Art Industry News: Hilma af Klint gets the biographical treatment from ‘Chocolate’ director + Other Stories


Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday, October 18.


A museum guard looks into art attacks – Steve Keller, a 35-year veteran of museum security, said it’s ‘very difficult to protect a painting from someone throwing a can of soup at it’, referring to the viral climate protest of the week last. Keller noted that although the protesters allegedly verified that the targeted artwork was glazed, they could not have known that no harm would occur. (Atlantic)

The Children’s Art Museum closes its doors – The New York institution will become a nomadic and free art program for children in the city. It will partner with schools, which have very little budget for the arts due to budget cuts. (Press release)

Hilma af Klint goes to the big screen – As part of a series of new content about the famed Swedish spiritualist and artist (including curator Daniel Birnbaum’s recent “immersive virtual reality event”), a new biopic is set to hit theaters in the UK, directed by the filmmaker Oscar nominee Lasse Hallström (Rules of the cider house, Chocolate), Hilma stars the director’s wife, Lena Olin, as the eldest Hilma, and their daughter, Tora Hallström, as the young Hilma. (GuardianYoutube)

World Jewish Congress condemns Documenta – Maram Stern, the vice president of the group, wrote an op-ed in the German newspaper Rhine post that the controversial 15th edition of Documenta was “one of the most serious cases of anti-Semitism in post-war German history”. (ARTnews)


The Design Museum removes Sackler’s name – The Design Museum in Kensington has quietly become the latest institution to remove Sackler’s tainted name from its library. (evening standard)

NY returns 307 stolen antiques to India Hundreds of antiquities worth around $4 million were returned in a repatriation ceremony at the Indian Consulate in New York by the New York District Attorney’s Office. Over 230 of the objects were related to disgraced dealer Subhash Kapoorand others were linked to known traffickers Nancy Weiner and Nayef Homsi. (Press release)

Aboriginal artist in the spotlight outside Australia – The late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori is holding her first major museum exhibition outside her home country at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris (until November 6). (The arts journal)

Assyrian sculptures unveiled in Iraq – An archaeological park in Iraq was unveiled this week, featuring 2,700-year-old Assyrian sculptures. The park, which is called Faida, is the first of five such local cultural parks which regional authorities hope will attract tourists. (ART news)


Haegue Yang obtains the Benesse prize – The South Korean artist won the 13th edition of the prize, presented in collaboration with the Singapore Art Museum. She will receive a commission to create a work of art that will be exhibited at the Benesse Art Site Naoshima, Japan, or will have the opportunity to have her works collected by the site. (Press release)

South Korean artist Haegue Yang. Photo: Marius Becker/dpa (Photo by Marius Becker/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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