Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Tuesday, July 5.
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The great potential of the NFT scene in Africa – Cryptocurrency is gaining traction in Africa, with $105.6 billion exchanged in payments between July 2020 and June 2021, according to research by blockchain data platform Chainalysis. But the continent’s digital art ecosystem faces challenges in the form of cryptocurrency bans in some countries, a lack of wealthy NFT collectors, and the high price of NFT minting. (ART news)
Venice day trip fees are worked out – Venetian officials share more details about the new tourist and reservation tax system which will come into effect in January 2023. The new digital system will require day-trippers to pay between €3 and €10 depending on the level of crowds already in the city . (Those staying overnight already see this charge added to their hotel bill.) People will be stopped on the street to make sure they’ve paid or have an exemption, which applies to those visiting residents or relatives in city jails. If you are caught breaking the rules, you risk criminal penalties or fines of up to €300. (New York Times)
New plans to revitalize the Notre-Dame district – Landscape architect Bas Smets won the international competition to transform the surroundings of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral into a more pedestrian zone. Smets’ revamp includes more trees, a cooling system for the large area in front of the cathedral during heat waves, and an archaeological museum in a now abandoned car park below the square. (Guardian)
Dutch to examine looted art – The Netherlands is carrying out a new review of art in Dutch museums and public collections after introducing a broader definition of looted art as part of an effort to return property taken by the Nazis. The new Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands will investigate 3,500 objects over four years, drawing on better archives, new technologies and digitized historical journals to examine provenance. (Reuters)
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Kate Middleton gets a photography commission – Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall commissioned her daughter-in-law Kate, Duchess of Cambridge to photograph her for the cover of country life magazine. The amateur photographer and former art history student captured the Duchess in a casual, smiling photo in the gardens of her Ray Mill home in Wiltshire. (evening standard)
Directors nominated for the Yokohama Triennale – Artist Liu Ding and art historian Carol Yinghua Lu have been named artistic directors of the 2023 Yokohama Triennale, which will be held at the Yokohama Museum of Art and Plot 48. The curatorial duo are based in Beijing. (Press release)
Ornate wooden sculpture discovered in Peru – Archaeologists have discovered a wooden sculpture in Chan Chan, one of the largest pre-Columbian cities in South America. The ornate figure has a flat oval face with almond-shaped eyes and archaeologists suspect it dates to the early Chimú period, which puts it between 850 and 1,470 years old. (Heritage Daily)
Germany returns works looted by Nazis German museums in Berlin, Munich and Dresden gave five works to the heirs of Chemnitz banker Carl Heumann, who sold them under duress when he was persecuted by the Nazis during World War II. Among them, Albert Emil Kirchner Fischerweide (1854) from the Lenbachhaus in Munich and Jakob Gensler girl with parrot (1840) from the Dresden State Art Collections. (Press release)
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