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05 May 2009 / /

The Baroque Egg with Bow by Jeff Koons during a media preview May 1, 2009 at Sotheby's in New York. The work is one of the pieces scheduled to sell in a contemporaryz art auction May 12-13, 2009 in New York. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT


Chinese artists', Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, 'Old Persons Home', 2007, at the Saatchi Gallery in London, Britain, 07 October 2008. The new Saatchi Gallery opens to the public 09 October and will be the only free contemporary art exhibiton space of its kind in the world. EPA/ANDY RAIN



Visitors look at the installation 'The Forever Bicycles' of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei during an exhibition opening featuring pieces of the winners of the 2008 Chinese contemporary art awards in the Ullens museum in Beijing. EPA/OLIVER WEIKE



Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo working in the 'Hall XX' at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland Barcelo finished after 13 months of work painting the dome of 'Hall XX' that will house the UN's Human Rights Council. The hall will be inaugurated 18 November 2008, in the presence of Spanish King Juan Carlos, Queen Sophie, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Swiss Federal President Pascal Couchepin. EPA/ONUART



Visitors have a look at the Sculptureís (made up of metallic junk) Exhibition, in southern Indian city of Bangalore 17 November 2008. Sculpture artist Ilyas Ahmed - a welder by profession - who started creating by using metallic junk waste like discarded nuts, bolts, springs, automobile spare parts and domestic waste. He creates several miniature and masterpieces like Predator, Robocop, Red Indian, Lion king, Batman, Dinosaurs, Pegasus. EPA/JAGADEESH NV



Models pose for artists and photographers during the Sex Cultural Carnival at the central district of Hong Kong on November 30, 2008. The Sex cultural Carvinal is held with the primary objective of transcending regional and cultural boundaries to create a relaxing atmosphere for Hong Kong and Macau people and obtain positive sexual knowledge. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE



Two visitors to the exhibition 're.act.feminism - Performance art of the 1960s and 1970s today' eye a photograph by Belgrade artist Tanja Ostojic dated 1972 at the Academy of Arts in Berlin, Germany, 12 December 2008. The exhibition is on display from 13 December to 08 February 2009. EPA/STEPHANIE PILICK



A embalmed dog sporting a cultural revolution hat and reading a magazine is on display at an art gallery in Beijing next to goat heads displayed on frames, China, 12 December 2008. The gallery belongs to artist Jin Weijian, who specializes in embalming dead animals and turning them into what he calls 'Fashion decorations' that can be apreciated and collected. There is a sign inside the gallery advising visitors that 'if your lovely pet unfortunately dies one day, please don't throw it away, come to us and produce it into a specimen, so that it will be with you forever.' EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL



US Marine Sgt. Kristopher Battles waits for his cast to dry in a studio at the Quantico Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, on February 27, 2009 as marines posed for sculptures which will be installed in the new WWI exhibit at the nearby National Museum of the Marine Corps, scheduled to open next year. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM


French artist Annette Messager sits with her installation entitled 'Inflated-Deflated' during the press view of the ?Annette Messager: The Messengers? exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London, on March 2, 2009. The exhibition traces the development of Messager?s work over the last four decades and will run from March 4 to May 25, 2009. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal



View of the Ringman (2002) on March 4, 2009 at the "Body Worlds", the anatomical exhibition of real human bodies by German Gunther von Hagens to be held at the San Diego Natural History Museum, in San Diego, California . The exhibition will open to public March 5. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS



Partial view of Woman bearing Life (1996) on March 4, 2009 at the "Body Worlds", the anatomical exhibition of real human bodies by German Gunther von Hagens to be held at the San Diego Natural History Museum, in San Diego, California . The exhibition will open to public March 5. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS



Spectators view a BMW, painted by artist Roy Lichtenstein in 1977, at a display in Grand Central Terminal March 24, 2009 in New York. Four iconic BMW Art Cars designed by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg were unveiled at the public art exhibit. In the background is another BMW painted by Frank Stella in 1976. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT



US artists set up an exhibit at the National Museum of Art during the X Biennial Exhibition of Havana on March 25, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ ADALBERTO ROQUE



A "Giant Torayan" robot shoots fire from its mouth during "Roppongi Art Night" in Tokyo on March 27, 2009. Made of aluminium and standing 7.2m tall (23.6 ft), the Giant Torayan robot was created by Japanese artist Kenji Yanobe. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO



A creation with a model of the Pope holding a naked woman inside a glass ball from artist Enrico T De Paris is exposed on April 2, 2009 in Venecia Palace for the "Roma, on the contemporary road" , an exhibition around Rome running from April 2-5. AFP PHOTO/ CHRISTOPHE SIMON



A statue called "Pieta" representing Jesus Christ sitting on an electric chair, created by British sculptor Paul Fryer, is displayed at the Cathedral of Gap, French Alps on April 10, 2009. The statue is exhibited at the Cathedral since the eve of Palm sunday, generating controversy. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT



DORDRECHT - Een kunstwerk van Joep van Lieshout bezorgt schoolkinderen in Dordrecht slapeloze nachten. Het bushokje dat de kunstenaar bouwde in de vorm van een doodshoofd heeft tot nogal wat opschudding geleid. ANP ROBERT VOS



A woman looks at a life-size sculpture of a Mako shark made from the recovered chassis parts of Jenson Button's 2008 Formula 1 Honda Grand Prix racing car at the 14th annual Chelsea Art Fair in West London, on April 23, 2009. Measuring three metres in length, the shark was created by sculptor Alastair Gibson and is on sale for £30,000. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal



Giant art peace of Belgian artist Wim Tellier pictured from an helicopter at the Zuiderdokken (South docks) in Antwerp, Belgium, 24 April 2009. EPA/DIRK WAEM BELGIUM OUT



A photo taken from a helicopter shows the giant artwork by Belgian artist Wim Tellier at the Zuiderdokken (South docks) in Antwerp, on April 2009. AFP PHOTO / DIRK WAEM



epa01710672 A sculpture entitled 'Bubbly Breasts Number 8' by Chinese artist Xu Yong is displayed at the Art Beijing contemporary art fair in the Agricultural Exhibition Centre in Beijing 27 April 2009. The four day fair brings leading galleries from around China as well as a handful of international dealers though attendance is poor and the market conditions are stagnant after years of bubbly growth. EPA/ADRIAN BRADSHAW



An art gallery displays creations of the "I Am Art - An Expression of the Visual and Artistic Process of Plastic Surgery" exhibition in New York on April 28, 2009. The exhibit consists of before and after photos and videos of people who have undergone reconstructive and elective plastic surgery with the aim to show the surgeon as an artist who deals with the most delicate canvas. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand



An art gallery displays creations of the "I Am Art - An Expression of the Visual and Artistic Process of Plastic Surgery" exhibition in New York on April 28, 2009. The exhibit consists of before and after photos and videos of people who have undergone reconstructive and elective plastic surgery with the aim to show the surgeon as an artist who deals with the most delicate canvas. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand


Lama Jiaobajia paints a piece of tangka in the Buddhist monastery in Tongren county in northwest China's Qinghai province 01 May 2009. Two lamas and two learners work eight hours a day in the monastery to produce the traditional tangka tapestries ordered by customers, most of whom are faithfuls or art collectors. EPA/AI QING