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by Allison Meier on January 24, 2014

Notre Dame du Haut designed by Le Corbusier in Ronchamp, France (photoraph by Patrick Collins, via Flickr)

Notre Dame du Haut designed by Le Corbusier in Ronchamp, France (photoraph by Patrick Collins, via Flickr)

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

Vandals broke into Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France, with destruction including a glazed window that was the only piece of the building signed by the architect. The perpetrators have yet to be discovered, but some are criticizing the overall maintenance of the chapel as well as the Renzo Piano-designed structures being constructed nearby that some see as clashing with the intended landscape of the modernist religious site.

Now that Imelda Marcos’ assistant has been sentenced to prison for conspiracy and tax fraud related to the former Philippines first lady’s art collection, the country is planning to file to get the paintings back.

Jasper Johns is testifying in the case against Brian Ramnarine who owns a Long Island City foundry, and is accused of art fraud in selling unathorized copies of art by Johns, Robert Indiana, and Saint Clair Cemin.

The National Museum in Baghdad is hoping to open to the public this February or March, although many of its artifacts remain missing from looting, Reuters reported.

Following an extensive investigation, an 18th century Chinese jade incense burner worth some $1.5 million was returned to the Fogg Museum at Harvard after disappearing from its display case in 1979.

When the National September 11 Memorial Museum opens in the spring, its admission price will be $24. Meanwhile, the outdoor memorial will remain free.

The exhibition People, Book, Land — The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People to the Holy Land planned to open this month at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters is being pushed back six months following objections from 22 Arab member states.

London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, which holds the most thorough inventory known to exist of the art Nazis took between 1937 and 38 from museums in Germany, is publishing it online this month.

As part of alleged participation in a Ponzi scheme involving art fraud, two antiques dealers with the San Francisco-based ARTLoan Financial were indicted.

The Michael Graves-designed building in Portland facing demolition (photograph by Holly Hayes, via Flickr)

The Michael Graves-designed building in Portland facing demolition (photograph by Holly Hayes, via Flickr)

The 1982 Michael Graves-designed Portland Public Services Building may be torn down after an assessment revealed that it would cost $95 million to overhaul the postmodern structure.

The popular dinosaur hall of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is closing April 28 for a five-year, $48 million renovation project. When it reopens it will have one of the most intact Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons — the Wankel T. rex — as its showpiece.

Drawing Center founder Martha Beck passed away at the age of 75. Beck, who was also active as a curator, started the influential art center in 1977.

Douglas Davis passed away on January 16 at the age of 80. Davis worked as both a Newsweek art critic and a visual artist, particularly in internet art such as the participatory “World’s First Collaborative Sentence” in 1994.

Early neon artist Chryssa passed away on December 23 at the age of 79. Chryssa was known for working on a large-scale with neon before many artists were experimenting with the new medium.

A Pissarro painting in the collection of the University of Oklahoma is being claimed by a descendent of a Jewish businessman, who is suing for its return, stating it was seized by the Nazis.

The Getty Research Institute is to receive the archives of the Kitchen, the four-decade-old Chelsea nonprofit dedicated to cultivating experimental art.

Construction has finished on the distinctively sloped Moesgård Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, designed by Henning Larsen Architects and focusing on archaeology and ethnography.

Stage Center in Oklahoma City (photograph by joevare, via Flickr)

Stage Center in Oklahoma City (photograph by joevare, via Flickr)

Starting January 27, Tate St. Ives is closing for four months so work can be done on an extension.

The sign of the Willoughby Sharp Gallery which was on Spring Street from 1988 to 1991 was recently rediscovered and is now resting above the new Sergio Davila Boutique, Bowery Boogie reported.

Oklahoma City’s jubilant 1970s Stage Center, designed by architect John M. Johansen as a modernist connection of cubes accented with primary colors, is planned to be razed.

The widely reported theft of brain specimens from the Indiana Medical History Museum has improved visitor attendance.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, to highlight locales that are in need of national preservation attention.

The pelvis bone of King Alfred the Great was discovered in a box in storage at the Winchester Museum in England.

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  • Joseph Nechvatal

    It kills me that stupid vandals broke into Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France, as this has got to be one of the best things in the world.

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