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Buried treasure poses Holocaust puzzle for Hungary museum

An archaeologist, Hungarian Ferenc Redo examines a metal coin of a Holocaust victim's collection in the Balatoni Museum in the town of Keszthely, 200 km west of Budapest on May 22, 2019. A collection of thousands of antique coins found buried in a house that was part of a war-time ghetto in Hungary for Jews has posed a riddle for historians. ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP.

KESZTHELY (AFP).- A vast and "unique" trove of antique and Roman-era coins, unearthed in what was one of Hungary's wartime Jewish ghettos, is proving a conundrum for historians. Thrilled with the chance discovery of the 2,800 gold and silver coins spanning decades and continents, researchers are in the dark however about who collected and then hid them. That the coins were buried under a house whose one-time owner, the likely collector, is presumed to have been murdered in the Holocaust deepens the mystery. According to a Hungarian Jewish organisation, the hoard also exposes how gaps remain in what is known about Hungary's Jews during World War II. The current owners of the house in the town of Keszthely, 190 kilometres (120 miles) southwest of the capital Budapest, stumbled across the coins in February during work on the cellar. They were likely hidden by a Jewish owner who was later deported to a Nazi German death camp in 1944, said Balint Havasi, director of Keszthely's Balatoni Museum where the ite ... More

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The National Maritime Museum opens the major exhibition The Moon   Tate acquires art archive of Ithell Colquhoun, transferred by the National Trust   Sotheby's Space Exploration auction skyrockets to $5.5 million

Camera carried on board the Columbia command module, Apollo 11 © Photo by Eric F. Long, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

GREENWICH, CONN.- To celebrate 50 years since NASA’s Apollo 11 mission landed the first humans on the Moon, the National Maritime Museum is staging The Moon, the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to Earth’s nearest celestial neighbour. Featuring over 180 objects from national and international museums and private collections, the exhibition presents a cultural and scientific story of our relationship with the Moon over time and across civilisations. Through artefacts, artworks and interactive moments, the exhibition enables visitors to reconnect with the wonders of the Moon and discover how it has captivated and inspired us. The exhibition explores how humans have used, understood and observed the Moon from Earth. Visitors will get the chance to relive the momentous events of the Space Race and the Moon landings ... More

Work by Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1988), watercolour and gouache on paper, from the uncatalogued archive recently transferred to Tate from the National Trust 2019. © Tate.

LONDON.- Tate has acquired a significant body of archives and artworks by British surrealist artist, Ithell Colquhoun, gifted by the National Trust. The collection of approximately 5,000 sketches, drawings and commercial artwork covering Colquhoun’s career from the 1930s-1980s, which she bequeathed to the National Trust, reunites her work with the bequest of occult and other papers she left to Tate in 1989. The drawings in the archive in ink, graphite and some with gouache and watercolour wash, vary from small jottings and sketchbooks to highly worked drawings, prints and designs. They include architectural drawings, life paintings, portraits, abstract works and surrealist paintings, and pieces which reflect Colquhoun’s interest in the occult and mythology. In recent years ... More

Saturn V Rocket Model. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, Sotheby’s auction dedicated to Space Exploration totaled $5.5 million in New York, surpassing its high estimate by $1 million and with an exceptional 93% of all lots sold. The sale featured a wide variety of material from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, including direct consignments from astronauts, an impressive collection of flown mission artifacts and hardware, the finest single owner collection of flown Robbins medallions, early contractor’s models, spacesuits, maps, charts and more. Cassandra Hatton, Vice President & Senior Specialist of Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts Department in New York commented: “Fifty years ago, we achieved the world’s greatest human accomplishment. Today, space exploration continues to capture the hearts and imagination of people around the world. This universal fascination was reflected in today’s stellar sal ... More

Four seasons reunited: Mauritshuis acquires three paintings by Nicolaes Berchem   Exhibition allows visitors to travel back in time 600 million years   Hauser & Wirth exhibits works from the Ursula Hauser Collection

The four paintings show the seasons and were made around 1670 to decorate an Amsterdam canal house.

THE HAGUE.- The Mauritshuis has acquired three allegorical paintings by Nicolaes Berchem. Together with Allegory of Summer – which has been at the Mauritshuis since 1992 - they form an exceptional ensemble. The four paintings show the seasons and were made around 1670 to decorate an Amsterdam canal house. The series was broken up in the late nineteenth century, but has now been reunited. Emilie Gordenker, Mauritshuis Director: ‘It was a golden opportunity to be able to bring Berchem’s series of the seasons together again. The series was originally made to be displayed above doors and this is how the works will eventually be seen in the museum too. This acquisition would not have been possible without the support of the BankGiro Loterij and the Vereninging Rembrandt.’ In each painting, a medallion with the personification of the season seated on a chariot appears, pulled along in a procession by a pair of animals. Spr ... More

Reconstruction of the predatory penis worm, Cricocosmia jinningensis, which burrowed in the Cambrian sea floor sediments and used its fearsome toothed proboscis to capture prey. Photo: Mighty Fossils.

OXFORD.- A fascinating new exhibition at Oxford University Museum of Natural History - First Animals and the Origin of Oceanic Ecosystems - challenges its visitors to question ‘What is an animal?’ The visitor journey begins by travelling back in time 600 million years, to when the very origins of all animals – including humans – began to develop in the world’s oceans. In an extraordinary evolutionary event, which has never been repeated since, the Earth then experienced a huge increase in new life forms, many of which laid the foundations for the body plans of all subsequent animal life. This occurrence, termed the Cambrian Explosion, took place over a period of just 20 million years — a mere blink of the eye in geological terms – and First Animals reveals how amazing fossil evidence from this epoch is being uncovered and investigated ... More

Ursula Hauser in her New York home, 2018. Background: Martin Creed, Work No. 2197, 2015 © Martin Creed. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019. Photo: Axel Dupeux.

LONDON.- Hauser & Wirth Somerset is presenting ‘Unconscious Landscape. Works from the Ursula Hauser Collection’, an exhibition focused entirely on female artists. Over the course of four decades Ursula Hauser has assembled a deeply personal collection of works that brings together a remarkable overview of late 20th century modern masters in dialogue with contemporary artists. The exhibition, which is curated by Ursula Hauser’s daughter Manuela Wirth, together with Laura Bechter, Curator of the Ursula Hauser Collection, spans all five galleries in Somerset, presenting 65 works by female artists and artists’ estates including Louise Bourgeois, Heidi Bucher, Sonia Gomes, Eva Hesse, Sheila Hicks, Maria Lassnig, Lee Lozano, Meret Oppenheim, Carol Rama, Sylvia Sleigh and Alina Szapocznikow. This presentation follows a series of Hauser & Wirth exhibitions ... More

The Robin Rice Gallery opens its annual photography exhibit Summertime Salon   'Holy Grail' item of Scottish silver comes to market at August sale   Tate appoints Victoria Cheetham as Chief Operating Officer

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NEW YORK, NY.- The Robin Rice Gallery announces Summertime Salon 2019, an annual photography exhibit featuring gallery artists as well as a few newcomers. The show will be on view until September 22, 2019. Rice has brought together the works of 60 gallery artists and nearly a hundred photographs for this salon-style exhibition. From floor to ceiling, the walls of the gallery are a mosaic of various sized photographs in sepia, color and black & white, expertly hung to fit together like pieces of a puzzle. “This is my favorite exhibition even though it takes months to curate and a week to install,” says Rice. “I love the moment when a viewer is first drawn to an image. Sometimes it’s indefinable; a moment when the viewer not only shares but reconnects to an experience remembered.” Each year, the Summertime Salon matures and Rice’s annual masterpiece is revealed to showca ... More

The cup has been given an estimate of £6,000-£8,000

CAMBRIDGE.- An exceptionally rare solid silver tumbler cup made in a small town in Scotland nearly 340 years ago is expected to be one of the star lots at Cheffins’ Jewellery, Silver & Watches Sale in Cambridge on Thursday 01 August 2019. Made during the reign of Charles II and bearing the marks of the assay office in Banff, a town in Aberdeenshire on the north east coast of Scotland, the cup is in remarkable condition for its age. Historically, there were nearly 30 assay offices in Scotland, testing and hallmarking precious metal items before sale. Now there is only one, in Edinburgh, and items marked from ‘closed’ assay offices have become extremely collectable. Banff had one of the smallest assay offices, with the result that only a small number of items were ever marked there and in the past ten years there does not seem to have been any other sizeable items ... More

Victoria Cheetham brings a wealth of experience to Tate, having been a member of the Southbank Centre Executive Team since 2010.

LONDON.- Tate announced the appointment of Victoria Cheetham as Chief Operating Officer. She will take up her role in autumn 2019. She is currently Executive Director, Arts at Southbank Centre, Europe's largest arts centre, where she leads strategy and delivery of the artistic programme across multiple art forms and sites in London, the UK and globally. Victoria Cheetham brings a wealth of experience to Tate, having been a member of the Southbank Centre Executive Team since 2010. In her time there she has been responsible for areas including visitor experience, ticketing, operations and delivery of over 4,000 artistic events a year. She has also overseen the successful transformation of business processes across arts administration at the institution. Previously she ... More

Kayne Griffin Corcoran exhibits new paintings on paper and wood panels by Monique Mouton   Crystal Bridges announces the opening date for the Momentary and unveils 2020 exhibition lineup   "Cool Clay" acquisitions highlight experimental nature of ceramics

Monique Mouton, Walk, 2019. Watercolor and soft pastel on paper, 75 1/8 x 62 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches framed (190.8 x 158.8 x 7 centimeters) Courtesy the artist and Kayne Griffin Corcoran. Photo: Flying Studio, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Kayne Griffin Corcoran is presenting Scene, Monique Mouton’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. The exhibition includes new paintings on paper and wood panels. Scene features a group work that is saturated in both color and composition. This body of work pushes Mouton’s interest in the marginal areas of the paintings. The artist draws attention to transitional spaces such as that between the paper and the frame by playing her irregular cuts off of the crisp structures that house them. The paintings elaborate softer signals as Mouton makes a case for gradual reception. In one painting a rainbow appears through a wash of a purple hue. Another’s subtly arced perimeter comes into clarity slowly, one edge a ... More

Rendering of the Momentary.

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced the 2020 temporary exhibition schedule which includes surveys of popular artists such as Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… and Ansel Adams: In Our Time, an examination of the craft movement in Craft, and two exhibitions that will be featured at the Momentary during its inaugural season. The Momentary is a satellite to Crystal Bridges and a new contemporary art space that is set to open to the public on February 22, 2020 with State of the Art II, and will be followed by Nick Cave: Until in the summer. “We are excited to begin this new decade exploring art at Crystal Bridges and the soon-to-be opened Momentary,” said Rod Bigelow, Crystal Bridges executive director & chief diversity and inclusion officer. “Whether the artists are familiar to our visitors or completely unknown, these exhibitions look at history, our natural landscape, ... More

Zemer Peled (Israeli, born 1983), Untitled 1, 2016. Ceramic, 22 x 19 x 19 in. Crocker Art Museum purchase, Becky B. Krisik Fund and Marcy and Mort Friedman Acquisition Fund, 2018.47.

SACRAMENTO, CA.- From raw textures to meticulous details, to glazes bursting with color, the Crocker Art Museum acquisitions featured in the exhibition "Cool Clay" provide insight into the experimental nature of the medium, and the diversity that will define its future. While the Crocker collection already includes one of the nation’s premier ceramics collections, this exhibition of approximately 40 works features gifts that strengthen the scope and variation of the Museum’s holdings. Pieces in the exhibition span six decades of studio practice and highlight ground-breaking achievements by 20th-century artists known for pioneering aesthetics and techniques. Erika Sanada (Japanese, born 1987) is one of many artists represented in the Crocker’s collection for the first time. While her work is often ... More

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Galerie Ora-Ora opens Nina Pryde's solo exhibition 'Infinity'
HONG KONG.- Galerie Ora-Ora is presenting Hong Kong-based artist Nina Pryde’s third main exhibition with the gallery. Infinity on view from July 16 through August 17. Infinity features a career-defining collection of landscape and semi-abstract landscape ink works, focusing on the versatility of Nina Pryde’s art-making as painter, calligrapher, collage artist, and photographer. Pryde is a modern artist, and a thoroughly modern Hong Kong artist at that. Although she works primarily in ink, her newer mixed-media works now incorporate increasing colour and veer towards the semi-abstract, infusing elements that draw from Western influences such as expressionism, impressionism, and abstraction. As the title suggests, nothing is out of range: the exhibition explores the infinite possibilities of not only her various talents and positive approach, but celebrates her coming ... More

Exhibition at Watts Gallery explores the life, art and travels of John Frederick Lewis
GUILDFORD .- John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame - on view at Watts Gallery – is the first exhibition in more than 40 years to explore the life, art and travels of this leading British Orientalist painter. Including many self-portraits and hidden likenesses, this exhibition explores Lewis’s sustained and complex relationship with his own success over a long and distinguished career. John Frederick Lewis RWS RA (1804 – 1876) became a leading figure in the British art establishment, famed for his detailed depictions of the Mediterranean and Middle East. John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame examines the ways in which Lewis’s life and travels informed how he chose to present himself at different points in his career: from the young Regency dandy to the ‘languid Lotus-eater’ living in Cairo; a leader of the London art establishment to an eccentric recluse ... More

SHOP Taka Ishii opens a group exhibition of contemporary ceramics by 8 Japanese and American artists
HONG KONG.- SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery is presenting “±8”, an exhibition featuring eight Japanese and American artists who work with ceramics. Curated by Kentaro Kawabata, a Japanese ceramist of the emerging generation, this group exhibition introduces up to date development of ceramic as sculptural medium from an artist’s perspective, a position that is closest to the current of representation. Although ±8 may appear like a simple symbol, it can in fact be interpreted in various ways. For example, when slightly shifted, ± can look like the Kanji character “土” which stands for “earth” or “soil.” When artists each engage in producing work, I believe that those who create through means of addition is able to convey their distinct characteristic the moment they subtract something or another, and conversely, the distinct characteristic of those who create ... More

Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art opens Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann show
ROCHECHOUART .- Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting the first exhibition of work in a museum by French artist Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann. Le sentiment, la pensée, l’intuition * is palimpsest-like in its layers of rewritings, connections, poetic or psychological associations linked to the theme of interiors and spaces for living that constantly reverberate from room to room or between pieces. Extending through all eight of the museum’s second floor galleries, the exhibition builds up a sensitive vision of fictional domestic environments. Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann’s exhibition offers visitors a world loosely inspired by the film The Man who fell to Earth (1976) by British film maker Nicolas Roeg. References abound to film and literature as she lithely slips ... More

Three marvellous Morgans for sale with H&H Classics
LONDON.- For the Morgan enthusiast the next H&H Classics Sale at Buxton on July 24 will be a rare treat with three classic Morgans to choose from, each with a story to tell. The first is this British racing green 1957 MORGAN PLUS 4 racecar seen above and in action below. Built in RHD but supplied new to America and raced there by its first and subsequent owners, it has competition history in the US at Laguna Seca and other tracks. It is estimated to sell for £18,000 to £22,000. On returning to the UK it competed at the 1999 Goodwood Revival in West Sussex. It comes with Dunlop racing tyres on steel wheels, a stainless steel fuel tank, TR3 Axle with LSD and tie rods and all steel bodywork. The wooden ash frame is described as excellent. It has its original chassis, body and engine and comes with complete original leather interior, hood, side screens, tonneau, ... More

Bank of England notes its 325 years with trip back in time
LONDON (AFP).- Some of the earliest surviving banknotes and a Cold War nuclear radiation calculator are among 325 historic objects unearthed by the Bank of England to celebrate its 325th anniversary. Britain's central bank is the second oldest in the world after that of Sweden, and its trip back through time means returning to the days when its banknotes were written by hand. Among the exhibits are a £40 note dating from 1702 -- a huge sum at the time, worth more than £9,000 ($11,000, 10,000 euros) nowadays. There is also a forged banknote, which first appeared in 1858 when a customer tried to exchange it for gold. It was stamped as counterfeit and handed back, but then reappeared in 1898 after being presented again, with someone having painstakingly managed to erase the stamp. This time the bank kept it. "It's a very intriguing story on how ... More

Brazil's new performing arts chief in anti-left 'crusade'
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP).- Creating a "cultural war machine" in Brazil's performing arts is renowned theater director Roberto Alvim's mission as he seeks to eradicate progressive ideas from the stage. Recently handpicked by President Jair Bolsonaro to head the performing arts center at the National Arts Foundation, Alvim's appointment is the latest salvo against artists since Bolsonaro took power in January. One of Alvim's first acts has been a call to arms on social media to likeminded professionals in the sector to stop the spread of "cultural Marxism." "I did not invent the cultural war. It has been brutally waged by the left for at least 30 years," Alvim, 46, told AFP. "Any artist that is not aligned with the left is boycotted, defamed and prevented from working -- like what happened to me." Now, Alvim wants to "balance the game." His weapons will be "fostering ... More

The Chimney presents a group exhibition in the historic William Ulmer Brewery
BROOKLYN, NY.- The Chimney is presenting “The Chimney x Ulmer Arts” – a group exhibition curated by Clara Darrason & Jennifer Houdrouge and organized in collaboration with Ulmer Arts and Tungsten Partners. The exhibition is held in the historic William Ulmer Brewery located in Bushwick. The William Ulmer Brewery is an adaptive reuse project located at 81 Beaver Street, on the corner of Belvidere and Beaver Streets in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The 60,000 square foot structure was constructed in 1872 as one of Brooklyn’s oldest breweries in the Rundbogenstil Romanesque revival style by architect Theobald Engelhardt. This historic building symbolizes an era of Brooklyn’s history that defined and helped to develop the neighborhood of Bushwick. The former Ulmer Brewery has been reimagined and historically renovated to house an ecosystem ... More

Lois Lambert Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Edel Bordón
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Edel Bordón’s “Crowds and a Touch of Distinction” series is defined by the need to understand and express one’s individual identity within the context of a clamoring society. This recent series oscillates between the individual’s experience and how those individuals amass into a collective, which acts as a different entity altogether. “The Crowd”, as Edel refers to it, demonstrates how a group of people can shed their individual perspectives and become easily manipulated by the persuasion of a group, a mentality prominent in the polarized world today. Edel’s portraits capture the human form and their detachment from reality. “The Crowd” is characterized by simple outlines of people compressed together with a single element with which to interact. These elements create a dialogue with “The Crowd” about the risks, difficulties and uncertainties ... More

Roberson Museum and Science Center opens biennial exhibition of scientific, natural and cultural history
BINGHAMTON, NY.- Focus on Nature XV, a nature-based artwork exhibition featuring 87 illustrations by 69 artists, is on display at the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton, NY from July 21, 2019 – January 20, 2020. The exhibition, which is organized by the New York State Museum, celebrates natural and cultural history illustration and the talented artists who create a connection between science and art. Focus on Nature is a biennial exhibition of scientific, natural and cultural history. Since its inception in 1990, the exhibition has reflected the standards, materials, and skills of contemporary natural and cultural history illustrators. It has increased awareness of a genre that requires scientific accuracy for publications, interpretive nature centers, as well as many research and educational purposes. A five-member jury of artists and scientists select ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Edward Hopper was born
August 22, 1882. Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 - May 15, 1967) was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While he was most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. Both in his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life. In this image: A woman looks at the painting "South Carolina Morning" by American artist Edward Hopper during a press conference in Hamburg, Germany, on Thursday, May 7, 2009.

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