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The cultural grand tour of Europe will have another stopping off point from this week – Metz, the Bilbao of the North. President Nicolas Sarkozy will officially open a €86m (£74m) branch of the Pompidou Centre in Paris in a beautiful, but comparatively little visited, cathedral city 170 miles east of Paris.

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The Louvre's ceilings already abound with paintings: There are plenty of frolicking maidens, epic battles and racing chariots, not to mention cherubs holding cornucopias. American contemporary artist Cy Twombly had something different in mind, however – something a bit simpler.

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With his Personnes installation set to be unveiled in the gargantuan nave of Paris's Grand Palais next week, the veteran French artist Christian Boltanski has bagged one of the most coveted European contemporary-art commissions of 2010. It's the third show in the Monumenta series of solo exhibitions organised by the French Culture Ministry (Richard Serra and Anselm Kiefer featured previously) to put Paris on the contemporary art map – the series is the French equivalent of Tate Modern's Turbine Hall commission. But how will the 65-year-old fill the Baroque-style 13,500 square-metres space?

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What's old is new again in the art market. Not long after being put in the shade by record-breaking prices being achieved by works from contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst, Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon, Old Masters are back.

Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie, Arnolfini, Bristol

The title of this exhibition sounds winningly, stirringly provocative: a group of young artists from around the world promises to lay bare the way in which the world of contemporary art – who succeeds and who fails, who's in and who's out – is determined – and riven – by issues of class. Friedrich Engels would have been proud to endorse such a show, we might think. The reality could not be more different.

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Controversy and provocation, working hard, playing hard, having a full life and being dynamic is what it's all about," declares Francesca von Habsburg, the woman who is not only the biggest cheese of all in the contemporary art world but also the wife of Archduke Karl von Habsburg – who once upon a time would have succeeded to the Austro-Hungarian empire, whose thrones included Austria, Transylvania, Hungary, Bohemia, Slovenia, Dalmatia, Illyria, Galicia and Croatia.

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