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Day by day in art | September 19, 2023

Day by day in art | September 19, 2023
Day by day in art | September 19, 2023

Sixteen climate activists arrested for demonstrating at MoMA • There is controversy between the right and the director of the Egyptian Museum Christian Greco • Were a pair of stained glass windows sold by Sotheby’s stolen from Notre-Dame? • A domus discovered in the center of Verona • San Benedetto in Norcia will be as it was, but more resistant • The day in 10 news

San Benedetto in Norcia under reconstruction. Photo: Stefano Miliani

Sixteen climate activists arrested for demonstrating at MoMA
Sixteen climate activists were arrested after an attempted protest on the night of September 15 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, according to climate advocacy groups Climate Defenders and New York. Communities for Change» (NYCC). The activists were among about 50 protesters who staged actions at the museum earlier in the day to condemn MoMA’s ties to private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), which has heavily invested in fossil fuel projects. Henry Kravis, co-founder of KKR, is the husband of MoMA Board of Directors Chair Marie-Josée Kravis; the couple donated tens of millions of dollars to the museum, which named its fourth-floor performance space after them. MoMA closed its atrium for more than two hours after activists blocked paid entrances to the institution. [Redazione]

It is a controversy between the right and the director of the Egyptian Museum Christian Greco
Yesterday 18 September the councilor of the Piedmont Region Maurizio Marrone declared to the «Corriere Torino» regarding the director of the Egyptian Museum Christian Greco: «I wouldn’t confirm Greco. He has uncommon managerial skills, but I believe there are potentially more qualified figures who have been penalized not only for the management, but even for a place on the museum’s board of directors.». The origins of the dispute between the director and the right date back to 2018, when Fratelli d’Italia protested over the initiative to offer a free ticket to Arabic-speaking couples, an initiative defined at the time by Giorgia Meloni «delusional and discriminatory». Meanwhile, the Board of Directors of the Turin Museum expresses total confidence in Christian Greco. «Thanks to his workwe read in a note from the Board of Directors, our museum has become a global excellence, with two important structural transformation operations, over 90 collaborations with the major universities and museum institutions in the world, training and research activities at the highest levels, environmental and financial sustainability, as well as inclusion policies and important economic repercussions for the city area and beyond». A comment by deputy director Marco Zatterin appears today in the newspaper «La Stampa». [Redazione]

Were a pair of stained glass windows sold at Sotheby’s stolen from Notre Dame?
French authorities are investigating the sale by auction house Sotheby’s of a pair of stained glass windows that a heritage group says were stolen from Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral in 1862. The auction house has offered the precious polychrome glass tondi, one of which depicts an angel with a candle and the other an angel with a censer, on 17 June 2015. The two pieces were sold separately: one obtained 123 thousand euros, the other 111 thousand euros, exceeding the highest estimates of 60 thousand euros. Now the legitimacy of that 2015 sale is called into question. French police have launched an initial investigation into a legal complaint filed on Monday 11 September by the French association Lumière sur le Patrimoine (Spotlight on Heritage), which investigates sales of heritage items it suspects may have been stolen. [Le Parisien]

A domus discovered in the center of Verona
Some parts of a Roman domus in Piazza Bra and a fragment of the ancient Via Postumia in Corso Porta Palio were discovered in Verona. They are perhaps not spectacular finds, but nevertheless elements that help to recompose the puzzle of urban historical stratifications, therefore important opportunities for archaeology. These are just some of the findings that have emerged underground in Verona thanks to the interventions begun on 10 July last and conducted by V-Reti, the sub-services company of the Agsm-Aim group, in various points of the city. [Corriere della Sera]

San Benedetto in Norcia will be as it was, but more resistant
In the church of San Benedetto in Norcia under reconstruction, the forest of pipes and scaffolding in mid-April reached almost the level of the roof that collapsed with the violent tremors of 30 October 2016; the left side wall was completed, the right one was missing a couple of meters in height, a good 80% of the walls in the areas of the transepts and the apse were finished. In June, workers began assembling the roof on which to raise the flags of Italy and the European Union. It is the first batch of works started in September 2022: the steps taken are notable. The total expected expenditure is 15 million euros: six million come from European funds, four from the extraordinary commissioner for the 2016 earthquake, five from Eni which sponsors the second batch. The work should be completed towards the end of 2025. [Il Giornale dell’Arte]

At the Linz electronic art festival we immerse ourselves in Leonardo’s “Last Supper”, thanks to Haltadefinizione
An 8K-3D interactive journey into Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” is being staged at the Deep Space of the Ars Electronica Center in Linz (Austria): it is “Last Supper Interactive (Lsi)”, an immersive installation created by the artist Franz Fischnaller , inaugurated on September 8 during the Ars Electronica Festival entitled «Who Owns the Truth?», hosted in the immersive Deep Space space of the Ars Electronica Center. The fulcrum of the project is the very high resolution photograph of the «Last Supper» acquired by Haltadefinizione, a tech company of the Franco Cosimo Panini publishing house. [Redazione]

The 14th edition of the World Tourism Event in Turin
From 21 to 23 September the National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento in Turin will host the 14th edition of the “World Tourism Event – World Exhibition of Tourism in World Heritage Sites”. The event is organized with the contribution and collaboration of the Piedmont Region and the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism, and with the patronage and collaboration of: Enit – National Tourism Agency; Italian World Heritage Association; Visit Piedmont; Santagata Foundation for the Economy of Culture; Italian Federation of Unesco Clubs; European Federation of UNESCO Associations and Clubs; Fiavet – Italian Federation of Travel and Tourism Business Associations; Icomos Italia – International Council of Monuments and Sites Italian National Committee. Added to the wide range of World Heritage properties and sites of the City of Turin and the Piedmont Region is the participation of 100 UNESCO sites from 6 foreign countries (Cuba, Dalmatia, Japan, Jordan, Gran Canaria and Switzerland) and 7 Italian regions (Campania, Calabria, Lazio, Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto and Sicily). [Redazione]

The winners of the 63rd edition of the Termoli Prize
The Macte (Museum of Contemporary Art of Termoli) has announced the winners of the 63rd edition of the Termoli Prize, curated by Cristiana Perrella. The jury of the Visual Arts Section (composed of Cristiana Perrella, Caterina Riva and Francesco Stocchi) awarded the purchase prize to Strittamente Legati (2023) by Chiara Enzo (1989, Venice), a pictorial diptych. The exhibition prize goes to Irene Fenara (1990, Bologna), with the production of a solo show and the publication of a monographic catalog dedicated to the artist in the autumn of 2024. The public prize goes to Diego Cibelli. For the Architecture and Design Section, first prize went to the Sara & Sara studio (Sara Badovinac Zabret and Sara Škarica) from Ljubljana. The Ortiz+Zhou O+R Studio (Seville) won the public mention for the project «Constellations_Costellazioni». [Redazione]

A fashion collection “dressed” by Omar Galliani

Via della Spiga Milan, an Italian haute couture brand, has announced an exceptional “special collection”: Cosmo by Via della Spiga. Created together with Omar Galliani, Cosmo celebrates the exhibition «Diacronica. Il tempo suspended», the solo show dedicated to the artist hosted at Palazzo Reale in Milan. The paintings of the works on display give life to limited edition tailored artistic productions, thanks to the Apulian maison. The result is to wear real works of art, strictly unique pieces. [Redazione]

The 19th edition of LuBeC is presented in Lucca
The press conference of the 19th edition of LuBeC-Lucca Beni Culturali (28-29 September), the international meeting dedicated to the development and knowledge of the culture-innovation chain promoted by Promo Pa Foundation. The conference will also be broadcast live on Zoom. [Redazione]

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