Wednesday’s Art Notes
Rescuers remove a Buddha statue from a destroyed Tibetan monastery in Jiegu, Yushu county, in China’s northwestern province of Qinghai on Tuesday. China declared a national day of mourning for victims of last week’s earthquake as rescuers battled altitude sickness and bad weather conditions in the Tibetan disaster zone. Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images
Picasso’s “Actor” has made a successful recovery and been returned to the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a visitor fell and ripped the painting in January, via the New York Times.
The Somali government has ordered radio stations to start playing music again, after an April 13 order from an islamist militant group called Hizbul Islam to cease, via Associated Press.
Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano is wrecking travel plans, as well as art and entertainment events. Opera houses and concert halls in New York were without Europe-based headliners. Opera stars took a cab from Poland to London — a 1,000 mile fare. A French conductor had to cancel an appearance in San Diego. And scores of others have had to reschedule or cancel.
The volcano has the Guardian’s Andrew McGahan wondering, “Where are the good volcano novels?”