The Horniman Museum and Gardens in London is this year’s Artwork Fund Museum of the Calendar year. The yearly award, which comes with prize income of £100,000 was introduced on Thursday and obtained by the museum’s director, Nick Merriman, at a ceremony on Thursday. The Horniman, which 1st opened in Forest Hill, south-east London, in 1890 to screen the collections of its founder, the tea service provider Frederick Horniman, was praised for adapting its programming in the course of the pandemic and for strengthening its ties to the neighborhood neighborhood. Jenny Waldman, director of the Art Fund and chair of the judges mentioned, ‘The Horniman Museum and Gardens has now blossomed into a definitely holistic museum bringing jointly art, nature and its myriad collections […] In numerous ways it’s the best museum, and I would stimulate all people to go and working experience all it has to present.’ The other museums on the shortlist this calendar year have been the Museum of Earning in Derby, the People’s Record Museum in Manchester, the Tale Museum in Oxford and Tȳ Pawb in Wrexham.
Richard Armstrong has announced that he will be retiring from his role as director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Basis in spring 2023, owning held the title given that 2008. In excess of his 14-yr tenure, in the course of which he has overseen the Guggenheim Museum in New York, as properly as its Bilbao and Venice offshoots, Armstrong has sought to extend the geographical scope of the museums’ collections, with programmes these as the Asian Art Initiative and the opening of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (due to be accomplished in 2025). Right until his departure, Armstrong will keep on to guide the every day procedure of the museums and do the job with the board of the basis to obtain his successor.
Matthew Hargraves has been appointed director of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. Hargraves, a expert in 18th-century British art, has been interim main curator at the museum because 2021. He was beforehand chief curator of art collections at the Yale Centre for British Artwork and previously in his job was a lecturer at the College of Warwick. Of his appointment, Hargraves reported, ‘There are just about limitless possibilities, and I am fired up by the possibility to pursue them and share them with diverse audiences.’
It has been a very good 7 days for art being found beneath functions of art. The Nationwide Galleries of Scotland declared that it experienced identified an unknown self-portrait of Van Gogh, hidden on the back again of a operate in its selection named Head of a Peasant Girl. The discovery, designed by X-ray, found the get the job done included by levels of glue and cardboard on the reverse the painter usually recycled canvases in this way to conserve funds. It is considered that the self-portrait was covered by cardboard in the early 20th century, when Head of a Peasant Female was integrated in a show at the Stedelijk Museum and the function on the other aspect was regarded as much less completed. Industry experts are looking at how to uncover the portrait without the need of harming either of the paintings.
And in Israel, gurus at the Hecht Museum at the University of Haifa have located 3 sketches by Amedeo Modigliani less than the floor of a painting of a nude girl from 1908. Artwork News experiences that the will work were being uncovered through an X-ray evaluation of the portray, which is due to travel for an exhibition at the Barnes Collection in Philadelphia this October.