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Nxt Museum for new media art set to open in Amsterdam this August
04 June 2020 - 16:31
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By La Gazette Drouot

The new, privately funded Nxt Museum, dedicated to new media art, will open on August 29 in Amsterdam. Located in the arts district of Amsterdam-Noor, the museum will exhibit multi-sensory, interactive art experiences created by artists, designers, scientists and specialists in technology.

Uffizi Gallery Director suggests the return of religious art back to churches
04 June 2020 - 16:18
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By La Gazette Drouot

Director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Eike Schmitt, recently suggested that many religious works of art currently held in Italy’s cultural institutions should be returned to their church of origin. His comment reflects a desire to expand the Uffizi beyond the confines of its walls, in light of Covid-19.

The Walker Art Museum shelves contract with Minneapolis police
04 June 2020 - 15:25
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By La Gazette Drouot

In response to the recent death of George Floyd and subsequent protests, the Walker Art Center of Minneapolis suspended its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), until it implements “meaningful change...”.

Severe storm causes superficial damage to the Taj Mahal
04 June 2020 - 11:57
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By La Gazette Drouot

AFP photos taken on Sunday show that part of an original railing on the Taj Mahal has disappeared due to violent storms that killed several people. The head of the Indian archaeological services confirmed further damage. Nevertheless, the structure of the 17th-century mausoleum remains intact.

Smithsonian creates new online portal: “Talking About Race”
03 June 2020 - 17:12
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By La Gazette Drouot

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture launched a new online portal titled “Talking About Race”. Users will find digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and multimedia resources tailored for educators and individuals committed to racial equality.

The Hauser & Wirth Gallery now represents the estate of Sophie Taeuber-Arp
03 June 2020 - 12:28
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By La Gazette Drouot

Hauser & Wirth announces that it now represents the estate of Sophie Taeuber-Arp. The gallery will devote an online exhibition to the Swiss artist starting June 11, before a major museum retrospective that pays tribute to Jean Arp's first wife in 2021, which will travel to the Tate Modern and the MoMA.

Musée d'Orsay secures an early Manet by preemption
03 June 2020 - 10:20
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By La Gazette Drouot

The Musée d'Orsay has just acquired by pre-emption one of the rare early works by Edouard Manet to have survived: a Young man's Head from the Self-Portrait by Filippino Lippi, oil on panel, 1853. This important painting enables the museum to better understand the trajectory of Manet's artistic practice.

New President at the Tate Gallery
03 June 2020 - 09:55
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By La Gazette Drouot

Roland Rudd, head of the public relations firm Finsbury, has been appointed President of the Tate Gallery, replacing Lionel Barber. Rudd has been a member of the Tate Board of Directors since 2017 and will take up his position in January 2021.

CHART Art Fair overhauls its 2020 edition dedicated to women artists
02 June 2020 - 20:00
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By La Gazette Drouot

Organizers restructured the upcoming August 2020 edition of the CHART Art Fair, which will now take place in 5 Nordic cities (Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Stockholm) and include online components. CHART 2020 will proceed as planned with its initiative to exclusively present women artists.

Members of Art Paris selection committee resign
02 June 2020 - 18:44
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By La Gazette Drouot

Gallery owners Thomas Bernard, Dominique Fiat and Alain Chiglien resigned from the selection committee of the contemporary art fair, Art Paris, because of "total disagreement with France Conventions, owner of the fair". Art Paris is currently proposing a digital version for its 2020 edition.

Scanner reveals hidden secrets in Marie Antoinette's correspondence with her lover
02 June 2020 - 10:52
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By La Gazette Drouot

Post-doctoral student Fabien Pottier used a high-powered scanner to reveal hidden text in correspondence between the queen and her presumed lover. The analysis of the handwritten letter, dated October 10-12, 1791, uncovered a banal yet affectionate text addressed to the queen.

Museums in Seoul, South Korea, are once again temporarily closed due to the coronavirus
02 June 2020 - 10:08
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By La Gazette Drouot

Partial lockdown of the South Korean capital comes after a group of new cases of the coronavirus emerged at two e-commerce facilities. To contain the outbreak the city’s museums will remain closed for 2 weeks.

Visionary artist Christo has died at his home in NY at the age of 84
01 June 2020 - 11:10
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By La Gazette Drouot

Christo known around the world for his monumental, public art has died at 84. Together with his wife, Jean-Claude, the duo transformed landscapes through their ephemeral art. His project to wrap the Arc de Triomphe, initially proposed in 1962, scheduled for September 2021 "is still on track" according to his studio.  

The Musée de la Monnaie de Paris will be free in June
01 June 2020 - 10:55
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By La Gazette Drouot

To celebrate its reopening on June 2, the Musée de La Monnaie de Paris, quai de Conti, will open its doors free of charge throughout the month of June. Visits will be limited to 10 people every 15 minutes, and booking is mandatory. The visit includes views of the manufacturing workshops.

Reopening of the Louvre Museum
01 June 2020 - 10:51
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By La Gazette Drouot
Staggered reopenings for the museums in France
01 June 2020 - 10:41
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By La Gazette Drouot

The reopening dates are as follows: June 6 for Versailles, June 9 for Musée Quai Branly, June 23 for Musée d’Orsay, July 1 for the Centre Pompidou and the Grand Palais (Pompeii Exhibit). Parks and gardens opened this past weekend. The rules are uniform throughout, with priority booking for admission a must.

New dates for the 35th Hyères Festival, in the South of France
29 May 2020 - 10:41
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By La Gazette Drouot

Set in the magical Villa Noailles, under the lights of the French Riviera, the Hyères Festival is an exciting rendez-vous for fashion and photography in  the spring. This year the festival will take place October 15 to 19. Jonathan Anderson will preside over the fashion jury, and Paolo Roversi over the photo jury.

Baltimore Museum of Art seeks to help the local arts community with $100,000 budget reallocation
29 May 2020 - 10:02
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By La Gazette Drouot

Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) reallocates $100,000 earmarked for speakers fund this spring to help local artists, galleries and arts communities. Senior staff created three new initiatives, BMA Salon, BMA Screening Room and BMA Studio Salon, which will provide a platform to engage the local arts sector.  

Ancient Roman mosaic floor unearthed near Verona, Italy
28 May 2020 - 14:00
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By La Gazette Drouot

Archaeologists discover an ancient Roman mosaic floor in near pristine condition, buried several feet beneath some vines, near the northern Italian city of Verona. Believed to date to the 3rd century CE, the unearthing of this mosaic comes nearly a century after the discovery of a villa on the same site.

The X museum slated to open this weekend in Beijing
28 May 2020 - 10:11
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By La Gazette Drouot

After delays triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, the X museum opens this weekend in the Chinese capital, Beijing. The private museum, founded by the young collectors Michael Xufu Huang and Theresa Tse, features a two-story, 2,400 sq. m exhibition space, in the Chaoyang district.