International News Digest

MAY 27

The St. Petersburg Art Museum will be opening its first European satellite in Malaga, Spain, according to the Art Newspaper’s Javier Pes and Laurie Rojas. In accord with the agreement reached by the museum and Malaga’s city government, one hundred works will head to the former tobacco factory in Malaga that’s slated to serve as the museum’s new outpost. Temporary exhibitions will also figure in its program.

The Abendblatt reports that the Cultural Authority of Hamburg, Germany, has established a new fund to support the art projects of emerging and midcareer artists in the region. The catch? The artists supported are to be nominated by an art expert who’ll remain anonymous, known only by the title “Kunstbeuteltršger”—a made-up term referring to said expert as an art-load carrier. The fund has currently been endowed with about $50,000.

Chinese police have shut down the Lucheng museum in Liaoning after finding that a third of the 8,000 items in its collection are fakes. The state-run Global Times reported, via The Guardian, that the museum’s forgeries included a sword touted as dating from the Qing Dynasty. Said Chinese antiques expert Ma Weidu: “Similar fake museums are found in many places in China in search of monetary gain.”