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Adam Schreck (AP Business Writer), Recent News, artdaily.org, 26 January 2012
DUBAI, UAE – "The developer of an ambitious cultural district in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday outlined a new timetable for the stalled project, with its first attraction — a branch of the Louvre — now slated to open in 2015. A division of the Guggenheim will follow in 2017, which like the outpost of the French art institution will make its debut in the Emirati capital years later than originally planned. The landmark projects on the emirate's multi-billion dollar Saadiyat Island development have been hit by a series of delays since being unveiled five years ago, including an announcement last year that the government-backed developer was dropping plans to award a major construction contract. That renewed questions about Abu Dhabi's commitment to the project, which aims to turn the fast-growing city into a major cultural and tourism hub." [see also Le Louvre Abou Dhabi ouvrira ses portes en 2015, Artclair, 25 janvier 2012; TDIC Announces Opening Dates of Saadiyat Cultural District Museums, TDIC, 25 January 2012; and An Ambitious Arab Capital Reaffirms Its Grand Cultural Vision, by Anthony Shadid, The New York Times, 24 January 2012]
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Recent News, artdaily.org, 25 January 2012
LONDON, ENGLAND – "The Design Museum today unveiled plans to create the world's leading museum of design and architecture at the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington, London. Designs for the site have been produced by two of the world's most innovative architectural practices: John Pawson has redesigned the interior of the Grade 2* listed building and OMA has planned the surrounding residential development. The move will allow the new Design Museum to become a word class centre for design, nurturing British talent and its international influence on design of all kinds. It will bring the museum into Kensington's cultural quarter, where it will join the V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal College of Art and Serpentine Gallery, creating a platform for the promotion and support of the next generation of creative talent. The new building will open to the public in 2014, giving the Design Museum three times more space to showcase its unique collection. The museum aims to double its visitor numbers to 500,000 a year, and will greatly expand its education and public events programme with state of the art facilities."
La France restitue vingt têtes maories à la Nouvelle-Zélande, Le Monde, 23 janvier 2012]
Brett Zongker (Associated Press), Recent News, artdaily.org, 25 January 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – "Purdue University President France Cordova was installed Monday as chairwoman of the Smithsonian Institution's governing board as the museum complex expands with the coming construction of a new black history museum and amid calls for another focused on Latino American heritage. As Cordova begins her three-year term, she will maintain her post at the Indiana university. She will lead oversight and support fundraising for the world's largest group of museums and research centers. Cordova is an astrophysicist and previously held posts in the University of California system and was chief scientist at NASA."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 25 January 2012
DUBLIN, IRELAND - "The total visitor figures to the 4 sites of the National Museum of Ireland for 2011 is 1,096,027 which was not only a 10% increase on 2010 but also the highest figure ever for visits to the Museum. The reasons for this increase were public programming, the exhibitions and galleries but also Free Admission which given the current economic climate, means everyone can visit the museum regardless of income. In addition, the number of tourists visiting Ireland increased by 7% in 2011 which also contributed to the increase in the NMI visitor figures."
May have covered chief’s body
Anne Jarvis, The Windsor Star, 25 January 2012
WINDSOR, ON – "Folded up, in a concrete bunker nicknamed "the fort" in the bowels of Windsor's tiny museum, is an incredible piece of Canada's history. Tattered and discoloured, it's a British flag purported to have been used to cover the body of the great Shawnee chief Tecumseh after he was killed in the Battle of the Thames in the War of 1812.
But it hasn't seen the light of day in at least 20 years, in part because the cramped museum doesn't have space for it. [text omitted] It's a huge flag — with a huge story, and it's just a fraction of the neat stuff the museum keeps in storage. Lord Cultural Resources, the consultant hired to conduct a feasibility study for a new museum, will meet with the public at Mackenzie Hall next week." [see also Forum to discuss museum study, The Windsor Star, 26 January 2012]
Liam Casey, The Toronto Star, 24 January 2012
TORONTO, ON - "Shortly after arts funding was salvaged in the budget, a mayor’s task force has recommended that no major changes be made in the administration of those funds — for now. On Tuesday, Councillor Gary Crawford, the task force’s chair, announced a status-quo recommendation for the short term, which included maintaining the existing granting process for the three theatres, Sony Centre, St. Lawrence Centre and Toronto Centre for the Arts and for local arts groups." [task force member Chris Lorway is Director, Festivals and Performing Arts at Lord Cultural Resources; see also the task force’s full report Recommendations on the Theatres]
Harvey Kirkpatrick, Kingstonist, 19 January 2012
KINGSTON, ON – "As part of the continuing work on the Kingston Culture Plan, the City has launched a Your Opinion survey to ask Kingston residents, businesses and institutions how they perceive the city's history and stories. "With so many significant anniversaries and celebrations coming up in the next few years, this process of gathering and sharing stories is getting underway with a brief opinion survey to help identify those things, past and present, that have helped to make Kingston what it is today," says Colin Wiginton, Manager of Cultural Services. "The stories, memories, suggestions and personal perspectives of Kingston’s citizens are vital to the success of this initiative." This information will be used as part of the Integrated Cultural Tourism and Cultural Heritage Strategy that was recommended in the Kingston Culture Plan. In partnership with Tourism Kingston, a division of Kingston Economic Development Corporation, the City is currently working with Lord Cultural Resources to develop:
A Cultural Tourism Strategy that leverages Kingston's arts, heritage and cultural assets, including the feasibility of a summer festival
A Cultural Heritage Strategy that develops Kingston's powerful historical narrative, built heritage and natural heritage features into a broad-based strategy for telling Kingston's stories
Guidelines to provide the City of Kingston direction for support of other national and international commemorative events in preparation for a number of upcoming anniversaries."
Brendan Wedley, Peterborough Examiner, 21 January 2012
PETERBOROUGH, ON – "It would be an understatement to say the Peterborough Museum and Archives is cramped for space for its roughly 40,000 artifacts and archives. Museum staff are quick to point out that they are meeting requirements, but they acknowledge they're not able to follow best practices in some cases. That's why they're asking to increase the budget for improvements to the collection storage and archives areas to $650,000 from the approved $150,000. [text omitted] The plan to improve the situation goes to city council's committee of the whole meeting Monday. The city would pull $400,000 from the museum renovation reserve fund to add to the $95,000 in funding that was already included in the 2012 budget for the upgrades. The city would apply to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for the other $155,000 for the project. The upgrades would include a compact storage system for the archives to increase the storage capacity of the archives by 30%; creating an accessible public washroom; adding a public research space for researchers to use when they're accessing the archives; converting storage space into space for the development of exhibits before artifacts are moved upstairs to the public gallery; and expanded research space."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 24 January 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – "Cristián Samper, a biologist and international leader in the field of conservation biology, announced his resignation from the National Museum of Natural History where he has served as director since 2003. Samper was Acting Secretary of the Smithsonian from March 2007 until July 2008, when he returned to the Museum of Natural History. Samper will continue as director through July. Samper is leaving the Smithsonian to become president and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society headquartered in New York City."
European Parliament, 24 janvier 2012
BRUXELLES, BELGIUM – "Le Parlamentarium, le centre des visiteurs du Parlement européen - le plus grand dans son genre en Europe - célèbre aujourd'hui son centième jour d'ouverture. Il a déjà accueilli plus de 64 000 visiteurs intéressés par le fonctionnement de l'Union européenne et du Parlement."
Le Monde, 24 janvier 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "Le bâtiment historique de l'hôtel de la Marine à Paris restera dans le giron de l'Etat et accueillera, sous la responsabilité du Louvre, des expositions, ainsi que l'a recommandé l'ancien président Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, a annoncé mardi 24 janvier Nicolas Sarkozy."
Jacqueline Trescott, The Washington Post, 07:00 PM ET, 01/23/2012
WASHINGTON, DC - "Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough reported Monday that the number of visitors to the Smithsonian had declined by 2 percent. That meant only 29 million people had visited the museums, still making the complex bulging with visitors. At the same time donations from the private sector had exceeded the Smithsonian’s own goal for last year and brought in $182 million. "We are pleased with this trend and how the gifts fit into our strategic plan," Clough said at a press briefing."
Edward Rothstein, The New York Times, 22 January 2012
BERKELEY, CA — Magnes Museum — whose collection of Judaica is the third largest in the country — became the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, might not seem terribly ripe with complication or implication. In recent years small private museums facing financial strain have often sought refuge by negotiating new lives within universities. Perhaps on Sunday, when the Magnes opened its doors to the public in a building it had long owned near the campus here, it was simply inaugurating another phase of its 50-year life. But along the way the Magnes has had more than its share of high drama, including a much anticipated union with another local Jewish museum in 2002, closely followed by a quickie divorce on grounds of irreconcilable differences.The story of how the Judah L.
Connaissance des Arts, 20 janvier 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "Dans un entretien au journal "Le Monde", Maryvonne de Saint Pulgent a présenté sa stratégie pour la Maison de l’Histoire de France. Toujours sans contenu officiel ni budget, la Maison de l'Histoire de France voit son adresse précisée par sa directrice. Elle devrait s'installer dans le bâtiment Chamson des Archives nationales, construit en 1962."
Jeremy Warren, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, 20 January 2012
SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA – "The Western Development Museum is hoping the new "boom town" economy of Saskatchewan puts a little extra cash in its annual funding from the provincial government. The museum, which operates in four cities, is asking the province for a significant increase to its annual operating grant from the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport. The museum says the extra funding is needed to manage a growing collection of Saskatchewan's history and renovate its properties."
Alan Wood, The Press, 26 January 2012
CHRISTCHURCH, NZ - "Christchurch's quake damaged tourism industry is planning ahead to bring convention business back into the city with the help of a $15 million expansion of Christchurch's Air Force Museum. The demolition of the quake-hit Christchurch Convention Centre starts this week and tourism bosses are looking forward to when the Air Force Museum will be able to provide extra space to host convention events and up to 1000 people at a time. Air Force Museum director Therese Angelo said the original plans to enlarge the museum space by 4200 square metres had been further extended to 6200 square metres of extra space. This would more than double the museum building's existing footprint of around 5000 square metres."
Artclair, 26 janvier 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – "Après 2 ans de travaux, les 14 salles de la National Gallery of Art de Washington, consacrées à l’impressionnisme français et au post-impressionnisme, rouvrent samedi 28 janvier 2012. 120 toiles sont exposées selon un nouvel accrochage thématique afin de "faire converser les œuvres", explique Mary Morton, directrice du département des Peintures françaises au musée."
Oliver Gee, The Local, 25 January 2012
TROLHÄTTAN, SWEDEN - "The Saab museum of automobile rarities, which has struggled to find a buyer following the company’s recent bankruptcy, has been saved by a Wallenberg-family trust that wanted the museum to remain intact. "It feels great! Saab’s cars are a part of Trollhättan’s history and now we’ve saved a bit of Swedish industrial heritage," Paul Åkerlund, the chair of the Trollhättan municipal council, said in a statement. The municipality, together with funding from Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Memorial Fund and defence company Saab AB, have agreed to purchase the museum for 28 million kronor ($4.15 million)."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 25 January 2012
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – "The National Galleries of Scotland announced that James Holloway CBE will retire from his post as Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery at the end of January 2012. James Holloway (b. 1948) began his career in Scotland back in 1972 as a Research Assistant and Assistant Keeper at the National Gallery of Scotland (Department of Prints and Drawings). After a period as Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Wales from 1980-1983, he returned to Scotland, joining the Portrait Gallery as Deputy Keeper. In 1997 he followed Dr Duncan Thomson as Keeper of the PG, a position later re-titled as Director. [text omitted] The National Galleries has appointed Nicola Kalinsky, Chief Curator and Deputy Director to be the Interim Director of the PG. The search to find a successor for James Holloway is now underway and will be assisted by Odgers Berndtson."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 25 January 2012
BOSTON, MA – "Charles Brizius, President of the Board of Trustees at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, announced at a museum board meeting last night that both the Director and Chief Curator positions have been endowed for the first time in the museum's 75 year history. Ellen Poss has endowed the Director position, now named the Ellen Matilda Poss Director; and Barbara Lee has endowed the Chief Curator post, now named the Barbara Lee Chief Curator. These gifts are part of a $50 million campaign of which more than $25 million has already been raised, including a total of 10 seven-figure gifts. Lead gifts of close to $17 million have been given by ICA Board Chairman, Paul Buttenwieser, Fotene Demoulas, who has named the Fotene Demoulas Gallery, Poss and Lee. The campaign paves the way for the next phase of the ICA's development and solidifies its position as one of the most influential forces on artistic, educational and civic life in Boston."
Ed Kemp, hattiesburgamerican.com, 25 January 2012
LAUREL, MS - "Lauren Rogers Museum of Art registrar Tommie Rogers looked at the crowd of museum friends and supporters who packed the American Gallery from wall-to-wall Wednesday and laughed. "Next year this won't be a problem. It won't even matter," she said. It won't be a problem because 2013 is the year in which the museum will open 3,425 square feet of new gallery space with the ability to hold lectures and concerts. The LRMA broke ground for the new wing Wednesday afternoon, four months after announcing its $5 million Framing the Future capital campaign."
Elizabeth Quaglieri, Technology in the Arts, January 25, 2012
UNITED STATES - "A 2010 report published by the Center for the Future of Museums, an initiative of American Association of Museums, forecasts the changing face of the United States over the next four decades and the future of museums in light of an increasingly diverse population and “majority minority” society. The report, “Demographic Transformation and the Future of Museums” is a must-read for museum managers and administration- if only for the graphics and statistics projecting the upcoming drastic and rapid shift in demographics in the United States. A concise report, complete with graphics, a call to action, and a list of online resources for demographic information and socio-economic indicators, the American Association of Museums (AAM) analyzes the data on patterns of museum use and trends in societal growth to answer the questions: How will people use museums in the future? And which people will use them?"
Mark Walhimer, Museum Planning, 24 January 2012
WORLD – “World’s Top 10 Science Centers, most visited Science Museums, data as of 2010 / 2011
Top 10 Science Centers – Worldwide
1. Citi des Sciences et de l’Industrie 5,000,000
2. Science Museum, London 2,700,000
3. Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, 2,500,000
[see full article for complete list]
Top 10 Science Centers – USA
1. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago 1,605,020
2. Pacific Science Center, Seattle 1,602,000
3. Museum of Science, Boston 1,600,000
[see full article for complete list]
Construction still slated to begin this spring; cost now up to $30 million
Kirsten Goruk, Grande Prairie Herald Tribune, 24 January 2012
GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – "Construction on the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is scheduled to begin in the spring despite the fact fundraising efforts needs more than $16 million. "PCL is preparing to go to tender and as soon as we can announce that we've secured the rest of the funding, they're ready to go right away," said Brian Brake, executive director of the Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative, the group behind the museum. "The first of May is the date that I have in mind and I'm still aiming for that." In December, the County of Grande Prairie announced $2.4 million in funding over four years and PCDI board chairman Ross Sutherland sees that as a good sign."
Éric Clément, La Presse, 24 janvier 2012
MONTRÉAL, QC – "Pour marquer son 20e anniversaire, Pointe-à-Callière, le Musée d'archéologie et d'histoire de Montréal, proposera 20 rendez-vous culturels cette année, dont l'ouverture d'un nouveau pavillon, la Maison-des-Marins, et une grande exposition sur les Étrusques. Le musée a été inauguré en 1992, durant les festivités du 350e anniversaire de Montréal. Pour marquer ce 20e anniversaire, Pointe-à-Callière procédera cet automne à l'ouverture d'un cinquième pavillon, la Maison-des-Marins, dans un bâtiment actuellement réhabilité sur la place d'Youville, près de l'ancienne douane."
Iciar Reinlein, Reuters, Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:21am EST
MADRID, SPAIN (Reuters) - "Madrid's Prado Museum has started opening seven days a week and will lengthen its highly visited special exhibitions to offset the pain of government cutbacks. Despite enjoying record attendance, the home of masterpieces by Francisco Goya and Diego Velazquez is feeling the blow of a 6 million euro ($7.75 million) subsidy cut as Spain tries to rein in its swollen deficit. The Prado currently has a 42 million euro annual budget, about half of which had come from public subsidies. That figure will now fall to 30 percent of the total budget until 2013, forcing the museum to make up for the shortfall."
Rob O’Flanagan, Guelph Mercury, 22 January 2012
GUELPH, ON – "Soft opening, tons of fun. The main attraction at the new Guelph Civic Museum over the weekend was a children's area that is equal parts playroom and classroom. Director Katherine McCracken opened the Catholic Hill location Saturday, calling it a soft opening — a kind of preliminary opening stage, about five weeks in duration, needed to work out all the bugs, as well as put the finishing touches on the renovations, and complete the new location's first exhibits."
Denise Martel, Le Journal de Québec, 20 janvier 2012
QUÉBEC, CANADA – "Directrice générale du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec de 2008 à 2011, Esther Trépanier a reçu, hier, au consulat général de France à Québec, le titre de Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres."
Anybel Roussy, L'Avantage, 19 janvier 2012
RIMOUSKI, QC – "C'est ce matin qu’avait lieu la Célébration communautaire de Telus. Lors de l'événement tenu à l’Hôtel Rimouski, l'entreprise spécialisée dans le domaine des télécommunications au Québec et au Canada annonçait qu'elle avait appuyé près de 50 organismes dans l'Est-du-Québec, pour un montant total de 900 000 $ en 2011. Le rendez-vous annuel, soulignant les efforts déployés ainsi que le travail remarquables des organismes ommunautaires au Bas-Saint-Laurent, en Gaspésie et sur la Côte-Nord, a également permis de récompenser un organisme s'étant démarqué sur le plan de l'innovation technologique grâce au prix Innovation Telus. Cette année, les trois finalistes étaient le Musée régional de Rimouski pour son projet « L'Art en ligne », le Bioparc de la Gaspésie pour son programme éducatif scolaire visant à exporter le Bioparc dans les écoles primaires de la région ainsi qu'Action autisme T.E.D. Haute-Côte-Nord–Manicouagan grâce au développement d'outils de communication et d'intégration conceptuelle destinés aux personnes ayant un trouble envahissant du développement."
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