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Art Outlook: 19 June

19 June 2014

Some of the stories and discussions we’ve spotted online this week:

Package deals: V&A to work on a new design museum for China

The V&A is working with the China Merchants Group (CMG) to plan a new design museum in Shenzhen. The cultural collaboration is part of a much larger package of deals between the UK and China announced this week.

Celebrity support for the Glasgow School of Art

Brad Pitt and Peter Capaldi will join Bryan Ferry as trustees of the Glasgow School of Art’s £20 million fundraising appeal. The school is working to restore its famous Mackintosh Building after a major fire last month.

Managing Manifesta: Kasper König on the troubled biennial

‘One day, I’m deeply depressed, the next day I am overly optimistic’. After voicing his frustration with the political situation in Russia last week, Kasper König has spoken to The Calvert Journal about his mixed emotions in the run-up to the biennial’s opening.

Bargain? One-cent stamp sells for $9.5 million at Sotheby’s

It is, apparently, the most expensive item by weight and size ever sold, but whoever shelled out $9.5 million (£5.6 million) for the world’s only surviving British Guiana one-cent magenta stamp could count it as a bargain of sorts – the pre-sale estimate was $10–20 million.

From Sheffield university to a Normandy chateau: Nazi-looted tapestry returned home

Sheffield University will return a rare Louis XIV tapestry to the Chateau de Versainville after it emerged the piece was stolen during the Nazi occupation.

Kickstarting the arts

The Art Fund has launched a crowd funding website for the arts. ‘Art Happens’ will help to enable new and ambitious projects, including Jake and Dinos Chapman’s proposed pop-up tattoo parlour in Hastings…