French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a televised speech to announce the lockdown. Photo: Gao Jing/Xinhua via Getty.
Coronavirus Cases Surge Across Europe
Protests have already erupted over the new lockdown measures.
“The virus is circulating at a speed that not even the most pessimistic forecasts had anticipated,” Macron said in a national address.
As the new rules were being discussed yesterday in Berlin, thousands of culture and entertainment industry workers, including artists, marched on the capital, with signs proclaiming “culture is dying.”
Merkel was frequently interrupted by lawmakers this morning as she defended the government’s new coronavirus measures.
“Freedom isn’t being able to do whatever you want,” she said. “Freedom is taking responsibility.”
Both nations have provided substantial bailouts this year. Germany handed out over €1 billion in cultural aid, in addition to bailouts for individuals issued earlier this spring.
In France, unemployment benefits were extended and museums got a $2.4 billion aid package this fall.
A Chokwe mask returned to Angola last year.
SINDIKA DOKOLO (1972-2020)
Africa’s art has lost
Dokolo, began collecting art at just 15 and never stopped till he died in a diving accident in Dubai at 48 on Thursday (Oct. 29).Dokolo, who was born in Kinshasa, DR Congo to wealthy Congolese business man and a Danish mother, was perhaps best known in recent years as the husband of Isabel dos Santos, nominally Africa’s richest woman and the daughter of former Angola president José Eduardo dos Santos. For most of the 2010s they were the ultimate African power couple with lavish property in Europe and attended the most glamorous fashion and art events. On Instagram today, dos Santos talked of her family’s “enormous sadness and pain.”
Over the years Dokolo earned his reputation as a great supporter of African art. He has been reported to have amassed more than 3,000 works by the likes of the South Africans William Kentridge and Zanele Muholi; Barthelemy Toguo (Cameroon); Kudzanai Chiurai (Zimbabwe), and Edson Chagas (Angola).
"Aggie" explores the life of a prominent philanthropist.
Curating art as a form of activism
As a part of the Women in Film series of the Virginia Film Festival, director Catherine Gund’s documentary “Aggie” observes her mother’s journey as a philanthropist to examine art as a “means to transform consciousness and inspire social change,” and to highlight the issue of racial injustice. The film was introduced by Matthew McLendon, the director and chief curator at The Fralin Museum of Arts at the University. McLendon presented Agnus — known as “Aggie” — Gund as a “true visionary” in the “quest for our more perfect union.”
Gund’s most famous contribution to the art world and social reform is her selling of Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” for a whopping $150 million. After drawing inspiration from Ava DuVernay’s film on mass incarceration titled “13th,” she used the money to start the Art for Justice Fund in order to fight criminal injustice. Some of the fund’s accomplishments include improving education, regaining voter rights for people in Florida and working to end juvenile life without parole. However, the biggest accomplishment of Gund and the Art for Justice Fund is setting a new standard for philanthropy. Aggie’s daughter, Catherine Gund, highlighted the significance of the fund and Aggie’s activism in this documentary by telling her mother’s life story and exploring her journey as an international benefactor.