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Monster Mash: Museum of Tolerance gets final approval in Jerusalem; new Gerald Ford statue

July 13, 2011 |  7:50 am

Ford Moving forward: The planned Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem has received final approval for its new campus, meaning construction can begin on the project. (Jerusalem Post)

Distinguished: A new statue of President Ford has been installed at his namesake museum in Michigan, days before the body of his late wife, Betty, is to be buried on the grounds. (Grand Rapids Press)

Embattled: New York City Opera unveils its new season amid angry protests from union members. (New York Times)

Big demand: The National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York saw 42,000 ticket reservations on the first day they were made available online. (CNN)

Broadway bound: "Rebecca," a musical based on the Daphne du Maurier novel, is set to open on Broadway on April 22. (Playbill)

Seven-year itch: A huge outdoor statue of Marilyn Monroe has gone up in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)

Expensive: Takashi Murakami says that his artwork is overpriced. (Bloomberg)

Guilty: A New York man has admitted to wire fraud in which he persuaded an investor to buy a Corot painting at an inflated price and then pocketed some of the money. (New York Times)

Austerity measures: Cultural funding in the Netherlands is taking a big hit as the government slashes its budgets. (The Art Newspaper)

Also in the L.A. Times: The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $350,000 grant to Watts and neighboring Willowbrook.

-- David Ng

Photo: The new statue of President Ford in front of the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Michigan. Credit: Emily Zoladz / Associated Press