• Hwang Hyun-san Resigns as Chairman of Arts Council Korea

    Citing health concerns, Hwang Hyun-san has stepped down as chairman of the Arts Council Korea (ARKO), bringing to an end what was meant to be a three-year term he started last November, according to ArtAsiaPacific. Hwang, a prominent literary critic, was one of thousands of cultural figures in South Korea blacklisted during the presidency of now-impeached Park Geun-hye, who was arrested last March. His predecessor, Park Myung-jin, stepped down last May over her role in excluding artists and cultural figures from government support. Hwang vowed to investigate the discrimination. “This blacklist

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  • Marta Moreira de Almeida Appointed Deputy Director of Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art

    Curator and art historian Marta Moreira de Almeida has been named deputy director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto. She has worked as a curator for the Serralves Foundation’s Fine Arts Service since 1991, and became coordinator of the department in 1995. In 1999, she helped organize the musuem’s groundbreaking inaugural exhibition “Circa 1968.”

    Commenting on the appointment, the museum’s new director João Ribas said, “Marta has been working in Serralves for over twenty-five years and has worked directly with all the previous museum directors. This gives her in-depth knowledge

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  • Eduardo Paolozzi Mural Revealed After Demolition in Berlin

    A mural by Eduardo Paolozzi, the late sculptor and artist widely a founder of the British Pop art movement, was rediscovered on the side of a residential building in Berlin after the razing of a bank that had obscured the work since the 1980s, according to Kate Brown of Artnet. The composition, which is the artist’s largest public work at 10,000 square feet, was completed in 1976 near the Zoologischer Garten railroad station. It is uncertain what will happen to the mural, as there are already plans for a new building that would once again conceal the art, which had previously only been visible

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  • Cooper Hewitt Hires Chief Experience Officer and Elects New Board Leadership

    The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in Washington, DC, has announced that it has appointed Carolyn Royston to the newly-created position of chief experience officer. She took up the post on February 5. The museum has also elected Elizabeth Ainslie, the owner of Elizabeth Ainslie Interiors, as chair; Scott Belsky, the chief product officer and executive vice president of Creative Cloud at Adobe, as president; and Todd Waterbury, chief creative officer for Target, as a vice president of its board of trustees. Cooper Hewitt director Caroline Baumann called the new board leadership “

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  • OMA Reveals Design Renderings for Moscow’s New Tretyakov Gallery

    OMA, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, has released its renderings for the New Tretyakov Gallery redesign. The gallery has been housed in the Central House of Artist—the largest exhibition venue in Russia—since 1983. Over the years, the space has become fragmented after a number of additions and other modifications were made. As a result, Rem Koolhaas said that improving accessibility and visibility will central to the gallery’s transformation.

    “Our proposal is a reconsideration of the New Tretyakov, focusing on improving its spatial infrastructure and the elimination of

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  • Louvre Abu Dhabi Launches Radio-Guided Highway Gallery and Appoints Director of Collections

    The Louvre Abu Dhabi has unveiled a radio-guided highway gallery comprising billboards featuring ten artworks from the museum’s collection that have been installed along the E/11 Sheikh Zayed road from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

    The initiative—a partnership with Abu Dhabi Media Company, Radio 1 FM (100.5 FM), Classic FM (91.6 FM), and Emarat FM (95.8 FM)—will engage drivers by transmitting a thirty-second narrative about each piece as they approach the billboards. Among the works on display are the Mari-Cha lion, an ancient Islamic work from the Mediterranean region; the Egyptian sarcophagus

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  • Judge Rules Victims of Jerusalem Bombing Cannot Seize Artifacts from Chicago Museums

    The US Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, February 21, that Americans who were injured in a 1997 Hamas suicide bombing in Jerusalem cannot seize Persian cultural artifacts from Chicago museums as compensation for a $71.5 million judgment that Iran defaulted on.

    According to Kevin Lessmiller of Courthouse News, the 8-0 judgment ends the legal battle which has been waged by eight severely injured US citizens. The victims of the bombings and their families sued Iran in a federal court in Washington, DC, in 2003 under the terrorism exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which protects

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  • Hammer Museum Receives $30 Million Gift in Support of Major Expansion

    The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles announced today that it has received a historic gift of $30 million from LA-based philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick. The donation, which is the largest the Hammer has received in its history, follows a gift of $20 million from television producer Marcy Carsey, who has served as the museum’s board chair since 2014. The donations are part of a larger capital campaign that aims to raise $180 million to fund a multiyear project that involves the renovation and expansion of the institution.

    “Art has long inspired Stewart and me in a profound and meaningful

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  • Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Faces Uncertain Future After Investor Accused of Money Laundering

    Latvia’s Museum of Contemporary art, slated to open in 2021 in Riga, is under threat as one of its major investors is facing bankruptcy, according to Katie Davies of the Calvert Journal. This month, the US government accused ABLV Bank—one of Latvia’s largest financial institutions—of laundering billions of dollars and violating sanctions imposed by the United Nations on North Korea in regards to its nuclear weapons program. After the US Treasury moved to sever ABLV from US markets, the institution was forced to ask Latvia’s Central Bank for a loan of almost $592 million. Elīna Vikmane,

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  • Whitney Museum Appoints Adrienne Edwards Curator of Performance Art

    The Whitney Museum of Art in New York has named Adrienne Edwards, the curator at large at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, its new curator of performance. She will take up the post in May.

    “Adrienne has distinguished herself as one of the most innovative curators working in performance today by engaging artists across diverse disciplines and often challenging them to explore new genres and experimental forms,” Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney’s chief curator and deputy director for programs, said. “She brings to the Whitney a wonderful complement of scholarly rigor, social commitment, and a deeply

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  • Frieze Art Fair to Launch Los Angeles Edition in February 2019

    Frieze art fair has announced that it will be inaugurating an annual Los Angeles edition at the Paramount Pictures Studio next year, taking place from February 14 through February 17. Bettina Korek has been named executive director of the fair, with Ali Subotnick serving as its curator. Frieze LA will host sixty international exhibitors, making it smaller than its New York edition, which has around one hundred and ninety exhibitors, and Frieze London, which has one hundred and sixty. The announcement of Frieze LA arrives nearly two years after Hollywood entertainment firm Endeavor purchased a

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  • Edinburgh’s Ingleby Gallery Relocates to New Space

    Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh, a pillar of Scotland’s contemporary art scene, has announced that it will move to a new location: the Meeting House of Glasite Church, a former gathering place for a small religious sect. Renovated by Helen Lucas Architects, the historic building dates to 1835. An exhibition of works by painter Callum Innes, who participated in the gallery’s first-ever show in 1998, will inaugurate the space, opening May 12.

    “We are fortunate to work with world class artists at many different stages of their careers,” gallery cofounder Florence Ingleby said in a statement. “In order

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