Issue 263 - December 2014

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News

“Il Tempo del Postino” takes to stage at Art Basel Free

Leading visual artists’ theatrical presentation continues its tour

“Il Tempo del Postino” takes to stage at Art Basel Free

Leading visual artists’ theatrical presentation continues its tour

Nicolas Berggruen to open private Berlin museum Free

Meanwhile, plans for a Kunsthalle in the German capital are still faltering

Nicolas Berggruen to open private Berlin museum Free

Meanwhile, plans for a Kunsthalle in the German capital are still faltering

Abruzzo earthquake wrecks 100s of churches

Disaster shines light on Italy’s poor heritage protection

Abruzzo earthquake wrecks 100s of churches

Disaster shines light on Italy’s poor heritage protection

Viking hoard for British Museum?

Yorkshire Museum shares funding race

Viking hoard for British Museum?

Yorkshire Museum shares funding race

How the Mona Lisa almost came to a watery end

Faulty fire sprinkler “rained on” Leonardo’s portrait, reveals former director of Metropolitan Museum

How the Mona Lisa almost came to a watery end

Faulty fire sprinkler “rained on” Leonardo’s portrait, reveals former director of Metropolitan Museum

An early survey of damage in Abruzzo

Compiled from the reports up to 20 April of Giovanni Lattanzi and the Ministry of Culture

An early survey of damage in Abruzzo

Compiled from the reports up to 20 April of Giovanni Lattanzi and the Ministry of Culture

Nicolas Berggruen to open private museum

Meanwhile, plans for a Kunsthalle in the German capital are still faltering

Nicolas Berggruen to open private museum

Meanwhile, plans for a Kunsthalle in the German capital are still faltering

Portraits of leading Muslims (and President Obama) for Prince Charles

The artist Sacha Jafri is painting 19 portraits of Muslims from the worlds of sports, politics, music and entertainment. He hopes to raise up to $5 million for one of the Prince of Wales’s charities

Portraits of leading Muslims (and President Obama) for Prince Charles

The artist Sacha Jafri is painting 19 portraits of Muslims from the worlds of sports, politics, music and entertainment. He hopes to raise up to $5 million for one of the Prince of Wales’s charities

Eton loans antiquities to universities

Myers Museum collection will go to Birmingham and Baltimore for 15 years

Eton loans antiquities to universities

Myers Museum collection will go to Birmingham and Baltimore for 15 years

Sculpture for hire at Cass

Eighty works available in radical offer

Sculpture for hire at Cass

Eighty works available in radical offer

Havana Biennial opens as relations with US thaw

Local artists show alongside established international names, as collectors and exhibitors circumvent trade restrictions

Havana Biennial opens as relations with US thaw

Local artists show alongside established international names, as collectors and exhibitors circumvent trade restrictions

Defence of former Getty curator begins after four years

Lawyers emphasise Getty’s cooperation with Italy

Defence of former Getty curator begins after four years

Lawyers emphasise Getty’s cooperation with Italy

Culture centre doubles as mosque

Art for all at the Townhouse

Culture centre doubles as mosque

Art for all at the Townhouse

How the Mona Lisa almost came to a watery end Free

Faulty fire sprinkler “rained on” Leonardo’s portrait, reveals former director of Metropolitan Museum

How the Mona Lisa almost came to a watery end Free

Faulty fire sprinkler “rained on” Leonardo’s portrait, reveals former director of Metropolitan Museum


Market

“We’ve done the gritty urban space, you can’t stay underground forever” Free

Dealer Steve Lazarides opens grand new London space

“We’ve done the gritty urban space, you can’t stay underground forever” Free

Dealer Steve Lazarides opens grand new London space

Salander charged with multiple fraud

New York dealer could face at least 25 years behind bars

Salander charged with multiple fraud

New York dealer could face at least 25 years behind bars

Madoff associate in court

Collector Ezra Merkin accused of fraud

Madoff associate in court

Collector Ezra Merkin accused of fraud

Art as collateral

Collectors use art to raise funds as liquidity dries up

Art as collateral

Collectors use art to raise funds as liquidity dries up

Secrecy over YSL “looted heads”

However, Pierre Bergé wins prestige Eileen Gray consignment

Secrecy over YSL “looted heads”

However, Pierre Bergé wins prestige Eileen Gray consignment

Vilnius gets first fair

City capitalises on Moscow cancellation

Vilnius gets first fair

City capitalises on Moscow cancellation

Gallery raid sparks panic over fakes

Artist’s widow in marathon authentication exercise

Gallery raid sparks panic over fakes

Artist’s widow in marathon authentication exercise

Sponsors withdraw

Sink London and Salzburg events

Sponsors withdraw

Sink London and Salzburg events

Local tastes support strong sales

Our new survey of the world’s national and regional auction houses

Local tastes support strong sales

Our new survey of the world’s national and regional auction houses

Low prices promoted contemporary art

Latin American collectors moved outside traditional comfort zones

Low prices promoted contemporary art

Latin American collectors moved outside traditional comfort zones

No bubble, no crash

Cheaper art sells in larger amounts

No bubble, no crash

Cheaper art sells in larger amounts

Antique sales “down 30%”

Downturn bites into British dealers’ profits

Antique sales “down 30%”

Downturn bites into British dealers’ profits

Paris feels a partial pinch

Modern art struggles but good quality design sells

Paris feels a partial pinch

Modern art struggles but good quality design sells

Vilnius gets first art fair Free

City capitalises on Moscow cancellation

Vilnius gets first art fair Free

City capitalises on Moscow cancellation


Books

Truth behind the looting of the Iraq Museum

The author reveals new information, but does not face the fact that the invasion itself was the catalyst for this disaster

Truth behind the looting of the Iraq Museum

The author reveals new information, but does not face the fact that the invasion itself was the catalyst for this disaster

How the Gardner heist became a hive of speculation

Underworld drama and a cast of career criminals can’t disguise the lack of hard evidence

How the Gardner heist became a hive of speculation

Underworld drama and a cast of career criminals can’t disguise the lack of hard evidence

The afterlife of precious things

The long awaited catalogue of gems and jewels in The Queen’s Collection is the story of the history encapsulated in these small objects

The afterlife of precious things

The long awaited catalogue of gems and jewels in The Queen’s Collection is the story of the history encapsulated in these small objects

Magical mystery museum

The Soane delightfully described

Magical mystery museum

The Soane delightfully described

What made the Virgin humble?

The origins of the “Virgin of Humility”, which first appeared in art in the 14th century and rapidly spread throughout Europe

What made the Virgin humble?

The origins of the “Virgin of Humility”, which first appeared in art in the 14th century and rapidly spread throughout Europe

Not just little adults

Images of children in the eastern empire

Not just little adults

Images of children in the eastern empire

Dante in two dimensions

Alberto Martini’s illustrations of The Divine Comedy

Dante in two dimensions

Alberto Martini’s illustrations of The Divine Comedy


Comment

Facebook is more than a fad—and museums need to learn from it Free

museums should embrace the idea that 'everyone is a curator'

Facebook is more than a fad—and museums need to learn from it Free

museums should embrace the idea that 'everyone is a curator'

Does Berlin really need a permanent Kunsthalle? Free

A Kunsthalle should shift the focus of the art world from western markets towards the emerging countries to the east

Does Berlin really need a permanent Kunsthalle? Free

A Kunsthalle should shift the focus of the art world from western markets towards the emerging countries to the east

The issues involved in using works of art to secure loans Free

Borrowing money on the strength of one’s art is a bit like bungee-jumping

The issues involved in using works of art to secure loans Free

Borrowing money on the strength of one’s art is a bit like bungee-jumping

Iceland stuck between a rock and hard place Free

How will Iceland’s art institutions and galleries emerge from the economic crisis?

Iceland stuck between a rock and hard place Free

Artists who have never known wealth cannot lose it

Iceland stuck between a rock and hard place Free

How will Iceland’s art institutions and galleries emerge from the economic crisis?

Iceland stuck between a rock and hard place Free

Artists who have never known wealth cannot lose it


Conservation

Iconic Scheffer painting sees the light of day

Nineteenth-century French artist’s depiction of Christ returns to public view after decades in a Minnesota church closet

Iconic Scheffer painting sees the light of day

Nineteenth-century French artist’s depiction of Christ returns to public view after decades in a Minnesota church closet

Peruvian museum preserves the privacy of its most famous exhibit

Covered body of 1,700-year-old mummy will only be on view “from a distance, via mirrors”

Peruvian museum preserves the privacy of its most famous exhibit

Covered body of 1,700-year-old mummy will only be on view “from a distance, via mirrors”

Israel’s holiest site undergoes restoration

Three-month project will address the deterioration of the stones

Israel’s holiest site undergoes restoration

Three-month project will address the deterioration of the stones

Israel’s holiest site undergoes restoration

Three-month project will address the deterioration of the stones

Israel’s holiest site undergoes restoration

Three-month project will address the deterioration of the stones

Thieves damage ancient Roman reliefs

Locals call for more security for the site

Thieves damage ancient Roman reliefs

Locals call for more security for the site


Features

With newspapers in terminal decline, what future for arts journalism? Free

Coverage of the arts is migrating online but unless someone is prepared to pay for it, the outlook is uncertain

With newspapers in terminal decline, what future for arts journalism? Free

Coverage of the arts is migrating online but unless someone is prepared to pay for it, the outlook is uncertain

Art Institute prepares to open massive new extension

Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing will make it the second largest art museum in the US

Art Institute prepares to open massive new extension

Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing will make it the second largest art museum in the US

“Now we’re able to show the hot and the cool”

AIC contemporary head James Rondeau on excavating the archives and why Mao needed a holiday

“Now we’re able to show the hot and the cool”

AIC contemporary head James Rondeau on excavating the archives and why Mao needed a holiday

The same…but different

Cleaning and reframing can change a painting’s impact

The same…but different

Cleaning and reframing can change a painting’s impact

After a long, dry spell, Chicago is regaining some of its architectural lustre

From the Art Institute to an Olympic bid, the capital of the Midwest is hoping to be a “Bilbao effect” cultural destination

After a long, dry spell, Chicago is regaining some of its architectural lustre

From the Art Institute to an Olympic bid, the capital of the Midwest is hoping to be a “Bilbao effect” cultural destination

Architects on display

The AIC’s new architecture and design galleries are as good as it gets

Architects on display

The AIC’s new architecture and design galleries are as good as it gets

Who said it was all about modernism?

Collector Richard Driehaus renovates classical structures to house his collection

Who said it was all about modernism?

Collector Richard Driehaus renovates classical structures to house his collection

Can today’s patrons live up to those of the past?

Chicago’s museums have been built by the philanthropy of a century of elite supporters

Can today’s patrons live up to those of the past?

Chicago’s museums have been built by the philanthropy of a century of elite supporters

To stay or not to stay: the creative dilemma

Chicago is a great place to make work, but it struggles to compete with New York when it comes to forging a career

To stay or not to stay: the creative dilemma

Chicago is a great place to make work, but it struggles to compete with New York when it comes to forging a career

With newspapers in terminal decline, what future for arts journalism?

Coverage of the arts is migrating online but unless someone is prepared to pay for it, the outlook is uncertain By András Szántó

With newspapers in terminal decline, what future for arts journalism?

Coverage of the arts is migrating online but unless someone is prepared to pay for it, the outlook is uncertain By András Szántó

Sixty years of art from Thames & Hudson

The British publishing house started by Jewish refugees from Hitler has gone from strength to strength By Donald Lee

Sixty years of art from Thames & Hudson

The British publishing house started by Jewish refugees from Hitler has gone from strength to strength By Donald Lee

Tough times lead to backroom deals

Now that auction houses are no longer offering guarantees, an increasing number of purchases are likely to take place as discreet transactions brokered by art dealers By Sarah Thornton

Tough times lead to backroom deals

Now that auction houses are no longer offering guarantees, an increasing number of purchases are likely to take place as discreet transactions brokered by art dealers By Sarah Thornton

It’s not quite Picasso, but plastic surgery is art

So say four surgeons whose handiwork is now on display

It’s not quite Picasso, but plastic surgery is art

So say four surgeons whose handiwork is now on display

The Last Supper: the ultimate performance

Mexican artist stages the holiest of feasts with unBiblical twist

The Last Supper: the ultimate performance

Mexican artist stages the holiest of feasts with unBiblical twist

Portraits of the artist as surgically-enhanced society matrons

The chameleon-like photographer has turned herself into a string of fictional socialites By Louisa Buck

Portraits of the artist as surgically-enhanced society matrons

The chameleon-like photographer has turned herself into a string of fictional socialites By Louisa Buck

Japan, through the eyes of a French banker

Albert Kahn was one of many westerners obsessed with photographing the Japanese, but one of the first to do it in colour

Japan, through the eyes of a French banker

Albert Kahn was one of many westerners obsessed with photographing the Japanese, but one of the first to do it in colour

Art Institute of Chicago’s massive extension opens Free

Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing will make it the second largest art museum in the US

Art Institute of Chicago’s massive extension opens Free

Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing will make it the second largest art museum in the US


Museums

International cultural property: how to find your way through the legal maze Free

Museums can now access information on legislation around the world

International cultural property: how to find your way through the legal maze Free

Museums can now access information on legislation around the world

UK museums profit from recession Free

Survey by the Art Fund reveals many are benefiting from discounted acquisitions

UK museums profit from recession Free

Survey by the Art Fund reveals many are benefiting from discounted acquisitions

UK venues profit from recession

Survey by the Art Fund reveals many are benefiting from discounted acquisitions

UK venues profit from recession

Survey by the Art Fund reveals many are benefiting from discounted acquisitions

Musée de l’Homme under fire

Government report criticises institution

Musée de l’Homme under fire

Government report criticises institution

V&A proposes underground galleries

Exhibition space will occupy area originally designed for abandoned Spiral project

V&A proposes underground galleries

Exhibition space will occupy area originally designed for abandoned Spiral project

Moore show under threat

Cash shortage hits Istanbul show

Moore show under threat

Cash shortage hits Istanbul show

America turns its gaze inwards

The Metropolitan, National Gallery, Nelson-Atkins and Huntington museums are expanding, with a focus on home-grown talent

America turns its gaze inwards

The Metropolitan, National Gallery, Nelson-Atkins and Huntington museums are expanding, with a focus on home-grown talent

How to find your way through the legal maze

Museums can now access information on legislation around the world

How to find your way through the legal maze

Museums can now access information on legislation around the world

A one-stop guide to negotiating the legal minefield

A Boston conference for museum staff offered useful advice about everything from gifts to Twitter

A one-stop guide to negotiating the legal minefield

A Boston conference for museum staff offered useful advice about everything from gifts to Twitter

Will Rome’s Maxxi museum ever open?

The project, initiated in 1997, has been marred by government funding shortfalls

Will Rome’s Maxxi museum ever open?

The project, initiated in 1997, has been marred by government funding shortfalls