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  • Ella Fontanals-Cisneros to Donate Works for New Contemporary Art Museum in Madrid

    Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, the Cuban-born art collector and founder and president of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, is planning to donate works of Latin American art to the Spanish State, Maximilíano Durón of Artnews reports. She has signed a preliminary agreement with Íñigo Méndez de Vio, the Spanish minister of education, culture, and sports, that calls for the establishment of a new contemporary art museum in Madrid to house the works. The news, comes on the heels of the foundation’s decision to close its Miami exhibition space in order to focus on collaborating with more institutions

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  • Tania Bruguera to Create Tate’s 2018 Turbine Hall Commission

    Tate Modern announced today that Tania Bruguera was selected to create the next Hyundai Commission for Turbine’s Hall. Best known for her politically-engaged projects and activism, Bruguera is a Cuban artist whose works over the last two decades have ranged from her performance The Burden of Guilt, 1997–99, for which she consumed soil mixed with salt water for forty-five minutes—a reference to the legend of the mass suicide of a group of indigenous Cubans—to Tatlin’s Whisper #5, 2008, which also took place at Tate’s Turbine Hall. For the performance, visitors were confronted by mounted

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  • Paula Hayes Named the Baltimore Museum of Art’s First Landscape Artist in Residence

    The Baltimore Museum of Art announced that it has named visual artist and landscape designer Paula Hayes as its first landscape artist in residence. In this role, Hayes will develop the overall creative direction of the museum’s physical environment, which encompasses 7.5 acres, for the next two years.

    Best known for her blown-glass terrariums, botanic sculptures, and interactive spaces, Hayes often creates work that connects people with nature. “Throughout my career I have worked with a mix of public and private spaces, but working with an institution like the BMA is a new endeavor for me,” she

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  • Manchester Museum Appoints First Female Director

    The Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester in England has announced that Esme Ward will serve as the institution’s new director. She is the first woman to be elected to the post in the museum’s 125-year history. Ward succeeds Nick Merriam and will assume her responsibilities on April 9.

    “I am thrilled to be appointed the new director of the Manchester Museum,” Ward said. “The vision to use its collections to promote understanding between cultures and a sustainable world could not be more timely or relevant.”

    Ward first joined Whitworth Gallery, which is also part of the University of

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  • Panel Created to Verify Authenticity of Russian Avant-Garde Works Lent to Belgian Museum Suddenly Disbands

    A panel that was formed to investigate a number of allegedly fake Russian avant-garde works in the exhibition “From Bosch to Tuymans: A Vital Story” at the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent in Belgium—including pieces by artists such as Kazimir Malevich and Wassily Kandinsky that were on loan from the Dieleghem Foundation, a nonprofit founded by the Brussels-based Russian businessman and art collector Igor Toporovski—was dissolved only hours after meeting, reports Simon Hewitt of the Art Newspaper. One day later, the city of Ghent returned the artworks and announced that the loan had been

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  • Artist in Singapore Given Six-Month Jail Term for Stalking Woman

    Artist Chun Kai Qun was recently ordered to spend six months in jail for stalking and harassing a woman, reports Julee WJ Chung of Art Asia Pacific. Chun pleaded guilty to the offense, which took place in 2016 between November 3 and December 2. He also harassed the woman throughout most of last year.

    Chun met the woman in 2015. They became friends. Chun, however, wanted more out of the relationship, despite being turned down by her numerous times. He then began following her from her workplace to her home as many as four times a month. He would also send her sexually explicit emails up to seventeen

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  • Arts Professionals Launch Petition to Reinstate Beatrix Ruf as Stedelijk Museum Director

    More than one hundred artists, curators, and other arts professionals are calling for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam to reinstate former director Beatrix Ruf, who stepped down amid controversy over her management of the institution in October 2017. Among those rallying to her defense are artists Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, and Richard Serra, and museum directors Bart Rutten of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and Jacqueline Grandjean of Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.

    Ruf joined the Stedelijk after Ann Goldstein stepped down from the helm of the museum in 2014, but she resigned last

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  • Idrissa Ouedraogo (1954–2018)

    Idrissa Ouedraogo, the Burkinabe filmmaker whose 1990 familial drama, Tilaï (The Law), received the Cannes Jury Prize that same year, has died, writes Christopher Vourlias of Variety. The president of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, said that the country “has lost a filmmaker of immense talent,” who “truly contributed to turning the spotlight on Burkinabé and African cinema beyond our borders.”

    Ouedraogo was a student in Russia before moving to Paris, where studied at the renowned Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques. In 1985, he graduated from the Sorbonne with a degree in

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  • Peter Gorschlüter Appointed Director of Germany’s Museum Folkwang

    Curator and art historian Peter Gorschlüter has been named the new director of the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany. Gorschlüter has served as the deputy director of the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt since 2010. He succeeds Tobia Bezzola, who became director of the Museo d’arte della Svizzera in Lugano, Switzerland, in January, and will assume his responsibilities on July 1.

    Expected to serve an eight-year term, Gorschlüter said, “It will be exciting to manage the Museum Folkwang, with its impressive history and collection, during a time when museums must reposition themselves internationally

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  • Judy Blame (1960–2018)

    Chris Barnes, the punk fashion legend who rechristened himself Judy Blame after running away to London when he was seventeen years old, has died, reports Alice Newbold of Vogue UK.

    In true punk style, Blame made something from nothing, crafting jewelry from trash scavenged from the polluted River Thames. He was the cofounder, with John Moore, of the House of Beauty and Culture in Dalston, a gathering place for artists such as photographer Mark Lebon, fashion designer Christopher Nemeth, and musician Richard Torry. Blame was a key figure in London’s New Romantic scene and hosted a night at the

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  • Chinese Official Calls for US to “Severely Punish” Man who Stole Terracotta Warrior’s Thumb

    An American man has been charged with breaking off and stealing the left thumb of an ancient Chinese terracotta warrior that is one of ten on loan to the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia from the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Center. Michael Rohana absconded with the thumb after posing for a selfie with the 2,200-year-old statue at an ugly Christmas sweater party held after-hours at the museum on December 21. The statues are currently on display until March 4 as part of the museum’s “Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor” exhibition. After the institution noticed the missing digit on

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  • Art Collective Crowdfunds to Buy Theater to Support Female-Led Work

    Following the wave of sexual harassment allegations that have rocked the art world, the women’s theater collective known as Bossy has launched a Go Fund Me campaign in hope of buying the storied Theater Royal Haymarket in Westminster, England, and turning it into a female-led playhouse. The collective started in 2016 as a support system for women in creative fields and now has a Facebook group of more than fifteen thousand members.

    “We are a female led arts initiative campaigning for a female led arts space,” Bossy said in a statement. “In response to unequal representation and the lack of safe

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