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A GREAT BEQUEST. The British Museum in London revealed this week that he had received a large bequest of Chinese porcelain and jade Sir Joseph Hottunga member of a powerful Hong Kong family who died last year. George Osbornechairman of the board of the British Museum, told guard that the bequest was “one of the most generous gifts we have ever received.” It has riches galore — namely, “246 jades, 15 very fine blue and white porcelains from the Yuan (1279–1368) and Ming (1368–1644) dynasties, and a dry lacquered Bodhisattva head,” according to guard. Those items are expected to go on display at the museum in the coming months, which could mean they will coincide with Sotheby’s sale of $50 million worth of artwork from the Hotung collection.

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VEGETABLE LOVE. Here’s a match for the ages: comedian John Oliver and a head of cabbage. On Last Week Tonight with John Oliverthe host married the vegetable in homage, apparently, to an AI-generated piece of art. Mashable reports that the ceremony was officiated by none other than an actor Steve Buscemi. A little background: this unusual marriage between a human and a vitamin-rich food product was originally conceived by a Discord user named postopzoomies, and Oliver thought to realize it, even imagining every step of his new relationship along the way. “What a trip we’ve all had,” Oliver said as he recounted it.

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In front of a huge retrospective of the Museum of Modern Art, a photographer Wolfgang Tillmans I received New York Times profile treatment. Details about the show remain scarce, though the material contains one spicy tidbit: Every photograph in the show is a personal print that Tillmans either pulled from his archive or reprinted. [The New York Times]

Climate change activists have stuck to the framework of a Peter Paul Rubens drawing at The old Pinakothek in Munich on Friday, marking the latest in a series of high-profile protests of its kind. Museum officials said the protesters damaged the painting’s frame. [Deutsche Welle]

Curator Helen Molesworth working on a podcast about the artist Ana Mendieta and her husband, the minimalist sculptor Carl Andrewho was acquitted during her death trial. Titled Death of an artistthe podcast will start next month. [Vanity Fair]

Jack Coulteran artist with synesthesia, has produced a painting that transcribes a speech of Greta Thunberg and music by 1975 in abstraction. It will be sold on Sotheby’swhere it is expected to earn £20,000 ($23,400), with proceeds going to Thunberg’s foundation. [The Guardian]

Staff in Ohio Columbus Museum of Art announced plans to form an alliance. Workers at the museum said they faced uncertainty during the pandemic, and one employee said the institution had responded “positively” to their unionization efforts. [The Columbus Dispatch]

A teacher’s TikTok about her $50 annual budget for her art classes has garnered 2 million views. “This is just WRONG,” wrote one viewer. [Newsweek]

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“PHIGITAL” AGE. The Hong Kong-based billionaire Adrian Chengwhich ranked at ARTnews The Top 200 Collectors list has certainly stayed busy of late, having recently revealed plans to open a $1.4 billion waterfront cultural complex in Shenzhen. His latest venture appears to be an investment in Chiru LabsAzuki’s NFT Collection. According to Artnet News, the Azuki Collection, although not as well known as other NFT groups, has brought its creators $29 million. In a tweet, Cheng revealed himself as his supporter. He hinted at potential future arrangements similar to this one: “Artist collaborations, expanding ‘phygital’ experiences and innovative contributions to modern culture and web3 art are on the table and will be explored.” [Artnet News]

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