Spanish Authorities move to Declare Rubens an Asset of Cultural Interest

June 19 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Spanish art account @Boro_RR has pointed out on 'X' (formerly Twitter) that the authorities in Spain have undertaken the administrative steps to declare Rubens' Samson Breaking the Jaws of a Lion (pictured) an Asset of Cultural Interest. The painting, which was up until the 1990s in the collections of the Duke de Hernani, remains in a private collection. It seems possible that the declaration, which may result in the picture being unexportable, was enacted due to a potential sale outside of Spain.

Liberty to the Imagination: Drawings from the Eveillard Gift

June 19 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Morgan Library and Museum in New York have recently opened a display of promised gifts to the museum, which includes twenty-eight drawings from the collection of Elizabeth and Jean-Marie Eveillard.

According to the institution's website:

The exhibition includes a study for Rembrandt’s first masterpiece; Greuze’s virtuoso depiction of a young cook made for his friend Jean-Georges Wille; Delacroix’s intimate portrait of Jenny, his confidante and caretaker; and a striking watercolor landscape by Cézanne. Also in the gift are significant sheets by major artists such as Rubens, Guercino, Jordaens, Watteau, Géricault, Constable, Degas, Renoir, Seurat, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, Vuillard, Bonnard, and Gris, including many rarely seen drawings. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

The exhibition will run until 6th October 2024.

Recent Acquisitions at the Royal Castle in Warsaw

June 19 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakeiwicz:

I failed to spot that the Royal Castle in Warsaw opened an exhibition last month dedicated to their latest acquisitions.

According to their website:

The Royal Castle in Warsaw has added several hundred new works of art to its collection in the past few years, including paintings, drawings, engravings, furniture, porcelain, items of silver and also militaria. Among the acquired objects were over 60 paintings dating from the fourteenth to nineteenth centuries, executed by representatives of important European art centres, as well as Polish and contemporary artists active in Poland. The acquisition of paintings is conducted strictly in compliance with the most significant tenets of the Royal Castle's approved activities, which include gathering historically significant items, putting on temporary and permanent exhibitions, and making its collections accessible to the public for scientific and educational purposes.

The eleven paintings on display in this exhibition span a wide range of genres, periods, themes and origins, including the Quattrocentro of Florence, the trend in Baroque painting initiated by Caravaggio's students and continuators, the animal portraits of the Dutch Golden Age, Venetian vedute, the Renaissance works of Piedmont and Venice, the portrait painting of the Enlightenment, and the Classicist depiction of ancient history.

The display will run until 14th July 2024.

Amsterdam University Press and Prado Unite for Project

June 19 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Amsterdam University Press and the Prado Museum in Madrid have united to undertake a research project on the theme of Gender and Art in the Museum: The Prado Collection. Proposals, which will be submitted to commissioning editor Erika Gaffney, will explore the roles of women artists and patrons within the collection amongst other topics.

According to the AUP website:

One of the main goals of this unique series is to understand the complex and multi-layered interaction between women and the evolution of a major national museum. It will include new studies focused on female artists’ production and their presence or absence in museum rooms. But it will go beyond these established topics to examine the link between the formation of the collections of the Prado Museum and women patrons. It will also commission work on women who inspired and received works of art that were incorporated into the collections, not forgetting the contribution of women in technical and ancillary roles. The broad chronology will enable us to trace and reflect the changing role of women and their relationship with the arts, as well as the evolution of a major Western cultural institution and its dependence on women.

Restored Rubens Redisplayed

June 19 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Gallery in London have redisplayed Rubens' The Judgement of Paris yesterday after a 14-month restoration project. The study has revealed some interesting pentimenti alongside a greater understanding of some retouching that occurred to the painting between 1676 and 1721.

Kunsthaus Zurich removes 5 works from display

June 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Switzerland that the Kunsthaus Zurich have removed 5 works of art from display pending investigations into their wartime history. The group, from the Emil Bührle Collection, including paintings by Monet, Van Gogh, Courbet, Gaugin and Toulouse-Lautrec.

Was Leonardo a Vegetarian?

June 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Artnet's Brian Boucher has penned an article on the question that is in most art lovers' thoughts...

Upcoming Release: Great Women Sculptors

June 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The publishers Phaidon will be releasing a new book dedicated to Great Women Sculptors in September 2024.

According to the blurb on the website:

Presenting a more expansive and inclusive history of sculpture, Great Women Sculptors surveys the work of more than 300 trailblazing artists from over 60 countries, spanning 500 years from the Renaissance to the present day.

Organized alphabetically, each artist is represented by an image and newly commissioned text. This wide-ranging survey champions the best-known women sculptors from art history alongside today’s rising stars. From more recognizable names such as Camille Claudel, Gego, Barbara Hepworth, and Yayoi Kusama to some of today’s most significant contemporary artists including Huma Bhaba, Mona Hatoum, and Simone Leigh, this book showcases 500 years of sculptural creativity in one accessible, visually stunning volume.

Barber Institute Reopening 22nd June

June 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewcz:

The Barber Institute in Birmingham will be reopening on 22nd June 2024 after the completion of a recent phase of renovations. The next phase will begin in February 2025.

Apollo Magazine have run an extended article and interview with director Jennifer Powell, who started in the role in January 2023.

To quote a portion of the article:

Redisplaying a room that is dedicated to pre-1600 works heavy on Christian iconography takes some thinking when your aim is to make it accessible to the residents of Birmingham, one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Britain. ‘The walkthrough is a Western European narrative, with many gaps and problems,’ Powell tells me as we amble through the galleries ahead of the reopening. ‘For a long time the Barber’s collecting was done in a purist “connoisseurial” way. The fact that there seems to be one single lens here is quite problematic – and the way it presents the idea of “masterpieces”, with that very male sense.’

At the Barber, that very male sense can be hard to escape. Only four of the paintings in a 152-strong collection are by women. The first of these to have been acquired remains by some distance the most memorable: a startlingly direct portrait of the Countess Golovina, all smiling candour, by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1797/1800). It was purchased by Hamish Miles, the Institute’s third director, in 1980.Works on paper aside, the three successive women directors have not acquired many more pieces by women between them. Kalinsky made some headway here – one of the last works she purchased was Maria Tassaert’s Still Life with a Garland of Fruit (c. 1660s), with its rutilant cherries and luminous grapes – but Powell sees lifting that torch as a key part of her mission. ‘We need to go further,’ she says, a note of urgency in her voice. ‘We have to move that forward.’

Zurbarán in Lyon

June 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Musée des beaux arts de Lyon have been sharing some photos on their 'X' account (@mbalyon) showing the ongoing conservation of Francisco de Zurbarán's full-length painting of Saint Francis. The restoration work anticipates the museum's upcoming exhibition dedicated to the artist, which will reunite several paintings of the saint including those kept at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and the Museum of Fine Art of Boston. The show is expected to open in December 2024 #mce_temp_url# (<----CLICK HERE FOR A LINK).

Leonardo Engravings at the Château Royal d'Amboise

June 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new exhibition dedicated to engravings after works by Leonardo da Vinci has recently opened at the Château Royal d'Amboise (CLICK HERE FOR A LINK---->)#mce_temp_url#. Focusing on works on paper from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the show is the product of a collaborative research project between the University of Liège and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

The exhibition will run until 22nd September 2024.

Ivar Arosenius at Clase Fine Art

June 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reader has kindly alerted me to an exhibition which has just opened dedicated to the Swedish artist Ivar Arosenius (1878-1909) (CLICK HERE FOR A LINK---->)#mce_temp_url#. The show, the first ever dedicated to the painter in London, is being hosted by Clase Fine Art who are based on Pall Mall. The 32 works by Arosenius will be on display until 5th July 2024.

Auckland Art Gallery Acquires Rare War Dance Painting

June 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand have acquired William Strutt's War Dance at Taranaki, New Zealand, Mount Egmont, in the distance (CLICK HERE FOR LINK --->)#mce_temp_url#. The painting, which was exhibited in 1857, is believed to be the earliest depicting of the haka, a traditional war dance which is famously still used by the nation's sporting teams.

According to the article linked above:

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited Gallery Director Kirsten Lacy says, “War Dance at Taranaki, New Zealand, Mount Egmont, in the distance is an incredibly rare artwork and a major addition to the Gallery’s collection. A small painting with a huge story to tell, this work holds immense historical importance, and I am delighted to be bringing this into a public collection where all can enjoy and learn from it.”

The Gallery purchased the painting from Art+Object by a private treaty sale for $885,000 with funding from several trust funds dedicated to supporting the Gallery’s collection, contributions from private individuals and the Gallery’s collection development budget.

“Artworks of this calibre are rare on the market – the last time the Gallery purchased a historic New Zealand work of this significance was 34 years ago in 1990,” adds Lacy.

Director of Collections Job at The British Museum

June 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

As The British Museum have just hired Nicholas Cullinan as their new Director, it appears that the museum are now looking for a new Director of Collections (CLICK LINK HERE---->)#mce_temp_url#.

The Main Purpose of the Role:

• To lead and inspire the Collections directorate to achieve and maintain excellence in the stewardship of the collection.

• To play a role in the strategic leadership of the museum, including as a member of the Directorate Group, deputising for the Director and contributing to the development and delivery of the Museum’s
strategy.

• Motivating senior managers to ensure continued excellence in the face of constrained resources, a complex and long-term plan for changes to the estate, and significant external pressures.

• Leading and inspiring high performing teams of specialists.

The job comes with an annual salary of £120,000 and applications must be in by 12th July 2024.

Good luck if you're applying!

Colonial Memory in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collections

June 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museo Nacional Thyssen will be opening a new exhibition on 25th June dedicated to Colonial Memory in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collections.

According to the blurb on the museum's website:

This exhibition sets out to decipher the elements of colonial power within the iconography of certain works in the Thyssen-Bornemisza collections. A selection of paintings will reveal “invisibilised” stories of racial domination, marronage and the civil rights struggle, as well as the introduction of the modern mercantile system based on European military control, the use of enslaved African workers and the appropriation of firstly Latin American and later Asian and African land and raw materials. Visitors will be introduced to fictitious representations of new Arcadias and will witness the western projection of its unsatisfied desires in the form of the “Orient” and the construction of the “other” as barbarian or primitive.

The show will run from 25th June until 20th October 2024.

National Museum of Wales Conserving Strozzi

June 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Museum of Wales in Cardiff have shared this interesting mid-clean image of Bernardo Strozzi's St Francis of Assisi embracing a Crucifix. Follow this link ----->#mce_temp_url# to see an image of the painting prior to conservation, it promises to be a remarkable clean!

Spain Publishes List of Art Seized During Civil War

June 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Guardian #mce_temp_url# (<----CLICK HERE FOR LINK) have published news that the Spanish state have published a list of art seized during the civil war and Franco dictatorship. This includes 5,000 items, covering paintings as well as the decorative arts.

According to the article:

The inventory, which is part of the government’s efforts to bring “justice, reparation and dignity” to the victims of the conflict and the subsequent dictatorship, was posted online on Wednesday. [...]

Spain’s culture minister, Ernest Urtasun, said the list was about much more than his department fulfilling the obligations set out in the Democratic Memory law, which was approved by the senate in October 2022.

“We’re offering a space in which people can learn about our history,” he said. “We’re also opening the door to returning those pieces that can be identified to their rightful owners.”

The ministry said that applications for the return of the lost items would be considered on a case-by-case basis.

AGO Toronto acquires Amélie Legrand de Saint-Aubin Portrait

June 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The AGO in Toronto have announced their acquisition #mce_temp_url# (<----CLICK HERE FOR A LINK) of Amélie Legrand de Saint-Aubin's Portrait of an Artist Drawing a Landscape in her Sketchbook. The painting, which was acquired through dealer Elliott Fine Art in 2023, dates to 1831 and joins works by other female artists in the gallery including pictures by Florence Carlyle and Mary Ann Alabaster.

According to the article linked above:

Hung inside the gallery dedicated to Fashioning the Woman Artist, Saint-Aubin’s Portrait of an Artist Drawing a Landscape in her Sketchbook (1831) belongs to an important tradition in which women painters pictured women making art. As part of major political changes that occurred during the French Revolution, women were allowed to exhibit in the French Salon, the nation’s premier annual art exhibition, for the first time. [...]

Following Saint-Aubin’s formal artistic training, she exhibited in 17 Salons over the course of her career, with primarily portraits and history paintings – two of the most popular genres at that time. Her reputation steadily grew as more people saw her work and by 1831 or earlier, she began to offer private lessons to students. The sitter in this painting could be one of her students, or a professional peer of Saint-Aubin’s.

Sotheby's London Day Sale

June 13 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Sotheby's London Old Master Paintings & Works on Paper Day Auction has been published online. Bidding for this online sale will close on 4th July 2024.

As usual with the day sales, I won't spoil the fun by pointing out the most interesting lots on this occasion.

Sell the Bouchardon Bust, says Council (ctd)

June 13 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Bendor has been quoted in several Scottish newspapers in the past few days, questioning plans by the Highland council to sell off Bouchardon's bust of Sir John Gordon. The council are currently claiming that the high value of the bust prevents it from being displayed, and so it would be better to have the cash instead.

According to the article linked above:

But that claim has now been called into question by Mr Grosvenor, who told The Times: “Councils and museums across the country manage to put such items on public display without issue, I’m not sure why Highland Council are insisting it hasn’t been possible.

“The suspicion must be that they have been determined to sell this important artwork from the outset.”

Mr Grosvenor also argued that the public consultation into what should become of the sculpture was “founded on a false pretence”, as the council had strongly argued that insuring and displaying the original wasn’t possible and that this could have influenced the results.

And he asked why the council had not made use of the UK government’s indemnity scheme, which enables particularly valuable works to be put on display in museums and galleries and which can act as an alternative to the commercial insurance that Highland Council had cited as a problem.

Click on the link above to read more.

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