Abbas Kiarostami, Palme d’Or-winning Iranian film-maker, dies aged 76

Celebrated Iranian director, whose Taste of Cherry won Cannes’ top prize in 1997, remained in the country after the Islamic revolution and continued to flourish

• Peter Bradshaw pays tribute to Kiarostami: a sophisticated, self-possessed master of cinematic poetry

Chinese artist’s image of dying grandmother vies for BP portrait award

karouzo –  a place for the arts This article titled “Chinese artist’s image of dying grandmother vies for BP portrait award” was written by Maev Kennedy, for The Guardian on Wednesday 6th April 2016 15.48 UTCA haunting portrait by a Chinese artist of his grandmother lying in her hospital bed in the last stages of cancer, almost beyond speech but gazing at the artist and the viewer, has made the shortlist of three for the National Portrait Gallery’s (NPG) annual prize.While two of the three artis

Story of cities #13: Barcelona’s unloved planner invents science of ‘urbanisation’

Constricted by its medieval walls, Barcelona was suffocating – until unknown engineer Ildefons Cerdà came up with a radical expansion plan. Rival architects disparaged him, yet his scientific approach changed how we think about cities