ARTnews in Brief: KW Institute Director to Stay on Through 2024—and More from May 26, 2020

Tuesday, May 26

Cy Twombly Foundation Donates $500,000 to Italian City for Medical Center
The Cy Twombly Foundation has donated $500,000 (around €478,000) to the coastal city of Gaeta, Italy, to build the Cy Twombly Centre of Specialist Diagnostics, which will aide in the region’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The medical center will be on the site of a former hospital, and the gift will help it acquire state-of-the-art medical equipment. The city is of special significance to the late artist, as it was his home from the 1990s until his death in 2011. In a statement, Nicola Del Roscio, the director of the Twombly Foundation said, “The crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19 has drawn attention to the enormous importance of the role played by early diagnosis in tackling any kind of illness, which is why it is necessary to strengthen the medical facilities of our country.”

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KW Institute Director to Stay on Through 2024
Krist Gruijthuijsen will extend his tenure as director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin until 2024. Gruijthuijsen has served as director since 2016, and under his direction the institute executed an extensive renovation of its facility and expansion of its educational programming. Additionally, Gruijthuijsen oversaw various notable exhibitions, including ones devoted to Lynn Hershman Leeson and Christina Ramberg.

New-York Historical Society Receives Promised Gift of Over 100 Works
The New-York Historical Society has received a promised gift of 130 artworks from collectors and philanthropists Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld. The “Scenes of New York City” collection includes works by Marc Chagall, David Hockney, Edward Hopper, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and others. The institution is planning an exhibition of the collection for 2021.


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