The National Endowment for the Humanities awards $33 million in grants to 245 exemplary arts projects across the United States


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 Friday, April 15.


Holocaust heirs sue Israel Museum in Jerusalem The institution faces a lawsuit brought by the Jewish heirs of Holocaust victim Ludwig Marum for refusing to return a manuscript it illegally holds. The 14th century bird head haggadah has been in the museum’s collection since 1946, but its provenance has been questioned since Marum’s heirs demanded monetary compensation from the museum for allegedly illegal possession of the work. The lawsuit, which four of Marum’s grandchildren have filed in New York Supreme Court, is the first restitution case for a lost Holocaust-era object against a museum in Israel. (The arts journal)

St. Petersburg artist faces jail following anti-war protest Sasha Skochilenko faces up to 10 years in prison for an anti-war protest she organized at a grocery store on April 11. The 32-year-old artist was recorded stacking the store with items covered in reports on bombings in Mariupol, Ukraine. Skochilenko will be held in pre-trial detention until May 31, when she will face charges of “knowingly spreading false information”, according to the PaperPaper news site, which has been blocked in Russia. (TANNING)

NEH Announces Over $33 Million in Grants – The National Endowment for the Humanities announced the 245 projects receiving $33.17 million in grants. Of the $4.4 million to be awarded to 30 fellows in New York, including the New-York Historical Society, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the media arts organization Women Make Movies. Other beneficiaries include the Bishop Museum in Honolulu and the First Peoples Fund in Sioux City, South Dakota, which funds research, awards grants, and runs programs with Native, Native American, and Native American communities. (New York Times)


New Acropolis Director Says Parthenon Marbles Should Return to Greece – Nikos Stampolidis is pressuring Westminster to finally return the Parthenon marbles. “It’s time for the case to be closed,” Stampolidis said. “An act of the English parliament would suffice to return the friezes to Greece.” (France 24)

Mattress Factory appoints David Oresick director – Pittsburgh’s Kunsthalle has named executive director Oresick to replace outgoing chef Hayley Haldeman. Oresick studied with Dawoud Bey while earning his master’s degree in photography at Columbia College in Chicago, and held positions at Light Work in Syracuse, New York, and with the nonprofit Silver Eye of Pittsburgh, dedicated to contemporary photography. It begins on May 16. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Simone Leigh prepares for Venice – The first black artist to represent the United States at the so-called “Art World Olympics” is putting the finishing touches on her project. Leigh transformed the Jeffersonian-inspired pavilion into a “1930s African palace”, with a backed thatched roof for “exaggerated blackness”, the artist said. This edition of the Venice Biennale is no stranger to difficulties, and Leigh’s 24-foot bronze sculpture, Satellite, may not arrive in time for opening due to logistical pitfalls. But Leigh is undeterred. “Most artists don’t have that opportunity to see their ideas written big like this.” (New York Times)


Louis Vuitton Stages Show at the Louis Khan-Designed Salk Institute – Nicholas Ghesquière, artistic director of the luxury designer’s women’s collections, brings an architecturally inspired collection to the dramatic landscape of the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, for the Cruise 2023 collection. The brutalist building, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean , was directed by Khan in 1965. (design boom)

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