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Further Palmyra Destruction Confirmed

1 September 2015

Our Daily Round-Up of News From the Art World

Palmyra | Satellite photographs have confirmed that ISIS fighters in the ruined city have blown up the Temple of Bel. Following a large explosion on Monday, Syria’s chief of antiquities had expressed hope that the structure remained intact. The destruction follows the demolition of the nearby Temple of Baal Shamin last month.

‘Gold Train’ Ablaze? | Outside Walbrzych, Poland, the suspected location of a buried Nazi train filled with looted art and gold caught fire on Sunday night. The blaze was put out quickly by firefighters, and local authorities have denied it was caused by arson.

New Flag for NZ | The final four designs for New Zealand’s proposed new flag were announced this morning at Wellington’s Te Papa Tongarewa museum. A referendum will take place next year to determine whether the current flag should be replaced.

British Museum to Send Touring Shows to Spain | The British Museum has signed a deal with la Caixa that will see it organise four major exhibitions for museums owned by the Spanish bank’s foundation.

Senior Appointments at Phillips | Phillips New York have announced two major new hirings. Hugues Joffre has been named Chairman, United Kingdom and Europe and Worldwide Head of 20th Century Art, while Jean-Paul Engelen becomes Worldwide Head of Contemporary Art.

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