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France sends China $1 billion worth of art

The last of 10 artistic masterpieces from France arrived under heavy security in China on Thursday, for a show featuring a billion dollars' worth of art. The exhibition at Beijing's National Museum will include Auguste Renoir's masterpiece "Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette", normally kept at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. Among the other renowned canvases in the ten-picture show are Pablo Picasso's "Matador" and Hyacinthe Rigaud's full-length portrait of king Louis XIV, from the Palace of Versailles.

N.Y. restaurant's fragile Picasso fate hangs in court

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The question of whether a fragile Picasso painting that covers a wall in New York City's Four Seasons Restaurant will crumble if taken down to allow repairs went before a state court judge on Wednesday. The dispute between the restaurant's landlord and the painting's owner takes place in a grand setting: Midtown Manhattan's Seagram Building, the landmark International Style tower designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe that opened in 1958.

New Ai Weiwei exhibition unveiled in Berlin but artist can't attend

By Sarah Marsh BERLIN (Reuters) - Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's biggest solo show, featuring a reproduction of the white cell where he was held for 81 days by Chinese authorities, was unveiled on Wednesday in Berlin without Ai in attendance because the government still has his passport. "Ai Weiwei - Evidence", which sprawls through 18 rooms at the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum, is a deeply political exhibition of his conceptual art. It opens on Thursday, exactly three years after he was arrested and held in detention.

Stolen Gauguin painting found in Italian retiree's kitchen

By Eleanor and Biles ROME (Reuters) - A painting by French post-Impressionist Paul Gaugin that was stolen in Britain in 1970 has turned up hanging in the kitchen of a retired factory worker in Sicily, Italian police said on Wednesday. With it was a second missing painting by Pierre Bonnard, another French avant garde artist of the late 19th century, that the owner bought along with the Gaugin at an auction in 1975 for only 45,000 lire (23.24 euros).

Stolen Gauguin found in Italian pensioner's kitchen

Italy on Wednesday said it had recovered a painting worth millions of euros by Paul Gauguin, stolen in London in 1970, bought by an Italian factory worker for a pittance and hung in his kitchen for almost 40 years. The artist's "Fruit on a table or small dog" was stolen from a house in the British capital along with "Woman with two chairs" by fellow Frenchman Pierre Bonnard, and they were recovered together in Italy from the pensioner, who used to work for Italian auto giant Fiat.

Italy heritage sleuths launch stolen art app

Italy's top art detectives, global experts in finding stolen works, launched a smartphone app Wednesday to get people to collaborate on cracking crimes. The application, which will be available to download from AndroidMarket and AppleStore soon, was "thought up and created for citizens", according to Mariano Mossa, the head of Italy's heritage police. "It represents a first for those who hope to contribute to the fight against heritage crimes," he said at a press presentation of the new app.

Stolen Gauguin and Bonnard paintings recovered in Italy

Two paintings by the French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard, stolen in London in the 1970s, have been recovered in Italy, the culture ministry said Wednesday. The works, thought to be worth millions of euros (dollars), were recovered by Italy's heritage police, who are expected to reveal details of the works and their recovery at a press conference later Wednesday.

Stolen Gauguin and Bonnard paintings recovered in Italy

Two paintings by the French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard, stolen in London in the 1970s, have been recovered in Italy, the culture ministry said Wednesday. The works, thought to be worth millions of euros (dollars), were recovered by Italy's heritage police. The culture ministry is expected to reveal details of the works and their recovery at a press conference later Wednesday. lrb/ide/ec

Stolen Gauguin and Bonnard paintings recovered in Italy

Two paintings by the French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard, stolen in London in the 1970s, have been recovered in Italy, the culture ministry said Wednesday. The works, thought to be worth millions of euros (dollars), were recovered by Italy's heritage police. The culture ministry is expected to reveal details of the works and their recovery at a press conference later Wednesday. lrb/ide/ec

Stolen Gauguin and Bonnard paintings found in Italy

Two paintings worth millions of euros by the French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard, stolen in London in 1970 then abandoned on a train, have been recovered in Italy. Gauguin's "Fruit on a table or small dog" and Bonnard's "Woman with two chairs," which were stolen from a family house in the British capital, were recovered from an Italian factory worker who had hung them in his kitchen for almost 40 years.
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