Embracing the void
The ancients had pyramids to tame the sky's mystery. We have Star Axis, a masterpiece forty years in the making
The great escape
Digital technology allows us to lose ourselves in ever more immersive fantasy worlds. But what are we fleeing from?
How wonder works
One emotion inspired our greatest achievements in science, art and religion. We can manipulate it – but why do we have it?
Eduard Bersudsky chose to be mute in Soviet days. Ever since, his moving musical sculptures have done the talking
The Arab Spring began in Tunisia, and now its artists and dancers are keeping the flame of protest alive
A reputation for cross-border debauchery, desperate migrants and drug violence. Can the arts save this troubled city?
Me, myself and I
Loneliness can be a shameful hunger, a shell, a dangerous landscape of shadowy figures. But it is also a gift
The great swindle
From pickled sharks to compositions in silence, fake ideas and fake emotions have elbowed out truth and beauty
At the altar
Going to an art gallery is like going to church — a spiritual experience. But what makes a painting worthy of veneration?