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SIKKEMA MURDER INVESTIGATION. Alejandro Prevez, the person suspected of killing New York gallerist Brent Sikkema, has reportedly testified that Sikkema’s ex-husband paid him $200,000 to dedicate the homicide. Brazilian police are in search of to arrest the sufferer’s ex-husband, Daniel Sikkema, recognized through government as an “highbrow and primary creator occupied with crime,” in line with the Day by day Mail. “The boss is Daniel Sikkema,” wrote Prevez’s attorney, Greg Andrade, in a textual content message to Artnet Information.
MONET GETS SOUPED. After Leonardo da Vinci final month, it’s Claude Monet’s flip. Two French local weather activists threw soup onto Monet’s portray Le Printemps (1872) within the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon on Saturday. The similar crew, Riposte Alimentaire [Food counterattack], splashed soup on Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa within the Louvre on January 28. The Monet portray was once secure through glass, however the museum mentioned it could be inspected for recovery and is submitting a felony criticism. The 2 activists have been additionally reportedly arrested.
Masses of pro-Palestinian protestors amassed within the Museum of Trendy Artwork and out of doors the Brooklyn Museum Saturday. Photographs display other folks in MoMA’s atrium keeping banners which mentioned, “Loose Palestine, From the River to the Sea,” and “Ceasefire Now.” Activists additionally accused individuals of the MoMA board of trustees of investment “genocide, apartheid,” and “settler colonialism.” [ARTnews]
Local weather activist Jackson Inexperienced has been arrested and charged with vandalizing a memorial to Black Civil Battle squaddies at Washington DC’s Nationwide Gallery of Artwork in November 2023. Inexperienced painted the phrases “Honor Them” in pink paint at the wall subsequent to The Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial (1900) through Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The wear and tear value over $700. [The Art Newspaper]
Tove Langridge, the landlord of the “Instagram-famous” Australian gallery TW Positive Artwork in Brisbane, has been charged with 9 robbery offences, and faces as much as 5 years in jail if convicted. Police seized 20 works of art from the gallery, and artists allege they have been by no means paid for gross sales. [The Art Newspaper]
The Musée d’Orsay’s present director, Christophe Leribault,” will head the Chateau de Versailles. The chateau’s present president, Catherine Pégard is stepping down after twelve years, 3 years longer than is allowed in line with public carrier age and mandate limits. [Le Monde]
German artist Karl Horst Hödicke, recognized for his Neo-Expressionist art work, has died on the age of 85. He was once a key determine within the overdue Seventies “New Savages” or “Junge Wilde” motion in Germany. [Artnet News]
All the contents of Charles Darwin’s non-public library are being printed for the primary time in an intensive catalog launched Feb. 12. It main points 1000’s of titles of books and subject material, which took just about 20 years to assemble, with topics starting from biology to artwork. A digital model of the library is to be had with 9,300 hyperlinks to copies of the works. [The Guardian]
Bruno Vinciguerra is stepping down as world CEO and govt chairman of Bonhams after main the public sale space for over 5 years. [Observer]
The Musée d’Orsay’s fresh Van Gogh exhibition concerning the ultimate two months of the artist’s lifestyles in Auvers-sur-Oise, has damaged its earlier attendance data for an exhibition. 793,556 other folks attended the display, which integrated immersive V.R. studies. [Le Monde]
ART SHIELD. The artist Andrei Molodkin is keeping precious art work hostage, threatening to break art work through Picasso, Rembrandt, Warhol, and others, if WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, have been to die in jail, studies The New Yorker. Molodkin has thus far amassed 16 works of art donated through artists and creditors, price about 40 million bucks in general, for his artwork mission named Useless Guy’s Transfer. In the meantime, Assange is interesting the USA order for his extradition from London, in a tribulation later this month. If Assange dies in jail, Molodkin mentioned the works of art saved in a big secure within the south of France can be destroyed through triggering a chemical explosion within the vault. Alternatively, if Assange is in the end freed, the artwork can be returned to their homeowners. “It’s a type of human protect, however within the type of artwork. An artwork protect,” mentioned Stella Assange, Julian’s spouse.