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National Museum in Rio to receive trove of imperial objects found in zoo

18 April 2019

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

National Museum in Rio to receive trove of imperial objects found in zoo | The National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro is to receive the majority of a trove of more than 30,000 imperial-era artefacts, which were discovered earlier this month during the refurbishment at the nearby RioZoo. The objects include ceramics, glassware and uniforms, and date to the 19th and early 20th centuries. Last September, the National Museum lost most of its collection during the fire that devastated its building.

David Hockney and Luchita Hurtado named in Time 100 | The artists David Hockney and Luchita Hurtado have been included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the past year. Last November, a painting by Hockney broke the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. Venezuelan-born Hurtado is due to receive her first solo museum show at the Serpentine in London this May, at the age of 98.

Palestinian Museum and British Library announce first collaboration | The Palestinian Museum in Birzeit and the British Library in London have announced details of their first collaborative project. ‘Conservation for Digitisation’ will aim to preserve and treat 3,000 damaged paper-based objects relating to Palestinian cultural heritage, in preparation for their digitisation.

Recommended reading | In the New York Times, Roberta Smith plays ‘a kind of Where’s Waldo? game’ at the Frick’s exhibition of portraits by Giovanni Battista Moroni. In the New Statesman, Michael Prodger distinguishes the real Rembrandt from ‘Rembrandt porridge’.

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