March 2, 2015: Iraq’s National Museum Reopens & a 7-Minute Raid on the Château de Fontainebleau
In New York … A discussion with filmmaker and video artist Charles Atlas opens at The Kitchen at 7 p.m.; “Salon Zürcher, 9th edition” opens at Galerie Zürcher.
Closing this week
In New York … On Saturday, March 7th, “Art is Long, Life is Short: Marsden Hartley and Charles Kuntz in Aix-en-Provence” closes at Driscoll Babcock Galleries; Nancy Graves closes at Mitchell-Innes & Nash; “Material Location” closes at UrbanGlass.
Today’s Notable News
After a 12-year hiatus brought on by heavy looting after the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, Baghdad’s National Museum has now reopened its doors. One-third of the roughly 15,000 stolen items have been returned to its collection. (via the New York Times)
Early Sunday morning—in less than seven minutes—thieves stole 15 artifacts from the Château de Fontainebleau in France, including the crown of the Siamese King that was presented to Napoleon III in 1861. (via The Art Newspaper)
Gap founder Donald Fisher and his wife Doris will soon unveil their rarely-seen treasury of over 1,100 works—including multiple pieces from Sol LeWitt, Alexander Calder, and Gerhard Richter, to name but a few. The Fisher collection will go on an international tour that begins at the Grand Palais this spring and ends in San Francisco, where SFMoMA will assume responsibility for the collection, devoting 60,000 square feet of its soon-to-be expanded space to the works. (via The Art Newspaper)
Philanthropist Peter Norton has gifted 41 works from contemporary artists to Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum, as part of a string of donations to museums associated with educational institutions. (via Artforum)
Wolfgang Pelz, manager of Art Austria and founder of Art Salzburg, has now added Vienna Fair to his roster, taking over the fair’s license from Reed Exhibitions. (via artnet News)
In April, Juliana Engberg will leave her post as artistic director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art to become program director for Aarhus, Denmark’s term as European Capital of Culture 2017 (an honor the city shares with Pafos, Cyprus). (via Blouin Artinfo)
In New York, Richard Taittinger has a new gallery space on the Lower East Side, which will see its inaugural exhibition open tomorrow. (via The Wall Street Journal)
Best of Instagram
Via @lagracieuse: “Mondays, man.”
“Stolen Bronze Sculpture Recovered After 32 Years to Display at ADAA’s Art Show” (via New York Observer)
“How Art Can Help You Sharpen Your Mind” (via Huffington Post)
“Turning a Subway Car Into a Gallery, Until the Last Stop” (via the New York Times)
“Meet Mernet Larsen, A 75-Year-Old Painter Who’s Hosting Her First Art Show In L.A.” (via Huffington Post)
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