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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 1 Feb 2013 7:48 AM

Today in the roundup: Behind the scenes of the Kimbell’s ‘Bernini,’ the Association of Art Museum Directors adjusts its acquisition rules and a mini ‘Les Mis.’


BEHIND THE SCENES: On Sunday, the Kimbell Art Museum opens “Bernini: Sculpting in Clay.” The exhibition brings together 40 terracotta models – most by Bernini, some by his assistants – that the sculptor used to plan many of his landmark pieces that dot the Roman landscape. It’s a major accomplishment from a scholarly standpoint, and Kimbell curator of European art C.D. Dickerson was at the heart of its creation. As it turns out, he’s one of the world’s experts in Bernini terracotta models. The extraordinary effort required to piece this show together is detailed in a fascinating feature on The Art&Seek crew attended Thursday’s press preview; we’ll have a full report next week (Monday? Fingers crossed.)

THE GREAT RETURN: There’s been a recent run of museums returning works of art to their countries of origin when questions arise over how they were acquired. The Dallas Museum of Art sent pieces back to Turkey and Italy back in December. And just this week, MFA Boston sent a small statue back to France. In an effort to make sure museums don’t find themselves in these types of situations going forward, the Association of Art Museum Directors updated its acquisition guidelines. Among the new rules – museums have to explain how they acquire work that have ownership gaps. The new measures were proposed by the AAMD’s Task Force on Archaeological Material and Ancient Art, chaired by one Maxwell Anderson.

MINI ‘LES MIS’: Rowlett High School has good timing. This weekend, it will stage Les Miserables, whose big-screen adaptation is currently a best picture nominee. So what would a high school production look like? The video below gives you a little taste: