Join Freeman’s every other Friday for a round-up of the latest news and notable events in the art & auction world. (Consider it your weekend reading.)
- A painting by Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka which hung in the collection of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm has been returned to the heirs of the German dealer Alfred Flechtheim, who lost it—along with his gallery—during WWII. Flechtheim’s heirs are attempting to recover additional artworks seized by the Nazis, from museums in Munich and Dusseldorf.
- On a similar note, the German Lost Art Foundation, an organization dedicated to the restitution of works of art looted by the Nazis, is currently in a legal battle over 63 works by Egon Schiele that belonged to another Austrian art collector. Heirs to Fritz Grünbaum contest the Foundation’s assertion that the paintings were legally sold after the war.
- A new film about Vincent Van Gogh premiered this week at the Venice Film Festival. “At Eternity’s Gate,” named after the 1890 painting of the same name, stars Willem Dafoe as the tortured artist in France towards the end of his life.
- Ever wanted to have a close-up look at Leonardo da Vinci’s folios housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, but didn’t want to hop on a plane? Good news: the V&A has posted two notebooks dating back to 1487 online, and has plans to add two more volumes by 2019, to coincide with the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death.
- A farmer on the Greek island of Crete made a surprising discovery in his olive grove: an ancient Minoan burial site dating from around 1400 B.C. Inside the tomb were the remains of two men in a clay coffins, as well as ornamental ceramics, bowls, and ritual jars.
- This weekend is your final chance to visit “Design in Revolution: A 1960s Odyssey” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. From Pop Art to vintage music posters and even photographs of Martin Luther King Jr., the exhibition highlights artists and movements from this single, significant decade.
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