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Fondation Maeght appointed Frédéric Hubin as Director Communications


The Maeght Foundation appointed Frédéric Hubin as Director of Communications, Patronage and Development in early January. He succeeds Anne Bourgois, who is pursuing her career in New York.
A specialist in cultural communication and patronage, Hubin will support the Foundation’s projects in these three areas and supervise the institution’s programming.

(photo @Laurence Laborie)

February 2022





After seven years, Brigitte Bloksma says goodbye to Kasteel Wijlre estate


Kasteel Wijlre estate congratulates Brigitte on her new appointment as director of the Beelden aan Zee museum in Scheveningen. From 1 May 2022, she will succeed Jan Teeuwisse, who will retire.

Brigitte Bloksma took up the position of director of the Kasteel Wijlre Estate Foundation in April 2015. She transformed the private initiative of art collectors Jo and Marlies Eyck into a public institution supported by government and private funding.

February 2022





Fondazione Merz and ZAC in Palermo, Sicily


Fondazione Merz in Turin is entrusted with the management of the the ZAC – Zisa Zona Arti Contemporanee, in the outskirts of the Sicilian capital Palermo, with the task of implementing an innovative interdisciplinary project.

The #ZACentrale project will take place over three years at the ZAC space and will be divided into a series of interdisciplinary activities to include: exhibitions, concerts, theatre and dance performances, training activities at various levels; meetings, debates, conferences to be held also in partnership with the other
institutions of the Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa, as well as documentary interventions, creative incubator actions and the creation of a specialised library dedicated to contemporary art.

The inaugural exhibition ‘l’altro, lo stesso’ (the other, the same) until March 26, brings together 12 artists, including international names such as Joan Jonas and Alfredo Jaar, as well as never before displayed works on paper by Marisa Merz.



Magazzino Italian Art announces their new building: The Robert Olnick Pavilion


Magazzino Italian Art is excited to announce the groundbreaking of their new building. The Robert Olnick Pavilion will be the second building on Magazzino’s campus in Cold Spring, New York, set to open in 2023.

The new pavilion will add 13,000 square feet to the existing exhibition space and will incorporate a room devoted to decorative arts, ceramics and jewelry, alongside a multi-purpose room with auditorium capabilities and a combined cafe and shop on the mezzanine.

Renowned Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza and Miguel Quismondo are collaborating for the first time to design the Robert Olnick Pavilion in the same spirit as the existing Magazzino Italian Art building, which features more than 18,000 square feet of exhibition space as well as a library with more than 5,000 publications of Italian art.



Guggenheim Appoints Francesca Esmay as Alfred Flechtheim Director of Engagement, Conservation and Collections Care


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum announced the appointment of Francesca Esmay as the Alfred Flechtheim Director of Engagement, Conservation and Collections Care, a newly endowed position within the museum’s Conservation Department. This position is funded by a challenge grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by Dr. Michael R. Hulton and Mrs. Penny R. Hulton, heirs of art collector and dealer Alfred Flechtheim. In this new position, Esmay will collaborate with colleagues across the museum to develop educational initiatives and public programming that explore the intersections of art, technology, and science and address issues related to the preservation of modern and contemporary art.

Esmay will also oversee the newly established Mentoring Emerging Professionals in Art Conservation initiative (MEPAC), a ten-week, paid opportunity for students to work alongside leaders in the field of art conservation and collections care.

January 2022



The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation’s Collection Acquires Two New Works


Two new acquisitions for the Thoma Foundation‘s Art of the Spanish Americas collection show the enduring legacy of the Flemish engraver Hieronymus Wierix (1553–1619) in South America.  These small works on copper draw directly from the artist’s engravings, which circulated widely in the Americas thanks to the Jesuit Order.

Allegory of Obedience 

This detailed work on copper depicts a complex allegory showing the submission of human desire to divine will.  Based on a print by Hieronymus Wierix, the work is a stunning addition to the Thoma Foundation’s growing collection of engraved, chased, and embossed coppers from the workshops of 17th- and 18th-century Bolivia.

Christ Child with Instruments of the Passion 

In this small work on copper, drawn from another of Wierix’s engravings, the Christ Child bears the Instruments of the Passion, or Arma Christi, on his right shoulder and in the basket he carries in his left hand. Devotion to the Arma Christi began in the late Middle Ages and in this image    Christ bears the burden of his future sacrifice with grace.


December 2021



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