Travel Water feature: a canal view

A hotel to inspire Wanders lust


Michelangelo Pistoletto MoMA, Oxford

Madonna by Munch may fetch pounds 7m

A PAINTING of the Madonna by Edvard Munch is expected to fetch a record-breaking price of at least pounds 7m at auction next month.

The Five Best Shows

Jackson Pollock (Tate Gallery, London)

Obituary: Antonio Narducci

WHEN WILLIAM Boyd recently published his book on Nat Tate, a mysterious Abstract Expressionist painter, it was a disguised work of fiction and Boyd had no idea that exactly such a figure actually existed. Hardly anybody had heard of Antonio Narducci, despite his being a founding member of the Abstract Expressionist movement who had done nothing but dedicatedly make art for more than 60 years.

The Guillotine: Twentieth-Century Classics That Won't Last No 6: J B Priestley

It may seem perverse to deny posterity to J B Priestley when, as I write, Stephen Daldry's much-lauded, award-winning production of An Inspector Calls is still running in the West End. Yet there, precisely, is the rub. It's the production that has been lauded, the production that has won awards. By re-setting Priestley's creaky old warhorse in a gaudily stylised, neo-Expressionist limbo, Daldry resembles nothing so much as the sort of virtuoso pianist of the old school who was more comfortable exercising his technical flamboyance on some showy trifle than tackling one of the true masterworks of the keyboard repertoire.

Theatre: It's a kind of magic


First Night: Seven years on it's even better

`Street of Crocodiles' Theatre de Complicite Queen's Theatre london

First Night: Chilly touch in theatre of cruelty

Wozzeck Philharmonia Orchestra/Dohnanyi Royal Festival Hall London

Visual Arts: Scenes from a past life

A Holocaust victim's work could easily become a martyr's relic. But Charlotte Salomon's paintings are a rare work of art.

Film: The evil eyes have it

A season of Fritz Lang films, some never shown before in this country, starts tonight. Chris Darke examines the work of a master of paranoia and revenge.

Reviews: Jazz: She knows it makes sense

Mike and Kate Westbrook The Albert, Bristol

Letter: Mondrian's genius was not achieved alone

Sir: I read with interest the review of the Mondrian exhibition at the Tate Gallery ("Designs for living", 29 July) and I felt the article gave the misleading impression that Mondrian developed his style of work alone. It is my impression that this belief was started by his disciple and publicist, Harry Holtzman, in order to increase the market value of his work.

OPERA Violanta Grand Theatre, Leeds

At the age of nine, he was composing cantatas, and within a few years his music was being publicly performed. At the age of 14, he was already revising his "early" works. He had an ambitious and domineering father, who christened him Wolfgang (but not Amadeus). For once, parental ambition was not utterly misplaced. Even Felix Mendelssohn was not as precocious as the boy Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Mahler, Richard Strauss and Puccini all marvelled at his early accomplishment. Violanta was the heavier half of a double-bill of one-act operas composed when Korngold was still in his teens and premiered in Munich in 1916 under the baton of Bruno Walter, no less. It was a success, and further performances in Vienna and elsewhere soon followed.

Theatre 2: More than just the Beart necessities

Jealousy was to Strindberg what daffodils were to Wordsworth: his paranoid relationship with Siri von Essen inspired the events of Playing With Fire (1892), a one-acter whose central menage-a-trois of characters were so blatantly and libellously based on the playwright's former friends that it wasn't performed in his native Sweden until 1907. Luc Bondy's sensitive and surprising French-language revival made its only British appearance last week at the Nottingham Playhouse, with film star, anti- Le Pen activist and nude harmonica player Emmanuelle Beart heading a uniformly strong cast.
i100 In this video, the late actor Leonard Nimoy explains how he decided to use the gesture for his character
Robert De Niro has walked off the set of Edge of Darkness
news The Godfather Part II actor has an estimated wealth of over $200m
Arts and Entertainment
Fearne Cotton is leaving Radio 1 after a decade
radio The popular DJ is leaving for 'family and new adventures'
Robbie Savage will not face a driving ban
Life and Style
Nearly half of all young people in middle and high income countries were putting themselves at risk of tinnitus and, in extreme cases, irreversible hearing loss
health Nearly half of all young people in middle and high income countries are at risk of tinnitus
It was only when he left his post Tony Blair's director of communications that Alastair Campbell has published books
people The most notorious spin doctor in UK politics has reinvented himself
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
3.	Provence 6 nights B&B by train from £599pp
Prices correct as of 20 February 2015
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower