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Jean-Marc Bustamante to leave École des Beaux-Arts in Paris

Plus: UK and France sign memorandum of understanding over Bayeux Tapestry | Otto Naumann to join Sotheby’s | Art Institute of Colorado to close | and Alireza Taghaboni wins RA’s inaugural Dorfman Award

5 July 2018

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Jean-Marc Bustamante to leave role as director of École des Beaux-Arts in Paris | Jean-Marc Bustamante, director of Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts since 2015, has resigned from his position, reports Le Monde. Bustamante has recently been criticised by several students at the school over a perceived failure to address a number of complaints of sexual harassment and racism. On Tuesday, he circulated an email that announced his departure from his post, also criticising France’s culture ministry for its apparent failure to offer sufficient support. The culture ministry has responded stating that Bustamante was informed in March that his tenure would end in September.

UK and France sign memorandum of understanding over Bayeux Tapestry | The UK’s secretary of state for culture Matt Hancock and and French culture minister Françoise Nyssen today met in Paris to sign a memorandum of understanding in relation to the Bayeux Tapestry, which is set to travel to Britain in 2022. As part of the agreement, the countries have committed to publishing the first official English translation of the work and a digital technology initiative to widen international access to it. The DCMS described the memorandum as ‘a key milestone in securing the Tapestry’s loan in 2022’.

Otto Naumann to join Sotheby’s | Old Master dealer Otto Naumann is to join Sotheby’s as senior vice president and client development director, reports the Art Newspaper. In January, Naumann sold most of his inventory at the auction house’s New York outpost, and suggested that he was retiring. ‘I realise I’m probably celebrating the shortest retirement in history,’ Naumann commented.

Art Institute of Colorado to close | Following the acquisition of 31 art schools by Los Angeles-based nonprofit Dream Center last year, it has been revealed that one of these schools, Denver’s Art Institute of Colorado, is to close before the end of 2018. News of the closure was published in the Denver Post after an internal company memo was leaked.

Alireza Taghaboni wins Royal Academy’s inaugural Dorfman Award for Architecture | Iranian architect Alireza Taghaboni has been named as the winner of the inaugural Royal Academy Dorfman Award for architecture. The award is intended to honour an international architect who ‘represents the future of architecture’, and grants its winner £10,000.

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