Art news / 25 April – 1 May

1. A never-before seen self-portrait by Lucian Freud, created in the 1980’s, has just been discovered in an exchange made under the acceptance in lieu scheme. It will be on display from Saturday 11 June alongside a number of other artifacts, including letters and sketchbooks from Freud, and paintings of the artist by contemporaries such as David Hockney and Frank Auerbach. Click here to read more.

2. On 23 June at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, a world first will take place. A full set (24) of Picasso’s very rare silver plate designs (created with Francois Hugo – son of Victor Hugo) will go up for auction. Isaure de Viel Castel, Head of Boundless Sales at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, said: ‘Extraordinarily precious in material and rare in quantity, Picasso’s 24 silver plates offered as a single lot provide an unprecedented acquisition opportunity for collectors from the region and beyond.’ Click here to read more.

3. An exhibition of Bob Dylan’s paintings will be on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art until 31 July, in the exhibition Bob Dylan: The New Orleans Series. The exhibition focuses on the works created by Dylan while inspired by the Southern city (one pictured above), becoming The New Orleans Series in his oeuvre. “He seems to take place, and the culture of a place, very seriously, and explores it through the visual medium,” said Lisa Rotondo-McCord, NOMA’s deputy director for curatorial affairs, who also compared him to American Impressionist William Woodward. (via The New Orleans Advocate)

4. A fire that started around 1.30am (IST) on Tuesday 26 April at the National Museum of History, Delhi, may not have only destroyed the many rare species inside the iconic building, but the building itself. Environment minister Prakash Javadekar said old collections had been destroyed: “This is a real loss. This loss cannot be counted in rupees. Some very old species of flora and fauna were there,” Javadekar told reporters adding some were very rare. On Friday after inspections, Delhi fire service officials told Mail Today the building has become so weak that “one push is all that is needed to bring it down.” (via India Today)

5. Hannah Höch, one of the most important (and unsung) members of the Dadaist movement, and in turn, one of the most important German female modern artist will be enjoying a retrospective of her diversity, in celebration of Dada’s anniversary year. The exhibition at the Kunsthalle Mannheim, does not focus on her Dadaist works, rather demonstrates how they informed her ground-breaking post-war works. Hannah Höch. Revolutionary of Art will be on view at the Kunsthalle Mannheim until 14 August. (via Art Daily)