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BY Annie Strother  September 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM EST

A roundup of the week’s art headlines.

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The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, which closed for renovations in 2005, reopens next month, three years later than originally scheduled. Dancers rehearsed “Sleeping Beauty” there this week.

 
David Hallberg, the principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater, will be the first American to permanently join the Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, via The New York Times.

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R.E.M. announced yesterday that it is breaking up after 31 years. Salon is aggregating the remembrances of other indie rock performers and writers, while TIME magazine asks if it’s really “the end of the world as we know it.” We’ll have a conversation with music writer Anthony DeCurtis about the band’s long run later this afternoon.

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A Danish video-game designer has created a video game that mimics “The Artist is Present,” a retrospective of conceptual artist Marina Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art in which she sat for 736 hours and 30 minutes at a table. Visitors waited hours for the chance to sit opposite her. The game, by Pippin Barr, simulates the experience of going to the Museum of Modern Art, buying a ticket, waiting in line, and eventually sitting across from the artist, via Slate. Jeff Brown talked with Abramovic earlier this year.

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German conductor Kurt Sanderling, famous for his interpretations of his friend Shostakovich, is dead at 98, via The Guardian.

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Award-winning author Salman Rushdie is on Twitter, via The Guardian.

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Lucian Freud’s final, unfinished painting will go on display this winter, via The Washington Post.

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A Swedish cartoonist was the target of a foiled attack earlier this month, via The Telegraph. Lars Vilks published a cartoon depicting the prophet Mohammed as a dog in 2007.

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The Minnesota Institute of Arts is returning a piece of Greek pottery to the Italian authorities after a criminal investigation indicated it had been stolen, via Minnesota Public Radio.

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Tom Wilson, the cartoonist who created ‘Ziggy,’ is dead at 89, via The New York Times.

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Arts groups worry about the effects of President Obama’s plan to limit tax breaks for the wealthy may have on charitable giving, via The Washington Post.

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Hollywood’s Paramount Pictures is planning $700 million in renovations, an upgrade that would create some 7,300 jobs, via the Los Angeles Times.

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New York Times critic Roberta Smith made an appeal to save the American Folk Art Museum, which has suffered severe financial trouble.