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Arts and culture: The week in pictures

  • Fashion on parade

    Just when you think Giorgio Armani has no more surprises, he presents a special couture show, One Night Only New York, displaying his private collection in Manhattan. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Bubble vision

    Sydney’s annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition is the world’s largest free-to-the-public outdoor showcase of statuary art. The event features work from over 100 artists from Australia and around the world, like this two-metre high sculpture from Qian Sihua. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Shaka can

    Paris art gallery Galerie Itinerrance is hosting 105 visual artists to decorate the empty apartments of a nine-storey public housing complex slated for demolition. French street artist Shaka transforms this bathroom into an eerie display. (Jacky Naegelen/Reuters)

  • Hard knock life

    Street artist Banksy continues his month-long residence in New York, despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s insistence that the graffiti art is “a sign of decay and loss of control”. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

  • All hands

    Dancers at Berlin’s Schiller Theatre perform to Claude Debussy as part of choreographer Sasha Waltz’ show Sacre, which sets interpretive dance to pieces by Hector Berlioz and Igor Stravinsky. (AFP/Getty Images/John MacDougall)

  • Surfin' bird

    Visual artist David Cerny anchors his latest installation piece on a boat in front of the presidential residence at Prague Castle. He says the sculpture reflects his feelings on the political situation in the Czech Republic and its upcoming elections. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

  • Womb with a view

    Both classic and contemporary pieces fill Regent’s Park for the Frieze London Art Fair, allowing enthusiasts to get up close and personal. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Seeds of an idea

    Anahata by Malaysia’s Kumari Nahappan, a 4,000lb (2,000kg) mass of saga seeds collected from across Southeast Asia, serves as a preview to the Singapore Biennale. (Edgar Su/Reuters)

  • White noise

    Rihanna performs in Abu Dhabi following controversy in the UAE capital when she was asked to leave the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque after posting photos the mosque’s authorities deemed inappropriate. (AP Photo/via Instagram)

  • Life begins at 40

    A giant birthday cupcake celebrates the 40th anniversary of the opening of the iconic Sydney Opera House. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

The week’s best photos from the arts and culture – including Rihanna in Abu Dhabi, the Singapore Biennale, and Banksy in New York