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ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT,a 21-year-old man was arrested for allegedly breaking into theDallas Museum of Artandseriously damaging at least four pieceson display, including a Greek amphora from the 6th century B.C.E., theDallas Morning Newsreports. Initial reports had placed the value of the damaged works at $5 million, but the museum’s director,Agustín Arteaga, said that the actual figure may be “a fraction” of that. The man was charged with criminal mischief of $300,000 or more, which carriesa possible sentenceof five years to life in prison, according to theGuardian. Dallas police said that the suspect told the guard who apprehended him that “he got mad at his girl so he broke in and started destroying property.”

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CHINA DISPATCH.The exact date has not been announced, but Hong Kong chief executiveCarrie Lamsaid that theHong Kong Palace Museumwill beinaugurated this summeramid celebrations tied to the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, theSouth China Morning Post reports. Over in Shanghai, an intense Covid lockdown has ended, but cultural venues institutions remain shuttered, and there has been no wordabout when they will be allowed to reopen, theArt Newspaperreports. A rep forUCCA Edge, branch of the Beijing-based museum in the city, said that it will soon be able to install shows, which will ease reopeningwhen that is allowed.

The Digest

Paul Gunther, a revered expert in arts administration who held posts at theMunicipal Art Society, theNew-York Historical Society, and theInstitute of Classical Architecture and Art, has died at the age of 65.[The New York Times]

TheDulwich Picture Galleryin London has quietly stopped billing its director asthe “Sackler Director.” The move comes as many museums have removed theSacklername from projects supported by the family, some of whose members have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis through the sale of OxyContin via their companyPurdue Pharma.[The Art Newspaper]

Rich Aste, who has been at the helm of theMcNay Art Museumin San Antonio, Texas, for almost six years, said that he will step down in January to become an executive coach at theUniversity of California, Irvine, and start his own practice in that field.[San Antonio]

TheMuseum of Modern Artin New York has acquired its first painting by the pioneering African American painterArchibald Motley, who was the subject of an acclaimedtouring surveyin the mid-2010s.Tongues (Holy Rollers), 1929, is now on view on MoMA’s fifth floor.[MoMA Magazine]

ANOTHER STRONG DAY FOR INTERVIEWS WITH ARTISTS:Judith Bacais in theNew York Times,Wangechi Mutuis inT: The New York Times Style Magazine, andChristopher Wool—making his second Breakfastappearancethis week—is in theGuardian.

The Kicker

GOOD ARTISTS COPY.An artist in the Czech Republic who was hired to create a reproduction of a 19th-century paintingas part of a refurbishment of Prague’s famed Orloj clock, is beingaccused of deviating from the original, byJosef Mánes,theGuardianreports.The reproduction was unveiled in 2018, but a recent complaint alleges that thepainter,Stanislav Jirčík,altered the clothing of figures and may even have insertedthe faces of his friends.Jirčíkhas not commented.Adam Scheinherr, a local politician, told the paper, “I want to have a serious discussion with him and ask him about the quality of the painting, what was his inspiration, did he study Josef Manes.”[The Guardian]