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Swisscom and Fondation Beyeler bring a genuine Picasso to a Swiss living room

Swisscom is the main partner for the unique exhibition at Fondation Beyeler, “The Young PICASSO – Blue and Rose Periods”. Together with Fondation Beyeler, Swisscom is now launching #myprivatepicasso, a special project bringing a valuable painting from this renowned collection of artworks by Pablo Picasso into a regular Swiss home for one day. The #myprivatepicasso collaboration between Fondation Beyeler and Swisscom is as novel as Picasso himself. On 16 April 2019, the 1939 masterpiece, Buste de femme au chapeau (Dora), from the renowned Beyeler Collection will be loaned to a private home in Switzerland for just one day. It could be a family home, shared student housing or someone living on their own: In fact, anyone living in Switzerland can apply for this extraordinary opportunity between 19 March and 1 April. The eventual winner,

Extraordinary 1872 Boston “Base Ball” club membership certificate to be auctioned

A scarce 1872 Boston Red Stockings membership certificate will be auctioned by Robert Edward Auctions. Bidding runs from March 6-24. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online. The large-format certificate is signed by Harry Wright, proclaiming Charles H. Gould an active member of the 1872 Boston Red Stockings. It is the first and only 1872 Boston Red Stockings membership certificate known. The colorful design features an illustration of a game-in-progress scene encircled by a red baseball belt and an eagle holding a banner and four baseball flags. The banner is lettered "Most Respectfully;" the related lettering on the belt reads "Dedicated To The Base Ball Fraternity Throughout The United States." On either side of the central illustration are two generic ballplayers in various action poses. Also pictured within the central

Monika Szewczyk appointed director of De Appel, Amsterdam

The board of De Appel in Amsterdam announced that Monika Szewczyk will be director of the art center starting on May 1, 2019. Szewczyk succeeds Niels Van Tomme who left De Appel at the end of 2018 to become director of Argos in Brussels. A native of Szczecin, Poland who grew up and gained early curatorial experience in Vancouver, Canada, Szewczyk brings with her broad international experience, most recently as a curator for documenta 14: Learning from Athens. Prior to her move to the Greek capital in 2014 to realize this uniquely bi-located edition of documenta, she developed the inaugural exhibitions program of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. Szewczyk also spent four formative years in Rotterdam, as head of publications at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and core

Freeman’s Sale of Single-Owner Collection of Antiquities & Tribal Art achieves 100% sell-through rate

On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, Freeman’s presented an exciting single-owner sale of Antiquities & Tribal Art from renowned New York and Hollywood talent agent Jeff Hunter (1926-2018). Comprising just shy of 50 lots, the sale garnered significant interest from both national and international buyers, achieving an impressive 100% sell-through rate and totaling $536,426, more than double its pre-sale high estimate. Hunter bought from high quality sources so the emergence of his collection at auction represented an exciting moment for the market. As such, nearly two-thirds of the lots sold above their estimates, with many highlights emerging from the auction. Top price was achieved by a Roman carved marble life-sized torso of Diomedes (Lot 34, Estimate: $20,000-30,000), which, after spirited bidding, ultimately earned $106,250. Other

Hat-trick of awards for Royal Air Force Museum

The Royal Air Force Museum announced that it has recently won 3 awards at the Association for Cultural Enterprises Conference. The awards recognise ingenuity and best commercial practice within the Heritage Sector. The RAF 100th Anniversary T-Shirt won the Best Product for a business with a turnover more than £1m. Clothing has always been popular with visitors to both of the museum's sites, but this amazing T-shirt which pictures various RAF aircraft flying dramatically out of the RAF roundel was judged to be “incredibly visually appealing with a 3D innovative design” as the judges commented. London’s Souvenir Guide Book won the Best Guide Book for a business with a turnover more than £1m. The Museum’s third win of the evening was for Best Children’s Product for a business with a turnover of more than £1m for our Royal Air For

COLLECTIBLE 2019: End of fair report

The 2nd edition of COLLECTIBLE concluded on Sunday 17 March 2019 boasting strong sales and an attendance of 15,000 visitors - a substantial increase to last year’s numbers. Running from 14 – 17 March at the Vanderborght building in Brussels, COLLECTIBLE is the only fair to solely focus on contemporary, 21st century collectible design. 92 exhibitors from 15 countries comprising design and art galleries, individual designers, design studios, and design graduates as well as design institutions and organisations took part in the fair and a week of special events and celebrations across Brussels and beyond. Many exhibitors chose COLLECTIBLE to unveil new works ranging from full collections of furniture to unique pieces and experimental and innovative designs. Participants expressed their excitement at the high-profile collectors,

Fabulous diamonds, marine paintings and Midcentury modern classics at Michaan’s in April

Michaan’s April 13 Gallery Auction promises to sustain the momentum created by the exciting monthly sales in 2019’s first quarter. Fine diamonds are as abundant as flowers in springtime. A lush Bay Area landscape by an Italian painter of wide renown is a leading highlight. Midcentury furniture by Gerald McCabe of Santa Monica is not to be missed. A massive red embroidered silk panel is among the Asian art treasures. Michaan’s is a premier destination for worldwide jewelry buyers, whether they seek period heirlooms or contemporary jewelry from fine estates. In April the selection features the designers Roberto Coin, Tiffany & Co. including Frank Gehry for Tiffany, Marina B., David Yurman and more. April’s birthstone is the diamond — symbolizing “endurance” — and the auction offers beautiful diamonds in many precious pieces. Fine

Collection of scrimshaw canes steps into winner’s circle at Sworders March 12 auction

A collection of scrimshaw walking canes assembled by a local gentleman sold for a total of £34,000 ($45,110) at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet, England, on March 12. Antique marine ivory and baleen canes such as the ones offered by Sworders typically were worked by American and European sailors as gifts for loved ones, or to be sold to natural history-curious Victorians in the port cities. They have long been popular, particularly in the UK and in North America, and many now hold appeal beyond the cane collecting community and into the folk art world. While some scrimshaw canes are relatively simple, the best examples reflected many hours of work: carving to the shaft with spiraling and crosshatching, tortoiseshell inlay and careful carving of a marine ivory pommel or handle. The most sophisticated example in the collection

A new exhibition explores the ideas and stereotypes that link Jews and money

Jews, Money, Myth, a major new exhibition at Jewish Museum London, explores the role of money in Jewish life and its often vexed place in relations between Jews and non-Jews, from the time of Jesus to the 21st century. It examines the origins of some of the longest running and deeply entrenched antisemitic stereotypes: the theological roots of the association of Jews with money; the myths and reality of the medieval Jewish moneylender; and the place of Jews – real and imagined – in commerce, capitalism and finance up to the present day. This cutting-edge exhibition reflects on over 2,000 years of history, drawing together manuscripts, prints, Jewish ritual and ceremonial objects, art, film, literature and cultural ephemera, from board games and cartoons to costumes and figurines. Exhibits from the museum’s collection are complemented by