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New art centre dedicated to Alexander Calder to open in Philadelphia

Plus: Jingart fair in Beijing cancelled due to coronavirus | Monet ‘self-portrait’ reattributed to Charles Giron | and recommended reading

21 February 2020

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

New art centre dedicated to Alexander Calder to open in Philadelphia | The Calder Foundation has announced that a new space dedicated to the art of Alexander Calder is to open in downtown Philadelphia. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the facility will include gallery spaces and gardens, where a rotating selection of works by the American sculptor will be on display. Designs for the building are expected to be announced this summer, with construction to begin early next year.

Jingart fair in Beijing cancelled due to coronavirus | Jingart fair in Beijing, which had been scheduled to run at the Beijing Exhibition Center from 21–24 May, has become the latest event in China to be called off as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. Last week, Beijing followed several other Chinese cities in implementing mandatory 14-day quarantines on all incoming travellers.

Monet ‘self-portrait’ reattributed to Charles Giron | A painting in the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, previously believed to have been a self-portrait by Charles Monet, has been reattributed to the Swiss painter Charles Giron. Painted in 1885, the portrait once hung in Monet’s bedroom; it goes on show today (21 February) in an exhibition of artist portraits at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (until 24 May).

Recommended reading | In the London Review of Books, John Paul-Stonard is impressed by the new media displays about video surveillance at the West Bund museum in Shanghai. The Guardian has published an obituary of David Rainger, the former chair of the William Morris Society who has died at the age of 98, by his son Christopher Rainger; he notes that his father ‘reassembled from hundreds of shards’ the stained-glass quarries by Edward Burne-Joness and Morris on display at Kelmscott House.

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