Exceptional gift for the San Francisco Asian Art Museum

The San Francisco Asian Art museum is the recipient of 140 ink paintings from the Edo period in Japan. The works are part of the estate of George Gund III, an American businessman in the field of sports and philanthropy, well known in San Francisco. This comes as a nice gift for the institution’s fiftieth birthday, following the announcement of its plan to construct a new exhibition space. Another part of the collection comprising about sixty works will be going to the Cleveland Museum of Art in George Gund III’s city of...

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The Walker Art Center adds 16 works to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

According to Mary Abbe (Minneapolis Star-Tribune), the Walker Art Center has installed 16 works to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden — a donation worth $15 million. The works will be installed following completion of the first substantial update to the 19-acre campus in more than a decade, with the Garden set to reopen to the public in June 2017. Some pieces will be on view sooner, when the Walker’s new entrance pavilion opens in November 2016. The Walker Art Center will pay for the purchase and expenses related to installing the works, namely thanks to private funds. A sculpture by Robert Indiana — “Love” — will be amongst the works installed, as well as a gigantic ultramarine blue cock: Hahn/Cock (2010), by artist Katharina...

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The Asia Society Museum receives $2 million

The Asia Society Museum (New York) has received a $2 million donation from philanthropic organisation Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation (Minnesota). This information has been revealed by Sylvia Tsai (ArtAsiaPacific). This donation is intended to serve the museum’s exhibition programme and the educational initiatives that it sets up. It should be noted that this is not the first time that the foundation has come to the museum’s aid. Whether as a sponsor or lender of works, it supported the exhibitions “Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art” in 2010; “Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool” (2010–11) and “Mandala: The Architecture of Enlightenment” (1997–98). Mary Griggs Burke — recognised as one of the greatest collectors of Japanese art — will also be lending some of her works to the exhibition “Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan” (from 9 February to 8 May...

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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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