight points clear…

Marriyum Aurangzeb inaugurates three-day art and culture festival

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb inaugurated a three-day art and culture festival at Pakistan National council of the Arts in Islamabad on Saturday. The festival comprises National Artists Convention, which was kicked off on Saturday besides the China Pakistan Economic Corridor 'Cultural Caravan', which is concluding on Monday. The National Artists Convention is being attended by prominent figures from the arts and entertainment industry. On the first day of the…

Here is why we enjoy music and films that make us feel sad

Why do we enjoy music, poems, novels and films that make us feel sad or even horrified? Recent research in the psychology of emotion has shown that negative feelings are particularly effective in capturing our attention, are experienced especially intensely, and enjoy privileged access to memory. Max Planck researchers working with Winfried Menninghaus, Director of the Department of Language and Literature at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, were intrigued by these findings. After all, the arts…

Michael Jackson’s impact on art revealed in new show

LONDON: Pop legend Michael Jackson's "huge impact" on contemporary art will be explored in a new exhibition in Paris and London next year. The "groundbreaking" show claims it will tell the "untold story" of how the king of pop became "one of the most influential figures in art of the last half century", inspiring artists from Andy Warhol to David LaChapelle and Grayson Perry. Works featuring Jackson by some 40 artists including Gary Hume, Maggi Hambling, Catherine Opie and Yan Pei Ming will be brought together for the…

World’s only particle accelerator for art revs up in Paris

PARIS: The world's only particle accelerator dedicated to art was switched on at the Louvre in Paris on Thursday to help experts analyse ancient and precious works. The 37-meter (88-foot) AGLAE accelerator housed underneath the huge Paris museum will be now be used for the first time to routinely study and help authenticate paintings and other items made from organic materials. The Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museum of France (C2RMF) -- which is independent of the Louvre -- has spent 2.1 million euros ($2.5…

‘Augmented reality’ brings art alive in Vienna

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Vienna's Albertina art gallery unveiled on Tuesday a new mobile phone application that "brings to life" works by the likes of Monet and Picasso. The "augmented reality" app, which is free to download, allows phones to be held up to 13 paintings in the Albertina's collection and move elements of them around. Degas's "Two Dancers" is created before your eyes, a Picasso boat sets sail and a photo of Monet's garden at Giverny is superimposed on the French impressionist's painting. In addition to the…

Street art brings colour to rundown Beirut suburb

BEIRUT: Seen from the highway out of Lebanon's capital Beirut, the Ouzai neighbourhood is a jumble of haphazard construction, but venture inside and its low-slung buildings transform into street art canvases. Artists taking part in the "Ouzville" project have painted walls in brilliant blues, reds, yellows and greens, adorning others with enormous murals, doodles, and cartoon characters. The project is a breath of fresh air for Ouzai, a rundown and largely informal neighbourhood on the Mediterranean coast south of…

South Sudanese youth turn to art to push for peace

JUBA: South Sudanese activists are using music, poetry, theatre, comedy, dance and fashion to preach tolerance in the world's youngest nation which has been divided by years of civil war. South Sudan won independence from Sudan in 2011 but descended into war in 2013 after President Salva Kiir fired his deputy Riek Machar, unleashing a conflict that has spawned armed factions often along ethnic lines. Supporters on both sides, many of whom reside outside of the country due to the conflict, have taken the hostilities…

‘Art has no borders, no color, no creed’: Oscars president

LOS ANGELES: The divisive political climate in America hung over the Oscar nominees luncheon on Monday as Academy Awards president Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the gathering with a call for tolerance and freedom of expression. "Today we celebrate you, your work and your achievement, but each and every one of us knows that there are some empty chairs in this room, which has made Academy artists activists," Isaacs told some 160 Oscar nominees attending the annual affair in Beverly Hills. She was referring to artists…

The portrait of Russia’s last tsar was hidden for 100 years

SAINT PETERSBURG: Russian art restorers on Friday unveiled a recently discovered portrait of the last Tsar Nicholas II, almost a century after it was hidden behind a giant painting of his Bolshevik foe Lenin. A team of art restorers led by Tatiana Potseluyeva painstakingly uncovered the tsar's image over the last three years. The portrait of Nicholas -- shot by the Bolsheviks in 1918 -- was hidden under a layer of water-soluble paint, suggesting it was meant to be preserved and eventually found. "The ceremonial…