soft power

The artist’s latest commission pulls back the curtain on state power

By Chris Sharratt

An exhibition at SFMOMA, named for the 1990 geopolitical term, considers the relationship between art and activism since the fall of the Iron Curtain 

By Adam Kleinman

The reputation of the Crown Prince is now unsalvageable, with talk of Saudi ‘reform’ reduced to an international joke

By David Wearing

‘Should the exit be chaotic, it is hard to see global public opinion remaining buoyant,’ the Soft Power 30 report’s authors warn

From hobnobbing with Oprah to championing new art centres, millennial crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is following a well-trodden path

By Rahel Aima

Two controversial events suggest a precarious relationship between China’s culture industry and the state’s soft power project

By Alvin Li