Our daily round-up of news from the art world
Frick Collection gets green light for expansion plans | New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has voted to approve Selldorf Architects’ plans to expand and renovate the Frick Collection, reports the New York Times. The proposal is the fourth put forward in 20 years, and follows a period of intense public debate over changes to the museum’s existing appearance. As reported yesterday, local conservation groups have criticised the plans, making a last minute bid to see them amended earlier this week. The renovation is expected to be completed by 2022.
Berlin’s Bode Museum returns sculpture looted by Nazis | The Bode Museum in Berlin has returned a 15th-century religious effigy to the heirs of its dispossessed former owners, reports AFP. Dating from around 1430, Three Angels with the Christ Child was once the property of Jewish businessman Ernst Saulmann, who was forced to flee Germany in 1935. His art collection was seized by the Nazis and auctioned off the following year. In recent years, 11 of the missing objects were located, which had ended up in five German museums and three private collections.
Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art to reopen in January | Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art will reopen in January 2019 following a three-year closure for expansion and renovation, reports the Art Newspaper. Headed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, the project has expanded the museum’s space by some 50 per cent, added six new galleries, and addressed urgent structural problems with its existing infrastructure.
Laurent Dumas named president of Palais de Tokyo | Laurent Dumas, head of the Emerige property group, has been appointed board president of Paris’s Palais de Tokyo, reports Le Journal des Arts (French language article). He succeeds Jacques-Antoine Granjon, who has headed the body since 2012.
Mary S. Byrd Gallery receives Ellsworth Kelly Award | New York’s Foundation for Contemporary Art has granted the third edition of its annual Ellsworth Kelly Award to Augusta University’s Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art. The $40,000 prize money will be used to stage a new exhibition by multimedia artist and sculptor Bojana Ginn.