Travel Me casa, su casa: the breakfast room

A creative, globe-trotting couple have put their stamp on a pair of 1920s buildings in Barrio Italia. By Sorrel Moseley-Williams

Magritte's painting 'Good Faith'

Where are all the best postcards at the Magritte Museum? Put that in your pipe and smoke it

Plus: OMG –WTF is this TPM thing? And, Paul Noble: genius squared with madness

The Conversation: Francesco Vezzoli, artist

You're putting on a trio of exhibitions at Rome's Maxxi museum, New York's MoMA and the MOCA in Los Angeles this year – that sounds like a lot of work.

Free museums to be spared worst of budget cuts

Britain’s publically funded museums are to be spared from the worst of the Government’s spending cuts, the Chancellor George Osborne is preparing to announce.

The Maldive Exodus Caravan Show

Political turmoil in the Maldives reverberates all the way to the Venice Biennale 2013

The political turmoil rocking the Maldives has reverberated all the way to Venice’s celebrated art show where the archipelago nation is represented by two exhibitions – an official one focussing on the danger of climate change and unofficial show highlighting political repression.

Through their eyes: Children who fled the violence draw picture of Syria crisis

A Unicef worker reports from Northern Iraq on the challenges of rehabilitation

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 11 June 2013

Japan GDP is revised up

Falkland Holdings boosted by UK exhibitions

The company which owns much of the Falkland Islands' infrastructure and a stake in an oil explorer there beat the City's predictions for its profits thanks to an unlikely source.

Cornelia Parker, Oil Stain (Bethlehem) 2012 - 2013

Art review: Cornelia Parker, Frith Street Gallery, London

The British artist's latest exhibition is charged with a different kind of violence

A scene from ‘Psycho’ recreated by James Franco for his show Psycho Nacirema

Humour leavens James Franco's art show 'Psycho Nacirema' that takes a dark look at Hitchcock classic

James Franco – actor, author, director, sex symbol, Oscars show host and now artist – may have disappointed the audience at a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at the weekend by not appearing in drag. If you want to see Franco in a dress you’ll have to visit his multimedia installation Psycho Nacirema at the Pace Gallery in Soho.

Cups and saucers at the Foundling Museum by artist Clare Twomey
Marc Quinn’s sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant resurfaces as a giant inflatable

Art review: Venice Biennale - From a gondola, Art UK looks fine and dandy, but is the YBA bubble about to burst?

Venice has always been a city for showing off, so it's been business as usual at the start of this year's art Biennale as some of the richest people in the world – including François Pinault, owner of Christie's, and Victor Pinchuk, the Ukrainian billionaire – open the doors of their palazzos and throw lavish parties for their friends.

Vive le school run: Children's journeys to school in rural Brittany are packed with mini-adventures

In rural Brittany, children travel by boat, bike or walk through woods to get to school. Photographer Stéphanie Tétu captured their adventures.

Sibling rivalry: The public enemy (left) confronts his brother

The new version of Ibsen's Public Enemy is a drama where democracy doesn't win any votes

Plus: Propaganda's crowning moments at the British Library and the Chapman brothers first exhibition in China should go down well with local audiences

Pay a visit to the Bruno and Bean pop-up shop and pick up new pieces. Palladian tea cup and saucer by Custhom, from £24. brunoandbean.com

iStyle: Capital ideas

Who needs to fly off to Milan? Clerkenwell Design Week is a fabulous showcase for British design talent, says Trish Lorenz

Dr Simon Pennell, palliative care doctor at Lewis Manning Hospice in Dorset (Rankin Photography Ltd)

Rankin honours parents with pictures of life before death

Rankin, the celebrated photographer, is on a mission to bring death to life in an exhibition inspired by the trauma he suffered after his parents died within weeks of each other.

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?