Istanbul's ancient shoreline gets ultramodern museum

Istanbul's museum of modern art moved Tuesday into a futuristic building overlooking the Bosphorus Strait designed by the Italian-born architect of London's Shard skyscraper and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.. Its design was inspired by the glittering waters and light reflections of the Bosphorus, architect Renzo Piano told reporters.

Pharrell Williams takes over Paris for fashion debut

Some of the most historic parts of Paris are being cordoned off on Tuesday for the first catwalk show by US superstar Pharrell Williams in his new role as artistic director for Louis Vuitton. . It follows its last show in January when a performance by Spanish pop superstar Rosalia was almost more of a focus than the clothes on the runway. 

Nepal capital bans Indian films in protest of Hindu movie

The mayor of Nepal's capital launched a ban Monday on the screening of hugely popular Indian films after a movie inspired by the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana sparked controversy.. The inspiration for the movie, the Ramayana, centres on King Rama's attempt to save his kidnapped wife Sita.

From coronation to poorest nation: Bulgarian maestro on tour

On the same evening as Vasko Vassilev led the orchestra at King Charles III's coronation, the virtuoso violinist jumped on a plane to tour the EU's poorest nation -- his native Bulgaria.. When he learned he had been appointed concertmaster at King Charles III's coronation, he was "particularly proud as a naturalised British citizen".

Paris Fashion Week looks to future with Pharrell Williams debut

The debut of multi-talented star Pharrell Williams at Louis Vuitton is the hottest ticket at Paris Fashion Week as it kicks off on Tuesday, seen as a significant moment in the evolution of the multi-billion-dollar industry. . "There are several talents in Paris who are following this idea of non-gendered fashion.

Rammstein fans, sex assault protesters face off at Swiss concert

Around 150 protesters gathered outside a Bern stadium Saturday, trying to out-shout thousands of Rammstein fans pouring in to see their favourite band, despite a wave of sexual assault claims.. These are among the first concerts Rammstein have given since Berlin prosecutors this week opened an investigation against its frontman Till Lindemann following a slew of sexual assault claims.

Basel defies forecast of art market slowdown

The Basel contemporary art fair this week defied forecasts of a market slowdown, with wealthy collectors buying works with seven or eight-figure price tags.. Some 284 galleries representing more than 4,000 artists are represented at the fair in the Swiss city, which for one week every year becomes the centre of the global contemporary art market.