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Cuban indie artists challenge government at Havana arts biennial

A blustering bureaucrat fills a form out with your personal details and hands you a badge declaring you an inspector qualified to police Communist-run Cuba’s cultural sector under a controversial new decree.


Notre-Dame’s famed rose window spared but blaze harms priceless artworks

Four-hundred-year-old paintings hung high inside Notre-Dame were damaged by the immense fire that engulfed the Paris cathedral, but emergency workers formed a human chain to whisk gem-studded chalices and other priceless artefacts out of harm’s way.


Art frenzy takes over Havana as biennial kicks off

Cones of white paper sprout from the seasalt-eroded pillars of one colonial building along Havana’s seafront, elaborately painted curtains cascade from another while out front children play with an installation of multicolored hoses.


Artist Ai Weiwei takes aim at state violence in Mexico with Legos

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei unveiled a new installation in Mexico that tells the story of 43 students likely massacred five years ago in a case that exposed government stonewalling and complicity in abuses, a frequent theme for the dissident artist.


FBI’s ‘art cops’: In hot pursuit of Renoirs, Rembrandts and ruby slippers

When a 17th century Dutch painting looted by the Nazis turned up for sale in New York in late 2017, the FBI’s Art Crime Team moved in, verified its identity and helped win a court order to return the work to its rightful owners.


Florence study proves artist Leonardo da Vinci was ambidextrous

An in-depth study of Leonardo da Vinci’s earliest-known drawing has proved that the great Renaissance artist was ambidextrous, Italy’s Uffizi Gallery said on Monday.


Spanish impressionist Sorolla gets royal treatment in London

The first major exhibition in more than a century of Spanish impressionist painter Joaquín Sorolla opens in London on Wednesday attended by Queen Letizia of Spain and Britain’s Prince Charles.


It’s not Brexit (yet), but is it art, asks new London show

From Brexit-inspired art to newspaper front pages leading up to Britain’s 2016 referendum on European Union membership, a new London exhibition takes a look at the vote that has divided the nation ever since.


U.S. states probing Hyundai, Kia over vehicle fires: Connecticut AG

A group of U.S. states is investigating Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp for potential unfair and deceptive acts related to reports of hundreds of vehicle fires, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said on Monday.


Germany’s new Bauhaus museum set for interactive opening

The new Bauhaus museum opens its doors to the public for the first time in the east German city of Weimar on Saturday after three years of construction, giving admirers of the world-famous “form follows function” aesthetic a new place of pilgrimage.