Archive for February 2019

David Rockefeller Estate gifts $200 million to New York’s MoMA

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) made headlines just a few days ago when it announced it would be closing during the summer months to revamp its galleries and rehang its entire collection. The museum, though, hasn’t moved out of the spotlight of this week’s news quite yet. Shortly after the announcement was made […]

Restoration of Valongo Wharf underway, museum still uncertain

Nearly one million African slaves would have walked up the steps of Valongo Wharf in Rio de Janeiro between 1811 and 1831. Brazil would be the destination for more than a third of all the African slaves sent to Latin America.   Valongo Wharf was uncovered by accident in 2016 when preparations for the Olympics led to an ad hoc […]

Met curator wins the inaugural Vilcek Prize for Excellence

Curator of Italian and Spanish drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Carmen C. Bambach has been awarded the inaugural Vilcek Prize for Excellence. The Chilean-born curator will receive an unrestricted grant of $100,000 in recognition of her work. The Vilcek Prize for Excellence is a new prize created by the Vilcek Foundation to acknowledge […]

Finding a new piece to a 16th century puzzle

Thanks to a donation from the Society of Friends (Quakers), the Louvre will expand its collection with a minor panel painting of major interest. Gallery Hubert Duchemin, has published an excellent analysis of the discovery on their website ( written by Amélie du Closel. The panel’s dimensions (80 x 60 cm), as well as its […]

Twelve Da Vinci shows to open simultaneously in the UK

In honour of 500 years since Leonardo Da Vinci passed away, 144 drawings are leaving Windsor Castle for a series of exhibitions to take place at several locations simultaneously. 12 UK venues have been selected to exhibit 12 works each before a final major show at the Queen’s Gallery in London in May where 200 […]

Bold Burger King Super Bowl ad features Andy Warhol

American football fanatics and those who tune into the Super Bowl each year simply to watch the ads witnessed a Burger King advertisement unlike any other. The 45 second window didn’t feature the comedy skits synonymous with Doritos, Clydesdales and Dalmatians like Budweiser, or scantily clad women associated with the fast food chain Hardee’s. Instead, […]

Jean-Jacques Lequeu’s imagination finally finds favour with Paris show

Jean-Jacques Lequeu’s story (1757-1826) is a story of absolute failure. Born in Rouen, he was sent to pursue architecture studies in Rome in his early 20’s. As he made his way back to Paris however, he failed to make a name for himself in both the practice of architecture as well as architecture theory. None […]