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Monster Mash: Centre Pompidou reopens after strikes; Leonardo painting back; Auschwitz sign missing

December 18, 2009 |  8:58 am

Pompidou

-- Open for business: The Centre Pompidou in Paris has reopened after more than three weeks of strikes. (Agence France-Presse)

-- Return of a masterpiece: A painting by Leonardo da Vinci stolen six years ago (and recovered in 2007) goes back on display in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. (BBC News)

-- Back to the drawing board?: Critics express their displeasure over plans for the new Edvard Munch museum in Oslo. (The Art Newspaper)

-- Missing: The iron sign that spanned the entrance to the former concentration camp at Auschwitz in Poland has been stolen. (The Guardian)

-- Oral hygiene: An ivory-and-gold toothpick belonging to Charles Dickens was sold at a New York auction for $9,150. (The Daily Telegraph)

-- Hot ticket: More Broadway producers express interest in the Sydney Theater Company's production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," starring Cate Blanchett and now running at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. (The New York Times)

-- Artistic vision: Tim Robbins talks about the recent financial difficulties experienced by his L.A. theater company, the Actors' Gang. (NPR)

-- Lovely bones: Scientists in Italy are launching a search for the remains of Renaissance artist Caravaggio. (The Daily Telegraph)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne's best of 2009; arts reporter Suzanne Muchnic writes an appreciation of actress Jennifer Jones; a slum in Kenya overflows with street art; Ed Harris will perform Neil LaBute's "Wrecks" at the Geffen Playhouse.

-- David Ng

Photo: Visitors at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Credit: Horacio Villalobos / EPA

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