Art Movements

by Allison Meier on March 21, 2014

The Shabolovka radio tower in Moscow designed by Vladimir Shukhov (via Wikimedia)

The Shabolovka radio tower in Moscow designed by Vladimir Shukhov (via Wikimedia)

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

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is being sued by seven descendants of Peggy Guggenheim, who state that the conditions of her bequest are not being honored. They cite alterations to her Venetian palazzo as well as the management of artworks.

The Shabolovka radio tower in Moscow is under threat of demolition after the Russian State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting consented to its destruction. Architects are attempting to stop the dismantling of the striking 50-story latticed steel structure designed by Vladimir Shukhov and completed in 1922.

Italian police have reopened the investigation into the theft of Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of a Woman” (1916–17). The painting was stolen 17 years ago from the Ricci-Oddi gallery in Piacenza, Italy, and investigators are now using DNA tests to attempt to match a suspect.

Three artists who left the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles in July 2012 — Barbara Kruger, John Baldessari, and Catherine Opie — are returning. The fourth artist who left, Ed Ruscha, will not rejoin, and will be replaced by artist Mark Grotjahn.

The Henie Onstad Arts Center in Norway is returning Matisse’s “Woman in Blue in Front of a Fireplace” (1937), which was looted by the Nazis from a Parisian art dealer.

The Christian Science Church in Washington, DC (photograph by Matthew G. Bisanz, via Wikimedia)

The Christian Science Church in Washington, DC (photo by Matthew G. Bisanz, via Wikimedia)

An altarpiece in a Danish church by artist Emil Nolde was stolen.

The Washington, DC Christian Science church is being demolished. The structure was the subject of a long struggle, as preservationists hoped to save it as an example of 1960s Brutalist architecture.

Prehistoric remains dating back two million years were found near the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The fossils were discovered in a preliminary examination of the site aimed at expanding a subway line.

Online music streaming service Pandora scored a victory in federal court when a judge ruled that they don’t have to adjust their royalty payments.

The Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University is attempting to acquire the recently discovered set of 113 negatives taken in the Antarctic in 1911 by Robert Falcon Scott, in order to keep them from going into private collections and being split up.

Rembrandt’s painting “Child with a Soap Bubble,” which was stolen in 1999 from a museum in Draguignan, France, was recovered in Nice.

Buckminster Fuller’s Dome House is opening on April 19 as a free museum in Illinois.

St. Mark’s Bookshop is raising funds on Indiegogo to move into a new East Village location, where it will be reimagined as a nonprofit event space. See Hyperallergic’s previous coverage of the plight of St. Mark’s here.

A page from Francis Francis Llewellyn Griffith's "A Collection of Hieroglyphs: A Contribution to the History of Egyptian Writing" (1898) (via Vincent Brown/Flickr user)

A page from Francis Francis Llewellyn Griffith’s “A Collection of Hieroglyphs: A Contribution to the History of Egyptian Writing” (1898) (photo by Vincent Brown, via Flickr)

Scott Schaefer, who retired as a curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, is joining Sotheby’s as senior vice president of international fine arts.

The Richard Meier Model Museum is opening at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. The facility is designed by and dedicated to the architect’s work, with model and sculpture exhibition areas and a library.

Jack Shainman Gallery is expanding into a former elementary school in Kinderhook, New York. Called “The School,” this new facility will house the gallery collection and special exhibitions.

Gagosian Gallery will open its 14th branch worldwide, a new space on the Upper East Side, as well as a pop-up gallery on the Lower East Side.

Pace Gallery is opening a temporary branch in Silicon Valley.

Oxford University researchers are attempting to find the lost tomb of Egyptologist Francis Llewellyn Griffith, whose gravestone from 1934 has gone missing.

Despite being on Broadway since 1988, the Phantom of the Opera is only now casting a black actor in the lead, with Norm Lewis joining the production in May.

Artist Sarah Lucas will represent the UK at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

A group of over 100 female street artists broke the Guinness World Record for the biggest mural by multiple artists in London’s Leake Street Tunnel.

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