Archive for the ‘Art news’ Category

Lost painting found in kids movie

December 3, 2014

Gergely Barki da55bcb8-cd42-4f13-861a-d346f664d344-540x324probably expected a quite, uneventful evening as he and his daughter Lola watched “Stuart Little” in 2009. But Barki, a researcher at the Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria), “nearly dropped Lola from my lap. A researcher can never take his eyes off the job, even when watching a Christmas move at home.” What grabbed Barki’s attention was a long-lost avant garde painting used as a prop in the film.  The painting was “Sleeping Lady with Black Vase” by Róbert Berény, a member of the pre-World War I movement Group of Eights. Berény’s painting disappeared in the 1920s but was found in an antique shop in Pasadena by a set designer from Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures. “Sleeping Lady with Black Vase” will be sold on auction December 13.

Read more here.

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Pazzi Chapel restoration project on Kickstarter

December 3, 2014

pazziThe landmark Pazzi Chapel in Florence is in urgent need of restoration. In an attempt to raise funding needed to carry out this restoration project — repairing the crumbling grey sandstone used on the facade, columns and sculpted decorations — the Opera di Santa Croce has established a Kickstarter project with the goal of reaching at least $95,000 by December 19. Donations range from $10 to $1000 or more. A pledge of $10 or more gets donors a thank you in the historical archive while a pledge of $1000 provides donors with a private tour of the restoration, the unveiling of the restored chapel, a thank you tweet, a lithograph and medal.

Go here to see the Pazzi kickstarter project.

Take a virtual tour of ancient Athens

November 4, 2014

Culturplay, a gaming software studio devoted to promoting cultural heritage through playfuVTA-erecthionl learning, has collaborated with the Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA) to develop the Virtual Tour of the Acropolis and Athens 5th Century. The Virtual Tour of the Acropolis is composed of high-resolution gigapixel images and panoramas of the Athenian monuments. In addition to detailed photographs, you will find descriptive information and maps helping you orient yourself on the acropolis. Athens 5th Century is a “political and philosophical strategy game that builds upon an intuitive simulation of ancient Greece.” Learn more about the game here.

Vatican to digitize Manuscripts

April 8, 2014

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With funding from the Polonsky Foundation, the Vatican is planning on digitize its entire Ancient Manuscript collection. Last year, the Vatican and the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford collaborated on a massive digitization project to make 1.5 million manuscript pages from their collections accessible online. This huge endeavor is known as the Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project. And now another sponsor (NTT Data) has stepped forward, enabling the Vatican to digitize all 82,000 manuscripts in its 135 collections — 41 million pages in all!

Read the Vatican press release here.

Kiev cultural sites and objects threatened

February 20, 2014
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Kiev Museum in use as a field hospital

The Art Newspaper is regularly reporting on the impact of the Kiev uprising and its impact of Kiev cultural sites and objects.  According to AN reporters, the National Art Museum of Ukraine, which is located in the riot zone on Hrushevskoho Street, and the Ukrainsky Dom are caught in the middle of the month-long street battles. The National Art Museum of Ukraine was lit on fire is currently closed and blocked with its collection hidden within the museum for protection. The Ukrainsky Dome, which houses the Kiev History Museum, was seized by protesters but has since be captured by government forces. The Ukrainsky Dome’s Faceook page has noted that the storage space for the history collection has been completely ransacked.

The Museum’s director appealed to both government officials and opposition leaders, asking them to “remember their responsibility in preserving the cultural heritage of the state [and] refrain from deliberate or accidental actions that may damage the museum and the surrounding territory”.

The National Art Museum of Ukraine has a collection of 40,000 objects from 12th-century icons to masterpieces of the Ukrainian baroque and works by the avant-garde sculptor Alexander Archipenko and the painter Alexandra Exter.

Corcoran Gallery of Art in financial crisis

February 20, 2014

Corcoran_Gallery_of_Art_-_Washington_DC_-_DSC01051As a result of disappearing endowments, mushrooming debt and expensive building renovations, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC has announced that it may be forced to close its doors and partner with the National Gallery of Art and the George Washington University. The Corcoran Gallery of Art is the oldest private art museum in the nation. The boards of all three institutions must approve the plan before this proposal moves forward.

The proposal requires the Corcoran to relinquish control of its art collection of ca. 17,000 art works to the National Gallery while it’s art college — the Corcoran College of Art + Design — would continue to operate but under the control of George Washington University. The University will also assume ownership of the building, including the $100 million in needed renovations. The National Gallery would exhibit the Corcoran modern and contemporary art collection under the label Corcoran Contemporary, National Gallery of Art; all artworks added to the National Gallery will retain their identification from the Corcoran Collection.  Artwork not consistent with those in collection in the National Gallery will be distributed to other American museums.

The plan is scheduled for a vote by the boards in April.

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Read more about the “Corcoran’s Future Plans,” including community letters and press releases here.

The Corcoran is not alone in its financial crisis. The Board of Trustees for the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York, also recently announced its intention to establish a special task for to develop and implement a plan to get the museum out of the $500,000 deficit projected for 2014. A first step in the process was the discontinuation of special, traveling exhibitions.

Explore Roman ruins with new iPad app

December 4, 2013

The travel RRcompany Historvius has just released a new iPad app that allows users to explore Roman ruins without leaving the comfort of home. Sure, it would be nice to explore Rome’s ruins from Rome but sometimes that’s just not possible. If you can’t get to Rome in peRR 2rson, Roman Ruins HD makes it possible for you to explore over 100 Roman sites through 1500 plus images and Google street view.   Roman Ruins can be browsed by site name, country, period, a map or by curated galleries and collections.

The app is available from iTunes

Catacomb of Priscilla online

November 20, 2013

After 5-years of restoration work, the catacombs on Via Salaria in Rome have 1549c84c-6415-4805-acb4-0e9042c75845_RTX15KB6been re-opened to the public by the Vatican.  Using laser technology, the frescoes were cleaned and the sarcophagi fragments re-housed in a new museum.  Now you can take a virtual tour of the Catacombs of Priscilla.
For more information, including new research suggesting women served as priests in early Christianity, click here.

Lost Art Internet Database

November 13, 2013

With news of the recent discoveryLost Art DB of looted masterpieces hidden in a Munich apartment still fresh in our minds, we thought it would be good to remind everyone of the Lost Art Database. The Lost Art Database was established by the German government to register cultural objects which were relocated, moved or seized during World War II and the Nazi dictatorship. The Database was a response to the Washington Principles established during the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets (Washington D.C., December 3, 1998. You can read pdf of the program and statements here) that called on governments to identify confiscated art, establish a central registry, facilitate open access to documents that will enable identification of confiscated materials, return confiscated assets to pre-War owners and encourage nations to develop mechanisms for resolving ownership issues. The Database allows users to search for lost assets and register cultural objects known to have been taken illegally.

Syria and the arts

October 3, 2013

If you are folprotecting-mihrab-640lowing the distressing situation in Syria, we recommend that you take a look at the art blog Hyperallergic. In collaboration with the news site Syria Deeply, the editors of Hyperallergic have started a series of posts on Syria that explore the visual and cultural responses to the crisis in Syria.  Their first post delves into the issue of art, education and therapy for children living in the Syrian refugee camps. Their most recent post addresses the International Council of Museums “The Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk.”13

Our Heghnar Watenpaugh, professor of Art History here at UC Davis and scholar of Syrian architecture and urban history, has also contributed to the conversations on the Syrian crisis and its impact on Syrian culture. We have linked her contributions to the SAH Blog (Society of Architectural Historians) and interviews on NPR at the Department of Art and Art History’s news page.