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Missing Van Gogh paintings turn up in Italian mafia country house

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AMSTERDAM/ROME Two stolen Vincent Van Gogh paintings worth millions of euros were found in an Italian country house belonging to an alleged mafia drug smuggler, police said on Friday, 14 years after they disappeared in a daring heist in Amsterdam. | Video

New York's Met is sued over Picasso sold in Nazi, Fascist era

NEW YORK The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan was sued on Friday for the return of a Pablo Picasso masterpiece allegedly sold under duress in 1938 because of Nazi and Fascist persecution in Europe.

California mosaic house is a romantic homage to two artists

VENICE, Calif. The Mosaic Tile House in Venice stands as a monument to two decades of artistic collaboration between Cheri Pann and husband Gonzalo Duran. | Video

Ukrainians turn ammunition into art to depict horrors of civil war

KIEV For two Ukrainian artists seeking to portray the civil conflict in their country, paint and canvas were not enough and they chose to make pictures and sculptures out of the materials of war: bullets, shell cases and shrapnel. | Video

David Bowie's art collection arrives in NY ahead of November sale

Sotheby's on Monday previewed the contemporary art collection of late rock star David Bowie at their gallery headquarters in New York ahead of its auction in November. | Video

Is it a ship? A diamond? Hadid's Port House opens in Antwerp

ANTWERP, Belgium Europe’s second-biggest port has cut a distinct new shape into its skyline.

Blue topaz gemstone, largest of its kind, to go in display in UK

LONDON A flawless blue topaz gemstone, said to be the largest of its kind, is set to go on display at London's Natural History Museum.

Large backside, pennies and train among Turner Prize contenders

LONDON A large sculpture of a bare backside and a model train were among the artworks unveiled at the Turner Prize exhibition in London on Monday in the run-up to Britain's annual contemporary art award.

Italian art installation a call for help over plastic waste

ROME Five million brightly colored plastic bottle tops have been laid out on a Mediterranean island, spelling the word "HELP" in an art installation that aims to draw attention to marine pollution.

Taxidermy kittens centerpiece of New York exhibit

A New York museum seeks to explore the strange and profound connections humans have with preserved animals through an exhibit titled "Taxidermy: Art, Science & Immortality."