Archive for December, 2015

Comprehensive exhibition of Ben Vautier’s work on view in Switzerland for the first time

Ben Vautier (*1935) has been on the scene since the late 1950s as an artist, performer, organizer, linguistic inventor, and re-thinker of art. He is one of the pioneers of the Fluxus movement in Europe and, as a comrade-in-arms of the École de Nice, a close friend of artists such as Arman, Yves Klein and Martial Raysse. He is known for his text images, which, using brief, pithy phrases, equally... | Read More

Emil Nolde’s close ties to Hamburg are being explored in a comprehensive display at Hamburger Kunsthalle

The city of Hamburg held great significance for the Expressionist artist Emil Nolde (1867–1956). Not only did he find inspiration for numerous artworks here, he also gained considerable recognition at an early stage of his career. Now, for the first time, Nolde’s close ties to the city are being explored in a comprehensive display of around 200 of his works, which include vibrantly... | Read More

British Museum to launch first major exhibition of underwater archaeology in May 2016

The British Museum is to stage a major exhibition on two lost Egyptian cities and their recent rediscovery by archaeologists beneath the Mediterranean seabed. Opening in May 2016 for an extended run of six months, The BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds will be the Museum’s first large-scale exhibition of underwater discoveries. It will show how the exploration of... | Read More

Statues defaced in anti-China attack at new National Palace Museum branch in Taiwan

Two statues donated by actor Jackie Chan to a newly opened museum in Taiwan were splashed with paint and daubed with anti-China slogans, reflecting growing tensions over Beijing's influence on the island. The bronze dragon and horse heads sit in the garden of the new branch of Taipei's famous National Palace Museum in the southern city of Chiayi and were defaced Wednesday night, the museum said.... | Read More

Annual display of exquisite Turner watercolours returns to the Scottish National Gallery

In keeping with a long-standing tradition now stretching over a century, New Year’s Day at the Scottish National Gallery will be marked by the opening of Turner in January: The Vaughan Bequest, an annual display of works by the artist Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851). An outstanding collection by one of the great masters of British painting was bequeathed to the Gallery in 1900... | Read More

‘Mein Kampf’ Enters Public Domain; Arguably, Anne Frank’s Diary May, Too

European rights to the two stark Holocaust artifacts may both expire on Friday. Reprints of Hitler's manifesto have been received warily; the legal case around Frank's diary is significantly murkier.

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The Architecture That Wowed Us This Year

“Not long ago, employing advanced computer technology to deform a building into shards or blobs was enough to capture our imaginations. Today, it requires something more, be it formal sophistication, environmental innovation, intricate detailing, sophisticated materials, diverse programs, flexible layouts, or a connection to the surrounding landscape.”

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First Look: Firelei Báez

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Genius in a Box

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In the Studio: Carroll Dunham

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