Preserve and Conserve

A Swiss foundation has put $10 million toward the preservation of cultural objects, including historic structures in the Gaza Strip and Palmyra, Syria. [The Art Newspaper]

A restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece at the Belgian city’s Museum of Fine Arts has revealed that the sacrificial lamb at its center has a humanized face. [The Art Newspaper]

A monumental sculpture by Jorge Oteiza situated outside the Museu d’Art Contemporani di Barcelona has left the Spanish museum’s grounds for the first time to be restored. [El País]


Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has accused ARTnews Top 200 Collector and Museum of Modern Art trustee Larry Fink of “corporate greed,” alleging that his companies support initiatives that are destroying the environment. [Vice]

In October, when MoMA reopened, activists protested Fink, whom they allege is helping fund private prisons through his investments. [ARTnews]

For the Times “Show Us Your Wall” feature, television producer Olivier Widmaier Picasso and his partner Matthew Drushel showed off their Paris apartment, which includes works from their collection by Jean-Michel Othoniel, Loris Gréaud, and more. [The New York Times]


After a fundraising campaign, the National Gallery of Art in London has bought a prized Artemisia Gentileschi painting for £22 million (about $28.8 million). The work had been on loan to the museum for 20 years. [The Guardian]

These are the 25 most important exhibitions of the 2010s. [ARTnews]

Could an exhibition at the Museum of Black Civilizations in Dakar, Senegal, of 30 contemporary African artists be “the most important art show ever seen in Africa?” [The Guardian]


Here’s a look at security measures that the Denver Art Museum may be taking to protect works in its Claude Monet blockbuster. (The museum declined to comment on security protocols.) [CPR News]

Phyllis Tuchman reviewed the show, writing that it is more than just another survey of the French Impressionist. [ARTnews]

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