Art Industry News: Climate activists who threw soup on a Van Gogh passionately defend their action + Other stories


Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Wednesday, October 19.


König Shutters Gallery Vienna Outpost – But the facts are unclear as to whether the space was intended as a year-old pop-up from the start. König has faced allegations of sexual misconduct in the German media, which he vehemently denies. (ART news)

Art collectors at art fairs – As Paris+ by Art Basel opens its doors to VIPs this morning, three collectors share what attracts them to art fairs: Fusun Eczacibasi, Pamela Kramlich and couple Eric Johnson and Rob Thomas. “Fairs allow us to translate PDFs into real life,” Johnson said. (New York Times)

Climate activists explain why they attacked Van Gogh Phoebe Plummer and Anna Holland talk to each other Curly‘s Andrew Durbin explains why they threw tomato soup at Vincent van Gogh Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers (1888) at the National Gallery last week. The soup was originally intended for a Warhol “for how meta it would have been” – but they instead went for Van Gogh due to his strong moral beliefs. “Van Gogh said, ‘What would life be like if we didn’t have the courage to try anything? “, Plummer said. “I would like to think that Van Gogh would be one of those people who knows that we need to step up civil disobedience and non-violent direct action.” (Curly)

Everybody wants the king’s painting – Auctioneers at Bonham are surprised by the interest in a printed reproduction of a painting of King Charles which will go up for auction on Thursday October 20. Prints of Prince Charles have sold for between £400 and £600, but this lot should go for well above the estimate, given his newfound status as king. (evening standard)


Beatrix Ruf gets a new gig (rather) – The former director of the Stedelijk Museum will direct a future contemporary art museum run by the Hartwig Art Foundation, which she has headed since 2020. Ruf described the planned space as a “radical” concept, where studios and living quarters for artists will be there. (The arts journal)

More museum workers push to unionize – Tacoma Art Museum staff members have announced their intention to lobby to join the Federation of Washington State Employees. About 90% of eligible employees have signed union permission cards, but the museum has not announced whether it will voluntarily recognize the union. (Seattle Times)

Australia and New Zealand’s Institutional Selling Frenzy – Faced with new financial controls and regulations, some of the country’s biggest financial institutions, including a major pension fund worth $40 billion, are selling off their art collections, including works by big Australian names. (Bloomberg)

A new Holocaust museum will open in the United States – The Center for Hope, Humanity, and Holocaust Education is scheduled to open in Phoenix in 2025. (Hyperallergic)


People like ‘Pan’-Solo – A mother-daughter duo baked a six-foot replica of Hans Solo trapped in carbonite, made entirely of bread. Hanalee and Catherine Pervan, the California owners of One Shop Bakery, also made characters from game of thrones, Lokiand The Mandalorian in carbon copies. (NYT)

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