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Friday, 03 January 2014 17:33

Cincinnati Art Museum’s Director Steps Down

After seven years as the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Aaron Betsky announced that he will step down as soon as a successor is named. During his time at the museum, Betsky increased the institution’s endowment by 18% and oversaw some of its most successful exhibitions. Betsky also led a $13-million fundraising campaign that supported the first phase of the museum’s renovation and expansion, which was completed this past spring. During his time at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Betsky also helped the institution acquire works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg and Tom Wesselmann.

Martha Ragland, the president of the museum’s board of trustees, released a statement saying, “It is remarkable what Aaron has been able to achieve for the Art Museum and the community. He has reinvigorated this venerable institution and opened it up for future generations. On behalf of the Board, staff and people of Cincinnati I’d like to thank him for all that he has done.”

The board has organized a search committee to find a replacement for Betsky, who will assist with the process. 

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The monumental exhibition ‘Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis’ has attracted more visitors to the Frick Collection than any other show in the museum’s history. Highlights from the exhibition include Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring,’ which has not been displayed in New York since 1984, as well as masterpieces by Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Jacob van Ruisdael.

The Mauritshuis, the Netherlands' Royal Picture Gallery, decided to send 15 of its paintings on an American tour while the museum wraps up a two-year renovation. The Frick is the final venue for the traveling exhibition. 

‘Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis’ will be on view at the Frick through January 19.

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 16:57

Stedelijk Museum Enjoys Record Year

2013 has been a record year for Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, which hopes to greet its one millionth visitor in the New Year. The institution welcomed 700,000 patrons in 2013 -- the highest attendance rate since the Stedelijk opened in 1895.

The Stedelijk recently underwent a complete renovation to its historic building and reopened to the public on September 23, 2013. The overhaul included an expansion so that the museum could exhibit more of its remarkable modern and contemporary art collection.

The Stedelijk will kick off 2014 with the first large-scale design exhibition since the museum’s reopening. ‘Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up at the Stedelijk’ will debut on February 1. Other exhibitions in the New Year will include a show featuring the work of jewelry designers Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum (opening on February 22), a selection of works by Canadian photographer Jeff Wall (beginning on March 1st), new work by Paulien Oltheten & Anouk Kruithof (opening on March 14), a selection from the collection Martijn and Jeannette Sanders (opening on July 19), and a survey of the work of painter Marlene Dumas (starting on September 5).

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Friday, 27 December 2013 17:56

15th Century Italian Panels to Tour US

Three marble panels depicting children singing and playing music will go on tour in the United States beginning in 2014. Created by Italian sculptor Luca della Robbia for the Florence Cathedral’s organ loft, the panels will go on view at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta from October 25, 2014 until January 11, 2015.

The panels were removed from the Cathedral in 1688 during a renovation and eventually ended up in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence, which is lending them for the first tour of its kind in the US.

Due to the panels’ subject and history, the exhibition will include audible church music organized in part by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 17:55

Holland’s Royal Picture Gallery to Reopen in June

Holland’s Mauritshuis, one of the world’s most celebrated small museums, will reopen to public on June 27, 2014 following a major renovation. Located in The Hague, the Mauritshuis is home to some of the country’s most treasured paintings including Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ and Jan Steen’s ‘As the Old Sing, So Pipe the Young.’

The Mauritshuis’ 17th century building has been renovated and upgraded to better suit its 21st century visitors. The Royal Dutch Shell Wing has been added to the museum’s historic building and will provide new exhibition galleries, an education center, a cafe, and other state-of-the-art visitor facilities.

Built between 1636 and 1644 for Count Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen, the Mauritshuis was purchased by the Dutch state in 1820 for the purpose of housing the Royal Collection of Paintings. The institution opened as a public museum in 1822.

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The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA will unveil its updated, 140-acre campus on July 4, 2014. The museum’s decade-long expansion plan is the most significant transformation the institution has undergone since opening in 1955.

The renovations were spearheaded by three different architects -- Japan’s Tadao Ando Architects designed the new, 44,000-square-foot Visitor Center; New York’s Selldorf Architects transformed the original Museum Building as well as the Manton Research Center; and Massachusetts-based firm, Reed Hilderband, updated the Clark’s landscape and added a dramatic, one-acre reflecting pool. The renovation added over 16,000-square-feet of gallery space to the museum, allowing the Clark to exhibit more of its remarkable collection, which includes Old Master paintings, Impressionist masterpieces, and fine British and American silver.

When the Clark reopens this summer, the museum will present four inaugural exhibitions and the reinstallation of its collections. The exhibitions include ‘Make It New: Abstract Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, 1950–1975,’ ‘Cast for Eternity: Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum,’ ‘Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith,’ and ‘Photography and Discovery.’

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 17:50

Rijksmuseum Welcomes Two Millionth Visitor

The recently re-opened Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam welcomed its two millionth visitor on December 3. The two guests, who were visiting from Israel, were greeted by the museum’s General Director and Sales Manager and given flowers and gifts from the museum shop.

Since opening to the public in April following a ten-year renovation, the Rijksmuseum has been welcoming between 7,000 and 10,000 visitors per day. Most satisfying to museum officials is that for the first time in years, the institution’s Dutch visitors outnumber their foreign counterparts.

Founded in 1885, the Rijksmuseum is dedicated to Dutch art and history. Its illustrious collection includes paintings by Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen and Frans Hals.  

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After being closed for over 30 years, the Baltimore Museum of Art will reopen its historic Merrick Entrance beginning on November 23, 2014, in honor of the institution’s 100th anniversary. The event also marks the reopening of the renovated Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing and a new presentation of the Baltimore Museum’s collection of American fine and decorative arts. A redesigned East Wing Lobby and Zamoiski Entrance will reopen in fall 2014.

The upcoming openings are part of the Baltimore Museum’s multi-year, $28 million renovation. The final phase of the project is expected to reach completion with the reinstallation of the African and Asian art collections and the opening of a new center for learning and creativity in 2015.

Doreen Bolger, the museum’s Director, said, “The reopening of the BMA’s historic Merrick Entrance and the Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing will be an extraordinary moment in the museum’s distinguished history—bringing together museum-goers of all ages to experience John Russell Pope’s first vision of a great public art museum. We are looking forward to celebrating the BMA’s 100th anniversary with many new and exciting experiences for our visitors.”

The Baltimore Museum’s Merrick Entrance, which was designed by the American architect John Russell Pope, welcomed generations of visitors into the museum from 1929 to 1982. The entrance’s facade is being conserved and will have improved lighting. The existing doors and vestibule will remain unchanged. A $1 million gift from the France-Merrick Foundation is supporting this portion of the renovation.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 19:08

Tate Britain Completes Renovation

The Tate Britain Museum in London has completed its $72 million renovation, which was led by the architectural firm Caruso St. John. Penelope Curtis, Director of the Tate, announced that the project had wrapped up “on time and on budget” during a showing of the refurbished museum on Monday, November 18. The Tate opened to the public the following day.

The Tate has remained open during the renovations but its main entrance has been closed since April 2012, in addition to 10 galleries, which reopened in May following a major overhaul. The newly designed sections of the museum include a showpiece spiral staircase, a new café, educational studios, an archive gallery, and the Grand Saloon, a large space overlooking the Thames that had previously been closed off from the rest of the museum. Visitors will also be able to catch a glimpse of Rex Whistler’s The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats in the Tate’s café. It is the first time that the fully restored mural has been on display since a flood damaged it in 1928.

90% of the funding for the museum’s major overhaul came from private contributions, including donations from Tate members and a donation from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

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Thursday, 31 October 2013 18:53

Queens Museum Completes Major Renovation

The Queens Museum of Art has completed its $69-million renovation and will reopen to the public on November 9, 2013. The newly expanded, 105,000-square-foot building includes new galleries, a 48-foot-tall atrium, public event spaces, an artist studio wing, a café and a museum shop. The museum has also announced a future addition to be completed by 2015, which will house a branch of the Queens Library; the partnership will be the first of its kind in the United States.

The Queens Museum’s expansion project was funded through a public-private partnership including $54 million in government support from New York City as well as bequests from private supporters and trustees of the museum. The institution expected patronage to double from 100,000 to 200,000 in the next year.

Founded in 1972, the Queens Museum of Art houses the well-known Panorama of the City of New York, a scale model of the five boroughs built for the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

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