If the Pokémon Company’s video teasing its upcoming collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum was already enough to have you thinking about booking a ticket to Amsterdam, the promise of an impressionistic Pikachu promo card might just do the trick.
Sudbury’s Laurentian University will be free to sell Bell Mansion, home of the Art Gallery of Sudbury, and its art collection, according to new court documents.
But the Sudbury university has not yet confirmed whether or not it will sell the property and the art inside.
In an endorsement of the court, published on June 17 by Ontario Superior Court Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz, Laurentian was granted permission to sell the property by May 30, 2025, or 90 days after the proposed Junction East Centre in Sudbury is completed.
The Junction East Centre, which is expected to be completed by 2024, according to the city, would be the gallery’s new home.
It would also host the city’s new central library and could partner with the Sudbury Theatre Centre and Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association.
In a claim filed on July 30, 2021, the Art Gallery of Sudbury estimated the value of the Bell Mansion and surrounding land at $1.3 million, and the value of its art collection at more than $4.8 million.
“Nothing in the settlement agreement will constitute the explicit or implicit acknowledgement by AGS (Art Gallery of Sudbury) that LU (Laurentian University) owns the art,” Morawetz wrote in the endorsement.
But Morwawetz added that as part of its settlement with Laurentian, the Art Gallery of Sudbury will agree that it does not own the art.
In the endorsement Morawetz said Laurentian cannot take any steps to sell the art before it creates a plan with its creditors through the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) process.
Laurentian would also need to give the gallery 90 days notice if it intends to sell any of the artwork.
In February 2021, Laurentian filed for insolvency and started a restructuring process under the CCAA. In April 2021 the university cut 69 programs and fired almost 200 staff and faculty members to cut costs.
If the university sells the art collection, and the building, the money would help pay its creditors.
In May, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities offered to purchase $53.5 million worth of Laurentian-owned land or buildings. But the province did not specify what property it would purchase.
In an email to CBC News, Demetra Christakos, the director of the Art Gallery of Sudbury, said they still have at least one legal document to submit and cannot comment on the case until that is done.
“The gallery is finalizing a public statement and will make it available within the next few days,” she said.
Laurentian said it will release a statement about the court’s endorsement on Wednesday.
Downtown Kingston’s fall Art After Dark ‘biggest one yet’
Art After Dark returns to downtown Kingston this Friday as art galleries and art-loving businesses open their doors and invite patrons to browse and buy some of the best in local art.
Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, from 7 to 10 p.m., art enthusiasts are invited to wander, chat, and maybe start or add to their personal collections. While the public is taking in the beautiful art and meeting fascinating local artists, they can also enjoy light refreshments, friendly conversation, and compelling displays at art galleries and in local shops in the downtown core.
“The eagerly-awaited fall edition of Art After Dark promises to be the biggest one yet, as attendees embark on a free walking tour of more than 20 participating studios, galleries, and art-loving businesses downtown,” the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area (BIA) said in a media release dated Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023.
“Art After Dark is a beloved community event that celebrates the talent and creativity of local artists and the dynamic arts scene in Kingston,” the BIA continued. “This year’s fall edition brings an array of new and exciting experiences that will inspire and entertain.”
In the release, the BIA shared details on what attendees can expect this year:
- Artistic Adventure: Explore the heart of Kingston’s artistic community on a captivating walking tour. Visit studios, galleries, and art-centric businesses throughout downtown Kingston, where you can engage with artists, view their latest works, and even purchase unique pieces to add to your own collection.
- Art After Dark Outdoor Lounge: New for this year’s event is the Art After Dark Outdoor Lounge, in partnership with The Caesar Company. Located on Sydenham Street (between Princess and Queen), this outdoor oasis will provide a cozy and relaxed atmosphere for attendees to unwind and socialize. Sip on specialty drinks, listen to live music, and plan your next stop on the Art After Dark walking tour.
- $500 Grand Prize Draw: While you enjoy Art After Dark, enter to win $500 towards the purchase of original artwork. Each gallery you visit offers another chance to win. Contest details will be available at all participating stops.
Art After Dark is a family-friendly event that welcomes art enthusiasts of all ages. For seasoned art collectors or those simply curious about Kingston’s thriving art scene, this event offers something for everyone, the BIA noted, adding that attendees must be 19+ to enter the Outdoor Lounge.
Pokémon are coming to the Van Gogh Museum to teach the world about art
In celebration of the Van Gogh Museum’s 50th anniversary, it has teamed up with the Pokémon Company for a special event designed to introduce young artists to Van Gogh’s work, and to teach people about the way he was profoundly influenced by Japanese art.
“This collaboration will allow the next generation to get to know Vincent van Gogh’s art and life story in a refreshing way,” the Van Gogh Museum’s general director Emilie Gordenker said in a press release. “The Van Gogh Museum and The Pokémon Company International have drawn on many years of educational expertise to create a special experience for children, their supervisors, and we hope many others at the Van Gogh Museum.”
Along with on-site activations that guide museum visitors through a selection of Van Gogh’s paintings and delve into the stories behind them, an online exploration of his fascination with Japanese culture will also be available. Along with on-site activations that guide museum visitors through a selection of Van Gogh’s paintings and delve into the stories behind them, an online exploration of his fascination with Japanese culture will also be available.
Even if you can’t make it to the actual museum to snag a ‘Pikachu with Grey Felt Hat’ card in-person, the promos will also be available through the Pokémon Center included in orders from a special collection inspired by the collaboration. But for those looking to make a trip of it, the Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum collaboration is set to run from September 28th until January 7th, 2024, and tickets for general admission to the museum (which are required to get in and can only be purchased online) are available now.
A Cartoonist Appreciates the Art at the Metropolitan Museum – The New Yorker
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