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Haus der Kunst Munich appoints commission to oversee programming

Plus: Stolen Spanish stone carvings recovered in England | Designs for London Centre of Music revealed | Arts Council publishes guide for ‘no deal’ Brexit | and new prize for art history doctorates in France

22 January 2019

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Haus der Kunst Munich appoints commission to oversee programming | The Haus der Kunst in Munich, which has been lacking an artistic director since the departure of Okwui Enwezor in June 2018, has appointed an expert commission to supervise exhibition programming and strategy for the next two years, the Art Newspaper reports. The commission, which is headed by Bice Curiger, the artistic director of the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, also proposes to establish a search committee to appoint the next artistic director.

Stolen Spanish stone carvings recovered in England | A pair of stolen medieval stone reliefs have been returned to the Spanish Embassy in London, France24 reports. The carvings, which are believed to be at least 1,000 years old, were taken from the ancient church of Santa Maria de Lara, near Burgos in northern Spain, by professional art thieves in 2004. The Dutch art detective Arthur Brand traced the artworks to the garden of an English aristocrat, who is reported to have purchased the carvings from a French art dealer.

Designs for London Centre for Music revealed | The architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro have revealed their designs for the London Centre for Music at the Barbican. Expected to cost £288m, the pyramid-shaped building will provide concert space for the Barbican, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. It will be built on the present site of the Museum of London, which is moving to new premises at nearby Smithfield Market.

Arts Council publishes guide for ‘no deal’ Brexit | The Arts Council England has published its ‘EU Exit Guide’, providing information for the arts and culture sector on how to prepare for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. The seven-page document summarises relevant government advice on matters such as funding, customs and borders, cultural property procedures, and data protection.

New prize for art history doctorates in France | The Fondation pour la Sauvegarde de l’Art Français has announced the creation of the Prix Lambert, designed to encourage the publication of doctoral theses in art history. The inaugural winner of the €10,000 award will be announced in June.

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