Britain's Banksy takes aim at Gaza's privations in mini-video


LONDON - The eminent but anonymous British street artist known as Banksy has posted a mini-documentary on his site showing squalid conditions in Gaza six months after the end of the war between the enclave's Islamist Hamas rulers and Israel.


Simon Rattle and new Paris hall impress in Mahler 19 Feb 2015

PARIS - The new Philharmonie de Paris concert hall in the French capital this week hosted the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Simon Rattle in a program guaranteed to test its acoustic mettle.

Dutch restorers offer to repair Rome hooliganism damage for free 25 Feb 2015

ROME/AMSTERDAM - A Dutch restoration firm has offered to repair a 400-year-old fountain that was damaged last week when supporters of Rotterdam soccer team Feyenoord went on a drunken rampage in Rome's historic center.

Jewish dealers' heirs turn to U.S. to recover German art trove 24 Feb 2015

BERLIN - The heirs of Jewish art dealers who say their families were forced to sell the Nazis a trove of medieval church treasure worth some $250 million today have turned to a U.S. court to reclaim it, after failing in their attempts in Germany.

Hidden sketches by French painter Cezanne found in Pennsylvania 22 Feb 2015

- Unfinished sketches by the famed French artist Paul Cezanne have been found hidden on the backs of two of his watercolors, a Pennsylvania-based art foundation said on Saturday.

Art exports from Britain reach record high 20 Feb 2015

(This Februray 16th story has been refiled to make clear art and cultural items)


Museum shows there's more to Greek music than bouzoukis 16 Feb 2015

ATHENS - Tucked away in a corner of Athens' historic Plaka district is a small museum showing that there is more to Greek music than "Zorba's Dance" and "Never on Sunday".

Modern take on Russian classic charms and offends in Moscow 13 Feb 2015

MOSCOW - Interwoven with references to Vladimir Putin, a contemporary take on the 19th century Russian classic "Boris Godunov" charmed and offended a Moscow theater audience in equal measure with its tale of murderous usurper-turned-ruthless czar.


Mirren stars in "Woman in Gold" spotlighting Nazi-looted art 09 Feb 2015

BERLIN - Actress Helen Mirren said on Monday her portrayal of a Jewish woman's struggle to get back paintings confiscated when her ancestors fled Austria to escape Nazi rule throws a spotlight on the slow pace of restitution of looted Jewish property.

Harper Lee 'happy as hell' about reactions to new book 05 Feb 2015

NEW YORK - The 88-year-old author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" is "happy as hell" with the reaction to her decision to publish a second novel, her lawyer said on Thursday in answer to concerns about the reclusive author's mental and physical state.