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Puccini's original 'Madama Butterfly' back at La Scala after 112 years

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MILAN Milan's La Scala opera house opened its new season on Wednesday with the original, more brutal version of Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly", not shown there since its poorly received premiere in 1904.

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Please do touch! Exhibition for blind opens in Prague 06 Dec 2016

PRAGUE An exhibition aimed at blind people has opened in Prague, inviting visitors to touch artwork and enjoy pieces they would normally only read or hear about.

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London-based artist Helen Marten wins Britain's Turner Prize 06 Dec 2016

LONDON London-based artist Helen Marten has won this year's Turner Prize, receiving 25,000 pounds at Britain's annual contemporary art award.

Russian choreographer Eifman brings 'Up and Down' to London 07 Dec 2016

LONDON Russian choreographer Boris Eifman's latest ballet 'Up and Down' arrives on the London stage this week, a two-act ballet set to the music of composers George Gershwin and Franz Schubert that chronicles a young psychiatrist's descent into madness. | Video

Bavaria is sued in New York over paintings looted by Nazis 05 Dec 2016

NEW YORK Heirs to the German Jewish art dealer Alfred Flechtheim on Monday sued the German state of Bavaria, seeking the return of eight paintings by Max Beckmann, Juan Gris and Paul Klee that they said were looted by the Nazis.

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Gothic ice dome rises in Slovakia's High Tatra mountains 29 Nov 2016

HREBIENOK, Slovakia Fifteen sculptors worked three weeks to shape 90 tonnes of ice into a gothic-style dome that opened to visitors last week in the High Tatra mountains of Slovakia.

Russia's Hermitage museum faces criticism over Fabre exhibition 29 Nov 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia Over 200 artworks by Jan Fabre displayed at St. Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum have drawn mixed reactions because of the Belgian artist's use of stuffed animals alongside classical paintings. | Video

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Frida Kahlo painting, unseen for 60 years, sells for $1.81 million 23 Nov 2016

NEW YORK Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's "Nina con Collar," an early painting whose whereabouts had been a mystery for 60 years, has sold for $1.81 million at a Sotheby's Latin American art auction.

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Centuries-old Ten Commandments tablet goes under hammer for $850,000 17 Nov 2016

DALLAS A 1,500-year-old stone tablet with the earliest known chiseled inscription of the Ten Commandments was sold at a U.S. auction on Wednesday for $850,000.

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Swedish Academy says Bob Dylan won't attend Nobel prize ceremony 16 Nov 2016

STOCKHOLM American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature last month, has decided not to attend the award ceremony in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy said on Wednesday.