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Exhibition at Kunsthaus Zurich presents Joan Miró's large-scale mural works

Joan Miró, Peinture, 1936. Oil, casein, tar and sand on masonite, 78 x 108 cm. Nahmad Collection © Successió Miró / 2015 ProLitteris, Zurich.

ZURICH.- From 2 October 2015 until 24 January 2016 Kunsthaus Zürich presents ‘Joan Miró – Wall, Frieze, Mural’, a ground-breaking exhibition that presents Miró’s large-scale mural works in the context of his oeuvre as a whole and which proposes an atypical reading of the artist’s approach to painting. It points out important constants in the artist’s career, not least the inherently monumental quality of his art and his desire to work on a large scale. The exhibition presents some 70 works from the finest public and private collections in Europe and the US. Miró’s work is distinguished by a compelling directness and an emphatically material quality. Unsurprisingly, then, his statements about his work often focus on ‘pure’, simple forms and on the surface of the wall as the wellspring of his painting. At first, it was the walls of the family farmhouse at Mont-roig. These formed the ... More

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Museum Marmottan Monet presents masterpiece from the Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser Collection   Exhibition on view at Reynolda House Museum of American Art named among best exhibitions worldwide   "V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life" opens at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Vincent van Gogh, La Fête du 14 juillet à Paris – 1886. Oil on canvas, 44 x 39 cm. © Collection particulière, Villa Flora, Winterthur. Photo: Reto Pedrini, Zürich.

PARIS.- The Museum Marmottan Monet, a museum of collectors par excellence, is presenting from September 10th 2015 to Februay 7th 2016 the most prestigious private collection of the Swiss couple Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser. For the first time in France, the masterpieces of this ensemble are shown. 75 masterpieces of Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Giovanni Giacometti, Ferdinand Hodler, Aristide Maillol, Édouard Manet, Henri-Charles Manguin, Pierre-Albert Marquet, Henri Matisse, Odilon Redon, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Félix-Édouard Vallotton, Vincent van Gogh and Édouard Vuillard illustrate the story of this couple, two passionated collectors of painting, drawing and sculpture, which they enthusiastically collected during their life together, from 1905 to Arthur’s death in 1936. Living for art. Collecting. Such was the raison d’être of the couple formed by Hedy Bühler and the ophthalmologist Arthur Hahnloser. ... More

Childe Hassam (1859-1935), In the Garden (Celia Thaxter in Her Garden), 1892, Oil on canvas 22 1/4 x 18 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.52/Art Resource, NY /Art Resource, NY.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC.- An exhibition of American Impressionism which opened Saturday, Oct. 3 at Reynolda House Museum of American Art has just been named one of the 28 best exhibitions around the world. “The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920” was included among an elite group of exhibitions as a finalist for the Global Fine Art Awards announced by the awards organization Oct. 1. American Impressionism and the popularity of gardening as a leisure activity is the focus of "The Artist's Garden." Reynolda House is the third of only five venues nationwide to host the exhibition, which will be on view at the North Carolina museum through Jan. 3, 2016. This national exhibition, featuring what Philadelphia Magazine called “the best of the genre,” includes the work of the American Impressionist artists William Merritt Chase, Childe ... More

Untitled, 1954. Oil on paper, 27.9 x 30.5 cm. Private collection, San Francisco. Photo: photo Sotheby's, courtesy Sotheby's, New York.

VENICE.- From October 3, 2015–January 10, 2016, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, presents V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life. Comprising over 40 major paintings and works on paper drawn from public institutions and private collections across Asia, Europe, and the United States, this is the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to the work of celebrated Indian modern painter Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde (1924–2001). As current scholarship revisits traditions of mid-twentieth-century modern art outside the Euro-American paradigm, Gaitonde’s work presents an unparalleled opportunity to explore Indian modern art as it played out in the metropolitan centers of Bombay (now Mumbai) and New Delhi from the late 1940s through the end of the twentieth century. Venice is the second venue of this exhibition, which was previously presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York ... More

One of the finest 16th-century illustrated Persian manuscripts in the US featured in exhibition   San Jose Museum of Art presents an exhibition of highlights from the gift of Dixon and Barbara Farley   Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books to exhibit museum-quality treasures at Frieze Masters 2015

Persian, Iran, Shiraz, Piran Visits Siyavush and Farigis, folio 95a from the Peck Shahnama, 1589–90.

PRINCETON, NJ.- Over 1,000 years ago, the Persian poet Abu'l-Qasim Firdausi (935-1020) narrated the history of Iran and its peoples – spanning 50 monarchs from the dawn of time to the 7th century A.D. – through gripping tales of ancient triumphs, larger-than-life heroes and grand adventures. Called the Shahnama, or Book of Kings, the epic has been a source of artistic inspiration in Persian culture for centuries and is the most frequently illustrated work of Persian poetry. Princeton University owns five illustrated versions of the Shahnama, one of which, the Peck Shahnama, named for its donor, ranks among the finest 16th-century Persian manuscripts in the U.S., due to its impressive size and the quality of its materials and decoration. Having recently undergone conservation treatment, for which the entire manuscript was disbound, ... More

Willem de Kooning, Woman II, 1967. Oil on brown paper, mounted to board, 24 x 19 inches.

SAN JOSE, CA.- This fall, the San Jose Museum of Art showcases for the first time artworks from a major gift of art from the collection of Dixon and Barbara Farley. SJMA received 44 works from the Farley collection in 2015 and an earlier gift of 29 works following Mr. Farley’s death in 2011. Diebenkorn in the Bedroom, DeFeo in the Den: Generous Gifts from the Dixon and Barbara Farley Collection, on view October 3, 2015 through February 7, 2016, features highlights from this gift of modern and contemporary art, which includes works by nationally recognized artists as well as notable California artists. Among the highlights are works by Jay DeFeo, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra, James Siena, David Simpson, Richard Shaw, and Peter Wegner. “The Farleys built their ... More

A highlight is an unpublished compendium made for Juan II, King of Castile and Leon, circa 1425. Discovered in a private collection and fresh to the market, it is a unique example of medieval political literature.

LONDON.- Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books will join the impressive roster of international exhibitors at this year’s Frieze Masters, which will take place from 14th-18th October 2015 in Regent’s Park, London. Positioned alongside its contemporary counterpart, Frieze Masters offers a modern lens on historical art. Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books will accentuate this juxtaposition of old and new and present an assortment of museum-quality treasures that demonstrate the intellectual engagement and artistic creativity of humankind. Manuscripts, miniatures and rare early printed books from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance will be showcased within a modern context and stand design, and set amongst a backdrop ... More

Exhibition offers a panorama of Florentine portraiture in the 16th century   Mystery Greek tomb was dedicated to companion of Alexander the Great: Experts   Auction house Bonhams launches tv ad campaign; First auctioneer to take television advertising

Jacopo Pontormo (Pontorme, 1494 - Florence, 1557), Portraits of two friends, Circa 1522 - 1523, oil on panel, 88,2 x 68 cm Venise, Fondazione Giorgio Cini © Venezia, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Matteo De Fina.

PARIS.- In the 16th century, the art of portraiture became increasingly common among the Florentine elite, who had found in it a means of capturing their facial characteristics and social status for posterity. They drew on literary characters such as Petrarch, musical references or a staged production full of symbols to describe the model’s life in all its facets. The Musée Jacquemart-André has devoted an unrivalled exhibition to the great Florentine portrait painters of the 16th century, based on around forty works. Alongside the presentation of masterpieces by Pontormo, a pupil of Andrea del Sarto and master of mannerism, there is a chance to appreciate the refined and graceful features, typical of the portraits of Bronzino or Salviati, which are testimony to a meaningful sense of sophistication. This exhibition offers ... More

Marble pieces found outside the tomb dating back to the Alexander the Great era (356-323 BC) at the ancient Amphipolis archeological site. AFP PHOTO / GREEK MINISTRY OF CULTURE.

THESSALONIKI (AFP).- A massive ancient tomb recently opened in northern Greece was likely a monument to Hephaestion, the close companion of Alexander the Great, experts working on the monument said Wednesday. "We surmise it was a funerary heroon (hero worship shrine) dedicated to Hephaestion," the site's head archaeologist Katerina Peristeri told reporters, adding however: "I do not know if he is buried inside." According to ancient historian Plutarch, when Hephaestion died suddenly in Ecbatana, Iran, "Alexander asked (his architect) Deinokrates to erect shrines all over the country," she added. The tomb at Amphipolis, some 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the northern city of Serres, is the largest ever discovered in the country. It was dug up in 2012 and opened last summer amid speculation that it was built for ... More

As it rolls out, the campaign also focuses on Fine Art, Chinese Art and other collecting areas.

LONDON.- The auction house Bonhams launched an integrated brand campaign Be Part of the Story centred on television advertising. This is the first time that an international auction house has advertised on TV. The Be Part of the Story campaign broke in the UK on 24 September. The two films in this opening stage of the campaign both tell a compelling story narrated by the celebrated actor, Michael Gambon. They focus on how objects and works of art outlive us all and how buyers and sellers can add their own chapter to their history. The first two films feature stories about a car and a piece of jewellery. As it rolls out, the campaign also focuses on Fine Art, Chinese Art and other collecting areas. The campaign, which features adverts on Sky Adsmart supported by press, billboards, taxis and social media platforms, has been masterminded by the award-winning advertising agency Contagious London under ... More

Blanton Museum announces groundbreaking for Ellsworth Kelly's "Austin", organizes symposium   Exhibition of 45 color-photographs by Elliott Erwitt opens at The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography   "In Pursuit of Antiquity: Drawings by the Giants of British Neo-Classicism" opens at Tchoban Foundation

Ellsworth Kelly, Austin, 2015 (model; interior view). Artist-designed building with installation of colored glass windows, marble panels, and redwood totem, 60 ft. x 73 ft. x 26 ft. 4 in. © 2015 Ellsworth Kelly Image courtesy the Blanton Museum of Art.

AUSTIN, TX.- The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin has announced that it will begin construction of Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin in October. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for October 31, and the building is projected to open to the public in late 2016 or early 2017. In celebration, the Blanton will host, on October 31, a symposium on Kelly with leading scholars and curators from across the country. The project was announced in February, and the Blanton has received formal approval from the university’s Board of Regents, clearing the way for construction to begin this fall. The 2,715-square-foot stone structure—the only building ever designed by Kelly—will include luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood ... More

Elliott Erwitt, Saint Tropez, France, 1959 (detail).

MOSCOW.- The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography announces an exhibition of one of the most important photographers of XX century - Elliott Erwitt. 45 color-photographs – mostly Kodachrome and Ektachrome - that haven’t been shown to the wide audience yet are being displayed at the Small Hall of the Lumiere Center. Born in France from Russian parents, educated in Italy and successively immigrated in the US, New York based Elliott Erwtt has a background as eclectic as his personality. Photographer, director, producer, Erwitt worked with some of the most influential photographers of the mid century, like Robert Capa, and for leading newspapers and magazines. The exhibition will feature Erwitt’s professional photography spanning four decades (from 1950s through the early 1990s) of magazine photojournalism, corporate image making, and advertising – images from all over the world, portraits of movie stars ... More

John Soane. Drawing showing a Student measuring a Capital of the Temple of Jupiter Stator (Castor and Pollux), Rome, pencil, pen and watercolour, 1010 x 730 mm © Sir John Soane’s Museum.

BERLIN.- Important architectural drawings held by Sir John Soane’s Museum, one of the most significant collections of its kind in Great Britain, form a new temporary exhibition at the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin. The exhibition illustrates the ambition of leading British architects of the late 18th century who strove to create new architecture in the Classical tradition that could compete – in terms of public works, private houses, mausolea, interior detail and even furnishings – with the glories of the Ancient World. Illustrating this central theme, some of the finest drawings and designs by Sir John Soane himself, Robert Adam, George Dance the Younger, Sir William Chambers and James Wyatt are being shown for the first time in Germany. The exhibition: In Pursuit of Antiquity: Drawings from ... More

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Tracey Emin works released exclusively at The Other Art Fair
LONDON.- To celebrate the 10th edition of The Other Art Fair this October, the fair will be welcoming back Tracey Emin as guest artist. Emin International will be launching two new limited edition prints for The Other Art Fair as well as an exclusive poster available for £50, offering visitors the unmissable opportunity to own an exclusive work by one of Britain’s most influential female artists. The limited edition prints, Right Here and In My Head, are taken from two gouache paintings made by the artist during this summer and each available in an edition of 50. The £50 poster, But Yea, made exclusively for The Other Art Fair, has been created from Emin’s neon artwork of the same name made in 2005. Each work will be sold and hand signed by the artist at the fair. Highlight features of the fair include The Green Room. Sponsored by La Fee Absinthe, the room acts as a hidden absinthe ... More

Designer jewelry and luxury accessory event brings $4.5 million at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- Bidders on the hunt for big diamonds and the world’s most exclusive luxury handbags spent more than $4.5+ million in Heritage Auctions’ autumn, two-day offering of Contemporary Designer Jewels and Luxury Accessories. Top lot honors in the Sept. 28-29 auctions were claimed by a dazzling 4.64 carat Diamond, Platinum, White Gold Ring, which sold for $55,000, and a Hermès Limited Edition 35cm So Black Calf Box Leather Birkin Bag with PVD Hardware, which sold for $52,500, against a $15,000 estimate. “Our autumn sales always attract collectors seeking new and interesting fashion statements for the season,” said Jill Burgum, Senior Director of Fine Jewelry at Heritage Auctions. “Following successful previews in New York, Dallas, and Beverly Hills, our clients were pleased with the diversity and top examples that can only be found at Heritage.” The Sept. 28 ... More

For the first time, Museum Folkwang displays works by self-taught, non-academic artists
ESSEN.- Works by self-taught, non-academic artists are usually referred to as “naïve” or “outsider art” and are conventionally viewed as a distinct category, separate from modern art. But in terms of their power and intensity, these works often rival the great modernist masterpieces. In this major exhibition The Shadow of the Avant Garde. Rousseau and the Forgotten Masters (2. October 2015 – 10. January 2016) the Museum Folkwang presents for the first time the works of such artists as Henri Rousseau, André Bauchant, Séraphine Louis, Martín Ramírez, and Bill Traylor alongside seminal works of modern and contemporary art by Honoré Daumier, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, and, more recently, Blinky Palermo and Mike Kelley. The exhibition displays principal works by 13 artists, most of whom had no academic training and are not found in the canon of art history today. The ... More

Dutch sandcastle hotel turns childhood fantasy into reality
OSS (AFP).- Dutch sand sculptors have taken a childhood fantasy to a new level by creating the world's first real-life "sandcastle hotel", complete with a drawbridge and turrets. Curious tourists and the young at heart flocked this summer to the small southern Dutch city of Oss to spend a night in a specially-built room deep inside the massive sculpture made entirely of sand. Constructed from tonnes of sand trucked in especially for the purpose and reinforced with wood, the room gives those spending the night the unique experience of sleeping in a real-life sandcastle, and comes complete with sand-carved sculptures. "It's crazy!" said Dutch mechanic Erwin after sleeping in the sand hotel to celebrate his "twelve-and-a-half year anniversary" with his partner. "I wanted to do something special and it's a bit of a childhood dream of mine to sleep in a sandcastle," Erwin, who declined ... More

Exhibition of works by Shanta Rao and Jo-ey Tang on view at Galerie Nathalie Obadia
PARIS.- Galerie Nathalie Obadia is presenting an exhibition of Shanta Rao and Jo-ey Tang, using the idea of a patch and its various connotations as a cognitive device and spiritual and material guide for their art practices. Referring to a temporary piece of software code that fixes a bug; a small piece of material to mend a garment; nicotine substitute; an indefinite period of time; a protective covering over a wound or an injured eye; a cloth badge worn as decoration or insignia of an affiliation; a small plot of land or a gallery space; as well as idea of two artists exhibiting together; and the viewer's consciousness as a kind of necessary patch to understanding. The works of Shanta Rao (Indian-French. Lives and works in Paris) evoke the questions of and becoming. Borrowing transformative trajectories that beckons to different techniques, computer and mechanical, the original ... More

Peripheral Visions: Solo exhibition of works by Olga Chernysheva on view at GRAD, London
LONDON.- A special project of the Sixth Moscow Biennale, Peripheral Visions is a solo exhibition of the internationally celebrated, Moscow-based artist Olga Chernysheva, curated by GRAD director Elena Sudakova. A leading figure in the artistic generation of 1990s Moscow, internationally acclaimed artist Olga Chernysheva documents the interactions of people and objects within the structures and spaces of contemporary Russia. In a solo exhibition at GRAD, Chernysheva focusses particularly on the experience of the individual in the neglected institutional spaces of abandoned museums and offices, transforming the gallery to mimic that of a forgotten museum with carefully constructed cases, display cabinets and a range of work in a variety of media. Moscow is permeated with the relics and sentiments of its Soviet history, and Chernysheva’s scenes appear as if they are from ... More

Exhibition displays rare artifacts from three centuries of fashion history for the first time
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- From a fragment of 16th century Italian velvet to an evening dress by New York designer Alexander Wang from 2012, the first large-scale, retrospective exhibition of highlights from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC) in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design traces the arc of fashion history over the course of more than three centuries. Immortal Beauty: Highlights from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection features select artifacts from the museum-quality collection of more than 14,000 notable garments, accessories and textiles, one of the finest and oldest research collections in the nation. The exhibition is on display from Oct. 2 – Dec. 12 in the Westphal College’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.). The gallery is free and open to the public, Tuesday – Sunday from 11 a.m. ... More

Superstitions: Solo show of Bogdan Rata's work on view at Nasui Collection & Gallery
BUCHAREST.- The condition of sculpture as object of passion: new artworks of the Romanian sculptor Bogdan Rata are being exhibited at Nasui collection & gallery, Bucharest, Romania in autumn 2015. The new body of artworks of Bogdan Rata, grouped under the title ”Superstitions”, reveals a certain type of flux which goes beyond the present reality, with its effects being enhanced in a primitive, almost religious way. Integrated as installations and made in relation to different raw elements like water, sand, glass or soil, the new sculptures of Bogdan Rata create balancing to and fro meanings, from future science to dark magic and back. ”The ambiguity of the characters, the anonymity of the covered body, the uncertainty of the identity, all shape a particular mystery around the sculptures. On the other hand, they give the spectator a certain power: they leave space, in order for the viewer ... More

"2050: A Brief History of the Future" on view at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
BRUSSELS.- The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium opened their new exhibition “2050. A Brief History of the Future”. In partnership with the Louvre Museum, this unique concept questions our future up to 2050. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, installations and digital art: over 70 contemporary artworks enlighten our views on current and future societal themes. The exhibition of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (RMFAB) addresses major social themes such as over-consumption, global conflicts, scarcity of natural resources, social and economic inequality, the mutation of the human being. However, these complex topics are challenged by positive and constructive visions, sometimes even with humour. Belgian and international artists such as Sugimoto, Boetti, Kingelez, Warhol, LaChapelle, Gursky, Op de Beeck, Yongliang, Turk, Alÿs,… invite us to (re)think ... More

How much for that Nobel prize in the window?
OSLO (AFP).- No need to make peace in the Middle East, resolve one of science's great mysteries or pen a masterpiece: the easiest way to get yourself a Nobel prize may be to buy one. In the 114 years since the Nobel prizes were first handed out, they have been awarded 889 times for pioneering work in the fields of peace, literature, medicine, physics, chemistry and, since 1969, economics. But over the years, following reversals of fortune and splitting of inheritances, at least a dozen Nobel gold medals and diplomas have ended up on the auction block. Yes, it's the easy way out, as buyers don't have to have "conferred the greatest benefit on mankind", as stipulated by Swedish scientist and philanthropist Alfred Nobel in his 1895 testament when he created the prizes. But as any mediator will tell you, peace comes at a price. And surprisingly, it is not always as high as one would think ... More

Toward Freedom: The California African American Museum opens new exhibition
LOS ANGELES, CA.- The California African American Museum announces its ne exhibition, “Toward Freedom.” Curated by photojournalist Irene Fertik, this 40 image collection features Ethiopian communities in Los Angeles and Jewish Ethiopians in Israel. The exhibition is on view from October 1, 2015 through January 3, 2016. Focusing on Jewish Ethiopians in Israel and the Ethiopian community in Los Angeles, the collection features images dating from 1992 through 2012 that depict the settlement of these groups to unfamiliar new homelands. Known as the Beta Israel, Ethiopian Jewish communities inhabited isolated mountain villages in northern Ethiopia (especially Gondor and Tigray provinces) since around 1400 A.D. Beginning in 1980, however, the Israeli government conducted two large-scale resettlements of the Beta Israel: Operation Moses (1980-84) and Operation ... More

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On a day like today, German painter Lucas Cranach the Younger was born
October 04, 1515. Lucas Cranach the Younger (October 4, 1515 - January 25, 1586) was a German Renaissance artist, known for his woodcuts and paintings.He was the youngest son of Lucas Cranach the Elder and Barbara Brengebier, and began his career as an apprentice in his father's workshop alongside his brother Hans. Henceforth, his own reputation and fame grew. After his father's death, he assumed control over the workshop. They lived in the city of Kronach, in Franconia (in Germany). In this image: Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery. Hermitage Museum, Russia

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