26 February 2015 – The Culture Column is the only place to find a daily curated selection of cultural news, exciting events, topical trends and recommended reads from across the global community. Today’s column features the return of looted art, new political street art from Banksy, and incredible and surprising designs for a new London bridge.
An iconic Soho restaurant in London is on sale, despite efforts from politicians and journalists to save their historic watering hole. Gay Hussar Hungarian restaurant has played host to top-ranking officials, and its asking price is £500,000.
The grandson of a British soldier inherited two bronzes, looted by the soldier from what was the Benin Empire (Nigeria). Mark Walker, shocked by the discovery of his ancestor’s role in violent colonial conflicts, has recently return the art works to their rightful place – the Royal Palace in Benin City.
Kevin Spacey will be recognised for his ‘outstanding contribution’ to the Old Vic Theatre, particularly for his role in reviving its reputation and initiating a mentoring programme for young people in deprived areas of London. The award will be presented at the Olivier Award ceremony in April.
Wayne McGregor will open a new arts centre in the Olympic Park in 2016. The space will constitute part of an arts and culture hub in East London, and McGregor will personally use the space for his own performances.
Banksy has claimed to new pieces of street art dealing with the situation in Gaza, Palestine. The works feature images of soldiers, political quotes, and a watchtower. A two-minute movie on his website provides further context for his recent creations.
Incredible images representing prospective designs for a London bridge are captivating audiences across the internet. Deezen features a handful of the 70 different designs
An exhibition of local artwork, collected by the Dutch art dealer Frans Broersen from around North Korea, is on display in South Korea in the town of Goyang, outside of Seoul and less than 50 miles from the North Korean border. The exhibition has already toured Europe.
Until 6 March 2015
A short read from City Lab reveals Sir Edward Watkin’s attempt to create an iconic ‘Eiffel Tower’ structure in 19th century London.