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The Harvard Art Museums launch an extensive Bauhaus database; Ukraine calls for a boycott of Moscow's State Tretyakov Gallery

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A stamp produced by Deutsche Bundespost to mark the 100th birthday of Walter Gropius (1883–1969), who founded the Bauhaus in Weimar in 1919

A stamp produced by Deutsche Bundespost to mark the 100th birthday of Walter Gropius (1883–1969), who founded the Bauhaus in Weimar in 1919

  • The Harvard University Art Museums have launched an extensive online database containing more than 32,000 objects and artworks relating to the Bauhaus. The database has been unveiled in anticipation of the movement's centennial anniversary in 2019, which in part will be celebrated by exhibitions and programming on the Harvard campus.
     
  • Ukraine’s ministry of culture has called for international institutions to boycott the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. The ministry claims that a number of works by the Crimea-born Armenian artist Ivan Aivazovsky (1817–1900) that are currently being shown at the museum were illegally obtained from occupied territory.
     
  • Jacques Terzian, American sculptor and founder of San Francisco artist colony The Point, has died, aged 94. Opening in a former US Navy base in 1984, The Point has grown to become one of the largest artist colonies in the United States, with around 250 artists in residence at any one time.
     
  • The Museums Association Ethics Committee has found no evidence of unethical behaviour in its investigation into BP’s sponsorship of UK cultural institutions. The investigation was the result of recent pressure from the Art Not Oil Coalition, an organization who suggested that the British multinational had exercised undue influence over the museums that it was financially supporting.
     
  • Zai Kuning, founder of the Metabolic Theater Laboratory and the first president of the Artists Village collective, has been chosen to represent Singapore at the 2017 Venice Biennale. The pavilion, which will be curated by June Yap, draw upon Zai’s 20 years of research into Malay culture and the broader history of Southeast Asia.
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