Top five museum acquisitions of the month

The Tate has acquired Helen Frankenthalers Vessel (1961). © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Jordan Tinker, courtesy of Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in New York has donated a large abstract painting by the US post-war artist to the Tate. Vessel, the first work by Frankenthaler to enter a UK national collection, will be on show at Tate Modern in London until November 2020 alongside four paintings on loan from the foundation. Made using the signature “soak-stain” technique of pouring thinned oil paint on to an unprimed canvas placed on the floor, Vessel is one of Frankenthalers most significant paintings from the 1960s, according to the foundations director, Elizabeth Smith.

The Rijksmuseum has acquired photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe. ©Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Photo courtesy of Rijksmuseum

The Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen and his husband Henk van Dijk have donated 21 photographs and three porcelain plates by the US photographer Robert Mapplethorpe to the Rijksmuseum. The gift includes Mapplethorpes Self-portrait with Cigarette (1980), an erotic male nude and two portraits of Van Manen himself. “Good Mapplethorpes fetch such high prices—and have been doing so for a long while—that they are beyond the reach of the museum unless they can be acquired through donation,” the Rijksmuseum says in a statement. The new acquisitions will join the museums only other work by the artist, a portrait of the musician Patti Smith, in a forthcoming exhibition of American photography from 1839 to the present.

The Berlinische Galerie has acquired Lotte Lasersteins Lady with Red Beret (around 1931). Photo: Anja Elisabeth Witte; © VG Bild-Kunst / Berlinische Galerie Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur

The Berlinische Galerie has bought a gouache and oil painting on paper by Lotte Laserstein, a rising star of Weimar-era Berlin, who fled Nazi Germany for Sweden in 1937 and is now receiving belated recognition. This portrait appeared in the gallerys recent exhibition, Lotte Laserstein: Face to Face, which is at the Kunsthalle zu Kiel until 19 January. The Friends of the Berlinische Galerie supported the acquisition for an undisclosed price from the dealer Michael Nöth.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has acquired Virgin and Child Enthroned (around 1350) by the Master of Vyšší Brod. Courtesy of Cortot & Associés

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has purchased a devotional panel depicting the Virgin and Child enthroned by the anonymous 14th-century Bohemian artist known as the Master of Vyšší Brod. The auction house Cortot & Associés says that a dealer representing the Met made the final bid of €6.2m for the tempera painting in Dijon, France—welRead More – Source