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Pauline Curnier Jardin has been awarded the Preis der Nationalgalerie

Plus: painter arrested in Italy over Old Master fake scandal | Golden Age terminology vetoed by Amsterdam Museum | winning design unveiled for new Archaeological Museum of Sparta | and recommended reading

13 September 2019

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Pauline Curnier Jardin named as winner of Preis der Nationalgalerie | The Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019 has been awarded to the French artist Pauline Curnier Jardin. Curnier Jardin, who was shortlisted alongside Simon Fujiwara, Flaka Haliti, and Katja Novitskova, produces installations, performance, film and drawings that explore different forms of storytelling. The prestigious prize, which was launched in 2000, is awarded every two years to a contemporary artist working in Germany.

Painter arrested in Italy over Old Master fake scandal | Pasquale ‘Lino’ Frongia, a 61-year-old painter who studied at the Fine Arts Academy of Bologna, was arrested on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the alleged forgery of dozens of Old Master paintings sold for millions by Giuliano Ruffini, the Art Newspaper reports. An arrest warrant has also reportedly been issued for Ruffini, a Frenchman who lives in central Italy. Frongia is currently awaiting transfer to Paris to be interviewed by investigators.

Golden Age terminology vetoed by Amsterdam Museum | The Amsterdam Museum has decided to no longer use the term Gouden Eeuw (Golden Age), because it ‘ignores the many negative sides of the 17th century such as poverty, war, forced labour and human trafficking’ under Dutch colonial rule. In addition to vetoing the term for future exhibition use, the museum will also change the name of one of its displays from ‘Dutch in the Golden Age’ to ‘Group Portraits of the 17th Century’.

Winning design unveiled for new Archaeological Museum of Sparta | Architectural plans for the new Archaeological Museum of Sparta have been revealed, with MOR-architects and EP Architects taking the commission after winning a design competition. The elevated structure will sit atop an archaeological site, with architects ‘aiming to express and enhance the relationship between the antiquities on-site, the listed factory building, and the new building complex’.

Recommended reading | The New Statesman discusses the confrontation of Emil Nolde’s anti-Semitism, and Germany’s new attempts to engage with its past, during a retrospective of the artist’s work in Berlin. Julian Barnes explores the paths taken and not taken by Berthe and Edma Morisot in the London Review of Books.

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