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Picasso and the Mediterranean: 40 exhibitions will celebrate artist's ties to the region

The Musée Picasso in Paris plans to lend works to around 40 exhibitions in venues in Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Cyprus and Morocco that will present “a full panorama” of Picasso’s lifelong relationship with the Mediterranean, the museum’s director, Laurent Le Bon, tells us. Starting next year, to coincide with the centenary of Picasso’s 1917 journey to Italy, Picasso-Méditerranée will be a “global exhibition experience” including theatre, conferences, a website and a catalogue, Le Bon says.
The two-year celebration is due to launch at the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples in April 2017 with a show dedicated to Picasso’s costumes and set designs for the Ballets Russes’ production Parade.
Other confirmed venues include the Musée Mohammed VI in Rabat, Morocco, the Benaki Museum in Athens, MuCEM in Marseilles and the Picasso museums in Antibes, Barcelona and Málaga.
Via: The Art Newspaper

Prada Foundation moves into photography with new gallery in Milan’s oldest shopping arcade

The Prada Foundation is launching a new photography gallery next month in Milan’s oldest shopping arcade, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which opened in 1877. The new space, called Osservatorio, extends across the fifth and sixth floors of the Galleria where Mario Prada, the grandfather of the patron and collector Miuccia Prada, opened the fashion brand’s first store in 1913. The opening show, entitled Give Me Yesterday (21 December-12 March 2017), will include works by 14 Italian and international artists including Ryan McGinley, Joanna Piotrowska and Melanie Bonajo. The artists belong to a generation that turn the “photographic diary into an instrument to focus on their own daily lives and intimate, personal rituals”, the organizers say.
Via: The Art Newspaper

Andy Warhol’s First New York Studio Sells for $9.98 Million

Before Warhol’s legendary Factory came into existence, his first New York studio was located at 159 East 87th Street. The building hit the real estate market in March of this year, and, according to The Observer, just sold for $9.98 million.
Prior to taking up residency on East 87th street, Warhol had been making works at his mother’s apartment, where after three years, “canvases had begun to fill the ground floor apartment,” according to BlouinArtInfo, “while Brillo boxes and Campbell’s soup cans were stacked to the ceilings.” Warhol heard about the Hook and Ladder building in 1962, and was able to secure the vacant space at the rate of $150 per month in an agreement with the city of New York.
The purchaser of the original studio cheekily bought the property under the name “Warhol Hook and Ladder 13 LLC.” And, according to The Real Deal, the seller was billionaire art dealer Guy Wildenstein.
Via: Art Net

Germany to fund research into Nazis’ 'degenerate art'

The German government has announced that it will fund research into the Nazi’s campaign against so-called “degenerate art” at Berlin’s Free University (Freie Universität) in 2017 after a private foundation withdrew funding.
The “degenerate art” unit at the Free University investigates the Nazis’ campaign against art they considered corrupt and linked with mental illness, Bolshevism, Jews and threats to the health of “the [German] race”. The campaign culminated in Joseph Goebbels’s order for the seizure of more than 20,000 works from German museums in 1937, including works by Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne.
The German government stepped in with emergency funding this year after the Ferdinand Möller Foundation withdrew its support in 2015. Grütters says the government will continue to finance the research unit in 2018 on condition that Berlin regional authorities also contribute.
Via: The Art Newspaper