Art News: Dali to be Exhumed, Lucas Museum Approved, Met Hangs Student Art

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The art world is full of fascinating exhibitions, intriguing discoveries, and moments that shape history. Here are some of the latest news items making art headlines.


Salvador Dalí’s Body to be Exhumed for DNA Test

Jim Warren Dali A Man of His Own Time Park West Gallery

“Dali A Man of His Own Time” (2014), Jim Warren

A judge in Madrid ordered that Spanish painter Salvador Dalí be exhumed for a paternity suit filed by a woman claiming to be his daughter.

According to the BBC, the court based its decision on no biological or personal remains being available for a DNA test.

Maria Pilar Abel Martínez, a tarot card reader born in 1956 in Girona, Spain, filed the paternity suit in 2015. Martínez claims her mother, Antonia, had an affair with Dalí. She says her mother worked as a maid for a family who spent time in Cadaqués where Dalí had a home. Martínez’s mother often shared that the famous Surrealist was Martínez’s father.

In a statement, the Dalí Foundation announced it will appeal the decision. Dalí, who died in 1989, is buried in his hometown of Figures in the Dali Theatre and Museum he designed. He had no children with his wife, Gala.


George Lucas’ $1.2 Billion Museum Approved

Concept art of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Image courtesy of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art)

Famed “Star Wars” creator George Lucas gained approval for his $1.2-billion art museum in Los Angeles.

CNN reports the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the plans for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on June 27. The museum, dedicated to the art of storytelling, will be built without taxpayer money.

Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, plan on donating some of their 10,000-strong collection of paintings, illustrations, and movie memorabilia. This includes everything from art by Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir to items from the “Star Wars” franchise, including Darth Vader’s original mask.

The 290,000 square-foot museum will be located at Exposition Park. The groundbreaking is scheduled for 2018 in preparation for the grand opening in 2021.


The Met Hangs 103 Student Artworks


“Lady Liberty,” Aysha Fatima, Grade 1, P.S. 119 Amersfort, Brooklyn (Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Students in New York have the distinct honor of hanging their artwork in one of the most visited museums in the world.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is holdings its annual “P.S. Art” exhibition until October 29, 2017, featuring 103 artworks created by students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.

The Huffington Post spoke with Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the museum’s Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education, who said more than 1,000 works of art were submitted.

“This isn’t treated like a throwaway project,” Jackson-Dumont said. “All the works are framed and arranged like they would be in any other Met exhibition. The labels here are the same as the labels upstairs.”

Other museums such as the Detroit Institute of Arts hold similar exhibitions to encourage student creativity and support the arts in education.

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