Art News – weekly round-up

  • 11 April 2014

Maria Miller's resignation, a mummy uncovered at the British Museum and record-breaking Chinese porcelain – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Maria Miller resigned as Culture Secretary this week David Jones/PA

Maria Miller resigned as Culture Secretary this week

Culture Secretary resigns

Maria Miller resigned this week, saying in a letter to David Cameron that the controversy about her expenses has been a 'distraction'. Richard Morrison refers to the former Culture Secretary as a ‘philistine peg in a cultural hole’ in The Times, while the Financial Times outlines the most difficult issues she faced in the role.

Mummy marvels uncovered

Archaeologists at the British Museum have used the latest technology to scan the mummified body of Tamut, a singer in a temple in Luxor. The Telegraph reports on the wealth of new information that has been discovered, including the fact that she suffered from furred arteries and may have died of a heart attack or a stroke. The findings will form part of a new exhibition at the museum opening next month called Ancient Lives, New Discoveries.

Porcelain sets record price

A small cup sold for a record $36 million (£21.5 million) on Tuesday at an auction in Hong Kong, setting a new world record for Chinese porcelain. According to the Guardian the Ming Dynasty white cup, decorated with images of a rooster and a hen, is more than 500 years old. It was bought by a Shanghai collector.

Found Fabergé goes on display

The ‘lost’ Third Imperial Fabergé egg, last seen in public in 1902, will be on display for four days only this April at Harrods. Created by Carl Fabergé in 1887 as an Easter gift for Empress Maria Feodorovna, the tiny egg was seized during the Russian revolution. The Telegraph writes that an American dealer uncovered the item at a bric-a-brac stall, before discovering its significance.

And finally…

The first Nicolas Cage art show is set to take place in San Francisco, with over 80 artists from across the world celebrating the actor. The curator, Ezra Croft, told the Huffington Post that he crowdsourced most of the contributors through website Craigslist.