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Lucien Clergue befriended Pablo Picasso in 1953. Over the next 20 years, he took intimate portraits of the artist in his studio, at bullfights and on the beach.

Artists in China are openly challenging the Communist Party over the nation’s pollution. Some are even devising solutions, reports Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

As a festival in London celebrates the art of love poetry, Lucy Scholes discovers how writers around the world express emotions through verse.

They might have topped the views this week, but how do these viral video hits fare against their predecessors? BBC Culture checks out the competition.

Woody Allen’s new film takes place on the French Riviera and stars Colin Firth. Is it just escapism for grown-ups? Film critic Owen Gleiberman takes a look.

An actor halted a play in London this week, concerned about an audience member and his mobile phone. Is it time to bring in strict rules for theatregoers?

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