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 terms & conditions  privacy statement   . PARIS (AFP).- It is one of the greatest and most visited art museums in the world, and the only one in an old railway station. Thirty years after the Musee d'Orsay opened its doors for the first time, it has become as much a Paris landmark as its big sister the Louvre just across the River Seine. But the very success of the museum best known for its unrivalled collection of Impressionist paintings is now causing it problems. An average of 3.5 million visitors a year pour through its spectacular vaulted nave, making it the "most dense museum in the world", according to its director of collections Xavier Rey. There is simply not enough space, he said. Although the Musee d'Orsay is one of the top 10 most visited galleries in the world. It's a squeeze, but Paris Impressionist museum is still a hit after 30 years  DAKAR (AFP).- The Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow, one of the giants of African art, died Thursday 1 December 2016 in Dakar aged 81, his family told AFP. The artist was best known for his monumental sculptures of Nubian wrestlers inspired by the pictures taken in Sudan by the controversial German photographer Leni Riefenstahl. Sow's series of striking bronzes of muscular African men -- "The Maasai", "The Zulus" and "The Fulani" -- were widely exhibited in France and at the prestigious Documenta festival in Germany and the Venice Biennale. "The fact that his works were shown all over the world proved that he was a giant of culture. Giant of African art Ousmane Sow dies at 81 Helsinki nixes Guggenheim museum bid after six-year row HELSINKI (AFP).- Helsinki's city council buried Thursday a contested plan to build a museum bearing the name of the US- based Guggenheim Foundation, primarily due to the price tag. Opponents of the museum said one of the Finnish capital's best locations facing the presidential palace in the port would have been handed over to the "McDonald's of art", referring to the Guggenheim chain of museums in cities including New York, Bilbao and Venice. But supporters of the project argued the planned site was being used as a parking lot, and insisted the museum could have led to a tourism boom. After a marathon debate that lasted for several hours until the early hours of Thursday, 53 of the council's delegates voted against the museum and 32 in favour.