264 international art galleries will be represented at the next "Art Cologne," which runs Nov. 7-14, 1999. Exhibitors from Europe, Asia and the U.S. will offer modern and contemporary works for sale. A special section devoted to sculpture called "Köln Skulptur" will include 28 booths specially built to hold works by such artists as Bernhard Heiliger, Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Sandro Chia and Magdalena Abakanowicz. Munich gallery Otto van de Loo has been named winner of the DM 20,000 Art-Cologne Prize (DM1= $1.80).
CHRISTIE'S OWNER BUYS FAKE
François Pinault, owner of Christie's, has allegedly purchased a fake Egyptian statue from the French auctioneer Drouot. Last year, the billionaire paid DM 1.5 million for what was billed as a portrait of Pharao Sesostris III from 5800 BC. However, Dietrich Wildung, the director of the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, claims the piece is a 19th-or 20th-century forgery. Pinault has asked two experts from the Louvre to examine the sculpture. Until their findings are in, Pinaut, who purchased the piece for his private collection, has stopped payments to Drouot.
"IN THE LIGHT OF BUDDHA" IN COLOGNE
From Sept. 11 to Nov. 10, the Museum for East Asian Art in Cologne will host "Treasures of the Todaiji-Temple, Nara," a collection of some of the most important national treasures of Japan. Immediately after the exhibition, the 12 national treasures and 46 cultural items will be returned to the Todaiji Temple in the ancient Japanese Emperor City, Nara. The items on view are not museum pieces in the truest sense of the word, but rather objects of worship that to this day are being used in religious rituals in Japan.
Some of the paintings, sculptures and objects of worship, insured for DM 215 million, are more than 1,200 years old and can only be exhibited for a short period of time in order to preserve them. The Todaiji Temple in Japan is only open one day per year. Monks for the temple will routinely perform Buddhist rituals in the galleries in order to preserve the religious character of the items.
YOUNG HUNGARIAN ART IN BERLIN
In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Hungary, the Berliner Akademie fur Kunst has organized a series called "Budapest-Berlin." The program includes "Zeit-Spiel" (Time Play), an exhibition of contemporary Hungarian works, at the Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Relations) in Berlin, Sept.10 to Oct. 31, 1999. The Institute is open Tuesday-Sunday from 2PM to 7 PM.
DALI IN ESSEN WEAPONS FACILITY
The "Colosseum", one of Krupp's former canon manufacturing facilities, will be the site of a Salvador Dalí exhibition, featuring around 500 works by the eccentric Spanish Surrealist. The venue -- a gigantic, decaying hall -- is rather surreal in itself, and should make for a very atmospheric exhibition. A huge portrait of the artist presides over the spectrum of his works, which includes painting, sculpture, graphics, illustrations and jewelry design. Also on view will be Dalí's prints after Goya, Caprichos, Tarot and Die goettliche Komoedie, as well as around 100 woodcuts in color, and the "Illustration der Bibel," which is rarely exhibited in Germany.
NEW ART AND DESIGN MUSEUM IN NUREMBERG
After four years of construction, the Deutsches Museum für moderne Kunst und Design (German Museum for Modern Art and Design) in Nuremberg is scheduled to open at the end of April 2000. The state of Bavaria has invested approximately DM 100 million in a 3,200 square-yard space located opposite the main train station. The building, designed by Berlin architect Volker Staab, has a 100-meter-long curved glass facade, so the museum is transparent from the outside. The museum will focus on works from the 50's to the present.
According to museum director Lucius Grisebach, there has not been a museum that has two sections for art and design, and the inclusion of both art and design at Nuremberg is unique. Generally, design collections are merely an appendage in large museums.
LEIPZIG MUSEUM RENOVATIONS
The state of Saxony and the city of Leipzig have agreed to split the estimated $60-million cost to renovate the Grassi-Museum in Leipzig, which has long been in dire need of refurbishment. London architect David Chipperfield has been selected to head the project. Chipperfield masterminded the renovation of the Berlin Museuminsel and redesigned the Neue Museum. The Grassi-Museum, located at Johannisplatz, houses a superb collection of arts and crafts.