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Hop on down, Miffy the rabbit gets her own museum

Utrecht - To some she's just a plain white bunny, to others she's a prime example of minimalist art. But for six decades Miffy has been delighting young kids around the world, and now she's getting a museum of her own.

Greek island gives migrant life jackets for Ai Weiwei artwork: Mayor

Atenas - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei will create an artwork in Germany from 14,000 life jackets discarded by migrants arriving on Greece's Lesbos island, local authorities said on Tuesday.

France and Netherlands seal historic 160 mn euro Rembrandt purchase

Paris - France and the Netherlands signed a historic deal Monday acquiring two large Rembrandt portraits for 160 million euros ($174 million), the French culture ministry announced.

New Bosch painting unveiled on eve of 500th celebrations

Den Haag - Art historians on Monday revealed that a painting stored for decades at an American museum was in fact a work by Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch.

Colombian street artists graffiti for peace

Estanzuela - A pineapple that looks strikingly like a grenade is spray-painted on one wall, while another is splashed with carnations sprouting from rifle barrels.

China's Ai Weiwei shuts show to protest Danish migrant law

Copenhagen - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Wednesday closed down his exhibition in the Danish capital after lawmakers passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to seize valuables from asylum seekers.

Russians break door at top museum as record crowds rush to art show

Moscow - A top Russian museum struggled to control record crowds on Friday as thousands rushed to see a 19th-century art exhibition, queing for hours in the snow and even breaking a door.

Philanthropists hand Lithuania world-class modern art museum

Vilnius - Local philanthropists are teaming up with a world-renowned architect to hand Lithuania's capital Vilnius its first modern art museum, with doors due to open in early 2019.

Indecent exposure: artist arrested for nude pose in Paris museum

Paris - A woman has been arrested for indecent exposure after lying down naked in Paris's Musee d'Orsay in front of Edouard Manet's similarly nude painting of the prostitute Olympia, her lawyer said Sunday.

German art experts defend slow progress on Nazi-era hoard

Berlin - A German task force investigating the provenance of a spectacular Nazi-era art hoard of hundreds of works said Thursday that only five had been proved to be looted thus far, and defended its slow progress.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei visits Lesbos refugees

Atenas - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei paid a holiday visit to refugees and migrants flocking to the Greek island of Lesbos, tweeting out photos and videos in appeals for their plight.

New Dutch graphic novel reveals life with disabled mum

Den Haag - A brutally honest new graphic novel autobiography by a young Dutch artist is set to make waves as it tells of her struggle growing up with a single-parent mentally-disabled mother.Launching on Saturday, "Mamma?

Ukraine invites Netherlands to help probe stolen art

Kiev - Ukrainian investigators on Thursday called on the Netherlands to help probe the fate of a batch of precious Dutch paintings reportedly being held by a volunteer battalion fighting pro-Russian insurgents in the east of the ex-Soviet state.

Kiev opens probe into Dutch art reportedly held by Ukrainian fighters

Kiev - Ukraine on Tuesday launched a probe into precious Dutch paintings that were reportedly being held by a volunteer battalion fighting pro-Russian insurgents in the east of the ex-Soviet state.

Stolen Dutch art found in Ukraine 'risks being sold illegally': museum

Den Haag - Two dozen 17th-century Dutch paintings stolen a decade ago have resurfaced in Ukraine, a Dutch museum revealed Monday, warning that the works were in danger of being sold on the black market after its own efforts to retrieve them failed.

Russia keeps artist in jail for torching security HQ

Moscow - Russia on Friday ruled radical performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky must stay in pre-trial detention until January after he set fire to the door of the feared security service's headquarters.

Russia upholds artist's detention over torching of security service HQ

Moscow - A Russian court on Thursday ruled against releasing radical artist Pyotr Pavlensky from prison as he awaits trial over the torching of the doors of FSB security service headquarters.

Warhol, Pollock, Rothko on rare display in Tehran

Tehran - Some of the world's most expensive and rarely seen modern art, including works by the Americans Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, went on display Saturday in a major exhibition in Iran.

Monaco gives go-ahead to million-dollar art fraud trial

Monaco - The fraud case against a Swiss art dealer accused of swindling up to a billion dollars from the owner of Monaco football club should go ahead, a court ruled Thursday.

'Blackboard' painting goes for record $70.5 mn in NY

New York - It may look little more than blackboard scrawls to the untrained eye, but a Cy Twombly work fetched $70.53 million in New York, setting a new auction record for the painter.

Russia detains artist who set fire to security service HQ

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday ordered artist Pyotr Pavlensky to be jailed for 30 days pending trial after he set alight the doors of the feared FSB security service in Moscow in a political protest.

Russian artist detained for torching security service HQ door

Moscow - Russia on Monday detained a political performance artist best known for nailing his scrotum to Red Square after he torched the doors to the headquarters of the FSB security service, the successor to the KGB.

Hitler marble bust by official sculptor found in Poland

Varsovia - Polish construction workers have dug up a marble bust of Adolf Hitler by one of the Third Reich's official sculptors during work at a museum in the northern city of Gdansk, officials said Thursday.

Rome's Trevi Fountain reopens after makeover

Rome - Its elaborate Baroque facade now sparkles in the sun, scaffold-free: Rome's Trevi Fountain will gush its emerald waters once again Tuesday after a 16-month clean-up.

China's Ai Weiwei off to play as fans answer call for Lego

Berlin - Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said Monday his plan to create a Lego artwork can go ahead as donations of the toy poured in from fans after the Danish company refused his bulk order on political grounds.

Lessons in art from China's Xi in new book

Bejing - China's ruling party has compiled a book based on a call by President Xi Jinping for art to serve communism, state media reported Monday, heightening concerns among free speech advocates over artistic restrictions.

Spain banker accused of trying to smuggle Picasso art

Madrid - Courts are prosecuting a prominent Spanish banker accused of trying to smuggle a 26 million-euro Picasso painting out of Spain on a yacht, sources said Friday.

Forgotten Whistler canvas found in Dutch museum

Den Haag - Forgotten for two decades, a dusty old canvas hidden in a corner of a small Dutch museum has been revealed as a painting by American artist James Whistler.

'Most valuable art collection ever' on show in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Masterpieces belonging to controversial former Sotheby's owner A. Alfred Taubman went on show in Hong Kong Friday, touted as the most valuable private collection ever offered at auction.

Dutch, French to jointly buy rare Rembrandts for 160 mn euros

Den Haag - The Netherlands and France will jointly buy two rare Rembrandts for 160 million euros, the Dutch culture minister said Wednesday after the two states defused a potential bidding war.
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An image from Ai Wei Wei's retrospective exhibition at the AGO.
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