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Arts and culture: The week in pictures

  • Giant leap for fashion

    In one of the more unusual outerwear collections of the season, Nasa has unveiled designs for the latest in its next-generation line of spacesuits. The Z-2’s previous iteration, the Z-1, was named one of Time Magazine’s best inventions of 2012 – this time, the space agency has opened up its designs to the public. Three concepts ranging from “Biomimicry” – drawing on the glow-in-the-dark qualities of aquatic creatures – to the Tron-like “Technology” – can be voted on until 15 April. The third, a “Trends in Society” suit, is based on what everyday clothes could soon look like; gore pleats and contrast stitching highlight mobility. (Photo: Nasa)

  • The quarrymen

    Austrian painter Gustav Klimt decorated the monuments of the Ringstrasse in Vienna; now his work can be seen in a disused quarry. Famous paintings like The Kiss and the Beethoven Frieze have been projected onto stone walls in the French town of Les Baux de Provence for the multimedia installation, which also features works by Klimt’s compatriots Egon Schiele and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Digitised images cover the quarry’s surfaces and move to the rhythm of a soundtrack, celebrating the Viennese painters in an unexpected way. (Photo: Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

  • Bird’s eye view

    American pilot and photographer Alex MacLean has flown his Cessna 182 aeroplane across the US and Europe for 30 years, taking pictures of desert formations, shipping containers, military sites and theme parks (including this image of the B-52 'boneyard' in Tucson, Arizona). He trained as an architect and became interested in aerial scenes through studying agricultural patterns and city grids, amassing one of the world’s most important archives of aerial photography. His work is currently on show at London’s Beetles and Huxley gallery. (Photo: Alex MacLean)

  • Turf wars

    A group led by David Beckham has unveiled plans to build a stadium on Miami’s waterfront. The British footballer – who retired as a player in May 2013 – plans to establish a Major League Soccer (MLS) team in the Florida city, and hopes to complete the proposed open-air stadium in time for the 2018 season. Designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture, the project faces opposition because it would reshape the world’s busiest cruise ship port. (Photo: Miami Beckham United)

  • Hirsute tailoring

    At China Fashion Week, students from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) and Shih Chien University showed work including this ‘fashion beard’. The collections were chosen by a jury of professors from the institute, along with creative directors from clothing brands. “It's a combination of creative ideas with our traditional culture," says Jia Rong, vice president of BIFT. (Photo: Reuters/ Jason Lee)

  • Cardboard king

    Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was named the winner of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize this week. The jury recognised his outstanding designs for temporary structures erected after natural disasters in countries including Rwanda, China, Haiti and India. Ban’s mobile pavilion for the Abu Dhabi Art Festival (pictured) was constructed almost entirely from cardboard tubes. It is a material he use frequently, as in the new cathedral built after the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. “When tragedy strikes, he is often there from the beginning,” the Pritzker jury said in its citation. (Photo: Shigeru Ban Architects)

  • In the pink

    Manit Sriwanichpoom is one of Thailand’s leading photographers, known for his series of images of a man in a pink suit. This sculpture, called Pink Man: Icon of Consumerism, is currently on show at the Paris Art Fair. The figure was originally part of a performance art project and was placed by the artist in settings including street markets and city skylines to critique the culture of materialism. (Photo: AP/Thibault Camus)

  • Bright lights, big city

    One of the most influential living artists in Japan, 85-year-old Yayoi Kusama has had major retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum and Tate Modern. Her latest exhibition – called A Dream I Dreamed – is her first travelling show in Asia. Currently at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, it features Kusama’s most recent works alongside her well-known polka dot installations. (Photo: Reuters/Carlos Barria)

  • Spooky snaps

    Angela Deane paints ghosts onto the figures in found photographs, reframing them in a way that is both humorous and poignant. This image – showing people watching a parade – is part of a new exhibition in Gainesville, Florida coinciding with an Art Walk through the town. (Photo: Angela Deane)