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Wednesday’s Art Notes

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A statue of a Lion is exhibited near the Palazzo del Cinema as workers put the last touch on a wall on the eve of the opening of the 67th Venice Film Festival, which runs from September 1 to September 11 at the Venice Lido. Twenty-four films will compete for the Golden Lion and the jury will be directed by US filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/ AFP/ Getty Images

The New York Times has a preview of the festival.

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Speaking of Venice, the city’s next Bienniale in 2011 may showcase an official pavilion of Iraqi artists for the first time since 1976, via ARTINFO.

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A main venue for the upcoming Toronto Film Festival was searched for bed bugs after a film critic tweeted that a friend may have received bites while watching a movie, via The Globe and Mail. (Exterminators did not find any bugs.)

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Mexico’s new 500-pesos bill features the portraits of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, via the Los Angeles Times.

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The Los Angeles Times reports on an upcoming taping of performances of the Miami City Ballet, set to air on PBS next year.

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