Art News – weekly round-up

  • 27 March 2015

King Richard III's reburial, Defining Beauty at the British Museum and a stolen mountain top – here are the week's top art stories

King Richard III

King Richard III

King Richard III reburial

The last Plantagenet king's reinterment at Leicester Cathedral carried 'all of the pomp and grandeur of a state funeral' according to the Guardian. Guests included the Duke of Gloucester, the Countess of Wessex, the Duke of Norfolk, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Lindsay and Carol Ann Duffy. However, The Times has reported that several experts have claimed that the remains are not that of the royal Richard, and Michael Thorton wonders why the 'detestable tyrant' is being celebrated at all.

Defining Beauty: Greek sculpture opens at the British Museum

Rachel Campbell-Johnston gives this show of Greek sculpture five stars, calling it 'the absolutely-must-see exhibition of the year' while Jonathan Jones asks 'are these the greatest works of art in the world?'. The British Museum show includes the Elgin Marbles, a copy of Lely’s Venus and The Discobolus of Myron.

Artist's Summit steal

An artist who 'stole' the top of England's highest mountain for an installation has been accused of vandalism by conservationists. Oscar Santillan removed the top inch of the 3,209ft summit of Scafell Pike, in the Lake District, and is now displaying it at Copperfield Gallery in London. Ian Stephens, managing director of Cumbria Tourism, told the Telegraph 'this is taking the mickey and we want the top of our mountain back.'

Nazi artefacts discovered

A secret bunker has been discovered deep in the Argentinian jungle that was likely built by the Nazis in case they lost the Second World War. The Independent states that the discovery contains over 2,000 artefacts from the Third Reich, including minted coins and pottery. 

And finally...

The National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham has been dubbed the 'National Gallery of gaming’​. According to the Independent experts see the NVA, the 'first cultural centre' for the form in the UK, as an important step for the industry.