The artefacts (a wall painting of an ancient Nubian queen, a Meroite stela, and a wall relief believed to be almost 3,500 years old) were handed over to the Sudan National Museum on September 19 to mark 50 years of French archaeological presence in the country, after being restored by a group of French experts.
Kataoka, currently deputy director and chief curator of the museum, will assume directorship following Nanjo’s retirement at the end of the year. She plans to cultivate diversity within the museum and forge relationships with local communities as well as institutions and festivals.
Gorgoni was dedicated to capturing Land Art from the 1970s onwards, as well as portraying the creative process through his intimate portraits of eminent artists such as Andy Warhol. Gianfrancro Gorgoni: Land Art Photographs, will be exhibited at the Nevada Museum of Art from October 2020.
The investigation of records from the past decade found that, although revenue from work by female artists doubled in the past decade, it remains a mere 2% of the global auction market total. This enduring gender bias was shown to prevail throughout the industry, with women comprising just 11% of museum acquisitions.
The auctions, taking place in London on October 3 and 4 and coinciding with Frieze Week, will feature 43 works by contemporary artists, including Simone Leigh and Luc Tuymans, as well as showcasing works of female portraiture such as Tschabalala Self’s Florida (2015).
The sale organized by Daguerre on September 17 (for the library) and 18 (for the castle’s remaining content) piqued the interest of institutions: the BNF has preempted a book of hours from the 15th century and the Condé museum an anonymous illustration from the 18th. A David Roentgen roll-top desk reaped €130,000.
Melun’s public prosecutor’s department announced that €2 M was stolen, as relayed by AFP. The owners of the castle which inspired Versailles, which was recently the subject of a piece in La Gazette, were bound but do not appear to be injured, the same source indicated.
The divine rank of Chalchiuhtlicue was honoured at Millon’s Aurance collection auction at Drouot on September 18, as the stone statue of the Aztec water goddess achieved €377,000.
German culture minister Monika Grütters announced the rise in estimated building costs of the museum, to be situated near Potsdamer Platz, from €200 to €450 million, according to The Art Newspaper. One reason for the increase is the redesign required to leave more space around the St. Matthäus church.
The modern and contemporary drawings fair sold for an undisclosed sum just months after its inaugural edition in the Saatchi Gallery in May to Robert and Johnny Sandelson. The brothers hope to use their trio of fairs to expand and build a brand and will manage Draw’s second edition from May 14-17, 2020.