Art Buzz June 20, 2012: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art closing in June 2013 for expansion

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art closing for expansion

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Growth: The museum’s expansion, designed to add new entrances and galleries to engage the public, will take more than three years and $555 million to complete.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is working to make its collection more accessible to members of the public, but art lovers throughout San Francisco are going to have to wait a few years to enjoy it.

SFMOMA announced Tuesday that it will shut its doors in June 2013 to make way for a major expansion project expected to be completed in early 2016….READ MORE

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Art Buzz June 20, 2012: FBI returns $5 million of historic art & artifacts to Polish Museum of America

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FBI returning stolen art to Polish museum

Source: Chicago Tribune, 6-20-12

The FBI says it is returning more than 120 stolen artifacts, worth a total of about $5 million, to the Polish Museum of America.

The artifacts disappeared from the museum in the 1970s or 1980s and were found last year at a home on the Northwest Side, according to the FBI.

Among the items are 18th and 19th-century documents, rare prints and sketches, Nazi propaganda from World War II and military medals. The documents include letters to and from Polish kings, a French emperor and American Revolutionary War heroes….READ MORE

Art Buzz June 20, 2012: Museum of Biblical Art raises profile amid challenges

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Museum of Biblical Art raises profile amid challenges

Source: USA Today, 6-20-12

Ena Heller, the founding director of the Museum of Biblical Art in New York. Heller will leave the museum after 15 years of service as it fights to secure funding and maintain the lease on its location near Lincoln Center.

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Ena Heller, the founding director of the Museum of Biblical Art in New York. Heller will leave the museum after 15 years of service as it fights to secure funding and maintain the lease on its location near Lincoln Center.

When art historian Bruce Boucher wanted to reunite the three panels of a huge 14th-century altarpiece from three different countries, the Italian lender of one of the pieces had one condition: the finished product had to be shown at a big-city museum.

Ena Heller, the founding director of the Museum of Biblical Art in New York. Heller will leave the museum after 15 years of service as it fights to secure funding and maintain the lease on its location near Lincoln Center.

“And of course,” said Boucher, director of the University of Virginia Art Museum, “I immediately thought of MOBiA.”

It was a high compliment to the small institution in a city that’s awash in better-known art museums, and to Ena Heller, the Romanian emigrant with a Ph.D. in art history who has led the Museum of Biblical Art as its founding director for the past 15 years.

The exhibit featuring the triptych, “The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi: A Masterpiece Reconstructed,” is the latest in a string of unexpected successes for MOBiA, which has hosted well-received exhibits ranging from a collection of Peruvian folk art to masterpieces by Marc Chagall to a recent collection of wartime Bibles….READ MORE