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This week in art news: the first house Antoni Gaudí designed will reopen as a museum, the Getty Center was evacuated following a bomb threat, and Scotland’s national art collection was made available online.

Antoni Gaudí, “Casa Vicens” (completed 1888), Barcelona, Spain (via Flickr/jorapa)

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

Casa Vicens, the first house designed by Antoni Gaudí, will be opened to the public as a museum in the fall. The museum has yet to confirm an exact opening date.

The Getty Center was evacuated on the afternoon of April 18 after a bomb threat was phoned in to the museum.

Scotland’s national art collection was digitized and made available online.

Turkey’s culture ministry will build a new museum dedicated to the “martyrs and warriors” of the failed coup d’état against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last July. The propaganda project follows the president’s apparent victory in the constitutional referendum last weekend.

A report released by the Federal Elections Committee revealed that a number of prominent collectors and museum donors — including Steven Cohen, Henry Kravis, Sheldon Adelson, and John Paulson — donated funds to President Trump’s inauguration.

The animal rights group, Animal Liberation Tasmania, launched an online petition calling for the cancellation of an upcoming performance by Hermann Nitsch at the Dark Mofo music festival. The artist, one of the founding members of the Viennese Actionists, reportedly plans to slaughter a bull ahead of his upcoming performance in order to utilize its carcass.

The Cleveland Museum of Art agreed to return a first-century CE marble sculpture of Drusus Minor — the son of Emperor Tiberius — to the Italian government after learning that it was stolen from an archeological museum near Naples in 1944.

Steve Tobin sued Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan for moving his bronze sculpture, “Trinity Root,” without his permission. Tobin based the sculpture on a sycamore tree that formerly stood in Trinity’s courtyard before it was destroyed by falling debris during the events of September 11, 2001.

Steve Tobin, “Trinity Root” (2005) (via Flickr/FaceMePLS)

Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood added a disclaimer notice beside its display of racist golliwog dolls following complaints by tourists. The notice states the the museum is exploring “alternative ways of interpreting these toys and reflecting the changes in attitudes towards them in more recent years.”

A number of South African galleries and businesses, including Strauss & Co. auctioneers, have opted to stop selling works by artist Zwelethu Mthethwa. The painter was found guilty of murdering sex worker Nokuphila Kumalo last month.

Five residents of Neo Bankside, the luxury apartment complex beside the Tate Modern’s Switch House, sued the museum. The residents allege that the museum’s visitors are violating their privacy and that the Tate is violating articles of the European Convention of Human Rights by refusing to respect their homes and private lives.

Ai Weiwei claimed that the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (or HSBC) rejected his request to open a bank account in Hong Kong.

Bill Lowe was sentenced to 10 years probation and ordered to pay over $256,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to a single count of theft by conversion. The Atlanta-based art dealer was arrested in 2015 following complaints that he failed to remunerate numerous artists for the sale of their work.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposed 2018 budget for the City of San Diego would cut arts funding from $15.1 million to $10.4 million.

Actor Gael Garcia Bernal will star in Alonso Ruizpalacios’s second feature film, Museo, a “coming-of-age story” based on the 1985 theft of pre-Hispanic artifacts from the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

Transactions

Eugen Napoleon Neureuther, “View of Monte Pincio and the Palazzo Zuccari, Rome” (1837) (photo by Anna Danielsson/Nationalmuseum)

Sweden’s Nationalmuseum acquired a painting by Eugen Napoleon Neureuther. The 1837 work depicts a view of the Monte Pincio and the Trinità dei Monti church in Rome. The museum also acquired one of Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist’s Onkel Adam armchairs (1965).

Tarn and Zach Adams, the developers of Dwarf Fortress (2006), promised to donate the game’s source code to the Museum of Modern Art in the event of their deaths. The game was included in the museum’s Applied Design exhibition in 2013.

The Australian War Memorial acquired a rare silk carpet from the Ottoman Empire commemorating the Turkish victory at Çanakkale.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts awarded $100,000 to the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida. The funds will be used to support The World to Come, an exhibition focusing on the human impact on the environment.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation acquired over 220 maps, charts, atlases, and documents related to Virginia, dating from between 1540 and 1835.

Engraved by Theodore De Bry; after work by John White, “Americae pars, Nunc Virginia” (Frankfurt, Germany, 1590), black and white line engraving with period color, gift of Virginia Cartographical Society (courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

Transitions

Marc Porter returned to Christie’s as chairman of Christie’s Americas just three months after defecting to Sotheby’s.

May Xue resigned as CEO of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.

Gregory Long will step down as president of the New York Botanical Garden next year.

Museum curator Jeffrey Grove joined Sean Kelly gallery as director of museums and publications.

Sarah Kelly Oehler was appointed chair and curator of American art at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lorenzo Balbi was appointed director of the Museum of Modern Art in Bologna.

Karen Archey was appointed curator of contemporary art for time-based media at the Stedelijk Museum.

Alla Rosenfeld was appointed curator of Russian and European art at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.

Kristie Swink Benson was appointed director of communications at the High Museum of Art.

Christina Prescott-Walker was appointed chairman of Asia Week New York.

Phillips appointed Lilly Chan as managing director of Asia.

The Museum of the American Revolution opened to the public.

The Museum of World War II officially changed its name to The International Museum of World War II.

The Brooklyn Museum partnered with the Bard Graduate Center to establish a think tank examining the “organization, display, and interpretation” of the museum’s American decorative arts collection.

Sprüth Magers now represents the estate of ZERO group cofounder Otto Piene.

Otto Piene, “Die Sonne reist” (1966), oil and fire on canvas, 26 3/4 x 37 3/8 in (courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York)

Accolades

Buckingham Palace awarded Chris Ofili a CBE for services to art.

The New York State Council on the Arts awarded the Edward Hopper Citation of Merit for Visual Artists to Carrie Mae Weems.

Moor Mother was awarded the inaugural Kitchen Emerging Artist Award [via email announcement].

Rehab El Sadek was selected as the city of Austin’s first artist-in-residence.

Twenty-five artists were nominated for the 2017 Sobey Art Award.

Susan Philipsz was named the winner of Birmingham Big Art Project contest, a commission to create a public artwork for the planned HS2 station in Birmingham.

Obituaries

Barkley L. Hendricks, “Slick (Self-Portrait)” (1977), oil, acrylic, and magna on linen canvas, 72 x 48 in (© Barkley L. Hendricks, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York)

Michael Ballhaus (1935–2017), cinematographer. Collaborated with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Martin Scorsese.

Michael Bogdanov (1938–2017), theater director and founder of the English Shakespeare Company.

Christopher Clarkson (1938–2017), book and manuscript conservator.

Sally Hazelet Drummond (1924–2017), artist.

David French (1933–2017), archeologist.

André Gamet (1919–2017), photographer.

Barkley L. Hendricks (1945–2017), artist.

Allan Holdsworth (1946–2017), guitarist.

James Jensen (1950–2017), curator of contemporary art at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Michael O. Kewenig (1948–2017), art dealer and co-founder of the Kewenig Galerie.

Bruce Langhorne (1938–2017), guitarist. Best known for his work on Bob Dylan’s Bringing it All Back Home (1965).

Bill Mitchell (1951–2017), theater director and designer. Pioneer of landscape theater.

Sylvia Moy (1938–2017), Motown songwriter.

Tom Raworth (1938–2017), poet.

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