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Russia's great museums feud over revival plan

Russia's two greatest art museums were engaged Tuesday in an unsightly public feud over an idea to revive a Moscow museum of Western art that was shut down by Stalin in the late 1940s. The State Museum of New Western Art gathered the impressionist and early modern art collected by renowned Russian art collectors Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov in the late Tsarist era.

Chinese abstract painter Zao Wou-ki dies aged 93

ZURICH (Reuters) - Abstract master Zao Wou-ki, one of China's most significant artists whose works routinely fetch millions of dollars at auction, has died in Switzerland aged 93. Zao, who suffered from Alzheimer's, died on Tuesday and had been in hospital for 10 days in the western Swiss town of Nyon, his widow's lawyer Marc Bonnant told Reuters.

Sensational $1-bln art gift 'transforms' New York Met

Cosmetics billionaire Leonard Lauder has given New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art an astonishing, no-strings-attached collection of Cubist art that he assembled over four decades, the museum announced Tuesday. The enormous gift, estimated to be worth $1 billion, includes 78 works by Picasso, Braque, Gris, and Leger, and "will transform the museum," a statement said. The Met, a world-class institution that has long suffered a hole in its early 20th century art collection, will be transformed by the completeness and quality of the sudden addition.

Billionaire gifts New York Met Cubist collection

Cosmetics billionaire Leonard Lauder has given New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art an entire, no-strings-attached collection of Cubist art that he assembled over four decades, the museum announced Tuesday. The enormous gift, estimated by The New York Times to be worth $1 billion, includes 78 works by Picasso, Braque, Gris, and Leger, "will transform the museum," a statement said. The Met, a world-class institution that has long suffered a hole in its early 20th century art collection, will be transformed by the completeness and quality of the sudden addition.

Cubist art valued at more than $1 billion donated to NY museum

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cosmetics heir and art collector Leonard A. Lauder donated his collection of 78 Cubist works valued at more than a $1 billion (652.7 million pounds) to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Arts, its director said on Tuesday. The collection, which consists of 33 works by Picasso, 17 by Braque, 14 by Gris and 14 by Leger, was amassed over 37 years and is considered one of the foremost collections of Cubism in the world.

Love of art is blind for sightless museum visitors

Her eyes see nothing, but when Barbara Appel runs her fingers over the face of a Picasso sculpture in New York's Museum of Modern Art, she sighs with pleasure. Most people go to museums to look at exhibits, but for some at MoMA, love of art is literally blind. Each month, a small group with various levels of impaired vision accompanies an expert guide to the famed Manhattan museum. For Appel, who is 62 and suddenly lost her sight just over a decade ago, the Art inSight program is a lifeline to a vital part of her world that she feared had vanished.

Dali retrospective a huge hit in Paris

Paris, Mar 26 (EFE).- The two big retrospectives devoted to Salvador Dali at the Pompidou Center in this capital have become the most-visited exhibits in the museum's history. The show that opened on Nov. 21 and ran through last Monday received 790,090 visitors, only slightly fewer than the record 840,662 people who saw the exhibit at the Center dedicated to the still-living Dali in 1979. With the aim of responding to the great anticipation created about Dali by the exhibit, the Pompidou Center expanded its hours to 11 p.m. every day but Tuesday, when the museum is closed.

Major hyperrealist painting show opens in Madrid

An exhibition of 50 paintings by hyperrealist artists whose works depict shop windows, camper vans, street views and other everyday scenes in such painstaking detail that they resemble photographs opens Friday in Madrid. The "Hyperrealism 1967-2012" show at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum explores the evolution of the style from its beginnings in the late 1960s in the United States to its most recent incarnations in Europe.

Pompidou museum showcases the work of Venezuela's Soto

Paris, Feb 26 (EFE).- The Pompidou Centre in Paris is showcasing the work of Venezuelan artist Jesus Rafael Soto, whose style was dominated by the use of movement, geometry and color. The show features 20 works dated between 1955 and 2004, a year before the artist's death. The exhibition was made possible by the decision by Soto's descendants to donate the 20 emblematic works to the French state in 2011 in lieu of tax payments.

Lichtenstein show in UK goes beyond cartoon classics

* Roy Lichtenstein gets major retrospective in London * Show includes more than 125 of his works * Seeks to go beyond famous cartoon action images By Mike Collett-White LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - For Roy Lichtenstein, it was better that the public was over-familiar with his work than not familiar at all, a point never lost on the American artist best known for his giant cartoon strip adaptations.
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