Clooney Stumps for Elgin Marbles, Broad Museum Delays Debut, and More

Clooney Stumps for Elgin Marbles, Broad Museum Delays Debut, and More
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Clooney Stumps for Return of Elgin Marbles: George Clooney, while at the Berlin Film Festival promoting his movie “The Monuments Men,” told a reporter that it would be a “very nice thing” if the British Museum returned the Elgin Marbles to Greece. The collection of sculptures had been removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin from 1801 to 1805, when Elgin was the ambassador to the Ottoman court, which ruled Greece. In 1816, they were bought by parliament and gifted to the British Museum, which now possesses around half of the collection. “I think you have a very good case to make about your artefacts,” Clooney said. “Maybe it wouldn’t be a bad thing if they were returned. I think that is a good idea. That would be a very fair and very nice thing. I think it is the right thing to do.” [The Guardian]

Broad Museum Delays Opening Date: Although L.A.’s Broad Museum previously promised an opening by the end of this year, the institution has postponed its debut until 2015 due to complications with the “veil” feature of the building’s exterior. “We expect to announce the opening date later this year,” said Karen Denne, the Broad Foundation’s spokeswoman. Meanwhile, the museum has released plans for a new plaza and a restaurant helmed by Bill Chait and Timothy Hollingsworth. [NYT, LAT]

Michelangelo Revealed as Master Forger: Art historian Thierry Lenain at the Institut Français in London has revealed that Renaissance master Michelangelo had a penchant for making copies of major works and then aging them with smoke and swapping them with the originals. Unlike its negative reputation today, forgery had a different reputation back then, and Michelangelo’s copies actually brought him notoriety that helped catapult his career. At the VIEW festival of art history, Lenain said about Michelangelo, “He admired these originals for the excellence of their art and sought to surpass them.” [The Independent]

— Terry Adkins Dead at 60: Artist Terry Adkins, whose work will be included in the upcoming Whitney Biennial, has died of heart failure at age 60. [TDP]

Crystal Bridges Combing Country for Artists: The president and curator of Crystal Bridges are visiting nearly 1,000 artists across the country to find “100 underrecognized artists” for an upcoming show at the museum. [NYT]

Judge Prevents Picasso Removal: A judge has provisionally stalled Aby Rosen’s RFR Holdings from removing the Four Seasons’s Picasso tapestry. [NYT]

Piper Marshall has resigned as Swiss Institute curator. [Artforum]

— With a huge collection of Arte Povera works set to hit the block at Christie’s next month, prices for the Italian style may start shooting upwards. [The Telegraph]

Philip Kennicott asks, “As Art Prices Rise, Are Values Plummeting?” [Washington Post]

Helen Toomer has been named director of the Pulse Art Fair, held annually in Miami and New York. [Artforum]


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