Worcester Art Museum received donation of $4M to endow its director position

On 2 October 2015, the Worcester Art Museum (WAM), United States, obtained a gift of $4 million to endow its director position which is currently held by Matthias Waschek. This sum of a gift came from Myles and C. Jean McDonough Foundation, on behalf of Jean McDonough and is the largest award donated for a staff position in WAM history. The position will now be named C. Jean and Myles McDonough Director. Jean McDonough, a longstanding supporter of WAM, said that she gave the donation having recognised the museum’s cultural impact on Worcester and the broader region, as well as its recent efforts to diversify and expand its viewers. The Foundation has donated several awards which are part of a series to other cultural institutions in central Massachusetts that together total about $15.3 million. “Jean’s gift continues an outstanding tradition of local philanthropy that has made the Worcester Art Museum what it is today: a collection of masterpieces one would not expect in a city of our size,” Waschek said. “Her endowment of my position is also strategic, as it allows the institution to continue to attract the right...

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Donation by Pieter and Marieke Sanders to Stedelijk Museum

In 2013, Pieter and Marieke Sanders gave a donation of over 100 works to the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands. Some of these works will be on show with the existing collection. Among the works included in the exhibition are those by Marinus Boezem, Job Koelewijn, and Amalia Pica. For forty years, the Sanders couple collected sculptures, paintings, and photography works from three generations of unknown artists from all over the world. The Museum is excited about the donation, with Director Beatrix Ruf stating: “This gift expresses the meaningful relationship between the Sanders and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam[…] we are profoundly indebted to their generosity.” The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is a museum of modern and contemporary art, founded in 1895. The museum features artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Marc Chagall, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Willem de...

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Musée Picasso receives two donations from the artist’s daughter

Musée Picasso in Paris — due to reopen in October, after five years of renovations — is to feature two new artworks; gifted by Picasso’s eldest daughter, Maya Widmaier-Picasso. The first piece includes a double-sided page created in 1908; featuring a portrait of Guillaume Apollinaire — famous poet and contemporary of Picasso — on one side; and a pencil portrait of a woman in a Cubist style on the reverse. The second gift is a never-seen-before sketchbook containing 38 nude studies in pencil, dated 1960. Over the prolonged period of renovation the Musée Picasso will have doubled its exhibition space, housing over 5,000 works by Picasso — including 300 paintings and 300 sculptures....

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Philadelphia Museum receives $70m in art

Philadelphia, 10 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Philadelphia Museum of Art has received a major gift of high-quality artworks, given to the institution by its longtime supporters Keith L. and Katherine Sachs. Established with the help of curators, the collection features works by artists including Ellsworth Kelly, Brice Marden, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Cy Twombly and Gerhard Richter. The estimated value of the collection’s works – set at $70m – was established by auction house experts. Museum director Timothy Rub described the donation as “one of the best contemporary art collections in the country”, ranking the gifts amongst some of the most important to have been received across the museum’s 138-year history. The museum’s modern and contemporary art galleries are to be renamed the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Galleries. Keith Sachs, former CEO of Saxco International LLC, described the process of collecting as “richly...

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Islamic art exhibited in “Gift of the Sultan” at LACMA

Los Angeles, 6 June 2011, Art Media Agency, (AMA). Until 5 September 2011, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is hosting “Gift of the Sultan”. The “Gift of the Sultan” exhibition will display the gifts that were offered to the Islamic sovereigns in the past and will examine Islamic art via the universal tradition of present-giving. The museum decided to host this exhibition in order to highlight the complexity of this tradition in Islam. The exhibition will feature objects dating from the eighth to nineteenth centuries and comprise more than 250 pieces from American, European and Middle Eastern collections. “Gift of the Sultan” will then be presented at the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, from 23 October 2011 to 5 January 2012. “We hope that Gifts of the Sultan will introduce new audiences to Islamic art by focusing on a practice shared by all cultures—gift exchange,” declared Linda Komaroff, LACMA curator of Islamic Art and department head of Art of the Middle East, as reported on...

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