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China's lost art

China will send a team of experts around the world to catalog cultural relics it claims were looted from Beijing's Old Summer Palace. The World's Alex Gallafent looks at an episode many Chinese regard as one of the most humiliating in their history.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

For today's Geoquiz we're looking for a walled city in Italy, deemed a World Heritage Site for its Renaissance culture. The World's Alex Collins tells us how scientists have helped art historians discover more of the story behind works of art.

Politics

Takashi Murakami in Versailles

The palace in Versailles is among the most visited sites in France. Starting Tuesday people can see an exhibit of Japanese contemporary art that has some French traditionalists up in arms. Genevieve 0ger reports from Versailles.

Politics

Picasso treasure trove'

A retired electrician in southern France who worked for Pablo Picasso says he has hundreds of previously unknown works by the artist. The treasure trove of 271 pieces is said to be worth about $ 80 million. Anita Elash reports.

Arts, Culture & Media

Why So Angry?

John Silber has titled his new book Architecture of the Absurd: How ?Genius? Disfigured a Practical Art. When he was the president of Boston University, he dealt with a lot of building projects and he's been known to rail against excesses in architectural cost and design. Silber tells Kurt about the first time he walked into architect Frank Gehry's Stata Center at MIT. He sure was mad!

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Men in Tights

Superman's outfit is made from the fabric he was swaddled in when he crash-landed from Krypton. Margot Kidder, Brandon Routh and artist William Pope L.. Explore what it's like for mortal men to fill out the tights.

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Panorama Kid

Stephen Talasnik's drawings, on view now at the Queens Museum, are detailed blueprints of fantastical architecture. They're inspired by the museum's Panorama - a meticulous scale model of New York City. Produced by Eric Molinsky and Derek John.