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Czech bubble artist surrounds 275 students with soap 'screen' to claim record

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MLADA BOLESLAV, Czech Republic A Czech performer of bubble art surrounded 275 high school students and a car with a single soap-bubble screen on Wednesday, breaking the national record.

Sculpture of destroyed Iraqi antiquity makes Trafalgar Square plinth shortlist

LONDON A 14-foot high sculpture of a winged bull made of empty date syrup cans could be greeting visitors to London's Trafalgar Square next year if it is chosen from a shortlist unveiled on Thursday.

Juuso the bear makes artistic debut at Finnish gallery

HELSINKI Artists usually like to attend the opening of their exhibitions but the painter of the works that went on display at a gallery in Helsinki on Tuesday preferred to carry on hibernating. | Video

Simon Rattle offers up musical 'tapas bar' for first season in London

LONDON Conductor Simon Rattle unveiled what he described as a musical "tapas bar" on Tuesday as he presented an eclectic program for his first season with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO).

Iraqi artist recreates ancient works destroyed by Islamic State

ERBIL, Iraq As Iraqi forces fight to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State, an artist in nearby Erbil is chiseling at clay in a tiny, unheated studio to recreate historic Assyrian monuments destroyed by the group. | Video

U.S. to help Egypt restore hundreds of pharaonic era coffins

CAIRO Egypt will restore hundreds of coffins dating back thousands of years to the time of the pharaohs as part of a joint American-Egyptian project to document and preserve one of the world's oldest civilizations, a director of the project said on Tuesday.

Russian 'scrotum protest' artist seeks asylum in France

KIEV Russian dissident artist Pyotr Pavlensky, whose protests against the state have included nailing his scrotum to Moscow's Red Square, has said he plans to seek asylum in France.

Budapest museum lifts lid on Houdini's magic, Hungarian roots

BUDAPEST Even almost 100 years after his death, the name Harry Houdini is synonymous with escapology, but less is known about his first great escape - how he left his Hungarian home as a child for a new life in the United States.

Watership Down author Richard Adams dies at 96

LONDON British novelist Richard Adams, the author of "Watership Down", which sold millions of copies and captivated a generation of children, has died aged 96, his family said.

Wildenstein art-dealer family acquitted of tax fraud charges in France

PARIS Wealthy French art dealer Guy Wildenstein and seven others were acquitted of tax fraud charges on Thursday thanks to a legal loophole the Paris court acknowledged might not be understood by the general public.