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Michael Wellen, curator for international art at the Tate

The Tate has hired Michael Wellen as curator of international art. Michael Wellen, who will be taking up his duties in December, will be responsible for developing the representation of Latin American art in the Tate Modern’s collection and exhibition programme. Wellen has been assistant curator in the Latin American department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston since 2011. He was previously a researcher at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art in Austin and a lecturer at Rice University, where he taught on Latin American art and films since the...

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Michael Wellen, curator for international art at the Tate

The Tate has hired Michael Wellen as curator of international art. Michael Wellen, who will be taking up his duties in December, will be responsible for developing the representation of Latin American art in the Tate Modern’s collection and exhibition programme. Wellen has been assistant curator in the Latin American department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston since 2011. He was previously a researcher at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art in Austin and a lecturer at Rice University, where he taught on Latin American art and films since the...

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The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has recently acquired a work by Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo’s painting Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia) (1928) recently joined the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston. According to the museum, this was the first work that the artist ever sold. It is also the first of Kahlo’s works to enter the museum’s collections. The painting represents two Mexicans, Salvadora and Herminia, posing in front of tropical foliage; they were domestic helpers in Frida Kahlo’s childhood home Casa Azul, that today has become the Frida Kahlo Museum. The faces show dignity, almost heroism, echoing the artist’s Communist leanings. According to Graham Gund, director of the MFA: “Frida Kahlo’s work is a 20th century touchstone, and we’re proud to be able to count this remarkable acquisition among the MFA’s masterpieces of art of the Americas. As our community continues to grow and evolve, we’re committed to representing the diverse experiences of artists in our...

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Record number of visitors to Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon

Lyon, 21 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA) Lyon’s Museum of Fine Arts has seen a record number of visitors – 331,000 – pass through its doors in 2013. The increase of o.3% is small, but has stabilised 2012’s excellent results, which saw a 23% increase in visitor numbers compared with 2011. The figures speak for the musuem’s strategy, particularly highlighting the success of its temporary exhibitions in 2013: “Métissage, la collection Denise et Michel Meynet” (Hybrid: the collection of Denise and Michel Meynet), and especially “Joseph Cornell et les surréalistes à New York” (Joseph Cornell and the New York Surrealists). The latter is on show until February, and has already attracted close to 66,000 visitors. In addition, the record consolidates the museum’s ambitious acquisition policy. In 2013, three new works were added to its collection: Ingres’s L’Arétin et l’envoyé de Charles Quint (1848), thanks to the support of 1,536 donators; as well as two Jean-Honoré Fragonard paintings, acquired with the support of business members from the Club du Musée Saint-Pierre: L’Abreuvoir (c. 1765) and Le Rocher (c. 1780), both of which are classed as objects of major historical interest. The Museum of Fine Arts has announced its exhibition programme for 2014, including a significant show entitled “From Degas to Bacon”, which is to take place in the autumn and is to celebrate the collector Jacqueline...

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The Brooklyn Museum exhibits Sargent

New York, 9 April 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston have organised an exhibition on the watercolours of John Singer Sargent, which is held from 5 April to 28 July 2013. This event titled “John Singer Sargent Watercolors” reunites, for the first time in twenty years, the pieces acquired by the two museum institutions at the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition includes 93 works, 38 of which are part of the collection of the Brooklyn Museum and have not been viewed for decades. The artist’s watercolours became known since his first exhibitions in New York in 1909. The themes of these watercolours include scenes from Venice, Mediterranean ships, intimist portraits, as well as a series of Bedouins created during the artist’s voyage to Syria in 1905-1906. Among the works on display:     Santa Maria della Salute, 1904, a painting exploring the most beautiful architectures of Venice;     The Bridge of Sighs, circa 1903–4, a painting representing gondoliers;     Bedouins, circa 1905–6, a work created during the artist’s voyage to Syria;     A Tramp, circa 1904–6, a portrait of a public figure;     In a Medici Villa, 1906, a painting that reveals the artist’s love for formal Italian gardens. The paintings are issued from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and are of great quality, representing themes from the artist’s most recent voyages to the Italian Alps, the marble mines of Carrara, as well as other portraits. The event will also feature new discoveries based on scientific studies conducted on the pigments used by the artist, his drawing techniques, his paper preparations and his manner of painting. These discoveries will be shown at a special section. Finally, some works selected among those exhibited will...

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