Teheran’s Museum of Contemporary Art collection to travel to Berlin then Rome

Cultural officials in Berlin, as revealed by The Art Newspaper, have announced an exhibition of a selection of works from the collection of Teheran’s Museum of Contemporary Art, at the Gemäldegalerie from 4 December to 26 February 2017. As the world’s first city to host this collection, reputed as being one of the richest in Western art, Berlin will be followed up by Rome, scheduled to present the works at the MaXXI. Over 60 major modern works by American and European artists such as Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, will be shown alongside pieces by key Iranian artists from the 20th century like Faramarz Pilaram, Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam and Behjat Sadr. The Teheran museum is taking advantage of this tour to improve its infrastructure and acquire new pieces – something which it hasn’t done in 40 years. Bear in mind that the museum presented, from March to May this year, an exhibition featuring Belgian star artist Wim...

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Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie discover major changes to Rembrandt masterpiece

The Gemäldegalerie museum in Berlin have discovered major alterations to a Rembrandt masterpiece, entitled Susanna and the Elders (1647), carried out by an 18th century collector who previously owned the valuable painting. The changes were discovered by art restorer Claudia Laurenze-Landsberg during analysis of the painting. Laurenze-Landsberg noticed the presence of tiny pigments on the canvas that did not come into use until after the 17th century, and noted that certain parts of the painting were not executed in a manner typical of the Dutch master. An x-ray of the canvas revealed that it had in fact undergone major alterations, with large areas having been washed out with solvents and re-painted in a lighter shade. The changes are believed to be the work of English painter and collector of Rembrandt works, Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792). According to experts from the Gemäldegalerie, Reynolds is also responsible for alterations to a number of other paintings in his collection, a claim supported by the Reynolds Research Project in the United Kingdom. Museum director Bern Lindemann has said “This was a pretty radical alteration. Only the figures correspond to the version of the painting that Rembrandt finished” adding, “Clearly he thought the painting was in need of quite...

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Gemäldegalerie: out with the Old Masters, in with the Modern art

Berlin, 10 August 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). Conservators in Berlin oppose the recent plan to relocate the Gemäldegalerie’s 3,000 Old Masters works to the smaller Bode Museum to make way for the donation of the Ulla and Heiner Pietzch collection of Modern art. Over 12,000 have signed a petition opposing the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz’s (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) plan, suggested in early July, to empty and renovate the Gemäldegalerie before welcoming the 150 Modern works valued at €120m donated by the Berlin-based collectors Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch. Harvard art historian Jeffrey Hamburger, Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, the Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker (Association of German Art Historians), and Bonn-based Verband der Restauratoren (Association of Restorers) wrote to the German minister of culture to argue that the move poses a “significant conservation risk” and that they should wait until they find a more suitable location for the Old Masters collection. However, given the €10m funded by the Bundestag, it seems the plan has already been set into...

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€10M for the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin

Berlin, 13 June 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA) On the 12 June, the German Parliamentary Budgetary commission approved a €10m grant for the restoration works of work at the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin. As stated on the website Welt Online on the 12 June, this €10m will allow the long-term accommodation of the Pietzsch collection. It had been promised to Berlin on the condition it should be exhibited carefully. With more than 150 works, this collection is one of the most important private contemporary art collections in the world. Its total value is estimated at €120m. The Gemäldegalerie, where the works are displayed, is one of the most important museums of European paintings from 13th and 18th century. The Pietzcsh collection includes Surrealist and Abstract Expressionism works by artists such as Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock et Mark Rothko. The collection was first exhibited in 2009/2010 at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. According to the Welt Online website, the exhibition attracted more than 200,000 visitors in just seven...

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