Art Movements

Johan Christian Dahl, Frederiksborg Castle, 1817, oil on canvas. Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, Mrs. John B. O'Hara Fund
Johan Christian Dahl, “Frederiksborg Castle” (1817), oil on canvas, newly acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art (courtesy Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, Mrs. John B. O’Hara Fund)

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

Cornelius Gurlitt designated the Kunstmuseum Bern as the sole recipient of his collection, but it is still in the review process of deciding whether to accept it.

Falling plaster caused the Reading Room of the main branch of the New York Public Library to be closed. Meanwhile, the details of the library’s revised $300 million renovation were released.

A federal judge has dismissed a suit brought by Harper Lee against a museum in her hometown after lawyers for both parties “filed a joint motion seeking to end the suit,” the Associated Press reported.

The Weinmüller auction house, a Nazi-era institution, had its annotated catalogues published online.

The “grand bargain” for Detroit’s bankruptcy was approved by the Michigan Legislature.

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the Brussels’ Jewish Museum shooting, and is refusing to be extradited from France where he was arrested.

The Guggenheim has announced a call for entries to design its new Helsinki museum.

Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, portrait by William Hoare, circa 1733, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, portrait by William Hoare (1733) (courtesy Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

Laurent Le Bon, head of Centre Pompidou-Metz, was appointed as the new president of the Musée Picasso in Paris, which has been caught in years of controversial delays over its expansion project.

Melissa Chiu, who has served as the director of New York’s Asia Society Museum, was named as the new head of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Virginia’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation acquired a 1733 portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (shown at left), the oldest known portrait of an enslaved African in the colonies.

LACMA will receive over $36 million from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a 55-year lease to build a film museum planned for a 2017 opening.

Hauser & Wirth will be opening a Los Angeles branch at 901 East 3rd Street in a 100,000-square-foot former flour mill.

The long-abandoned Glenwood Power Plant in Yonkers is in the planning process of transforming it into an art center called Powerhouse at an estimated cost of $150 million.

Alan J. Friedman, director of the New York Hall of Science from 1984 to 2006, has died at the age of 71.

Danish artist Johan Christian Dahl’s 1817 “Frederiksborg Castle by Moonlight” was acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art. The work’s whereabouts were long unknown until it was rediscovered in 2000.

Burial shrouds dating back to 3,000 years that were illegally taken out of the country are being returned from Sweden to Peru.

A van Gogh portrait forced into sale by the Nazis was returned by the National Gallery of Victoria, the first Nazi restitution from Australia.

An archival photograph exhibition focused on the First Nations, South Africa during apartheid, and Palestine organized by Canadians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East has been the subject of violent threats.

JR's installation on the Pantheon in Paris (photograph by Yann Caradec, via Flickr)
JR’s installation on the Pantheon in Paris (photograph by Yann Caradec, via Flickr)

While it undergoes a renovation, French artist JR has covered areas of the interior and exterior of the Paris Pantheon with a mosaic of 4,000 faces photographed in his photo booth truck.

Reportedly due to a funding void, a planned Young British Artists retrospective in Russia by the British Council was canceled.

While cleaning a 1641 painting of a Netherlands beach by Hendrick van Anthonissen, held by the Fitzwilliam Museum, British conservators revealed a giant beached whale that had been covered up for over 150 years.

Alaska’s Anchorage Museum was named a Smithsonian Institution affiliate.

Lego is launching a minifigure line of female scientists in response to an online campaign.

7-Eleven destroyed a 1973 mural by David Rubello in Detroit and replaced it with an ad for mustache straws.

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