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Sandrine Branci, culturebox, Avril 19, 2012
LONS-LE-SAUNIER - "Quand on mélange innovation culinaire, art contemporain et design, qu'est-ce que cela donne ? Une superbe exposition "Food Design : Aventures sensibles" présentée à "La maison de la vache qui rit" de Lons-le-Saunier. On y découvre les élucubrations culinaires de jeunes créateurs. Ces créations sont mises en scène par le designer culinaire Marc Bretillot. Au menu : une assiette à dessert avec un gâteau au chocolat en forme de paquebot, une carte bancaire en sucre ou encore un bonhomme tout en légumes. Plutôt surprenant !
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Recent News, artdaily.org, 19 April 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – "It was announced today that Chris Byrne and John Sughrue, founders of the Dallas Art Fair, will lead the management team of FOG, a new modernism art and design fair that will benefit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)."
La Connaissance des Arts, 16 Avril 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "Le projet d’installation de la Maison de l’Histoire de France au sein des Archives nationales à Paris fera l’objet, cet été, d’arbitrages définitifs. L’occasion de dresser un état des lieux."
Winnipeg Free Press, 13 April 2012
WINNIPEG, MB - "Despite being hobbled by a lack of funding, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is still on schedule to finish construction by the end of this year. Angela Cassie, the museum’s director of communications, said the "base" building is now just over 80 per cent complete. The base building includes all interior, exterior and mechanical work. "We remain right on schedule for the major construction and should have the building sealed and finished by the end of 2012," Cassie said."
Kate Taylor, From Saturday's Globe and Mail (includes correction), Published Friday, Apr. 13, 2012 4:30PM EDT, Last updated Friday, Apr. 13, 2012 6:21PM EDT
TORONTO, ON - "Anyone lucky enough to take a seat at Jorn Weisbrodt’s dining-room table is going to have to struggle not to appear star-struck. The home where the new artistic director of Luminato has settled into his Toronto life is merely a comfortable two-storey apartment in a nice Annex reno, but the battered chairs you are sitting on were rescued from a renovation at Germany’s historic Berliner Ensemble theatre.">
Huffington Post Québec, 13 avril 2012
QUEBEC, CANADA – "La grande exposition Rome aurait remporté un franc succès au Musée de la civilisation à Québec.
Le musée a ainsi connu une fréquentation remarquable entre le 1er avril 2011 et le 31 mars 2012. Avec 644 233 entrées par rapport à 2010-2011, il s'agit d'une augmentation de 22,17 %. Dans l'ensemble de son complexe, le Musée de la civilisation a enregistré une fréquentation globale de 928 816 entrées comparativement à 839 849, l'an dernier."
La Connaissance des Arts, 19 Avril 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "Le Louvre a dévoilé la liste des 205 œuvres qui seront exposées pour cinq ans à la Galerie du Temps du Louvre-Lens."
Coalition for Cultural Diversity, 18 April 2012
EUROPE - "National museums are often seen as the backbone of a nation’s cultural constitution, promoting a sense of traditionalism and national pride. However, in recent times they risk losing significance if they do not adjust to social, political and demographic changes. The EUNAMUS research project, which has been exploring the role of contemporary museums in reconciling these conflicting demands, shows that museums can be a great asset to nation states, but they will need to adapt to stay relevant in a constantly changing society."
Artists respond that proposal would “destroy the base of the public funding of culture”
Clemens Bomsdorf, The Art Newspaper, Web only, Published online: 19 April 2012
GERMANY - "A call by a group of academics and cultural commentators to close every second state-subsidised cultural institution—in particular art museums and theatres—in response to the economic downturn has provoked a robust response from German artists, filmmakers and writers. The proposal, by the consultant and director of the Centre for Cultural Research think tank in Berlin, Dieter Haselbach, the director of the state-funded Swiss arts council, Pro Helvetia, Pius Knüsel, and academics Armin Klein, and Stephan Opitz (also an official at the ministry of culture in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein), was set out in the recent book Kulturinfarkt (Cultural Heart Attack) as well as in an article in the German magazine Der Spiegel."
BBC News, 18 April 2012
NAPLES, ITALY - "A museum in Italy has started burning its artworks in protest at budget cuts which it says have left cultural institutions out of pocket. Antonio Manfredi, of the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples, set fire to the first painting on Tuesday. "Our 1,000 artworks are headed for destruction anyway because of the government's indifference," he said." [see also Naples museum director begins burning art to protest at lack of funding, By John Hooper, The Guardian, 18 April 2012; and Un musée italien brûle ses œuvres pour protester contre les coupes budgétaires, Le Monde, 18-04-2012]
Recent News, artdaily.org, 17 April 2012
MARGATE, ENGLAND – "Turner Contemporary reaches its first birthday today 16 April 2012, 496,554 visitors have passed through the doors, more than treble what was predicted for the first year of operation. Now a new report shows that Turner Contemporary has generated an additional £13.8m of value for the Kent economy and supports an estimated 130 (FTE) jobs in the county."
Checklist to help museums and interns
Patrick Steel, Museums Association, 16.04.2012
UNITED KINGDOM - "The Museums Association has published guidelines on internships, designed to help museums to develop meaningful internships and potential interns to identify appropriate positions. Drawing on best practice developed by Renaissance London and the Mayor of London, Arts Council England and Creative and Cultural Skills, and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), the guidelines identify six areas of practice that should be met, including length of internship, planning and structuring internships, and payment of reasonable work expenses."
Steven Litt (The Plain Dealer), cleveland.com, 16 April 2012
CLEVELAND, OH - "A new study shows that the Cleveland Museum of Art is more than a treasure house of masterpieces. It’s a nonprofit business expected to generate roughly $140 million in economic activity in Cuyahoga County by the end of its 2012 fiscal year on June 30. [text omitted] The museum commissioned the Cleveland firm of Kleinhenz & Associates to complete the $25,000 economic study over the past six months to provide baseline economic figures before the completion of its $350 million expansion and renovation project in late 2013.
Bernama, 16 April 2012
BAGHDAD, IRAQ - "Iraq’s National Museum, which was looted after U.S. troops entered Baghdad in 2003, is now partially reopened for visits by diplomatic corps in Baghdad and some foreign dignitaries, an Iraqi official told Xinhua news agency."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 13 April 2012
NEW YORK, NY – "Even well after the cultural wars of the mid 1980’s, the representation of sexual difference in art has been aggressively policed. And America's museums, with few notable exceptions, have been silent in the face of what is now the most vocal contemporary civil rights frontier. But there has never been a shortage of gay and lesbian art on display in America's museums; what has been lacking is the courage to articulate that fact and to illustrate how the artist’s sexuality influenced his/her art. Now, for the first time, a new museum in New York will finally show what has been hiding in plain sight. With the recent accreditation by the State of New York as an official Museum, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (MoGLA) has become the first and only museum of gay and lesbian art in the world." [see also Le Musée des arts gay et lesbien de New York reconnu officiellement, Le Journal des Arts, 17 Avril 2012]
Le Journal des Arts, 18 Avril 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "Le Comité d'aménagement du VIIe arrondissement a fait appel de la décision de justice qui avait débouté leur demande de démantèlement du "Mur pour la Paix." "
World Architecture News, 17 April 2012
XINJIN, CHINA - "Kengo Kuma & Associates’ Xinjin Zhi Museum at the foot of the Laojunshan Mountain is now complete. The 2,353 sq m facility is a glimmering fractured volume compiled using local materials to showcase ‘the essence of Taoism through its space and exhibitions’."
SmithGroupJJR Design Celebrates Saarinen's Architectural Masterpiece, Creates State-of-the-Art Conservation Environment
MARKETWIRE via COMTEX, MarketWatch, 17 April 2012
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI -- "The Cranbrook Art Museum recently reopened in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. following a $22 million renovation and addition, designed by SmithGroupJJR. The 2 1/2 -year project entailed construction of the museum's new Collections Wing and restoration of Eliel Saarinen's iconic 1942 structure."
e-architect, 16 April 2012
HEFEI, CHINA - "The project developed by RTA-Office belongs to a big masterplan that includes three different museum buildings surrounded by a big green area. The Anhui Provincial Paleontological Fossils Museum and the Anhui Provincial New Museum are already built. RTA-Office was involved in the design of the third one, the Anhui Provincial Art Museum."
Kyle Chayka, BLOUIN ARTINFO, 17 April 2012
CAMBRIDGE, MA - "From the upcoming Zero1 Biennial in Silicon Valley to the buzz over London's “New Aesthetic” movement, there's no end to the buzz around art and technology these days. Yet for all the splash that these newcomers are making, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been there the whole time — and now, an entire new dedicated program places the university even further as a leading supporter of artistic explorations of innovative technology. With a $1.5-million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MIT has announced that it is establishing the Center for Art, Science & Technology, or CAST." [see alsoMassachusetts Institute of Technology establishes a Center for Art, Science & Technology, Recent News, artdaily.org, 16 April 2012]
La Croix, 17 Avril 2012
ETATS-UNIS – "Le géant de l’Internet américain a créé un institut qui offre aux institutions culturelles son aide pour numériser leurs collections. Destiné à mettre en avant la diversité culturelle, cet institut doit permettre à Google de redorer son image en France, dégradée après les litiges sur Google Books."
Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel, 6:39 p.m. EST, April 16, 2012
ORLANDO, FL - "A $1 million donation in the memory of Orlando civic leader Dorothy Lumley Melrose will transform the Orlando Public Library into one of the most avant-garde in the nation, officials said before the Monday evening announcement. "My mother did a lot of things in this community, but she had the greatest passion and talked the most about the library," said Kendrick Melrose, 72, a former Boone High School graduate who left Orlando to earn his fortune as CEO of Toro, makers of turf and landscape maintenance equipment. [text omitted] The gift will be used to create The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity on the second floor of the main library in downtown Orlando. It will house labs for visual arts and filming, digital media, graphic design and audio engineering.
Perian Sully, Musematic, Sunday April 15 2012
UNITED STATES - "Museums and the Web 2012 finished up yesterday, with a closing plenary called Epic fail – a forum on failure and ‘failing forwards’ with Seb Chan, Jane Finnis and Bruce Wyman. For two hours, we heard about 5 failed technology projects, discussing what didn’t work and why, and any positive outcomes. Maybe that’s why I woke up this morning thinking about the Bump app for iPhone. So here’s my top 10 list of failed technology initiatives. I’m not going to discuss specific failed projects, but those technologies we, as a community, thought were worth pursuing and, for some reason or another, just didn’t end up becoming an integral part of our musetech landscape."
Le Monde, 14Avril 2012
ETATS-UNIS – "Sensation du printemps dans le monde des arts plastiques, le géant informatique Google a lancé, mardi 3 avril, la nouvelle version de son musée virtuel. Ainsi présentée, l'information peut sembler aussi anodine que l'annonce du septième opus cinématographique des aventures de Beethoven le chien. Erreur ! "
Le Figaro, 19 Avril 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "Grâce à son succès au Château de Versailles, l'été dernier, la mondialisation de l'artiste français le plus populaire en Asie s'accélère. Venet sera même dans le dictionnaire !"
La Connaissance des Arts, 19 Avril 2012
BRUXELLES, BELGIQUE – "Trente ans, mais toujours aussi jeune! C’est le pari de la foire bruxelloise d’art contemporain qui, cette année, privilégie encore davantage la scène émergente."
Le Figaro, 18 Avril 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "Colorée pour François Hollande, épurée pour Eva Joly ou alambiquée pour Nicolas Sarkozy, les affiches des candidats à l’élection présidentielle ont été revues par une dizaine de graphistes."
A combination of factors including the art school, a network of experienced galleries and a steady flow of public money has put the Scottish city on the art map
Ben Luke, The Art Newspaper, Issue 234, April 2012, Published online: 17 April 2012
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - "When visitors descend on Glasgow later this month for the fifth Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, they will arrive in a city with a reputation as an artistic centre that is rising high."
La Connaissance des Arts, 17 Avril 2012
FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE – "Face au succès de la précédente édition qui a accueilli plus de 15 000 visiteurs, le ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, l’Institut national d’Histoire de l’Art et la ville de Fontainebleau présente, du 1er au 3 juin, la deuxième édition du Festival de l’histoire de l’art."
UK arts organisations are told to look Stateside, but as Howard Sherman finds, US funding models are also in a state of flux
Howard Sherman, The Guardian’s Culture Professional Network, 16 April 2012
UK / US - "As worldwide economic troubles continue to take their toll, it's inevitable that the arts have become victims by afterthought. Expressions of support from our governments are undermined by cost-cutting measures that are often minimal in the grand scheme of national belt-tightening, but significant within our field (and indeed, that of other not-for-profit and charitable organisations). Even as British arts groups are being told to look to the American system of sponsorship to make up for drastic cuts in funding from the Arts Council, both our governments are seeking to reduce tax incentives for charitable donations, a contradictory message – and tough times aren't exactly the right time to initiate new sponsorships and new giving traditions where none may have existed before."
Sean Bowie, Technology in the Arts, April 16, 2012
LONDON, ENGLAND - "You may have heard: the 2012 Summer Olympics, the global 2-week spectacle that brings some of the best athletes from around the world to compete in over two dozen sporting events, is taking place later this summer in London, from July 27th through August 12th. But what you may not have heard about are all the exciting and unique events that are intended to showcase the cultural and artistic diversity of London, expressed through art, through a series of exhibits, performances, galleries and shows. The hope, organizers say, is to leave a “lasting legacy for the arts in the UK,” and with millions of tourists visiting the city for the festivities, and billions watching around the globe, there may be no better opportunity for that kind of exposure. "
Le Journal des Arts, 16 Avril 2012
NEW YORK, ETATS-UNIS – "5 500 pièces, collectées lors de sept expéditions menées de 1987 à 2004, ont été mises en vente à l'occasion du centenaire du naufrage du Titanic. Le juge fédéral de l’Etat de Virginie, qui veille à la protection du lot, a refusé de désigner un acquéreur."
Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times, 15 April 2012
NEW YORK, NY - "The New York Public Library is engaged in a public-relations blitz to address criticism from scholars and writers who object to the library’s plan to reimagine its Fifth Avenue flagship building at an estimated cost of $300 million."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 14 April 2012
LONDON, UK – "The Art Fund has joined forces with other charities to call on the Government to drop its plan to introduce a cap on tax relief on donations to charity. Director Stephen Deuchar said the plan would have a ‘devastating impact’ on planned fundraising appeals."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 13 April 2012
LONDON, UK – "Content design and creation company, Somethin’ Else has been appointed by BBC Learning to produce a series of entertaining short films (10x6’) aimed at getting 7-11 year old children interested in art and art galleries. The films complement the BBC’s Your Paintings website, which is a joint initiative with the Public Catalogue Foundation and participating collections and museums in the UK."
Le Monde, 13 Avril 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "Ils voulaient frapper les esprits, c'est plutôt réussi. La dernière campagne de sensibilisation de l'UPP (Union des photographes professionnels, une association qui défend les droits des photographes) ne brille ni par son élégance, ni par sa subtilité, mais elle attire l'oeil."
Le Journal des Arts, 13 Avril 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "La peinture encore fraîche, le Palais de Tokyo a entre-ouvert ses portes pour 30 heures de festivité. Foule compacte et programmation de grand soir, un joyeux désordre au bonheur de l’art. Récit des 26 premières heures."
Le Journal des Arts, 13 Avril 2012
NANTES, FRANCE – "Le Lieu Unique à Nantes est bien un lieu unique puisqu’il ose exposer 26 artistes qui réinvestissent la peinture et son histoire."
Deanna Leonard, Innovation Excellence, April 17, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - "What happens when academia, technology, business and community intersect? Amazing and powerful innovations that change our culture, create new jobs, and bring products to market more efficiently and effectively. That’s exactly what Dr. Carol Strohecker, Director, Center for Design Innovation or CDI, has been focused on for the last 5 ½ years. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Strohecker recently to learn more about her, her passion around innovation and her leadership of CDI. Established in 2005 as collaborative center of the State university system, CDI innovates education, entrepreneurship and product development through the creation and use of advanced computer technologies."
In the second instalment of our R&D series around arts and culture, Jane Audas looks at how social sharing and post-moderation is revolutionising museum interpretation
Jane Audas, The Guardian’s Culture Professionals Network, 13 April 2012
UNITED KINGDOM - "Just last week we launched the NESTA funded Social Interpretation (SI) project at the Imperial War Museum (IWM). As part of the museum's exhibition, A Family in Wartime, interactive comment kiosks have been installed next to six of the objects on display. Next to each we've asked a question for the public to respond to, and next to an evacuee label we asked: "Would you part with your children during war time?" I saw one small child typing in the response: "If Daddy sends me away I'll call Childline!" And so Social Interpretation went live. SI is a partnership between the IWM, UCL's Centre for Digital Humanities, Knowledge Integration Ltd, Gooii Ltd and with keen ethnographic researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Salford following on closely behind."
James Manyika, Jaana Remes, Richard Dobbs, Javier Orellana and Fabian Schaer, McKinsey Global Institute, April 2012
UNITED STATES - "In a world of rising urbanization, the degree of economic vigor that the economy of the United States derives from its cities is unmatched by any other region of the globe."
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