News Recap: June 21, 2019

A weekly update of art world news. 

Conservator Ella Hendriks looks at Vincent van Gogh's  Sunflowers  (1889). Courtesy Van Gogh Museum © Maartje Strijbis.

Conservator Ella Hendriks looks at Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers (1889). Courtesy Van Gogh Museum © Maartje Strijbis.

Plans VR Exploration of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa
This October, the Lourve will launch a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in honor of the 500th anniversary of his death. In addition to amassing “as many as possible” of da Vinci’s paintings, the exhibition will feature a VR experience, the first of its kind to ever come to the world’s most well-known art museum. Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass will allow viewers to engage with cutting edge technology and get closer to the painting than the glass that protects it. The VR exhibit will also be available to stream online, making it accessible to fans of the painting across the world.
Read the full story (Smithsonian Magazine)

Sculptor Robert Therrien Dies at Age 71
Acclaimed artist Robert Therrien died in his home from complications relating to cancer at the age of 71. Monumental yet whimsical, Therrien’s work has enchanted audiences for decades. He is best known for his large-scale reimagining of everyday objects, evoking the mystery, intimidation, and wonder of childhood. Therrien gained a following in the ‘70s and ‘80s with keyhole sculptures in a medium size, and gained more fame as his work matured throughout the ‘90s, growing to include a giant set of bowls and table and chairs exhibited in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His work has also been show in the MoMA, the Whitney, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou.
Read the full story (LA Times)

New Research Emerges on Van Gogh’s Sunflowers
The immense popularity of Van Gogh’s beloved painting of sunflowers has long prevented the work from in-depth academic study, as museum officials are reluctant to remove it from the walls. However, new portable technology has enabled researchers, art historians, and art conservators to study the work up close. They have discovered Van Gogh’s own fingerprints, an enlarging of the canvas, and several other key details about the history of the painting that will be presented in an exhibition titled Van Gogh and the Sunflowers, which will run at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam from June 21 to September 1. 
Read the full story (ArtNet News)