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Turner Prize shortlist announced amid sponsor controversy

Plus: Pissarro painting looted by Nazis to remain in Spain | Berlinische Galerie closes due to structural problems | and Klaus Bussmann (1941–2019)

1 May 2019

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Turner Prize shortlist announced amid sponsor controversy | Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani have been shortlisted for Tate Britain’s Turner Prize. According to Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson, the artists selected each seek ‘to foreground the voices of those who have been marginalised by dominant historical accounts or accounts of society today – because of their gender and in many other ways’. Their work will go on display at Turner Contemporary in Margate this September, and the winner of the £40,000 award will be announced in December. The choice of this year’s lead sponsor, Stagecoach, has been criticised due to a history of anti-gay lobbying by the transport company’s owner, Brian Souter.

Pissarro painting looted by Nazis to remain in Spain | After a federal ruling in Los Angeles, Camille Pissarro’s 1897 work Rue Saint-Honoré, dans l’après-midi. Effet de pluie will remain in the collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. The plaintiff in the case is Claude Cassirer, the grandson of the painting’s original owner, Lilly Cassirer, who traded the work to escape Germany in 1939. According to Spanish law, the museum retains possession because it had no knowledge that the painting was looted when it was acquired in 1993.

Berlinische Galerie closes due to structural problems | The Berlinische Galerie was closed suddenly when structural flaws were identified during the planning stages of a roof renovation. The modern and contemporary art museum will be closed for at least two weeks while inspectors further assess the building’s structure.

Klaus Bussmann (1941–2019) | Klaus Bussmann – art historian, curator, and former director of LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster – has died at the age of 77. Bussmann steered the LWL for 20 years, from 1984 to 2004, and co-founded the Skulptur Projekte Münster decennial, which helped to establish the German city as a centre for public sculpture.

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