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Amid climate emergency Scotland’s National Portrait Gallery severs ties to BP
12 November 2019 - 18:22
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By La Gazette Drouot

December will see the Edinburgh gallery’s final BP Portrait Award exhibition before it will end its sponsored partnership with the petroleum firm, citing its commitment to tackling climate change. This follows extensive protests and similar action by institutions such as the Tate and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Fine Arts Paris to change location for 2020 edition
12 November 2019 - 17:43
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By La Gazette Drouot

While the Carrousel du Louvre hosts the 2019 edition through November 17, the organisers of Fine Arts Paris and Salon du Dessin have announced plans to move the fine arts fair to the courtyard of the Dôme des Invalides for its fourth edition in November 2020. The space will accommodate around 20 more exhibitors.

Chinese teapot achieves £1M and sets Asian Art week record at Duke’s, Dorset
12 November 2019 - 16:12
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By La Gazette Drouot

Estimated at £1,000/2,000 at Duke’s Auctioneers on November 11, the rare pear-shaped teapot, celadon-glazed and adorned with the mark of the Qianlong Emperor, sold to a telephone bidder for £800,000. Buyer’s premium pushed the figure up to £1 million, setting the record for this season’s Asian Art week.

National Gallery London appeals for £2m in public funds to save Gentileschi work for nation
12 November 2019 - 13:21
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By La Gazette Drouot

The museum will buy Orazio Gentileschi’s The Finding of Moses (1630-33), painted for Charles I on the occasion of his son’s birth, to keep it on display in Trafalgar Square due to its importance to national heritage. Having raised 90% of the £19.5m price, a public appeal is hoped to obtain the remainder by Christmas. 

UCCA Center for Contemporary Art to expand to Shanghai
12 November 2019 - 11:15
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By La Gazette Drouot

The Beijing museum will open an outpost in Shanghai’s Jing’an District in 2021, showing Chinese, international, and emerging contemporary art, following the trend of cultural institutions installing themselves in the city. The space, designed by New York’s SO-IL, will include a project space to showcase young artists.

Paul Éluard succeeds at auction with €385,855
12 November 2019 - 11:06
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By La Gazette Drouot

A collector’s first edition of À toute épreuve by Paul Éluard, accompanied by wood engravings by Joan Miró – making it one of the most beautiful illustrated books of the 20th century – sold for €385,855 at the Pierre Bergé & Associés sale of the Kahn library at Drouot on November 7.

Bard College and Hugo Boss Asia name recipients of curation and art awards
08 November 2019 - 18:19
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By La Gazette Drouot

Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies named Connie Butler, chief curator at L.A.’s Hammer Museum, the honouree of their Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence, which comes with $25,000. Dancer and choreographer Eisa Jocson received the Hugo Boss Asia Art award for emerging artists, accompanied by $42,800.

East London branch of V&A to be led by Gus Casely-Hayford
08 November 2019 - 18:16
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By La Gazette Drouot

As the offshoot’s inaugural director Casely-Hayford, a Briton currently leading the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, will undertake management of the waterside museum in Stratford and the collection and the publicly accessible research centre, both set to open in 2023. He takes up his duties in the spring.

Édouard Manet painting sells for $4M by Bern Museum of Fine Art
08 November 2019 - 15:53
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By La Gazette Drouot

Ships at Sea in Stormy Weather (1873) was among a collection of around 1,500 works inherited from Cornelius Gurlitt, some of which proved to be Nazi-looted. The Manet painting, cleared of Nazi connections, is being sold to the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, to cover the cost of managing the Gurlitt trove.

Dominique de Villepin, former Prime Minister of France, to open gallery in Hong Kong
08 November 2019 - 13:43
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By La Gazette Drouot

Villepin’s tenure was characterised by an interest in culture, and now Villepin Gallery is set to open on March 13, adding to the mass of institutions appearing in China. The gallery, run in Hong Kong by son Arthur while he oversees strategy from Paris, will prioritise developing long-term relationships with artists.

Museum directors and artists in Germany pen open letter pushing for action on climate change
08 November 2019 - 11:53
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By La Gazette Drouot

The 25 signatories, calling on the art world’s potential “to advance society through new ideas”, demanded a taskforce dedicated to museum climate policy as part of a “Green New Deal”; it would advise institutions on sustainable exhibiting practices and issuesrelating to climatisation, such as construction and lighting.

Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing announces art and technology triennial
07 November 2019 - 17:38
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By La Gazette Drouot

The CAFA Art Museum will stage the Zhang Ga-curated CAFAM Techne triennial from 18 January – 29 March. The exhibition, the museum’s largest ever with over 130 artists and collectives from 28 countries, will be split in two parts addressing different aspects of technology and art: Topology of the Real and Art in Motion.

A new museum dedicated to Picasso and Giacometti in Beijing
07 November 2019 - 16:09
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By La Gazette Drouot

The Musée National Picasso-Paris and the Fondation Giacometti will open the new institution next June in the 798 Art Zone, where it will host temporary exhibitions on the artists using works drawn from both collections. The museum, funded by the district’s owner Sevenstar, is initially set to operate for five years.

Washington’s National Gallery of Art appoints senior officers to finetune visitor experience
07 November 2019 - 15:09
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By La Gazette Drouot

Recently elected director Kaywin Feldman has hired Smithsonian Institution executives Elisa Glazer and Kate Haw to coincide with a major visitor survey through 2020. The appointment ties into the museum’s initiative to diversify its leadership; its senior officers now number seven, four of whom are women.

Human rights lawyer names British Museum “world’s largest receivers of stolen property”
07 November 2019 - 10:27
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By La Gazette Drouot

In Who Owns History? published on November 5, Geoffrey Robertson QC urges the museum to return works stolen under colonial rule, in particular the Elgin marbles. He claims that the institution tells "carefully-constructed lies" to escape blame, and that the majority of its stolen goods are hidden from public display.

High Court challenge against UK ivory ban rejected
06 November 2019 - 18:32
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By La Gazette Drouot

While the antiques trade support group FACT’s bid to prevent the Ivory Act from going ahead failed, they have until November 12 to appeal the judgement, though this would require further fundraising from the trade. The defending group DEFRA meanwhile stated their intention to ensure the near total ban comes into force.

The Centre Pompidou to open new branch in Shanghai on Friday November 8
06 November 2019 - 18:30
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By La Gazette Drouot

In what the Parisian institution is calling the “largest ever cultural exchange” between France and China, the new project was unveiled on November 5 at the West Bund Museum. Works will be taken from the French museum’s collection and it will curate the exhibitions to be shown in the Chinese outpost.

London’s National Portrait Gallery to close for three years for refurbishment
06 November 2019 - 14:46
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By La Gazette Drouot

The £35.5M redevelopment, which includes a grand north-facing entrance, will result in inevitable job losses to the gallery’s 270 staff. During the closure period (29 June 2020 – Spring 2023), 300 portraits will be loaned per year to UK institutions such as York Art Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Moscow’s Garage Museum hires former Stedelijk Museum director Beatrix Ruf
06 November 2019 - 12:40
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By La Gazette Drouot

Ruf, whose tenure at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk was marred by controversy after the Dutch media wrongly accused her of mismanagement, will now work with director Anton Belov at Garage; undertaking duties previously assigned to ex-chief curator Kate Fowle, she will develop exhibitions and educational initiatives for 2020.

The American Friends of French museums viewed through sociology
05 November 2019 - 18:36
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By La Gazette Drouot

Timed with the American Friends of the Orsay’s annual gala in Paris on October 19, the sociologist Anne Monier published a work with PUF, available only in French, regarding the relationship between these sponsor groups and the museums. Monier outlines one possible drawback: the financial stronghold of the benefactors.