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US Supreme Court to decide on Iran artifact case

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide on a long-running legal battle over whether Persian artifacts in Chicago museums can be seized as compensation for victims of a terror attack in Israel. The court will have the final word in the more than decade-long saga between Iran and five US citizens, who blame the Islamic republic for its support of militant group Hamas. The case highlights... | Read More

Two-part exhibition at the Getty Center features rarely seen works by David Hockney

David Hockney (British, born 1937) is celebrated as one of the most important artists of the past fifty years. His work in many media—from painting and drawing to printmaking and photography—demonstrates a distinctive, playful style and an enduring curiosity about technique. In celebration of the artist’s 80th birthday on July 9, the J. Paul Getty Museum presents Happy Birthday,... | Read More

Sotheby’s confirms its strong position in the market for Swiss art

"We are delighted to have once again achieved excellent results for Félix Vallotton, following the world auction record for the artist which we set six months ago. Our aim was to assemble a selection of high-quality works at appealing estimates and this evening’s results show that demand remains strong for the finest examples of Swiss Art.” Stéphanie Schleining & Urs Lanter,... | Read More

Dali’s ‘daughter’ says she wants her identity

Pilar Abel, the woman claiming to be Salvador Dali's daughter, said Tuesday she wanted to recover her identity more than anything else, a day after the artist's exhumation was ordered. For a decade, the 62-year-old who long worked as a psychic in the northeastern region of Catalonia where Dali was born, has tried to prove she is the painter's child. Her paternity claim, however, has raised... | Read More

Max Beckmann’s ‘Birds’ Hell’ leads Christie’s £149.5 million London sale

The highlight of 20th Century Week at Christie’s in London, the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale was 94 per cent sold by lot and 87 per cent sold by value, realising a total of £149,500,000 (including premium), with three works selling for more than £20 million. The top lot of the night was Max Beckmann’s Hölle der Vögel (Birds’ Hell). Completed over the course of... | Read More

Secret drawers on view for the first time in the Rijksmuseum

In the last few years no fewer than 50 experts have been involved in conducting research on the only eighteenth-century miniature apothecary’s shop in the Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum is now presenting the results of this research and conservation project in an extensive publication, designed by Irma Boom and showing the miniature pharmacy and 56 secret drawers for the first time, at almost... | Read More

A major retrospective of works by Magdalena Abakanowicz opens across the city of Wroclaw

A major retrospective, Effigies of Life, A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930 – 2017), features the work of this leading Eastern-European avant-garde artist, notable for her use of textiles as a sculptural medium. The exhibition runs from 23rd June through 25th August across multiple venues and public spaces in the city of Wroclaw and is the first retrospective of the artist to be held... | Read More

Spain court orders exhumation of Salvador Dali’s remains in paternity claim

A Spanish court has ordered that the remains of Salvador Dali be exhumed after a woman who claims to be the daughter of the world-famous artist filed a paternity claim. If the woman, identified as Pilar Abel and reportedly a psychic, is confirmed as the only child of Dali, she could be entitled to part of the huge fortune and heritage of one of the most celebrated and prolific painters of the... | Read More

Kunsthaus Zürich stages Action!: An exhibition on action art with a wealth of live performances

The Kunsthaus Zürich is transforming itself into a space for live actions and performances. Visitors can also become active participants directly involved in the creation of new artworks, while historical performances are being revived or presented in new stagings. A total of 30 artists are represented, including Yoko Ono and Rimini Protokoll. ‘Action!’ is inspired by Allan Kaprow... | Read More

Boijmans this Summer: A platform for contemporary art

The highlights in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen this summer (24 June– 24 September 2017) are exhibitions of work by international contemporary artists including Richard Serra, Zijlmans & Jongenelis, Gunnel Wåhlstrand and Raphael Hefti. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has traditionally provided a platform for trend-setting contemporary artists to make their work known to a broad Dutch public.... | Read More
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