David Bowie exhibition lands in Chicago for only U.S. visit


CHICAGO - David Bowie has been best-known throughout his five-decade career as a prolific musician and songwriter, with hits like "Changes" and "Space Oddity" in constant radio circulation.

Vienna's Jewish Museum returns painting seized by Nazis to heirs 19 Sep 2014

VIENNA - A Jewish museum in Vienna returned a painting that was seized by the Nazis in 1938 to the artist's grandnieces on Friday, part of a wider move in Austria to deal with art illegally acquired after Germany annexed the country in 1938.


Detroit art museum will sue if city's bankruptcy plan not approved 18 Sep 2014

DETROIT - The Detroit Institute of Arts is prepared to sue to prevent the sale of its collection if Detroit's plan for exiting bankruptcy is not approved, the museum's chief operating officer told U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Thursday.

Storm forces closure of Florence museums for damage checks 19 Sep 2014

FLORENCE Italy - Florence officials ordered the closure of many of the Tuscan city's museums on Friday, including the famed Uffizi Gallery, while technicians checked for damage after a particularly violent storm.


Luxembourg opens art freeport to lure super-rich 17 Sep 2014

LUXEMBOURG - Private banking hub Luxembourg sought to lure more wealthy investors on Wednesday by opening a high-security center designed to look like a jewel box, where collectors can store and trade valuables without paying customs or sales tax.


Exhibition explores ideology, consequences of Hitler's plans to rebuild Berlin 19 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Adolf Hitler's utopian plans to rebuild Berlin on a monumental scale were never realized, but the preparations that got under way involved demolitions and the use of slave labor - the victims mainly Jewish, as a new exhibition shows.


Niki de Saint Phalle shoots to kill at Paris retrospective 16 Sep 2014

PARIS - Shooting a .22 caliber rifle at a plaster-covered canvas concealing bags of paint launched Niki de Saint Phalle to the height of the avant-garde international art world in 1961.

Chinese collectors jet in to buy Wallace Chan jewels at Biennale 17 Sep 2014

PARIS - Chinese collectors flew in by private jet this week to buy the latest creations from the world's top designers at the 2014 Biennale des Antiquaires, and made a beeline for Wallace Chan's intricately crafted jewelry.


Israeli artist depicts pain of rootless Jews in Berlin exhibition 16 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Moshe Gershuni's expressive, historically loaded art, which places symbols of the Holocaust in a religious setting and seeks to polarize opinion about current Israeli society, seems unlikely to reward the casual viewer.

Fake Picasso anyone? Austrian police search for fraud victims 16 Sep 2014

VIENNA - Art lovers who suspect they might have bought forged Pablo Picasso paintings should contact the Austrian police, who are looking for victims of a Serbian art fraud gang.