News Recap: July 28, 2017

A weekly update of art world news.

Banksy's "Balloon Girl" Photo by Dominic Robinson via Flickr creative commons

Banksy's "Balloon Girl" Photo by Dominic Robinson via Flickr creative commons

Salvador Dali’s Body Exhumed
On the night of July 20, the remains of Salvador Dali were exhumed. Pilar Abel Martinez, a Spanish psychic, has made claims that she is Dali’s biological daughter and ordered the DNA test against protests from the Spanish state and the Dali Foundation. Professionals removed hair, teeth, nails, and two bones from the artist’s tomb at the Dali-Theatre Museum in Figueres, Spain to be tested. After testing, the remains are to be returned to the museum and the DNA test results will be released in September. Dali’s moustache was also found in tact in his famous “ten after ten” position.
Read the full story (ArtNet)

Banksy's “Balloon Girl” Is the Most Popular Artwork in Great Britain
In a poll published this week, Banksy’s “Balloon Girl” has been recognized as the overwhelming favorite work of art of those residing in Great Britain. The piece was created in 2002, removed, and sold in 2014 for $651,000. Also on the list of favorite artworks were John Constable’s “The Hay Wain” and Jack Vettriano’s “The Singing Butler”.
Read the full story (Art Daily)

The Museé Tatihou Catches Fire in Lightning Strike
The Museé Tatihou, located on the island of Tatihou on the French side of the English Channel, caught fire after lightning struck the building. The maritime museum was holding three works on loan from the Louvre, among 200 other invaluable pieces, valued at over $2.3 Million, all of which were lost to the fire. There were no fatalities as a result of the fire and the Museé Tatihou has the full support of the Louvre. Phillipe Bas, the president of the Departmental Council stated, “This represents 25 years of work and collecting that went up in smoke, but it’s a relief that there were no human casualties.”
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

You Can Now View the Rosetta Stone at Home
The British Museum has been digitally cataloguing their collection online since 2014 and recently added the Rosetta Stone to their digital collection on Sketchfab. Comprised of 228 photographs pieced together to digitally recreate the object, you can now view the Rosetta Stone from the comfort of your own home by downloading it here.
Read the full story (ArtNet)