Morning Links: Surrealist Comedy Edition

René Magritte's The Treachery of Images (This is Not a Pipe) (1929).  COURTESY THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART

René Magritte’s The Treachery of Images (This is Not a Pipe) (1929).


Despite improved relations with the US, Cuba is still refusing to return seized art. [The Art Newspaper]

Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised to set up a Prime Minister’s Committee on the Arts, Culture and Creative Industries if he wins the May general election, to ensure that  the voice of the arts is heard at “the very heart of government.” [The Art Newspaper]

Cornelia Parker is giving away souvenirs linked to her War Room installation at Manchester’s newly reopened Whitworth gallery in exchange for a minimum donation of £1 to the British Legion. [The Art Newspaper]

Read this review of Negatives, photographer Xu Yong’s latest book featuring images of  young Chinese idealists clamoring for democracy and denouncing the Communist Party in Tiananmen Square. [New York Times]

The Wisdom of the Earth, one of Constantin Brâncuși’s defining sculptures and a Romanian national treasure, is left in legal limbo as the Bucharest’s government refuses to say whether or not it will buy it. [The Guardian]

See Danh Vō’s works at Galeri Feldt. [Contemporary Art Daily]

René Magritte was a surrealist comedian. [The Guardian]

The heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers  filed a lawsuit in the US suing Germany and a German museum for the return of a medieval treasure trove, the Welfenschatz, or Guelph Treasure, worth an estimated $226 million. They say the treasure was sold under Nazi pressure. [The Telegraph]


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