Art Industry News: The Musée d’Orsay Is Sending Manet’s ‘Olympia’ to the Met + Other Stories

Plus, the Pompidou launches an architectural competition for its renovation and Soojin Kang takes the spotlight in London.

Edouard Manet, Olympia (1863). Collection of Musee D'Orsay.

Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know on this Friday, May 12. 


Tracey Emin on the ‘Healing Power’ of Art  The YBA returns to Italy for the first time since her diagnosis of bladder cancer in 2019 for a new solo show at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill in Rome. These new works reflect on the central role art has played throughout her life and most recently during her recovery. “No matter what situation I’ve been in or how desperate or scared I’ve been, art has saved me,” Emin said. (Guardian)

Michael Jordan’s ‘Dream Team’ Jacket Could Fetch $3 Million – The Reebok windbreaker covered in the stars and stripes is a major collectible from sporting history, having been worn by Jordan when he accepted a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. Signed by the NBA legend himself, the jacket is included in Sotheby’s online “Dream Team” sale accepting bids until June 28. (Robb Report)

Manet’s ‘Olympia’ Heads to the Met – The famous painting by Edouard Manet will travel for the first time to New York City as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition “Manet/Degas” organized in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay. The show probes the often-fraught relationship between the two artists, and opens this September in Manhattan. (Press release)

Paris’s Influence on Picasso – The Spanish modernist’s influence on the French capital’s art scene is undeniable, but how was he changed by Paris when he arrived in 1900? With just 10 works, a new show at the Guggenheim reveals Picasso’s first encounters with the city. (New York Times) 


Pompidou Launches Architectural Open Call – Paris’s contemporary art museum will shutter from 2025 to 2030 while it undergoes an extensive project that will include more than 200,000-square-feet of space under the gallery piazza. The expansion includes cinemas, a restaurant, and overhauled gallery spaces, and the museum has just made an open call for the design. (The Art Newspaper)

Snohetta Employees Attempt to Unionize in U.S. – The Norway-based architecture firm’s staff have already unionized at home, but are hoping to do more to transform the industry by joining the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers across the pond. (Surface)  

Samuel Fosso Wins Photography Prize – The Nigerian photographer received £30,000 as winner of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation prize, one of the industry’s most prestigious. He is best known for his self-portraits in the guise of various influential figures like Angela Davis and Malcom X. (Guardian) 


Soojin Kang Opens in London – London’s Gathering gallery opened a beguiling solo show dedicated to the Korean textile artist Soojin Kang. The artist’s largest show to date, it presents a new series in which unrefined woven fabric takes on anthropomorphic forms that appear at once like dilapidated, dormant ruins and yet are strangely animate. “To Be You, Whoever you Are” runs until June 17. (Press release)


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