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ArtNet News
2/26/99
 
     
  ROYAL ACADEMY PULLS ALL-NIGHTER
The Royal Academy in London will stay open all night on Apr. 17, 1999, to accommodate another 8,000 visitors to the "Monet and the 20th Century" exhibition. The museum had sold tickets for all possible time slots, 600,000 total. The show closes Apr. 18, 1999.

HIRSHHORN REOPENS MODERN GALLERIES
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery in Washington, D.C., reopened its third-floor modern galleries on Feb. 25 after a four-month renovation. Improvements include a new lighting system and new carpets. A mini-survey of 20th-century sculpture has been installed in the ambulatory, the windowed walkway overlooking the museum fountain. The reopening is timed with the Hirshhorn's 25th anniversary. A second floor renovation is due to be completed in April.

BANK DONATES COLLECTION
The Norwest Bank Minnesota is donating its $5-million collection of decorative and applied arts to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Norwest recently merged with Wells Fargo, and in the year 2000 the Institute opens the new Wells Fargo Gallery of Modernist Design to house highlights from the collection. In the meantime, examples of Art Nouveau, the Arts and Crafts Movement, Wiener Werkstatte, De Stijl, Bauhaus and Art Deco from Norwest are on view at the museum through May.

BURDEN TO LAUNCH PLANES IN THE TATE
Los Angeles artist Chris Burden plans to launch some 22,000 model airplanes at the Tate Gallery in London as part of his first museum show in England, beginning Mar. 18. The balsa wood, tissue and plastic planes will be manufactured in the museum and launched every two minutes, in what Burden calls "a functioning model of industrial capitalism." Museum visitors can buy the planes for £5 each.

MET ELECTS WINTOUR
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour was recently elected an honorary trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wintour has co-chaired numerous events for the Costume Institute, including the opening benefits for "Haute Couture" in 1995 and "Gianni Versace" in 1997.

POLLOCK FIGURES FOR MOMA
The Jackson Pollock retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art exceeded all expectations, according to the museum. Attendance was 329,330, higher than the expected 280,000, and retail sales of catalogues, Pollock Jazz CDs, posters, calendars and other paraphernalia reached $2,000,000.

ARTISTS PAINT PLATES
Adora Porcelain has recently introduced a collection of porcelain plates painted by contemporary artists, called Times of Day. Each 10 1/4 in. diameter plate depicts a painted image of a woman or girl, and has a 24 carat gold border. Part of an edition of 150, each plate is signed and numbered by the artist and sells for $250. Artists include Karen Kilimnik, Robert Greene and Nicole Eisenman. Adora is the brainchild of Gerard McCarthy, who used to be curator for the Franklin Mint. Call 1-800-225-7722 for more information.

MILLENNIUM WEIRDNESS
Hillary Rodham Clinton and the J. Paul Getty Trust have teamed up to head the Mars Millennium Project, a White House youth initiative in which students are to design a livable community for Mars. Teachers, artists and NASA scientists and engineers will work with the children. Participation kits will be available in March, and actual work on the project begins in Fall 1999.

KLIMT DRAWING FOUND
A drawing by Gustav Klimt, long thought to be lost, was discovered in the attic of the Vienna Burgtheater last week. The drawing depicts a design from Klimt's 1888 Romeo and Juliet mural on the theater's ceiling.

QUILTS ON-LINE
Following a recent trend in on-line auction companies QuiltCollector.com has launched the only Internet trading site just for quilts. The site is offering a rare, 120-year-old work from Australia called the Prisoners' Quilt, made by women prisoners while on board a ship en route from England.

MAASTRICHT APPROACHES
Europe's grandest fair for fine and decorative arts, the TEFAF Maastricht International Fine Art and Antiques Fair, runs this year from Mar. 13-Mar. 21, 1999, in the Dutch city of Maastricht. Approximately 180 dealers will be on hand for the event, which also promises a Youth Pavilion to stimulate interest in art and antiques among young people.

30 PERCENT OFF AT THE NEW MUSEUM
The New Museum of Contemporary Art bookstore offers a 30 percent discount on all merchandise, including art books, magazines and jewelry, on Weds., Mar. 17. The special offer commemorates the store's one year anniversary.