Monday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  May 23, 2011 at 10:34 AM EDT

A statue in front of a view of the Black Sea in Sochi, the Russian host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

A statue in front of a view of the Black Sea in Sochi, the Russian host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The games are scheduled to begin February 7, 2014. Photo by Franck Fife/ AFP/ Getty Images

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“Tree of Life,” the latest film by American auteur Terrence Malick, was awarded the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, via The New York Times. Actress Kirsten Dunst (“Melancholia”), actor Jean Durjardin (“The Artist”) and director Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) were also honored.

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A federal program that offers members of the military and their families free entrance to many American museums all summer has expanded this year, almost doubling the roster of partipating institutions, via The Associated Press.

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Some Romans think a new statue erected to honor Pope John Paul II looks more like Mussoulini, via The Associated Press.

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The Guardian reports on the under-reported disappearance of four friends of detained artist Ai Weiwei who have been missing for several weeks.

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The New York City Opera says it is moving out of Lincoln Center, where it’s called home for almost fifty years, due to major cost-cutting, via The Wall Street Journal.

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Bill Hunter, often called the iconic Australian actor, has died at age 71, via BBC.