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Brett Zongker (Associated Press), Recent News, artdaily.org, 24 April 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – "Sarah Jessica Parker, Kerry Washington and Forest Whitaker are adopting some of the nation's worst-performing schools and pledging Monday to help the Obama administration turn them around by integrating arts education. The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities will announce a new Turnaround Arts initiative as a pilot project for eight schools with officials from the White House and U.S. Department of Education. Organizers said they aim to demonstrate new research that shows the arts can help reduce behavioral problems and increase student attendance, engagement and academic success."
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Art Gallery of Mississauga press release, Akimbo, 24 April 2012
MISSISSAUGA, ON - "The Board and Staff of the Art Gallery of Mississauga are pleased to announce that the AGM has retained Lord Cultural Resources to conduct a Facility Planning Study for the Gallery. This Study aims to address the AGM's goal to "Grow space to accommodate the long term objectives of the Gallery." The Art Gallery of Mississauga looks to the future as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2012. The AGM has brought art to the community and the community to art since 1987. The Gallery now asks: How will the AGM become a gallery befitting the sixth largest city in Canada?"
Martin Knelman, The Toronto Star, 24 April 2012
TORONTO, ON - " "Give me a museum and I’ll fill it," Pablo Picasso once said. That was no idle boast, and the current world tour of "Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso" in Paris has been demonstrating the point in cities as unlikely as Richmond, Va., and Seattle, where it drew 230,000 and more than 400,000 visitors respectively. You can bet the leadership team at the Art Gallery of Ontario is hoping the Spanish-born giant of 20th-century art will work his crowd-pleasing magic at the Grange, where this large and spectacular exhibition opens a four-month run officially on Tuesday." [see also The AGO gets intimate & interactive with Picasso, By Kate Fane, blogTO, 25 April 2012]
Gallery says two former oil tanks will be filled with performances and debates, starting this summer
Mark Brown, The Guardian, 23 April 2012
LONDON, ENGLAND - "Dropping in to Tate Modern's new underground oil tank spaces this summer might mean seeing a performance of minimalist dance, taking part in a debate on what it is to be an immigrant or experiencing work by an artist who most recently filmed naked men playing five-a-side football. The gallery has revealed details of the Tanks, described as the world's first museum space dedicated permanently to live art, installation and performance. They will open on 18 July, 10 days before the Olympics, and be filled this summer and autumn with a 15-week festival of art."
Martin Knelman, Toronto Star, 23 April 2012
TORONTO, ON – "Since settling into an Annex duplex, [Luminato’s artistic director, Jorn Weisbrodt] has spent much of his time playing "Getting to Know You" with Canadian artists and cultural leaders. "I’ve talked to a lot of people, and, so far, everyone has been open and enthusiastic about working together," he says. Indeed, despite some past friction with Luminato, the Toronto arts world seems to be embracing him. No wonder. At 39, Weisbrodt, who grew up in Hamburg, is warm, unpretentious, flexible and amazingly fluent in English. "Jorn distinguished himself among a group of highly qualified artistic directors," recalls Daniel Weinzweig, managing director of Searchlight Recruitment, which specializes in finding the best candidates for top jobs in the culture world."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 21 April 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – "The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announced that the museum has been awarded a $375,000 grant from the Getty Foundation for the implementation of its first online collection catalogue, featuring works by Robert Rauschenberg in the museum's permanent collection. The grant supports further work on the Rauschenberg Research Project, the digital publication SFMOMA is developing for the Getty's Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI), an effort dedicated to bringing museum collection catalogues into the digital age."
CEREV (Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence), 20 April 2012
CANADA / SOUTH AFRICA - "On Monday, April 30th, CEREV will host a curatorial workshop to help design a Virtual Memorial & Memory Bank for the planned Museum of AIDS in Africa. [text omitted] The museum project is being spearheaded as a personal project by Ngaire Blankenberg of the world-renowned museum consulting company Lord Cultural Resources, in collaboration with the Globe & Mail’s current South Asia bureau chief Stephanie Nolen (2003-2008 Africa correspondent, author of “28 Stories of AIDS in Africa”)."
Dean Irvine, CNN, 26 April 2012
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - "Maria Isabel Garcia doesn't get as many angry reactions to her work as she used to. For over ten years she has been one of the Philippines only science writers in a national newspaper, and during that time received her fair share of disparaging comments from readers in the devoutly Catholic country. Yet as the curator of The Mind Museum, the Philippines first modern, purpose-built science museum, her work now is a lot more palpable and potentially contentious than her newspaper column."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 26 April 2012
ASTEN, NETHERLANDS – "With the ringing of a bell, specially cast for her, Queen Beatrix officially opened Klok & Peel Museum Asten tuesday morning (April 24). [text omitted] With the renovation, expansion and renovation, the museum has received an above regional allure."
Elisabetta Povoledo,The New York Times, 25 April 2012
ROME, ITALY - "Fine arts and luxury brands have long crossed paths, creating a blend of culture, merchandising and branding. The most recent Italian example of this cross-cultural association comes via the Paris-based artists Lucy and Jorge Orta, who created an installation for Maxxi, the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome. The artwork was commissioned by the Italian luxury men’s wear label Ermenegildo Zegna in a win-win-win situation — the brand gets visibility, the artists get to work and the cash-strapped museum gets much-needed private financing." [see also Maxxi museum faces closure, By John Hooper, The Guardian, 24 April 2012]
AllAfrica, 25 April 2012
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — "Ahead of the Freedom Day celebrations on Friday, the Department of Arts and Culture revealed that it would launch four new museums and a heritage centre this year to honour the memory and history of those that fought for freedom. The museums, which form part of the legacy projects highlighted by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address in February, include the 1980 Matola Raid Museum, phase two of a museum that retells the story of the Battle of Blood River from an African perspective, a museum at Freedom Park and the Steve Biko Heritage Centre. The department's acting Deputy Director General of Cultural Heritage and Preservation, Vusithemba Ndima, said the museums would all be launched between July and November."
Connaissance des Arts, 25 Avril 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "Conservateur en chef de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, Laurent Héricher est le nouveau directeur du Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme (MAHJ) à Paris, en remplacement de Laurence Sigal, fondatrice de l’institution en 1998."
Joanne Chianello, The Ottawa Citizen, 24 April 2012
OTTAWA, ON – "Mayor Jim Watson has figured out an ideal home for his popular-history museum concept: the old U.S. embassy building on Wellington Street. In a presentation Tuesday to the federal government’s standing committee on Canadian heritage regarding the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Watson pitched the idea of "Canada House," a Smithsonian-style museum in Ottawa." [see also follow-up article Joanne Chianello: In Canada House, potential for a popular (and populist) success, By Joanne Chianello, The Ottawa Citizen, 26 April 2012]
Barbara Pollack, artnet.com, 24 April 2012
CHINA - "Anyone wondering about how China has reportedly become the world's largest art market needs to look no further than the art activities of Minsheng Bank. While corporate sponsorship is a rarity in China, Minsheng is forging its own path, having spent $320 million on arts programming, museum development and acquisitions since 2007."
Jane Perlez, The New York Times, Published: April 23, 2012
CHINA - "China’s drive to achieve world status in more than just economic power has now turned to art museums, a push that is also resulting in the showing of more Chinese art in the United States." [see also 395 nouveaux musées en Chine en 2011, Le Journal des Arts, 25 Avril 2012]
Museums should be hotbeds for lively debate, says a Carleton professor whose book has been nominated for the Donner Prize
Peter Robb, Ottawa Citizen, 23 April 2012
CANADA – "Now 66, the former director of the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology, now a distinguished professor of art history and Canada Research Chair in modern culture at Carleton University, [Ruth] Phillips is experiencing the surprise of her life: Her book Museum Pieces: Towards the Indigenization of Canadian Museums has been nominated for a Donner Prize, the $50,000 annual award that goes to the best Canadian book on public policy. The award will be handed out in Toronto May 1. The surprise for Phillips is that a book about Canadian museums ranks high as a public policy statement. But she is also quietly pleased by the recognition. And by the fact that by this nomination a discussion about the important role museums play in society gets some prominence."
Firstpost, 23 April 2012
MOTIHARI, BIHAR, INDIA - "Millennium writer George Orwell’s birth place at Motihari in Bihar’s East Champaran district would soon be turned into a full-fledged museum. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said Orwell’s birth place, the decrepit two-room house on the old opium campus would be preserved for tourists. The Bihar government had earlier decided to declare the house as a ‘Protected Site’. Kumar said he has asked the arts and culture department officials to prepare a restoration and development project of the seven-acre campus of the opium warehouse where Eric Arthur Blair, popularly known as George Orwell, was born in 1903."
Le Journal des Arts, 23 Avril 2012
BERLIN, ALLEMAGNE – "Dans un ouvrage provocateur paru fin mars, quatre acteurs du monde culturel dressent un bilan très sombre du modèle culturel allemand. En réaction à une politique jugée élitiste et figée, ils avancent des propositions pour le moins brutales et controversées."
Connaissance des Arts, 23 Avril 2012
MEUDON, FRANCE – "Installé dans la plus ancienne maison de Meudon (ayant appartenu à Ambroise Paré puis à Armande Béjart, la veuve de Molière), le musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Meudon rouvre ses portes, à l’occasion de la Nuit des musées."
Museums urged to increase their security
Rebecca Atkinson, Museums Journal, 23.04.2012
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - "Museums have been urged to step up their security following the theft of 18 Chinese artworks from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. A police investigation has been launched after four people broke into the museum at about 7.30pm on Friday 13 April. Enquiries have identified a white VW caddy van that is believed to have been used by the offenders. The missing items are mostly jade and part of the Fitzwilliam’s permanent collection. Although the monetary value of the items has not been confirmed, some reports put this at about £18m."
Carys Mills, From Monday's Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, Apr. 22, 2012 8:38PM EDT, Last updated Monday, Apr. 23, 2012 12:38PM EDT
KINGSTON, ON — "The shuttering of Canada’s oldest prison has opened up the possibility of turning the Kingston institution into a tourist destination comparable to Alcatraz. The federal government announced the cost-saving measure of closing the aging Kingston Penitentiary last week. The shutdown will begin next year and will be complete by 2014-15. [text omitted] Once the fortress closes, it could bring something else to Kingston, if there’s support and funding to ensure it isn’t left dormant. “People have a fascination with the correctional system.… people visit Kingston just to drive by the institutions, so I think there’s a tremendous opportunity there,” said Jeff Garrah, CEO of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation."
MA publishes evaluation of collections scheme
Geraldine Kendall, Museums Association, 23.04.2012
UK - "The Museums Association has published its final evaluation of Effective Collections, the landmark scheme to help museums make more dynamic use of their collections. The five-year scheme, which was funded with a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, facilitated 34 full phase projects involving over 100 museums across the UK."
James Chute, Union-Tribune San Diego, 22 April 2012
SAN DIEGO, CA - "If you grew up in San Diego, you inevitably took a field trip to Balboa Park’s Museum of Man, where among the musty mummies and ancient artifacts you likely saw some 10th century human skulls. "People always remember those skulls with the holes drilled into them," said Seth Mallios, head of the anthropology department at SDSU. There are still bones at the 97-year-old anthropology museum, whose building, with its Spanish-style dome and the California Tower, is a San Diego icon. But with a new exhibit opening Saturday — “Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America” — the museum will also be displaying skateboard decks. And it has built a ramp to accompany the Smithsonian-generated exhibition, which will be on display until early September. The skateboard exhibit is part of the once-troubled, seemingly moribund institution’s efforts to transform itself into a museum for the 21st century. Passive presentations of artifacts are being replaced by interactive, creatively contextualized, multifaceted exhibits that better fit the organization’s new vision.
Edward Rothstein, The New York Times, 22 April 2012
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — "The president, according to Mormon doctrine, is literally a seer, a prophet — the president, that is, of the church. Usually American presidents have a somewhat lower reputation. Now that Mitt Romney, an active Mormon, is aspiring to the more mundane office, new attention has come upon the faith that guides him. And much of that attention has been accompanied by controversy, confusion and concern about how Mormonism fits into American society. For a glimpse of how Mormons see themselves, though, it’s worth visiting the Church History Museum of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here. Created by believers, for believers, the museum shows how close to the center of American life Mormons consider themselves to be."
Thinktank suggestion is muddled and ideological, says MA director
Geraldine Kendall, Museums Association, 20.04.2012
UK - "The Museums Association has strongly criticised a proposal put forward yesterday by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) calling on the government to scrap the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and funding for national museums."
Connaissance des Arts, 20 Avril 2012
LIMOGES, FRANCE – "Le musée national Adrien Dubouché de Limoges a intégré, depuis le 6 avril, la Cité de la Céramique."
Monumental state treasure-houses such as the Louvre or the Met ignore the stories of the individual. Exhibitions should become ever more intimate and local
Orhan Pamuk, The Guardian, 20 April 2012
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – "I love museums and I am not alone in finding that they make me happier with each passing day. I take museums very seriously, and that sometimes leads me to angry, forceful thoughts. But I do not have it in me to speak about museums with anger. In my childhood, there were very few museums in Istanbul. Most of them were simply preserved historical monuments or – quite rare outside the western world – they were places with an air of the government office about them."
Connaissance des Arts, 25 Avril 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "L’architecte Jean Nouvel a été désigné pour ériger les premières tours de grande hauteur de la ZAC Paris Rive Gauche."
Le Figaro, 21 Avril 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – INTERVIEW "Avec son exposition "Circuler", à Paris, l'architecte Jean-Marie Duthilleul invite à repenser les grandes agglomérations et leurs réseaux de transport. Réflexions sur notre manière de vivre et de bouger."
Suzanne Stephens, Architectural Record, 20 April 2012
HANOVER, NH – "This is the Year of the Museum for Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. While the firm’s new Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is preparing for a late May opening, and its Asia Society Hong Kong Center opened in February, the New York firm was just selected by the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, to undertake a major expansion and renovation of its 1985 structure."
Connaissance des Arts, 20 Avril 2012
VENISE, ITALIE – "Fermé depuis 2011, le réfectoire du monastère Saint-Georges-Majeur à Venise, construit au XVIe siècle par l’architecte vénitien Andrea Palladio, rouvre ses portes au public après une importante campagne de restauration."
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