In case you missed the news, here’s a roundup of headlines from the art world in the last two weeks.
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Spreading Art With Partnerships
In an unprecedented partnership between the Louvre and the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, Italy, about 60 masterpieces from the latter—from Titian’s Danaë and Caravaggio’s The Flagellation of Christ, to autograph works by Michelangelo and Raphael—will be showcased in three different locations of the Louvre. Slated to take place from next June through January 2024, the collaboration will also offer a series of concerts, shows, and multidisciplinary events to highlight “the dimensions of a real Neapolitan season in Paris”.
The Hong Kong Palace Museum announced on 14 June a strategic partnership with Bank of China (Hong Kong), in recognition of the bank’s support towards its cultural education efforts, major exhibitions, opening programmes, amongst others. From its public opening date, 2 July, until June 2023, the museum will be staging the “HKPM SHOWTIME!” series every Sunday, under exclusive sponsorship by BOCHK, with a wide variety of performing arts events performed by local leading artists and collectives, both online and on-site. For the first year following the museum’s opening, BOCHK will also sponsor a total of 33,000 general admission tickets and special exhibition tickets for underprivileged groups in the city.
Mic Drop From Gates, NFT Drop From Anna
Echoing Keanu Reeves’ forthright comment on NFTs, Bill Gates too has a take on the never-ending craze. At a TechCrunch conference held on 14 June, the Microsoft co-founder stated the trend, including crytocurrency, is “100% based on greater fool theory”, meaning valuation of digital assets will keep rising as long as people are willing to outbid one another. Also, a statement that would certainly irk some Bored Ape Yacht Club (or any primate-themed collections) owners, Gates mockingly said the “expensive digital images of monkeys” will “improve the world immensely”.
Speaking of BAYC, its creator Yuga Labs has tapped Noah Davis, Head of Digital Sales at Christie’s, to be the brand lead of CryptoPunks, which was acquired by the company in March. Davis, who played a major role in Beeple’s groundbreaking US$69 million NFT sale, will begin his new role in July.
Anna Sorokin (aka Anna Delvey), the infamous “German heiress” who was convicted of eight felonies including grand larceny and theft of services, announced her intention to “move away from scammer persona” with—well, ironically—a NFT collection. Dubbed “Reinventing Anna”, a nod to the Netflix miniseries inspired by her stories, the collection consists of “Anna Access Cards” that offer “exclusive livestreams and other online and metaverse events”, where a select group of top holders will enjoy extra perks such as one-on-one calls with Sorokin and a package of personal items from her.
Works That Were Once Original And Intact
National Museum of Slovenia’s exhibition “Travels”, originally set to open on 8 June, was abruptly cancelled hours before the opening after several art experts, having seen the exhibition catalogue, pointed out the works are most probably counterfeits. Of the 160 paintings the show promised to present, including 19th and 20th century masterpieces by highly esteemed artists such as van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Munch, Miró, and Bacon—all came from a private collection owned by the Boljkovac family, which, according to art expert Brane Kovič, is highly improbable and “clear forgeries”. Following the show’s halted opening, Pavel Car, Director of the museum, who insisted he had personally seen the authenticity credentials of the works, resigned from his position the very next day.
ART SG, the long-delayed and much-anticipated Singapore art fair first announced in 2018, unveiled a new exhibitor list for its inaugural edition. Slated to run during 12–15 January 2023, the fair will bring together more than 150 galleries from 30 countries at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, from blue-chip galleries Pace, Perrotin, Lehmann Maupin, and Gagosian, to regional heavyweights Ota Fine Arts, Pearl Lam Galleries, Richard Koh Fine Art, and ShanghART Gallery, amongst others.
The 12th edition of Norwegian biennale MOMENTUM will be curated by Tenthaus, an art collective and artist-run space based in Oslo, Norway, as announced on 16 June. Initiated as a Norwegian artists-in-schools project in 2009, the collective will seek to strengthen “the connections between the local, national and international art communities” as well as to “create interdisciplinary relationships with both art and artists at the centre”.
On 17 June, only a month after its launch announcement, the newly established Independent 20th Century revealed the participant list for its first iteration. Slated to run alongside The Armory Show in New York this September, the fair will gather 31 galleries—including 15 newcomers for any Independent-organised fairs—to showcase works by 20th century artists whose practices had been historically overlooked or underrecognised.
…And Their Legacy Shall Live On
Heidi Goëss-Horten, the Austrian billionaire and “mysterious German-speaking collector” who splashed out US$22 million at a Sotheby’s London auction in 1996, passed away at age 81 in her Lake Wörthersee home. The news came on 12 June, shortly after the opening of her private museum, the Heidi Horten Collection in Vienna, that houses a stunning collection of masterpieces by the likes of Warhol and Basquiat, Chagall, Bacon, Picasso, Baselitz, and more.
Kuwaiti-Palestinian photographer Tarek Al-Ghoussein, best known for his documentary-style photographs of landscapes and buildings in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, has died aged 60 on 11 June. Prior to his passing, Al-Ghoussein was working on “Odysseus”, an ongoing photographic project since 2015 in which he set out to document the 215 islands of Abu Dhabi where he taught and worked.
Marina Lambraki-Plaka, who held the position as Director of Athens’ National Gallery for three decades, passed away on 13 June in a hospital. She was 83. Often called the “Iron Lady” of the Greek Arts, Lambraki-Plaka was highly devoted to the museum during her tenure as the director, during which the museum saw renovation and expansion, and the acquisition of some 3,000 works including two masterpieces by El Greco.
American painter Duncan Hannah, who was renowned for his depictions of scenes inspired by classic films and adventure stories, and works by Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer, died of a heart attack at age 70 at his home in West Cornwall, Connecticut, on 11 June.