Art Industry News: Bob Dylan Unveils His Greatest Ever Sculpture, a Massive Train of ‘Serenity and Stillness’ + More Stories
Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Thursday, May 12.
NEED TO READ
U.S. Museums’ Free Disposal Period Has Ended – The two-year period allowing museums to spend the money generated from the sale of works of art on operating costs rather than on the acquisition of other works of art is over. The somewhat controversial policy, which expired on April 12, was intended to ease the financial burden on institutions during the pandemic. Now the Association of Art Museum Directors has confirmed its intention to revert to the original rules. (The arts journal)
A violin aims for an auction record – All eyes may be on Christie’s art sales this week, but the “da Vinci” Stradivarius, a violin owned by Russian virtuoso Toscha Seidel, is looking to set its own record this month. The instrument – the first Stradivarius from the “golden age of lutherie” to be sold publicly in decades – will be offered by online auction house Tarisio from May 18 to June 9. The house hopes it will bring in $20 million. (New York Times)
Bob Dylan unveils the largest sculpture ever made – It’s a busy time for Bob Dylan. In the wake of the opening of the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, the artist and musician unveiled Car, a monumental sculpture constructed from approximately seven tons of iron and installed on the train tracks of Château La Coste in Provence. Dylan said the artwork “represents perception and reality at the same time…all iron is recontextualized to represent peace, serenity and stillness.” of the railroad is a frequent motif in Dylan’s work, including his 1979 song slow train. (Guardian)
Mexico calls to suspend sale of pre-Hispanic artifacts – Alejandra Frausto, Mexico’s culture secretary, has asked French auction house Cornette de Saint Cyr to stop the sale of 30 pre-Hispanic artifacts originally scheduled for May 13 because the works “are part of Mexico’s cultural wealth. “. This represents the latest in a series of efforts by Mexico to reclaim its cultural heritage. (ART news)
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Kamel Mennour appoints its artistic director – Christian Alandete, former artistic director of the Giacometti Institute in Paris, has joined the Kamel Mennour gallery as the new artistic director. Alandete has co-organized exhibitions dedicated to Alberto Giacometti around the world. (Press release)
The Rubell Museum gets an opening date – The long-awaited museum in Washington, DC, built by Miami-based collector couple Don and Mera Rubell, will finally open its doors to the public on October 29. The museum, located in a former high school, will house more than 7,400 works by more than 1,000 artists as well as galleries, a bookshop and a café. (DCist)
Allison Glenn joins the Public Art Fund – The closely watched curator, who curated “Promise, Witness, Remembrance” for the Speed Art Museum in Louisville last year, will begin a new gig as senior curator at the New York-based art institution on May 16. She succeeds Daniel S. Palmer, who joined the SCAD Museum of Art as chief curator earlier this year. (ART news)
FOR THE ARTS
A peek inside the Hong Kong Palace Museum – The controversial institution housing the collection of Beijing’s Palace Museum is set to open this summer in the cultural district of West Kowloon to mark the 25th anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain to China. The exact date has yet to be announced, but the tentative plan to charge an admission fee has been criticized by state media. (South China Morning Post, Ta Kungpao)
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