Italian Nobel-winning playwright and master satirist Dario Fo dies


ROME Nobel prize-winning Italian playwright, director and political activist Dario Fo, an acclaimed satirist who poked a finger in the eye of the church and state, has died aged 90, officials said on Thursday.

Flemish altarpiece masterwork part-restored to former glory

GHENT, Belgium Scientists and art historians in Belgium on Wednesday finished the first restoration stage of one of the most important pieces of early Renaissance art: the Van Eyck brothers' altarpiece in Ghent. | Video

Paris exhibition unveils methods, intrigues of 'secret wars'

PARIS The "Secret Wars" exhibition of guides to sabotage, hollow high-heeled shoes, fake moustaches and code-deciphering machines opened on Wednesday in Paris, offering a glimpse into the often fantasized world of secret agents and intelligence services.

Rock star David Bowie's art collection on show in Hong Kong

HONG KONG Auctioneers showcased a selection of art belonging to the late British rock star David Bowie in Hong Kong on Wednesday, ahead of a $12.5-million London auction next month. | Video

Romanian govt to buy Brancusi sculpture despite failure of subscription

BUCHAREST Romania's government said on Wednesday it would go ahead with the purchase of an acclaimed sculpture by modernist giant Constantin Brancusi despite the failure of a public subscription to raise its share of the price tag.

Brussels residents petition to keep lewd mural

BRUSSELS An online petition to prevent the removal of an explicit mural in Brussels has gained thousands of signatures, highlighting a wave of graphic street art in the city known for its cartoon-inspired murals.

Picasso works go on display at London's National Portrait Gallery

LONDON, Oct 5 - Pablo Picasso's family, friends and lovers are the subjects of a new exhibition of the artist's work at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Army of black statues stands guard at African art show in London

LONDON An "army" of 2-metre-high (6.5-foot) statues has been assembled in the courtyard of a former royal palace in London to welcome visitors to an African art fair.

Slash price! Rock and roll memorabilia to go under the hammer

LOS ANGELES Elvis Presley's purple sunglasses and a signed Beatles LP are among the musical memorabilia that will go under the hammer at a rock and roll auction in Los Angeles next month. | Video

Black artists' exploration of race and segregation on show in Paris

A new exhibition in Paris spotlights racism and segregation through the works of African-American artists and comes amid tense race relations in the United States. | Video