Mónica de Miranda represented by Sabrina Amrani Gallery in Madrid

The Sabrina Amrani Gallery in Madrid from now on will be representing Portuguese artist and researcher of Angolan origin, Mónica de Miranda. The artist is a graduate of the Camberwell College of Arts and the Institute of Education in London, and also has a PhD from the University of Middlesex. She set up the artist residency project Triangle Network in Portugal, as well as the Hangar Centre for Artistic Research, in Lisbon. In 2016, she won the Novo Banco Photo Prize and exhibited her work at the Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon. She has also been nominated for the Prix Pictet. The artist has participated in group exhibitions such as “Contemporary African Art and Aesthetics of Translations” at the Dakar Biennal (Senegal, 2016), “Telling Time” at the Bamako Encounters, Biennale of African Photography (Mali, 2015), “Ilha de São Jorge” at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennal in 2014, and “Do you hear me” at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Portugal, 2008). She will be taking part in 1:54 in London during the Frieze...

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Why is the Prado keeping its Bosch works?

The Prado (Madrid) has decided to cancel its prospective loan of two paintings by Hieronymus Bosch (The Cure of Folly and The Temptation of St. Anthony) for a retrospective dedicated to the artist at the Noordbrabants Museum in his birth town, ’s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands — “Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of genius” closes may 8, 2016. This turnaround follows conclusions published by the Bosch Research and Conservation Project, directed by Jos Koldeweij and Matthijs Ilsink, co-curators of the exhibition to be held at the Noordbrabants Museum, who attribute these two paintings to the artist’s workshop or a disciple, and not the artist himself. The Prado contests the validity of this conclusion, denouncing it as being based on “extremely subjective stylistic aspects”, and accuses the Noordbrabants Museum of breaking with the conditions of the agreement regarding the loan. The exhibition bodes to be one of the most important ones to be devoted to the master of the Flemish Renaissance as it has gathered 17 of the artist’s 24 known works. The two museums committed to collaborating in the organisation of the exhibition in 2008 before this affair brought tension to their relationship. The Noorbrabandts Museum will nonetheless be hosting two other works loaned by the Prado, a copy of Bosch and the Haywain Triptych, announced as the exhibition’s major attraction, and featured on the cover of the exhibition...

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The Prado acquires a Fra Angelico

The Prado Museum (Madrid) recently acquired a major Renaissance work: The Virgin with a Pomegranate, a tempera on a panel produced in the 15th century by Guido di Pietro, also known as Fra Angelico. The painting in question was one of the last by Fra Angelico to still be held by a private individual — the Duchesse of Alba who died in 2014. The Prado Museum announced this acquisition on 20 January in a press release. The painting is said to be in a remarkable state of preservation. The transaction amounted to €18 million and includes a personal donation from the heir to the Duchess of Alba, her elder son Carlos Fitz-James Stuart y Martínez de Irujo — a small panel recently attributed to Fra Angelico by the Prado...

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ARCO to celebrate its 35th birthday in museums

The ARCO fair is returning to IFEMA (Madrid) from 24 to 26 February 2016 for its 35th edition. On this occasion, several museums in the city will be welcoming events and exhibitions under the banner “Year 35.Madrid project”. The project is under the artistic direction of Javier Hontoria, in collaboration with the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. The Archaeology Museum, the National Museum of Anthropology, the Naval Museum, the Cerralbo Museum, the Tabacalera Space, the National Museum of Romanticism, the Casa Arabe and the Embassy of Colombia are taking part in the project that will be promoting artists such as Adriano Amaral, Fina Miralles, Rogelio López Cuenca and Oriol...

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Works of Juan Muñoz at the Galería Elvira González

Galería Elvira González, in Madrid, in Spain, will be hosting an exhibition on the works of Juan Muñoz from 14 January to 12 March 2016. Juan Muñoz (born in 1953, died in 2001) was a Spanish sculptor, working primarily in paper maché, resin and bronze. In 2000, Muñoz was awarded Spain’s major Premio Nacional de Bellas Artes in recognition of his work. He has been called “the most significant of the first generation of artists to achieve maturity in post-Franco Spain, and one of the most complex and individual artists working today.” His works are displayed in such galleries as the Guggenheim Museum, in Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum, in New York, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Tate Modern in London. Galería Elvira González opened in February 1994, founded by Elvira González, director of Galería Theo for 30 years. Artists such as Miquel Barceló, Chema Madoz, Waltercio Caldas, Olafur Eliasson, Robert Irwin, and Robert Mapplethorpe have joined the gallery. The gallery works with major museums and cultural institutions and provides guidance to private and public collections. Together with the exhibition program, the gallery holds an extensive collection of works by artists of the 20th...

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