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ORIGIN. the Kunstmuseum Bern in Swiss announced that he will return more than two dozen works of art that were part of Cornelius Gurlitt, a significant portion of which is believed to have been Nazi booty. Two of the pieces, the two watercolors of Otto Dix will be returned directly to the heirs. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, the heirs of Piet mondrian have complained against the Philadelphia Museum of Art, claiming that his valuable work Composition with blue (1926) by the Dutch-born artist also has questionable provenance. The museum backed down, arguing that Mondrian had never objected to the work being exhibited at the PMA during his lifetime.
FAREWELL. The legendary gallery of New York Metro photos closed its doors for good on Saturday at 6 p.m. To mark its closure, Roberta smith and David colman sitting down with the founders of the gallery Janelle Reiring and Helen Winer remember the lasting impact of the company on the art world, in particular how it inaugurated the Image generation. Critical Jason farago sharp her Twitter followers to last year’s gallery OVR, which includes a detailed history by Metro Pictures by the writer Andrew Russeth. And chief curator of the Whitney Museum Scott Rothkopf shared a photo on Instagram of two matchbooks by artist Louise lawler from approx. 1995 to honor the closing of the gallery.
Investigative journalist Patrick radden keefe reports that the Metropolitan Art Museumthe decision to remove the Sackler the name of his galleries could also have been influenced by a letter (produced in full) which was organized by the photographer and activist Nan Goldin and signed by several eminent artists, including Ai Weiwei, Kara walker, Arthur jafa, Maurizio Cattelan, and others. [The New Yorker]
the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul would have reopened since Taliban seized power in August; members of the Taliban militia apparently act as guards. [The Art Newspaper]
French luxury fashion house Chanel named the 10 artists who are the recipients of its first semester The next Chanel award, which comes with € 100,000 ($ 113,000) each. [ARTnews]
An exhibition dedicated to Suzanne Valadon to Barnes collection in Philadelphia “reveals how the French artist explored love, desire, family and jealousy”, writes Ariella Budick. [Financial Times]
SPIRITUALITY. As part of a new exhibition entitled “Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia”, presenting works belonging to a New York collector Alice kandel, the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art commissioned the composer Philippe Glass, a practicing Buddhist, to “create a 90-minute hypnotic performance responding to works of art,” the Art journal reports. the Brooklyn museum currently has in view “Andy warhol : Revelation ”, exploring the Catholic side of the pop artist, who Eleanor heartney at examined. All around it seems like a time to take stock and think about the approach of the New Year.