Arts

Five works from Gurlitt art trove were looted by Nazis, task force finds

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BERLIN A task force set up by the German government to determine the ownership history of more than 1,500 art works discovered in 2012 has found that only five were wrongfully taken from Jews, drawing criticism from Jewish groups.

France honors Michael Keaton for contribution to arts

PARIS - France has honored American actor Michael Keaton with a prestigious cultural award, giving him a medal for his contributions to the arts and literature. | Video

Artists say celebrity pastor's church stole Miami murals for ads

NEW YORK A group of street artists say a church led by a pastor to celebrities like hip hop mogul Kanye West used their artwork from a Miami public school in an advertising campaign without their permission, according to a lawsuit.

Catalan group puts on high-flying show in Chile's Valdivia

Catalan theater group La Fura dels Baus put on a high-flying, acrobatic show at the weekend at an event designating Chile's Valdivia the "American Capital of Culture 2016". | Video

Nero's golden palace, Siena's crumbling walls win much-needed restoration cash

ROME Emperor Nero's golden palace, the walls of medieval Siena and the foundations of Venice will all receive sorely needed restoration funds after Italy approved a plan on Monday to spend 300 million euros ($325 million) to protect its cultural heritage.

Abstract painter, sculptor Ellsworth Kelly dies at 92

Influential American abstract painterĀ andĀ sculptor Ellsworth Kelly died on Sunday, said an art gallery owner in New York. He was 92.

Repatriated antiquities focus of new Egyptian exhibition

CAIRO - Nearly 200 antiquities smuggled out of Egypt and repatriated from eight countries are featured in a new exhibition at the Egyptian Museum. | Video

Archaeologists unearth artifacts from ancient civilization in Honduras

CATACAMAS, Honduras - A clay tray featuring the head of a jaguar and pottery with handles resembling a vulture were among the treasures from an ancient civilization found by archaeologists in Honduras. | Video

Artifacts linked to JFK assassination to be sold at auction

DALLAS - Keys to the limousine President John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was killed more than 50 years ago are expected to fetch up to $50,000 when they are sold in an online auction this month. | Video

Israel bars novel about Jewish-Arab love affair from school curriculum

JERUSALEM Israel's Education Ministry has ruled against the inclusion of a novel about a romance between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man in the Hebrew high school curriculum because it feared it could raise tensions among pupils, an official said on Thursday.