Art museums

A prayer book (1532) that belongs to a private British collector, and which was once owned by the court of French King Francois I (1494-1547) is displayed during a crowdfunding campaign, at the Louvre museum, in Paris, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The Louvre museum hopes to bing back to France one of the French Renaissance's most prized decorative art pieces. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
October 24, 2017 - 1:40 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Louvre museum in Paris is calling on the public to help bring back one of the French Renaissance's greatest decorative works of art. The Book of Hours prayer book — a manuscript bound in gold and encrusted with emerald, ruby and turquoise gemstones — belonged to France's King...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1985 file photo, Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. A pair of floral-patterned satin shoes worn by Prince has stepped into the collection of Britain's Victoria & Albert Museum. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing, File)
October 24, 2017 - 1:06 pm
LONDON (AP) — A pair of floral-patterned satin shoes worn by Prince has stepped into the collection of Britain's Victoria & Albert Museum. The art and design museum says the "exquisitely crafted" shoes illustrate the imagery and industry of Prince, who died in 2016 aged 57. The zippers feature...
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FILE - In this July 12, 2017. file photo, a pedestrian walks past the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass. The museum announced earlier in the month that it planned to sell 40 works of art, including two by Normal Rockwell. Rockwell's three sons are among the plaintiffs who filed a complaint Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Berkshire Superior Court, seeking to halt a the museum's plans to sell the artwork. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP, File)
October 20, 2017 - 6:45 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Norman Rockwell's three sons were among several people who went to court on Friday seeking to halt a museum's plans to sell 40 works of art, including two by him. A complaint seeking a temporary restraining order filed in Berkshire Superior Court alleges the board of trustees at the...
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In this Sept. 27, 2017 photo, transgender actress Renata Carvalho plays the role of Jesus in the play "The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven" in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The play in which Jesus is reimagined as a transgender woman who tells Biblical stories of tolerance has been performed more than 60 times during a tour of Brazil, but conservatives have called it offensive to Christians and petitioned courts to ban its performances. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
October 19, 2017 - 12:03 am
SAO PAULO (AP) — A couple of modern art exhibits and a play have become leading battlegrounds in a growing culture war in Brazil, a nation whose fame for barely there bikinis masks a rising trend of conservatism. Protesters waved a Brazilian flag and shouted "No! No! Not our children!" to denounce...
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Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout poses for photographs in front of his sculpture "Domestikator", displayed in the plaza outside the Centre Pompidou modern art museum in Paris, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The Centre Pompidou modern art museum in Paris has unveiled a provocative sculpture meant to represent the domestication of the earth by humanity. The huge sculpture, made of cubical metal containers, suggests two human figures having sexual intercourse, and the Louvre Museum ruled it too obscene to display in the nearby Tuileries Gardens as part of the FIAC contemporary art exhibition.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
October 18, 2017 - 7:16 am
PARIS (AP) — A huge abstract sculpture deemed too obscene for the regal gardens of the Louvre Museum has found a new home at Paris' edgier Pompidou Center. The sculpture was unveiled Tuesday in front of the Pompidou modern art museum. Made of cubical containers, the artwork suggests two human...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2017 file photo, author Salman Rushdie poses for photographers at a signing for his new book 'Home', in London. Rushdie and Patti Smith will make a joint appearance Dec. 4 for the 5th annual Chairman’s Evening of the MacDowell Colony. MacDowell, based in New Hampshire and one of the country’s oldest arts colonies, told The Associated Press on Friday, Oct. 13 that the event will take place at the Whitney Museum in Manhattan. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)
October 13, 2017 - 8:40 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Salman Rushdie and Patti Smith should have a lot to talk about. Rushdie, the Booker Prize winning novelist, and Smith, the award winning musician-poet-memoirist, will make a joint appearance Dec. 4 for the 5th annual Chairman's Evening of the MacDowell Colony. MacDowell, based in...
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In this Oct. 11, 2017 photo, a marble bust of Napoleon is on display in Madison, N.J. The bust by French sculptor Auguste Rodin long thought to be lost has been found on display in a New Jersey borough hall where it sat for 85 years. (Bob Karp/The Daily Record via AP)
October 12, 2017 - 1:08 pm
MADISON, N.J. (AP) — A bust of Napoleon by French sculptor Auguste Rodin long thought to be lost was found on display in a New Jersey borough hall where it sat for 85 years. The bust's origin was confirmed in 2015, but officials waited to reveal the multimillion dollar artwork was a long-lost piece...
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October 12, 2017 - 2:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A husband and wife from Colorado have dropped their bid to prevent a 2,300-year-old marble bull's head from being returned to the Republic of Lebanon, where New York prosecutors say it had been stolen during the country's civil war in 1981. The sculpture had been on loan to the...
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October 04, 2017 - 9:58 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Entertainment mogul David Geffen is donating $150 million for construction of a new building of galleries at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The museum along Wilshire Boulevard west of downtown Los Angeles said Wednesday that it's the largest single cash gift from an...
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In this photo provided by the Conde museum, Chateau de Chantilly, and dated Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, chief curator of heritage, Bruno Mottin, left, examines a charcoal sketch through a microscope, depicting a nude woman while Mathieu Deldicque, curator at Conde museum, looks on, at the Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France in Paris, France. There's something vaguely familiar about this charcoal sketch of a woman's face and nude torso _ could it be an unclothed precursor to the Mona Lisa? (Domaine de Chantilly via AP)
September 29, 2017 - 4:16 pm
PARIS (AP) — There's something vaguely familiar about this charcoal sketch of a woman's face and nude torso — could it be an unclothed precursor to the Mona Lisa by the master himself? French government art experts are trying to find out, analyzing the sketch in a laboratory beneath the Louvre, the...
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