Arts and Entertainment Dominique Gonzalez-Foester's installation 'TH.2058' which opened in October 2008 at the Tate modern

Tate Modern has ensured another decade of popular large-scale installations in its Turbine Hall – which has hosted work from Ai Weiwei’s porcelain sunflower seeds to Olafur Eliasson’s giant sun – after signing its “largest and longest” sponsorship deal.

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Books: Christopher Hitchens's autobiography, 'Hitch 22', is a poignant read, and very interesting because I have a very poor knowledge of recent political history – or for that matter distant political history. I'm also reading 'Jasper Jones' by Craig Silvey, about an Aboriginal kid and a white kid who find a dead woman, hanging from a rope. I was completely sucked in.

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Cultural Life: Patrick Wolf, musician

Music: I have been re-listening to one of my favourite albums called 'Winter in the Belly of a Snake' by Venetian Snares, the performing alias of Aaron Funk. It's a beautiful concept record with an amazingly futuristic, electronic sound. It really puts so-called dub-step to shame. To de-stress I always turn to Stephan Micus. His contemporary take on classical, renaissance and medieval music often builds on peaceful sounds of the wind. Whenever I am feeling mental or tense I escape to Cornwall with Stephan Micus and Meredith Monk's records.

Miró: Works on paper and rare graphics

The playful, cartoon-like paintings of Joan Miró are instantly recognisable. Bright in colour and childlike in form, the Catalan artist flirted with both abstract expressionism and surrealism to create his vivid celebrations of the Catalan landscape.

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei missing after China exit halted

One of China's most famous contemporary artists remained missing, more than a day after he was blocked from leaving the country and police raided his home, his wife said.

Inside Lines: Moynihan calls up big hitters as boardroom battle turns nasty

Beleaguered British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan has enlisted an army of heavy hitters to help fight his corner in the increasingly bitter battle with fellow peer Lord Coe and 2012 organisers, which has now seen him and the chief executive Andy Hunt banned from the Locog board until their Olympic cash dispute is resolved.

2012 ticket sell-off fails to start with a bang

Card fiasco sees thousands blocked from website, while countdown clock grinds to a halt

Handle with care &ndash; $100m Picasso makes a public appearance

Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, painted by the artist in a single day in 1932, shows his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter reclining in front of a bust of herself, as rendered in distinctive blue and lilac by the Spanish master. Last May, the painting became the most expensive work ever sold at auction, passing between two private collectors for $106m (£70m) at a sale at Christie's, New York.

Leading article: Private eye

Tate Modern has scored a great coup in unveiling a hitherto rarely glimpsed 1932 work by Picasso, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust. Portraying the artist's then mistress and muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter, and sold for £70m last May, its previous owners exhibited it only once – to mark the artist's 80th birthday in 1961.

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