Fondation Gandur loans fifteen artworks to Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofía

Geneva’s Fondation Gandur pour l’Art has loaned fifteen European Avant-Garde and Post-War artworks to the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid. The loan was the initiative of the collector Jean Claude Gandur, who founded the eponymous institution. The 15 works which are to be displayed in Madrid form part of a collection of more than 600 European paintings originating from the period 1940-1960. The masterpieces include the French artist Jean Fautrier’s Sarah (1943), which depicts wounds and human tragedy during war, and Picasso’s famous Guernica (1937), a symbol of the Spanish Civil War. The Fondation Gandur regularly lends pieces collected by Jean Claude Gandur to institutions. Every loan is carried out for a period of two years, and the duration of the loan can be extended if the two parties so...

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Neue Nationalgalerie to loan works to Israel

The  Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin has announced that it is to loan 50 works to Israel in celebration of 50 years of German-Israeli relations. The loan will last from October 2015 until March 2016, and the exhibition will be on display in Jerusalem under the name “Modern Times”. The works cover the period 1900- 1945, spanning a wide range of Modern German art. They have also announced two new exhibitions which are to take place in 2015, despite the museum’s planned three-year renovation. The museum was built between 1843 and 1855, but was heavily damaged during bombing in World War Two. English architect David Chipperfield oversaw renovation of the building, which officially opened in 2009, receiving the 2010 RIBA Award for Architecture for his work on the museum....

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Part of Elgin marbles on loan to Russia’s State Hermitage Museum

The British Museum has loaned a statue of the Greek god Ilissos to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia until 18 January 2015. This is the first time that part of the Elgin Marbles, which were taken from Athens by Lord Elgin, has left the British Museum since 1816. Director of the British Museum, Neil McGregor said to BBC Radio 4 that it was a “very big moment” and that it was the “first time ever that the people of Russia have been able to see this great moment of European art and European thought.” The statues, which are around 2,500 years old, have been the subject of much controversy as of late as Greece, their country of origin, has put forward a legal case for their return. Despite this, the British Museum has defended their stance, and the statues have remained in the UK. The statue is to go on display as part of the Hermitage’s 250th birthday...

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Museo Reina Sofía to open new branch in Santander

Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofía is to open a branch in the northern Spanish city of Santander, housing the collection of the industrialist José María Lafuente. The Lafuente collection comprises of 120,000 documents and 3,000 works from movements such as Futurism, Constructivism, Surrealism and Dadaism, with a significant Latin-American section. The collection has been loaned to the museum for a duration of ten years on the condition that it does not leave Santander; hence why the Museum is displaying it in the Banco de España building in the city. This will be the first time that the museum, which opened in 1986, has opened a second branch. The partnership stemmed from Lafuente’s desire for his collection to remain on display to the public, and was done with the help of José María Lassalle, the state secretary of culture. The opening date has yet to be...

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France to lend 300 works to Louvre Abu Dhabi

From 13 museums and public establishments, around 300 works have been selected by France to be loaned for the opening of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, expected for 2015. The selection was overseen by TCA Abu Dhabi, the Agence France-Museums and the participating institutions, in accordance with the international demands and regulations for the transport and preservation of the works. It is for this reason that the duration of the loan of certain works has been limited to three months, to assure that the most fragile works are kept in good condition. The remaining works from French collections will be loaned for ten years, a period which is estimated by the experts at the Louvre Abu Dhabi to be the perfect amount of time to allow them to establish their own permanent collection. The works on loan are key pieces from French and international art history, from prehistoric artefacts to works of contemporary art. Amongst these are; La Dame bleue, a Chinese figurine from the 8th century, loaned by the Guimet Museum of Asian Art, Paris; a rare ivory salt holder from the Kingdom of Benin, loaned by the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris; La Belle Ferronnière (around 1495) by Leonardo da Vinci, loaned from the Louvre in Paris; Bonaparte franchissant les Alpes (1803), by Jacques-Louis David, loaned by the Château de Versailles, Paris and Nature morte au magnolia (1941) by Henri Matisse, loaned by the Pompidou Centre, Paris....

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