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Morning Links: Tank Shanghai Edition

Tank Shanghai, Qiao Zhibing’s art museum and recreational facility on the shores of the Huangpu River. COURTESY QIAO ZHIBING

Tank Shanghai, Qiao Zhibing’s art museum and recreational facility on the shores of the Huangpu River.

COURTESY QIAO ZHIBING

Controversies

Curator Nikki Columbus has reached a settlement in her lawsuit against MoMA PS1, which she alleged rescinded a job offer after finding out that she had recently become a mother. [The New York Times]

Contractors who worked on the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India have accused the biennial of allegedly refusing to pay for construction fees. In response, the biennial has called their claims a “disinformation campaign.” [ARTnews]

Special Sales

Eleven works from the collection of publishing magnate S.I. Newhouse Jr. are heading to auction at Christie’s in New York this may. The works—among them a prized Cézanne still life—are expected to bring in $130 million. [The New York Times]

More than 60 paintings from the art collection of Nirav Modi, a diamond tycoon whom authorities have accused of being involved in bank fraud, were sold in Mumbai for $8 million. [Reuters]

Museums

At long last, collector Qiao Zhibing’s Tank Shanghai museum has opened in China. Housed in a series of former oil tanks, the museum is now home to an installation by Adrián Villar Rojas and an exhibition of contemporary Chinese art. [South China Morning Post]

Flashback: In 2016, Barbara Pollack profiled Qiao, who has appeared on each edition of the “ARTnews Top 200 Collectors” list since 2013. [ARTnews]

The critically lauded exhibition “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Plower” will make a stop at the de Young museum in San Francisco this fall. [San Francisco Chronicle]

The Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles is looking to transfer the building for its Southwest Museum, the oldest arts institution in the city, to a new owner, who will use the site for “community benefit.” [Los Angeles Times]

Lost and Found

Arthur Brand, an art detective based in Amsterdam, has recovered the stolen Pablo Picasso painting Portrait of Dora Maar (1938). It had been taken from a Saudi Arabian owner’s yacht in 1999. [The New York Times]

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