See Venice, but pay an entry fee first

Visitors to Venice will have to pay a new tax to help cover the costs of keeping the tourist-thronged historic city clean and safe, city officials have announced. The measure, passed late on Saturday as part of the budget bill, allows the city authorities from July to being charging tourists a landing fee of between 2.5 and 10 euros ($2.9-11.5) depending on the season. The charge covers all visitors, whether they are staying overnight or not. That means it will apply to day-trippers such as the thousands of cruise ship passengers who currently escape the existing tax charged by hotels and the owners of rented properties for those staying overnight. Some 600 cruise ships stop at Venice every year, helping drive complaints that the city is being swamped by the millions of tourists who visit each year. Airlines and coach companies

Israelis mourn writer and peace advocate Amos Oz

Hundreds mourned revered Israeli writer and peace advocate Amos Oz on Monday at a funeral ceremony where the country's president hailed him as the nation's storyteller not afraid to be called a "traitor." Crowds lined up at a small theatre in central Tel Aviv, where Oz's closed casket lay on the stage ahead of eulogies from speakers including Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. In a sign of the widespread appreciation and respect for Oz in Israel, his funeral was broadcast live on television, unusual for a writer. Family members, politicians and average Israelis touched by Oz's works slowly filed past the black coffin ahead of the ceremony that followed the writer's death on Friday from cancer at the age of 79. A teary Rivlin recalled their childhood friendship in Jerusalem, where they were neighbours growing up. "Because your writing was personal

Members of the public asked to help find missing portrait which inspired the world’s first gothic novel

The curators at Strawberry Hill House in London are asking members of the public to help them find a missing painting that inspired Horace Walpole’s celebrated gothic novel The Castle of Otranto. The painting, a portrait of Henry Carey Lord Falkland, c. 1762, attributed to Paul Van Somers (1575 – 1633), originally hung in the great Gallery at Strawberry Hill but has since been lost. Over 150 paintings, sculptures and curiosities from Horace Walpole’s celebrated 18th century collection have been reunited for the first time in 176 years for Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill: Masterpieces from Horace Walpole’s Collection, a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition open until 24 February 2019. Research Curator, Dr Silvia Davoli and Michael Snodin, Chair of Strawberry Hill Collection Trust, have undertaken a worldwide treasure hunt for Walpole’s collection. The search

Galerie Alexis Pentcheff to present a selection of postimpressionist and modern works at BRAFA

For its tenth anniversary in January 2019, Galerie Alexis Pentcheff announced a very special exhibition. Genuine journey through the ages, from the mid-19th century to the post-war period, this ambitious project is just like the two founders of the gallery, Giulia and Alexis Pentcheff. Deeply rooted in the origins of modern art, this exhibition also draws important parallels between eras and regions. Deployed in two stages, this anniversary aims to highlight the work of artists that the gallery has been supporting for the last ten years, but also to present one masterpiece for each leading modern and post-impressionist artist. The first part of the exhibition will take place in Marseille, and will open the festivities with living works by the French contemporary artist Ben, produced especially for this show. The artistic selection carefully

Not seen in 30 years: Rare $100 1878 Silver Certificate surfaces

The appearance of the rare $100 1878 Silver Certificate, PCGS Very Fine 35, in Heritage Auction's FUN Currency Platinum Night marks the first time in 30 years that any $100 1878 Silver Certificate has been available to the collecting public, and the first time in four decades since a specimen has appeared at public auction. The note carries a pre-sale estimate of $150,000-up, possibly a conservative figure considering not one collector in this generation has ever had the opportunity to acquire any note of this type. "It's an extraordinary opportunity for the hobby to own the finest of only four known and the first of the two privately held examples to reach auction," said Dustin Johnston, Director of Currency Auctions at Heritage. "Fortunately for collectors, this note's grade is commensurate with its rarity." All of the short-lived Series 1878 Silvers come countersigned.

1885 Trade Dollar kicks off Heritage’s highly anticipated FUN offerings, Jan. 9-14

With a convention busting 5,745 lots, Heritage Auctions' sale line-up associated with the Florida United Numismatists Show, Jan. 9-14, will present collectors the stuff of dreams. Kicking off the rarities is among the most sought after U.S. coins of all time: The finest of five examples known to exist of the 1885 Trade Dollar will cross the block Jan. 11 during Heritage's Platinum Night auction. Already bid to $1.2 million at the time of this newsletter, the example was acquired by William Cutler Atwater sometime before 1923. Atwater compiled one of the most important collections of the first half of the 20th century. It is not difficult to see why Atwater found this particular 1885 Trade Dollar easy on the eyes: The impeccably preserved surfaces include deeply mirrored fields that exhibit noticeable, if undesignated, cameo contrast with the frosty devices.

The Asia Contemporary Art Show returns for its 14th edition next spring

Now in its 14th edition, the Asia Contemporary Art Show will take place March 29th – April 1st, 2019 at the Conrad Hong Kong, and will welcome more than 80 galleries from Asia and the world, including up-and-coming and mid-career artists. The show kicks off on Friday, March 29th with the exclusive UnionPay Private View and the UnionPay VIP Collectors Preview. General admission opens on Saturday, March 30th and continues until Monday, April 1st. “Art is certainly closing out a solid year in Hong Kong, albeit in the past few weeks there has been distraction from trade issues and yo-yo stock indices. No one blinked this past Fall, when we saw record attendance and turnover at art fairs and solid auction results.” remarked Show Director Mark Saunderson, “On top of that, early benefits from the Greater Bay Area development - the economic hub made

Science-inspired art looks beyond the “seen” to appreciate the beauty and mystery of the “unseen”

Duality–abstraction and representation, the literal and the metaphorical, science and mysticism, the unseen and the seen–is a predominant theme in New York artist Jody Rasch’s work, which is explored in Duality: Art + Science, a stunning exhibition curated by The American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC as part of its Art of Science and Technology Program. The exhibition also features work by Betsy Stewart and is on view through February 1, 2019 in the gallery space at AAAS’s headquarters. Rasch uses science images to look beyond what we see in the macro world of our daily lives and challenges us to explore the world around us, question our world-view and how we react to information. Duality: Art + Science presents paintings and drawings inspired by astronomy, biology, physics and spectra. The works from the spectra

Jean-Luc Godard, Philippe Parreno and Charlotte Pryce headline Rotterdam Film Festival

Art Directions, the art programme for the 2019 International Film Festival Rotterdam features a wide-ranging programme of art installations, exhibitions and performances including a re-working of Jean-Luc Godard latest film, a major new work by Philippe Parreno and a world premiere by LA-based Charlotte Pryce. French artist Philippe Parreno will present his new work entitled No More Reality (1988-2018). This feature-length film combines 20 years of new, existing and re-edited footage to create a 'film of films'. Screened in the classical halls of Pathé in the centre of Rotterdam, Parreno proposes a 'seance of cinema' reintroducing the magic and rituals of cinema back to this historic location. Jean-Luc Godard will present his latest film, Le livre d’image, in the way he originally intended: in a specially designed, intimate setting that reflects