International News Digest


Ingvlid Goetz has given 375 works from her contemporary art collection—and the Herzog and de Meuron–designed museum that contains it—to the state of Bavaria, according to Julia Michalska in the Art Newspaper. Michalska notes that the Wall Street Journal named Goetz’s collection in the top ten private collections, and that Goetz has expressed her intention to remain in charge of the museum as its director. The remaining 4,000 works in her collection will also be turned over to the state on permanent loan. Bavaria’s prime minister, Horst Seehofer, called Goetz’s gift “a huge win for the state’s art collection, especially in the field of media art.”

Artist Kostas Sahpazis has won this year’s Deste Award, offered by the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art and the Museum of Cycladic Art. The prize, given biannually to a Greek or Cypriot artist living in Greece or abroad, comes with a cash award of over $13,000. Speaking on behalf of the jury, Kunsthaus Zurich curator Bice Curiger praised Sahpazis for making work that introduces “an oscillating force into all sorts of defined categories of art and art history, while revolving around ideas of subtle destabilization.”

Russia’s National Center for Contemporary Art has issued a call for proposals for its new museum building, according to the Baibakov Art Projects blog—a change in course from the museum’s original plan to build a seventeen-story tower designed by Mikhail Mindlin, the museum’s director. Mindlin will now apparently be one of the jury members reviewing proposals; others will include Moscow’s chief architect Sergey Kuznetsov, Baibakov Art Projects’ own Maria Baibakova, and Venice Biennale curator Massimiliano Gioni.