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Magazzino Italian Art announces their new building: The Robert Olnick Pavilion


Magazzino Italian Art is excited to announce the groundbreaking of their new building. The Robert Olnick Pavilion will be the second building on Magazzino’s campus in Cold Spring, New York, set to open in 2023.

The new pavilion will add 13,000 square feet to the existing exhibition space and will incorporate a room devoted to decorative arts, ceramics and jewelry, alongside a multi-purpose room with auditorium capabilities and a combined cafe and shop on the mezzanine.

Renowned Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza and Miguel Quismondo are collaborating for the first time to design the Robert Olnick Pavilion in the same spirit as the existing Magazzino Italian Art building, which features more than 18,000 square feet of exhibition space as well as a library with more than 5,000 publications of Italian art.



Guggenheim Appoints Francesca Esmay as Alfred Flechtheim Director of Engagement, Conservation and Collections Care


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum announced the appointment of Francesca Esmay as the Alfred Flechtheim Director of Engagement, Conservation and Collections Care, a newly endowed position within the museum’s Conservation Department. This position is funded by a challenge grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by Dr. Michael R. Hulton and Mrs. Penny R. Hulton, heirs of art collector and dealer Alfred Flechtheim. In this new position, Esmay will collaborate with colleagues across the museum to develop educational initiatives and public programming that explore the intersections of art, technology, and science and address issues related to the preservation of modern and contemporary art.

Esmay will also oversee the newly established Mentoring Emerging Professionals in Art Conservation initiative (MEPAC), a ten-week, paid opportunity for students to work alongside leaders in the field of art conservation and collections care.

January 2022



The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation’s Collection Acquires Two New Works


Two new acquisitions for the Thoma Foundation‘s Art of the Spanish Americas collection show the enduring legacy of the Flemish engraver Hieronymus Wierix (1553–1619) in South America.  These small works on copper draw directly from the artist’s engravings, which circulated widely in the Americas thanks to the Jesuit Order.

Allegory of Obedience 

This detailed work on copper depicts a complex allegory showing the submission of human desire to divine will.  Based on a print by Hieronymus Wierix, the work is a stunning addition to the Thoma Foundation’s growing collection of engraved, chased, and embossed coppers from the workshops of 17th- and 18th-century Bolivia.

Christ Child with Instruments of the Passion 

In this small work on copper, drawn from another of Wierix’s engravings, the Christ Child bears the Instruments of the Passion, or Arma Christi, on his right shoulder and in the basket he carries in his left hand. Devotion to the Arma Christi began in the late Middle Ages and in this image    Christ bears the burden of his future sacrifice with grace.


December 2021



The Wende Museum is Building a Creative Community Center aka “the building next door”


Culver City City Council unanimously approved the Wende Museum‘s proposal for a Creative Community Center at 10858 Culver Boulevard, also known as ‘the building next door.’

A dynamic and diverse community like Culver City deserves a hub to match, and the Wende Museum is thrilled that local nonprofit organizations like the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, United States Veterans’ Artist Alliance, Upward Bound House, the Artistic Freedom Initiative, and the Wende will activate this first-of-its-kind space. The Creative Community Center’s formation was guided by the vision of Glorya Kaufman, a legendary patron of the performing arts whose foundation will also underwrite the expansion of the Wende campus and ensure that all programs will continue to be offered free of charge.

Designed by AUX Architecture, the Center will include a theater, a demonstration garden, art space for veterans, 100% affordable housing for artists, and a dedicated place for students of the Culver City Unified School District. The Wende Museum is immensely grateful to the Culver City community and City Council for supporting this vision of the Creative Community Center. Watch this space for updates as construction is planned to begin later this winter.

December 2021



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