Morning Links: Mayoral Edition

Venice's mayor, Giorgio Orsoni. (Courtesy

Venice’s mayor, Giorgio Orsoni. (Courtesy

Laurent Le Bon has been named president of the Musée Picasso. [NYT]

Eli Broad’s forthcoming Los Angeles museum, the Broad, has filed a $19.8 million suit against Seele, the German firm manufacturing its latticed facade, for delays in production and misrepresenting its expertise. [NYT]

The saga continues. (Sorry.) San Francisco has offered George Lucas a new place for the museum he wants to build to show his art collection and “movie-related objects.” [Los Angeles Times]

A jury has been picked for the competition to design the 130 million-euro Guggenheim Helsinki Museum. [NYT]

“As the 14th Architecture Biennale opened its doors to the press, the city of Venice was rocked by the news that Giorgio Orsoni, mayor since 2010, has been arrested. He is charged with embezzlement, money laundering and contract rigging.” [The Art Newspaper]

A German museum is exhibiting a replica of Vincent van Gogh’s ear, constructed from cells from the artist’s brother’s great-great-grandson. Sounds great! [The Guardian]

“Scientists are close to deciding how to restore a fading chalk sketch believed to be the only existing self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, following a hi-tech study of the paper.” [The Independent]

The Michigan legislature has approved a $195 million package to help bolster and prevent the sale of works at the Detroit Institute of Arts. [The Detroit News]

“From a piece of the Wright brother’s plane to a child’s sugar egg, today: Things! Important things, little things, personal things, things you can hold and things that can take hold of you.” [Radiolab]

A new Ellsworth Kelly curtain for LVMH in Paris. [MatthewMarksGallery/Instagram]

On a related note: artist wallpaper. []

Morning Links: Mayoral Edition