An exhibition chronicling the life and legacy of Nazi-persecuted Jewish art dealer Max Stern is finally take place — minus the support of scholars and the dealer's own heirs. "Deprived of rights and property. The art dealer Max Stern" opens with an online event on September 1 at Düsseldorf's Stadtmuseum, three years after the show was suddenly cancelled by former mayor Thomas Geisel. The decision was made due to concerns about the lack of transparency on potentially looted art formerly owned by Stern that still hangs in public museums in Germany. The exhibition had been initiated by the Jewish community of Düsseldorf, the Canada-based Max Stern Art Restitution Project, and Susanne Anna, director of the Stadtmuseum. The unilateral decision to cancel the event until further research was done not only angered donors and partners, it also prompted Stern’s heirs — three universities in Canada and Israel — to withdraw their cooperation. They felt snubbed by the city for not being … [Read more...] about Controversial Max Stern art exhibition starts
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"While watching Wales take on Russia, I noticed that the score in the top left corner of the screen was WAL 0 1 RUS," says Peter Scarborough. "Remove the numbers and you've got a WALRUS. Can any other teams (international or otherwise) make up the name of an aquatic mammal?" Who would have thought that such a question would get the knowledge readers' minds whirring so frenziedly - even if few of you managed to stick to the aquatic mammal specification? Elliot Jacobs did so with an imagined meeting of Belgium and Uganda, thus producing BELUGA - "a species of white whale best known for it's rather tasty eggs." An impressive start, Mr Jacobs, but the rest of our respondents were forced to look on dry land for their tittersome combinations. Graeme Peden is obviously a man with a sharp focusing pair of binoculars and a green wax gilet, having come up with the distinctly ornithological example of Finland versus China (FINCH). Meanwhile Nick Parkhouse speculates that Martinique … [Read more...] about How often have animals been seen on scoreboards?
Alan Jope was trying to stay upbeat. “I'm glad we were giving a good story over the weekend – and today,” the Unilever boss said, just after the company’s share price slumped at open before becoming the FTSE 100's biggest faller on Monday. “What happened was the release of a private and confidential conversation, and it came without any context.” Reports from over the weekend were true : Unilever had made three approaches for GlaxoSmithKline’s consumer health arm, which were all rebuffed - including its latest £50bn approach on December 20. For Unilever, the mood was one of damage control as a planned strategic update was brought forward. Jope explained that efforts to buy the GSK consumer healthcare arm should be “understood as not just an acquisition, but part of an overall plan for portfolio rotation” and that the overriding ambition is to hone in on health, hygiene and beauty brands. GSK’s consumer health arm owns pharmacy staples including Sensodyne toothpaste and … [Read more...] about Unilever’s Glaxo quest leaves investors reaching for the painkillers
Nobody at Epic Records will put a figure to the amount spent on their latest girl group, Thunderbugs. But off-the-record sources claim that it may be the largest amount the label (a division of Sony UK, whose other acts include Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, George Michael and Manic Street Preachers) has ever paid out for a new act. On top of the lucrative recording contract, the band has had 18 months of pre-launch grooming, recording sessions in New York and Los Angeles, and a four-day shoot for their video linked to their single "Friends Forever". Add all this together and you have to be talking many hundreds of thousands of pounds, probably millions. As one Sony executive said to me: "You were at the Hilton. We don't do that for just anyone." Indeed not. Thunderbugs made their live debut at Windows on the World, a spectacular bar on the 26th floor of the Park Lane Hilton hotel. It was a strictly invitation-only event, for the music business, the media and retail … [Read more...] about Arts: Thunderbugs are go!
PRESIDENT Joe Biden is holding a press conference today, only a day before the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. The conference comes on the same day The White House's new website offering free Covid tests goes live. What time is Joe Biden speaking today? For the tenth time since taking office, President Joe Biden is holding an extended solo press conference in front of 30 reporters in the East Room at The White House. The conference will take place at 4pm ET on January 19 and comes as his approval ratings are down to 44 percent from the initial 60 percent approval he received when he took office. The president's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal resulted in a drop in support and this approval rating hasn't recovered since. He is now struggling to gain support for his Build Back Better legislative agenda and curb the spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant which now accounts for 73 percent of cases, according to the CDC website. White House Press … [Read more...] about What time is Joe Biden’s speech today, Wednesday, January 19?