The Week in Art News – Mariupol art school bombed with civilians sheltering inside
Earlier this week, local authorities reported that Russian forces bombed an art school in the besieged town of Mariupol, in which about 400 civilians were sheltering. Although the exact number of victims in the building of the G12 art school has not yet been confirmed, the announcement made by the Mariupol city council via the Telegram instant messaging service pointed out that many of those who sought refuge in the school were women, children and the elderly. The news was followed by new reports of shelling on Monday morning, and a museum dedicated to Mariupol-born 19th-century artist Arkhip Kuindzhi was destroyed by Russian shelling.
Bonham announced their third major acquisition in recent weeks, with the acquisition of Danish auction house Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers. Operating from Bredgade 33 in Copenhagen since 1948, the family-run auction house will move into the Bonhams network, joining Bukowskis and Skinner who were acquired by the group last week.
The Chinese-Indonesian patron and art collector, Budiardjo ‘Budi’ Tek, died at the age of 65 from pancreatic cancer. Since he started buying art in 2004, Tek has amassed some 1,500 works, with a focus on Chinese art from the 1980s and 1990s, but also works by artists such as Anselm Kiefer and Maurizio Cattelan. In 2014, Tek founded the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, which has since held major exhibitions of works by Yang Fudong, Alberto Giacometti, and Andy Warhol; With the Yuz Foundation, Tek has partnered on numerous projects with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since 2018, and upon his death efforts to establish a continued long-term partnership between the two institutions were underway.
Polemic Madison Square Garden Sphere has been approved by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). Although further permission from the Mayor of London is required, the venue is expected to have a capacity of 21,500 spectators and house the largest and highest resolution LED screen in the world; it is to be located between Stratford Station and Olympic Park in East London. The news comes after strong opposition from local residents and MPs, who fear high levels of light and noise pollution.