What is left of Saddam Hussein's showcase currently resides in three run-down galleries, which are closed off from the public. Many of the paintings and sculptures inside have been damaged from heat and improper storage. Many more have been lost or destroyed entirely.
Asia Society notes the passing of Chinese painter Wu Guanzhong, a major artistic figure of the twentieth century, who made an enormous contribution to our understanding of art and visual culture. He was 90 years old.
John Woo, the director of such legendary action movies as The Killer (1989) and Hard-Boiled (1992), is to receive one of Hong Kong's top official honors, the Silver Bauhinia Star, in recognition of his contributions to Hong Kong cinema.
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