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.
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.
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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, 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".
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".
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.
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 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.
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.
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".
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".
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.
"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.
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 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.