Jennifer Allen

  • news May 17, 2010

    International News Digest

    Legal Action After Exhibition Closes; North Korea Exhibition Causing a Stir in Vienna; Expansion for Berlin’s Jewish Museum; Museums at Night: From Paris to Moscow

    LEGAL ACTION AGAINST MAYOR’S OFFICE FOR CLOSING AN EXHIBITION

    As reported earlier on Artforum.com, the French artist Zineb Sedira’s exhibition at the Musée National Pablo-Picasso in Vallauris, France, was closed down prematurely after the subtitles had offended former Algerian Muslim soldiers loyal to the French during the Algerian War. The initial report from Le Monde––that the museum reopened after the artist corrected the subtitles––proved to be incorrect. As Le Monde’s Michel Guerrin reports in an update to the story, the French state is taking legal action against the office of the mayor of

  • news May 12, 2010

    International News Digest

    Dak’Art Biennial Opens; More Than 4,000 Protest Cultural Cuts in France; Brussels’s Kunstenfestivaldesarts: Bicultural Haven in Belgian Storm; Oldest Photography Laboratory Found in France; Keïta’s Trunk: Lost and Found.

    DAKAR BIENNIAL OPENS

    Dak’Art––the biennial of African contemporary art––has opened in the Senegalese capital. As Agence France-Presse reports, this year’s edition features twenty-eight artists from sixteen countries who are presenting works on the theme of “retrospective and perspectives.” Created in 1992, Dak’Art aims to support not only young artists but also emerging critics and curators. Another goal is to develop artist residencies and professional contacts with other biennials, since artists across the continent suffer from a general lack of financing and institutional infrastructures to

  • news May 03, 2010

    International News Digest

    Christoph Schlingensief to Represent Germany at 2011 Venice Biennale; No Rock Concert at the Louvre; Exhibition Temporarily Closed Due to Subtitles.

    CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF CHOSEN FOR GERMAN PAVILION AT VENICE

    The artist and director Christoph Schlingensief has been selected to represent Germany at the next Venice Biennale in 2011. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports, the curator for the German pavilion Susanne Gaensheimer confirmed the choice with the newspaper. Schlingensief is no stranger to Venice, where he staged his Church of Fear in 2003. The director is currently rehearsing Via Intolleranza II, which will

    be presented in Brussels, Hamburg, and Vienna, as part of his opera village project in Burkina Faso. Via Intolleranza II takes its

  • news April 26, 2010

    International News Digest

    University of London Starving the Warburg Institute?; Failures of Paris's “104” Space; Belgian Statues Defaced

    UNIVERSITY OF LONDON STARVING THE WARBURG INSTITUTE?

    The Warburg Institute of the University of London is facing an uncertain future. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Alexander Menden reports, the source of the problem is the original foundational agreement between the institute and the university. The institute’s library, which was created by the German art historian Aby Warburg, became part of the University of London in 1944 with the stipulation that the university maintain the institute as an independent entity while providing it with adequate furnishings and personnel. That clause has put a

  • news April 19, 2010

    International News Digest

    Thomas Schütte Honored; Loyrette Will Continue to Head Louvre; Artists' Favorites: Soulages Followed by Bourgeois and Kiefer; Erotic Photography for the Blind; Ash Hits Culture

    THOMAS SCHUTTE HONORED

    The German artist Thomas Schütte has been awarded the art prize of the city of Düsseldorf where he also lives and works. The fifty-five year old artist–who was honored with the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2005–was praised for the multifaceted nature of his interventions by Düsseldorf mayor Dirk Elbers. Schütte's installations and his staging of exhibition could be understood as an absurd world theater, said Elbers. “His work moves between an ostensible harmlessness and a profound monstrosity.” The Düsseldorf prize, which comes with seventy-four thousand dollars,

  • news April 13, 2010

    International News Digest

    Daniel Hug and Michael Neff Speak about the Art Market; “Revolution” in French Art Academies; Cairo Conference on Art Restitution; East Islanders Vote against Sculpture Loan

    DANIEL HUG AND MICHAEL NEFF ON THE CRISIS

    How is contemporary art faring in our hard times? To get an opinion on the state of contemporary art markets, the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Catrin Lorch talked with Art Cologne artistic director Daniel Hug and Michael Neff, who is involved in the organizational side of this year’s Gallery Weekend in Berlin. “The past year does not even have to have been the hardest,” Neff said. “Now the crisis is really hitting art. Even the Americans prefer to buy an overpriced Gerhard Richter than a short-term fashionable young star, or to jump on the ZERO [group] bandwagon.

  • news April 06, 2010

    International News Digest

    New Geography of Parisian Galleries; Bedding For Culture; Eyedea Collection in Peril

    NEW GEOGRAPHY OF PARISIAN GALLERIES

    Le Monde’s Harry Bellet takes a stroll through Paris’s shifting gallery scene. He identifies three sites of tectonic shifts in the City of Lights. While heavyweights are clustering near the swanky Champs-Elysées, younger dealers are still flocking to the funkier Belleville, and some dealers that set up shop on rue Louise-Weiss in the Thirteenth arrondissement are migrating across the Seine to the Marais in the Fourth arrondissement.

    In the Champs-Elysées area, both Christie’s and Sotheby’s have arrived in the neighborhood, along with a branch of the Italian

  • news March 30, 2010

    International News Digest

    Karola Kraus to Head Vienna’s MUMOK; Three Architects Named Finalists for Palais de Tokyo Revamp; Born-Again Polaroid?; Elmgreen and Dragset’s Memorial Criticized

    KAROLA KRAUS TO HEAD VIENNA’S MUMOK

    Karola Kraus has been named the new director of Vienna’s Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK). As the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports, the forty-nine-year-old Kraus is currently director of the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Baden-Baden and will take up her new job in Vienna on October 1. She replaces Edelbert Köb who has led the MUMOK since 2002.

    “Karola Kraus puts art at the center of her concerns und nurtures an intensive and appreciative dialogue with people making art,” said Austria’s minister of culture Claudia Schmied. A daughter of the German Grässlin

  • news March 23, 2010

    International News Digest

    König Contract Extended; Bomb Threat at Pompidou; Guernica to Stay Put; Most French “Curious” about Contemporary Art; AFP Ends Dispatches on Museums and Exhibitions; More Diversity Behind Louvre Exhibitions?; Porn-for-One Is Not Culture-for-All

    KASPER KÖNIG’S CONTRACT EXTENDED

    Kasper König will continue to direct the museum Ludwig in Cologne for another two years. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports, the city of Cologne extended its contract with the curator until November 2012. König’s original contract was due to end November 30, 2010.

    BOMB THREAT AT CENTRE POMPIDOU

    The Centre Pompidou in Paris was evacuated on Sunday after a bomb threat. As Agence France-Presse reports, the national museum evacuated visitors and personnel at noon after an anonymous caller alerted the police from a public telephone booth. “Bomb experts came and found

  • news March 16, 2010

    International News Digest

    Rebecca Horn Honored; Valencia Museum Director Steps Down; 350,000 Percent Markup on Caspar David Friedrich; Polaroid Auction Put on Hold?; Artist Hangs Own Work Next to Boltanski; Leipzig Painter Makes Papal Portrait

    REBECCA HORN HONORED

    Rebecca Horn has been awarded the Hessian Cultural Prize for 2010 in Germany. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports, the sixty-five-year-old was praised as “one of the outstanding visual artists” in the country. Among her many accomplishments, the multitalented Horn was the first woman to be awarded Goslar’s Kaiserring prize in 1992. The prize is accompanied by approximately sixty-three thousand dollars.

    VALENCIA MUSEUM DIRECTOR STEPS DOWN AFTER CENSORSHIP

    The director of the Museum Valencian of Enlightenment and Modernity (MUVIM), Ramâ de la Calle, has resigned to protest an act

  • news March 08, 2010

    International News Digest

    Prizes for Calle and Hatoum; Tàpies Foundation Reopens; Stalin Portrait Causes Uproar

    PRIZES FOR CALLE AND HATOUM

    Sophie Calle and Mona Hatoum have been recognized for their work with awards. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports, Calle has won the Swedish Hasselblad Prize for Photography for 2010 from the Hasselblad Foundation in Gothenburg, while Hatoum was awarded the German Käthe-Kollwitz-Preis for 2010 from Berlin’s Akademie der Künste.

    In Calle’s case, the jurors praised the “groundbreaking” and “original” work of the fifty-six-year-old French artist, who has explored the relation between text and photography for three decades. The Hasselblad prize, which comes with a $140,000

  • news March 01, 2010

    International News Digest

    Palais de Tokyo—the Sequel?; a “Monumenta” Success—with Anish Kapoor Next; Christoph Büchel’s Swingers Club; Pamuk Pays Back State Subvention for His “Museum of Innocence”; Vancouver’s Cultural Funding Extinguished with Olympic Flame?

    PALAIS DE TOKYO—THE SEQUEL?

    Architects are descending on the empty spaces in the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. As Agence France-Presse reports, eighty-eight architectural teams responded to the call to transform the unused parts of the vast building into an integrated contemporary arts center. The existing Palais de Tokyo Site de Création Contemporaine—which was opened in 2002 under the directorship of Jérôme Sans and Nicolas Bourriaud and has been run by Marc-Olivier Walher since 2006—takes up only eighty-six thousand square feet of the building, while the remaining ninety-seven thousand square feet

  • news February 22, 2010

    International News Digest

    Israel Criticizes Sculpture at ARCO fair; UNESCO Launches International Year of the Rapprochement of Cultures; Director Leaves Prague’s National Gallery; After Censorship, Chinese Artist’s Work Reinstalled at Paris Beaux-Arts

    ISRAEL CRITICIZES SCULPTURE AT ARCO

    The Israeli embassy in Spain has qualified a sculpture shown at ARCO in Madrid as “offensive.” As Agence France-Presse reports, the sculpture—created by the Catalan artist Eugenio Merino—features a Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew praying on top of one another. In a press release, the embassy stated that Merino’s work includes “elements [that are] offensive to Jews, Israelis, and no doubt for others,” while noting that “values such as the freedom of expression or artistic liberty sometimes serve as a simple disguise for prejudices, stereotypes, and pure provocation

  • news February 17, 2010

    International News Digest

    Chinese Artist Censored—in France; Immendorff Fakes Immendorff; Grässlin Family Wins Award; Delvoye’s Pigs Make for Controversy in Nice

    CHINESE ARTIST CENSORED—IN FRANCE

    If the Chinese artist Ko Siu Lan had expected more democracy by studying in France, he must have been gravely disappointed by an incident of censorship that raises questions about the country’s dedication to freedom of expression. As Le Monde and Agence France-Presse report, the thirty-two-year-old student at Paris’s art academy Ecole des Beaux-Arts hung a set of banners on the academy’s facade that play on a 2007 election slogan from president Nicolas Sarkozy: “Travailler plus pour gagner plus” (Work more to earn more). By contrast, Ko’s black banners feature

  • news February 09, 2010

    International News Digest

    Susanne Gaensheimer to Curate German Pavilion at Venice; Herr Professor Gursky; “Elles” Prove Popular at the Center Pompidou; Paris “Arts Hill” Ready for FIAC? Eiffel Tower Ready for Artists?

    SUSANNE GAENSHEIMER TO CURATE GERMAN PAVILION AT VENICE

    Susanne Gaensheimer has been selected as the curator for the German pavilion at the fifty-fourth Venice Biennale in 2011. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the German Department for Foreign Affairs report, Gaensheimer is director of the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt—a position she took over in 2009 from Udo Kittelmann. German federal minister Guido Westerwelle also took the opportunity to thank Nicolaus Schafhausen for his work as curator of the German contributions for the fifty-second and fifty-third Biennales.

    HERR PROFESSOR GURSKY

  • news February 01, 2010

    International News Digest

    UNESCO Moves to Protect Haitian Heritage; Philanthropist Donates Art to Cuba; Vienna’s Kunstforum to Close?; Berlin’s Tacheles Fights Closure; François Morellet at the Louvre

    UNESCO MAKES MOVE TO PROTECT HAITIAN HERITAGE

    UNESCO has called for a ban in the trade and transfer of cultural goods and artifacts from Haiti. As Agence France-Presse reports, the specialized branch of the UN Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization will be taking an active role in the struggle to prevent the country’s heritage being pillaged in the wake of the devastating earthquake of January 12. UNESCO’s director-general, Irina Bokova, made references to the “past experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq” in launching the campaign, which will also protect “collections of art presented in

  • news January 25, 2010

    International News Digest

    Lars Nittve Leaving Moderna Museet; Vittorio Sgarbi to Curate Italian Pavilion in 2011; Raymond Pettibon Wins Oscar Kokoschka Prize; Jablonka Closes Berlin Gallery; Forgeries on View at V&A; Fake Tracey Emins and a Fake Penck

    LARS NITTVE LEAVING MODERNA MUSEET

    Lars Nittve will be leaving his position as the director of Stockholm’s Moderna Museet on October 31. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Gunnar Herrmann reports, there is nothing dramatic about Nittve’s departure. According to the regulations of the Swedish cultural ministry, the director must step down after nine years of service, which Nittve will have completed this year. Slightly more dramatic is the anticipation surrounding Nittve’s successor. Although the Swedish state has not yet chosen a new director, several possible names are already circulating in the

  • news January 19, 2010

    International News Digest

    Europe’s Response to Deitch Appointment; Helmut Newton’s SUMO Shelved?; Photographer Burns Negatives in Protest; Presidential Photograph Sells for $1.7 Million; An Art Market Heads Toward a Barter Economy

    EUROPE’S RESPONSE TO DEITCH APPOINTMENT

    There are mixed reactions in Europe to the recent appointment of Jeffrey Deitch as the new director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Le Monde’s Harry Bellet reminds us that the passage from art dealer to museum director is not entirely new, at least in the United States. “At the end of the 1950s, another gallerist, Walter Hopps, had quit business to direct—successively—the Pasadena Museum, the Washington Gallery, and then the Menil Foundation in Houston,” writes Bellet. “Former experts at auction houses have become very respected curators,”

  • news January 11, 2010

    International News Digest

    Takashi Murakami at Versailles; Moderna Museet Malmö Opens; a “Google Tax” to Support Culture?; Mona Lisa’s Cholesterol

    NEXT UP AT VERSAILLES: TAKASHI MURAKAMI

    It looks like there’s a nostalgia for the boom years—and the boom artists—still lingering in France. As Agence France-Presse reports, the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami will make his mark on Château de Versailles between September 12 and December 12. What better place to highlight the death of the glam years than the old abode of the Sun King, Louis XIV?

    It will be the first retrospective in France for Murakami. The artist, who was born in 1962, follows Jeff Koons and Xavier Veilhan, who took on the castle in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Murakami will

  • news January 05, 2010

    International News Digest

    Christian Boltanski to Represent France in 2011 Venice Biennale; “Homoerotic” Exhibition Causes Stir in Poland; Swedish Call for Royal Poems Goes Sour

    BOLTANSKI TO REPRESENT FRANCE IN VENICE

    France is getting a head start—not on 2010 but on 2011. As Agence France-Presse reports, France has chosen the artist Christian Boltanski to represent the country at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. The announcement was made by a branch of the Ministry of Culture and by the organization Culturesfrance, which is part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Born in 1944 in Paris, Boltanski is currently preparing for an exhibition that will open on January 13 at the Grand Palais, and another that will open January 15 at the contemporary art museum Mac/Val de