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Damien Hirst has today unveiled a new spot painting based on Disney character Mickey Mouse.

Reynir Hutber wins the Catlin Art Prize 2010

29 year-old London based artist Reynir Hutber has won the 2010 Catlin Art Prize. Now in its fourth year, the prize acts as an annual showcase for recent art school graduates looking for a foothold in the unforgiving art world.

Pompidou Centre puts Metz on the map

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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Twombly hits new heights at Louvre

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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Observations: Boltanski unveils his monuments to mortality

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?

School of Saatchi, BBC2<br/>The Age of Stupid, BBC4

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Inconvenient art: contemporary artists weigh in on climate change

Royal Acadamy's new exhibition examines 'art of a changing world'

Google doodle NZ finalists named

Google has named the Kiwi finalists for its first local version of the Doodle 4 Google art competition - and now it's up to New Zealanders to pick the winners.

Old Masters make Hirst look so last year

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.

Royal Artillery? No, the Royal Academy

Gallery throws open its doors to honour Anish Kapoor &ndash; and his exploding cannon

City Slicker: Rome - Italy's unique capital city

The sun-bathed days of early summer reveal Italy&rsquo;s first city in all its glory. Rachel Spence suggests what to see and do for new and returning visitors

Queen of arts: Francesca von Habsburg looks back on her extraordinary life

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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