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Ben Uri acquires rare Josef Herman painting lost for more than 60 years

Ben Uri has acquired Refugees, a rare and important early painting by Jewish émigré artist Josef Herman (1911–2000) which had been considered lost for more than 60 years.

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Grant Museum launches public appeal to save the rarest skeleton in the world

Endangered gorillas, Siamese crocodiles, Javan rhinos, baby orang-utans and Ganges river dolphin skeletons are among the much-loved specimens the London museum is hoping to preserve for visitors and students.

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Fur crazy: Jasmine Surreal talks cats, comedy and conceptual art at her London show

The Stuckist painter and self-proclaimed surrealist introduces us to her alter egos and their witty, colourful paintings, in an interview with Mark Sheerin.

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Gold hippos, eight-legged lambs and 70-foot sharks: Inside London's cabinets of curiosity

Described as "visiting the Natural History Museum on drugs", the Hanbury Collection features a computer used by the CIA. Hackney, meanwhile, welcomes Viktor Wynd's horrors.

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Natural History Museum acquires world's most complete Stegosaurus fossil skeleton

The Natural History Museum in London is to add an almost complete specimen of a Stegosaurus to its impressive dinosaur displays.

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Bench where Rik Mayall punched co-star in groin returns in fitting tribute by Bottom fans

Following a petition which secured more than 7,000 signatures, the bench from the opening sequence of Bottom has been returned to a Hammersmith junction.

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Rik Mayall Bottom bench unveiled by fans near original Hammersmith site of BBC sitcom

In a poignant and colourful ceremony near the Hammersmith site of the original bench from Bottom, Rik Mayall fans have revealed a recreation of the sitcom favourite.

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Allen Jones RA: Edginess and a sense of risk permeates playful Royal Academy exhibition

The first appraisal of the pop artist's work since 1995 succeeds in not getting lost in a discussion about the notoriety of his best-known sculptures, says Kirstie Brewer.

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Name that rhino: Museum asks public to join in after dismantling huge animal skeleton

The Grant Museum of Zoology is asking the public to name its largest specimen after live tweeting the disassembly of a rhino which will undergo "serious conservation work".

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Artist’s Statement: Sadie Lee on reworking rococo painting for GFEST

Celebrated LGBT painter Sadie Lee offers some fresh perspectives on Francois Boucher with her work at the Menier Gallery for GFEST 2014.

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Lost Howard Hodgkin paintings discovered in Wiltshire workshop

A series of hand-painted Howard Hodgkin gouaches inspired by India have turned up in a print workshop in Wiltshire and will go on display at the Gagosian in London on November 28.

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MIRRORCITY offers diverse reflections of London life at Hayward Gallery

Southbank Gallery gathers collection of London-based artists to explore themes of fiction and reality in gallery's latest high concept show. Mark Sheerin visits.

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Musician to create 30 Minute Snare Drum Roll as dancers circumnavigate M25 at Southbank

Charles Hayward says he will make a drum beat spiral through acoustic space, changing density, pressure and volume as dancers plan to recreate the M25 in the Royal Festival Hall.

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Patrick Stewart, Peter Capaldi and The Muppets: Comedy portraits to go on show

Edinburgh Fringe Festival photographer Idil Sukan has announced an exhibition of around 200 photos in London next year - and the high-profile sitters are game for a laugh.

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Benedict Cumberbatch's design of a life-size Paddington bear statue joins London trail

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch says he wants his Paddington Bear statue, set at the Museum of London in a trail of celebrity designs, to learn "the finer art of acting".

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