Art News – weekly round-up

  • 4 April 2014

Fabulous Italian fashion, stolen masterpieces rediscovered and Phyllida Barlow's sculptural chaos – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Masterpieces by Paul Gauguin (left) and Pierre Bonnard (right)

Masterpieces by Paul Gauguin (left) and Pierre Bonnard (right)

Lost masterpieces discovered in Sicilian kitchen

Two paintings worth millions of euros by the French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard have been recovered in Italy. The Guardian reports that Gauguin's Fruit on a Table with a Small Dog and Bonnard's Woman with Two Chairs were stolen from the London home of Mathilda Marks, an heiress of the Marks and Spencer empire, in 1970. They have been found in the home of a factory worker, who hung them in his kitchen for almost 40 years after buying them at a lost property auction. It is believed the works were abandoned on a train after the theft.

Anglo-Saxon treasure goes on display

A 1,400 year-old Anglo-Saxon gold ring and other treasures found in north Essex have gone on display at the Saffron Walden Museum, thanks to support from the Art Fund, Victoria & Albert Purchase Grant Fund and the Essex Heritage Fund. The Saffron Walden Museum Society told the BBC that the ring is engraved with Christian and pagan symbols and had ‘really excited the experts’.

Italian fashion favourites

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 at the V&A and is the most comprehensive exhibition of Italian style ever staged. It shows off the likes of Pucci, Gucci and Fiorucci. According to The Times the show charts the shift in Italy’s fashion identity, from its seminal Sala Bianca catwalk shows in the 1950s to the heyday of eighties and nineties creativity.

Tate Britain commissions inspiring chaos

Phyllida Barlow's newest installation, Dock 2014, has taken over Tate Britain's Duveen Galleries. It consists of deconstructed materials such as timber, polystyrene boxes covered in a cement wash and cardboard columns. The Telegraph’s Alastair Sooke says her ‘colossal reimagining of riverside London bristles with vitality’.

And finally...

A French artist is living inside a bear carcass for two weeks as part of an art performance piece that he started on Tuesday. Abraham Poincheval is performing his Dans La Peau de l'Ours (Inside the Skin of the Bear) at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Hunting and Wildlife Museum) in Paris. The Independent reports that will not leave the sterilised carcass for a fortnight, forcing him to eat, sleep, and relieve himself while being filmed by two cameras.