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Restoration of painting by Peter Bruegel the Elder reveals colour and discoveries

Restorer Livia Depuydt with Peter Bruegel's Dulle Griet from 1563. Museum Mayer van den Bergh Antwerp. Photo KIK IRPA Brussels

ANTWERP.- Peter Bruegel the Elder’s Dulle Griet (Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp) has regained its spectacular original appearance with the rediscovery during restoration of a blue-green sky. Experts at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels have worked for a year and a half on the treatment of the world-famous painting. Bruegel’s refined brushwork and a number of striking details lay hidden for decades under layers of overpainting and yellowed varnish. The original wealth of colour is now visible again and the work looks remarkably fresh. The painter’s artistic qualities are done full justice once more. The regained brightness offers a renewed sense of depth: the figure of ‘Dulle Griet’ (Mad Meg) is foregrounded much more firmly and stands out against the sweeping landscape in the background. The multidisciplinary research carried out by the KIK-IRPA team has also resulted i ... More

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Met and Frick planning collaboration to enable use of Whitney's Breuer building during Frick renovation   Picasso's Muses: Christie's to offer paintings from The Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection   Questions raised about US museum's Abraham Lincoln hat


The Grand Staircase, The Frick Collection, New York; photo: Michael Bodycomb.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Frick Collection announced today that they are in discussions to bring the Frick's program temporarily to the Whitney Museum of American Art's Breuer building while the Frick's buildings undergo upgrade and renovation. The Met began programming the Marcel Breuer-designed building on Madison Avenue in 2016, through an arrangement with the Whitney that began after the Whitney moved to its current location in downtown Manhattan in 2015. The collaboration would ensure that the public continues to have access to the Frick's collection, exhibitions, library resources, and education programs. The Frick is anticipated to begin its programming at the Breuer building in late 2020, upon obtaining necessary public approvals of its building project. The Met has been using The Met Breuer as a temporary exhibition space to invigorate the ... More
 

Pablo Picasso, Femme au béret orange et au col de fourrure (Marie Thérèse) 4 December 1937, oil on canvas. Estimate: $15,000,000 – 20,000,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

NEW YORK, NY.- In its November 11 Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s will offer Property from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection, comprising a suite of four works by Pablo Picasso representing the artist’s muses, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque. Together, the collection is expected to exceed $28 million. Conor Jordan, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s, remarked: “As a noted Picasso connoisseur, Sam Rose spent many years assembling these compelling portraits with his wife, Julie Walters. It is Christie’s privilege to present these four wonderful works on their behalf. Picasso’s promethean creative force was inspired by one element above all others – the woman in his life. From the lyrical eroticism of the years of Marie-Thérèse eclipsed in turn by ... More
 

It is a prized possession, a big visitor draw, and valued at $6.5 million.

CHICAGO, IL.- It has been a question plaguing the museum dedicated to one of America's greatest presidents: Is the hat real? The hat in question is of the stovepipe variety that adorned the head of Abraham Lincoln -- recognized for his fashion sense and lauded for ending slavery. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Illinois had displayed the chocolate brown, beaver fur hat as one that had in fact been on the 16th US president's head. It is a prized possession, a big visitor draw, and valued at $6.5 million -- one of only three such Lincoln hats displayed at an American museum. But it may not be Lincoln's hat after all. FBI analysts and curators at the national Smithsonian Institution have analyzed the hat at the unpublicized request of the Illinois museum's foundation, an independent organization responsible for fundraising and acquiring objects. Even DNA testing was done -- comparing ... More



Exhibition presents the most spectacular archaeological finds made in Germany during the past 20 years   Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels opens 'Beyond Klimt: New Horizons in Central Europe 1914-1938'   Gutenberg Bible to be presented in new display case designed for conservation at the Library of Congress


Gold Jewelry from the Tomb of the Celtic Princess of Herbertingen Earring (detail). Gold, 6th c. © State Office for the Preservation of Monuments in the Regional Council of Stuttgart, photo: Y. Mühleis.

BERLIN.- Digital communication and high-speed transport are bringing people ever closer together, and make globalization seem like a modern phenomenon. But the reality is that transregional networks and all of their concomitant effects have always been an inherent part of society, and have fundamentally influenced people’s lives since prehistoric times. Every day, archaeologists make discoveries which back this up in striking ways. Restless Times. Archaeology in Germany presents the most spectacular archaeological finds of the past 20 years, from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Organized around the four themes of Mobility, Conflict, Exchange and Innovation, and with over 1000 exhibits, visitors will be able to get a sense of the personal, economic and cultural effects of transregional interaction. The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 aims to shed light on ... More
 

Gustav Klimt, Johanna Staude, 1917-1918. Oil on canvas (unfinished), 70 x 50 cm © Belvedere, Vienna.

BRUSSELS.- Exactly one hundred years on from their deaths, the Austrian artists Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele are still big names on the international art scene. The exhibition Beyond Klimt doesn’t just present the late work of these great masters, it gives visitors the chance to familiarise themselves with the international avant-garde movements - surrealism, expressionism, new realism, constructivism, Bauhaus etc. - which flourished after WWI in the young national states emerging from the gone Austro-Hungarian Empire. The exhibition features approximately eighty artists, including Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Koloman Moser, Egon Schiele, László Mohaly-Nagy, František Kupka and Alfred Kubin. The First World War caused a rift in European (art) history, resulting in radical geopolitical, economic and artistic changes. In 1918 the Austro-Hungarian Empire was permanently divided up into smaller nation states. 1918 is also the year in ... More
 

The new case will be located in the same area as the Bible’s previous display in the corridor off of the Great Hall of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building.

WASHINGTON, DC.- For the first time in more than 70 years, the Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress will be moved into a new display case specially designed for the artifact’s long-term conservation and to better showcase the iconic book. To prepare for the new exhibit, the Gutenberg Bible will be taken off view Friday, Sept. 21, while the current case is removed. A new display case will be installed in late October, and the Bible will be placed in its new home in late November or early December, once environmental testing is complete. An 11-foot-tall vertical case has been designed for the Gutenberg Bible to meet exact specifications for its long-term conservation. It will be kept at a consistent, cool temperature of 50 degrees and a consistent humidity to help preserve the 563-year-old book, according to Elmer Eusman, chief of the Library’s Conservation Division. The case also includes a new early warning system for ... More



Authorities reject art project bid to rebuild Berlin Wall   Pablo Escobar museum in Colombia closed down   Royal Museums Greenwich opens four new galleries covering 500 years of human exploration


A woman walks along the so-called East Side Gallery, a 1,3 km-long stretch of the Berlin wall, in Berlin on September 17, 2018. John MACDOUGALL / AFP.

BERLIN (AFP).- German authorities said Friday they were blocking a plan to rebuild part of the Berlin Wall for a massive film-art project in the German capital. Citing security concerns and fire risks, Berlin city authorities said they would not grant a building permit to the "DAU" project by Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky, national news agency DPA reported. The plan had been to erect 900 concrete wall slabs, each 3.60 metres (about 12 feet) tall at a city block on Unter den Linden boulevard, for the 6.6 million euro ($7.7 million) event. The walled-in "city within a city" was meant to have its own visa checks, and visitors to the parallel world would have had to apply online for entrance permits. But the project sparked controversy, with critics labelling it a stunt hurtful to people who lived in communist East Germany. Sabine Weissler, the councillor in charge of the Berlin district ... More
 

It was an important stop on the "narcotours" around Medellin that also took in the Montesacro cemetery where Escobar is buried.

BOGOTA (AFP).- A museum dedicated to late and notorious Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been shut down in Medellin, according to local authorities. The museum, owned by Escobar's brother Roberto, was popular on the tourist trail and exposed the eccentric life of the "King of Cocaine." It was closed on Wednesday following a joint operation by the mayor's office, vice-ministry of tourism and Colombian migration. Medellin's mayor's office said it had not been granted the necessary authorization to offer tourism services or conduct commercial activities. The unofficial museum in the exclusive Las Palmas neighborhood showed off classic cars and motorcycles that belonged to the cartel crime lord, as well as a false wall he once hid in. It was an important stop on the "narcotours" around Medellin that also took in the Montesacro cemetery where Escobar ... More
 

Tudor and Stuart Seafarers gallery, National Maritime Museum. © Hufton + Crow.

GREENWICH.- On 20 September 2018, Royal Museums Greenwich opened four new permanent galleries following a major £12.6M redevelopment project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund through The National Lottery (4.6M). With over 1,100 objects going on display, the galleries based in the National Maritime Museum bring the theme of exploration alive, giving visitors unprecedented access to its world-class collections and responding to the public’s growing fascination with Britain’s maritime heritage. The four new galleries – Tudor and Stuart Seafarers, Pacific Encounters, Polar Worlds and Sea Things – cover British and European exploration from the late-fifteenth century through to the present day. Through recurring themes of encounter, legacy, science, trade, exploitation and power, visitors will delve into the complex story of Britain’s exploration of the world, examining how men and women ventured ... More



New Tate St Ives and groundbreaking exhibitions attract 8.2 million visitors to Tate in 2017/18   Museum of Fine Arts, Boston opens playful and multi-sensory Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition   The Dayton Art Institute announces centennial fundraising campaign


To view the full Tate Annual Report for 2017/18 visit: www.tate.org.uk/about-us/tate-reports

LONDON.- Tate published its Annual Report for 2017/18 today. 8.2 million people came to its four galleries this year and 17.2 million people visited its website. The Tate collection was enhanced by 734 works with a collective value of £22.5 million. 1,510 artworks were lent to venues worldwide, 947 of which went to UK venues. This was an eighty-five per cent increase on the previous year to venues on our shores, underpinning the commitment to lend yet more in the UK.The high point of the year was the opening of the stunning, expanded Tate St Ives on 14 October 2017, giving a permanent presence to those twentieth-century artists who lived and worked in the town, demonstrating the role of St Ives in the story of modern art and offering new spaces for major exhibitions of contemporary art. The new gallery’s success was reflected when it won the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018. The year was also characterised by a move towards ever greater inclusivity. Through the power and excite ... More
 

Teddy Bear, about 1906-1910. Manufactured by Margarete Steiff. Mohair plush with wool stuffing. Bequeathed by Miss Z.N. Ziegler © Image courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

BOSTON, MASS.- The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. The playful and multi-sensory exhibition Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from September 22, 2018 through January 6, 2019, traces the history and universal appeal of the classic stories written by A. A. Milne (1882–1956) and illustrated by E. H. Shepard (1879–1976). Nearly 200 works on view are drawn from the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), The Walt Disney Company, Egmont Publishing, the Shepard Trust, the University of Surrey and private collections. Original drawings, proofs and early editions, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion take visitors of all ages on a journey ... More
 

The goal of the $27 million campaign is to raise a total of $15 million for the endowment and $12 million for much-needed capital improvements to the historic museum building.

DAYTON, OH.- As The Dayton Art Institute prepares to kick off its 47th annual Oktoberfest fundraiser, the museum has announced a Centennial Campaign to raise needed funding during the centennial of the museum’s founding in 2019. The announcement was made by The DAI’s Director & CEO Michael R. Roediger during the Oktoberfest Lederhosen Lunch, which opens the museum’s three-day festival, taking place September 21–23. “As The DAI prepares to celebrate the centennial of its founding in 2019, we are proud to announce a Centennial Campaign to raise funding for capital improvements and increased endowment funds,” Roediger said. “Our $27 million campaign, Caring for Our Treasures, Connecting with Our Community, Securing Our Future, is now in its public phase, and we invite our friends, partners, and supporters to invest in the future of your Dayton Art Institute.” The goal of the $27 million campaign is ... More



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Spelman awarded grant from the Walton Family Foundation to increase diversity in museum field
ATLANTA, GA.- Spelman College announced today that it has received a $5.4 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to establish the Atlanta University Center Collective for the Study of Art History and Curatorial Studies. In conjunction with Walton Family Foundation grants to fund scholarships at Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, the new initiative will result in the creation of an Art History major and Curatorial Studies minor at the Atlanta University Center. The goal of the package of grants is to foster innovation and create an educational pipeline into art museum leadership that is more representative of our nation’s increasing diversity. The initiative will position the Atlanta University Center as a leading incubator of African-American museum professionals in the United States. “The Atlanta University ... More

Fresh-to-market works lead Bonhams Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art sale in Hong Kong
HONG KONG.- Bonhams Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art department will offer a diverse and rare selection of 196 artworks across two sales, ranging from a 2nd-century Northern India to 19th-century Mongolia, reflecting the historic spread of Buddhism throughout Asia. Taking place on Tuesday 2 October in Hong Kong, Bonhams will present a single-owner sale of the Presencer Collection of Buddhist Art, followed by the Images of Devotion sale. The Presencer Collection of Buddhist Art celebrates the magical aspect of Tibetan Buddhism, represented by a host of wealth deities, protectors, amulets, malas, and potent ritual implements. Highlights in the sale include: • A gilt copper figure of Vasudhara from Nepal dating from the 14th century, estimated at HK$1,600,000-2,400,000; • A gilt copper alloy figure of Yama Dharmaraja from the Qianlong period ... More

Exhibition at Modern Art Oxford transforms galleries into a public studio
OXFORD.- From a prototype domestic wallpaper that changes colour in response to air pollution, to a large sculptural ‘lung’ made from a pioneering organic building material, Future Knowledge is a thought-provoking new exhibition that explores the role of visual culture in raising awareness about climate change. Bringing together artworks, prototypes and projects by artists, designers and thinkers from a wide range of different disciplines, Future Knowledge offers a fascinating and diverse range of creative responses to environmental concerns. In particular, it asks: how might artistic inquiry and creative ecological design generate new perspectives on climate change? Building upon the ambition of last year’s experimental edition of Future Knowledge (20 May – 25 June 2017), over five weeks Modern Art Oxford will be transformed into a public studio – a space where questions ... More

Exhibition presents a visual dialogue between Lola Alvarez Bravo and Mariana Yampolsky
NEW YORK, NY.- From September 20 through December 1, 2018 Throckmorton Fine Art hosts a ‘visual dialogue’ between two master photographers whose attraction to Mexico’s diverse cultures sparked a unique bond between them during the decades of their friendship. Born a quarter century apart, Lola Alvarez Bravo in Mexico in 1903 (or 1907 by some accounts) and Mariana Yampolsky in Chicago in 1925, each used their photographic talents to portray human reality in ways that reflected their response to the indigenous cultures and people they met during many trips through Mexico. Unlike the works of esteemed artists such as Diego Rivera, Hugo Brehme, Claude-Joseph-Desire Charnay, Guillermo Kahlo, Edward Weston and Tina Modotti, who often portrayed political messages in their work, Lola and Mariana shared an affinity for and empathy ... More

Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon opens exhibition of 170 artworks by Bernar Venet
LYON.- From 21 September 2018 to 6 January 2019, this exhibition presents a remarkable and previously unseen ensemble of 170 artworks, including Venet’s early performances, drawings, diagrams, and paintings, as well as the photographs, sound works, films and sculptures that retrace 60 years of creation. This is the most ambitious retrospective ever devoted to the artist. It aims to examine the different stages that led a certain young artist, of twenty years of age, at the beginning of the 1960s to seek to “remove any form of expression contained in the artwork in order to reduce it to a material fact”. He then went on to appropriate astrophysics, nuclear physics and mathematical logic, and took a break of 5 years before finally returning, albeit unexpectedly, to his easel. These paintings were followed by sound works, poetry, and later by indeterminate lines, ... More

Norman Rockwell charcoal soars to $242,000
OAKLAND, CA.- Clars Auction Gallery hosted their major Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, 2018. The global market responded to the investment level works and property that were offered with numerous lots soaring for well over high estimate. Exceptionally strong prices were achieved in all categories and a number of exciting surprises were had as well. The property offered at this sale came from prominent California estates as well as museums, private institutions and special collections. In a statement after the sale, Redge Martin, President of Clars Auction Gallery said, “ This was our strongest sale of the year. The Specialists worked hard to get an exceptionally strong collection of pieces, and our Marketing Department promoted them strongly through a variety of media.” The top ... More

Bétonsalon Center for Art and Research presents a solo show and new commission by Gaëlle Choisne
PARIS.- Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research opened Temple of Love, a solo show and new commission by Gaëlle Choisne (1985, France) consisting in a sculptural installation addressing the concept of love. At Bétonsalon, Gaëlle Choisne explores the potentiality of love as an attitude and a form of resistance, a channeling source of profoundly political actions. In Temple of Love, the artist considers love as a social matter, subject to power struggles and a catalyst for courage and transgression. In this new body of work, she presents sculptures, textile banners, and a feast of oysters as offerings, summoning the subversively erotic Babylonian goddess Ishtar and the cigarettes of Haitian voodoo spirit Erzulie Dantor. The artist makes use of the language of architecture, organic shapes, permaculture and an abundance of textile materials to compose ... More

Fotostiftung Schweiz opens exhibition of works by Walter Bosshard and Robert Capa
WINTERTHUR.- Walter Bosshard (1892–1975) was the first Swiss photojournalist to become internationally famous as a result of his reportage. As early as 1930, his photo reports had already reached an audience of millions. From 1931, Bosshard concentrated on China. As a photographer and writer, he followed the devastating war with Japan and the power struggle between nationalists and communists, but also dedicated himself to everyday life and street scenes. As well as the classics, this exhibition by the Fotostiftung Schweiz also presents many unknown photographs, which have only recently come to light. These are juxtaposed with China photos by the star reporter Robert Capa. Capa worked in the same places as his friend Walter Bosshard and competed with him for features in the magazine Life. Walter Bosshard laid the foundations for his career ... More

Hayward Gallery appoints Brian Cass as Senior Curator of Hayward Gallery Touring
LONDON.- Brian Cass has been appointed Senior Curator of Hayward Gallery Touring at Southbank Centre. He will be taking up his new post at Hayward Gallery Touring on 19 November. Brian Cass is currently Head of Exhibitions at Towner Art Gallery where he has overseen an ambitious programme of exhibitions and public programmes, working extensively with British and international artists and creating opportunities for emerging practices. Brian has also been responsible for developing the museum’s Collection, acquiring major works by artists including Dineo Seshee Bopape, Isaac Julien, Omer Fast amongst others. He was previously curator at Trinity College Dublin and The Irish Museum of Modern Art and he also led on managing the Turner Prize in Derry in 2013. He has written for exhibition catalogues and artist books, and directed and produced ... More

Exhibition of new work by Julie Mehretu opens at White Cube Mason's Yard
LONDON.- White Cube presents an exhibition of new work by Julie Mehretu at Mason’s Yard. Featuring large-scale paintings and etchings, the exhibition highlights Mehretu’s use of gestural abstraction as a conduit for evocative and charged emotion and intellectual enquiry. Glenn Ligon has described the artist’s work as ‘traversed by history [...] grounded in urgent political and social questions while simultaneously troubling the limits of abstract painting.’[1] In these new paintings, which continue from the ‘Conjured Parts’ series begun in 2015, Mehretu employs a broad spectrum palette to create powerful, animated, complex canvases. Marking a continued departure from her earlier work which focused on a layered language of mapping and architectural detail, these paintings take the immediacy of a news photograph as their starting point. These include images of such ... More

Flamenco star Galvan herds cats in new circus show
PARIS (AFP).- Israel Galvan, the brooding star of modern flamenco, is used to conjuring up miracles on stage. But in his new show Galvan has to herd cats. The Spanish dancer shares the stage with an extended family of felines in "Gatomaquia" at the Romanes circus in Paris. Cats can be pretty capricious at the best of times, and Galvan's co-stars have all the extra air of independence that comes with belonging to a gypsy (Roma) troupe. Yet the 45-year-old Seville-born dancer takes the dozen or so wandering toms in his stride in the show, which is both a humorous nod to the big cats that are the traditional stars of the big top, and the Spanish expression "four cats", for when there isn't a soul around. "The cats are the finishing touch, they are the elves of the camp," he said referring to the Romany circus, which was allowed to set up in a corner of one of the French ... More




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On a day like today, Norwegian sculptor Knut Steen died
September 22, 1924. Knut Steen (19 November 1924 - 22 September 2011) was a Norwegian sculptor. Steen lived and worked in Pietrasanta, Italy from 1973. He died at Sandefjord in September 2011. The Knut Steen Foundation (Knut Steens Venneforening) has fostered development of the Knut Steens Pavilion at Midtasen Sculpture Park in Sandefjord which features works of Steen in marble and bronze. The foundation has also made his studio in Pietrasanta open for public viewing. In this image: Whaler’s Monument (Hvalfangstmonumentet) at Sandefjord.



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