After being closed for four months, museums in Germany will be unlockable, subject to different limits depending on the number of coronavirus cases in each of the 16 states. If cases are below 100 per 100,000 population, Art Newspaper reports, museums will be open – in regions where case rates are between 50 and 100 per 100,000 population, visitors will be asked to book time slots and provide their contact information. The decision makes the German museum among the first places to reopen in the country, with theaters, restaurants and indoor sports facilities having to wait until at least March 22.
That Victoria and Albert Museum plans to cut 140 of its 980 staff members, including 30 curators and 110 employees from other departments, as part of consultations that began last fall. The museum is also proposing a major restructuring of all its departments, removing the permanent arrangement of its collections by materials and instead creating three new period-based departments to cover Europe and America and a new department for collections from Africa and Asia. Among other changes is the suggested incorporation of the V&A Research Institute, the National Art Library and the V&A Archives into one research unit. The consultation period ends on March 31.
In Wednesday’s budget, the Minister of Finance, Rishi Sunak, announced £ 390 million to help with art venues in England reopened. More than £ 300 million will be added to the existing Cultural Restoration Fund and national museums will receive £ 90 million in emergency funding before they are allowed to reopen on 17 May (the earliest possible date they can do so). Community culture projects have been allocated another £ 18.8 million, and a Community Ownership Fund of £ 150 million has been announced to allow groups to apply for match funding of up to £ 250,000 to bid on community assets, such as pubs, theaters, sports clubs and post office buildings in danger of being lost. .
Alan Bowness has died at age 93. Bowness, who was director of Tate between 1980 and 1988, had a long and distinguished career as a scholar – he was the first 19th and 20th century specialist to hold a full-time position at the Courtauld Institute – and a curator. He is married to Sarah Hepworth-Nicholson, daughter of Barbara Hepworth, whose catalog features sculptures he produced in the 1960s. After Barbara Hepworth’s death in 1975, Bowness ran the estate until 2008. Her tenure at Tate saw the creation of Tate Liverpool, the Clore Gallery at Millbank and the formation of the Turner Prize. After retiring from Tate, he became director of the Henry Moore Foundation and oversaw the opening of the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.
Panels missing from Jacob Lawrence Struggle series have been found, the second one came about by chance. A total of 30 panels from the series were sold individually, against Lawrence’s wishes, in the late 1950s and early 60s, with the whereabouts of the five paintings then unknown. Panel 28, entitled Immigrants were accepted from all countries: 1820 to 1840 – 115,773, it came to light when the owner, a Ukrainian nurse living in Manhattan, read about a recent discovery from another missing panel and contacted Met. After its authentication and preservation, the painting will join the exhibition Struggle painting – initiated by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem – during the last two stages of his tour, at the Seattle Art Museum and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC
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