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Big Dutch galleries close until end of March due to coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: Van Gogh Museum presents the condition of the restoration of Van Gogh's painting "Sunflowers" in Amsterdam, Netherlands January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch national gallery, the Rijksmuseum, and the nearby Van Gogh museum, two of the Netherlands’ premier tourist attractions in Amsterdam, will be closed to the public at least until March 31 due to the coronavirus epidemic. Their announc..

After 400 years, London show reunites six masterpieces by Titian

LONDON (Reuters) - A series of six paintings by the Venetian master Titian, commissioned by King Philip II of Spain and inspired by the works of the Roman poet Ovid, have been reunited for the first time in four centuries in an exhibition at London’s National Gallery. Visitors look at Titian's 'The Rape of Europa' painting at a media preview of Titian: Love Desire Death exhibition at the National Gallery in London, Britain March 1..

Q&A with Lance Vigil on Frieze Los Angeles

Chad Chisholm Frieze Los Angeles entered it’s sophomore year in 2020 at the Paramount Studios lots. With art collectors and enthusiasts scouring the tent and studio lot for artworks. Instillations, performance pieces and multi-media artwork was found throughout Frieze Los Angeles, the sunny weather and contemporary works made for a winning art fair..

Zimbabwean artist’s dynamic stone sculptures find global acclaim

HARARE (Reuters) - When Dominic Benhura started creating traditional Zimbabwean stone sculptures as a teenager four decades ago, he never imagined that art would bring him fame or fortune. Zimbabwean sculptor Dominic Benhura works on a piece at his studio in Harare, Zimbabwe, March 2, 2020. Picture taken March 2, 2020. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo Born to a peasant family in 1968 in Murewa, 90 kilometers northeast of Harare, Benhura is now a global..

U.S. legislation targets online child sexual abuse; threatens encryption on Facebook, Google

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on the powerful judiciary committee on Thursday introduced a bill aimed at curbing online distribution of child sexual abuse material that technology and civil liberties groups said was an attack on strong encryption critical to billions of people. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) attends an event celebrating the anniversary of the White House's Women’s G..

Twitter bans posts that ‘dehumanize’ people in connection with diseases

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Thursday it is banning posts that “dehumanize” people because they have a disease or disability or because of their age, a step that happens to correspond to an explosion of tweets about the spreading coronavirus. Example tweets provided by social media company Twitter show the types of language not allowed by its hateful conduct rule, which will now include language that dehumanizes on the basis of age, disabilit..

Poland names new head of Jewish museum as tensions rise

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland’s government appointed a new director of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews on Thursday, as the ruling nationalists face accusations of politicizing museums to reflect their view of history. FILE PHOTO: A tour guide explains an exhibit at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw October 21, 2014. Picture taken October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo POLIN, which opened its main exh..

JPMorgan raises clean energy spending goals, profit targets unchanged 

(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) largely maintained its key profit goals for the medium term on Tuesday, signaling steady but slower growth, and raised its financial commitment for clean-energy initiatives after years of pressure from environmental activists. FILE PHOTO: The J.P.Morgan logo is seen at Canary Wharf financial district in London, Britain, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause/File Photo The largest U.S. bank will target $20..

On the trail: Buttigieg heckled, Bloomberg and Sanders tussle on vandalism, guns

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg on Monday clashed with front-runner Bernie Sanders over vandalism at Bloomberg’s Chicago office and their gun control stances, while centrist rival Pete Buttigieg was heckled at a labor march. Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg marches with striking McDonald's workers while campaigning in Charleston, South Carolina, ..

Greece says Marbles’ return not linked to Brexit talks

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece distanced itself on Wednesday from suggestions that it planned to drag a centuries-old dispute over the return of the Parthenon marbles into Brexit negotiations. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Athens would keep up its campaign for the return of the 2,500-old treasures and will consider which tools could support its cause. “Greece’s request for the return of the Parthenon marbles remains strong and it is not l..

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