Briefing

Wolfgang Tillmans creates a series of anti-Brexit posters and Atena Farghadani has her prison sentence reduced

  • Atena Farghadani, the Iranian artist and activist who was imprisoned in 2014 for her satirical illustration criticizing a proposed bill that would restrict access to contraception, has had her sentence reduced from 12 years to 18 months.
     
  • According to sources in Mosul, Iraq, Daesh forces have destroyed two ancient gates in the city of Nineveh. The monuments, known as the Mashki and Nergal Gates, are two of 15 that stand along the city wall, and date back to around 700 BCE.
     
  • François Pinault, French businessman and majority shareholder of Christie’s auction house, is set to establish a private museum in Paris to display his extensive collection. The museum will be housed in an 18th-century commodities exchange building in Les Halles, with renovations being overseen by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando(French)
     
  • On 26 May, Wang Wei and Liu Yiqian, the Chinese collectors and founders of the Shanghai’s Long Museum, will open a new branch in the city of Chongqing, their third museum in four years and the first outside of Shanghai.
     
  • The German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans has designed a series of posters urging UK residents to vote to stay in the European Union on 23 June. On his website, the former Turner Prize winner writes: ‘The Dutch referendum should be the final wake-up call, alerting people to the real risk of the UK’s EU referendum resulting in a victory for Leave.’
     
  • The renowned writer Jenny Diski died yesterday, aged 68, having been diagnosed with inoperable cancer in August 2014. Her memoir, In Gratitude, was published by Bloomsbury only last week.

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