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Theater & art

A critic’s take on the year in visual arts

For the region’s most prestigious museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, 2012 saw many of the things one expects to find go missing in action. Great exhibitions, for one. And then, troublingly, works of art.

As I write, a good deal of the MFA’s world-famous collection is enjoying a vacation. Twenty of its paintings by Claude Monet are hanging out at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Thirteen of its oldest and greatest Chinese paintings are in China. Scads of its very best Japanese works are touring Japan.

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