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At the Met

In a major change-up, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s European paintings galleries are getting 30,000 square feet of new skylights. Their installation will mean that 700 works—by Rembrandt, Giotto, and the like—will be temporarily moved around the museum. [The New York Times]

Meanwhile, the Met has restored Moretto da Brescia’s 1554 painting The Entombment. Michael Gallagher, the deputy director of the museum’s conservation department, said it was once one of “the saddest-looking pictures in the collection,” but now it shines the way it was once meant to. [The Art Newspaper]

Not Surprised

In a new open letter, writer and poet Teju Adisa-Farrar weighs in on the debate surrounding the hiring of a white woman as a curator for the Brooklyn Museum’s African art department. “I’m not surprised, but still mad,” she writes. [The Guardian]

Amuse Bouche

Eater has a preview of the menu for the new cafe at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. Why not have a look? [Eater]

It looks like Jeff Koons’s bouquet sculpture isn’t the only public artwork he’s planned for Paris in the past. In a new interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist about his unrealized projects, Koons revealed that he once thought up Lips, an 800-meter-long sculpture of lips that would fly above the French capital. [Artsy]

Black and White

The Atlantic has debuted a new series of black-and-white photographs by LaToya Frazier. Her subject here is Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, and many of her new works involve the use of aerial photography of cities that were important to his career. [The Atlantic]

A 200-plus work exhibition of M. C. Escher’s mindbending work is headed to Brooklyn in June. The show will include “immersive photo booths” intended that will bring the artist’s work into the third dimension. (But let’s face it, they’re mainly there to be Instagrammed.) [Artnet News]

Around Europe

Though Masterpiece London tends to attract few heavy-hitting contemporary art galleries, Hauser & Wirth will bring its wares to the fair this year. The news comes following MCH Group’s acquisition of a majority stake in the fair late last year. [The Art Newspaper]

Alice Maher discusses her latest show, at the Source Arts Centre in Tipperary, Ireland, and being a part of the group Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, which has made stitched banners in protest of a ban on abortion in Ireland. “Stitching is seen as an indoor domestic art, but we had a great time making it into a political act,” she says. [Artforum]

Correction 04/04/2018, 9:55 a.m.: An earlier version of this article misstated when the M. C. Escher exhibition will open. It will open in June, not in May. The post has been updated to reflect this.

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