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Monster Mash: Chinese government still quiet about Ai Weiwei; Austrian museum to return Klimt painting

April 22, 2011 |  7:50 am


Without a trace: The Chinese government is remaining silent concerning the whereabouts of artist Ai Weiwei, who was imprisoned earlier this month. (Los Angeles Times)

Restitution: An Austrian museum is returning a Gustav Klimt painting to the descendant of its original owner, a victim of the Nazis. (Reuters)

Opening up: The producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" talk frankly about their decision to revamp the troubled Broadway musical. (Associated Press, via ABC News)

Settling down: The Southern California Institute of Architecture -- better known as SCI-Arc -- has paid $23.1 million for the downtown L.A. facility it has been using for close to 10 years. (Los Angeles Times)

Out: Kate Whoriskey has left her role as artistic director of Seattle's Intiman Theatre, which is canceling its season and laying off its staff due to money problems. (Playbill)

Defaced: Vandals have left their mark on the concrete-and-steel structure that will be the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. (The State News)

Prison: A court in Egypt has sentenced five officials to jail in connection with the theft of a Van Gogh artwork last year. (Reuters)

Impediments: A long-planned Smithsonian museum dedicated to Latino heritage faces budgetary and political hurdles. (New York Times)

New leader: The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has appointed a German academic and curator as its new director. (BBC News)

Canceled: On the heels of complaints, the Army has scrapped a $600,000 public-art project that would have included placing a sculpture of a fairy riding on the back of a giant toad near a Defense Department facility. (Stars and Stripes)

Also in the L.A. Times: Columnist Hector Tobar on the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes downtown; the first Little Tokyo Design Week will kick off in July.

-- David Ng

Photo: Demonstrators in Hong Kong show their support for artist Ai Weiwei. Credit: Kin Cheung / Associated Press