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Morning Links: Iraqi Artifacts at the Venice Biennale Edition

Mother goddess, 5,000 B.C., stone. COURTESY IRAQ MUSEUM, DEPARTMENT OF ANTIQUITIES, MINISTRY OF CULTURE, TOURISM AND ANTIQUITIES, AND RUYA FOUNDATION

Mother goddess, 5,000 B.C., stone.

COURTESY IRAQ MUSEUM, DEPARTMENT OF ANTIQUITIES, MINISTRY OF CULTURE, TOURISM AND ANTIQUITIES, AND RUYA FOUNDATION

Antiquities

New details have been announced for the Venice Biennale’s Iraqi Pavilion, which will include Neolithic and Neo-Babylonian artifacts. [Artforum]

An archaeologist trained by the British Museum is leading a rescue mission to save ancient artifacts in Nimrud, an Assyrian site that’s in danger of destruction by ISIS. [The Art Newspaper]

Museums Around the World

Paris’s “Spider-Man” burglar has been sentenced to eight years in prison for the 2010 theft of five modernist paintings. [The New York Times]

London’s Royal Academy of Arts will partner with 60 galleries for the newly rebranded Mayfair Art Weekend in June. [The Art Newspaper]

Sofia Imber, the founding director of the Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art, which was once one of Latin America’s most important arts institutions, has died at 92. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

The Vatican and Rome’s Jewish Museum will hold a joint exhibition about the menorah. [Voice of America]

Up-and-Comers

A Q&A with Alex Becerra, the Los Angeles–based painter who is “putting Inglewood on the art world map.” [Paper]

Your latest Netflix binge watch might be Abstract: The Art of Design, a series about people working in art and design. [PetaPixel]

Around New York

In case you missed it, here are photos of Mierle Laderman Ukeles’s show at the Queens Museum. [Contemporary Art Daily]

Peter Schjeldahl reviews an unlikely pair of shows: a Vija Celmins exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery and an Alexei Jawlensky retrospective at the Neue Galerie. [The New Yorker]

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