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Christie's fetes 250 years in business with major British art sale

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LONDON From Joshua Reynolds to Lucian Freud, works spanning several centuries of British art will go under the hammer as part of a sale celebrating 250 years since auction house Christie's was founded. | Video

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Artist Ai Weiwei to release documentary on refugee crisis 28 Apr 2016

BERN Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei plans to release a film about the migrant crisis next year, adding to the celebrity voices seeking to highlight the plight of refugees. | Video

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French magnate finally finds Paris home for artworks 27 Apr 2016

PARIS French luxury goods magnate Francois Pinault is finally achieving his ambition of opening a museum in Paris to house his vast private art collection a decade after he ditched previous plans over red tape and opened a gallery in Venice instead.

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Art detective says female and male model used for Mona Lisa face 25 Apr 2016

FLORENCE, Italy Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile draws millions of viewers from across the world, all eager to see the art world's most famous female face. But is it? | Video

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Rice sculpture: Taiwan artist gets granular with president elect 21 Apr 2016

TAIPEI A Taiwan artist has refused to see the big picture and instead captured the likeness of president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, to celebrate her inauguration next month, on a single grain of rice.

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New art museum seeks to shed dangerous image of Brussels' Molenbeek 19 Apr 2016

BRUSSELS A new art museum has opened its doors in Brussels' Molenbeek district hoping to help shed the negative image of the area, most recently linked to the deadly attacks in Paris and the Belgian capital.

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Recreation of destroyed Palmyra arch unveiled in London 19 Apr 2016

LONDON A meticulous recreation of the 1,800-year-old Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria, destroyed by Islamic State militants last year, has been erected in Trafalgar Square in what London Mayor Boris Johnson called an act of defiance.

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Chicago eyes $1.5 billion bonds for 'Star Wars' filmmaker Lucas' museum 19 Apr 2016

CHICAGO Bonds valued at up to $1.5 billion would be issued under Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to bring a museum, proposed by "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas, to Chicago, the city said on Monday.

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Italian police recover Nazi-looted paintings in Milan 18 Apr 2016

MILAN Three late 15th century paintings missing since they were looted by Nazi troops from a Tuscan villa over 70 years ago have been recovered and two people have been accused of receiving stolen goods, police announced on Monday.

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Mali bids final farewell to renowned photographer Malick Sidibe 16 Apr 2016

BAMAKO Mali bid a final farewell on Saturday to Malick Sidibe, an award-winning photographer considered a national treasure for his unique studio portraits and candid black-and-white depictions of popular culture in his West African homeland.