Art News – weekly round-up

  • 5 December 2014

The Elgin Marbles leave London, the Turner Prize winner is announced and a dinosaur gets a new home – we round up the top art stories of the week.

The Ilissos statue from the Elgin Marbles

The Ilissos statue from the Elgin Marbles

Elgin marbles leave London

The British Museum has allowed part of the Elgin Marbles to leave London for the first time, by lending a statue of river god Ilisso to the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, to celebrate the institution’s 250th anniversary. Hugh Muir from the Guardian is against the loan due to current international hostilities, whilst the Telegraph breaks down the controversy. 

Turner's record-breaking sale

The sale of a Turner masterpiece, one of the last in private hands, has set a world auction record for the artist. Sotheby's auctioneers said a buyer on the phone paid £30.3m for the painting Rome, From Mount Aventine. The Daily Mail claims the sale was arranged in order to help UK Sotheby’s chairman Lord Dalmeny fund his divorce settlement.

Dinosaur rehomed at the Natural History Museum

Sophie the Stegosaurus has a new home at London’s Natural History Museum, in the Earth Hall. According to the Independent, with 85% of her skeleton intact, she is the world’s most complete example of the recognisable dinosaur, famous for the huge plates cresting its back.

Turner Prize winner announced

Dublin-born film artist Duncan Campbell has won this year's £25,000 Turner Prize for a video that reflects on African art and includes a dance sequence inspired by Karl Marx. Mark Hudson has suggested that the Art Fund take over the judging panel, in order to make it relevant to a wider public.

And finally...

An art collector has suffered the embarrassment of losing a Chinese scroll worth an estimated €1 million (£800,000) after he left it on a train seat. According to the Independent Francesco Plateroti lost the 13th century scroll, The Banquet of Immortals on the Terrace of Jade, as he travelled on the high-speed TGV train between Paris and Geneva.