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  • 13 June 2014

Sandy Nairne steps down, Tate recieves a Twombly gift and Abramović is present at the Serpentine – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Nicholas Serota, in front of one of Cy Twombly's paintings Photograph: Justin Tallis/PA

Nicholas Serota, in front of one of Cy Twombly's paintings


Photograph: Justin Tallis/PA

Tate’s new Twomblys

Tate has received an astonishing gift from the estate of Cy Twombly, following his death in 2011. According to The Financial Times the gift includes three large late paintings and five bronze sculptures, which would fetch upwards of £50m. Director Nicholas Serota said the gift ranked alongside Mark Rothko's donation of the Seagram mural paintings in 1969, some of Tate's most popular works.

Present and correct at the Serpentine

Marina Abramović​ has taken possession of the Serpentine Gallery in her latest durational performance. She states 'it has become my house for the next 512 hours, after all museums are there for artists'. She has banned all electronic devices and will be present every day. The Guardian's Adrian Searle relays his experience, whilst The Independent reports on large queues for entry beginning at 2am.

Sandy Nairne steps down

The director of the National Portrait Gallery, who has presided over a period of soaring visitor numbers and sell-out exhibitions, is to leave the job early next year. The Telegraph reports on Nairne's achievements, including a collaboration with the Art Fund to raise £10m, the gallery's largest ever public appeal, to acquire a magnificent Van Dyck self-portrait.

Rembrandt authenticity proved

A painting gifted to the National Trust has been verified as a genuine Rembrandt estimated to be worth £30m. The self-portrait, which hangs in Devon's Buckland Abbey, had been the subject of debate over its authenticity, since 1968. The Times reports that eight months of investigative work at the Hamilton Kerr Institute (HKI) confirmed it was authentic.

And finally…

1,600 papier-mache pandas created by French artist Paulo Grangeon are on display on the steps leading up to the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. The installation is part of the 1,600 Pandas World Tour, which sees the sculptures placed in cities around the world to raise awareness of the endangered species.