Art Movements

by Allison Meier on December 27, 2013

BBC Cardiff, designed by FAT Architecture (photograph by Alun Vega/Flickr user)

BBC Cardiff, designed by FAT Architecture (photograph by Alun Vega/Flickr)

Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.

The French government returned antiquities that were looted in 2011 in Egypt following the Arab Spring; they were being sold abroad.

An exhibition of art by Joan Miró was closed in Turkey after the artist’s estate stated that some of the around 60 works in the gallery are fake.

A US District Court awarded $500,000 to Dallas art collector Marguerite Hoffman in a settlement over a Rothko painting whose 2010 sale was not kept confidential.

Design Observer co-founder and design advocate Bill Drenttel died on December 21 at the age of 60. The designer was also behind the Winterhouse firm with his wife, Jessica Helfand.

Figurative French painter Jean Rustin passed away at the age of 85.

The public domain archive of the US Department of Defense is moving to T3 Media for a ten-year period and will be privatized.

Higgins Armory Museum (photograph by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism)

Higgins Armory Museum (via Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism)

December 31 will be the final day of the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts. The museum, which opened in 1931, will have much of its collection absorbed by the Worcester Art Museum.

A collection of Deccan and Mughal art from the Islamic courts of India — one of the few of its kind still privately owned — was acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art. The collection will go view as part of the museum’s Indian and Southeast Asian galleries, which are reopening after a $350 million expansion on December 31.

The British Museum acquired a rare medieval chalice — called the Lacock Cup — for £1.3 million ($2.1 million), although reportedly the church where it has been used for 400 years is not pleased about its departure.

A Song Dynasty Chinese scroll that sold for $8.2 million last September at Sotheby’s is being called a fake by three art historians.

“The Last Supper” by Giorgio Vasari was finally reassembled after its extensive damage in the 1966 flood in Florence. It was one of many works of art destroyed or wrecked in the flood.

The three churches that care for the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which is believed to have been constructed at the birthplace of Jesus, are coming together for a much-needed restoration. The Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Apostolic Armenian churches signed an agreement with the Palestinian Authority to preserve its architecture and art in a $2.6 million restoration project.

A theater director crashed his car into the gate of the French president’s residence as a protest against subsidy cuts to his small Parisian theater.

Camille Pissarro’s “Boulevard Montmartre” (1897), which was returned in 2000 to the family of the Jewish industrialist who was forced to sell it by the Nazis, will be auctioned in February at Sotheby’s.

London-based FAT Architecture announced that their office, known for its playful modernism, will close next summer, although they’re still working on designs for the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Alfonso Architects was selected to design the new Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movements in St. Petersburg, Florida, which is planned to open in 2016.

Heneghan Peng Architects’ winning proposal for the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow (image courtesy NCCA, via

Heneghan Peng Architects’ winning proposal for the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow (image courtesy NCCA, via

Irish firm Heneghan Peng Architects was chosen to design the massive new National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow as a towering, tiered stack of galleries.

The vacant Alphabet City tenement at 324 East Fourth Street that was allegedly planned to be demolished in January has been transformed into a giant art space, Bowery Boogie reported.

A copy of a taxidermied cheetah was 3D printed for the Field Museum’s upcoming Biomechanics: The Machine Inside exhibition. The copy allows the show to travel while the actual specimen remains in Chicago.

Christina Vassallo, who’s currently Flux Factory’s executive director, was named the new executive director of Spaces gallery in Cleveland.

The National Coast Guard Museum is currently raising funds for a 2017 opening in New London, Connecticut.

An oil painting portrait of Tony Blair by Alastair Adams was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The Old Court House Museum in Vicksburg, Mississippi, acquired Saddam Hussein’s sink.

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