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Brandhorst Museum opens amidst fanfare

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The opening of the Brandhorst Museum at Munich was a rollicking affair with ceremonies of grand stature beckoning the occasion. 

The first day of the opening saw a Catholic bishop, a Protestant bishop and an archpriest of the Greek-Orthodox church gracing the event.

Come second and third day, and thousands of guests of honour, politicians, journos, sponsors and collectors congregated in the gazebo made by the organisers between the Pinakothek der Moderne and the new museum. 

The museum is unique in the sense that it uses the most modern technology which has its foundation on the latest environmental research. For instance, heated groundwater helps maintain the temperature.

The outer crust of the building is an extraordinary arrangement of sparkling, multi-hued ceramic rods which remind you of the hull of a ship. The interiors of the museum have one of the most complicated light systems that give you a feel of an ocean liner.

Oak floors and railings also adorn the museum which has become even more delightful with the display of Twombly’s latest work, the 2007 “Roses” series.

Contemporary artists like Joseph Beuys, James Lee Byars, John Chamberlain, Eric Fischl, Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Alex Katz, Mike Kelley, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Christopher Wool have their works displayed in the impeccable art museum.



Written by Jaspreet Kaur

July 25, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Posted in Contemporary Art

Christie and Sotheby flavour rip-roaring success

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old master paintingChristie and Sotheby saw an overwhelming response to the evening sales of Old Master paintings held this week. A record-breaking 101 paintings worth £53.54 million were sold between the two premier international auction houses.

Christie alone managed to rake in £20.28 million from the 48 lots that were sold.

The collection of paintings on auction at the Christie’s included works like “Venetian Ladies on a Balcony,” done by Eugen von Blaas in 1875. The very first lot had a scene signed in 1635 by the ambiguous Jacob Duck. The painting, estimated to be sold between £40,000 to £60,000 plus the sale charge, fetched a yum £127,250.

The huge still life painted by Willem Heda in the mid-1640s got an amazing £1.38 million, setting a world record for the artist. The auctions saw the setting up of another world record when Fra Bartolommeo’s “The Madonna and Child in a Landscape with Saint Elizabeth and the Infant Saint John the Baptist” got a monstrous £2.17 million. The picture dates back to 1516 and is signed, a huge one-off thing among Renaissance masters.

Giuliano Bugiardini, the Florentine artist who honed his skills in the workshop of Ghirlandaio with Michelangelo and then assisted him in the Sistine Chapel got £700,000 — £825,250 for his portrait of a young boy.

But all this comparatively looked jaded, considering Sotheby’s rollicking success on Wednesday evening. Premium quality works were at display and 53 paintings were sold for £33.26 million.

A heart-rending gorgeous Virgin and Child now thought to be by the less famous Pietro di Domenico da Montepulciano got £211,250. While, Pontormo’s portrait of Cosimo I de Medici, once a splendid art piece, raked in £505,250.

High intensity bidding showered £3.84 million on Jusepe de Ribera’s “Prometheus.” The dramatic depiction of a man in the nude gesturing and screaming has not lost its appeal even today.

Written by Jaspreet Kaur

July 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Posted in Contemporary Art