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Photography Gary Heery
Styling Matthew Roland Bannister

The tip-off: New and old espionage, privacy, non-participation and gossip

The new issue of Museum is shiny. There’s a metallic foil across the front, the shade of an aubergine that’s spent an afternoon in the February sun, and there are five new covers. The most covers we’ve ever printed.

Covers I and II—by Felix Cooper and Anna Santangelo—feature Kazakhstani model Varya Shutova, swathed in sequins and thin bronze fabrics with frazzled, feathery hair. Covers III and IV—by Nicolas Kern and Britt McCamey—star the rapper and producer Le1f, shot in his native New York City. Cover V features Sebago potatoes, photographed by Derek Henderson. All five are available around the world, on the shelves of places that sell Very Nice Magazines.

Issue 4 revolves around tip-offs. It investigates certain, clandestine information, secrets and spy-tales in various guises. German artist Simon Menner discusses a series of found images unearthed from the archives of the StB—the former Communist Party of Czechoslovakia’s plainclothes secret police force. In the peculiar, stagey tableaus, men in suits slip their fingers into handbags and back pockets, carefully extracting wallets.

Writer James Hennessy interviews retired Boston Globe journalist Stephen Kurkjian. The pair explores shifts in investigative journalism and the still-unsolved ‘Boston art heist’ of 1990.

Mario Armando Lavandeira Junior, publicly known as Perez Hilton (purportedly a play on his favourite heiress) explains his hope to be recast in the canon of gossip bloggers: someone nicer, more thoughtful. He talks to Museum’s editor.

37 years after its doors appeared closed forever, a team of Parisians relaunched America’s greatest monthly travel magazine—Holiday—with journalist Marc Beauge as editor. He talks to Museum about the mechanics of editing and flourishing in the shadow of a borrowed legacy (“I am not of a very nervous nature, thankfully.”)

In art, we interview Tunisian photographer Mouna Karray ahead of her new show at London’s Tybern Gallery: “This body, in its struggle, in its encounters, in its wanderings, is a figure of resistance, a figure pushing for freedom and the re-enchantment of an abandoned land.” We talk to Julie Rrap—an icon of sorts in contemporary Australia—about her experimental practice, private habits and the body as inherently political. London artists and activists Karen Mirza and Brad Butler explore non-participation in a roundtable discussion with two curators: Biennale of Sydney director Stephanie Rosenthal and Artspace Visual Arts Centre’s Alexie Glass-Kantor.

Plus: interviews with gallerist Amanda Rowell, artist Guan Wei, dancers Amrita Hepi and Vanessa Marian, the brother-sister founders of 0fr bookshop in Paris, inventor and ophthalmologist Patricia Bath and soil scientist and academic Stephen Cattle.

Order Museum issue 4: The tip-off here.

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