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