Arts

Wind-powered 'Strandbeests' strut through Boston at start of U.S. tour

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BOSTON - A pair of skeletal sculptures that harness the power of the wind to walk strutted around Boston's City Hall on Friday at the start of the U.S. tour of Dutch artist Theo Jansen's "Strandbeests."

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Clive Owen makes Broadway debut in Pinter's 'Old Times' 27 Aug 2015

NEW YORK - British actor Clive Owen swaps Hollywood for the stage in "Old Times", making his Broadway debut in a revival of Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter's 1971 play. | Video

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ABBA piano seen raising money, money, money at auction 27 Aug 2015

LONDON - The piano used to play the glissando that kicks off ABBA's disco hit "Dancing Queen" will be one of the star attractions at a rock and pop auction at Sotheby's next month where it is expected to sell for up to 800,000 pounds ($1.24 million). | Video

Botticelli painted modern beauties - in 1400s, show says 27 Aug 2015

LONDON - An exhibition that portrays the 15th-century Italian painter Sandro Botticelli and his blonde Venuses as an inspiration for the modern Western ideal of female beauty will open this month in Berlin and in March in London, curators said on Thursday.

FBI warns U.S. art dealers about antiquities looted from Syria, Iraq 27 Aug 2015

- The FBI on Wednesday urged art dealers in the United States to be careful when buying antiquities from the Middle East, saying there is evidence collectors have recently been offered artifacts plundered by Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq.

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Milan show depicts drama of modern motherhood 26 Aug 2015

MILAN - A 1896 film of a woman plucking babies from a cabbage patch marks a whimsical start to a Milan exhibition that examines artistic representations of motherhood, but the mood turns more sinister as the show moves into the 20th century.

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Cumberbatch's 'Hamlet' wears a hoodie, wows fans in London 26 Aug 2015

LONDON - Benedict Cumberbatch delivered a "Hamlet" for our time in London in a production that played to his strengths, dresses up Shakespeare for a younger crowd and had the British actor's fans roaring in approval at the end.

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Dutch hope to buy Rembrandt portraits for 160 million euros 24 Aug 2015

AMSTERDAM - The national Rijksmuseum gallery in Amsterdam is close to finalizing a 160 million euro deal to purchase two portraits by the Dutch master Rembrandt from the French Rothschild family, museum director Wim Pijbes said on Monday.

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Inspired by boats, Eliasson's circle bridge opens in Copenhagen 24 Aug 2015

- A pedestrian bridge designed by Olafur Eliasson has opened in Copenhagen, inspired by the Danish-Icelandic artist's childhood in Iceland.

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Italy hires foreign directors to cure 'sclerotic' museums 18 Aug 2015

ROME - The museums that house masterpieces such as Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Venus will soon be run by foreign directors for the first time as Italy overhauls what a senior official called its "sclerotic" museum management.