8478 - Madrid to hold major Picasso exhibit for 'Guernica' anniversary

Pablo Picasso's famous anti-war mural Guernica.

Madrid's Reina Sofia museum said Tuesday it would stage a major Pablo Picasso exhibition to mark the 80th anniversary of his famed "Guernica" painting, a universal symbol of the cruelty of war.
"Pity and Terror in Picasso -- the Path to Guernica" will open on April 4 and last five months to celebrate the anniversary of the painting itself, as well as its arrival at the museum 25 years ago.

"Close to 150 masterpieces by the artist will be on show, coming from the (museum's) collection and that of more than 30 institutions from around the world," the Reina Sofia said in a statement.

Works of art from the Picasso Museum and Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York or the Beyeler Foundation in Basel will be on display.

"Guernica" is one of the most well-known works by Picasso, who was born in Spain in 1881 and died in France in 1973 aged 91.

He created it as a commission for Spain's struggling Republican government to represent the country at the 1937 World Fair in Paris.

At the time, Spain was waist-deep in a bloody civil war pitting the Republicans against the troops of future dictator General Francisco Franco.

The painting was inspired by the town of Guernica in the Basque Country of northern Spain, which was bombed on April 26, 1937, a spring market day, by German air forces supporting Franco in the war.

Hundreds died in what set a precedent for a new kind of wartime strategy during World War II -- the aerial bombing of civilians.

The painting was transferred to Madrid in 1981 from New York's Museum of Modern Art, where it had been deposited on a long-term loan by Picasso until democracy was restored in Spain.

For fear of attack, it was initially housed behind bullet-proof glass and under armed guard at the Prado Museum in Madrid before it was eventually transferred to the nearby Reina Sofia Museum when it opened in 1992.

The Reina Sofia, a vast former hospital, now displays "Guernica" in a purpose-built gallery on its own.

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8477 - Art Paris Art Fair - 30.03.2017-02.04.2017


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A spring fair of discovery: spotlight on Africa
From March 30 to April 2, 2017, the 19th edition of the Art Paris Art Fair will play host to some 130 modern and contemporary art galleries at the Grand Palais. Open to all forms of artistic expression including design, Art Paris Art Fair provides an overview of art from the postwar years to the current day with a theme-based approach that emphasises discovery. This edition puts African art under the spotlight and features monographic exhibitions in the Solo Show section and up-and-coming artists in Promises.

The 2017 selection: increased international standing and a stronger contingent of modern art galleries.
The 2017 selection bears witness to the fair’s increased international standing with 29 countries represented (compared to 22 in 2016) and 52% non-domestic exhibitors. Exploring the regions of Europe constitutes one of the fair’s main areas of work, with this year the participation of galleries from Barcelona (ADN Galería), Madrid (Galeria Alvaro Alcazar), Rome (Montoro 12), Knokke-Heist (Guy Pieters Gallery) and Amsterdam (Flatland Gallery). Newcomers from Paris include Philippe Gravier (with Sou Fujimoto’s spectacular solo show), Sobering, Perpitch & Bringand and In camera, which join the contemporary galleries that are regulars at the fair such as Galerie Lahumière, Nathalie Obadia, Daniel Templon, Paris-Beijing and Rabouan Moussion. There is also a stronger contingent of modern art galleries with, for the first time, the participation of Frans Jacob (Amsterdam), Michel Descours (Lyon), Martin du Louvre (Paris), Galerie Bert (Paris), as well as the return of Die Galerie (Frankfurt).

Guest of honour: Africa—an exceptional in-depth focus.
Since 2012, Art Paris Art Fair has forged its reputation by exploring foreign art scenes that have never, or are only rarely presented in France. In 2017, after Russia, China, South-East Asia and South Korea, Art Paris Art Fair puts the spotlight on Africa.

Under the leadership of cultural consultant and independent exhibition curator, Marie-Ann Yemsi, the invitation of Africa as guest of honour highlights a previously-unseen perspective of contemporary African artistic horizons, as well as other visions of purely African or wider-ranging influences.

Spread across the different sections of the fair, around twenty galleries from South Africa, Angola, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal, Tunisia and Europe showcase the talented emerging generation of artists from both the African continent itself and its diaspora.

In addition to monographic exhibitions featuring Mohau Modisakeng, who will represent South Africa at the next Venice Biennale (Whatiftheworld Gallery), Billie Zangewa (Afronova Gallery) and Mario Macilau (Ed Cross Fine Art), visitors will have another chance to see the large works on paper by Zimbabwe’s representative at the 56th Venice Biennale, Gareth Nyandoro, (Tiwani Contemporary), repurposed objects by Romuald Hazoumé (October Gallery) and the poetic installations of the Cameroonian artist Bili Bidjocka on the stand of Afriart Gallery / l’Agence à Paris.

On top of the galleries that are part of the focus, around ten western galleries have chosen to show the work of their African artists, in particular the Senegalese artist Omar Ba (Galerie Daniel Templon), South African Kendell Geers (ADN Galeria), and the artists represented by Magnin-A (Chéri Samba and Bodys Isek Kingelez…). In total, almost 70 artists will be presented by the participating galleries.

A very complete events programme will accompany our exploration of this continent in a state of artistic effervescence: a selection of videos entitled Les territoires du corps will be screened at the Grand Palais. These films explore the work of artists for whom the body is both the subject of their questioning and the means of expression of their art.

La Colonie is “a new space designed to encourage free and independent thinking” created by the artist Kader Attia. It will host a day of conferences and meetings that will bring together key cultural figures who are committed to the promotion of artists from Africa and members of the African diaspora.

The VIP programme A Paris au printemps invites professionals and guest collectors to make the most of an “African spring” in the museums of Paris. As part of its festival 100% Afriques, La Villette will showcase every aspect of contemporary African creation and put on an exhibition, Afriques Capitales, curated by Simon Njami. In collaboration with Hans Lemmen, an exhibition at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature will feature South African artist Roger Ballen, whereas the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac will be exploring L’Afrique des routes. The Musée Dapper has lent its walls to the Senegalese artist Soly Cissé, whereas the Galerie des Galeries hosts Le jour qui vient, an exhibition curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, which promises an encounter with a whole new generation of African artists and echoes the fair’s special focus.

Promises: a new prize to support emerging creative talents
The Promises section showcases 12 promising galleries established less than six years ago. The 2017 selection is entirely international with galleries from Abidjan, Amsterdam, Bogota, Bratislava, Geneva, Lagos, London, Luanda and Rome.

New for 2017, Art Paris Art Fair, in partnership with The Fine Art Collective, is launching the L’art est vivant prize that will honour an artist whose work is presented at Promises.

The 2017 selection includes: 50 Golborne (London), Anna Marra Contemporanea (Rome), Art Twenty One (Lagos), La Balsa Arte (Bogota), Rutger Brandt Gallery (Amsterdam), Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan), ELA – Espaço Arte Luanda (Luanda), Espace L (Geneva), The Ravestijn Gallery (Amsterdam), Soda Gallery (Bratislava), Tiwani Contemporary (London) and Tyburn Gallery (London).

Solo Show: monographic exhibitions by contemporary and up-and-coming artists.
Some 20 solo shows dotted around the fair will allow visitors to discover or rediscover in detail the work of contemporary and up-and-coming artists: Eduardo Arroyo (Galeria Alvaro Alcazar, Madrid), Hicham Benohoud (Loft Art Gallery, Casablanca)*, Marcel Berlanger (Galerie Nicolas Silin, Paris), Marion Boehm (ARTCO Gallery, Aachen)*, Sou Fujimoto (Galerie Philippe Gravier, Paris), Kendell Geers (ADN Galeria, Barcelona)*, Thomas Henriot (Galerie Christophe Tailleur, Strasbourg), Richard Hunt (Martin du Louvre, Paris), Hoon Kwak (Phosphorus & Carbon, Daegu, Ulleung-gun), Mohamed Lekleti (Dupré & Dupré Gallery, Béziers)*, Mario Macilau (Ed Cross Fine Art, London)*, Tsuyoshi Maekawa (Artisyou, Paris), Ramuntcho Matta (Salamatina Gallery, New York), Najia Mehadji (Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris)*, Julian Mereuta (Allegra Nomad Gallery, Bucarest), Mohau Modisakeng (Whatiftheworld, Cape Town / Johannesburg)*, Ugo Schildge (Perpitch & Bringand, Paris), Edouard Wolton (Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris), Gao Xingjian (Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris), Billie Zangewa (Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg)*
*African artists

Solo Show goes on the road with Bus Expo
From March 20 to April 20, 2017, Bus Expo presents a travelling exhibition in partnership with Le Bus Direct Paris Aéroport. The objective of this initiative is to provide a more widespread access to art by bringing art to the general public. Bus Expo is teaming up with Art Paris Art Fair to put the works of five artists selected from amongst this edition’s solo shows under the spotlight.

Solo Show is sponsored by Barneby’s, Bus Expo, and Le Bus Direct Paris Aéroport.



8476 - Milwaukee Art Museum receives historic gift of more than 500 Jules Chéret works

Jules Chéret, Bal du Moulin Rouge, 1889, Lithograph, Promised Gift of James and Susee Wiechmann.
The Milwaukee Art Museum announced the promised gift of an extensive collection of work by French graphic master Jules Chéret. This unparalleled group of more than 500 Chéret artworks, one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind, has been generously promised by Milwaukeeans Susee and James Wiechmann. The gift encompasses the full range of Chéret’s innovative output from his bold, expressive posters advertising theatrical events, social gatherings and a myriad of products; to designs for book covers and menus; to intimate lithographic studies of his models. Often referred to as the “father of the modern poster,” Chéret inspired many other important artists of his time including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Pierre Bonnard.
“Susee and I are thrilled to add our Jules Chéret poster collection to the Museum’s treasures where it can be shared by all,” said James Wiechmann. “These posters that lit up the streets of Paris in the late 1800s will now shine in the galleries of our Milwaukee Art Museum and those of other Museums as they are exhibited around the country.”

The Wiechmanns were lenders to the Museum’s popular 2012 exhibition, Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries, and from there began an important relationship with the institution. In addition to the promised gift of their Chéret collection, the Wiechmanns have underscored their commitment by underwriting a curatorial position. Thanks to their generosity Britany L. Salsbury will join the Museum in February as associate curator of prints and drawings.

Salsbury comes from the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design where she has been the Andrew W. Mellon curatorial fellow in the Prints, Drawings and Photographs department since 2015. During her tenure she worked on a major exhibition scheduled to open in June 2017 entitled Altered States: Etching in Late 19th Century Paris, which has an accompanying publication. She also developed a number of exhibitions including Inventing Impressionism (2016), and regularly instructed classes from RISD and Brown University on the history of works on paper in the museum’s print study room. Salsbury’s experience includes positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library & Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.

As the associate curator of prints and drawings, Salsbury will oversee the Chéret gift, along with the Museum’s broad and diverse collection of works on paper. The Museum’s strengths in this area include German Expressionism, French printmaking from the 16th through the 19th centuries, as well as important collections such as the Landfall Press archive.

“We look forward to welcoming Britany as an integral part of the Museum’s curatorial team,” said Marcelle Polednik, Ph.D., Donna and Donald Baumgartner director. “In addition to managing our works on paper collection, her extensive experience makes her the perfect person to catalogue and develop a major exhibition based on the Chéret gift.”

Salsbury completed her Ph.D. at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2015 with the dissertation The Print Portfolio and the Bourgeoisie in Fin-de-Siècle Paris. She also received an M.Phil. from the same institution in 2011, as well as an M.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.

“I am excited and honored to join the Milwaukee Art Museum. I look forward to being part of the Museum’s exceptional team, and to exploring its impressive works on paper collection–especially at a moment when the Wiechmanns’ generous gift brings a renewed focus to the history of prints,” said Salsbury.

“The Milwaukee Art Museum is thrilled about this extraordinary gift. It raises our standing both nationally and internationally, and makes us an important center for the study of the art of the French poster. We are deeply honored to receive this significant gift to the Museum, and are incredibly grateful to Susee and James for their generosity both in terms of a major gift of art and for the crucial institutional support which will help bring the collection to life,” said Polednik.


8475 - World-renowned George Eastman Museum collections now accessible online - Rochester


The George Eastman Museum has launched a new platform that allows public online access to more than 250,000 objects from its world-class collections at eastman.org/collections-online. Objects from the museum’s photography, technology, and George Eastman Legacy collections are now searchable, and more objects from the museum’s vast holdings are being added on an ongoing basis. Objects from the moving image collection will become accessible in the coming months.
“The George Eastman Museum has a long tradition of making our unparalleled collections—encompassing several million objects in the fields of photography, cinema, and photographic and cinematographic technology, as well as objects related to George Eastman—physically accessible to scholars, curators, and the public through our study centers and library, traveling exhibitions, and object loans,” said Bruce Barnes, Ron and Donna Fielding Director, George Eastman Museum. “Online access to our extensive collections will transform the public’s understanding of our holdings and facilitate new forms of collaboration with creators, curators, scholars, and collectors. Whether you are conducting research on a particular subject or simply interested in seeing what works we have by your favorite photographer, you can now do so much more easily.”

Although not everything in the George Eastman Museum’s collection is available online, more than a quarter of a million objects are currently searchable by artist, collection, classification, and date. New objects from the collection are being added to the database on a weekly basis.

The museum recently announced a grant award of $148,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to support the cataloging and digitizing of the museum’s Gabriel Cromer collection. Donated to the museum by Eastman Kodak Company, this is one of the seminal collections of early French photography and is considered the most important collection of such materials outside of France. The Gabriel Cromer collection will be fully accessible online by 2019.

“The launch of our online collection database has been truly transformative for the George Eastman Museum, allowing the world access to explore and discover the myriad wonders of our collection, enhancing the museum’s profile, our contribution to scholarship, and our collaborative capabilities,” added Barnes.



8474 - Salon du Dessin announces Chinese presence for the first time - Paris - 22-27.03.2017

Edgar Degas, Danseuse, circa 1880-85. 225 x 310 mm. W.M BRADY & Co
The art world will once again make its way to the Salon du Dessin at the Palais Brongniart in Paris from 22 – 27 March to take a fresh new look at the subject of drawing, a sometimes overlooked aspect of art.
The Salon, an international art fair is dedicated to every aspect of drawing and includes Old Master drawings. It is attended by the world’s leading specialists in works on paper and takes place from Wednesday 22 March to Monday 27 March, 2017. More than 1,000 drawings will be showcased in the prestigious Palais Brongniart. It has become a ‘must-attend’ event for art lovers.

Many of the best galleries from both Europe and further afield are represented provide wonderful discoveries for any art lover.

Events by the Salon du dessin during drawing week:

• Two museum exhibitions (40 works acquired over the last 10 years by the association Le Cabinet des Amateurs de Dessins de l’École des Beaux-Arts, and Girodet’s preparatory drawings for his famous “Scene of the Flood”)

• A scientific symposium with 12 experts (22 & 23 march)

• A contemporary design prize awarded by the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Foundation for Contemporary Art (23 march)

• Off-site events: during the Drawing Week, 20 major museums and foundations will offer the public a privileged look at their graphics collections.

An eagerly anticipated international event
The Salon du Dessin is a made-in-France success that is admired around the world. For an entire week, it brings together art lovers, collectors, novices and museum curators interested in drawings, whether Old Masters, modern or contemporary. During that week, the Salon du Dessin is the epicentre of Paris’s cultural scene, attracting an intellectual community delighted to share with the public its passion for knowledge and the excitement of discovery. An entrance ticket to the fair is an open sesame to a wealth of expertise for every visitor.

Events include:

Leading art fair: Held in the Palais Brongniart, the fair has 39 exhibitors, 40 percent of them from abroad, keeping it to a manageable size. New dealers, all of them experts in works on paper, are present each year, ensuring that the show is always fresh. This year China will be represented for the first time.

Special exhibitions: an exhibition will be held of 40 works acquired over the last 10 years by the association Le Cabinet des Amateurs de Dessins de l’École des Beaux-Arts. The École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, which will celebrate its bicentennial in 2017, owns one of the most important collections of drawings in France.

Charitable fundraising: the fair will raise funds for the Musée Girodet in Montargis, France, where hundreds of works were damaged by floods last May. Girodet’s preparatory drawings for his famous “Scene of the Flood” (Salon of 1806, Paris, Louvre Museum) will be on show at the fair. This painting, inspired by Michelangelo, helped Girodet outshine his master, David.

Scientific symposium: visitors are welcome to attend a two-day symposium, “From David to Delacroix II”, at which 12 experts (under the direction of Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoine Prat) will speak. The texts of these proceedings, published every year, have become a reference in the field.

Contemporary design prize: this internationally recognised prize, awarded by the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Foundation for Contemporary Art during the fair, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Children’s drawing contest: This competition is held in partnership with the magazine Le Petit Léonard. The drawings of the three winners in each category will be exhibited in the company of works by great masters.

Off-site events: For this year’s Semaine du Dessin (Drawing Week), 20 major museums and foundations will offer the public a privileged look at their collections. The Fontainebleau Museum will participate for the first time in 2017 with a masterly exhibition on Charles Percier, an outstanding draughtsman and renowned architect who worked on major projects for the Consulate and the First Empire. In another important event during the fair, the Domaine de Chantilly will open its new graphic arts section, set in five rooms with a period decor, which have never before been open to the public. The restored rooms boast an elegant museography. The first exhibition will be “Bellini, Michelangelo, Parmigianino: The Blossoming of the Renaissance”.


8473 - Art Brussels 2017: Participating galleries and artistic project announced - 21-23.04.2017

Art Brussels announced the participants of its 35th edition in 2017, which brings together 144 galleries from 28 countries in three main sections. Art Brussels' International and Discovery Committees have selected a total of 34 newcomers.
In line with the fair's ethos From Discovery to Rediscovery, the Committees play a significant role in developing Art Brussels' existing "discovery profile." Joining the Committees are two new members appointed by the fair, each with a curatorial background: Tania Doropoulos, Artistic Director at Timothy Taylor in London and New York; and Eva Birkenstock, Director of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf.

PRIME will comprise 108 established galleries representing internationally known artists. Exciting newcomers to the section include Gallery Baton (Seoul), Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore), ProyectosMonclova (Mexico City) and Skopia Art Contemporain (Genève) next to important returning galleries such as Bernier/Eliades (Athens), Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins and Havana), dépendance (Brussels), Xavier Hufkens (Brussels), Galerie Lelong (Paris, New York), KOW (Berlin), Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna), Galleria Massimo Minini (Brescia), New Art Centre (Salisbury), Almine Rech Gallery (Paris, Brussels, London, New York) and Tina Kim (New York).

DISCOVERY will feature 30 galleries showing recently created work (2014–2017) from artists that are not yet known to a wider public, including Babak Golkar (Edel Assanti, London); Erika Hock (Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf); Masimba Hwati (SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Johannesburg); Stanislas Lahaut (Dauwens & Beernaert Gallery, Brussels); Annaïk Lou Pitteloud (Barbara Seiler, Zürich); Jana Schröder (MIER Gallery, Los Angeles); Monika Stricker (Clages, Köln); and Emmanuel Van der Auwera (Harlan Levey Projects Gallery, Brussels).

REDISCOVERY will feature nine galleries. It will be dedicated to art from the period between 1917 and 1987 and present important artists from the historical avant-garde that have been under-estimated, overlooked, or unduly forgotten. Artists such as Alfred Basbous (Sophia Contemporary Gallery, London); Jean Messagier (Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg, Paris, Genève, St-Etienne); Ryuji Tanaka (Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, Hong Kong); Raoul Ubac & Reinhoud d'Haese (Laurentin Gallery, Brussels, Paris); and Léon Wuidar (Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels) will be put in the spotlight.

Art Brussels continues to place emphasis on the individual presentation of artists, with 15 galleries each presenting a single artist in the SOLO section. Exhibitors include Xavier Hufkens (Brussels) with David Altmejd; Galerie Daniel Templon (Brussels, Paris) with Omar Ba; Meessen De Clercq (Brussels) with Benoît Maire; Ron Mandos (Amsterdam) with Mohau Modisakeng; Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Brussels, Paris) with Laure Prouvost; and Sorry We're Closed (Brussels) with Josh Sperling.

The full list of exhibitors for 2017 can be found on the Art Brussels website.

The flagship artistic project for Art Brussels 2017 will be a group exhibition curated by Jens Hoffmann and Piper Marshall. This exhibition will showcase personal objects and artifacts from the private collections of about 50 artists all of which are participating in Art Brussels 2017. Installed within a display designed by Lhoas Lhoas, the objects offer an alternative to the way we think about collecting, one that is often filled with emotions, individual histories and memories. Together they reveal the sentiments and attitudes of the participating artists in a personal and highly subjective way.

For the second time, the fair takes place at the historical location Tour & Taxis, bathed with natural light and situated in Brussels' inner city area. The scenography of the fair, together with an optimised floor plan is entrusted again to Tom Postma Design.



8472 - Kunsthalle Mannheim: new building to open in December 2017


The Kunsthalle Mannheim will be closed from January through to December 2017 due to construction works.© Kunsthalle Mannheim, gmp.
The Kunsthalle Mannheim is gathering momentum as it enters into one of the most exciting years since its foundation in 1909. The 70 Mio. Euro New Building will open to the public at the end of 2017: spectacular architecture, a surprisingly new presentation of the collection and a line-up of compelling special exhibitions.
For more than 100 years, the Kunsthalle Mannheim has been using its outstanding collection of modern art to re-imagine, question and convey the concepts of our times. It embraces the avant-garde and is dedicated to addressing the fundamental existential questions of an urbanized society, regardless of ethnic or geographical origin. As a museum in motion, the Kunsthalle Mannheim is building its future according to the concept of a "city within the city."

The new building—designed by the international architects von Gerkan, Marg und Partner (gmp)—refers to the historical urban grid-structure of Mannheim with its distinct street blocks. The New Kunsthalle Mannheim consists of seven "exhibition houses" surrounding a central atrium. The museum’s rectangular shapes and cubic structures pay architectural homage to Mannheim’s baroque urban layout. Elements of the museum form model streets, passages, bridges, terraces and balconies. It is a microcosm within the macrocosm. The New Building is enveloped by an intricate translucent mesh-façade. The inner and outer worlds converge into one. The architecture previews the art inside, awakening the visitors’ interest and curiosity. The building opens invitingly onto its urban surroundings while also working to expand them.

From the surrounding streets and squares, glimpses can be caught of the bustling interior of the museum. Centrepiece of the New Building is the atrium, occupying an impressive 700 square metres. Daylight floods in from outside and lights up the space. The atrium is a large "square," a flexible space with no restrictions—an integral aspect of the museum as a whole. Every part of the new building has several potential uses. It is a re-interpretation of classical closed-off museum architecture, leaving the ostensibly antiquated and elitist art temple far behind.

The individual visitors are left to choose which route to take through the museum and how long to spend in each section. Those who prefer dropping by spontaneously are welcome to do so, if not to check out the latest exhibition, then at least to have a coffee, meet some friends, buy a gift, charge a smartphone or simply to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the atrium. This atrium is open, admission free and easily accessible—a central place to relax and enjoy some free time. Thus, the New Kunsthalle Mannheim is a space for everyone and a true extension of the community. It focusses on discovery and exchange—a fascinating space for encounters between people, artworks, and current discourses.


8471 - Digital Museum of Digital Art opens at the RISD Museum - Providence


Installation view. Courtesy of the artists and DiMoDA.
DiMoDA, or the Digital Museum of Digital Art, is an ongoing interactive collection, exhibition, and conservation project founded and directed by artists William Robertson and Alfredo Salazar-Caro. This exhibition was organized by invited curators Eileen Isagon Skyers and Helena Acosta. DiMoDA 2.0: Morphḗ Presence, presents recent works by Miyö Van Stenis, Theoklitos Triantafyllidis, Brenna Murphy, and Rosa Menkman—four young artists exploring the emergent form of virtual reality. Miyö Van Stenis’s Miyö’s War Room examines how contemporary video games, social networks, and internet culture sexualize women and girls and pressure men and boys into aggressive roles. Brenna Murphy’s Vectoral~Sentience_Stack offers an optically challenging and meditative visual experience, in which the viewer seems to float in a vibrating optical illusion. Theoklitos Triantafyllidis’s humorous Self Portrait (interior) becomes a claustrophobic tour of the internal workings of the human body. Rosa Menkman’s DCT Syphoning The 64th Interval is a vibrating black and white static topography that depicts an image as it is being rendered through encoding technology. While distinctly different in their visual manifestations and conceptual aims, each of these works intertwines formal and conceptual approaches with emergent technologies, delicately balancing criticality, humor, and experimentation.  
• Miyö Van Stenis Venezuelan, b. 1989 Miyö’s War Room, 2016 Virtual-reality simulation Dimensions variable 
• Theoklitos Triantafyllidis Greek, b. 1988 Self Portrait (interior), 2016 Virtual-reality simulation Dimensions variable 
• Brenna Murphy American, b. 1986 Vectoral~Sentience_Stack, 2016 Virtual-reality simulation Dimensions variable 
• Rosa Menkman Dutch, b. 1983 DCT Syphoning The 64th Interval, 2016 Virtual-reality simulation Dimensions variable

More About DiModDA Artists have long been innovative cultural contributors, and DiModDA presents artists as multifaceted producers and critics of, and participants in, visual, popular, and technological culture. Founded by artists William Robertson and Alfredo Salazar-Caro in 2015, DiMoDA debuted as a self-titled iteration as a part of the online-based Wrong Biennale, and as a solo exhibition at Transfer Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. This exhibition, DiMoDA 2.0: Morphḗ Presence, marks the first time that a Digital Museum of Digital Art project has been shown in a museum in the United States.

William Robertson is a new-media artist and museum professional living and working in Chicago. He has participated in Chicago’s glitch and new-media scenes as an active member creating live A/V live performances and installations, an organizer co-founding Tritriangle in 2012, and a collaborator with artists in Chicago and New York. His work explores physical and psychological relationships between humans and machines in constructed environments. Robertson currently works for the Art Institute of Chicago managing technology for curatorial departments and exhibitions.

Alfredo Salazar-Caro is an artist, curator, and producer. His work exists at the intersection of portraiture and self-portraiture, installation, virtual reality, video, and sculpture, and recently has focused on exploring how virtual simulation can affect perceived reality. His work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Caracas, Shiraz (Iran), Mexico City, and other places, and has been featured in publications including Leonardo, New City, Art F City, and Creators Project. He lives and works in Mexico City, New York, and Chicago.


8470 - Frieze New York's sixth edition to bring world's leading galleries to Randall's Island Park from May 5-7


Victoria Miro, Frieze York 2016. Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.
The sixth edition of Frieze New York will be presented at Randall’s Island Park from May 5–7, 2017, with an invitation-only preview on Thursday May 4. Convening more than 190 galleries from 30 countries, the fair showcases an unparalleled program of ambitious presentations by today’s most significant international artists, ranging from emerging contemporary talents to iconic and rediscovered 20th-century masters. Frieze New York is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank for the sixth consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.
Frieze New York provides vital insight into artistic practice worldwide, with galleries joining from six continents, including first-time exhibitors from Brazil, Guatemala, Japan and Poland. With museum-quality presentations, curated sections for modern pioneers and emerging galleries, newly commissioned artist projects, and a series of talks by leading cultural figures, Frieze New York brings together major institutional and private collectors, art scholars and enthusiasts.

This year’s fair will showcase top-tier modern and contemporary gallery programs from around the world, including returning exhibitors Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (New York), Tanya Bonakdar (New York), Matthew Marks Gallery (New York), Marian Goodman Gallery (New York), David Zwirner (New York), Mendes Wood DM (São Paulo), The Modern Institute (Glasgow), Foksal Gallery Foundation (Warsaw), Chantal Crousel (Paris) and Sprüth Magers (Berlin). This year’s fair will see a growing presence of 20th-century art, with the return of Acquavella (New York), Lévy Gorvy (London) and Skarstedt (New York) showing contemporary and modern work, alongside new exhibitors with a particular strength in 20th-century masters, such as Castelli Gallery (New York), Bernard Jacobson Gallery (London), Eykyn MacLean (London and New York) and Axel Vervoordt Gallery (Antwerp). Frieze New York also continues to grow as a platform for the world’s most exciting emerging galleries, with exhibitors including VI, VII (Oslo), Bridget Donahue (New York) and Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala City) joining the fair for the first time.

Organized by Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs) alongside Artistic Directors Abby Bangser and Jo Stella-Sawicka, Frieze New York’s exceptional quality is further strengthened by a team of independent curators. Toby Kamps (The Menil Collection, Houston) will curate the expanded Spotlight section for the first time, alongside Cecilia Alemani (High Line Art, New York / Italian Pavilion 2017 Venice Biennale) organizing Frieze Projects, and Jacob Proctor (Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago) and Fabian Schöneich (Portikus, Frankfurt) returning as curatorial advisors for the Frame section.

The fair is mounted in a light-filled structure designed specifically for the presentation of works of art, providing an immersive experience that interweaves art, culture, nature and the urban landscape. This unique setting provides a space for visitors to enjoy pop-ups of the city’s best restaurants and stands presented by distinguished non-profit institutions, all overlooking the East River and the New York City skyline.

“Frieze New York continues to evolve and this year galleries are bringing presentations of greater breadth and quality than ever before, reflecting the diverse cultural interests of our audience.” noted Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs). “The increased presence of 20th-century art at Frieze New York will create a great context for the many contemporary galleries in the fair and will open up fascinating dialogues. Visitors can look forward to discovering emerging talents from Guatemala to Japan, as well as Toby Kamps’s new perspective on Spotlight and Cecilia Alemani’s inspired artist commissions. All of this will be at the heart of an unmissable week of exhibitions and events across New York City.”

Frieze New York features three special platforms that ensure a diverse representation of artistic practices from around the globe:

• Spotlight, expanding to 31 stands this year and curated for the first time by Toby Kamps (Menil Collection, Houston), this section reveals foundational moments in art history since 1960, and fosters new research into artists from emerging countries, as well as rarely seen work by iconic figures of the avant- garde. This year sees increased participation by younger exhibitors, alongside more established galleries, all sharing a common interest in artistic re- examination.

• Frame, advised by Jacob Proctor (Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago) and Fabian Schöneich (Portikus, Frankfurt), grows increasingly international this year, featuring 17 emerging galleries from 13 countries. A section for experimentation, Frame presents solo shows by today’s most exciting new artists.

• Focus, a platform that subsidizes today’s strongest young galleries to showcase their programs in stands throughout the fair, will feature 30 galleries from Mumbai to Rio de Janeiro.

20th-Century Art Contextualizing Contemporary Work
Building on Frieze’s reputation for showcasing modern artists, this year’s fair features a growing presence of galleries exhibiting significant works from the 20th century alongside masters of contemporary art. Nurturing a rising culture of cross-collecting, Frieze New York 2017 integrates aspects of the successful Frieze Masters model to present rare and insightful juxtapositions across art history. Returning exhibitors including Acquavella (New York), Hauser & Wirth (New York), Lévy Gorvy (New York) and Skarstedt (New York) will curate cross-generational dialogues between modern works and new contemporary art, shedding light on the evolution of artistic practice. A number of international galleries specializing in 20th-century art will also make their Frieze New York debut this year, including Daniel Blau (Munich), Eykyn Maclean (New York), and The Mayor Gallery (London).

In addition, acknowledging the enduring influence of tribal art on avant-garde artists of the 20th century and today, three eminent galleries and founding Frieze Masters exhibitors – Donald Ellis (New York and Vancouver), L & R Entwistle and Co (London) and Galerie Meyer - Oceanic Art (Paris) – will participate in Frieze New York for the first time.

These presentations of modern masters and their tribal influences are complemented by the expanded Spotlight section, which will highlight solo artist presentations of 31 pioneers of 20th-century practice, such as Thomas Kovachevich (Callicoon Fine Arts, New York); self-taught artist Felipe Jesus Consalvos (Fleisher / Ollman, Philadelphia); Barbara Chase-Riboud (Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York); and Dom Sylvester Houédard—a Benedictine monk turned counter-culture cult figure of 1960s London (Richard Saltoun Gallery, London).

“Spotlight at Frieze New York brings together an extraordinary range of presentations, providing rare, intimate glimpses into the practices of leading figures of the 20th century as well as introductions to some of their under- recognized contemporaries from around the world,” noted Toby Kamps, curator of the Spotlight section. “The galleries joining Spotlight this year reveal foundational moments in art history through their presentations of influential artists of diverse practices, ranging from downtown denizens of New York such as Kenny Scharf and Jaime Davidovich, to purveyors of ‘hippie modernism’ like USCO (The Company of Us) and Gerd Stern and artists exploring forms of concrete poetry such as Dom Sylvester Houédard and Irma Blank. In addition to shedding light on the origins of key ideas at the root of contemporary practice, this year’s Spotlight section highlights work that has been long overlooked but gains resonance in the context of contemporary society.”

Leading Platform for Galleries Across the Americas
Frieze New York continues to grow as a platform for established and emerging galleries and artists in the U.S. and throughout the Americas. Many of New York’s most stimulating young galleries are participating in the fair this year, including returning exhibitors David Lewis and Rachel Uffner, along with new additions including Chapter NY, Bridget Donahue, and On Stellar Rays. From South America, Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala City) – recipient of the 2016 Focus Stand Prize at Frieze London, Galeria Luisa Strina (São Paulo) and Walden (Buenos Aires) will make their fair debuts alongside returning galleries such as Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel (São Paulo), Instituto de Visión (Bogotá), and Mendes Wood DM (São Paulo). With 19 galleries participating from California, including Los Angeles-based Blum & Poe, David Kordansky Gallery, and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Frieze New York continues to strengthen its role as the preeminent fair in the United States— connecting major New York-based and international collectors and institutions with leading galleries and artists from across the Americas.

Engagement with Political and Social Issues
Following a year of upheaval and conflicts around the world, many galleries will showcase artists that grapple with pressing social and political issues of our time, ranging from legacies of colonialism, to the politics of feminism, to the dynamics of power and the dissemination of information in an increasingly digital world.

In the main section, Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris/Brussels) will bring a solo presentation by Andres Serrano, showing his emblematic photographic series “America”. Chi-Wen Gallery (Taipei) will move from Focus into the main section this year, with works by Chien-Chi Chang and Yin-Ju Chen, looking at history, memory, and human destruction. Galerie Lelong (New York) will concentrate on both historic and recent work by four artists— Alfredo Jaar, Nalini Malani, Hélio Oiticica, and Nancy Spero—looking at issues including media bias and misperception and the experiences of refugees. The Third Line (Dubai) will present a solo stand of work by Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri exploring the common ground between Iran and the West. Among the galleries exploring feminist issues, Salon 94 (New York) will feature works by three women artists— Huma Bhabha, Francesca DiMattio, and Katy Grannan—offering commentary on issues of race, gender, class and sexuality; and Galleri Magnus Karlsson (Stockholm) will present a thematic stand curated around the question of what it means for works of art to be designated as “female”.


8469 - The Grand Palais to host FIAC and Paris Photo until 2020

The fair's PRISMES Sector at Salon d'honneur of the Grand Palais with Caio Reisewitz's "Panambira" (Bendana | Pinel Art Contemporain) and Anthony Hernandez’s "Waiting, Sitting, Fishing and Some Automobiles" (Galerie Thomas Zander) © Jérémie Bouillon / Paris Photo 2016.
The next four editions of FIAC and Paris Photo (2017 - 2020) will take place at the Grand Palais.
Renovations of the Grand Palais will begin in late 2020, and will take two years to complete. The organisers of FIAC and Paris Photo, in collaboration with the Rmn – Grand Palais, are currently reviewing plans to house both fairs in temporary venues near the Grand Palais during the works. FIAC, Paris Photo, and the Rmn – Grand Palais are strongly committed to continuing to offer an exceptional setting for the fairs to their professional participants and visitors from across the world. The location of these temporary premises will be announced later in 2017.

Once the renovations are completed, FIAC and Paris Photo will return to the Grand Palais for their 2023 editions, taking advantage of its newly expanded and improved exhibition area.

“FIAC and Paris Photo are part of the Grand Palais’ core DNA. After its reopening in January 2023, thanks to the important renovations that will take place there in 2021 and 2022, the Grand Palais will offer exceptional high-quality, generous exhibition spaces to accommodate our partners and visitors in the best way possible. Through its partnership with these prestigious contemporary art and photography fairs, the Grand Palais plays a key role in boosting France’s position in the international cultural scene. “ --Sylvie Hubac, president of the Rmn – Grand Palais

FIAC will continue to partner with the Petit Palais for the upcoming editions of On Site, including throughout the two years of renovation works.

“Facing one another, on either side of an esplanade - exclusively reserved to pedestrian traffic during the last edition of FIAC - the Petit Palais and Grand Palais have joined forces to host this major artistic event. During the refurbishment of the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais’ doors will remain open, anchoring FIAC to its historic roots on the avenue Winston Churchill.” --Christophe Leribault, director of the Petit Palais

The 44th edition of FIAC will take place from October 19 to 22, 2017 (opening reception on October 18).

The 21st edition of Paris Photo will take place from November 9 to 12, 2017 (opening reception on November 8).


8468 - 2017 at the British Library: Major exhibitions on the Russian Revolution, Harry Potter, and Jane Austen


This file photo shows a view from J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World. John Sciulli/Getty Images/AFP.

The British Library revealed the cultural highlights for the year ahead, including:
• Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths, a major new exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution
• Title announced for exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK
• The personal archive of writer P.G. Wodehouse comes to the British Library on loan
• Jane Austen’s teenage writings reunited for the first time in 40 years
• British Library treasures go on tour to China for the first time
• Material from 20th century playwrights, including Joan Littlewood and Terence Rattigan, to go online on our Discovering Literature website
• Brand new portraits of some of Roald Dahl’s best-loved characters painted by Sir Quentin Blake to be displayed in a new free exhibition space

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths
(28 April 2017 – 29 August 2017)
As part of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution this major exhibition, Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths, will shine new light on the unprecedented and world-changing events of the period, focusing on the experiences of ordinary Russians living through extraordinary times.

The exhibition will begin in the reign of the last Tsar and explore the growth of revolutionary movements, which brought about the transformation of Russia’s traditional monarchy into the world’s first Communist state as well as colossal social and political change. Key figures such as Tsar Nicholas II and revolutionary leaders including Vladimir Lenin will be examined along with the political events of the period.

Today we can reveal that one of the items going on display for the first time is a letter written by Lenin in April 1902, applying to become a Reader at the British Museum Library, now part of the British Library. The letter is signed with his pseudonym, Jacob Richter, which he was using in order to evade the Tsarist police of the time. This letter marks the first of several trips he made to the Library. He later recalled in 1907:

“It is a remarkable institution, especially that exceptional reference section. Ask them any question, and in the very shortest space of time they'll tell you where to look to find the material that interests you.”

The exhibition will tell the incredible story of the Revolution through posters, letters, photographs, banners, weapons, items of uniform, recordings and film: from a luxury souvenir album of the Tsar’s coronation to propaganda wallpaper hand-painted by women factory workers, this exhibition will unite the personal and the political, bringing to life the hope, the tragedy, and the myths at the heart of this seismic Revolution.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic
(20 October 2017 – 28 February 2018)
The British Library is now able to say more about the previously announced Harry Potter exhibition, which will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The British Library announced that the title of the exhibition, which was announced in partnership with Bloomsbury earlier this year, will be Harry Potter: A History of Magic. This is a thrilling new exhibition that will showcase a fascinating display of wizarding books, manuscripts and magical objects, and combine centuries-old British Library treasures with original material from Bloomsbury’s and J.K. Rowling’s own archives.

The structure of the exhibition has been inspired by the subjects that Harry and his friends study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, from Potions and Herbology, to Astronomy and Care of Magical Creatures, and will explore the rich magic traditions that they draw on.

The British Library also revealed an exclusive sneak preview of a selection of British Library medieval manuscripts and early printed books that will feature in the Care of Magical Creatures section of the exhibition, depicting magical creatures which inspired characters that all fans of the books will recognise, such as Fawkes the Phoenix or Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback.

New archive at the British Library – P.G. Wodehouse
The British Library announced that the personal archive of P.G. Wodehouse is to be made publicly available for the first time.

P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) was a prolific writer and is one of the most widely read humourists of the twentieth century. Publishing over ninety books in his lifetime, he is best known as the author of the well-loved series of novels featuring Jeeves and Wooster. He also forged a successful career as an acclaimed lyricist, satirist and social commentator, at one time having five musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway.

The archive spans material dating from 1900-2005 and includes manuscript drafts and notebooks relating to Wodehouse’s fiction and essays (including Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen, the last novel in the Jeeves and Wooster books, and his final published novel, Sunset at Blandings) and material relating to his writing for film and cinema alongside extensive correspondence with family, friends and fellow artists including Evelyn Waugh and Ira Gershwin, and his ‘Camp Diary’.

The archive has been made available to the British Library on loan by Sir Edward Cazalet, Wodehouse’s step-grandson.

Sir Edward Cazalet said: “I am so delighted that the British Library is to provide a home for my P.G. Wodehouse archive. Given that Wodehouse is now ranked as one of the leading, if not the leading, humourist authors of the 20th century writing in the English language, I believe that this broad-based collection will not only bring much pleasure and laughter to its readers but will also prove to be critical to any serious study of 20th century humour and literature.

PGW would have been so proud to know that he is now counted amongst his great literary heroes, headed by Shakespeare, Tennyson and so many others. This archive I have built up over a period of more than 40 years since Plum’s [Wodehouse] death in 1975. It contains many of his drafts and manuscripts, and has copious quantities of correspondence with composers, authors, relations and close friends, as well as a wide range of other interesting documents.”

Kathryn Johnson, Curator of Theatrical Archives and Manuscripts at the British Library, said: “It is a privilege for the British Library to take on the P.G. Wodehouse Archive, which will be an extremely valuable resource for researchers and for everyone with an interest in twentieth century literature.”

Jane Austen Among Family and Friends
(10 January 2017 – 19 February 2017)
Next year marks the bicentenary of the death of one of Britain's most-loved writers, Jane Austen. To mark this anniversary, The British Library will be bringing together writings from Austen’s formative teenage years for the first time in 40 years, from the British Library and Bodleian Library collections, plus family letters and memorabilia as part of a temporary display in our free Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery. This display will also include one of the Library’s finest treasures – Austen’s writing desk.

Together they illuminate the personal family life of this towering literary figure. We are uniting the three treasured notebooks that Austen kept of her teenage writings, which include “The Beautiful Cassandra”, a story dedicated to Austen’s sister, and a spoof history of England featuring illustrations of the Kings and Queens by Cassandra Austen. The exhibits reveal family joys and sorrows which shaped the writer: one letter tells of Austen’s sorrow on the death of her beloved father, while a poem expresses the joy Austen felt on the birth of her nephew.

Discovering Literature: 20th century playwrights
In spring 2017, the British Library will publish over 100 items from its 20th-century drama collections, including manuscripts by J.B. Priestley, Joan Littlewood, Terence Rattigan and Shelagh Delaney, on the Library’s acclaimed educational resource Discovering Literature. The site will include original drafts of playscripts; reports and correspondence from the Lord Chamberlain’s Office; costume and set design sketches; scrapbooks; letters and photographs. Alongside high resolution images, users will be able to explore newly commissioned articles by leading experts from Michael Billington to Andrew Dickson. This array of rich content will offer new insights into the creative lives of these trail-blazing playwrights for a new generation.

Discovering Literature is a free to access website that provides unprecedented access to the Library’s literary and historical treasures. Aimed at A Level students, teachers, undergraduates and lovers of literature, the site aims to enhance the study and enjoyment of English literature and has received 3.5 million unique visitors since launching in 2014. The Library has already published collections relating to the Romantics and Victorians, Shakespeare and 20th century literature, and will continue to add to the site until it covers the entire canon of English literature from Beowulf to the present day.

British literary icons head for China
In 2017 the British Library will, for the first time ever, take some of its most spectacular items on tour to cities around China, beginning with the National Library of Beijing in April.

Ten iconic items from the Library’s collections, including Charlotte Brontë’s handwritten manuscript of Jane Eyre and one of the earliest quarto editions of Romeo and Juliet, will be the star items in a major exhibition showcasing British literary and cultural highlights from Shakespeare to Sherlock Holmes.

Following the exhibition in Beijing, there will be pop-up displays in other cities across mainland China and Hong Kong, including Shanghai, Wuzhen and others. The British Library will also be launching a Chinese language version of the Discovering Literature website, designed specifically to reach audiences across China and enable them to explore digitised versions of the Library’s greatest literary treasures.

This increased engagement with institutions in China will include a knowledge and skills exchange programme, enabling staff from the Library to visit and work with colleagues in China, while the National Library of China and the other partner institutions will be sending curators and other experts to learn from what the Library is doing here in the UK. The programme is funded by the UK Government as part of an ambitious cultural exchange programme with China



8467 - New online gallery for emerging artists - Copenhagen


The project has been created by three young innovators.
Rendezvous Artspace is the latest innovation within Danish galleried art. The project has been created by three young innovators in order to present the best of the best from the latest talents of the art world. Rendezvous Artspace is not about following trends, but seeks to create them.
Rendezvous Artspace is an art gallery, but not in the traditional sense. There are no white walls, spacious floors and high ceilings. It is a virtual art universe, existing and functioning solely in the ether, permanently discoverable in cyberspace.

The three young gallery curators behind Rendezvous Artspace curate with a passion and taste for that which drives art forwards in new directions, breaking rules and creating new. Hardly the art for the wall above the settee! The ambition for the gallery is to be the place to find new artworks revoking the traditional, a first stop to orientate oneself amongst new happenings, find new artists and be challenged.

“At Rendezvous Artspace we don’t include generally traditional, classical paintings. We select the new type of contemporary art that dares to defy tradition. Art which does not follow current populism, Art which isn’t that in which the buying public invest – yet. We throw artistic punches, perhaps intending to hurt”, proclaims co-founder and curator Søs Bech Ladefoged, and adds: “we’re constantly searching for the newest of the new, the undiscovered and the emerging. Tomorrows art!”

A passion for the unconventional
For the three founders, it isn’t about purveying art over the counter, nor about financial profit. “We run the gallery out of pure passion for new and emerging art and because we want to give all the non-traditional artworks a great platform”, says co-founder and curator Amalie Marie Laustsen. The women behind Rendezvous Artspace have, without profit, worked for the last few years to present emerging art through a succession of pop-up exhibitions and arrangements in Denmark. Now this passion has extended into the digital gallery.

“There are so many exciting possibilities in an on-line format”, says curator Stine Skjødt Mygind. “For example, we have no physical limitations, so we can, unlike a traditional gallery, show as many large exhibits at a single event as we wish”. Right now, one can browse in the gallery with video art compositions, space-taking installations and mobile sculptures.

Rendezvous Artspace are absolutely not limited by geography. “We want to reach out over our borders, and we have excellent possibilities to spread the best new emerging contemporary art throughout the world. We are already seeing a huge interest in this format from other places in Europe and USA”, concludes Amalie Marie Laustsen.

Rendezvous Artspace is currently presenting works from 12 emerging artists whom, without doubt, are worth keeping an eye open for, and are constantly expanding with more exciting partners.

So take a look into the glass ball and see and feel the future of art and perhaps learn how or what that will be.


8466 - The Digital Penn Museum: New digital portal provides public with ease of access to museum collections

Red granite Sphinx of Ramesses II, (19th Dynasty, circa 1293-1185 BCE), weighs about 15 tons and is the largest ancient sphinx in the Western Hemisphere. Image courtesy Penn Museum.
It was a bitter cold night in Philadelphia on January 8, 2014, but Dr. Steve Tinney, Deputy Director and Associate Curator-in-Charge of the Babylonian Section, still drew a crowd of several hundred people to the Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) to hear his talk, “Gilgamesh: Journeys to the End of the World.” Gilgamesh was a popular subject in a popular series: the “Great Voyages” lecture series that each month promised a different armchair journey to a different time and place.
Since that night, more than 20,000 people have watched the talk—and the number continues to grow.

“Gilgamesh: Journeys to the End of the World,” the complete “Great Voyages” lecture series, and almost 200 other lectures, symposia, and special programs, have been recorded, and occasionally live-streamed, for Penn Museum audiences with internet access since 2010. Now, with the launch of The Digital Penn Museum, the Museum’s rich programmatic offerings join its online collections database and an extensive archive of scholarly and popular articles, websites, and blogposts, which are easily accessible and even “collectable,” making a virtual visit to the Penn Museum an adventurous, multifaceted experience.

Online Door to Cultures of the World
The Digital Penn Museum—a dramatic new way to explore the digital content on the Museum’s website—was conceived as a portal to the rich and growing array of digital content developed by the Museum, its staff, and scholars. On the site, guests can now build their personalized online experience, searching the collections database (now featuring almost 900,000 objects and more than 180,000 images), browsing over 1,100 videos and archival films, then watching or saving materials of interest via the MyFinds feature.

In addition, the portal links directly to the Museum’s deep Expedition magazine archive featuring articles on archaeology and anthropology going back to the first issue in 1958. Guests can also enter the Museum blog, and discover more than 800 posts authored by dozens of Museum staff and Penn students. Finally, a set of more than 40 “legacy” websites invite guests to explore online exhibitions, past physical exhibition online content, follow international research projects, and even try a few interactive experiences, including the popular opportunity to “Write your name in Cuneiform.”

“The Museum’s mission—to transform understanding of the human experience—carries with it the obligation to provide access to our rich international collections, high-quality programs, and ongoing research, both in the laboratories and around the world,” noted Julian Siggers, the Museum’s Williams Director. “The Digital Penn Museum provides us with the platform to do just that.”

Jim Mathieu, the Museum’s Head of Collections, Publications, and Digital Media, noted that these popular online resources are designed for diverse audiences, from scholars seeking specific data on an area in their field, to more casual visitors looking to learn about world cultures—and find out what the Museum has to offer. “Our ‘curated’ Highlights pages are designed with the new or casual visitor in mind. The Highlights pages pull together a wide range of digital resources about some of our key objects, like the colossal Sphinx from Memphis, the Ram-in-the-Thicket from Ur, or the Hasanlu ‘Lovers’—visitors can discover rich content throughout this new platform, and have an engaging experience as they do so.”

Now launched, The Digital Penn Museum will continue to grow, and guests interested in archaeology, anthropology, and world cultures, can expect to discover new content with each visit in the years to come.


8465 - Untitled, San Francisco and Artadia celebrate Bay Area artists at inaugural edition - 13-15.01.2017


Raphaela Simon, Schacht, 2016. Oil on canvas, 78.74 x 74.8 inches (200 x 190 cm). Image courtesy of the artist and Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles.
Untitled, Art, the international, curated art fair, known for its unique curatorial approach and emphasis on artistic collaboration will team up with Artadia to celebrate artists living in the Bay Area by co-hosting the Vernissage opening of the inaugural fair. The inaugural edition of Untitled, San Francisco will take place from January 13-15, 2017.
Complementing a diverse roster of world-class exhibitors, Untitled, San Francisco will highlight the local arts community in the Bay Area and celebrate the city’s emerging importance as a global center for contemporary art. In addition to dedicating its Vernissage to the artists who live and work in the Bay Area, Untitled is proud to collaborate with some of the most esteemed local institutions and non-profit organizations, who will present a series of dynamic programs at the fair. Collaborators include: UC Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive, The Wattis Institute, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, The 500 Capp Street Foundation, Kadist, Creative Growth, San Francisco Cinematheque, and The Lab among others.

Untitled and Artadia share an inclusive ethos, both providing a unique opportunity for the presentation of contemporary art. Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based grants and professional opportunities. To celebrate San Francisco's vibrant creative culture Artadia will present new works by over 20 San Francisco Artadia Awardees and debut two new limited editions by Awardees Joseph Havel and Richard T. Walker. Over the last 17 years of grant giving in San Francisco, more than 80% of the artists have continued to work and build their careers in the Bay Area. The vernissage will highlight the beneficiary support of Artadia and celebrate the artistic community, past present and future. All proceeds from sales of these artworks will benefit the Artadia Award program, which annually provides crucial funds to artists in San Francisco and five other US cities. Since its founding, Artadia has provided over 90 unrestricted grants in San Francisco, highlighting and supporting artists who represent the strength and diversity of the Bay Area art community.


8464 - A new art fair comes to London in March - 17-19.03.2017


Talented Art Fair is the latest addition to London’s growing art fair scene, with its inaugural edition taking place at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch from 17 to 19 March 2017.
Founded by the team behind the now well-established New Artist Fair, Talented offers a new physical platform for some of today’s most exciting and talented British and international artists to exhibit and sell their work directly to the public. While The New Artist Fair’s primary aim, as its name rightly suggests, is to introduce the work of new artists, the Talented Art Fair aims to complement its sister-fair by taking it to the next level and focusing on more established artists.

Having skillfully curated and run art exhibitions and fairs since 2011, the organisers recognised a gap in the market for artists with a successful track record in selling their work who also want to present their art directly to the general buying public.

Talented Director and Founder Oliver Norris says “we wanted to create an art fair for all art lovers, whether they are seasoned collectors or first-time buyers; a place where they can confidently buy an artwork in the full knowledge that they are making a solid investment”.

And in a bid to also make buying and collecting art properly accessible, the Talented Art Fair team have carefully selected over 100 highly talented artists, including painters, sculptors, print makers and ceramicists, who will be offering original art from as little as £100 to a maximum of £4,000, making it a truly affordable art fair.



8463 - TEFAF Maastricht releases 2017 exhibitor list and TEFAF showcase particIpants


TEFAF Maastricht 2016. Image: Harry Heuts.
The 30th edition of TEFAF Maastricht welcomes 270 internationally renowned exhibitors to the Fair including five young and recently established dealers to TEFAF Showcase. As the world’s leading fine art and antiques Fair, TEFAF Maastricht provides an unrivalled meeting place for the best dealers in the world, attracting major international private and institutional collectors. Through the careful selection of its exhibitors, TEFAF enables visitors to make unexpected connections across disciplines creating a marketplace for the highest level of collecting at all of its Fairs. TEFAF Maastricht 2017 takes place from 10-19 March at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre), Maastricht, The Netherlands.
TEFAF Maastricht is divided into nine sections (TEFAF Antiques, TEFAF Classical Antiquities, TEFAF Curated, TEFAF Design, TEFAF Haute Joaillerie, TEFAF Modern, TEFAF Paintings, TEFAF Paper, and TEFAF Showcase) with the selected dealers presenting over 7,000 years of art history under one roof. The Fair looks forward to welcoming 18 new exhibitors in 2017, who will both strengthen and extend the range of objects being shown at the Fair.

The new exhibitors for 2017 are: 
Benjamin Proust Fine Art (UK), who participated in TEFAF Showcase in 2016 and is presenting Old Master sculpture and works of art.  Medieval art specialists De Backker Medieval Art (Belgium).  Native American works of art specialists Donald Ellis Gallery (USA).  Frank C. Möller Fine Arts (Germany), who last participated in TEFAF Maastricht in 2012, specialists in 18th- and 19th-century furniture and objets d’art.  Galerie Andrea Caratsch (Switzerland), specialists in modern and contemporary works of art.  Galerie Bernard Dulon (France), specialists in African and Oceanic art.  Rare and unusual antique ephemera is being presented by Galerie Delalande (France), who participated in TEFAF Showcase in 2013.  Modern art specialists Galerie Haas (Switzerland).  Galerie Jacques Barrère (France), specialists in Chinese and Japanese decorative arts.  Galerie kreo (France), specialists in contemporary design objects.  Gallo Antiquariato di Gallo Giorgio (Italy), specialists in Venetian painting, sculpture and furniture from the 17th to the 19th centuries.  Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery (Belgium), specialists in works by contemporary American artists.  20th-century design specialists Jacksons (Sweden).  Matthiesen Gallery (UK), who will present French, Italian and Spanish Old Master Paintings, are returning to TEFAF Maastricht having last exhibited in 2015.  Lyon based Michel Descours (France), specialists in paintings and drawings from the 16th to the 20th centuries.  Mullany (UK), experts in continental sculpture, works of art, furniture and Old Master Paintings from 1200-1700.  Salamon&C (Italy), specialists in both Old Master paintings & drawings and contemporary art.  Sprovieri Gallery (UK), who participated in TEFAF Curated in 2016, is exhibiting contemporary art. 

East meets West in TEFAF Showcase with galleries from the UK, Belgium, France and Japan selected to take part. The dealers present works across five different collecting disciplines – jewellery by contemporary artists; Indian, Himalayan and South East Asian art; master paintings and sculpture; contemporary Japanese art; African and Oceanic art. The chosen galleries will exhibit in a specially designed area at the Fair.

TEFAF Showcase was established in 2008 to give recently established galleries the opportunity to participate in TEFAF Maastricht and to gain experience of being part of a major international art event. It also introduces collectors at the Fair to some of the most interesting emerging galleries from around the world.