The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, in San Marino, Calif., has received $32 million from Charles Munger, the 89-year-old vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. Read More
The treasures have returned.
Today the Met officially reopened its European art galleries, the 45 rooms that sit atop its grand staircase, after three years of planning and nine months of rolling renovations and reinstallation. Twelve galleries once used for special exhibitions have been commandeered for the permanent collection, enlarging the galleries by a full third. You should pay them a visit.
Filling the immaculate spaces are some 750 paintings—”all off the wall, all looked at, all dusted,” an ebullient Keith Christiansen told a crowd of journalists in one of the opening galleries this morning. Read More
Washington City Paper‘s Kriston Capps reports that Richard Koshalek, the director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington, D.C., plans to resign, effective at the end of this year. Mr. Koshalek’s reported decision comes after a board meeting in which his plan to create a temporary, inflatable “Bubble” structure, designed by Read More
The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore will reopen in October. The museum closed in September 2012 due to lack of funding. The new museum will focus on the story of Poe in Baltimore, as well as on the house itself. Read More
This morning arts journalists and German camera crews mingled amidst chunks of icebergs and Jacob Kassay paintings for a press preview of “Expo 1,” the new museum-wide exhibition at MoMA PS1. Read More
The curator Jens Hoffmann has been named a senior adjunct curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. He will curate “the museum’s major exhibitions,” according to the Detroit Free Press, as well as retain his current post as deputy director at New York’s Jewish Museum. (“He’ll commute to Detroit,” writes the Free Press.) Read More
This morning the Metropolitan Museum of Art offered journalists an early look at its latest Costume Institute show, “PUNK: Chaos to Couture,” which opens tomorrow. The show earned mixed reviews on social media, but nearly everyone took an opportunity to comment on the fact that one room features a recreation of the bathrooms at CBGB. Which is kind of amusing, if unexpected. Read More
The New York Times reports that the Metropolitan Museum of Art will return two 10th-century Khmer statues to Cambodia, following “new documentary research by the museum that corroborated Cambodian claims that the works had been improperly removed from their site at the Koh Ker temple complex.” Read More