The LAM has added a new artwork, Echoes, by the Belgian artist Luth Lea Roose (1984) to their collection.
Echoes is a spectacle of light and everyday beauty. With the second-hand tea towels, one will see things that are normally invisible and discover new layers behind everyday life objects. Everyone has a tea towel and we see it everyday, but no one truly looks at it. Until now. In Echoes, Luth Lea reveals hidden layers through light. Patterns, new colors, and movement arise. A towel is no longer a towel. It becomes magical.
For the next three years, visitors will be able to enjoy the installation of a stunning work by Lucio Fontana in the Museum Atrium. Neon Structure for the Ninth Milan Triennial (1951/2019) is a large light sculpture that captures an expressive drawn line frozen in the air and it is considered one of the most representative and iconic Fontana work. This installation was co-organized with Fondazione Lucio Fontana.
In 2019, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao presented an exhibition, “On the Threshold,” of Lucio Fontana’s works.
Udo Kittelmann: “I’m very much looking forward to my new future task, which I will tackle together with Henning Schaper, Patricia Kamp and the great team at the museum.”
With Udo Kittelmann, who has long been associated with the Frieder Burda Foundation as a member of the Board of Trustees and who has realized some outstanding exhibitions, including those with Andreas Gursky and Pierre Soulages, we have been able to win over a nationally and internationally renowned personality and exhibition maker.
The Thoma Foundation has acquired new works including this striking image of Our Lady of Loreto, which depicts one of the most important Black Madonnas of Europe. While devotion to the Virgin of Loreto was promoted by the Jesuit order, images are relatively unusual in the Spanish Americas, though some examples are found in Mexico. While most Spanish American works depict the Virgin with pale white skin, the Thoma work is distinctive in retaining the bronze skin tone of the original statue in Italy. To explore their collections, click here.
The J. Paul Getty Trust Is Prompting a $38.5 Million Fund to Help Small Los Angeles Arts Organizations
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the J. Paul Getty Trust initiated a $10 million fund to support Los Angeles-based nonprofit museums and visual arts organizations. Administered by the California Community Foundation (CCF), the fund awarded $2 million in emergency relief grants to 80 diverse small and mid-sized arts organizations across Los Angeles County in spring 2020.
At the same time the Getty began to work with foundations across LA to create a pooled fund to support the entire arts sector, including the performing and literary arts. This effort soon attracted national funders to join them. The result is the $38.5 million LA Arts Recovery Fund, the largest-ever pooled private investment for LA arts nonprofits in Los Angeles County. Grants are administered by CCF and will provide significant flexible operating support for a minimum of two years to a select number of small and mid-sized LA County arts organizations with projected annual operating budgets of $10 million and below prior to March 2020. Grants will be announced in May 2021.
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Around 100 leading figures in the French art scene have published an open letter calling on the culture minister Roselyne Bachelot to lift Covid-19 restrictions on the country’s galleries and museums, allowing them to reopen “as widely and as soon as possible”. The Change.org petition, launched by the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, has garnered more than 2,000 signatures in two days.
Signatories include Emma Lavigne, the president of the Palais de Tokyo; Maja Hoffmann, the founder of the Luma Foundation; Quentin Bajac, the director of the Jeu de Paume; Nicolas Bourriaud, managing director of Montpellier Contemporain; Chiara Parisi, director of the Centre Pompidou Metz; Bice Curiger, director of the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles and Jean-François Chougnet, president of the Mucem in Marseille.
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