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Italy to return stolen Van Goghs to Dutch museum soon

Den Haag - Two Van Gogh masterpieces stolen in Amsterdam 14 years ago will be returning to The Netherlands from Italy shortly after police recovered them from the house of notorious drug boss, a museum official said Thursday.

Russian protest artist flees to France

Paris - Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky, famous for radical performances denouncing state power that have landed him in jail in the past, has fled to France, where he will seek asylum, he told AFP on Monday.

Made to order at N. Korea's blacklisted art factory

Pyongyang - "That was a personal commission," says renowned North Korean sculptor Ro Ik-Hwa, pointing to a bust of A.Q. Khan, the Pakistani scientist denounced by the US as the world's greatest nuclear proliferator.

Made to order at N. Korea's blacklisted art factory

Pyongyang - "That was a personal commission," says renowned North Korean sculptor Ro Ik-Hwa, pointing to a bust of A.Q. Khan, the Pakistani scientist denounced by the US as the world's greatest nuclear proliferator.

Made to order at N. Korea's blacklisted art factory

Pyongyang - "That was a personal commission," says renowned North Korean sculptor Ro Ik-Hwa, pointing to a bust of A.Q. Khan, the Pakistani scientist denounced by the US as the world's greatest nuclear proliferator.

Art dynasty heir Wildenstein cleared of tax fraud in Paris

Paris - The Franco-American patriarch of the Wildenstein art-dealing dynasty was cleared Thursday by a Paris court of massive tax fraud, in a long-running saga sparked by family battles that had gripped high society watchers.

Art dynasty heir Wildenstein cleared of tax fraud in Paris

Paris - The Franco-American patriarch of the Wildenstein art-dealing dynasty was on Thursday cleared by a Paris court of hiding millions of euros in paintings and properties from the taxman.

Verdict due in art dynasty scion's French tax fraud case

Paris - A French court will on Thursday rule in the case of Franco-American art dynasty scion Guy Wildenstein, who is accused of keeping paintings and properties worth hundreds of millions of euros from the taxman.

Madrid to hold major Picasso exhibit for 'Guernica' anniversary

Madrid - Madrid's Reina Sofia museum said Tuesday it would stage a major Pablo Picasso exhibition to mark the 80th anniversary of his famed "Guernica" painting, a universal symbol of the cruelty of war.

Germany cancels show of Iran shah's art trove

Berlin - German cultural officials said Tuesday they had to cancel a planned Berlin exhibition of an Iranian treasure trove of Western modern art after Tehran refused to provide an export permit.

First woman named to head Vatican Museums

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday named Italian Barbara Jutte as the next head of the Vatican Museums, making her the first woman to take charge of the Catholic Church's artistic treasures.

Artist brings beauty to war-damaged Gaza home

Khan Yunis - Dutch artist Marjan Teeuwen walks past a column formed from rubble to show off her latest creation, a barren house in the Gaza Strip where doorless rooms face into bleak, empty space.

Nazi-era stolen art hoard to go to Swiss museum, court says

Munich - A German court Thursday threw out a challenge to the will of collector Cornelius Gurlitt, clearing the way for a spectacular Nazi-era art hoard found in his home to go to a Swiss museum.

Crimea treasures must be returned to Ukraine: Dutch court

Den Haag - A Dutch court ruled Wednesday that priceless Crimean art treasures loaned to an Amsterdam museum shortly before Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014 should go back to Ukraine.

Fish skin, snooker chalk win UK Turner Prize for Marten

London - Sculptor Helen Marten won the Turner Prize, at a London ceremony where the art world rallied against xenophobia and intolerance.

Cheeky Chinese artist critiques society with nudity

Guangzhou - Setting up a camera in a public place, Ou Zhihang hastily removes his clothes, then with just one bottom-exposing press-up -- his work is done.

Experts challenge Van Gogh Museum on 'lost' notebook

Paris - The row over the discovery of a "lost" Vincent Van Gogh notebook took a dramatic new turn Thursday, with experts who back the find demanding a public debate with the Van Gogh Museum, which has dismissed it as a fake.

Fur flies over stuffed animals in Russian art show

Sanktpeterburg - Taxidermy tabbies, as well as the stuffed and suspended corpses of dogs, rabbits and swans are not the only artwork in Jan Fabre's Hermitage Museum show, but they're raising the hackles of the Russian establishment.

David Bowie art collection worth over $41 mn at auction

London - A London auction of music legend David Bowie's art collection has ended with sales totalling almost £33 million ($41.5 million), after exhibits of the works drew record crowds, Sotheby's said Saturday.

A vision of America: Bob Dylan's London art show

London - Bob Dylan, music legend and Nobel laureate, is also a prolific painter whose works depicting the landscapes and culture of the United States are now the focus of a major London exhibition.

50 years on, Florence recalls its 'Angels of the Mud'

Florence - Fifty years after the river Arno burst its banks with devastating consequences, Florence will this week remember the Angels of the Mud who came to save the Italian city's artistic treasures.

Picasso's widow may have hidden artworks from son, court told

Aix-en-provence - A retired electrician who kept nearly 300 Pablo Picasso artworks in his garage for almost 40 years told a French appeal court Monday that the artist's widow may have wanted to keep the works hidden from his son Claude.

Art star Basquiat showcased in Italy retrospective

Milan - New York's Eighties art scene is coming to Milan with a show dedicated to the late Haitian-American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose works now sell for phenomenal sums.

MoMA will feature emoji in December exhibit

Emoji are heading to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The MoMA announced on Wednesday that they have added the first set of 176 emoji from 1999 — originally used on Japanese pagers — to their collection.

Last Emperor's nephew puts Chinese history on show

Bejing - His uncle was the last Emperor of China, reigning over the Middle Kingdom from the Forbidden City. Now Jin Yulan scours the antique shops of Communist-ruled Beijing for trinkets that might once have belonged to his family.

Swiss billionaire fined $4 mn over undeclared artwork: reports

Geneva - Swiss customs authorities have slapped a billionaire with a $4 million fine for failing to properly declare some 200 artworks imported into Switzerland, according to media reports confirmed by officials Sunday.

Art-loving US couple gives Paris multi-million dollar collection

Paris - A Texan couple who discovered their love for art during a trip to Paris in the 1970s are to donate the multi-million dollar collection they have amassed since to the French capital.

Flemish 'Mystic Lamb' masterpiece restored after chaotic past

Ghent - A painstaking restoration of a 15th-century Flemish masterpiece is revealing the long-lost detail and splendour that helped make the altarpiece one of the world's most stolen artworks.

Inside Tate Modern's expanded cultural superstructure Special

London - One of London's most popular tourist attractions - Tate Modern - has almost doubled in size. The modern art gallery, housed in a disused power station, has opened up the underground part of the structure. The new aspects are bold and impressive.

New graphic novel recounts Bataclan horror

Paris - Fred and Elisa are lying on the floor of Bataclan concert hall. Alive but covered in blood, the two strangers' hands touch in the darkness. This is just one scene from a new graphic novel, "Mon Bataclan" (My Bataclan), drawn by Fred Dewilde.
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Ukrainian Art Spring Exhibit featuring the work and memorabilia of Taras Shevchenko.
Ukrainian Art Spring Exhibit featuring the work and memorabilia of Taras Shevchenko.
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Carol Matson's work is on display at Arcadia Gallery in Toronto.
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"Crossing" is created by Peter Labelle from found objects.
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High Museum of Art, Atlanta
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Graffiti near Queen St West and Ossington Avenue in Toronto
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Photo from IceBerg, by Evelyn Berg. Used with permission by the photographer.
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The Journey by Michael Platt. Pigment print on canvas. Ed. 1/3. 2011
Carol Matson s work is on display at Arcadia Gallery in Toronto.
Carol Matson's work is on display at Arcadia Gallery in Toronto.
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Laurel Holloman and Coeur Libre's piece de resistance "Red Rain"
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An image from Ai Wei Wei's retrospective exhibition at the AGO.
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Romancing the Casserole by Mary Pratt
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Images from The Works Art and Design Festival in Edmonton.
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An exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario showcases the art of Chinese star Ai Weiwei
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Visual art from Palestinian artists Tarzan and Arab.
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The 2010 Soccer World Cup has had a major impact on parts of Pretoria.
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