International News Digest

JANUARY 3

The Baibakov Art Projects blog reported that a screening of Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer—an HBO documentary about the group—has been canceled, after being scheduled this past Sunday at Moscow’s Gogol Center. According to a translation posted on Baibakov Art Projects blog’s, the center’s administrators received a letter from the department of culture which admonished, “The theater you lead is a state cultural institution . . . and is financed from the municipal budget. As director of such an institution, you should recognize your responsibility to your founders, as well as to your audience . . . . I hold the profound conviction that a state institution of culture should not be associated with the names of individuals who incite such mixed reactions and whose activities are aimed at provoking the wider public.”

If you weren’t among the nearly 400,000 people who visited the first edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2012, you can now see what you missed: Kochi-Muziris has become the first biennial that’s been digitized and archived online as part of Google Art Project, which has worked with institutions such as the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery in London. Visitors to Google’s online record of the biennial can stroll through eleven venues with the help of Google Street View and experience 360-degree images of artworks that had been on view. Said Bose Krishnamachari, director of the biennial and cocurator of its first edition, “It is mind-boggling to think that even twenty years from now someone can experience the biennale exactly as it happened in 2012.”

Gareth Harris reports in the Art Newspaper that the Centre Pompidou plans to open a satellite branch in the southern Spanish city of Mlaga, according to an announcement by the city’s mayor, Francisco de la Torre. Spanish newspaper El Pais reports that the city council will search for private sponsorship while funding the project’s annual tab of nearly $1.4 million for the next five years. A Centre Pompidou spokesman qualified the announcement, however, remarking: “Nothing is confirmed and negotiations are still ongoing. It is definitely not an outpost in the style of the Centre Pompidou-Metz.”

Frankfurt’s Museum fr Moderne Kunst is opening a new space in the TaunusTurm skyscraper, currently under construction in the city’s banking district, according to the Frankfurter Neue Presse. Notably, the museum’s expansion is being financed entirely by private sponsors; the tower’s developer, Tishman Speyer, will allow the institution to move in to its second-floor space rent-free. “These sorts of donations are an expression of a special mutual trust,” said museum director Susanne Gaensheimer, who added that the expansion was not only a step into the future for MMK, but also for the city of Frankfurt.