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Dutch museum opens its Van Goghs, Monets to all; elsewhere, a stolen and returned painting may be a Rembrandt


While we focus on Indian art, we can’t obviously function in a vacuum. It’s a small world and everything is connected, especially on the web. So, let’s train our spotlight across the world map to see what’s going on — from art trends to socio-political issues to everything that affects the great aesthetic global consciousness. Or, let’s just travel the world and have some fun!


In world first, museum opens its Van Goghs, Monets to all


The Boijmans Van Beuningen gallery in Rotterdam, Netherlands will this week become the first in the world to show off its entire collection. At least 151,000 artworks by artists including Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet will be accessible to visitors from Saturday onwards. The exhibit will be housed in a huge mirrored, bowl-shaped depot attached to the museum in the Dutch port city. Normally, only some six to ten percent of collections at major museums around the world like the Boijmans Van Beuningen are on display, the rest kept in closed storage depots. NDTV tells you more.


‘Water Lilies’ Monet series piece heads to auction with $40 million estimates


Amid strong demand in the market for Claude Monet works, Sotheby’s has unveiled a large-scale painting from the Impressionist’s famed “Water Lilies” series for auction later this month. Titled Coin Le Bassin aux Nymphéas (1918), the painting hits block at modern art evening sale in New York on November 16. It is expected to fetch more than $40 million. Coin Le Bassin aux Nymphéas is part of a series of late period works that have commanded top auction prices in the recent past. And, this is not the first time the soon-to-be-auctioned Coin Le Bassin aux Nymphéas has appeared in a public sale. ART News reports.


Famously stolen and returned Dutch painting may be a Rembrandt


In an infamous art heist four decades ago, five Old Master paintings were stolen from the Ducal Museum at the Schloss Friedenstein in Gotha, Germany. They were returned in January of 2020. And now, experts at the museum now believe that one of those artworks, a Dutch portrait of a bearded man, may have been far more valuable than previously realized — it may have been made by Rembrandt. That’s the theory raised in the catalogue for “Back in Gotha! The Lost Masterpieces,” an exhibition at the Ducal where the canvas in question is currently on view, along with the other stolen artworks. Artnet News dives into the story.


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