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AHAE AT VERSAILLES: THE EXTRAORDINARY WITHIN THE ORDINARY

The Korean photographer Ahae takes snapshots of the wild environment as seen from the same window at his home near Seoul, which at a new exhibition at Versailles are juxtaposed with the precision of Le Notre's gardens.

BMW: THE ULTIMATE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

The full extent of BMW's role in facilitating modern and contemporary art, jazz and classical music as well as architecture and design goes far beyond its Art Car project. BMW's Head of Cultural Engagement, Thomas Girst, explains.

GARDENS OF SENSATIONS

Landscape gardeners, botanists, stage designers, visual artists and acousticians are behind the 30 new gardens on show at the 22nd edition of the International Garden Festival at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France. We take a tour.

IRIS VAN HERPEN: THE FUTURE OF HAUTE COUTURE

Is it art? Or is it couture? A new exhibition showcases the dresses of Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen – who at 29 is the youngest member of the official Paris couture schedule – akin to sculpture. We take a tour.

TADAO ANDO: ARCHITECTURE, ART & NATURE

The latest building from Tadao Ando is a privately funded museum perched atop a mountain in South Korea. We take a tour of the Hansol Museum's soaring concrete galleries and sculpture-filled gardens.
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TIM WALKER: DREAMSCAPES AT THE BOWES

A new exhibition of photographs by Tim Walker presents his work for the first time not as that of a fashion photographer but as an artist. In an exclusive interview, he shares with us his love of constructing surrealist scenes.

ADASTRA: THE FIRST POWER TRIMARAN SUPERYACHT

Pioneering naval architect John Shuttleworth employed three hydrodynamic hulls and a range of cutting edge technology to create a power trimaran that has been awarded Most Innovative Design at the 2013 World Superyacht Awards.

ART DECO AUTOMOBILES

Sensuous Steel at Nashville's Frist Center is the first major museum exhibition of the "rolling sculpture" of the 1930s and '40s. We take a virtual test drive of a selection of the 18 elegant Art Deco masterpieces on display.
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BOLéRO BY RICCARDO TISCI, MARINA ABRAMOVIC & SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI

A new ballet the Paris Opera fuses the work of performance artist Marina Abramovic in collaboration with choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet, and features costumes by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci.

THE WILKINSON RESIDENCE BY ROBERT HARVEY OSHATZ

Nestled within (not below) the treetops of a densely wooded plot, the extraordinary sweeping lines and unusual forms found in the Wilkinson house are typical of the always-unique work of architect Robert Harvey Oshatz.
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THE RON MUECK METHOD FOR HYPER-REALISTIC SCULPTURES REVEALED

Reclusive artist Ron Mueck is exhibiting his latest work in a new exhibition of his startlingly lifelike sculptures of human figures on an unusual scale. We look up close at the hyper-realistic detail through an insightful 2003 documentary.

THE LOVEMOBILE: RENAULT X ROSS LOVEGROVE

In keeping with designer Ross Lovegrove's signature approach that is inspired by nature, the Twin'Z concept car he designed for Renault appears to glow and react like a living organism. We take a test drive of the all-electric city car.

MARIO GODANI: THE PIONEER OF THE DESIGN GALLERY

Since founding Design Gallery Milano in 1988, Mario Godani and his wife Brunella have pioneered not only the market for design but also the very concept of limited editions and design as art.

BLACK & WHITE: ALWAYS IN STYLE

Reflecting the light and shade of summer, the catwalk this season was dominated by two tones. Whether in pyjama-like tailoring, ladylike silhouettes or the new take on rock 'n' roll, black & white is more in style than ever.

REINVENTING THE JAPANESE VILLA

Even the architect admits it conjures images of "an abandoned spacecraft". But there is more to the Shell House by Tokyo-based practice Artechnic than just radical styling. We tour the weekend home for the 21st century.
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THE DAVID BOWIE PHENOMENON

As London's V&A Museum presents the first retrospective of the career of David Bowie, we take a virtual tour of the show and showcase a montage of videos that capture his talent for innovation in music, fashion, art and film.

TOYO ITO: PRITZKER PRIZE WINNER 2013

"Innovative" and "timeless" were the words repeatedly used by the Pritzker Prize jury in its announcement of Japanese architect Toyo Ito as its 2013 recipient. We showcase his most groundbreaking projects.

NEW IDEAS IN URBAN TRANSPORT

The next generation of city cars and bikes are ultra small vehicles that are the result of big ideas in space saving, logistics and the environment. We showcase three of the cleverest, including Philippe Starck's new bike/scooter hybrid.

SUPERCARS AT THE GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

From the most powerful Ferrari ever, the LaFerrari electric hybrid, to the elegant Rolls Royce Wraith, we showcase the best of the supercars that made their debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2013.

MORE THAN 50 SHADES OF EILEEN GRAY

As the work of Irish artist, furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray continues to command staggering prices at auction, her influence is being showcased in a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

RICHARD NEUTRA'S HAILEY RESIDENCE

It's the ultimate trophy home for architecture aficionados and design connoisseurs: the 1959 Hailey Residence by master of mid-century modernism Richard Neutra. We make a virtual visit to the Los Angeles house.

SIHH 2013: IT'S TIME TO INNOVATE

The world's most talented watchmakers looked to the future to present groundbreaking innovations at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, the annual Geneva watch fair which took place in January.
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YUE MINJUN: “GRINNING AND BEARING IT”

The first major European exhibition of the work of Chinese painter Yue Minjun reveals that there is more to the artist's oeuvre than his iconic images of laughing characters that are a caricature of the homogenization of Chinese society.
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THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF RAY K. METZKER AND THE INSTITUTE OF DESIGN

Can't make it to LA for the last few weeks of the Getty's spectacular show dedicated to American photography master Ray K. Metzker? We showcase the highlights and look at the market for Metzker's signature images.

THE IDEAL HOUSE BY PRADA, KOOLHAAS AND KNOLL

The latest in a series of close collaborations between Prada and OMA is a vision for The Ideal House, which was the title of the Prada men's catwalk show and its sneak preview of a new furniture collection designed by OMA for Knoll.