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Arts and culture: The week in pictures

  • Seeing double

    A visitor to the Art Miami fair, a satellite event to the Art Basel festival, walks in front of Girls Mirrored, an artwork by Mary A Waters. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Floating on air

    Just in time for the Art Basel Miami festival, the Pérez Art Museum opened a new building on Biscayne Bay designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. Inside the structure, artist Hew Locke created an installation of boats, titled For Those in Peril on the Sea, to hang from the ceiling. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Antique roadshow

    Dying Gaul, a Roman sculpture from the 1st or 2nd Century, is unveiled at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. It is the first time the work has left Italy in nearly 200 years. One of the most renowned works from antiquity, Dying Gaul was stolen from Rome by Napoleon’s forces in 1797 and only returned in 1816, following his downfall. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rhapsody in blue

    A ballerina in Vienna’s State Opera dances during a dress rehearsal of Etudes, part of a show called Ballet-Hommage that premieres 15 December. (Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader)

  • In the spotlight

    Adeline Michèle, singer and bassist for the Brooklyn-based contemporary disco band Escort, performs at the 35th Transmusicales music festival in Rennes, France. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Lighting up

    Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District has become part of the Netherlands city’s Light Festival, showcasing some 30 illuminated sculptures and projections by international artists through 19 January 2014. One piece by French artist Vincent Olinet, Pas Encore Mon Histoire, of an illuminated canopy bed, stands right in the heart of the district. (Reuters/Michael Kooren)

  • The wheel world

    A time-lapse picture shows Paris’ Opera Bastille and the Ferris wheel set up on the adjacent Place de Bastille. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The Best Medicine

    Comedian and musician Reggie Watts performs at the Artists for Peace and Justice Holiday Benefit in New York City. The non-profit organization was founded by film director Paul Haggis in 2009 to raise money for Haiti and provide healthcare and education for the Caribbean nation’s poorest residents. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

  • Just crawling along

    Festively-coloured snails designed by the Cracking Art Group add a dash of holiday whimsy to the Fiumicino airport near Rome. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

  • I, Robot

    Street art featuring a genocidal robot – one that looks suspiciously like the cigar-chomping, heavy-drinking robot Bender from the TV programme Futurama – lines a wall in Paris. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)