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LOST AND FOUND.Rome, a city rich with museums, is now home to one more: theMuseum of Rescued Art. The Italian government hascreated the new institutionto showcase illegally exported ancient material that it has successfully reclaimed from abroad, theAssociated Pressreports. It opened on Wednesday withintheBaths of Diocletian, which were built around the year 300. The plan is for displays at the museum to change every few months as fresh artifacts are repatriated;they will then be sent on to their original homes. “We thought it’s right to have the pieces return to the places where they were stolen from,” Italy’s culture minister,Dario Franceschini, said.
DEEP CUTS.Sure, living inFallingwater—or anyFrank Lloyd Wright home—would be pretty satisfying. But imagine being a dog and living in a doghouse designed by Wright! You can now at least imagine this delightful experience at theMarin Civic Centerin San Rafael, California, wherejust such a creation is on view,Architectural Digestreports. The architect designed the petdwelling in the 1950s at the request ofJim Berger, 12, whose parents had commissioned a human-sized residence. In other news about little-known bits of culture,recently discovered letterssent to authorGabriel García Márquezby the famous and powerful are going on view today at his onetime home in Mexico City, theAssociated Pressreports.This weekend, theMuseum of Modern Artthere opens an exhibition about the writer.
A drawing that hit the block in 2020 at a Massachusetts auction house with a top estimate of $300 is being offered for sale for about €1.35 million (about $1.41 million) by dealerChristopher BishopatTEFAFinMaastricht, theNetherlands, after being identified by Bishop as the work ofJan Lievens.[The New York Times]
TheLouvreand theCapodimonte Museumin Naples, Italy, have inked a collaboration that will see around 60 works from the latter go on view in three shows in Paris. The Louvre said in a statement that an “ambitious cultural program, which also includes cinema and music,” will be offered, as well.[ANSA English]
Legendary tennis championRoger Federerwas spotted atArt Baselin the booth of legendary contemporary art championGagosian.[The Art Newspaper]
Noted art-world fraudsterAnna Delveyis jumping into the wild world of NFTs, offering tokens tied to personal phone calls with her, her drawings, and what are described as “personal items from her time in prison.”[Page Six]
Beyoncé’s next album—her first sinceLemonade(2016)—is titledRenaissance. It will be released July 29.[Complex]
TWO MORE ITEMS:Siddhartha Mitterreported from the action at theDakar Biennalefor theNew York Times, andMegan O’Gradywrote about artistAnne Truitt’s final journal,Yield, for theNew Yorker.
WORKING THE LAND.TheWall Street Journalchecked inwith artistDan Colen, whose nonprofitSky High Farmin Upstate New York has been donating its harvests to combat food insecurity since 2013. It’s a remarkable venture for an artist once so closely tied to Downtown.“When I bought the farm, I’d never one day had any thoughts of agriculture,” Colen said.To help raise funds for its projects, there is now a for-profit clothing line, too,Sky High Farm Workwear, which has collaborations on deck withBalenciagaandDenim Tears.[WSJ]