March 2016

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Article date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Interview with Els Barents, curator for the Belgium & Holland section at the inaugural Dubai Photo Exhibition

Interview with Els Barents, curator for the Belgium & Holland section at the inaugural Dubai Photo Exhibition

One of today’s most outspoken events in proclaiming international contemporary photography as an art medium is the inaugural Dubai Photo Exhibition (16-19 March) organized under the patronage of HIPA (The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award) and the Crown Prince of Dubai. This interesting and unique event makes it possible to see and compare contemporary photography from different countries selected by invited curators from these countries, those who are considered to have the most acute and impartial view on their local art scene.


Article date: Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Guggenheim Museum receives a $3 million endowment grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Article date: Thursday, March 24, 2016

Guggenheim Museum receives a $3 million endowment grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has received a $3 million endowment grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the continuing work of the museum’s Conservation Department. A longtime pioneer in the field of contemporary art conservation, the Guggenheim established the Variable Media Initiative in 1999 to advance the preservation of media and performance-based works in its permanent collection.

SP-Arte, São Pauloʼs International Art Fair, continues to distinguish itself as Latin Americaʼs leading art fair.
Article date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

SP-Arte, São Pauloʼs International Art Fair, continues to distinguish itself as Latin Americaʼs leading art fair.


Held in the historic Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, designed by Pritzker Laureate Oscar Niemeyer, the Fair presents a dynamic mix of local and emerging artists alongside internationally renowned names. In the Main sector, notable Brazilian galleries Fortes Vilaça, Luisa Strina, Mendes Wood DM, Nara Roesler and Vermelho will return in addition to high-profile international exhibitors: Continua, David Zwirner, Lisson, Michael Werner, neugerriemschneider and White Cube.

When Art Meets Technology: Bruegel's works unveiled like never before
Article date: Thursday, March 17, 2016

When Art Meets Technology: Bruegel's works unveiled like never before


The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the Google Cultural Institute are launching the Bruegel / Unseen Masterpieces / project, for the first time ever, bringing together eight prestigious international museums around the figure of Bruegel the Elder. Drawing on a wide spectrum of virtual and onsite experiences, this unique initiative offers everyone the chance to immerse themselves in Bruegel's masterpieces.

Sarah Cosulich reconfirmed as director of Artissima 2016
Article date: Monday, March 14, 2016

Sarah Cosulich reconfirmed as director of Artissima 2016


Following four successful years as director of Artissima, Sarah Cosulich will once more lead the fair in 2016. Under her direction, the fair has expanded geographically and has consolidated its experimental identity and objectives.

Five paintings, worth € 30mln, by Bacon stolen from Madrid house.
Article date: Monday, March 14, 2016

Five paintings, worth € 30mln, by Bacon stolen from Madrid house.


According to El Pais the 5 paintings were stolen last June from a Madrid mansion. It is unclear why details have emerged now.

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel has opened its doors in Downtown Los Angeles
Article date: Monday, March 14, 2016

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel has opened its doors in Downtown Los Angeles


Iwan Wirth, president and owner of Hauser & Wirth, the international gallery of contemporary art and modern masters with exhibition spaces in Zurich, London, and New York, opened to public the company’s new Los Angeles venue on March 13, 2016, located at 901 East 3rd Street, in a historic 100,000 square foot flour mill complex in the city’s burgeoning downtown Arts District.

Tate Modern to exhibit unparalleled modernist photography from the collection of Sir Elton John
Article date: Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tate Modern to exhibit unparalleled modernist photography from the collection of Sir Elton John


Tate Modern has recently announced a major new exhibition, The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection, opening on 10 November 2016. The show will be drawn from one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography and will present an unrivalled selection of classic modernist images from the 1920s to the 1950s.

THE RUBENS HOUSE IS PULLING ANOTHER STUNT
Article date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

THE RUBENS HOUSE IS PULLING ANOTHER STUNT


A ‘new’ self-portrait by Anthony van Dyck, a masterpiece beyond doubt, has recently been discovered. It is almost identical to the famous Self-Portrait by Van Dyck at The National Portrait Gallery in London, which caused quite a stir a few years ago. And again, the Rubens House is the first in the world to show this new work to the general public. Together with six other new loans.

General Director of Rijksmuseum announces his departure
Article date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

General Director of Rijksmuseum announces his departure


Wim Pijbes (1961), General Director of the Rijksmuseum has announced his forthcoming departure, as of 1 August 2016; Pijbes has held this position since 1 July 2008. During this period he headed the extensive renovation, transformation and reopening of the Rijksmuseum. Pijbes will become the General Director of Voorlinden, a new contemporary art museum and nature reserve near the Dutch coast between the towns of Scheveningen and Wassenaar.

In its 22nd Year, The Armory Show is More International than Ever
Article date: Saturday, February 27, 2016

In its 22nd Year, The Armory Show is More International than Ever


Established in 1994 and held annually on Piers 92 & 94, The Armory Show is New York’s premier international art fair, which will take place March 3-6 this year. In its 22nd year, The Armory Show will host 205 galleries from 36 countries worldwide – the fair’s largest international representation to date.

Tate Britain announces major David Hockney retrospective in 2017
Article date: Monday, February 22, 2016

Tate Britain announces major David Hockney retrospective in 2017


Tate Britain has announced the world’s most extensive retrospective of the work of David Hockney, opening February 2017. Widely regarded as one of the most successful and recognisable artists of our time, this exhibition will celebrate Hockney’s achievement in painting, drawing, print, photography and video. Following its presentation in London the exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou and The Metropolitan Museum, will tour internationally to Paris and New York.

The end of Paris Photo Los Angeles and cancelled launch of FIAC Los Angeles
Article date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The end of Paris Photo Los Angeles and cancelled launch of FIAC Los Angeles


Jean-Daniel Compain, Senior Vice President Culture, Luxury & Leisure Division at Reed Exhibitions France: “Despite the impressive mobilization of the city of Los Angeles, its galleries, cultural institutions, and collectors, and notwithstanding its great potential for cultural development, the absence of a mature market in terms of Art Fairs of this scale and scope has driven us to make this difficult decision. We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received since the launch of Paris Photo in Los Angeles, and during the research and development phases of FIAC LA: the city of Los Angeles, its representatives, its institutions, and its cultural players both public and private, have demonstrated invaluable enthusiasm and support in these endeavors."

The Serpentine expands its internationally acclaimed programme
Article date: Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Serpentine expands its internationally acclaimed programme


The Serpentine has announced that, in tandem with the 16th Pavilion, it expands its internationally acclaimed programme of exhibiting architecture in a built form by commissioning four architects to each design a 25sqm Summer House. The four Summer Houses are inspired by the nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical style summer house, built in 1734 and a stone’s throw from the Serpentine Gallery.

Premiere of documentary on Robert Mapplethorpe at Berlinale 2016
Article date: Friday, February 12, 2016

Premiere of documentary on Robert Mapplethorpe at Berlinale 2016


The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and its long-term representative Galerie Thomas Schulte are pleased to inform about a new documentary on the artist, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, which will premiere this Sunday at the Berlinale Internationale Filmfestspiele.

Unknown work of Delville discovered
Article date: Monday, February 8, 2016

Unknown work of Delville discovered


Exclusive news for the Royal Library and the Fin-de-Siècle Museum: an until recently unknown artwork of Jean Delville has been (re)discovered in the collections of the Royal Library’s Prints Cabinet. As a privileged partner of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Library is exhibiting this rare discovery at the Fin-de-Siècle Museum.

Ellsworth Kelly by Tricia Paik. Published by Phaidon
Article date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ellsworth Kelly by Tricia Paik. Published by Phaidon


Phaidon’s new publication, “Ellsworth Kelly”, offers a long overdue overview of the artist, his life and his work. We say long overdue because, as author Tricia Paik argues, the work of Ellsworth Kelly has endured chronic miscategorization throughout the years, leading to a delayed public understanding of his contribution to and positioning within the arts. Paik’s conversational tone and eye for intriguing detail takes us through a timeline of Kelly’s life, in which certain key aspects stand out.

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