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Richard Mosse wins the Prix Pictet

Plus: MFA Boston settles lawsuit over porcelain figures | Pyotr Pavlensky granted asylum in France | and recommended reading

5 May 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Richard Mosse wins the Prix Pictet | Photographer Richard Mosse has been awarded the Prix Pictet for his thermal-camera images of refugee camps. In a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum last night, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced Mosse’s win and spoke of the recurring theme of ‘hope’ in the works of the shortlisted photographers, who included Thomas Ruff and Michael Wolf. The Prix Pictet was established in 2008, and the winner receives 100,000 Swiss Francs.

MFA Boston settles lawsuit over porcelain figures | The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has settled a long-running dispute with the collector Emma Budge over a set of porcelain figures that were illegally sold during the Nazi era. The Boston Globe reports that the estate has agreed to accept an as-yet-undisclosed sum from the museum so that it can keep the 18th-century figurines in its collection.

Pyotr Pavlensky granted asylum in France | Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky has been granted asylum in France, reports Le Monde. Along with his partner, Oksana Chaliguina and their children, the controversial artist (who once set fire to the doors of the FSB (former KGB) headquarters in Moscow), has been given the status of ‘political refugee’.

Recommended reading | In the Guardian, Peter Bradshaw reviews a new documentary about the late Chris Burden and finds it a ‘persuasive, stimulating work’. In the New York Times, Randy Kennedy speaks to Lisa Phillips, the director of the New Museum. And Art News’s Nate Freeman visits Frieze New York for Art News and finds that sales to American buyers are buoyant.

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