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French architects chosen for Helsinki Guggenheim museum

Helsinki - A design by a French studio, Moreau Kusunoki Architectes, has been selected for the future Helsinki Guggenheim museum, the foundation supporting the Finnish bid for the project announced Tuesday.

Turkish sculptor faces jail for 'insulting' Erdogan

Istanbul - A prominent Turkish sculptor risks over four years in prison on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after being locked in a dispute with the Turkish strongman over one of his works.

Spanish police return art stolen from Swedish churches

Madrid - Spanish police on Monday returned 12 artworks, including several 15th-century wood engravings, to Sweden's embassy in Madrid after they were allegedly stolen by a Spaniard from Swedish churches and museums.

Postcard by Picasso smashes auction record

A postcard, featuring a signed drawing by Pablo Picasso, has fetched a record amount for such an item. The postcard was sold for $188,000 at auction.

Paintings by Hitler sold at German auction for $450,000

Berlin - Watercolour paintings and drawings by Adolf Hitler from about a century ago were sold at auction in Germany at the weekend for nearly 400,000 euros ($450,000), organisers said.

Tracey Emin, bad girl of UK art, 'slowly' catching up to her age

Basel - British artist Tracey Emin seems stressed and ruffled as she weaves through crowds of deep-pocketed collectors to reach three of her pieces on prominent display at Art Basel."It's a trade fair, isn't it?

'Queen's vagina' sculptor lashes out at French 'intolerance' after vandalism

Paris - A British artist who created a controversial sculpture at the Palace of Versailles that has become known as the "queen's vagina" lashed out at French "intolerance" Thursday after his work was vandalised.

'Queen's vagina' sculpture at Versailles vandalised

Paris - Vandals have sprayed yellow paint on a controversial sculpture on display in the gardens of France's famed Palace of Versailles that has become known as the "queen's vagina"."Damage to the work 'Dirty Corner' was discovered Wednesday morning.

'Iconic' Bach portrait set for public gaze after return to Germany

Leipzig - The best-known portrait of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach goes on public display for the first time in centuries Friday in his former home city after an odyssey sparked by the Nazis' rise.

Watercolours by Hitler to go under the hammer in Germany

Berlin - Watercolour paintings and drawings by Adolf Hitler from about 100 years ago are to go up for auction in southern Germany this month, an auction house said Tuesday.Some of the works, which date from 1904 to 1922, are signed A.

German police find Hitler's long-lost horse sculptures

Berlin - German police Wednesday recovered two life-sized bronze sculptures of horses worth millions that once stood outside Adolf Hitler's chancellery but vanished in the year the Berlin Wall fell.

Guggenheim vs Guggenheim in French court over art treasures

Paris - The descendants of famous heiress and art collector Peggy Guggenheim on Tuesday went head to head in a French appeals court over her sumptuous collection of works housed in an 18th century palace on Venice's Grand Canal.

Shirin Neshat, inadvertent narrator of history

Washington - Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat's dark kohl-lined eyes are immediately recognizable. Now she is bringing their gaze on Iranian and Arab women's resistance to oppression to this most political of cities.

Paris probes theft of painting from Picasso's step-daughter

Paris - A French art dealer has been taken into custody after Picasso's step-daughter accused him of stealing some of the artist's works, a judicial source said Wednesday.

Russia's Tretyakov gallery targeted in art scam probe

Moscow - Russian investigators are carrying out a probe into art valuations by experts at one of the country's top museums, Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery, a gallery spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Looted Nazi painting returned to heir of owner in New York

New York - A 17th century painting stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish German art curator in Paris who was later murdered at Auschwitz was returned to the late owner's daughter at a ceremony in New York on Tuesday.

Eyes on the prize: China cracks down on art, literary awards

Bejing - First went the fancy banquets, then the lavish gift-giving. Now, China's ruling Communist Party has set its sights on a new target in its anti-corruption drive: art and literary prizes.

Review: One year after 'Bring Back Our Girls,' an artist tries to heal us Special

Canadian artist James Picard has had enough of the "chin-up" mentality that has allowed millions of people to experience horrible, traumatic events and never discuss them again.

Canadian journalists win top architecture awards Special

Montreal - The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada had announced this year’s awards for media in architecture and the winner is the Montreal daily newspaper La Presse and two of its journalists.

Gaza police seize Banksy's disputed weeping goddess

Gaza - Gaza police have seized a work by famed street artist Banksy from a man who bought it for $200 from a family that later said it was duped, both sides told AFP.

Rome pensioner given $16 mn Picasso 'for act of kindness'

Rome - Italian police are trying to establish the true owner of a Picasso painting worth 15 million euros ($16 million) after confiscating it from a pensioner who says he was given it for free.

Suspended sentence in Picasso 'stolen works' trial

Magagnosc - A French court Friday handed down a two-year suspended sentence to a former electrician and his wife, who hid 271 Picasso works in their garage for close to 40 years.

German art dealer gets six years in jail for cheating Aldi heir

Berlin - A German court on Monday sentenced Helge Achenbach, one of the country's best-known art dealers, to six years in prison for defrauding the heir of the Aldi supermarket chain.

Austria avoids kissing goodbye to Nazi-looted Klimt masterpiece

Vienna - One of Austria's most treasured artworks, Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze, looks likely to remain in the country for now after an expert panel Friday rejected restitution claims by descendants of its Jewish former owners who were robbed by the Nazis.

Businessman charged with defrauding billionaire AS Monaco owner

Monaco - A prominent Swiss businessman was on Saturday charged in connection with an alleged art fraud targeting Russian oligarch and football club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Dutch artists make waves with 'dead animal' art

Den Haag - In a loft in a disused school, Dutch artist Noortje Zijlstra takes a frozen crow carcass from a refrigerator and cuts it open, pursuing her latest "dead animal art" project.

Toronto's Artist Project celebrates its 8th year with a new show

Toronto - One of the largest art fairs in Toronto is the annual Artist Project, which kicks off with its annual Opening Night Party on February 19th. This is an unique opportunity to meet and buy art directly from over 250 emerging and mid-career artists.

Tickets for this year's Burning Man festival go on sale Wednesday

Gerlach - Individual tickets for this year’s Burning Man event, an annual counterculture art festival that attracts tens of thousands to a temporary city in the Nevada desert, are scheduled to go on sale beginning Wednesday.

Cezanne exhibition to open at The Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver - More than 50 works from the great Impressionist masters will be put on display by the prestigious Perlman collection, this February 14th at the Vancouver Art Gallery — something which has not happened in more than 50 years.

Picasso case witnesses doubt he gifted works to electrician

Grasse - Witnesses at the French trial of a retired electrician accused of lying over how he got hold of 271 Picasso works cast doubt Wednesday on his claim they were a gift from the artist.
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