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Italy pledges to loan 2,000 artefacts to National Museum in Brazil

20 June 2019

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Italy pledges to loan 2,000 artefacts to National Museum in Brazil | Following the major fire that devastated Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum last September, the Italian culture ministry has pledged to loan the Brazilian institution 2,000 ancient artefacts from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and the neighbouring Herculaneum site. The 20-year loan offer was accompanied by the promise of expert support in restoring objects salvaged from the fire. The first works are scheduled to arrive in 2020, when they will be housed at the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian consulate in Rio, until the rebuilt museum is ready.

Whitney Museum senior curator Donna De Salvo resigns | Donna De Salvo, the deputy director for international initiatives and senior curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, is leaving the gallery after a 15-year tenure. De Salvo, who moved to the Whitney from Tate Modern in London in 2004, and holding her current positions since 2015, has overseen major retrospectives of Andy Warhol, Hélio Oiticica and Lawrence Weiner.

Olafur Eliasson to illuminate Arc de Triomphe | Olafur Eliasson has received a commission to create a permanent light installation for Paris’s Arc de Triomphe, The Art Newspaper reports. The commission, which the city is planning to unveil in 2020 ahead of the 2024 Games, has been financed by Fonds pour Paris, an organisation set up in 2015 with the intention of ‘preserving and renewing Parisian heritage through innovative cultural projects’. Details of Eliasson’s design are currently scarce, but more information about the €3 million work should be released later this year.

Results of new survey weigh up salaries in visual arts | The Professional Organization for Women in the Arts has released the results of its first POWarts Salary Survey, weighing up the earnings of American men and women working in the visual arts. A significant result of the survey, which was filled out by 997 respondents from both for-profit and non-profit organisations, suggests that holding a master’s degree does not considerably boost one’s salary, with a median of $62,000 earned by those with master’s degrees, compared to $60,000 with a bachelor’s degree alone.