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Olivia Colman’s royal capers and tapers

Critics have waxed lyrical about The Favourite – but spare a thought for the candle crew on set at Hatfield House

22 Jan 2019

Jake Gyllenhaal and the horrors of contemporary art

Gyllenhaal plays a contemporary art critic in a forthcoming art-world satire that was inspired by a trip to Dia: Beacon

20 Jan 2019

Bangers and cash – why currywurst has its own commemorative coin

Plus: the mysteries of Loic Gouzer and how a notorious art thief turned to drawing

20 Jan 2019

The photoshop fails of your favourite politicians

The Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has joined the ranks of politicians who have tried to airbrush themselves into history

13 Jan 2019
Photo: Ishbel MacDonald/BBC

Cutting criticism – a tale of Bendor Grosvenor’s cat

Plus: Salvador Dalí among the drug lords and how Jeremy Deller made his mother proud

9 Jan 2019
Visiting Harald Szeemann with the Flu (2018), Francesco Bonami

Hans Ulrich Obrist as you’ve never seen him before

Plus: Prince Charles, Leonard Cohen and Salvador Dalí, and the artistic tastes of Drake

4 Jan 2019

Michael Cohen, captured for posterity

Plus: Jools Holland and his model railway, and how Monster Chetwynd got her name

19 Dec 2018

The best of British booze culture – it’s the museum of Wetherspoons

The British pub chain has announced that it will develop a museum at a boozer in Wolverhampton

16 Dec 2018

The leaning fir tree of Southampton

Britain is bedecked with Christmas trees once more – and this year’s surprise hit is a tilting trunk in Southampton

9 Dec 2018

Fishy fragrances and Flemish still lifes

Plus: Lucian Freud on horseback and how Sex and the City made Marina Abramović

7 Dec 2018
Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889, Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh, young and old

A portrait photograph long thought to show Van Gogh turns out to depict his brother Theo

2 Dec 2018

David Davis, the accidental Roman emperor

Plus: a street artist with a vendetta in LA and Jerry Saltz dresses up as Frida Kahlo

29 Nov 2018

Michael Jackson’s moony marginalia

A copy of a self-help book once owned by Michael Jackson is up for auction – personalised by the King of Pop himself

23 Nov 2018

A Boris blunder for the Museum of London

Plus: Picasso at Annabel’s and Donald Trump rides across a golden burger

23 Nov 2018

A cat and mouse game at a museum in Japan

A feline farce at the Onomichi City Museum of Art has got social media purring

16 Nov 2018

I’ve got a brush… Frank Sinatra’s paintings go under the hammer

Sotheby’s is selling a clutch of canvases by Old Blue Eyes – as well as a number of curious Sinatra souvenirs

16 Nov 2018

A brush with Boris Johnson

A painter in London is inviting the public to get creative with her portrait of Boris Johnson – by making their own additions

11 Nov 2018

A monumental mishandling of Mo Salah

Plus: selfie sabotage at a museum in Russia and Jim Carrey takes on Ted Cruz… with a painting

7 Nov 2018
Oliver Cromwell (detail; 1656), Samuel Cooper

Oliver Cromwell as you’ve never seen him before… in his romper suit

The Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon is displaying Cromwell artefacts that have never been shown in public before – including his baby clothes

4 Nov 2018
Fifty pence. But not the Brexit one.

Cashing in on Brexit with a new 50p coin

Plus: the poison pen of Alex Katz and the dangling doodles of Keith Richards

1 Nov 2018

A lot of love making, Your Honour

A copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover once owned by the judge who presided over the novel’s obscenity trial is up for auction

26 Oct 2018
Lil Wayne performs during the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 13, 2018 in Austin, Texas, Photo: © SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images

Lil Wayne’s birthday present saves an art student’s bacon

A commission to make a necklace for the rapper comes in the nick of time. Plus: David Byrne’s sceptical reaction to a sculpture by Carsten Höller

25 Oct 2018

Sophie Calle has persuaded some of the biggest names in music to pay tribute to her dead cat

The National, Jarvis Cocker, Pharrell and Bono are among the musicians the artist has corralled

19 Oct 2018

The museum that’s going out of its way to make you queasy

A display of disgusting food is about to open in Malmo. Plus: fluffy floors in Athens and the aphrodisiac art of Olafur Eliasson

11 Oct 2018