So beautiful I cried: Rachel Whiteread, Jeremy Deller and more on the thrill of the Venice Biennale

Jeremy Deller unleashed a yacht-throwing colossus and Rachel Whiteread hit the streets with a vacuum cleaner six leading artists recall representing Britain at the arts extravaganza I was Indian and it didnt matter Anish Kapoor, before the so-called YBAs (Young British Artists); they were just leaving art school. Exposure on this scale, in my mid-30s, was extraordinary. As an artist, you have a certain kind of language you are trying to get into the world. At Venice, I had the experience, for the first time, of people reflecting back to me the work telling me, if you like, what I was doing. At the pavilion we gave out can you believe it? the first-ever bag with my name on it. …

Swept away: the art and artefacts destroyed by the worlds greatest museums

A sitar that once belonged to George Harrison was broken at the V&A and this was far from the first time a gallery has had to make an awkward apology Anyone who has ever been told off by a snippy museum guard for getting too close to an artwork may be interested to learn that galleries and their staff are not always the unassailable guardians of culture they appear to be. It has emerged that V&A staff dropped the precious sitar that George Harrison played on Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and broke it in two. It hit the ground and the gourd bounced away, revealed a catalogue of breakages by staff at the Scottish National Museum of Modern …