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Art Historian and Political Scientist Dominique Malaquais Has Died at 57
28 October 2021 - 11:59
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By La Gazette Drouot

Malaquais taught at American universities, including Columbia and Princeton, and recently was a senior researcher at the CNRS. She developed a political approach to the arts, focusing on Cameroon, South Africa and Senegal. She organized the display of several African artists in the streets of Paris in 2015.

World Record for Vietnamese Painter Le Quoc Loc
28 October 2021 - 11:04
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By La Gazette Drouot

After having sold two works by Lê Quoc Loc on November 3, 2020 (€357,500) and then on May 4 (€260,000), Millon auctioned another of his screens, this time reaching €1,222,000 on October 21! It was painted in 1943 with polychrome lacquer in the red and gold colors of the Vietnamese flag.

Will Venice Disappear by 2100?
28 October 2021 - 10:01
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By La Gazette Drouot

A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts an increase in temperature of 2.1 to 3.5 degrees Celsius by 2100 would lead to a rise in sea level of 17.32 - 30 inches. This would cause irreversible damage to Venice’s infrastructure, and buildings would collapse long before the water submerged them.

Thousands of Ancient Artifacts and Burial Sites Found Along Mexican Rail Line
28 October 2021 - 09:06
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By La Gazette Drouot

The National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico was conducting initial risk assessments along the route of the Maya Train line, which is envisioned to stretch across 1,500 km with 30 stops. Scans have uncovered 2,482 artifacts and burial grounds dating back to 700 BCE.

Preemption at Drouot: A Gouache by Léger Goes to the Rimbaud Museum
27 October 2021 - 22:05
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By La Gazette Drouot

The Rimbaud Museum in Charleville-Mézières, the poet's birthplace, is adding a portrait to its collection for €19,300: a gouache on paper by Fernand Léger, made from a photograph by Étienne Carjat. The hammer at Oger-Blanchet & Mathias-Bournazel also fell at €177,744 for a Bugatti Stag.

Process of Mummification Could be 1,000 Years Older Than Previously Thought
27 October 2021 - 21:05
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By La Gazette Drouot

A preserved body of an Egyptian dignitary called Khuwy, discovered in 2019, could be 1,000 years older than first assumed. This proves that mummification techniques in the Old Kingdom (2,700-2,200 BCE) were highly sophisticated, which dramatically alter our understanding of Old Kingdom Egypt. (Guardian)

Belgium Launches Project to Save Cultural Heritage
27 October 2021 - 20:05
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By La Gazette Drouot

Until 21 November, the Royal Institute of Artistic Patrimony is inviting Belgians to vote upon which patrimonial treasures they would like restored and then exhibited. A jury will then choose between the three finalists. Candidates include Rubens’ burial chapel in Antwerp and the treasury of Tournai Cathedral.

Dutch Court: Crimean Treasures Must be Returned to Ukraine
27 October 2021 - 20:03
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By La Gazette Drouot

Yesterday, an Amsterdam appeals court ruled that a trove of historical Crimean artifacts must be given to Ukraine. The items had been stored in a Dutch museum since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Andrei Malgin, director of the Crimean museum has expressed outrage, while Russia has vowed to appeal. (ABC)

Who Owns This €72M Rubens Painting?
27 October 2021 - 19:24
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By La Gazette Drouot

Tarquinius and Lucretia is thought to have been looted from a Berlin Museum during the Second World War, then brought back to Russia. It is now in the hands of a Russian art dealer, however the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation in Berlin is claiming ownership. A court verdict will be announced on December 7.

Scientific Study of Infamous Black Prince’s Tomb Reveals Secrets
27 October 2021 - 18:06
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By La Gazette Drouot

The analysis of the 14th-century medieval tomb in Canterbury Cathedral reveals that it is one of a pair due to shared similarities with the effigy of Edward III at Westminster Abbey. The team posits that Black Prince’s son, Richard II, commissioned both the effigies of his father and grandfather at the same time.

NYU Gallery Acquires 200 Works from Artists Including Basquiat and Haring
27 October 2021 - 17:06
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By La Gazette Drouot

Longtime Manhattan art collectors Dr. James Cottrell and Mr. Joseph Lovett donated the works to the Grey Art Gallery at New York University. The collection includes works from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring and Donald Baechler. Accompanying the donation is a newly named gallery and study center. 

V&A Returns Looted Ancient Gold Ewer to Turkey
27 October 2021 - 16:04
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By La Gazette Drouot

The 4,250-year-old gold ewer, a key component of the Victoria & Albert Museum's Gilbert Collection, was looted in Anatolia and has just been returned to Turkey. It was acquired by Arthur Gilbert in 1989 for $250,000 from a Los Angeles dealer who is now known to have dealt with illicit antiquities.

Venice Palazzo Grassi Begins Restoration of 18th-Century Frescoes
27 October 2021 - 15:03
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By La Gazette Drouot

Restoration of the two frescoes, created by Carlo Innocenzo Carloni between 1740 and 1745, began today. Every Wednesday from now on, the public will have the opportunity to discover the techniques of restoration and conservation that are used on important patrimonial works such as these.

Frank Bowling Receives the Museum Ludwig’s Wolfgang Hahn Prize
27 October 2021 - 14:05
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By La Gazette Drouot

Awarded annually by the Cologne museum, the award recognizes the Guyanese-British artist’s innovative approach to painting, which incorporated ideas from American abstraction and the British landscape tradition. The Ludwig Museum acquired “Flogging the Dead Donkey” to its holdings, a first for Bowling in Germany.

Wine Presses from the Period of Sargon II Unearthed in Iraq
27 October 2021 - 13:03
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By La Gazette Drouot

The wine presses, of industrial scale, dates from the time of Sennacherib (704-681 BCE), son of Sargon II who had established his capital on the present-day plain of Nineveh. Bas-reliefs carved on the walls of an irrigation canal have also been unearthed at this site in northern Iraq.

Six Jailed Over Selling of Fake Goya Paintings
27 October 2021 - 11:59
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By La Gazette Drouot

Police apprehended a criminal gang in the eastern Spanish region of Valencia that was selling forged paintings attributed to artists including Goya, José Bennliure y Gil and Nicolás Falcó. A total of 27 works were seized with a combined value of €1.2 million.

Italian Town Defies Efforts of China to Censure Dissident Artist
27 October 2021 - 11:05
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By La Gazette Drouot

Badiucao, dubbed the “Chinese Banky”, is scheduled to have an exhibition in the northern Italian town of Brescia from November 13 to February 13. The Chinese ambassador to Italy has tried to cancel the exhibition owing to Badiucao’s rebellious stance, however the town has promised to go ahead with the exhibition.

New York Welcomes Dazzling Display of Mexican Folk Art
27 October 2021 - 10:06
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By La Gazette Drouot

With Dìa de los Muertos fast approaching, New York’s Rockefeller Center has installed two towering “alebrijes”: colorful sculptures of animals and mythical creatures designed to serve as spiritual guides. The 11-foot dragon and 13.5-foot feathered jaguar will be on display until November 2.

LACMA Receives Major Gift of Asian Art
27 October 2021 - 09:04
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By La Gazette Drouot

Local patron Dr. Chester Chang and his son Dr. Cameron Chang have donated 100 artworks to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The collection comprises 95 Korean artworks, along with several Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan works. It is the second gift of artworks that the Chang family has given to the museum.

Architect Daniel Libeskind Will Receive Award from Jewish Museum in Berlin
27 October 2021 - 08:05
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By La Gazette Drouot

The 75-year-old internationally acclaimed American architect will receive a German award that recognizes “outstanding services to understanding and tolerance”. Libeskind is of Jewish descent and is responsible for the expansion of Berlin’s Jewish Museum in 1999. Previous winners of the award include Angela Merkel.