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The national appetite for art and art spaces seems insatiable. When Tate Modern was unveiled in 2000, two million annual visits were expected; today more than five million visitors a year pour through its Thames-side doors.

Telling Tales in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall

Visitors to London's Tate Modern gallery this Summer may find themselves holding a conversation with a complete stranger in a cavernous hall as part of a piece of art.

Timon of Athens, Olivier, National Theatre, London

A profligate philanthropist goes bust, loses all his fawning fair-weather friends and bolts to the opposite extreme, becoming an even more fanatical misanthrope who rages at mankind in his self-imposed exile. 

Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, Royal Opera House, London

In an Olympic year full of artistic grand projects, The Royal Ballet ends its season with one of the grandest. Titian: Metamorphosis 2012 has seven choreographers, three composers, three designers, and the surprise is that this isn’t a case of too many cooks. It’s a coherent, stylish evening, with artists moving confidently into new areas.

A model in 'Diana', by Mark Wallinger

Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, National Gallery, London

What do the Ancient Greek Games have to do with an exhibition in the year of London 2012? Screw up your eyes, and it all becomes wonderfully clear

Billy Connolly

Mary Dejevsky's Notebook: Neglect, tacky fads, and how Tate Britain has lost its way

What my local gallery has got wrong; and the real problem for News Corp's lobbyist

The new wave: Clever touches to make your home shipshape

1. Nautical knot doorstop

Titian 'copy' turns out to be a real work of art

For years, a painting in the National Gallery was labelled as a 16th-century copy created after Titian and rarely seen by the public, having been variously relegated to the lower galleries and conservation studios.

Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ which Sotheby’s are selling in New York

Edvard Munch's Scream goes on show in London

The only privately-owned version of Edvard Munch's classic masterpiece The Scream has gone on show in London for the first time before it is sold at auction in New York.

Trafalgar Square hosts Easter Passion play

Biblical scenes unfolded in Trafalgar Square today as thousands of people gathered to watch a recreation of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection.

Great Works: Diana and Callisto, 1556-59 (188cm x 206cm), Titian

National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh National Gallery, London

The website allows users to go on a cultural grand tour without ever leaving their computer

Home is where the art is, says Google

Until now, anyone who aspired to be well versed in the artistic highlights of the world's great galleries required time, money and a penchant for air travel. Soon, they will need just a laptop.

Another 'Olympics egg' stolen

A third model egg has been stolen from a pre-Olympic exhibition.

A woman examines the Lucian Freud painting Man's Head (Self Portrait 1) at the National Portrait Gallery exhibition

The late, late shows: art galleries burn midnight oil for blockbusters

Soaring demand for Lucian Freud exhibition typical of growing thirst for art in the capital

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