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Has Ai Weiwei’s Beijing studio been bugged? [The Independent]

A Bulgarian artist has gifted the European Central Bank with a huge chunk of aluminum, promising to replace it with a real sculpture only when the Frankfurt-based institution has “fulfill[ed] all its goals and all of its staff [are]” completely satisfied. The artist, Nedko Solakov, believes this will never happen. The ECB chose Solakov’s sculpture as one of three artworks for which the bank paid a combined sum of €1.25 million ($1.41 million). [Reuters]

Joëlle Tuerlinckx’s “1/Museum” at Kunsthaus Lempertz in Brussels. [Contemporary Art Daily]

Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph has been blown up by ISIL extremists. [The Art Newspaper]

Centre Pompidou announces a lot of plans—pop-ups in South Korea and China, as well as exhibitions on the Beat Generation, Beirut, and Arte Povera. [The Art Newspaper]

Jane Fonda spoke about the impact art can have at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Saturday night: “She discovered the impact art can have on youth, when one of the children there confessed she had never met people who think about the future. ‘When you’re poor or not loved, you see no future,’ Fonda recalled understanding.” [Variety]

Olga Hirshhorn, art collector, philanthropist, and patron as well as the widow of the man who founded the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, died in Naples, Florida, on October 3, at the age of 95. [The Washington Post]

For this season’s fashion week in Paris, Céline commissioned Danish artist Thomas Poulsen, known as FOS, to design a catwalk space. [The Guardian]

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