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When museums become hospitals
03 April 2020 - 17:40
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By La Gazette Drouot

The OGR, an art Venue in Turin, will host a temporary hospital for 100 patients recovering from the Covid-19, while the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, has been asked by the government the possibility to turn its grounds into a temporary mortuary, if Ireland was to be in need of such facilities.

The $450,000 Rabkin Prize goes to nine US arts journalists
03 April 2020 - 14:23
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By La Gazette Drouot

For its fourth edition, the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin prize has just given nine awards of $50,000 each to visual arts journalists across the US. « We are committed to the support of visual arts journalists who, with artists, are the backbone of the art community » says the foudation.

Death of David C. Driskell, a pioneer in African American art history, aged 88
03 April 2020 - 09:16
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By La Gazette Drouot

David C Driskell has been a pioneer in African American art history, through his scholar and curatorial work, but also as an artist and collector. The David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, was named after him to honor his legacy. He passed away aged 88.

Hauser & Wirth launches a donation fund: #artforbetter
02 April 2020 - 17:19
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By La Gazette Drouot

Hauser & Wirth announces the creation of a long term donation fund called #artforbetter. Its first campaign will be to donate 10% of the company's profits from its online exhibitions to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for World Health Organisation, starting this Friday, with the Georges Condo online exhibition.

Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art's digital platform is much more than a museum online
02 April 2020 - 14:09
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By La Gazette Drouot

The Moscow’s Garage Museum's digital platform is now available in English. Much more than a museum online, the platform is a place of interaction and shared creativity between the public, and the museum's team working from home. This beautiful art project is called "Self Isolation."

The Museum of the Bible’s boards chairman will return 11,500 antiquities to the Middle east
02 April 2020 - 09:20
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By La Gazette Drouot

Philippe Green, founder of the Museum of the Bible in Wahington DC, will return 11,500 antiquities of dubious origine from his collection to the Middle east. This is yet a new chapter in a long story of disputes over potentially smuggled of fake artifacts that the museum has been facing since its opening in 2017.

Frieze New York announces total refund to its 200 planned exhibitors
01 April 2020 - 18:27
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By La Gazette Drouot

The New York edition of Frieze International Fair, which was due to take place at the beginning of May, has announced an exceptionnal 100% refund to its 200 planned participants, as well as a free access to its online viewing rooms, wich will launch soon.

Death of Roman gallerist Angelica Savinio, niece of painter Giorgio de Chirico, aged 92
01 April 2020 - 14:08
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By La Gazette Drouot

Angelica Savinio, niece of painter Giorgio de Chirico, opened her gallery "Il Segno" in 1964 in Rome. She was the first to show Andy Warhol in Italy. Her gallery has been passed on to her daughter Francesca Antonini, who's been working with her since 1994. Angelica Savinio died March 18, at the age of 92.

David Hockney pays tribute to gallerist Paul Kasmin
01 April 2020 - 09:19
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By La Gazette Drouot

David Hockney, a close friend of the Kasmin family, pays tribute in Art Forum to New-York gallerist Paul Kasmin, who passed away last week, aged 60. The tribute starts with the sentence "I knew Paul Kasmin all his life", and presents a drawing of a 5 year old Kasmin by Hockney "For Paul With Love David".

Manga more popular than Rembrandt or Captain Cook at the British Museum
31 March 2020 - 17:17
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By La Gazette Drouot

According to The Art Newspaper, the 2019 "Manga" exhibition at the British Museum, the first to be held on the subject outside Japan, has beaten the daily attendance rate of the museum's popular 2019 exhibitions like "Rembrandt: Thinking of Paper", or "Reimagining Captain Cook: Pacific perspectives".

New dates for PAD Paris in October
31 March 2020 - 15:30
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By La Gazette Drouot

After a first postponement to May, new dates have been announced for PAD Paris, which is going to take place Octobre 19-25, just after the London edition (Septembre 29 - Octobre 4). PAD Paris will be held for the first time in its history in the fall, at the same time as the FIAC, major Parisian contemporary art fair.

A Van Gogh stolen from a Dutch museum
31 March 2020 - 14:09
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By La Gazette Drouot

The painting "Parsonage Garden at Neunen in Spring", worth up to €6 M, has been stolen from the Singer Museum, in Laren (Netherlands), around 3 am on Monday morning. The museum is currently closed due to the covid-19 pandemic. Ironically, the 30th of March marks the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, born in 1853.

The Kunstmuseum Basel will compensate the heirs of Jewish art collector Curt Glaser
31 March 2020 - 09:08
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By La Gazette Drouot

The Kunstmuseum Basel has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to Curt Glaser' heirs, after having ruled out their restitution claim in 2008, over the works purchased by the museum from Glaser's personnal collection in 1933, when he fled Nazi Germany. The collection includes works by Munch, Chagall, Matisse or Rodin.

David Zwirner opens the digital doors of its online exhibition space to younger New-York galleries
30 March 2020 - 17:12
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By La Gazette Drouot

With a succesful three years experience of selling art online - its digital viewing rooms were launched in 2017- the David Zwirner Gallery has stepped in to offer younger galleries a room on its online exhibition space. The project called “Platform: New York.” will go live on April 3 2020 for a month.

Cancelation of Masterpiece London
30 March 2020 - 15:05
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By La Gazette Drouot

Masterpiece London, traditionnaly the last major International art fair before summer break, has been cancelled, with a next edition annouced for June 24-30, 2021. The organisers are planning a “range of initiatives” to "give a taste" of this cross-collecting fair, that offers works "from antiquity to the present day".

A provocative trustee appointment at the British Muesum
30 March 2020 - 11:26
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By La Gazette Drouot

The British Museum has made official the appointment of classicist Mary Beard, as one of its 25 trustees. Downing street  had blocked her nomination last year, for her pro-European views. But the museums board, authorised to vote for 5 of the trustees, appointed her itself as "the perfect candidate".

Paris Haute Couture week is cancelled
30 March 2020 - 09:10
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By La Gazette Drouot

Traditionnaly taking place on the first week of July in Paris, the Haute Couture week has been cancelled, due to the lack of visibility on the quarantine measures. The Haute Couture is a protected name for the cream of Fashion, producing garments made by hand from start to finish, for prices up to well over €100,000.

Germany announces an exceptional governmental funding of €50 Billion to support Arts and Culture
27 March 2020 - 18:16
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By La Gazette Drouot

 "Artists are not only indispensable, but also vital, especially now," said the German culture minister on Wednesday, through a statement announcing a €50 Billion governmental funding to support  the Cultural sector. The aid package is of an exceptional amount compared to other countries, like the UK or the US.

Museums send virtual bouquet paintings to each other
27 March 2020 - 14:34
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By La Gazette Drouot

A delicate gesture is reported in Artnet: under #Museumbouquet museums send each others bouquet paintings via Tweeter. It all started on Tuesday, with the New-York Historical Society sending a Tiffany lamp bouquet to the Smithsonian's Museum of Art, before ranking as one of the most popular trend of the day on Tweeter.

The "Artist Support Pledge" initiative rises £9 M in a week on Instagram
27 March 2020 - 08:48
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By La Gazette Drouot

The Intsagram campaign #ArtistsSupportPledge created by British artist Matthew Burrows is a huge success an has raised £9 M in the space of a week. The initiative aims to build a very simple solidarity network among artists, to face the economical effect of the pandemic. “Generosity creates generosity" says Burrows.