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We will be on vacation from July 23rd - August 23rd. Wishing you a great summer and see you in September!
23 July 2021 - 23:04
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By La Gazette Drouot
Santiago Caltrava Renovates San Gennaro Church in Naples
23 July 2021 - 22:03
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By La Gazette Drouot

At the request of the director of the Capodimonte Museum, Sylvain Bellenger, the Spanish architect has renovated the small church c.1745, located in the park of the royal palace and closed for 50 years. The public can now come and admire the interior, whose deep ultramarine blue reveals the original Baroque style.

50% Funding Cuts for Arts and Design Courses Approved by UK Government
23 July 2021 - 21:08
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By La Gazette Drouot

The plan affects higher education institutions across England; according to education secretary Gavin Williamson, the move will save around £20 M, to be redirected towards Stem subjects. Artist Sarah Kogan said: “Devaluing the arts disempowers us as a society leaving us poorer, both culturally and economically.” (TAN)

Instagram’s New “Sensitive Content” Controls Cause Concern Amongst Artists
23 July 2021 - 20:04
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By La Gazette Drouot

A new default setting on the app limits “sensitive content” defined as “posts that don’t necessarily break our rules, but could potentially be upsetting to some people”. Users can turn it off, but artists are concerned that it will censor their work to those who are unaware of the change. (Hyperallergic)

Researchers Say an Ancient Roman Road Could Lie Beneath Venice’s Lagoon
23 July 2021 - 19:06
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By La Gazette Drouot

Writing in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from SMAR-Marine Science Institute believe they’ve found evidence that large settlements once existed in the area by using sonar technology to reveal the archaeological remains along the seabed of the Treporti Channel. (TAN)

Frida Kahlo Artworks Subject of an Immersive Installation in Mexico City
23 July 2021 - 18:04
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By La Gazette Drouot

“Frida: La Experiencia Immersiva” is a 35-minute projected light show that animates 26 of the artist’s works on a large scale. Produced by Iñaki Barcos Melga with visuals by Mexican multimedia experience company Cocolab, the experience opened on July 6th, Kahlo’s 114th birthday. (Artnet)

Virtual Edition for the ARCOlisboa Fair
23 July 2021 - 17:04
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By La Gazette Drouot

Following the reorganization of the fair calendar, including Art Basel in September, ARCOlisboa has announced that it will be held online from September 13 to 19, due to "the possible impact of the health situation on international mobility." A physical edition in Lisbon is planned for May 2022.

Looted 10th-Century Cambodian Statue Going Home
23 July 2021 - 17:04
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By La Gazette Drouot

The mid-1960s into the 1990s were a period marked by civil war, genocide and looting in Cambodia. Now, one of the country’s stolen artifacts is being returned, after a civil complaint was filed in Manhattan on July 15. The Khmer statue “Skanda on a Peacock” had been taken in the 1990s. (Hyperallergic)

Two Works by Fragonard Acquired by the French State
23 July 2021 - 16:02
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By La Gazette Drouot

In 2017 on the occasion of an application for an export certificate, Le Jeu de la Palette and La Bascule (circa 1760-65) by Jean-Honoré Fragonard was classified as a National Treasure. The 2 works will join the collections of the Fabre Museum in Montpellier, as part of an exceptional deposit.

GURU, New Art & Craft Design Fair Scheduled for September
23 July 2021 - 15:04
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By La Gazette Drouot

Inspired by the Arts & Crafst movement in England and Mingei in Japan, this fair dedicated to contemporary design, founded at the initiative of François Epin and Graziella Semerciyan, will take place at 6, avenue Hoche, at Cornette de Saint-Cyr, from September 11 to 16, in parallel with the Paris Design Week.

London's National Gallery Seeks to Acquire "The Red Boy" by Thomas Lawrence
23 July 2021 - 14:02
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By La Gazette Drouot

A major work by Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait of Charles William Lambton (1818-1831), was painted in 1825 when Lawrence was at the peak of his career in portraiture. The National Gallery has undertaken to purchase the painting, offered at £9.3 million, thanks to various gifts, grants and legacies.

Stolen Margaret Keane Painting Missing for 50 Years Returned to Owner
23 July 2021 - 11:12
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By La Gazette Drouot

Stolen from a dentist's office waiting room in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1972 “Eyes Upon You” was sold at Heritage Auctions in 2020. Shortly after the sale Robert Wittman, a former FBI special agent, informed the auctioneers that it had been stolen, and it has since been returned to its original owners. (Press Release)

The French Cathedral of Saint-Etienne in Toul Celebrates its 800th Anniversary
23 July 2021 - 10:04
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By La Gazette Drouot

Built between 1221 and 1500, the cathedral features different architectural trends. On the occasion of its 800th anniversary, a vast cultural program is proposed running through December 2022. Not to be missed: the opening of the Treasury Room, housing relics and other treasures, closed to the public since 1793.

The Priceless Treasure of Naples on Display in Loches, France
23 July 2021 - 09:05
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By La Gazette Drouot

Approximately 15 pieces from the vast Treasure of Naples, or Treasure of San Gennaro, considered one of the most sumptuous collections in the world, are on display at the Chancellery of Loches until October 1. The city of Touraine is the 3rd to have this privilege, after Rome in 2013 and Paris in 2014.

$3M Given to Black Historic Landmarks by African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
22 July 2021 - 22:04
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By La Gazette Drouot

The $50 M grant program, overseen by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC, was launched in the wake of the Unite the Right rally and will award grants to help preserve 40 little known historical landmarks. The Fort Monroe Foundation in Virginia and History Colorado are among the recipients.

Artist Collective Floats Giant Anonymous Head Above Tokyo
22 July 2021 - 21:07
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By La Gazette Drouot

The hot air balloon, printed with a face selected from over 1,000 images submitted online, is the work of a Japanese artist collective known as (“Mé”). “Masayume” or “prophetic dream” was launched from a park in the Shibuya district as part of a festival which precedes the Olympic Games. (Hyperallergic)

Art Basel 2021 Announces Participating Galleries
22 July 2021 - 20:06
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By La Gazette Drouot

The in-person event will take place in September with a total of 273 exhibitors, 24 of which will participate for the first time—all will have a physical presence at the fair, with participation in an online edition optional. Newcomers include Queer Thoughts from New York and Emalin from London. (Artnet)

Giant Magnifying Glass Mobile Floats Above Boats in Venice
22 July 2021 - 19:03
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By La Gazette Drouot

The installation by French artist Vincent Leroy comprises sixty magnifying glasses, which spin slowly above canal Rio di San Antonin in Venice. Exhibited in front of the Louvre last year, in its new location, it reflects the water and buildings around it to create a kaleidoscopic effect. (designbloom)

Notre Dame Roof Support to be Constructed with Medieval Techniques by US Group
22 July 2021 - 18:11
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By La Gazette Drouot

800-year-old woodworking techniques will be used by a team of young craftspeople to reconstruct a full-scale truss to fit the fire-damaged Parisian cathedral, in a teaching project lead by the Boston-based Handshouse Studio. It will be given as a gift to France and the collective effort to rebuild Notre Dame. (TAN)

Art Festival in Leicester, England Hopes to “Start a Trend of Artwork in Toilets"
22 July 2021 - 17:05
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By La Gazette Drouot

The show “Accessible Art for All”, which turns seven toilets around the city into art installations, will be hosted in five cities across Europe, starting in the East Midlands of England. It is part of the Liberty UK Festival, organized by ArtReach, which runs in the city until 15 August. (BBC)