125 favourites Netherlandian canvases

K. van Dongen. Portrait of Augusta Pratinger, artist’s wife. Oil on canvas. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Amsterdam – On October 3, Van Gogh Museum opened the exhibition 125 favourЫtes dated to the 125th anniversary of Rembrandt Association’s welfare fund. The exposition features 125 masterpieces by more than 30 Dutch masters, both modern, and classics of the 16th–20th centuries.

Rembrandt’s Association was established in 1883 by a group of people who aimed to return the Netherlands some masterpieces by great Dutch masters which were exported abroad at different periods of time. New organization raised money and repaid national masterpieces at European auctions. Its members negotiated on restitution and a solution of a series of current issues connected with museum sphere and private collecting. The Rembrandt’s Association contributed to preservation of cultural heritage a lot as the government could not provide the protection of monuments of history and art, and museums had no financial possibilities to buy them for their collections. As a result, many masterpieces by such artists as Rembrandt, Hendrick Brugghen and Gerrit van Honthorst were sold abroad. Owing to the efforts of new organization some part of them was returned home.

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Masterpieces of the European Porcelain in the Metropolitan Museum

Plate with Yellow Flowers (Verbascum blattarioides) on a Dark Ground. Royal Porcelain Manufactory, Berlin, Germany, 1809–13. Porcelain, drawing. Twinight collection

In the beginning of the 18th century German alchemist J.F. Bottger disclosed the secret of hard-paste porcelain (pate dure) production. Several years later the scientist founded a small manufactory and in 1710 he produced the first porcelain in Europe. Within the next one hundred years Bottger’s revelation had an outstanding destiny and by the beginning of the 19th century there were dozens and even hundreds of big manufactories in France, Austria and Germany. The best of them located in Sevres, Vienna and Berlin made significant progress leaving the “Meissen pioneer” far behind. The experts of these manufactories adopted complicated formulas and technologies and learned how to make delicate, gentle and solid pieces of brilliant white porcelain decorated with intricate paintings. According to many connoisseurs, the creations of these manufacturers are the best porcelain works even nowadays.

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London art expert accused of thefts from auction houses

Table. Louis 15th. Wood, bronze

The jury trial as to 52-year-old art expert Shahra Marsh is taking place in London. She is accused of theft of works of art for the sum of over £400 000.

On a version of the investigation the accused co-operated with some Parisian auction houses which used her help as independent art expert willingly. Marsh is suspected in taking of different items from auctions staff promising to find buyers. Then she gave false checks to the company and kept the goods.

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Renoir’s picture found out in Italy

A. Renoir. Nude (?). Oil on canvas

Officers of the Italian police found out the August Renoir’s picture stolen in 1975. Moreover, one more work, misattributed as “a picture by Edward Manet” was also found out during the operation. The police also detained three persons supposed to be involved in this crime. Among them is 68-year-old art dealer Amadeus Setti and previously convicted Aniello Ambrozio from Campania.

Renoir’s canvas was stolen in 1975 from a restoration workshop in Milan. For the next thirty years it was kept in a bank storehouse in expectation of the illegal transaction. According to estimations of experts, the market cost of the picture on which the nude woman is represented makes $735 000.

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A demand gives a supply – more Kabakov’s fake products appear at the art market

Unknown paintig. Was given out to be the I. Kabakov’s work

During last ten years the Russian art has been going through unprecedented upswing. Every year there appear new names and the prices of the classics’ works of the second half of the 20th century are rising rapidly. A demand gives a supply and the rising of works’ prices causes the rising of their fakes. Ten years ago falsifiers preferred to «deal» with legacy of the first half of the 20th century; today they more often appeal to the creation of the living masters. Certainly to those ones whose paintings are the most expensive.

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Ukraine to see Hirst

D. Hirst. End of the Line. 2008. Steel, glass, healthcare products, engraving. Estimate £1 500 000–2 000 000. Lot sold for £1 385 250. Sotheby’s. The beautiful inside my head forever. London, September 15

The Ukrainian steel magnate Victor Pinchuk who according to ArtNews magazine is considered one of the most influential collectors in the world announced that he took part at Sotheby’s auction The Beautiful Inside my Head Forever where he purchased Damien Hirst’s works. Names and number of works have not been revealed yet. However all of them will be presented in the expositions of PinchukArtCentre gallery in spring next year.

The Victor Pinchuk exhibition centre located in Kiev is considered the largest one in the Eastern Europe. The fund’s collection comprises works of classics of modernism and contemporary artists including Jeff Koons, Andreas Gursky and Demien Hirst.

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The Art from behind the Iron Curtain

б. Kosolapov. Lenin – Coca-Cola. 1984

The Soviet Avant-garde is extremely popular in Europe. Even before the Sots Art (short for Socialist Art) threw off the yoke of the Ministry of Culture and NKVD, the art of Moscow iconoclasts had appeared on the word scene where it became strongly sought for and even fashionable. The West was pleased to accept the tough socio-political sarcasm of Komar and Melamid, I. Kobakov and many other nonconformists from the country of winning socialism. There was something mysterious and rebellious about their art as well as something near and dear. Pop Art and Sots Art sound similar not in vain.

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Budapest museum to return Greece the monuments of antique art

Pheidies and Pheidies’ circle. Fragment of Parthenon bas-relief. Greece. 5thC B.C. Marble. British Museum, London

The Hungarian Ministry of Culture made a decision to return Greece 22 objects of ancient art bought by the Budapest Museum some years ago. This decision was a result of proactive campaign of the Greek government directed on repatriation of some monuments of national culture and art which were exported illegally at different periods of time.

For the last few years there were made some achievements. The private collector from Basel donated Greece the valuable statue of Apollo. The fragment of a tombstone and a bronze vessel were returned from the American collection. In 2006 the government of the country reached an important agreement with Paul Getty Museum according to which the last one was obliged to return two more valuable exhibits on their historical native land: tombstone stela of warrior Ataniy and a marble relief with the image of Demetre and Persephone. Notably, the Paul Getty fund has one of the largest in the USA collection of antique art. The major part of this collection according to management of the museum was purchased in 1950s at “black” dealers.

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The pictures of Leonardo will be demonstrated for the first time in USA

L. da Vinci. The angel. The model of the first version of the painting «Madonna in the rocks». About 1483−1485. A paper, a pencil. The Royal Library, Turin

In the Birmingham museum (Alabama) there will be opened the first exhibition of the Leonardo da Vinci’s pictures from the collection of the Royal Library (Biblioteca Reale) in Turin. Here we can see one of the most famous albums of Leonardo «The code of birds’ flight» and also 11 pictures which were never exhibited out of Italy.

In the exposition there represented pictures and drawings, painted by chalk and written in coloured ink during the period from 1480 up to 1510. Many of them have notes, drawings and explanations. The unique relics give the opportunity to touch the creation of one of the greatest artists, thinkers and scientists in the history.

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Buchelatty. The art is out of time

A. Buchelatty. The cupola-shaped ring with opal. 2001

In the Uspenskaya bell-tower of the Moscow Kremlin there was opened the exhibition «Buchelatty. The art is out of time», devoted to creation of famous Italian skilled craftsmen of golden and silver crafts Mario Buchelatty (1891–1965) and his son Janmaria. The exposition of the exhibition reflects artistic phenomena of Milan’s jewelers, which demonstrate a high quality of manual skills and a special aesthetics of the works.

The roots of the Buchelatty’s family go back to the 18th century when Contardo Buchelatty opened his own workshop in Milan in the street of Jewelers. After the First World War a «modern» founder of the Buchelatty’s business became Mario Buchelatty, opened a shop under the name of him. One of the secrets of success of Mario Buchelatty’s enterprise was his ability to realize in laboratory all steps of making jewels. The Buchelatty’s works are unique. Every detail is thought out and made in them.

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