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Exhibition of six tapestries by Raphael; and two more art stories


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A new public museum in Bengaluru


The Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) is going to open its doors in Bengaluru on December 11. A press release claims that, MAP is the first new public museum to open in India in a decade. MAP’s new home is designed by the architecture firm Mathew and Ghosh. With a 44,000 square foot building, it spans four galleries along with a cafe, rooftop restaurant, 130 seat auditorium, conservation library, and research library open to academics. Artnet News has the details.

Exhibition of six tapestries by Raphael


US will be witnessing an exhibition of six historic tapestries of biblical scenes designed by Raphael — comprising some of the same designs that were used to create the 12 tapestries for the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican for the first time at the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) in Ohio. The exhibition is titled ‘Raphael- The Power of Renaissance Imagery: The Dresden Tapestries and their Impact’ (15 July- 30 October). The tapestries travelled from the German institution Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (GAM) in Dresden from a show opened in 2020 celebrating 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death. For more details, refer to The Art Newspaper.

Conman got arrested in Florida


Selling cheap reproduction of works by artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Banksy, led Daniel Elie Bouaziz into trouble. He has been indicted by the Southern District of Florida U. S. Attorney’s Office on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering. He used to order inexpensive prints from websites like LiveAuctioneers and sell them at inflated prices. Selling of a “Basquiat” and a “Lichtenstein” for $12 million and $25,000, respectively, got him under the radar of FBI agents as the buyers were undercover FBI agents, and the investigators determined that neither work was an original by the artist. Read more at Artnet News.