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Rijksmuseum announces major public restoration of Rembrandt’s Night Watch

Plus: Filmmaker Clément Cogitore receives Marcel Duchamp Prize | and Frontier Art Prize awarded to Tavares Strachan

16 October 2018

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Rijksmuseum announces major public restoration of Rembrandt’s Night Watch | The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, has announced plans for a major restoration of The Night Watch (1642), the most famous work by the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt van Rijn. Beginning in July 2019, the restoration will last several years; however, the painting will remain on public display in the museum’s Gallery of Honour for the duration, to enable the public to observe the restoration. In an interview with the New York TimesTaco Dibbet, the director of the Rijksmuseum, said that it will constitute the ‘biggest conservation and research project ever’, and estimated that the total cost would rise to ‘millions over at least several years’.

Filmmaker Clément Cogitore receives Marcel Duchamp Prize |  Clémente Cogitore, the French director and writer, has been awarded the 2018 Marcel Duchamp Prize, it was announced yesterday (15 October). Known for feature-length films such as Neither Heaven Nor Earth (2015), Cogitore is the first filmmaker to be awarded the $35,000 prize, which is presented annually by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Association pour la Diffusion Internationale de l’Art Français, to honour a visual artist working in France who is deemed to have followed in the creative footsteps of Marcel Duchamp.

Frontier Art Prize awarded to Tavares Strachan | Tavares Strachan has been awarded the 2018 Frontier Art Prize. The annual award, which comes with a $100,000 grant, was inaugurated in 2017 by the VIA Art Fund and World Frontiers Forum to celebrate artists with a ‘pioneering spirit.’ Strachan’s recent work has involved collaborations with medical and bio-technology experts, to develop an artistic practice that improves healthcare and nutrition in Sierra Leone.

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