News Recap: January 25, 2019

A weekly update of art world news.

17th century painting found during renovations for Paris Oscar de la Renta store. Via  Instagram .

17th century painting found during renovations for Paris Oscar de la Renta store. Via Instagram.

Polish Art Collector Billionaire Builds New Museum
Muzeum Susch opened to the public on January 2nd in the tiny village of Zernez, Switzerland. This is no ordinary museum, situated under the crust of a rocky mountain overlooking the quaint Zernez village. On her third attempt to make this museum a reality, billionaire Grażyna Kulczyk finally settled on a location that would allow for such heavy construction. The statement of purpose on the museum website reads, “Engaging History to create dialogues Grażyna Kulczyk sets great store by her role as an ambassador for contemporary Polish and Middle Eastern European art, which has long been omitted from the canon and tended to be overlooked by the majority of Western critics and collectors.” Kulczyk intends for the museum to have a focus on women artists.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)

17th Century Painting Discovered in Oscar de la Renta Store Wall
When Oscar de la Renta’s Chief Executive Alex Bolen made an offer in 2017 for a Paris retail location, he had no idea what was behind a seemingly ordinary wall. In the summer of 2018, renovations involving replacing a wall turned into a peculiar discovery. Behind this wall was a massive 10-by-20-foot oil painting, displaying what looked to be 17th century horsemen with delicately painted decorative clothing. Since the discovery, a slew of restorers and conservators have been pecking away at the painting which will stay in its location for the remainder of Bolen’s lease. The mystery still remains, however, where did this painting come from, how long was it there, and why was it concealed under a wall?
Read the full story (New York Times)

Walter Chandoha, Leading Cat Photographer, Passes Away at 98
In 1949, photographer Walter Chandoha photographed a kitten that he rescued from the streets. His interest in feline photography quickly flourished to full fruition by the mid-50’s and by the end of his life he had made roughly 90,000 photographs of cats. With a career that spanned seven decades, The New York Times considered him the, “dominant commercial cat photographer of his era.” Walter Chandoha passed away this past week at the age of 98. View this New York Times video to see a short interview with the artist.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)