Monday’s Art Notes

BY Tom LeGro  January 4, 2010 at 10:38 AM EST

Beijing's National Stadium; Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images.

—Visitors gather outside the National Stadium, better known as the “Bird’s Nest,” after a snowfall in Beijing. The Chinese capital received its heaviest daily snowfall in nearly six decades, with up to12 inches falling in Beijing over the weekend. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images.)

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The world’s (latest) tallest skyscraper opens today. The Burj Dubai stands 160 stories tall. The Wall Street Journal describes the view from the top.

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You’ll have to wait till spring to visit Rome’s first major contemporary art museum, but the Financial Times gives you a preview of the building here.

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Canada refused a request from the Jordanian government to seize and hold the Dead Sea Scrolls before they leave an exhibit in Toronto. The rightful ownership of the religious artifacts is disputed by the Jordanians, Israelis and Palestinians.

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In France, 30 works of art were stolen from a private collector while he was away on holiday, just days after a Degas pastel was stolen from a museum. The looted collection included work by Picasso and Rousseau.