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Lady Gaga to perform in outer space
  9th Nov 2013

Lady Gaga is to boldly go where no pop star has gone before. Taking her reputation from the sublime to the astronomic, she will become the first pop artist to blast out of earth and perform live in space. The 27-year-old has confirmed she will be part of the three day hi-tech music festival Zero G Colony, set to take place in New Mexico's Spaceport America in 2015. Gaga will rocket into the universe aboard a Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two and sing a track once zero gravity is reached.



Publish list of art looted by Nazis: US

The United States has asked Germany to publish a list of 1,400 Nazi-looted works of art that were found in a Munich apartment last year during a German tax evasion probe, US officials said last week. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said US diplomats had contacted the German federal government about the vast trove of art, which included previously unknown paintings by Henri Matisse and Otto Dix. Customs investigators seized the paintings, sketches and sculptures, dating from the 16th century to the modern period, last year but stayed silent until now because they had chanced upon the art during a tax evasion probe, which compels secrecy. The secrecy and the failure so far to publish a complete list of the works has attracted severe criticism.

Stubbs' paintings to stay in the UK

Two "vitally important" paintings by George Stubbs have been saved for the UK after a wealthy shipping magnate stepped in. The National Maritime Museum this morning revealed that a £1.5m donation from the Eyal Ofer Family Foundation allowed them to buy Stubbs's Kongouro from New Holland and Portrait of a Large Dog. The museum described the paintings as "vitally important visual records of Captain James Cook's first epic Endeavour voyage of discovery".

Second Dhaka Art Summit announced

The Samdani Art Foundation has announced the 2nd edition of the Dhaka Art Summit, to take place from 7 to 9 February 2014. This initiative is an attempt to bring together artists, curators, museums, galleries and visitors from across Bangladesh and the world to boost the status of South Asian art. Launched in 2012, the 1st edition attracted more than 50,000 visitors, and renewed international focus on South Asian contemporary art practices. The 2nd edition will present over 250 artists, including Lida Abdul, Rana Begum, Rathin Barman, Shilpa Gupta, Runa Islam, Jitish Kallat, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Naeem Mohaiemen, Mahbubur Rahman, Rashid Rana, Mithu Sen, Tsherin Sherpa, Shahzia Sikander and Asim Waqif, along with a solo project by the Raqs Media Collective.

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