Celebration of the people’s century leads Bonhams Impressionist Sale

Le quai Saint Michel by the French artist, Maximilien Luce, is one of the highlights of Bonhams Impressionist and Modern sale in New York on May 7. It is estimated at $600,000 - 800,000. Painted in 1900, this quintessentially Neo-Impressionist view of Paris at the dawn of the 20th century expresses the freshness and light so characteristic of the artist. It combines the free brushstrokes of his Impressionist phase with the radical color pairings of the Pointillists. The dashes of pink and blue pigment agitate the busy scene, as Parisians stroll by the Seine or pause at the booksellers’ stalls on a blustery spring day. Paris in 1900 was gripped by the Exposition Universelle, the World’s Fair, which opened in April as Le quai Saint Michel was being painted. Almost 50 million people visited the city to marvel at the displays of technology and arts, and to celebrate the potential of the 20th century. This painting with its f

Glyptotek acquires important painting by the French artist Edgar Degas

A major donation from the Ny Carlsberg Foundation and the Augustinus Foundation has enabled the Glyptotek to acquire a very important painting by the French artist Edgar Degas. This donation – of the painting Jockeys avant course – is one of the largest gifts ever made in the recent history of the Glyptotek, and the work constitutes a major addition to the already highly distinguished collection of French Impressionist art found at the museum. From Thursday night onwards the new acquisition is on display in the halls of the Glyptotek. The Ny Carlsberg Foundation and the Augustinus Foundation have jointly given the Glyptotek the gift of a small, but important painting by Edgar Degas (1834–1917). Not only does this donation further enhance the museum’s world-class collection of works by Degas; it also introduces a key aspect of the French master’s oeuvre to a Danish audience. Jockeys avant course (painted be

Major new installation in forged weatherproof steel by Richard Serra on view at David Zwirner

David Zwirner presents a major new installation in forged weatherproof steel by Richard Serra at its 537 West 20th Street space. Richard Serra’s (b. 1938) first solo exhibitions were held at the Galleria La Salita, Rome, in 1966, and, in the United States, at the Leo Castelli Warehouse, New York, in 1969. His first solo museum exhibition was held at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1970. Serra has since participated in documenta 5 (1972), 6 (1977), 7 (1982), and 8 (1987), in Kassel; the Venice Biennales of 1980, 1984, 2001, and 2013; and the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Annual and Biennial exhibitions of 1968, 1970, 1973, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1995, and 2006. Serra has had solo exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1977; Kunsthalle Tübingen, 1978; Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 1978; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen,

Eleventh Gallery Weekend Berlin opens with 47 participating galleries from 1 – 3 May.

The eleventh Gallery Weekend Berlin takes place from 1 – 3 May. 47 participating galleries open their exhibitions on this art weekend. Contemporary positions of established artists, as well as promising newcomers will be presented. The gallery space takes a central role during Gallery Weekend Berlin. The concept of the White Cube as an ideal space to allow visitors a complete reception of art free from the distractions of architecture or other influences can be traced back to the 1920s. Over the last decade, the perception of the gallery space has developed and changed. Exhibition space and architecture increasingly merge into an integrated concept for the perception of art – for instance, in old apartments, in factory buildings, in a church, in a former boiler room in a tower block or in an office building. The highly diverse gallery spaces in Berlin serve primarily to present works of art and als

Johann Sebastian Bach portrait returning to Germany after American’s bequest

The best-known portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach will go on public view for the first time in centuries after its American owner bequeathed it to an archive in the composer's native Germany. The portrait by E. G. Haussmann, showing the bewigged composer late in life holding the score to one of his canons, is considered by some to be the most authentic depiction of the musical great and is frequently reproduced in biographies. Philanthropist William Scheide, who struck it rich at a young age from oil and devoted his life to musicology and rare books, died last year at 100 and left the 1748 painting -- estimated to be worth $2.5 million -- to the Leipzig Bach Archive. The archive, in the city where the composer spent much of his career, will put the painting on permanent public display for the first time since the 18th century starting with a Bach festival in June. In a handover ceremony

Ready to “face up to its Nazi past, long-delayed Nazi museum opens in ‘home of the movement’

Munich opened a museum Thursday on the former site of the Nazi party headquarters, in a long-delayed reckoning with the German city's status as the "home of the movement". The inauguration coincided with the 70th anniversary of the "liberation" of Munich by US troops at the end of World War II, and of Adolf Hitler's suicide the same day in a Berlin bunker. Ageing American veterans and Holocaust survivors joined political leaders for a solemn ceremony for the new museum, a modern white cube built among a few surviving neo-classical buildings in what was the Nazis' organisational nerve centre. Museum director Winfried Nerdinger admitted that it had taken Munich too long to face up to its toxic legacy as the birthplace of Hitler's party, a fact long shrouded in shameful silence. "Munich had a harder time with this than all the other cities in Germany because it is also more tainted than any other city," said Nerdinger, the son of a local resistance member. "This

National Museums Scotland acquires rare Picasso glass sculpture for new art and design galleries

National Museums Scotland has acquired a rare piece of glass by Pablo Picasso. Entitled Capra, the object is an abstract take on a sleeping goat, composed of black, white and iridescent glass. It is the artist’s proof; in addition there are seven unique variants. The sculpture - which was designed by the Spanish artist in 1954 and manufactured by the renowned Italian glassmaker Egidio Costantini, founder of Fucina degli Angeli in Venice - will go on display in one of ten new galleries opening next year at the National Museum of Scotland. Showcasing over 3,000 objects, these innovative new galleries will explore the creativity of applied arts, fashion and design and the excitement of scientific discovery and invention. Rose Watban, Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art & Design at National Museums Scotland commented: “This rare and important

Alfred Beit Foundation to offer small group of carefully selected Old Master paintings at Christie’s

Christie’s have been entrusted with the sale of a small group of carefully selected Old Master paintings from The Alfred Beit Foundation which will be sold at auction in the London Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale on 9 July. The works are being sold by the foundation in order to set up an endowment fund which is necessary to safeguard the long term future of Russborough, one of the greatest Georgian houses in Ireland, which was gifted by the Beit family to The Alfred Beit Foundation in 1976. Built almost 300 years ago, Russborough is in continuing need of restoration and improvements to the main house, wings & colonnades; outbuildings; estate grounds; walkways; water features; historical features; and visitors facilities. The Beit name is synonymous with the remarkable connoisseurship of successive

First Lady Michelle Obama joins with dignitaries and artists to dedicate the Whitney

At a festive ceremony held today in downtown Manhattan, First Lady of the United States of America Michelle Obama joined with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to officially open the new Whitney Museum of American Art, now housed in a 220,000-square-foot building set beside the Hudson River at the foot of the High Line elevated park in the Meatpacking District. First Lady Michelle Obama said, “I fell in love with the building. It is an amazing space…One visit, one performance, one touch, and who knows how you could spark a child’s imagination....Maybe you can discover the next Carmen Herrera, or Archibald Motley, or Edward Hopper, or maybe even the next Barack Obama. That is the power of institutions like the Whitney. They open their doors as wide as possible both to the artists they embrace and to the young people they seek to uplift. That’s what happens. And