Junya Ishigami unveils rocky Serpentine Pavilion made out of slate

Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has completed this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, a craggy structure he describes as a “hill made out of rocks”.The latest Serpentine Pavilion, located on the lawn outside the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens, comprises a rugged, rocky canopy made out of 61 tonnes of Cumbrian slate.This large mound of slate is […]

Serpentine Galleries chief resigns in spyware firm row

The head of the Serpentine Galleries has resigned after it emerged she is the co-owner of an Israeli cyberweapons company whose software has allegedly been used by authoritarian regimes to spy on dissidents. On Tuesday, Yana Peel announced she was stepping down as the chief executive of the prestigious London art gallery so the work […]

New Tintagel Castle footbridge retraces line of ancient land link

A spectacular footbridge that will link the Cornish mainland with the island fortress of Tintagel is beginning to take shape thanks to technology usually employed for challenging construction projects in the Swiss Alps. Hefty sections of steel, each weighing up to 4.5 tonnes, have arrived in Tintagel village having been manufactured off-site and are being […]

Lunch Break angels swing above commuters passing London's St Pauls

Forty gold angels sitting on swings have been installed by KHBT and Ottmar Hörlwatch to watch over commuters near St Paul’s Cathedral in London.Named Lunch Break, the installation for the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is designed to be a temporary additional to St Paul’s Plinth – a preexisting frame structure outside St Paul’s tube station.London studio KHBT […]

Building solutions to the climate crisis | Letters

Theresa May’s initiative to decarbonise the UK economy by 2050 has been estimated to cost £50bn per year (theguardian.com, 6 June). It is hoped that by taking leadership in this way, others will follow. However, the world’s emissions are already changing the Earth’s climate, and such changes will only get larger as emissions of greenhouse […]

Jarman award 2019 shortlist announced

In one film, a mother talks about visions of turning her baby into a fried egg – and then eating it. In another, the traditional martial arts movie gets reimagined as an impressively choreographed African wedding ceremony. The nominees for this year’s Jarman award, which recognise the pioneering work of UK-based artist film-makers, show how […]

The Paper Museum review – the pelican paintings that changed art forever

On 17 August 1603 – they chose the day for its excellent astrological alignments of Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury – a group of friends got together in Rome to found a society to study and record the natural world. They wanted to emulate the lynx, believed to be the most keen-eyed of animals, so they […]

Stripped-back surfaces appear throughout Hackney apartment by Merrett Houmøller Architects

Exposed concrete walls and a set of “hit-and-miss” stairs add character to this formerly lacklustre apartment in east London, which has been overhauled by Merrett Houmøller Architects.Set inside a housing complex that was built in the early 2000s, the Hackney apartment was previously host to a series of cramped, light-starved rooms as a result of […]

'A minority within a minority': celebrating queer artists of colour

It’s pride month, which means gay culture is at the forefront all over the world. But beyond the rainbow flag emoji, there’s one art exhibition in San Francisco that digs beneath the surface to shine light on what the curator calls: “A minority within a minority.” Opening 29 June at the San Diego Art Institute, […]

It's not an emoji: Fatboy Slim launches smiley exhibition

When is a smiley not a smiley? When it’s an emoji, according to Fatboy Slim, the DJ, musician, smiley aficionado, and now curator of a new art exhibition devoted to the iconic yellow symbol. Slim, aka Norman Cook, has amassed possibly the largest collection of smiley ephemera in the world, which is now to form […]

Berlin's Alexander Haus regains its soul after painstaking restoration

Elsie Alexander called it her “soul place”, the lakeside house on the outskirts of Berlin where her family had spent long happy summers before they were forced to flee the Nazis. Eighty-three years on, her grandson, Thomas Harding, along with members of the local community, reopened it to the public on Sunday after a painstaking […]

Europe or bust: why Laure Prouvost wants us to dig our way out of Brexit

You must stoop to access Laure Prouvost’s Antwerp studio. The Turner prize-winning artist’s doorway is only chest high, like the entrance to a Wendy house. I tell her I feel I’ve been forced to bow down and pay homage. A more usual reaction, she says, is that people feel as if they’ve been eaten. Once […]

Rainbow wormhole in the Tar Pits: London's trippy pavilion moves to LA

When José Selgas and Lucía Cano unveiled their striking translucent wavy tunnel pavilion at London’s Serpentine Gallery in 2015, it was variously described as a psychedelic pupa, a trippy womb, a rainbow wormhole and – perhaps key to its runaway success – an Instagrammer’s paradise. Now it has gone trippy in a whole new sense, […]

Sala Beckett: Barcelona’s inspired homage to the playwright

Shortly before Samuel Beckett died in 1989, he received a request to name a new drama company and its theatre after him. Playwrights and thespians are habitually immortalised in this way – London can currently count the Pinter, Coward, Olivier, Gielgud and Garrick theatres, among others. But Beckett was not being asked to give his […]

Keith Haring review – jubilance and beauty from the message man

Keith Haring, at Tate Liverpool, is a true surprise: a show of unexpected jubilance and beauty. The American artist was only 31 when he died in 1990, and it is almost beyond belief that some of the most vital images in this enormous exhibition were painted when he was living with Aids. But for a […]

Oscar Murillo: ‘I want to hold up a mirror to this country’

‘Art and life – there is no separation between the two,” Oscar Murillo says. It is a line that stays in the mind although it is thrown out casually, part of a longer conversation. What is clear is that Murillo’s life is jammed with work to the point where art and life have become almost […]

The art of photography: sporting images – in pictures

Ryan Pierse is a Sydney-based sports photographer for Getty Images. He talks through some of the most memorable frames from his 20-year career Ryan Pierse Main image: The afternoon Paris sunshine baking the red clay of Roland Garros provides an incredible background to shoot the action from high in the stand. Mix this with a […]

Cold War Steve: satire is my antidote to a scary world

As the world around him gets madder by the day, the process of creating satirical collages has kept Christopher Spencer sane. The artist known as Cold War Steve, whose image of Brexit Britain sinking beneath the Thames graced the cover of Time magazine this month, could have “gone on Twitter and ranted”. Instead he used […]

On my radar: Yinka Ilori’s cultural highlights

Designer Yinka Ilori was born in east London in 1987 to British-Nigerian parents and studied furniture and product design at London Metropolitan University. His work draws inspiration from the Nigerian parables and African fabrics of his childhood. For the second Dulwich Pavilion, Ilori has collaborated with the architecture practice Pricegore to create The Colour Palace, […]

'They didn't look old enough': who filled a French art gallery with fakes?

Odette Traby was dying. It was the summer of 2016 and the sun baked the terracotta roofs of her hometown, Elne, in the south of France, as she lay in bed. Weeks earlier, the 78-year-old had been diagnosed with stage IV cancer. This grande dame of Elne town life had refused all treatment and chosen […]

Renegade, prolific, formidable: was Mary Kunyi the NT's Jackson Pollock?

Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann launched the first retrospective exhibition of her mother’s multi-decade painting career with an open question to the audience. She recalled the 1973 controversy surrounding the National Gallery of Australia’s purchase of the US painter Jackson Pollock’s abstract expressionist work Blue Poles. “Well, if they bought that then, why weren’t they interested in my […]

Morales Finch converts old Scottish barn into artist's residence and studio

Belgian studio Morales Finch has transformed a 200-year-old barn in the Scottish Highlands into a studio for a painter and other artists in residence, called Aviemore Studio.The former agricultural store is located beside the Spey River, on the outskirts of the town of Aviemore. As one of the most sparsely populated regions in Europe, it […]

Eye-boggling Bridget Riley and black British pioneers – the week in art

Exhibition of the week Bridget RileyThis retrospective of one of modern Britain’s most brilliant and original artists is guaranteed to fool your eyes and stretch your mind.• Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, 19 June–22 September. Hayward Gallery, London, 22 October–26 January. Also showing Get Up Stand Up NowAnthea Hamilton, Ajamu, Betye Saar, David Hammons, Zadie Smith […]

Buy a classic Guardian photograph: balloons over London, 2019

This week in our Guardian Print Shop series, the photographer Graeme Robertson captures hot air balloons flying over LondonThe Guardian photographer Graeme Robertson rose early last Sunday to photograph nearly 50 hot air balloons that took flight across London, as part of the fifth Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon regatta. Robertson, who was photographing them […]

AI robot Ai-Da presents her original artworks in University of Oxford exhibition

An exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture made by Ai-Da, a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence, has been unveiled at a gallery in the UK. Ai-Da, who is named after pioneering scientist Ada Lovelace, was revealed along with her creations at St John’s College at the University of Oxford.Ai-Da’s drawings are fed into AI algorithms […]

Paula Rego’s The Cake Woman: everyday power struggle

Let them eat cake … Who would dare snaffle a pastry from Paula Rego’s Cake Woman? This familiar character on Portugal’s beaches in the 1940s has been transformed into a menacing Sibyl. With her ambivalent smile and androgynous, mighty form, she is reminiscent of Michelangelo’s oracles in the Sistine Chapel. Shifting sands … The setting […]