PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 February, 2012, 12:00am


Los Angeles

A recently opened Ansel Adams exhibition at Edgar Varela Fine Arts reveals a mostly unseen side of the famous landscape photographer. The collection consists of street shots and images of working-class life from Los Angeles in 1940. Originally taken for a story on the aviation history of the City of Angels, the photos ran in Fortune magazine in 1941. The exhibition closes on March 17.


A comprehensive Gerhard Richter retrospective, 'Panorama', is on display at Berlin's New National Gallery. The exhibition consists of more than 100 works, arranged in chronological order, that span the revered German artist's long and varied career. Aside from 'Panorama', 'ATLAS' - a collection of the artist's source material - is also on display in Dresden. Richter celebrated his 80th birthday on February 9.


Japanese art duo Paramodel - Yasuhiko Hayashi and Yusuke Nakano - have brought 'The Plastic Model of Paramodel is Paramodel' to the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Hanoi. The show consists of walls covered in Japanese model train sets and other toy-based works. In keeping with Paramodel's desire to use local objects, the show also features Vietnamese toys.

Rio de Janeiro

Revellers flooded the streets of Rio all week for Carnaval. This year's celebration was one of the largest ever, with one parade alone drawing an estimated 2.2 million party people. Celebrities Fergie and Jennifer Lopez were on hand and, despite a police shootout, the festivities ended on a high note with 13 samba schools battling it out for the title of Carnaval champion in the Sambadrome.


The earliest-known copy of the Mona Lisa went on display at Madrid's Prado Museum on Tuesday. A recent restoration revealed that the painting was probably painted concurrently with the masterpiece, most likely by an apprentice working alongside Leonardo da Vinci himself. The artwork (pictured) will be on display at the Prado until March 12; it will then move to the Louvre for an exhibition on March 29.


The eighth Singapore M1 Fringe Festival ends today. The event brings together theatre, dance, music and visual arts from around the world. This year's theme is art and faith, and highlights include 'Iraq is Flying', a collection of photos by Jamal Penjweny, and Cane (right), a re-enactment of controversial show Brother Cane. The original, performed in 1993, resulted in performance art being banned in Singapore for 10 years.