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Magritte's painting 'Good Faith'

Where are all the best postcards at the Magritte Museum? Put that in your pipe and smoke it

Plus: OMG –WTF is this TPM thing? And, Paul Noble: genius squared with madness

The Conversation: Francesco Vezzoli, artist

You're putting on a trio of exhibitions at Rome's Maxxi museum, New York's MoMA and the MOCA in Los Angeles this year – that sounds like a lot of work.

Free museums to be spared worst of budget cuts

Britain’s publically funded museums are to be spared from the worst of the Government’s spending cuts, the Chancellor George Osborne is preparing to announce.

The Maldive Exodus Caravan Show

Political turmoil in the Maldives reverberates all the way to the Venice Biennale 2013

The political turmoil rocking the Maldives has reverberated all the way to Venice’s celebrated art show where the archipelago nation is represented by two exhibitions – an official one focussing on the danger of climate change and unofficial show highlighting political repression.

Through their eyes: Children who fled the violence draw picture of Syria crisis

A Unicef worker reports from Northern Iraq on the challenges of rehabilitation

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 11 June 2013

Japan GDP is revised up

Falkland Holdings boosted by UK exhibitions

The company which owns much of the Falkland Islands' infrastructure and a stake in an oil explorer there beat the City's predictions for its profits thanks to an unlikely source.

Cornelia Parker, Oil Stain (Bethlehem) 2012 - 2013

Art review: Cornelia Parker, Frith Street Gallery, London

The British artist's latest exhibition is charged with a different kind of violence

A scene from ‘Psycho’ recreated by James Franco for his show Psycho Nacirema

Humour leavens James Franco's art show 'Psycho Nacirema' that takes a dark look at Hitchcock classic

James Franco – actor, author, director, sex symbol, Oscars show host and now artist – may have disappointed the audience at a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at the weekend by not appearing in drag. If you want to see Franco in a dress you’ll have to visit his multimedia installation Psycho Nacirema at the Pace Gallery in Soho.

Cups and saucers at the Foundling Museum by artist Clare Twomey
Marc Quinn’s sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant resurfaces as a giant inflatable

Art review: Venice Biennale - From a gondola, Art UK looks fine and dandy, but is the YBA bubble about to burst?

Venice has always been a city for showing off, so it's been business as usual at the start of this year's art Biennale as some of the richest people in the world – including François Pinault, owner of Christie's, and Victor Pinchuk, the Ukrainian billionaire – open the doors of their palazzos and throw lavish parties for their friends.

Vive le school run: Children's journeys to school in rural Brittany are packed with mini-adventures

In rural Brittany, children travel by boat, bike or walk through woods to get to school. Photographer Stéphanie Tétu captured their adventures.

Sibling rivalry: The public enemy (left) confronts his brother

The new version of Ibsen's Public Enemy is a drama where democracy doesn't win any votes

Plus: Propaganda's crowning moments at the British Library and the Chapman brothers first exhibition in China should go down well with local audiences

Pay a visit to the Bruno and Bean pop-up shop and pick up new pieces. Palladian tea cup and saucer by Custhom, from £24. brunoandbean.com

iStyle: Capital ideas

Who needs to fly off to Milan? Clerkenwell Design Week is a fabulous showcase for British design talent, says Trish Lorenz

Dr Simon Pennell, palliative care doctor at Lewis Manning Hospice in Dorset (Rankin Photography Ltd)

Rankin honours parents with pictures of life before death

Rankin, the celebrated photographer, is on a mission to bring death to life in an exhibition inspired by the trauma he suffered after his parents died within weeks of each other.

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