UK Museum of the Year finalists announced

The finalists in the competition for the world’s biggest museum prize were announced on Thursday (27 April).

Five contenders are vying for the Art Fund’s UK Museum of the Year, which awards £100,000 annually to an outstanding UK institution, which has shown “exceptional imagination, innovation, and achievement”. The remaining four finalists receive £10,000 each in recognition of their achievements. Continue reading

Tense battle for record-breaking masterpiece

A painting of a nude woman reclining languorously on a red sofa has fetched a record-breaking $170.4m (£113m) at auction in New York last night (Monday 9 November).

Amedeo Modigliani’s ‘Nu couché’ (1917-18), which caused a scandal when it was first exhibited in Paris, was sold at Christie’s as part of an ‘Artist’s Muse’ themed auction. The seller is Laura Mattioli Rossi, daughter of Italian collector Gianni Mattioli. Six bidders fought a tense battle for the work, which saw the opening bid of $75m rise to the guaranteed $100m minimum price in just 15 seconds. Continue reading