Exhibition examines how artists depicted their experiences of conflict through monsters and mythic figures

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art will present Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s, the first major exhibition to examine how European and American artists depicted their experiences of conflict through monsters and mythic figures. The horrors of war propelled Surrealist artists to pursue these iconographies. The exhibition chronicles the emergence of particular themes that reference the political chaos of the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Co-organized with The Baltimore Museum of Art, Monsters and Myths brings together 64 works of art by artists including Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, André Masson, Joan Miró, Wolfgang Paalen, and Yves Tanguy. The exhibition opens Oct. 20, 2018 and continues through Jan. 13, 2019. “In the 1930s and 1940s, Surrealists saw their

Restored ‘The Private Life of Henry VIII’ to world premiere at 62nd BFI London Film Festival

The BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation’s new 4K digital restoration of Alexander Korda’s vivacious portrait of The Private Life of Henry VIII will world premiere at the upcoming 62nd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express. Showing on 20th October at BFI Southbank the festival screening is also a taster for the BFI’s upcoming Kordas season at BFI Southbank in January 2019. Flamboyant producer/director Alexander Korda, a Hungarian Jewish émigré, arrived in Britain in 1931 and promptly shook up British cinema. A charming maverick, Korda transformed the landscape of the British film industry, proving that Britain could compete with America on its own terms. He was joined not only by his brothers, art director Vincent (production designer of The Private Life of Henry VIII) and screenwriter/director/producer Zoltán, but a number of other

Kunsthalle Bremen opens the largest presentation on Hans Christian Andersen as a fine artist

The Kunsthalle Bremen will present the exhibition “Hans Christian Andersen: Poet with Pen and Scissors”. This is the largest presentation on Hans Christian Andersen as a fine artist that has ever been shown in Germany. This project is supported by major loans from the Royal Library in Copenhagen, the Odense City Museums, and the Museum Jorn in Silkeborg. Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875) is known to every child as an inventor of mesmerising fairy tales. “The Little Mermaid”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, and “The Princess and the Pea” brought him great fame during his lifetime. Andersen’s fairy tales have been translated into over 150 languages, making him one of the most widely read authors in the world. However, few people know that Hans Christian Andersen was also a prolific artist. He created drawings and paper cut-outs and made collages

Remai Modern outpaces membership, revenue expectations in first year of operation

Remai Modern will celebrate its first anniversary on October 21. After a year in operation, Canada’s museum of contemporary art bested many of its targets for the year, from memberships to overall visitation. “On October 21, 2017 we opened a building. What has happened at Remai Modern since is the birth of a vision. I’m delighted that the people of Saskatoon and beyond have embraced the exhibitions, the space and the programs as we bring a global art experience to the local community,” said Gregory Burke, Executive Director & CEO of Remai Modern. “I want to extend my thanks to our donors, sponsors, members, volunteers and visitors for their incredible support of the museum. I also want to thank the Remai Modern team and board for their hard work to realize this longstanding dream. We look forward to bringing more one-of-a-kind exhibitions, new ideas and transformative experiences to the public in 2019 and b

Simone Leigh wins Hugo Boss Prize 2018

Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and Mark Langer, Chairman and CEO, HUGO BOSS AG, announced tonight that artist Simone Leigh has been awarded the Hugo Boss Prize 2018. Leigh is the 12th artist to receive the biennial prize, which was established in 1996 to recognize significant achievement in contemporary art. Selected by a jury of international critics and curators, Leigh receives an award of $100,000 and a solo exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, opening in April 2019. Administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the Hugo Boss Prize is made possible by HUGO BOSS. “For more than twenty years, the Hugo Boss Prize has been at the center of the Guggenheim’s commitment to contemporary art. We gratefully acknowledge our friends at HUGO BOSS for their visionary partnership in this endeavor,

Rare 1956 Ferrari 290 MM leads RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles auction

RM Sotheby’s announced the addition of a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM with significant motorsport pedigree ahead of The Petersen Automotive Museum Auction on 8 December. Campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari for the 1956 and 1957 seasons, the fully matching-numbers, Ferrari Classiche-certified racer was piloted by an amazing assortment of factory team drivers including Juan Manuel Fangio, Phil Hill, Peter Collins, Wolfgang von Trips, Olivier Gendebien, Eugenio Castellotti and later, Sir Stirling Moss, in some of the most prestigious race events in the world. The consignment of this car follows RM Sotheby’s world record for the most valuable car ever sold at auction, set when a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $48.4 million in Monterey earlier this year. The 290 MM was developed by Ferrari to contest

Major sculpture by Lynn Chadwick donated to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Adorning the entrance to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the magnificent sculpture Cloaked Figure IX by world-renowned British sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914‑2003) has entered the Museum’s collection. This acquisition was made possible thanks to the generous gift of the Peress family in honour of their parents, Montrealers Simha and Maurice S. Peress. “Fifteen years after his passing in 2003, what a joy and privilege it is to acquire a monumental work by the celebrated British sculptor Lynn Chadwick! Following the CIBC Bank’s exceptional donation of the Henry Moore sculpture Three Piece Reclining Figure No. 1 (1961-1962) in 2017, the MMFA has continued to embellish its public art spaces for the benefit of all Montrealers and its audiences. Collected [by museums] from the MoMA to the Beaubourg, Chadwick was an accomplished sculptor of outstanding ingenuity and technical virtuosity. A successor to Moore

Artist Sanford Biggers’s sculpture honoring Michael Brown added to CAM exhibition

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis announced the inclusion of Sanford Biggers’s sculpture BAM (for Michael), dedicated to Michael Brown, as part of the artist’s current exhibition, on view at the museum through December 30, 2018. CAM is presenting the first exhibition to focus on Biggers’s BAM series, which includes sculptures, video installation, and painted quilts. Biggers seeks to memorialize and honor black victims of police violence in America, pointing toward recent transgressions and elevating the stories of specific individuals in order to combat historical amnesia. BAM (for Michael) joins three other sculptures in the exhibition—BAM (for Sandra), BAM (for Terence), BAM (for Jordan)—dedicated to Sandra Bland, Terence Crutcher, and Jordan Edwards, respectively, whose tragic deaths are among the hundreds of instances

Urban Encounters: Ateneum Art Museum exhibits Finnish art from the 20th century

How did urbanisation influence the Finnish way of life – and how did this show in visual art? How did everyday life change when people had more free time and gender roles were liberated? Urban Encounters tells a fascinating story about 20th-century Finland. The exhibition of approximately 300 works features many rarely shown pieces from the Finnish National Gallery collection. Urban Encounters arose from the exhibition The Modern Woman, which presented works by Helene Schjerfbeck, Elga Sesemann, Sigrid Schauman and Ellen Thesleff. Produced by the Ateneum, the exhibition was shown in New York, Stockholm and Oulu. Urban Encounters broadens our perspective on changes to the Finnish way of life in cities, and how these changes are shown in Finnish visual art. The topics of the works range from urbanity to domesticity, from war to the circus, and from body to identity. The works include a great many recognisable cityscapes from Helsinki. Urban Encounters is a celebration