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Copenhagen Contemporary to reopen in a permanent space

18 April 2018

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Copenhagen Contemporary to reopen in a permanent space | The Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre is to reopen at new premises on Refshale Island in June, with a programme led by new director Marie Nipper, previously the interim artistic director of Tate Liverpool. From June 2016, Copenhagen Contemporary ran an 18-month pilot project on Paper Island, featuring a programme of exhibitions that included solo shows of Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono and Anselm Kiefer and made the institution the most visited gallery in Denmark. The centre’s new home is a 7,000 sq m former industrial welding hall.

Artefacts stolen from Bath’s Museum of East Asian Art | Four masked thieves broke into the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath in the early hours of Tuesday morning, stealing a number of the museum’s jade and gold artefacts, Somerset Live reports. A spokesperson for the museum said: ‘Due to the specific nature of the pieces stolen, it is believed to have been a targeted attack, and the pieces may have been stolen to order.’ The museum is currently closed.

Art Institute of Chicago receives $70m in gifts | The Art Institute of Chicago received two major donations totalling $70 million yesterday, according to the Chicago Tribune. A gift of $50 million from Janet (a trustee) and Craig Duchossois is the largest in the museum’s history; unusually, the couple have placed no restrictions on how their gift is used by the museum. Robert Levy (chair of the museum’s board of trustees) and his wife Diane v.S. Levy have donated a further $20m to go towards operations and acquisitions.

Artists accuse Los Angeles gallery of failing to pay them | Nine artists published an open letter on Tuesday claiming that dealers Clyde Beswick and Jason Chang at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles have consistently withheld payments due to artists from the sale of their artworks. The letter, whose signatories include Michael Mancari, Emily Davis Adams and Elliott Green, accuses Beswick and Chang of writing cheques that bounced and of failing to notify artists when sales of their work were completed.

Statue of 19th-century gynaecologist removed from Central Park | A statue of J. Marion Sims, a 19th-century gynaecologist whose pioneering treatments were developed through medical experiments on enslaved women, was removed yesterday from its pedestal in Central Park in New York, reports The Times. The city’s Public Design Commission voted unanimously on Monday for the removal of the monument, which is to be placed in the Brooklyn cemetery where Sims is buried.