Paris Picasso museum finally set to open after turbulent renovation


PARIS - Pablo Picasso once boasted: "Give me a museum and I'll fill it."

Japan art market boosted by Abenomics after years in the doldrums

TOKYO - Just a decade ago, a lithograph by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama sold for several hundred dollars at best. But now her pieces, some just the size of a magazine, can fetch as much as $74,000.

Philippines recovers eight paintings from Marcos family

MANILA - Philippine authorities recovered on Tuesday more than a dozen paintings, including a work by Pablo Picasso, from an office and residences of lawmaker Imelda Marcos, a day after an anti-corruption court ordered their seizure.

Turner prize candidates put emphasis on video, image manipulation

LONDON - Images ranging from film of defaced sexually explicit photos in art books in a Tokyo library to a picture of an Irish Republican Army fighter silhouetted against a burning building feature in works of the Turner Prize finalists unveiled on Monday.

China's Ai Weiwei brings dissident message to Churchill castle

WOODSTOCK England - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei could not be at Blenheim Palace for the opening of an exhibition of his work on Friday, but his message came through loud and clear. Earlier this week a massive show including Ai's depictions in Lego of 176 activists and dissidents, from Nelson Mandela to Edward Snowden, was unveiled at Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco.

Grotesque, quirky 'Boxtrolls' find home on margins of animation

LOS ANGELES - As the hipsters of animation, Portland, Oregon-based Laika studios is not afraid to play on the fringe with its latest film "The Boxtrolls," and its lead stars are not your average cute animated monsters.

Slavery show with black actors canceled in UK after protests

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A slavery exhibition featuring black actors as live models to represent African slaves was canceled by a London art center after protests of racism, sparking a debate on Thursday about freedom of expression.

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei brings exhibit to Alcatraz

ALCATRAZ - One of China's most famous dissidents has appropriated the United States' most famous former prison as a way to highlight the plight of activists held in detention.

Leonardo restoration sheds light on genius as a young man

FLORENCE Italy - If there is any mind an art restorer would die to get into, it would be that of Leonardo da Vinci, the master painter, architect, engineer and inventor whose genius epitomized the brilliance of the Renaissance.

'Lion King' musical is top-grossing box-office production of all time: Disney

NEW YORK - The stage musical of "The Lion King" has generated the highest total box office of any production in any entertainment medium, with worldwide takings of more than $6.2 billion, a spokesman for Walt Disney Co said on Monday.