Rosemarie Trockel's art collection is destroyed and Atena Farghadani is released from prison

  • German artist Rosemarie Trockel’s personal art collection was destroyed on Monday following a fire at her home in Cologne. The collection, which contained a work by Andy Warhol and a number of Trockel’s own sculptures, was valued at around USD$34 million. (German)
  • Marseilles, France, will host the 13th edition of Manifesta in 2020. The forthcoming instalment of the fair, which has been curated by Christian Jankowski, will open in Zurich, Switzerland, in June, before moving to Palermo, Sicily, in 2018.
  • Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward has died, aged 81. Reutersward’s most celebrated sculpture, Non-Violence (1985), which depicts a revolver with a knotted barrel, was described by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan as a ‘powerful symbol that encapsulates, in a few simple curves, the greatest prayer of man’.
  • The Italian government has announced that it will allocate EUR€1 billion to restoration and building projects at 33 museums, monuments and heritage sites. The majority of the funding will be allocated to Naples and the southern region of Campania.  
  • Atena Farghadani, the Iranian artist and activist who was arrested in 2014 for her satirical illustration criticizing a proposed governmental bill, has been released from prison.

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