Headlines: Glasgow, Salvator Mundi, Shell
1) Glasgow School of Art Still Gutted Months After Fire
Local residents are still displaced and undergraduate students are facing an uncertain start to the semester a few months after a large fire did significant damage to the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. The fire, which originated in the school’s Mackintosh building, caused extensive destruction, casting debris and flames over a space of several blocks. With the start of the fall semester now looming, numerous students at the institution are unsure of how they’ll be able to access certain facilities. Many others lost entire portfolios in the blaze, leading to trouble applying for further professional practice opportunities. This fire, which occurred in June, comes just four years after another fire caused similar damage and concerns.
2) New Provenance Possibilities for Salvator Mundi
Questions over the true provenance of the Da Vinci painting Salvator Mundi have continued in the months since the artwork’s record-breaking sale. This week, the Art Newspaper reports that one expert seems to have uncovered some compelling evidence to support the notion that the painting was owned by James, 3rd Maquis and later 1st Duke of Hamilton, in Lanarkshire, Scotland, between 1638 and 1641. Previous statements by experts placed the painting in the ownership of the French Princess Henrietta Maria, at the time that she was married to King Charles I.
Also reported in the Art Newspaper, The Van Gogh Museum and the Mauritshuis, located in Amsterdam and The Hague, respectively, have announced that they’ll be cutting ties with the Shell corporation. The news comes after long-standing protests against the museums’ sponsorship deals with the oil company. Both museums were relying on funding from Shell to support various research initiatives. The director of the Van Gogh Museum, which has been receiving funds from Shell for the past 18 years, called the deal an “extremely rewarding collaboration,” in a recent statement regarding the end of the relationship. A spokesperson from Shell noted that the decision was mutual.
4) 63 Egon Schieles Removed by Lost Art Foundation
The German Lost Art Foundation, which works to expose and locate artworks that were looted by Nazis during the second world war, has come under fire for its removal of 63 Egon Schiele works from public view. The removal is in response to lobbying by several art dealers who specialize in the work of the Austrian artist. The dealers claim that the works were never touched by Nazis, and that they were sold by their owner in an above-board transaction. This provenance, however, is being contested by the heirs of collector by the name of Fritz Grunbaum, whose vast art collection, including the Schiele works, was taken by Nazis in the late 1930s, after Grunbaum himself was sent to the concentration camp where he later died. A New York court judge has sided with the family, ordering at least two of the works returned. However, the Lost Art Foundation is contesting this ruling.