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Bavarian Museums receive major donation of works from Engelhorn collection

10 August 2016

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Bavarian State Collections receive 58 works from Engelhorn collection | 58 works that once formed part of the collection of pharmaceutical billionaires Christof and Ursula Engelhorn have been donated to the Bavarian State Painting Collections by the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne. According to The Art Newspaper, the donation includes works by Delacroix, Mondrian, Cy Twombly and Joseph Beuys, and also allows for the acquisition of a work by Dan Flavin. Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne, which the Engelhorns supported generously for many years, has a space dedicated to the couple.

Human remains discovered at museum in Ukraine | Officials at Lviv’s National Museum and Memorial to the Victims of Occupation have announced that excavators working on a dig in the institution’s courtyard have dug up ‘at least two’ mass burial sites, reports Ukraine Today. The museum, which opened in 2009, was formerly used as a torture chamber by both the German and Soviet secret police forces. More details are expected to follow.

Michael Jordan donates $5 million to National Museum of African American History and Culture | Retired basketball star Michael Jordan has pledged to donate $5 million to the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, reports the New York Times. Part of the David Adjaye-designed museum, which is to open in September, will be named in his honour in recognition of the gift.

Liam Gillick named artistic director of Okayama Summit | Artist Liam Gillick has been confirmed as artistic director of the inaugural Okayama Summit, to be held in the Japanese town of that name this autumn. Thirty-one international artists, including Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Cameron Rowland and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster have been invited to participate in the event.

Shortlist revealed for new RCA campus | London’s Royal College of Art has shortlisted seven architectural practices to design its new campus in Battersea. The firms listed include Herzog & de Meuron, Christian Kerez, Robbrecht en Daem, Lacaton & Vassal and Studio Gang. The £108 million project will provide space for 1,500 students, incorporating the college’s fashion and textiles departments.