Art News Round-Up – August 2022

Stay up to date on the latest news from the art world! This month’s round-up includes exciting new uses of technology to bring art to life, a huge new photography archive of Black American life, restitution, and protests!

British Museum proposes new ‘Parthenon partnership’ with Greece in bid to end deadlock over Marbles – The Art Newspaper, August 1, 2022

After years of negotiations and conflict over the Parthenon Marbles, the British Museum is now offering a new “cultural exchange” arrangement with Greece. The museum is offering to loan the marbles to Greece, citing a 1963 act of parliament that prevents them from deaccessioning the objects and permanently returning them to their rightful home.

A New VR Experience Takes You Into a Museum of Stolen Masterpieces – Hyperallergic, July 28, 2022

A new virtual reality experience allows visitors to view a museum filled with stolen works by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Manet, Van Gogh and more.

Getty institute and Smithsonian museum will share an unparalleled photo archive of Black American life – The Art Newspaper, August 1, 2022

The photo archives from Ebony and Jet magazines will be studied and digitized by the Getty Research Institute and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Once digitized, these photographs will be available to the public.

First Botticelli, now Boccioni: Eco Activists glue themselves to Futurist sculpture in Milan – The Art Newspaper, August 2, 2022

Climate Change activists from the Ultima Generazione group glued themselves to a plinth bearing the sculpture Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913) by the leading Futurist artist Umberto Boccioni. A spokesperson for the group said “there will be other protests.”

Oxford and Cambridge Will Oversee Likely Largest UK Repatriation of Looted Objects to Nigeria – The ArtNews, August 1, 2022

After a formal request from Nigerian officials in January, Oxford’s Pitt Rivers and Ashmolean museums and Cambridge’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology have agreed to return hundred of Benin Bronzes. This opens up the possibility of the largest repatriation of looted artifacts from the UK to date.

Getty Museum and Apple team up to recreate William Blake’s terrifying visions in augmented reality – The Art Newspaper, July 17, 2022

The Getty Museum and Apple have worked together to introduce a new augmented reality experience, United Visions, in the Apple App Store which brings to life the nightmarish figures of William Blake’s paintings.

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