Monday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  February 8, 2010 at 9:37 AM EDT

Works by Pal Sarkozy, the father of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Werner Hornung; photo by Attila Kisbenedka/AFP/Getty Images.

Joint art works by Hungarian artist Pal Sarkozy, the father of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German artist Werner Hornung, entitled “Portrait NS – Nicolas Sarkozy” and “Portrait CBS -Carla Bruni Sarkozy,” are on exhibit at the Abigail Gallery in Budapest. (Photo by Attila Kisbenedka/AFP/Getty Images.)

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Iran says it will cut all ties with the British Museum because of a dispute over the loan of an ancient Babylonian artifact called the Cyrus Cylinder, which is known as the oldest existing document about human rights.

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In Switzerland, live opera performances on television are a big hit.

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Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout looks back at a time when Americans also loved watching high-brow art on TV.

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One performance that a lot of Americans did watch Sunday night was a 12-minute medley of hits by the rock band the Who, who played this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. The New York Times had this review, while the Chicago Sun Times was a little less generous.