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Posted: Friday, 21-08-2015

MEDZILABORCE, SLOVAKIA -- The Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art here has publicly reported that two well known canvases have gone missing.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network know that stolen artworks are impossible to sell on the open market. Most times, they are ransomed back to the owner.

The artworks were loaned by the museum to a private individual who has since vanished. The museum houses the largest collection of the Pop artist’s work outside of the main museum in Pittsburgh USA.

Posted: Thursday, 20-08-2015

COPENHAGEN -- A sculpture by the French artist Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) valued at $300,000 has been stolen from the the city's museum here, the Ny Carlsberg Glypotek.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett know that the stolen masterpiece will be hard to sell, as it is now listed on all international art theft databases.

Two men posing as tourists were spotted on cctv in the area at the time the work of art was taken. It is thought that they simply made their way to the Rodin, removed the sculpture and walked away with it in a bag.

Posted: Wednesday, 19-08-2015

BRIGHTON, U.K. -- The Royal Pavilion will explore how animals considered exotic by the Georgians and early Victorians were depicted, kept and presented in a new exhibition.

'Exotic Creatures' will look at animals owned by the Royal Family and in menageries and early zoos, as well as the ‘political beasts’ of the period (c.1740-1850).

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network will enjoy this fun exhibition

A painting of liger cubs (a cross between a tiger and a lion) born at Windsor in 1824, and presented to Royal Pavilion creator George IV shortly after, will be displayed to the public for the first time.

Posted: Tuesday, 18-08-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- There was a Calder sculpture on a tabletop, a Calder on a bookcase, and a Calder mobile hung from the ceiling.

When there was no room left to hang the Picasso or Matisse drawings in the Kahns’ Riverside Drive home on the Upper West Side, the couple stacked artworks on the floor, against the wall.

Over five decades, the Kahns — Arthur, a successful dentist, and his wife, Anita — built an art collection that seemed to fill every inch of their Manhattan apartment, initially a two-bedroom that grew as they combined it with the apartment next door.

For years and years, I went by that apartment and I never knew what was up there, and when I learned, it was, ‘Well, I’ll be darned,’ ” said Paul R. Provost, deputy chairman of Christie’s Americas.

Posted: Sunday, 16-08-2015

Washington, D.C. -- A Picasso oil painting valued at $15 million, that was stolen from a Paris museum 14 years ago has been returned to France by US authorities.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media look forward to viewing the Cubist masterpiece in its rightful home.

The painting titled, La Coiffeuse (The Hairdresser) is considered a cubist masterpiece from Picasso’s most important period. Created in 1911 the canvas was found in a shipment from Belgium to Newark, New Jersey, in December 2014.

The customs form described it as ‘handicraft’ with a declared value of $37.

Posted: Saturday, 15-08-2015

PYONGYANG -- It seems appropriate for a nation that venerates its history and is stuck in the past will go back in time today, as the North Koreans turn back their clocks by half an hour, thus creating a new and unique time zone: Pyongyang time.

The hermit kingdom already has its own calendar, with years counted from 1912, the birth year of its founder and “eternal president”, Kim Il Sung.

Why is North Korea turning back its clocks by 30 minutes, thus putting it "behind" its previously shared coordinate with "imperialist" adversaries, Seoul and Tokyo (UTC + 09:00)?

Posted: Friday, 14-08-2015

LIVERPOOL -- Three key European art museums unite to bring together over 60 major artworks from 1945 onwards in a new exhibition titled, 'An Imagined Museum', works from the Pompidou, Tate Liverpool, and Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (MMK).

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network look forward to this collaborative exhibition of iconic pieces from three important European museums.

The show presents an ‘imaginary museum’ containing works from three of the most prestigious European collections by international figures including Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), On Kawara (1933 – 2014), Claes Oldenburg (b. 1929), Sigmar Polke (1941-2010), Bridget Riley (b. 1931), Dorothea Tanning (1910 - 2012), Andy Warhol (1928-1987) and Rachel Whiteread (b.1963).

Posted: Thursday, 13-08-2015

KARAMAY, CHINA -- The Turner Prize winning artist, Anish Kapoor, has been infuriated by a Chinese sculpture clearly plagiarizing his monumental 'Cloud Gate' bean sculpture located in downtown Chicago.

"It seems that in China today it is permissible to steal the creativity of others," Kapoor said, in a statement.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media are never surprised at Chinese copy-cat ingenuity when it comes to iconic artworks.

Chinese media, have reported that the stainless steel work located in Karamay, North West China, represents "a large oil bubble".

Kapoor's similar sculpture, 'Cloud Gate', was unveiled in Chicago's Millennium Park to much public fanfare in 2006.

Posted: Wednesday, 12-08-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- The Gagosian Gallery have announced that they are to represent the estate of Nam June Paik, the Korean born international artist.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network appreciate the importance of collecting the works of Nam June Paik.

Paik (1932-2006) was widely acknowledged as the founder of video art, bringing television into the realm of art for the first time and presenting it as a tactile and multisensory medium.

Trained as a classical pianist, his early interests in composition and performance combined with his radical aesthetic tendencies brought him into contact with protagonists of the counter-culture and avant-garde movements of the 1960s, including Fluxus.

Posted: Tuesday, 11-08-2015

BREST -- A replica of the French frigate that transported General Lafayette to America in 1780 to rally US rebels battling for independence arrived back in France on Monday after a four-month Atlantic voyage.

Members of Art Kabinett collectors network viewed The Hermione, as it docked this summer in several Northeast US ports commemorating Lafayette's arrival 235 years ago.

The Hermione and its 80-strong crew made a majestic entrance into the port of Brest in northwestern France, accompanied by a fleet of tall ships and a modern navy frigate, and was met by a cheering crowd on the quay.

"Earlier, I had a tear in my eye -- it's very emotional to see her back in good condition," said one of the onlookers, Michel, who had worked as a volunteer during the ship's construction.

Posted: Monday, 10-08-2015

BOSTON -- A new development in the 25 year old case of stolen masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, has come to light. Recently discover security camera footage shows an unknown man casing the back entrance of the gallery, the night before 500 million dollars worth of art was stolen.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network hope that the heist may yet be solved. It is the largest art theft recorded in peacetime.

Posted: Sunday, 09-08-2015

MADRID -- Lawyers for a Spanish banker accused of trying to illegally export a Picasso worth 25 million euros claimed Friday that the painting is officially British and can be sold abroad.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network have been following this story which addresses European government oversight of important private artworks held there.

The painting, "Head of a Young Woman", was seized by French customs officials a week ago from the private yacht, Adix, pictured here, which has been sailing off the French island of Corsica.

The 1906 work is considered a national treasure in Pablo Picasso's native Spain and was subject to an export ban.

Posted: Saturday, 08-08-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- Christie’s presents the thoughtfully-composed collection lovingly assembled by the tastemaker, style icon, and connoisseur Ina Ginsburg.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network know the Ginsburg collection to be excellent.

The ensemble boasts Modern and Post-War fine art produced by blue-chip artists, including works by Andy Warhol, a personal friend and confident of Mrs. Ginsburg’s who painted her several times and even chose her as the Washington editor of his Interview magazine.

Posted: Friday, 07-08-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- The website for 432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential spire in the Western Hemisphere and latest Manhattan investment for the super rich, boasts the building’s amenities: a billiards room, a spa, and apartments with marble panels and extraordinary views.

Sounds great; but art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network know another New York icon which has had those beat … for the past 131 years.

The Dakota, located on the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West, was one of the first luxury apartment buildings in New York and certainly the most lavish. It is still considered New York's finest.

Posted: Thursday, 06-08-2015

LONDON -- A newly commissioned survey has found that London is the most Googled city in the world for its art galleries, performing arts and innovative art and design, and the Science Museum ranks number one.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network view London's art attractions as among the world's best.

The new insights released by London & Partners, Mayor Boris Johnson's official promotional company for the city, and Google mark the launch of London’s blockbuster Autumn Season of Culture. Search insights from Google show that London’s theaters generate more searches than those in any other city.

Posted: Wednesday, 05-08-2015

CORSICA -- A Picasso painting with an estimated value of more than €25 million has been declared a Spanish national treasure and barred from leaving Spain -- the work has been seized by French authorities from a British registered boat docked in Corsica.

Picasso's 'Head of a Young Woman' (1906), is the property of the banker Jaime Botín, brother of the late banker and philanthropist Emilo Botín, from the Santander group.

The work was refused an export permit after it was declared a cultural treasure by the Spanish National Court in May 2015.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network know that in Europe -- because of strong patrimony laws -- it is illegal to export certain works without a license.

Posted: Tuesday, 04-08-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- A major Mike Kelley exhibition in New York has been announced by Hauser & Wirth. It will be the gallery's first U.S. exhibition devoted to this influential artist.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are excited to visit the Mike Kelley exhibition.

Organized in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, it will focus exclusively on one of the most significant of Kelley’s later series, 'Kandors'.

Posted: Monday, 03-08-2015

NAOSHIMA, JAPAN -- For billionaire Soichiro Fukutake, the best place to view contemporary art is not a white-walled museum in New York, Paris or even Tokyo.

Rather it’s an archipelago in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, where he has transformed what were dying industrial waste dumps into a glamorous destination for ArtKabinett collectors, and other high-profile patrons like French luxury-goods titan François Pinault, Greek industrial magnate Dakis Joannou and Los Angeles arts patron Eli Broad.

Every day. at Benesse House -- the $400-a-night hotel where many of Fukutake’s treasures are housed -- you can indulge in an experience unique among the world’s finest resorts.

Posted: Sunday, 02-08-2015

LONDON --The Turner Prize winning artist, Sir Anish Kapoor has invited German artist Carsten Höller, who is currently the subject of a major show at the Hayward Gallery, to create a giant slide for The ArcelorMittal Orbit in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

The sculpture was created for the 2012 games, and has been visited by art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network.

Anish Kapoor said: "I am delighted that my work, The Orbit at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the site for a collaboration with Carsten Höller. I believe it will result in the making of a new work which will bring two works of art together in an ambitious way. “

Posted: Saturday, 01-08-2015

SEATTLE -- Former Minneapolis art curator Ben Heywood will head Pivot Art + Culture, a new non-profit announced Friday in Seattle by Paul G. Allen, art collector and Microsoft co-founder.

Heywood was hired last month by Allen's private company, Vulcan.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network look forward to this impressive collaboration of curatorial expertise and endless money, which is likely to transform this city into a world art center.

Pivot Art + Culture will be a 4,000 square foot, two room gallery located in the Allen Institute for Brain Science, a research facility that the venture capitalist and philanthropist is developing on the edge of downtown Seattle in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

Posted: Thursday, 30-07-2015

BEVERLY HILLS -- Murals believed to have been created by the Bristol street artist Banksy on walls in Detroit, and in Bethlehem are to be put up for auction in September.

The sale will occur at Julien auction house here. This auction house typically specializes in cinema and celebrity memorabilia.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are always leery of bidding for Banksy murals removed from their original placements. This is with good reason, as the artist typical withdraws certification. In fact, most large auction houses refuse a Banksy consignment for this reason.

Posted: Wednesday, 29-07-2015

LONDON -- A major exhibition devoted to the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe has been announced by Tate Modern for summer 2016. This founding figure of American modernism will be the first large-scale, monographic show of her work in the UK for more than twenty years.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are excited about this important retrospective of an American master.

This ambitious and wide-ranging overview will reassess O’Keeffe’s place in the canon of modern art, charting her progression from early abstract experiments to late work.

Posted: Tuesday, 28-07-2015

ORLANDO -- Even at $32,000, people are lining up to book Etihad Airways PJSC’s three-room suite between Abu Dhabi and New York.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network will discover that this is a convenient way to access some of the attractions in Abu Dhabi.

The Residence, as Etihad calls its over-the-top luxury offering, will be available on New York-Abu Dhabi flights in December when the airline puts an Airbus A380 superjumbo on the route instead of a Boeing 777.

The living room, private bathroom and two-person bedroom are separated from other passengers in the nose of the double-decker jet’s upper level.

Posted: Monday, 27-07-2015

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK -- With his venture Cocoon9, Christopher Burch -- the former husband of the fashion designer Tory Burch -- hopes to prove that small, prefabricated spaces can be luxurious.

Such a space is the company’s Cocoon Studio, a 480-square-foot prototype of a prefabricated house that is now on view at the Southampton location of Mecox Gardens, the home furnishings store.

The rectangular building, which ranges in price from $225,000 to $275,000, features a wall of sliding floor-to-ceiling windows and white lacquered cabinetry that conceals shelving, kitchen appliances and a Murphy bed.

For the price of a good painting, art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network can acquire these pre-fab structures as display galleries.

Posted: Sunday, 26-07-2015

ROME -- The Renaissance artist Michelangelo was fascinated by human anatomy. He dissected cadavers to study them and so gained an impressive depth of knowledge about the body that he used when painting the Sistine Chapel.

New research published in Clinical Anatomy suggests that Michelangelo’s attentiveness to anatomy might have been spurred by a larger interest in the 'golden ratio'.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network appreciate the aesthetic significance of the golden ratio.

Though Michelangelo is not known to have used it, many other artists of his day did, including Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer.

Posted: Friday, 24-07-2015

LONDON -- An historic painting by the South African artist Irma Stern, which was discovered in a London flat where it was used as a notice board, is to be sold at Bonham’s, pre-sale estimate £700,000. The painting will be the centerpiece of their sale of South African Art in London on 9 September.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network recognize this extraordinary collecting opportunity.

The painting originates from Stern’s highly regarded Zanzibar period and is considered to be one of the artist’s finest examples.

It also has a fascinating provenance and represents an important role in the political history of South Africa.

Posted: Thursday, 23-07-2015

BEIJING -- Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei could soon be traveling around the world again with his art.

The artist who is also a prolific user of Instagram posted a photo of himself holding a Chinese passport to his 110,000 followers with the words, "Today, I got my passport."

Chinese authorities revoked Ai's travel rights four years ago, seizing the artist's passport and declining requests to allow him to leave the country.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network have visited numerous exhibitions of the activist artist, who has been prevented from attending.

Posted: Wednesday, 22-07-2015

PARIS -- In 2003, Takashi Murakami unveiled his particular interpretation of the iconic Louis Vuitton logo, rendered in the Pop artist's signature color palette on a clean white background.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network can often be seen toting these artistic fashion accessories, as the mulitcolored LV monogram became an instant hit, toted by major celebrities of the period.

But now this highly-lucrative Louis Vuitton/Murakami collaboration will come to an end this month, the company has announced.

The artist's collaboration with the fashion house also included a number of other designs, including the Monogramouflage, Cherry Blossom, and Character Bag collections, each work offering fresh and playful spins on the brand's iconography.

Posted: Tuesday, 21-07-2015

PITTSBURGH -- When Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute sends a rover to the moon next year, the space vessel will save room for the Moon Arts Ark, an impossibly-compact capsule bearing elements representing the arts and humanities.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are eager to view the contents of the Moon Arts Ark

The Ark, which will essentially function as a super-tiny, non-encyclopedic museum of life on earth, has been designed to include data, images, and physical evidence of art, architecture, design, music, ballet, poetry, and drama.

It will hopefully continue to remain operational over millions, or even billions of years as it projects its message using deep space radio-wave transmissions.

Posted: Monday, 20-07-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- Saturday was the annual body painting day organized by the artist Andy Golub.

Bodypainting Day is more than a group of people getting together and painting. It’s about artists sharing their vision with the public, and it’s about ordinary people offering up their bodies for the sake of art and allowing the world to see them in their most vulnerable state.

A collection of volunteer models coming in all shapes and sizes gathered on the pavement in the Big Apple.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network were on hand to witness this convivial corps of cutaneous canvases.

The theme this year was “What the World Needs Now. . .” It’s designed to encourage artists to share their vision of what would make the world a better place.