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Huge art show questions legend of Vermeer the lone genius

Paris - A new blockbuster Vermeer exhibition which opens Wednesday aims to smash the myth that the Dutch master was a solitary genius who worked alone at home cut off from the world.

'Spiderman' thief gets eight years for $100m Paris art heist

Paris - A thief nicknamed "Spiderman", who snatched five masterpieces from a top Paris museum, was sentenced to eight years in prison on Monday over one of the biggest art heists in recent years.

'Spiderman' thief gets eight years for $100m Paris art heist

Paris - A thief nicknamed "Spiderman", who stole five masterpieces from a top Paris museum, was sentenced to eight years in prison on Monday for one of the most daring art heists in recent years.

Dutch creator of Miffy the rabbit dies at 89

Den Haag - Dutch artist and illustrator Dick Bruna, creator of beloved children's character Miffy the white rabbit, has died aged 89, his publishing house said Friday.

Japanese manga legend Jiro Taniguchi dies at 69

Paris - Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan's comic art of manga, died in Tokyo on Saturday at the age of 69, leaving behind an international following for his exquisite line drawing of scenes from everyday life.

Victim of Colombia's ELN rebels paints his pain

Cali - Juan Daniel Otoya was 10 years old when ELN guerrillas burst into the church in western Colombia where he was attending mass with his family and kidnapped 180 people.

Art springs from ruins of Rome's industrial past

Rome - The ruins of a landmark industrial building in Rome have become home to a thought-provoking art project that casts an unflattering light on the capital's patchy record on urban regeneration.

'Spiderman' burglar on trial over $100m Paris art haul

Paris - A burglar dubbed "Spiderman", notorious for daring acrobatic heists, went on trial Monday for a $100-million art heist in 2010 that saw works by Picasso and Matisse stolen from a Paris gallery.

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.
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