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News

Just four days after launching its coronavirus relief program, Germany sent €500 million (about $551 million) to artists and freelancers. [Artnet News]

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has returned a Pablo Picasso work that was subject to a restitution claim. The museum said it gave the work to the heirs of a German-Jewish banker because it wanted “to avoid the heavy toll of litigation.” [The New York Times]

In an attempt to stimulate the local economy, the Spanish government will spend €500,000 (about $547,000) on acquiring art made by artists based in and around Madrid. [El País]

Market

Hauser & Wirth gallery will donate 10 percent of profits from its online exhibitions to the World Health Organization fund for Covid-19 relief. [ARTnews]

A profile of the Underground Museum in Los Angeles includes news that the institution’s founder, the late artist Noah Davis, is now officially represented by David Zwirner gallery, where his work was the subject of a survey earlier this year. [The New York Times]

Artists

A crowdfunding campaign has successfully achieved the $4.5 million needed to save Derek Jarman’s cottage in Kent, England, from demolition. [The Guardian]

With net.art receiving renewed interest, artist Olia Lialina discusses her pioneering works meant to be seen online. [Artforum]

To tie in with International Transgender Day of Visibility, artist Texas Isaiah and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute teamed up for a series about members of the black trans community. [Los Angeles Times]

Lives

Patrick Devedjian, the director of a new museum devoted to Louis XIV’s time in Saint-Cloud, France, has died of coronavirus-related causes. [The Art Newspaper]



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