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Simon Coates

Callas and Pasolini, the diva and the director

When Maria Callas met Pier Paolo Pasolini in the late 1960s, the results were predictably explosive

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Zen and the art of Antoni Tàpies

How a book of ancient Chinese and Indian texts influenced the work of one of Spain’s greatest modern artists

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The end of England: bringing Cornwall's tensions to a global audience

Bafta-winning film-maker Mark Jenkin is back with Enys Men, and some strong words for the plight facing his home county

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The Czech curiosity shop

A new documentary explores the interlocking lives, work and collection of film-makers Jan Švankmajer and Eva Švankmajerová

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The man who invented cinema

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was the master of light and shade

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Heroes and villains: Ivo van Hove's heavenly and hellish work

Ivo van Hove, the Bowie collaborator with a taste for the spectacular, returns with a timely, bloody war epic at the Barbican

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Belarus exiles' theatre of war

Back in their homeland, state opposition meant they had to perform in secret. Now in exile, they are bringing their new play to London

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William Hogarth and the new borders of art

The master satirist’s complicated relationship with his European contemporaries is explored in a stunning exhibition in London’s Tate Britain.

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Is the protest song dead?

Not if the reformed, revived, stripped-down The Specials have anything to say about it.

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What's it like to own a Banksy? How prices and paranoia rise

The secretive artist whose works command millions at auction has returned with new street pieces in Great Yarmouth and other eastern coastal towns. But as prices continue to rise, what is it like to have been one of the early adopters who bought one of his early prints for a song nearly 20 years ago?

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