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Carol Vogel, The New York Times, 11 April 2012
NEW YORK, NY / WORLD - "In an effort to reach beyond the Western art world the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is embarking on a five-year program to work with artists, curators and educators from South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to bringing curators from those parts of the world to the Guggenheim Museum in New York and organizing exhibitions that highlight art from their regions, the program will acquire art for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. The project, to be financed by UBS and called the Guggenheim UBS Map Global Art Initiative, will begin with South and Southeast Asia.
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Recent News, artdaily.org, 11 April 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "As part of an ongoing partnership between Nintendo Co., Ltd and the Louvre Museum in Paris, the most visited art museum in the world, Nintendo will be providing the Louvre with Nintendo 3DS(TM) systems that will house an exclusive audio guide. The Audio guide Louvre - Nintendo 3DS will become available in the Louvre for visitors to enjoy from 11th April 2012 onwards. With this partnership, Nintendo & the Louvre hope that visitors to the museum will be aided with a tool to deepen their knowledge of art culture in a fun and interactive way." [see also Des Nintendo 3DS pour visiter le Louvre Le Figaro, 11 Avril 2012]
James Adams, Globe and Mail Update, Published Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2012 6:00PM EDT, Last updated Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2012 6:01PM EDT
TORONTO - "Tuesday marked the start of the 15th Kids International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto and who should show up that morning but the youngest minister in Stephen Harper’s cabinet, 35-year-old Canadian Heritage head James Moore. Moore wasn’t there, however, to screen one of the 130 films from 40 countries, but to announce that his ministry is spending millions on a potpourri of youth-oriented projects now and in future."
Reid Singer, BLOUIN ARTINFO, 9 April 2012
DALLAS, TX - "John Sughrue isn't usually the target of criticism in the Dallas cultural community. In addition to co-founding Dallas's Fashion Industry Gallery and the Dallas Art Fair, the fourth edition of which opens this week, he has been a tireless promoter of the city's arts community. His company, Brook Partners, also happens to be one of the primary benefactors of the city's so-called Museum Tower, set to be among the tallest and most impressive skyscrapers in the city when it is completed in late 2012 or early 2013. It will also be among the shiniest — a quality that is raising the hackles of its neighbor, the renowned Nasher Sculpture Center."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 8 April 2012
PRINCETON, NJ – "The Princeton University Art Museum announces the debut of its first mobile web application, Princeton and the Gothic Revival, a multimedia exploration of Princeton's Gothic Revival architecture—the campus's defining visual language—through text, audio, and images."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 7 April 2012
BERLIN, GERMANY – "The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation announced that the BMW Guggenheim Lab will open in the Pfefferberg complex, in the Berlin neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg. The BMW Guggenheim Lab—a temporary public space and online forum encouraging open dialogue about issues related to urban living—will offer free public programs from June 15 to July 29, 2012."
Adam Feibel, Ottawa Citizen, 5 April 2012
OTTAWA, ON – "The National Gallery of Canada hopes soon to follow the Toronto-based AGO into the Google Art Project. It contacted Google a year ago, when the project was in its pilot stage. Now that the project is in full swing, the gallery would like to become involved as soon as possible."
Le Journal des Arts, 13 Avril 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "La Fondation Mucha, basée à Prague et à Londres, entretient depuis quelques mois des contacts avec la Mairie de Paris et le ministère de la Culture dans l’espoir de créer un « musée Alfons Mucha » dans la capitale. Forte de sa collection et de son savoir-faire, la fondation est à la recherche d’un lieu et d’un mécène pour financer l’opération."
Web Editor: Zhangxu, (Xinhua), CRIENGLISH, 2012-04-11 20:41:00
TAIYUAN, CHINA - ">The northern city of Taiyuan will transform a disused coal mining area into a national park, local land resource authorities said on Wednesday. Covering an area of 3.1 square kilometers, Xishan National Park is planned to have a cultural square, a museum and other attractions. The first phase of the project will be completed by the end of 2013, according to a spokesman with the Taiyuan land resource bureau."
Murray Mandryk, The StarPhoenix, 11 April 2012
SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA – "It's hard to decipher a pattern in the Saskatchewan Party government budget cuts, except that some don't seem particularly well thought out, researched or presented in a factual way. This certainly describes the spending freeze at the Western Development Museums."
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Gareth Harris, Museums Journal, 11.04.2012
DURHAM, UK - "Five people arrested in connection with the theft of two Chinese artifacts from Durham University’s Oriental Museum last week have been released on bail until June pending further enquiries. An 18th-century jade bowl and a Dehua porcelain figurine were taken in the raid and have not yet been recovered. Their total value is estimated at around £2m." [see also Two Chinese artifacts worth $3.2 million stolen from Durham University's Oriental Museum, Recent News, artdaily.org, 12 April 2012]
Sandra McCulloch, Victoria Times Colonist, 11 April 2012
VANCOUVER, BC – "The new chief executive officer of the Royal B.C. Museum has been in Victoria for only a few weeks.
But already Jack Lohman is mulling over what changes - some big and some small - he can make in the 47-year-old building on Belleville Street."
City Traveler, digg.com, 4/10/2012 7:00 AM CDT
WORLD - "Across the United States, and really the whole world, there are aquariums with all sorts of amazing exhibits that capture the imagination and educate us on the beauties and wonders of aquatic life. [text omitted] The graphic below shares some facts and figures about some of the accredited aquariums in the world, as well as highlights of some of the most famous aquariums in the US and abroad."
Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili (Associated Press), Recent News, artdaily.org, 10 April 2012
GORI, GEORGIA – "A museum that has honored Josef Stalin in Georgia since 1937 is being remodeled to exhibit the atrocities that were committed during the Soviet dictator's rule."
Wang Jie, Xinhuanet, 7 April 2012
CHINA - "The drive for profit touches many areas of art, and professional curating is one of them. Quite a few curators are unqualified, uneducated in art and history and all too willing to write paid glowing reviews."
A Russian official says the bill, pending in the U.S. Senate judiciary committee, may not meet his country's concerns about sending artworks to the U.S. for exhibit.
Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times, 5 April 2012
UNITED STATES - "For more than a year, Russia has prohibited its government-run museums from sending artworks to exhibitions in the United States. The ban has frustrated and puzzled American museum officials, because it was spurred by a legal decision unrelated to anything the museums themselves have done. Diplomacy has failed to lift it. Hopes have risen recently that the impasse can be broken by a bipartisan bill that passed unopposed in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 19 and is pending in the Senate judiciary committee."
Janet Smith, Straight.com, 4 April 2012
VANCOUVER, BC – "A $5 million donation from Vancouver philanthropist and Polygon Homes Ltd. chair Michael Audain is set to boost visual-art facilities at UBC in a big way. The Audain Art Centre, projected to open in fall 2013, will include 16 artist studios, a street-level gallery, cutting-edge digital arts, and media and animation labs. It will be part of the school's art-history, visual-art, and theory department."
World Architecture News,11 April 2012
PALM SPRINGS, CA - The Palm Springs Art Museum in the Palm Springs Desert region of California has tapped Los Angeles-based Marmol+Radziner Architects to create an architecture and design space for the museum by restoring a midcentury building nearby that was designed by E. Stewart Williams.
World Architecture News,11 April 2012
KALAMUNDA, AUSTRALIA - "Located in Western Australia’s Darling Ranges, Kalamunda’s Zig Zag Cultural Centre talks to its local environment, yet also appeals to a broader international market. Commissioned following the win of the design competition, Woods Bagot set out to create a series of spaces that reflect and enhance its local surroundings, yet also offer a sophisticated response to speak to a wider audience."
World Architecture News, 11 April 2012
CHICAGO, IL - "A close relationship between the arts and education is what Tod William Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) envisioned in designing a new arts center at the University of Chicago. That building, the Logan Center for the Arts, is now taking shape on the University of Chicago’s campus. Students are moving in Monday. But the official opening is in October, that’s when the Logan Center’s experimental program will get a true test and the public will learn if the building will become a catalyst for the performing and fine arts in the city."
Janelle Zara, BLOUIN ARTINFO, 10 April 2012
WASHINGTON, DC - "Uncle Sam wants you... to help him pick the winning architect of the National Mall Design Competition. Since last September, several dozen architectural firms have been vying for the opportunity to give the capital’s front lawn an overhaul. After hewing the choices down to four finalists for each of the three sites — Constitution Gardens, Union Square, and the Washington Monument Grounds — the Trust for the National Mall has made the proposals public, and is now seeking public feedback to aid the decision-making process, which is scheduled to end in May."
World Architecture News, 10 April 2012
NEW YORK, NY - "As jackhammers are hard at work in New York's Meatpacking District readying a swath of land there for the new downtown Whitney Museum of American Art, an eye-popping shipping container has arrived on the scene at the Whitney’s uptown location."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 12 April 2012
CHICAGO, IL – "Google announced its partnership with the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina, bringing a number of the museums' top works online with the innovative Google Art Project. The museums are the only two in the Southeastern United States to participate in the project." [for more on the Google Art Project, see An Online Art Collection Grows Out of Infancy, By Roberta Smith, The New York Times, 11 April 2012; and Google Art goes East; India hopes it will clean up their museums’ acts, By Rama Lakshmi, The Washington Post, 10 April 2012]
Knowtex, 10 Avril 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "Dans la perspective de la Nuit des Musées, le 19 mai 2012, on se replonge dans le monde de l’innovation muséale avec Claire Séguret, responsable adjointe de la communication au Musée de Cluny à Paris. Au programme : Moyen Âge, innovation et réalité augmentée."
Jackie Hasa, Createquity, Published: April 10th, 2012
"The idea of using games as a new way to engage audiences has gained immense traction in the last 5 years. The museum world in particular has seen a great deal of discussion on this topic, from Nina Simon’s dozens of posts to this year’s Museums and the Web conference; these conversations are a natural outcropping of a much larger discussion about games in our everyday lives. I’ll be writing more about games in a later post, but I hope this one serves as an introduction to why this dialogue is happening now and what is at stake for the arts."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 8 April 2012
NEW YORK, NY – "Will Pappenheimer, associate professor of art at Pace University, and a founding member of the artist collective, Manifest.AR, have recently been awarded the ARtSENSE Commission at The Foundation for Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool, England for their proposal entitled 'Invisible ARtaffects.' Invisible ARtaffects will explore the apparent link of virtual objects with viewer response, via wearable devices designed to interpret the sensory input of the audience to control and create "augmented reality" objects and information. The goal is for the exhibitions to create an experience of virtual art which is responsive to viewers."
Le Journal des Arts, 6 Avril 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "Les présentations et débats sur le numérique dans les lieux culturels auxquels ont participé près de 330 professionnels attestent de la multiplicité des expériences, s’agissant notamment des réseaux sociaux et des audioguides."
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