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University of Pittsburgh acquires August Wilson archives
29 October 2020 - 16:00
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By La Gazette Drouot

The Pennsylvania-based university has acquired the archive of the late playwright and Pittsburgh native August Wilson. The archives include recordings, letters, artwork, poetry, unpublished work and notebooks. The Wilson archive will be housed in the Hillman Library’s renovated Archives & Special Collections. (AP)

The Drouot Hotel temporarily closes its doors
29 October 2020 - 15:15
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By La Gazette Drouot

In accordance with French government directives, the Drouot Auction House, as an establishment open to the public, closes its doors tonight at 8:00 p.m. and until further notice.

Get the latest news on French art history research on YouTube
29 October 2020 - 15:00
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By La Gazette Drouot

Every month, France's INHA publishes on its YouTube channel a new episode of "Ma thèse en 10 minutes". In October, it features Maria Bou Habib, from the University of Paris-Nanterre, who presented her topic in the form of a mini-conference: "A National Museum of Fine Arts for Lebanon? From foundation to renewal"

Stolen Ming dynasty vase recovered in London
29 October 2020 - 14:09
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By La Gazette Drouot

The 15th-century Chinese vase estimated at $3.26M was stolen from a collection in Switzerland and recently recovered in London by Metropolitan Police. Two men aged 42 and 44 were arrested in Mayfair in relation to the case.

U.S. Embassy in Moscow awards $102,000 grant to Hermitage Museum Foundation
29 October 2020 - 13:08
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By La Gazette Drouot

This funding will be used to restore three frescoes from the school of Raphael, painted between 1523 and 1524. They once adorned the walls of a villa on the Palatine Hill in Rome and were acquired by the Hermitage in 1861. This gift was a diplomatic gesture, as American-Russian relations remain unstable.

Cultural institutions face a new confinement in France and across Europe
29 October 2020 - 11:59
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By La Gazette Drouot

Museums, galleries & theaters will have to close their doors as of Thursday midnight, as French President Emmanuel Macron announced in his speech Wednesday for the next month. The government will reevaluate the situation in 15 days and possibly loosen regulations. Cultural institutions in Germany will close Monday.

The Mobile Museum or MUMO is partnering with the Centre Pompidou
29 October 2020 - 11:32
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By La Gazette Drouot

Since its creation in 2011 by former businesswoman Ingrid Brochard, this itinerant museum has been traveling around France to engage children and familiarize them with art. Today, it has joined forces with the Centre Pompidou to circulate the works in its collection. 

Influential set designer Ming Cho Lee has died at age 90
29 October 2020 - 10:27
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By La Gazette Drouot

Mr. Lee helped to redefine American stage design, creating sets for hundreds of plays and operas, according to the New York Times. He won a Tony Award for the 1983 play “K2” and is an emeritus professor at the Yale School of Drama. (NYTimes)

British artist Tracey Emin reveals she was treated for cancer
29 October 2020 - 09:29
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By La Gazette Drouot

In an interview with Artnet, the artist known for her self-revealing works stated that she was diagnosed and treated for cancer earlier this year. Following an operation this summer she is now in remission. Emin had been working on a picture of a malignant lump when she discovered that she had a tumor. (artnet)

Tate curator suspended for criticizing postponement of Guston exhibition
29 October 2020 - 08:30
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By La Gazette Drouot

Mark Godfrey was sanctioned by the museum after publishing a lengthy statement on Instagram criticizing the postponement of Philip Guston's exhibition to 2024 because of the possibility of "misinterpreted" representations of the Ku Klux Klan. Godfrey described the decision as condescending to the public. 

Xavier Veilhan's giants move to Vårberg, on the outskirts of Stockholm
28 October 2020 - 19:27
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By La Gazette Drouot

Winner of a competition organized by the city of Stockholm, the French artist created two monumental sculptures in sky blue concrete, featuring a sleeping bearded giant and another bust figure. This is the largest public art installation in the history of the Swedish city. 

Thousand of “Holding Hands” prints by street artist STIK stolen
28 October 2020 - 18:30
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By La Gazette Drouot

The popular London street artist STIK, best known for his distinctive stick figures, had wanted to express his solidarity during the health crisis with the community where he lives and works. The 100,000 “Holding Hands” prints to be distributed to east London residents were stolen in transit. (Reuters).

Cultural institutions in Brussels close due to the second wave of infections threatening Europe
28 October 2020 - 17:30
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By La Gazette Drouot

As Infections rates across Europe are on the rise, the Belgian government asked museums and public galleries in the capital city to close through November 19 due to the on-going health crisis. Cultural institutions throughout Europe are bracing for similar actions as the virus spreads. (artnet)

Two silver torches by the master craftsman Jean-Pierre I Aribaud donated to the Museum of Fine Arts of Carcassonne
28 October 2020 - 16:33
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By La Gazette Drouot

These 18th-century pieces were donated to the museum by the Friends of the City association and the City of Carcassonne, the latter working to promote local artists such as Jean-Pierre I Aribaud. A descendant of the goldsmith had acquired them at auction for the sum of €3,100 and then returned to the association. 

Thieves steal relics in Germany
28 October 2020 - 15:30
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By La Gazette Drouot

Police are looking for the thieves who stole the relics of Saint Wolfgang from an early medieval church in the Southern German city of Regensburg. Saint Wolfgang, who died in 994, was the first bishop of Regensburg and was canonized in 1052. The robbery came just before St Wolfgang's day, October 31. (Deutsche Welle)

Now you can get closer to the Sistine Chapel through a lavish publication
28 October 2020 - 14:23
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By La Gazette Drouot

The three-volume, 822-page, silk and white calf leather-bound book is published by New York-based Callaway. It includes photographs of the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel in 1:1 scale, taken by cameras equipped with gigapixel technology. Its price is just as luxurious: $22,000. 

Sylvie Hugues, new artistic advisor for the HSBC Award
28 October 2020 - 13:00
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By La Gazette Drouot

A photography consultant and artistic director of the Festival du regard since 2016, this journalist was hired to help organize the 26th edition of the award. Created in 1995, it rewards each year two little-known photographers and accompanies them in the promotion and enhancement of their work.

381 000 € for a dazzling Chu Teh-chun painting
28 October 2020 - 11:28
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By La Gazette Drouot

2 weeks ago, it could be admired on the cover of the Gazette: this oil on canvas from 1978 by the Chinese painter living in France, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday on October 24th, shouted out Chu Teh-chun's fascination for light and Rembrandt's work.

UK to return nearly 5,000 looted antiquities to Iraq
28 October 2020 - 10:27
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By La Gazette Drouot

The office of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi made the announcement Friday during an official state visit to the UK. This will be the largest repatriation of looted artifacts to Iraq. A 4,000-year-old Sumerian relic that museum experts found for sale in an online auction is among the artifacts to be returned.

An appeal for donations to save the Chapelle-Neuve des Bourbons in Souvigny
28 October 2020 - 09:32
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By La Gazette Drouot

The Heritage Foundation and the town of Souvigny hope to raise €150,000 to restore the Chapelle-Neuve des Bourbons, the only church with a double transept in France. It had been the subject of a decree of danger on June 22nd. The €1 million work will allow for security and consolidation operations.