Why Warhol?: Trader who ploughed millions into art collection

Media captionPrivate Warhol collection of portraits goes on display

One of the most important private collections of the works of Andy Warhol is going on display at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

A large part of the collection consists of portraits by the celebrated American artist.

I meet the man who owns all 140 works in the collection - Andy Hall, a commodities trader whose private art collection exceeds 5,000 pieces.

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On the Monet: Water lily work on display for the first time

Media captionMonet was a knowledgeable gardener

The Royal Academy in London will host an exhibition, bringing together some of the world's best-known works to examine the role that gardens have played in art since the mid-19th century.

The work of Monet will be the starting point, and the exhibition will include a display of all three panels of the famous water lily work. It is the first time they have been on public display in Europe.

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When I met DiCaprio and Inarritu

Media captionThe Revenant took nine months to film in freezing conditions.

A host of British talent from in front and behind the camera have received their invitations to a very special party, the Oscars.

Among the nominations for best actor was Eddie Redmayne, for his portrayal of a transgender woman in the film The Danish Girl.

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David Bowie: The Picasso of pop

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If David Bowie could be summed up in one word, it would be "curious". He was not an academic but he had the inquisitive mind of an intellectual. The world to him was a mutable place full of exciting new ideas begging to be explored.

He was - in that regard at least - the Picasso of pop: an innovative, visionary, restless artist who synthesised complex avant garde concepts into beautifully coherent works that touched the hearts and minds of millions.

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Art and culture highlights for 2016

Media captionWill Gompertz takes a look at some of the art and culture highlights for 2016

In an increasingly global environment, the way we consume and celebrate art has changed.

Here is a look ahead at some of the biggest arts and culture events scheduled to take place in 2016.

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Pierre Boulez: A truly great artist

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Image caption Pierre Boulez was an epoch-defining 20th-Century French intellectual

World-famous French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez has died at the age of 90.

Boulez was a truly great artist who ranks - in my book - alongside the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Jean Prouve and Albert Camus as an epoch-defining 20th-Century French intellectual. He was not easy. He could be enormously charming and utterly horrible - sometimes to the same person in the same conversation.

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Bringing theatre to the Calais 'jungle'

Media captionWill Gompertz reports on the theatre project set up in the Calais 'Jungle'

A British theatre group is trying to help some of the thousands of migrants stranded in Calais.

The migrants and refugees are living in a squalid camp, known as The Jungle, but with little for them to do, charities and other groups have set up arts and drama projects.

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Behind the scenes at the museum bank

Blythe House treasures
Image caption Some of the treasures housed at Blythe House

When Blythe House was completed in 1903 it was considered a cutting-edge building.

It was electrified throughout with its own generators powering 11,000 lamps, printing machinery and both passenger and goods lifts. Less futuristic maybe, were the designated entrances for male and female staff who worked in separate wings to avoid any intimate or inappropriate encounters.

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ENO prepares for another six months of turmoil

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Image caption The ENO's home, the London Coliseum, seats more than 2,300

The ENO has not had a good year.

In the last 12 months: Martyn Rose, its chairman left acrimoniously, Henriette Gotz its executive director stepped down a few days later, John Berry, its controversial artistic director left, as did Edward Gardner, its charismatic conductor.

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Kasper Holten to leave The Royal Opera

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Image caption Danish director Kasper Holten has been the director of opera for The Royal Opera since 2011

The director of opera at The Royal Opera has announced he is to leave the Company at the end of March 2017 and return to Denmark.

The first thing you notice when meeting Kasper Holten is his energy and enthusiasm. Hang around a little longer and you discover a serious figure who is open-minded about his art form and experiential in his approach.

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