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DCMS survey shows record levels of engagement

72% of adults reported visiting a heritage site in the past year

Geraldine Kendall, Museums Association, 06.01.2012


ENGLAND - "Recent figures from Taking Part, the continuous survey compiled by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), show that record levels of the public are engaging with heritage, museums and galleries in England. The latest survey, which covers the four quarters from October 2010 to September 2011, reveals that 72% of adults reported visiting a heritage site in the last year – an ongoing upward trend since Taking Part began in 2005/06. The North East region has seen the biggest rise in heritage attendance, from 69% in 2005/06 to 76% today. In addition, between 2005 and 2011 the proportion of people visiting a museum or gallery in the last year increased from 42% to 47% and July to September 2011 was the first quarter on record where more than half of adults reported attending museums or galleries."


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The Olympic Torch and the Royal Wedding Dress: The Designs of the Year announced

Recent News, artdaily.org, 12 January 2012


LONDON, UK – "The Design Museum announces the longlist for the fifth annual Designs of the Year Awards. Showcasing a year in design, the 2012 longlist is a celebration of the best in global designs. Industry experts have nominated innovative and engaging designs across seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport. The longlist covers an eclectic mix of designs including the Olympic Torch 2012 for London, designed by Barber Osgerby, the Duchess of Cambridge’s Wedding Dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and a wind-propelled Landmine Detonator which cost $40 to produce. Nominations also include the Kinect for Xbox 360, the first ever Virtual Tesco Store, the Olympic 2012 Velodrome and a pop-up cinema (Folly for a Flyover) in Hackney, East London. "


La Maison de l’histoire de France remet son rapport

Artclair, 12 janvier 2012


PARIS, FRANCE – "Le Comité scientifique de la Maison de l’histoire de France, dirigé par Jean-Pierre Rioux, vient de livrer son rapport final pour l’établissement de la future institution nationale. Controversée depuis son annonce par Nicolas Sarkozy en 2009, la MHF avance désormais à grands pas."


Grand Egyptian Museum to open August 2015, says minister

Reem Abdellatif, Daily News Egypt, 11 January 2012


CAIRO, EGYPT - "Expected to be a "monument" in itself, the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) entered its third and final phase of construction this week and will open in August 2015, the minister of antiquities said on Tuesday. Mohamed Ibrahim, Egypt’s minister of antiquities, said at the signing ceremony that there will be no delays to "the inauguration of the museum, which is expected in August 2015. This is a commitment to ourselves and to you all." Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) and the Belgian BESIX Group announced Tuesday their dedication to completing the project on time as they signed the official contracts. A joint venture between the two companies was awarded the contract for phase three last month, a deal valued at $810 million. Envisioned to be an architectural masterpiece, the museum will be constructed over the plateau overlooking the Pyramids of Giza." [see also Grand Egyptian Museum construction work to resume next week, Nevine El-Aref, Ahram Online, Monday 9 Jan 2012]


Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation proposes building a museum in Finnish capital

Recent News, artdaily.org, 11 January 2012


HELSINKI, FINLAND – "The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation on Tuesday proposed building a museum in the Finnish capital after a yearlong feasibility study. The organization said that the board of trustees approved the study last month.

"The board's enthusiastic support reflects its conviction that moving forward to the next stage of the project would strengthen the Guggenheim network," the report said. "It ... (will) make an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the Nordic and Baltic regions." The 190-page study was commissioned in January 2011 by the mayor of Helsinki at a cost of $2.5 million. [text omitted] The organization has several museums worldwide, including in Germany, Italy, Spain and one under construction in Abu Dhabi." [see also Report says Guggenheim museum could bring millions on tax revenues, Helsingin Sanomat, 12 January 2012; Helsinque pode receber o próximo Guggenheim, PINI web, 10/Janeiro/2012; Un musée Guggenheim ouvrira à Helsinki, Libération, 11 janvier 2012 ; and, Working group favours construction of Guggenheim museum in Helsinki, Helsingin Sanomat, 11 January 2012]


$3 million gift to Denver Art Museum will fund new galleries, major textile art initiative

Recent News, artdaily.org, 11 January 2012


DENVER, CO – "The Denver Art Museum announced today a $3 million gift from the Avenir Foundation that will transform the institution's textile art program. In addition to expanding the current textile art gallery space to more than six times its current square footage, the gift will allow for the development of scientific and educational spaces, a staging area for exhibition preparation and conservation and storage of the more than 5,000 textile objects in the DAM’s collection. "This gift will help us tell the story of textiles as triggers of cultural exchange and creative expression from around the world," said DAM’s Frederick and Jan Mayer Director Christoph Heinrich. "It reinforces our commitment to textile art and allows greater public access to this wonderful collection." [see also Denver Art Museum gets $3 million gift from Avenir Foundation to expand its textile gallery, by Claire Martin, Denver Post, 10 January 2012]


Art Institute of Chicago names new Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs

Recent News, artdaily.org, 11 January 2012


CHICAGO, IL – "The Art Institute of Chicago announced the appointment of Gordon Montgomery as Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs, on January 3, 2012. Montgomery leads a team of more than 50 people that together manages the museum's programs in marketing, public affairs, communications, graphics, and membership. Montgomery brings a wealth of marketing and advertising experience gained from working with a variety of companies--from start-ups to multinational corporations--to a position charged with building new audiences and ensuring that the museum's outreach efforts are consistent with the organization's mission and evolving strategic vision."


$5 million gift marks 25th anniversary year of the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Recent News, artdaily.org, 11 January 2012


WASHINGTON, DC – "The Smithsonian has received a gift of $5 million from Dame Jillian Sackler, the New York-based philanthropist and widow of Arthur M. Sackler, for whom the Gallery is named. The gift will be used to establish an endowment to support the position of the director and programs at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, which together constitute the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art. In recognition of Jillian Sackler's generosity, the museums' director position will be known as the Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art."


Waterfront officials cite signs of progress

Board OKs canals, cultural plan for site

Buffalo News, 10 January 2012


BUFFALO, NY – "Declaring Canalside to be at a "tipping point," waterfront officials approved a contract Monday to construct historically aligned canals, keeping the project on schedule for completion late this year. Looking beyond that, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. members approved a cultural master plan packed with ideas and recommendations for bringing year-round, family-friendly attractions to the waterfront. The board also approved seeking a company to develop a master plan and capital campaign feasibility study for a "Buffalo Story Center," conceived as a visitor centerpiece at Canalside with imaginative informational and interactive displays. [text omitted]

Two consultants, Lord Cultural Resources and Ralph Appelbaum Associates, prepared the 115-page cultural plan for Canalside. The process involved the public, with the report exploring hundreds of ideas while delving into market demographics and other arts institutions to gauge future success." [See alsoECHDC Moves Forward with Public Canals and Cultural Master Plan, Official Website of Congressman Brian Higgins, Western New York, 9 January 2012]


Knelman: Bumps in the road for Human Rights Museum

Martin Knelman, Toronto Star, 6 January 2012


WINNIPEG, MB – "No one ever said that building a hugely ambitious, stunningly iconic and scarily expensive museum for human rights in Winnipeg, of all places, was going to be easy. And when news of turbulence, obstacles and awesome new challenges were revealed in the final weeks of 2011, it was interpreted by willing naysayers as a potentially fatal blow for what had seemed to them from day one as an impossible and preposterous dream. Call me a cockeyed optimist, but I'm still a believer in the ultimate success of this unique project. My prediction: After years of surmounting overwhelming roadblocks, the museum will open in 2014. And if all partners play their proper roles, this will turn out to be an inspiring triumph not just for Winnipeg but for all of Canada, letting the world look to this country as the global centre in the near-universal struggle for human rights."


Campbell River Museum director retires

Mia Heitland, Campbell River Mirror, 6 January 2012


CAMPBELL RIVER, BC – "Lesia Davis, the executive director of the Museum at Campbell River, has announced her retirement and the search is on for a replacement. Davis, who said she initially moved to Campbell River imagining a five-year stint at the museum, is hanging up her hat after 14 years, but says she has no plans to move away the city – although a cross-Canada trip is in the works. The Museum at Campbell River board president Norm Fair credited Lesia for transforming an empty shell into an award winning museum."


Union workers protest federal cuts

CTV Ottawa, 5 January 2012


OTTAWA, ON – "Union workers angry at spending cuts for federal departments staged a protest at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology Thursday. Seventeen workers have been laid off from the east-end museum as the federal government seeks to trim millions of dollars from its budget to cut the federal deficit. The museum lay-offs come after several similar job losses."


Canoe museum opens its doors

Dale Clifford, Peterborough Examiner, 9 January 2012


PETERBOROUGH, ON – "It just wasn't another open house offered the Canadian Canoe Museum on Monaghan Rd. Sunday. It was a little different this year as along with the annual show of model trains and layouts created by the Peterborough Model Railroaders, was the addition of other miniature attractions for the first time such as European castles made of card-stock , cathedrals, vintage doll houses, ships and World War Two models. The day, which ran for about six hours from noon to 5 p.m., featured free admission, tours and local artisan demonstrations. Visitors, about 1,200 in all, were able to view all the latest exhibits."


Natural History Museum of Utah (Ennead Architects; Salt Lake City)

An elegantly powerful structure reflects its dramatic natural setting and the mission of the institution housed within.

Joann Gonchar (AIA), Architectural Record, January 2012


SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – "From the first glimpse of the $103 million Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City, the metaphor is unambiguous: The 163,000-square-foot building is both literally and figuratively rooted in the landscape. The terraced structure is anchored into its sloping site at the edge of the University of Utah campus, a few miles from downtown, while the folded and subtly canted exterior walls mimic the scrubby hillside rising behind it. But even though the references to its environment are readily recognizable, the museum holds its own as man-made object against the rugged backdrop. It is an interpretation and abstraction of nature rather than a facsimile, explains Todd Schliemann, partner at New York–based Ennead Achitects (formerly Polshek Partnership), which designed the building in association with local firm, GSBS."


City seeks Arts Court tower input

Planners look to developers for zoning advice

David Reevely, The Ottawa Citizen, January 9, 2012


OTTAWA, ON - "Expanding Arts Court will require a $3.5-million profit from adding a privately owned tower to a corner of its Sandy Hill site, but the city is asking private developers' advice on just what sort of tower it ought to be. The project is to cost $36 million in all, be complete by summer 2015 and is to result in a huge expansion for the Ottawa Art Gallery and improved space for Arts Court's other tenants, from the SAW Gallery to the headquarters of numerous arts organizations like Opera Lyra and Odyssey Theatre. The tower is an integral part of the plan, both for the money it's to bring into the budget and also the people it's to bring into the neighbourhood, which is now a half-dead space between the Rideau Centre and the University of Ottawa."




Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum opens new Renzo Piano-designed wing

Recent News, artdaily.org, 12 January 2012


BOSTON, MA – "On January 19, 2012, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will open to the public a new addition to its original building, kicking off an inaugural season of exhibitions, performances, and events that highlight the Museum's wide range of programming. The new 70,000-square-foot wing was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano to preserve the historic 1902 building and alleviate pressures caused by years of use. Situated behind the original building on its site along the Fenway, the new addition provides purpose-built spaces for concerts, exhibitions, and classes, along with enhanced visitor amenities. Following special advance previews for Museum members on January 15-18, the grand opening celebration will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with City of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino on January 19, followed by three days of free Bank of America Community Opening Days from January 19-21." [see also There’s no gain without loss at the Gardner: Renzo Piano’s extension to the Isabella Stewart Gardner meant her carriage house had to go, By Erica Cooke, The Art Newspaper, Issue 231, January 2012, published online 11 January 2012]


Palace Museum chief named

Head of scandal-plagued Forbidden City scheduled to retire this year

Cheng Yingqi, China Daily, Updated: 2012-01-12 07:51


BEIJING - "China appointed a replacement for the retiring head of the Palace Museum on Tuesday, which was hit by a series of scandals last year. Shan Jixiang, former director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, will replace Zheng Xinmiao, the current director, a museum official told China Daily on Wednesday. The appointment was announced by the Minister of Culture Cai Wu during a meeting at the Palace Museum on Tuesday, Chang Lingxing, a spokesperson for the museum, said. But Chang added there has been no mention of any plans to replace or reorganize the museum's six vice-directors."


MoMA Attendance Falls, Met Museum Rises With Help of ‘Blockbuster’ Shows

Philip Boroff, Bloomberg, Jan 12, 2012 12:01 AM ET


NEW YORK CITY - "Attendance at the Museum of Modern Art dropped 11 percent last season to 2.8 million, as the previous year’s designs from movie director Tim Burton and the marathon motionlessness of Marina Abramovic proved to be hard acts to follow. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, admissions rose to a record 5.6 million last season -- the year ending in June 2011 - - buoyed by the wild outfits and accessories of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. "We may be seeing a return to the era of the blockbuster," said Lisa Dennison, a Sotheby’s executive and former director of New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum."


A growing museum prepares for the future

Mark Bergin, EMC Kingston, Jan 12, 2012


PERTH, ON - "EMC News - Big things are on the horizon for the Perth Museum. There's an expansion on its way and staff is already preparing for the year-long celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the Perth Military Settlement, which rolls around in 2016. The settlement included what we know today as the Town of Perth and the surrounding area. "The Perth Museum has been in existence since 1925 and we will play a large role in this celebration as we celebrate 200 years of Perth history," said Karen Rennie, the Heritage Manager and Curator for the Town of Perth. "We're looking at expansion over the next few years. The museum's grown as has the collection we've acquired since 1925. There's a point where a museum reaches its maximum, and we're there." "


National Air and Space Museum opens new archives facility at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Recent News, artdaily.org, 11 January 2012


WASHINGTON, DC – "The National Air and Space Museum opened the new Archives Reading Room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to the public Tuesday, Jan. 10. The opening of the reading room is the culmination of a massive move that took place during Fall 2011, when the Archives Division consolidated the majority of its collections from the Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Paul E. Garber Facility in Suitland, Md., into one location at the Steven F. Udvary Hazy Center. Visiting researchers will be able to access more than 2 million technical drawings, 1,600 cubic feet of technical manuals, more than 2 million photographs and 700,000 feet of motion picture film chronicling the history of aviation and spaceflight."


Museum with a view

Joanne Shuttleworth, Guelph Mercury, 11 January 2012


GUELPH, ON - "It’s got that new museum smell and from its vantage point halfway up Catholic Hill, the new Guelph Civic Museum has some of the most impressive views of downtown Guelph. On a clear day you can see the red roof of the Turfgrass Institute way over on Victoria Road. The steeples of Guelph’s stone churches poke above the rest of the roof line. And when landscaping outside the museum is complete, it will be one of the few green spaces in the city’s core as well. "I’m particularly pleased with the feel of it," said museum director Katherine McCracken as she offered Coun. Todd Dennis and the Mercury a tour inside. "I worried about having too many modern materials inside this historic old building. But glass and stone go together, the architects always say. I think it turned out really well." " [see also Guelph museum set for soft launch with pilot tours, Joanne Shuttleworth, Guelph Mercury, 9 January 2012]


Le ministère de l’Industrie annonce la création d’un Centre national du design

Artclair, 11 janvier 2012


PARIS – "Après le plan d’action en faveur des métiers d’art, le gouvernement poursuit sa promotion des produits "fabriqués en France". Eric Besson, le ministre de l’Industrie, a annoncé, le 9 janvier 2012, la création d’un Centre national du design grâce à une subvention étatique de 1 million d’euros. Il sera constitué à partir de l’Agence pour la promotion de la création industrielle (l’APCI)."


Renovation of four Chinese galleries at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art complete

Recent News, artdaily.org, 11 January 2012


KANSAS CITY, MO – "The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City has completed renovation on four of its Chinese galleries, and they will be opened to the public at the start of the Museum’s Chinese New Year celebration, which begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27. The main Chinese gallery and the Temple Room re-opened in 2010 and involved a complete re-organization of displays, along with the addition of a number of important pieces that have been off display for decades, including a 6th-century stone tomb gateway and three-color-glazed Tang dynasty tomb figures."


City should preserve aviation home: Group

Mike Whitehouse, Sudbury Star, 11 January 2012


SUDBURY, ON – "The historic home of Austin and Ramsey Airways in Bell Park has been given a verbal and tenuous reprieve, but that's enough for a local group hoping to reuse the building. The property, one of the last remaining links to the bustling aviation industry that helped build Northern Ontario, was purchased by the city in August and readied for demolition. The plan is to extend the Jim Gordon Boardwalk through it. The city's planning committee heard Monday the building has little heritage value, but the site's long association with bushplane aviation in Sudbury and Northern Ontario should be commemorated. A local group headed by Dan Melanson has petitioned the city to turn the building into an aviation museum. Local memorabilia, artifacts and photos are readily available and the former Austin Airways building is the perfect place to house them, he said. However, without a heritage designation, the city is free to demolish the building any time. As well, the building has been disconnected from hydro and water, so it is deteriorating quickly, Melanson fears. Nevertheless, he's been assured he will have a chance to present a business plan to the city's community services committee Jan. 23 before the fate of the building is sealed."


Met Gears Up to Be a Player in Contemporary Art

Carol Vogel, The New York Times, 10 January 2012


NEW YORK CITY - "Sending a signal that it intends to become a serious competitor in the field of contemporary art for the first time in half a century, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has recruited a prominent London curator to oversee a new department devoted to art of the 20th and 21st centuries. She is Sheena Wagstaff, chief curator of Tate Modern since 2001, who has been responsible for programming there and for helping to organize exhibitions devoted to artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Barnett Newman, Jeff Wall and Eva Hesse. Ms. Wagstaff’s appointment was approved by the Met’s board on Tuesday afternoon. It comes as the institution prepares to take over the Whitney Museum of American Art‘s Marcel Breuer building, at Madison Avenue and 75th Street, in 2015, when the Whitney opens its new museum in the meatpacking district of Manhattan. The Met plans to use this Breuer landmark as an outpost for Modern and contemporary art while it renovates its existing Modern and contemporary art galleries." [see also Four Suggestions for How the Met Could Become a Contemporary Art Powerhouse, by Andrew M. Goldstein, ARTINFO, 11 January 2012]


Meryl Streep Campaigning For Museum Home At National Mall

Elizabeth Willoughby,  Look to the Stars, 10 January 2012


WASHINGTON, DC - "Noting that the USA has never been modest about its achievements, actress Meryl Streep laments that there is no museum in the country’s capital that recognizes the contributions of the female half of the population through whose efforts, over the past 300 years, the status of American women has evolved. The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM), currently administered from office space in nearby Alexandria, VA, says its mission is to fill the void of information about women’s contributions and accomplishments that “have been overlooked and consequently omitted from mainstream culture”. “We at the National Women’s History Museum are determined that the stories of women will be chronicled,” says Streep, “and their achievements honored in monument and in our new museum on our nation’s Mall where our foremothers’ stories deserve to be.” "


Scottish museum strategy to launch in March

Focus groups test draft strategy as government announces £1m for museums in 2012/13

Rebecca Atkinson, Museums Journal, 10.01.2011


SCOTLAND - "Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) will hold two focus groups later this month to test “the emphases, language and the level of ambition” of the draft Scottish national strategy. The focus groups are being held in Edinburgh on 17 January and Inverness on 19 January."


Regional galleries pull in the crowds

Baltic and Fitzwilliam hit the jackpot

Simon Stephens, Museums Journal, 10.01.2012


ENGLAND - "Regional museums and galleries are proving that good temporary exhibitions can pull in the crowds, with the Baltic in Gateshead and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge both achieving notable successes. The Turner Prize exhibition at the Baltic attracted nearly 150,000 visitors by the time it closed on 7 January. This was only the second time that the Turner Prize exhibition was shown outside London following the successful show at Tate Liverpool in 2007-08. The exhibition usually attracts less than 100,000 when it’s in London. [text omitted] Vermeer’s Women: Secrets and Silence at the Fitzwilliam Museum had attracted about 117,000 people by 6 January, with a week to go before the exhibition closes on 15 January. The museum reacted to the high demand by introducing later opening hours from 3 January. The exhibition focuses on the 17th-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer and explores the appeal of the women in his paintings, contrasting four of his works with 28 paintings by other master painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Fitzwilliam's director Timothy Potts said: “This is the first time any exhibition at the Fitzwilliam has achieved over 100,000 visitors."


British Museum experts to train Indian museum professionals

The Economic Times, 9 January 2012


NEW DELHI, INDIA - "In a first-of-its-kind initiative that will help equip museum professionals with best practices in the field, a five-month long training programme for senior and mid-level officials from across India kicked off today with involvement of top experts from the British Museum, led by its renowned director Neil MacGregor. The ambitious programme launched as part of the Ministry of Culture's museum reform agenda puts a group of Indian museum professionals in touch with one of the best in the world to help groom a cadre, which will in turn pass on the benefits of the hands on training to others."


Saskatchewan school, museum receive boost

Chad Gibson, Lloydminster Meridian Booster, 9 January 2012


SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA – "Two local projects have been recognized by the Saskatchewan Community Initiatives Fund, and have received money to help them on their way to completion. The CIF's Community Vitality Program chose Lloydminster's Father Gorman Community School and the St. Walburg and District Historical Museum as two of 88 recipients across the province. Tracy Mann, executive director of CIF, said projects are chosen based on what they will mean to their communities as well as the amount of volunteer work put in."


Crocodiles Museum to open in Aswan by end of January

New Aswan museum to share significance of crocodiles and ancient Egyptian god Sobek ‎in bid to attract tourists

Nevine El-Aref, Ahram Online, Monday 9 Jan 2012


ASWAN, EGYPT - "After three years of construction, the Crocodiles Museum in Aswan will share the significance of crocodiles and the ancient Egyptian crocodile god Sobek with visitors by the end of January. Overlooking the Nile and across from the historic temple of Kom Ombo in the upper Egyptian City, the museum aims to become the next big tourist attraction. Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram Online that the official inauguration of the museum will coincide with Aswan National Day in January."


History, The Canadian Air and Space Museum Teeters

Elizabeth Howell, SpaceRef Canada, Posted January 9, 2012 9:32 AM


TORONTO, ON - "It's hard to fathom what path of miscommunication forced heritage airplanes, including an Avro Arrow replica, a DHC-2 Beaver and the world's oldest DHC-1 Chipmunk, outside of the Canadian Air and Space Museum on Sept. 20, 2011. According to the board of directors who run the museum, they were told by personnel they had to get the artifacts out of the Downsview Park facility, north of Toronto, by the end of the day or risk losing everything inside."


Les musées réclament plus de financement au fonctionnement

Pierre Wilson, Nouvelles Saint-Laurent, 9 janvier 2012


OTTAWA, ON – "La situation des musées n'est financièrement pas très drôle ces temps-ci. Quoique ces institutions soient essentielles pour la sauvegarde de notre patrimoine et responsables d'une importante production culturelle, elles se retrouvent tout en bas des priorités gouvernementales de financement. À telle enseigne que plusieurs musées reconnus n'ont pas encore accès à du financement de fonctionnement récurrent et que ceux qui en reçoivent ne voient pas ces fonds augmenter au rythme de l'inflation d'où, évidemment, malaise."


Artist Charles Sowers transforms the facade of the Randall Museum with 500 wind-activated sculptures

Recent News, artdaily.org, 9 January 2012


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – "The San Francisco Arts Commission and the Randall Museum announce the installation of Windswept, a wind-driven kinetic façade by Charles Sowers. An artist and exhibit developer at the Exploratorium, Sowers has created thought-provoking, beautiful experiences for visitors for 15 years. Consisting of over 500 freely-rotating directional arrows, Windswept transforms a blank wall into a large-scale observational instrument that reveals the complex interactions between the wind and the environment."


Truro museum receiving funding towards upcoming exhibit

Truro Daily News, 8 Jan 2012


TRURO, NS - "Fourteen heritage projects from across the province will receive funding, including one at the Colchester Historical Society in Truro. About $200,000 in total will be given to the 14 projects through the Strategic Development Initiative Program. About $30,000 will go to the local museum to hire a design company to create the Colchester: Life in the Heart of Nova Scotia exhibit."


UCD museum given funds

Richard Bammer, The Reporter, Posted: 01/08/2012 01:03:46 AM PST


DAVIS, CA - "The University of California, Davis, has received a $10 million gift to name a new art museum that will serve as a teaching resource, allow for more art in the school's permanent collection to be shown publicly, and perhaps be a tour stop for traveling exhibitions. Slated to open its doors in 2015, the museum will be named for donor Jan Shrem, owner of Clos Pegase winery in Napa Valley, and his friend and arts patron, Maria Manetti Farrow. Tentatively sized at 40,000 square feet, the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Farrow Museum of Art will be a contemporary space for galleries, seminars, research and public gatherings, Karen Nikos, a university spokeswoman with the UC Davis New Service, said in a press release."


First-class science museum opens in Taguig

Stephen Norries A. Padilla, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 8:55 pm Sunday, January 8th, 2012


TAGUIG, PHILIPPINES - "Interest in science may rise significantly among Filipinos with the formal opening this March of The Mind Museum at Taguig (TMMT), the first world-class science museum in the Philippines. The 12,500-square-meter educational facility is at the J.Y. Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City. It aims to make visitors more interested in science by showing its "beauty, clarity and intriguing character. " "With the creation of The Mind Museum, more young Filipinos will take interest in science and technology," said Vice President Jejomar Binay in his keynote address during the pre-launch of TMMT."


Auschwitz sees record number of visitors in 2011

Recent News, artdaily.org, 7 January 2012


WARSAW, POLAND – "The memorial site of Auschwitz-Birkenau says it saw more than 1.4 million visitors in 2011, a record high for the former death camp. The figure released Friday underlines how the death and labor complex that Nazi Germany built in occupied southern Poland during World War II has become one of Europe's most visited Holocaust remembrance sites. While the large number of visitors is seen as important for Holocaust education, mass tourism there is also adding strain to the barracks and other structures. Many are already in a state of severe dilapidation due to the passage of time, and the officials overseeing the site are struggling to preserve what they can."


Museum Food Services: Serving up our Missions and Eating our Words

AAM’s Center for the Future of Museums, Friday, January 6, 2012


UNITED STATES - "What do visitors eat, when they come to your museum, and what messages do they take away from the experience? We’ve devoted many posts on this blog, over the past year, to celebrating how museums can help their communities improve their health through an exploration of food and healthy eating. And We’ve spent many column inches documenting how museums are tackling issues of conservation and green design. How can we embody our mission and values in those parts of our operations devoted to actually feeding our visitors? This is one of the themes we will explore in our free webcast “Feeding the Spirit: Museums, Food & Community” on February 17."


Top museums in Spanish capital post record attendance numbers last year

The China Post, 5 January 2012


MADRID, SPAIN - "Madrid's top three museums — the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza — received a record number of visitors last year as blockbuster exhibits drew crowds despite a weak economy. The private Thyssen-Bornemisza, which displays works by artists ranging from El Greco to Picasso, posted the biggest rise in visitor numbers of the three museums that make up the Spanish capital's so-called "Golden Triangle of Art." It drew 1,070,390 visitors, a 30.4 percent jump over the previous year and the biggest number since the museum opened its doors in 1992. [text omitted] Spain's top modern art museum, the Reina Sofia which houses Picasso's masterpiece Guernica, drew 2,705,529 visitors in 2011, a 17 percent increase over the previous year, it said in a statement. The Prado Museum, which houses works from before the 20th century, received the most visitors of the three but its rise over the previous year was the smallest. It drew 2,911,767 visitors, a 6.6 percent increase over 2010 with the majority of visitors, 59 percent, from outside of Spain."


Canadians more trusting of museums than the web: Survey

Randy Boswell (Postmedia News), canada.com,  25 December 2011


CANADA - "Even at the dawn of the digital age, Canadians are least impressed by Internet sites and most trusting of museums when judging the reliability of information about the country's past. In responding to a nationwide survey of more than 2,300 Canadians — commissioned by the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies and carried out by the firm Leger Marketing — 84 per cent expressed either "very strong" or "somewhat strong" levels of trust in the way museums present historical eras, issues, people and events. At the bottom of the ranking — behind museums, books, teachers and direct witnesses of the past — were Internet sources of historical content."



President Dwight D. Eisenhower's family ask to delay Washington, DC memorial

Brett Zongker (Associated Press), Recent News, artdaily.org, 11 January 2012


WASHINGTON, DC – "President Dwight D. Eisenhower's family wants a memorial in the nation's capital redesigned, saying the current plans overemphasize his humble Kansas roots and neglect his accomplishments in World War II and the White House. Architect Frank Gehry has proposed a memorial park framed by large metal tapestries with images of Eisenhower's boyhood home in Abilene, Kan. In the park, a statue of "Ike" as a boy would seem to marvel at what would become of his life, leading the Allied forces, integrating schools and the military, and creating NASA and interstate highways. Smaller sculptures would depict Eisenhower as general and president."


Architect Frank Gehry residence selected to receive the AIA Twenty-five Year Award

Recent News, artdaily.org, 11 January 2012


WASHINGTON, DC – "The Gehry Residence in Santa Monica, Calif., has been selected for the 2012 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. Recognizing architectural design of enduring significance, the Twenty-five Year Award is conferred on a building that has stood the test of time for 25 to 35 years as an embodiment of architectural excellence. Projects must demonstrate excellence in function, in the distinguished execution of its original program, and in the creative aspects of its statement by today’s standards. The award will be presented this May at the AIA National Convention in Washington, D.C."


Newsmaker: Michael Graves

The architect discusses winning this year’s Driehaus Prize, which honors classical architecture and traditional urbanism, and how he plans to spend the $200k award

Laura Raskin, Architectural Record, 11 January 2012


NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY – "Michael Graves is better known for appropriating traditional forms in his monumental Postmodern compositions than for being a strict classicist, so it may seem surprising that in December he was named the winner of the 2012 Driehaus Prize, which celebrates architects who advance classicism in their work. Graves, the founding principal of the New York- and New Jersey-based firm Michael Graves & Associates, joins previous winners Léon Krier, Allan Greenberg, Quinlan Terry, and last year’s recipient Robert A.M. Stern."


City of San Francisco launches Golden Gate Bridge 75th anniversary celebrations

Beth Duff-Brown (Associated Press), Recent News, artdaily.org, 11 January 2012


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – "The city on Monday launched a yearlong 75th anniversary celebration of the opening of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge with a string of parties, guided tours and festivals to be held along the waterfront graced by the burnt-orange span since 1937. "The Golden Gate Bridge stands today as a testament of innovation and imagination, a bridge built by the people during the Great Depression," said Janet Reilly, president of the bridge district board."


Polémique autour de la rénovation du Colisée

Artclair, 11 janvier 2012


ROMA, ITALY – "Il y a 2 000 ans, le Colisée était le théâtre de batailles de gladiateurs ; aujourd’hui ce sont les membres de l’Association des restaurateurs-conservateurs d’Italie qui se sont mobilisés contre les autorités en charge de la restauration du monument antique. Mais le Conseil d’État ne leur a pas donné raison."


Il n'y a pas que le volcan qui menace le site

Le Monde, 9 janvier 2012


POMPEI, ITALY – "Amoureuse de Pompéi - pour y avoir travaillé quatre ans - Patrizia Nitti, directrice artistique du Musée Maillol, a décidé de braquer les projecteurs sur la petite ville antique, classée sur la liste du Patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco et dont les vestiges sont menacés, pour aiguiser "l'intérêt du public"."


Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Unveil Their Nature-Inspired Design for the Kimball Art Center

Bridgette Meinhold, Inhabitat, 01/09/12


PARK CITY, UT – "New York-based firm Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Architects are in the running for the renovation and expansion of the Kimball Art Center in Park City, UT. Their design is inspired by the surrounding alpine and mountainous landscape and attempts not to recreate it, but to capture its spirit through framed openings of the mountains and sky. Called the Box of Sky and Shadow, the simple concept recalls some of TWBTA's other projects around the country and features an influx of natural daylight, a copper clad exterior, energy efficient systems, and photovoltaics on the roof." [see also Light as a Feather: Brooks + Scarpa reveals cloud-like designs for Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah, World Architecture News, 11 January 2012]


Military History Museum

Piercing A Troubled Past: An expansion of a museum of military history in Dresden results in a provocatively symbolic design

Hugh Pearman, Architectural Record, 5 January 2012


DRESDEN, GERMANY – "Dresden is a place of ghosts and unease, the site of the most controversial and devastating series of Allied bombing raids of World War II. But today, the city is also a symbol of rebirth and reconciliation, epitomized by the painstaking reconstruction of its historic center—most notably the famous Baroque-style Lutheran church, Frauenkirche, (1726–43), designed with a virtuoso stone dome by George Bähr. A jagged heap of rubble during the Communist East German regime, the church was finally restored at a cost of $240 million in 2005, fifteen years after Germany's reunification. The city remains a supremely charged territory. And it is here that Daniel Libeskind has just expanded what had been a local East German museum into the largest museum in Germany, with 215,085 square feet of space. It is also now the official central museum of the German Armed Forces."




It’s Game On At The Louvre!

Naina Singh, Technology in the Arts, January 11, 2012


PARIS, FRANCE - "This March, it’s game on in the world’s most visited museum, the Louvre. A delivery of 5000 Nintendo 3DS consoles shall be left at the footsteps of the museum in an effort to revamp its audio guides, which are currently used by a mere 4% of its total visitors. Not much is known regarding the content or how the in-built 3D capabilities will be utilized but Mashable reports that visitors will "have access to themed itineraries and commentaries, including child-appropriate ones, in seven languages."  The content of the tour is being developed by Nintendo in collaboration with the Louvre, who will have editorial control."


Penn Museum launches online collections database for 125th anniversary

The database will provide students and scholars access to the museum's approximately one million artifacts

Nicole Peinado, The Daily Pennsylvanian, January 11, 2012, 10:03 pm


PHILADELPHIA, PA - "From mummies to ancient swords to pottery from the Iron Age, the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has offered visitors a look far back into the past for over a century and a quarter. This year, the Penn Museum is kicking off its 125th anniversary with the launch of a new online collections database. Through the database, anybody with access to a computer can search for information about "the extraordinary range of artifacts that the museum houses," Williams Director of the Penn Museum Richard Hodges said. "It seems only fitting that we should time our public launch of the museum’s artifact database on this major anniversary year." Students and scholars can now look up the records for the approximately one million objects that the museum houses."


The Guggenheim goes digital

Claudia Massie, Night and Day (The Spectator Arts Blog), 11 January 2012


NEW YORK CITY - "The Guggenheim museum has so far resisted inclusion in the Google Art Project but it has embraced the digital world in another way — by making available online a selection of facsimile exhibition catalogues dating back to 1937. The reproduction quality is faultless, and the system, which presents the digital copy in the form of an actual book, allows a satisfying turning page animation as the reader flicks through. It allows visitors to view the images, and read the text, as if they were handling an actual physical copy of each catalogue, up to a point at least. The essays here are lengthy, solid and cerebral, and it is interesting to read early interpretations of now-classic art such as Pollock or de Kooning."


Les Français plus ouverts grâce au numérique

Libération, 10 janvier 2012


PARIS, FRANCE – "Rapport. Une étude sur les pratiques culturelles dans l’Hexagone montre une percée des femmes."

Gayle Macdonald, From Tuesday's Globe and Mail, Published Monday, Jan. 09, 2012 5:10PM EST, Last updated Monday, Jan. 09, 2012 5:15PM EST


Tate Modern announces new and innovative art history game for mobiles: Race Against Time

Recent News, artdaily.org, 7 January 2012


LONDON, ENGLAND - "Tate Modern announced an innovative free iPhone game Race Against Time that blends mobile gaming with art history. The user plays as a wily chameleon, travelling through the history of modern art in order to defeat evil Dr Greyscale’s plan to remove all the colour from the world. As the gamer races through time from 1890 back to the present day, the background, platforms and enemies change to reflect major art movements and works from the last 121 years of modern art. A bespoke soundtrack for the game provides an audio journey through the time period – each decade has a stylistic variant of the main theme and uses instruments appropriate to the era."

Art and Culture


Raiders of the Lost Art? George Clooney to Make Movie About Nazi-Loot Hunters

Graham Fuller, ARTINFO, 11 January 2012


PALM SPRINGS, CA - "George Clooney has announced that he will co-write, direct, and star in a big-budget film about a group of museum curators and art scholars who put on uniforms to rescue thousands of art treasures as the Allies liberated Europe during World War II. Clooney and his business partner Grant Heslov are adapting the script from Robert M. Edsel’s 2009 "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History" (co-written by Bret Witter). The book’s main events take place between D-Day (June 6, 1944) and Victory in Europe Day (May 7, 1945). "We're working on the screenplay right now," Clooney told The Wrap at the Palm Springs Film Festival on Saturday. "I'm really interested in telling the story of how these very unlikely heroes went miles deep into a mine and found all the art and returned it."


Patrimoine religieux - Une monumentale murale de Joseph Guardo a été détruite au début de 2011

L’oeuvre, située sur le grand mur de l’autel de l’église Saint-Louis-de-France, avait été peinte en 1952

Isabelle Paré, Le Devoir, 11 janvier 2012


MONTRÉAL, QC – "L'église Saint-Louis-de-France, vendue il y a deux ans à une Église évangélique, a perdu plus que ses paroissiens. Le Devoir a appris que la murale monumentale de Joseph Guardo de 36 pieds de haut, qui ornait le mur du maître-autel, a été démolie par les nouveaux propriétaires, en dépit des démarches pour la sauvegarder. La gigantesque oeuvre peinte sur toile marouflée a été arrachée sans préavis du mur qui la supportait depuis sa confection, en 1952, par l'artiste montréalais d'origine italienne Joseph Guardo."


EFA celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2012: the Jubilee Year at a glance

European Festivals Association, 11 January 2012


GHENT, BELGIUM – "In 2012, the European Festivals Association (EFA) celebrates its 60th anniversary. "60 Years On: Festivals and the World" is the motto of the Jubilee. To celebrate the arts and to imagine the world, EFA is going to set up a broad range of activities, building on the achievements and milestones of its long history. "Since its foundation in 1952, the European Festivals Association has grown into an open and dynamic network. 60 years of bold initiatives that aim to open doors to Europe and to the world. Based in Brussels and Ghent, close to where international cultural policy is made, EFA’s role is to support festivals in their important mission and to position the role of culture in Europe," EFA President Darko Brlek underlines.


Art Dubai to launch 2012 edition with its most innovative and dynamic programme to date

Recent News, artdaily.org, 10 January 2012


DUBAI, UAE – "Art Dubai goes into its sixth year with a dynamic, curated programme, consolidating its position as the key point at which the international art world meets the art scenes of the Middle East and South Asia. After welcoming over 20,000 visitors in 2011, the region's leading fair features its biggest programme to date, expanding the Global Art Forum, launching artists' and curators' residencies, and establishing a year-round education programme."


$1 million angel investment for online art fair, expansion includes three new fairs in 2012

Recent News, artdaily.org, 10 January 2012


NEW YORK, NY – "VIP Art Fair, the world's first contemporary art fair held exclusively online, announced the closing of an initial round of angel funding by two international investors. The fair, which launched in January 2011, will be hosting its second edition, VIP 2.0, from February 3rd – 8th. Selmo Nissenbaum, Brazilian art collector and Partner in Personale Investimentos, and Philip Keir, Australian collector, media and arts specialist and former Founder of NextMedia, have invested a total of $1 million into VIP Art Fair. With a new executive team including CEO Lisa Kennedy and newly appointed Fair Director Liz Parks, and the financial backing from this substantial investment, VIP Art Fair is well positioned to develop and expand their unique contemporary art brand. As a first move towards expansion, VIP Art Fair is launching three new art fairs to take place later this year."


New study shows Toronto lags far behind in arts funding

Jennifer Pagliaro, The Toronto Star, 10 January 2012


CALGARY/OTTAWA/MONTREAL/TORONTO/VANCOUVER – "A new study ranks Toronto at the bottom in municipal arts investment, one day after the city’s budget committee approved an operating budget that would see 10 per cent in cuts to the arts. The study, released Tuesday and prepared by Hill Strategies Research Inc. in partnership with five Canadian municipalities, shows Toronto’s 2009 investment level at $19 per capita. At the top, was Montreal with $55 per capita, followed by Vancouver ($47), Calgary ($42) and Ottawa ($28). “We knew we were at the bottom for the last few years, but the gap has grown considerably,” said Claire Hopkinson, executive director of the Toronto Arts Council. The study reports Toronto ranked third in 2006 and 2007. But Toronto’s per capita investment has increased only $2 since 2006, while the other five cities showed growth between $11 and $27." [see also Toronto lags in municipal funding for the arts: study, James Adams, The Globe and Mail, 12 January 2012; Culture: Montréal fait figure de leader au pays, Daniel Lemay, La Presse, 11 janvier 2012; Ottawa arts funding rose under O'Brien, CBC News, 10 January 2012; and  Hill Strategies’ site for their press release and full report Municipal Cultural Investment in Five Large Canadian Cities.


State alters arts funding, links business impact

Brad Kane, Hartford Business Journal, 9 January 2012


CONNECTICUT - "Private cultural and arts programs in Connecticut must play a greater role in revitalizing communities and attracting new businesses to receive state funding under a pilot program. On July 1, the Connecticut Office of the Arts will consolidate four of its local arts funding programs into one initiative; double total funding to $3.1 million; hand out fewer but larger grants; and focus on recipients’ place-making. "Instead of the money going out with no strings attached, we are placing the goal of creating a more vibrant community," said Kip Bergstrom, deputy commission of the state Department of Economic & Community Development, which runs the Office of the Arts. "We want to put our money behind folks that are doing this well." " [see also Are Artists the Next Best Business Venture? Connecticut is Banking on It, Liza Eliano, Hyperallergic, 9 January 2012].


2nd Forum on Festivals in the Arab Countries to take place 1/2 March in Bahrain

European Festivals Association, 9 January 2012


MANAMA, BAHRAIN - "The Second Forum on Festivals in the Arab Countries is the only state-level festival event hosted in the Arab region. With experts from various fields, this Festival Forum is one of the highlights for festivals in the Arab countries. The second edition on 1 and 2 March 2012 in Manama/Bahrain is organised by the Ministry of Culture in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in coordination with the Arab Administrative Development Organization, to celebrate Manama, the Arab Capital of Culture in 2012. The Forum is committing itself to both innovation and originality and builds on its first successful edition in Beirut in December 2009."


Challenges Ahead for UN Slavery Memorial

Jamaica's ambassador is determined to build a tribute despite some setbacks.

Julie Walker, The Root, Posted: January 9, 2012 at 12:11 AM


NEW YORK CITY - "One day, a memorial to the millions of slaves wrenched from their homes in Africa and transported to the Americas will stand on the plaza at the United Nations in New York. That is the goal of an ambitious ambassador to the United Nations from Jamaica. However, the project does face some challenges. The design competition that was scheduled to end in December has now been extended to Jan. 23, and the United States, which co-sponsored a resolution proposing the memorial in 2007 (pdf), has yet to commit any funding to the project, which will cost millions to build."


Public Works of Art Face New Challenges

Sean Bowie, Technology in the Arts, January 9, 2012


ARIZONA - "When looking at the great cities of America and the world, one of the things that give these places the kind of culture and character they are often known for is public works of art. These exhibits, often unique and memorable, provide a focal point for tourists and a sense of civic pride for residents. However, in these tough economic times, a new problem has emerged for cities everywhere: with cities struggling financially, these works of art are suffering from neglect, acts of vandalism and normal wear and tear, and often do not have the funds necessary to properly maintain them."


Arts cuts could cause economic ‘tailspin’: councillor

Paul Irish, Toronto Star, 9 January 2012


TORONTO, ON – "Budget cuts to city-funded arts groups, theatres and galleries will hurt the cultural fabric of Toronto as well as the local economy, says Ward 36 Councillor Gary Crawford, chair of the mayor’s task force on arts and theatres.

City council decides next week if a suggested 10 per cent reduction in arts funding will go ahead, affecting everything from the Art Gallery of Ontario to local theatre groups."


London exhibit of Canadian art closes on a high note

James Adams, The Globe and Mail, 9 January 2012


LONDON, UK – "An exhibition of 123 paintings and oil sketches by Canada's Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven has proved a sensational success at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, drawing more than 41,000 visitors over a 12-week run that concluded late Sunday afternoon. According to Dulwich officials, that translates into an average of 553 visitors a day – making the show, called Painting Canada, the second most successful in the history of the Dulwich, inaugurated in 1817 as England's first purpose-built public gallery."


Multimillion dollar tax case against China's Ai Weiwei to get review by authorities

Recent News, artdaily.org, 8 January 2012


BEIJING, CHINA – "Outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said Friday that Beijing tax authorities have agreed to review their ruling that he pay a multimillion dollar fine for alleged tax evasion. The internationally acclaimed conceptual artist said tax officials informed him of the decision Wednesday by telephone and said the review would be completed within two months. Ai said he was hopeful that the case would be handled earnestly and transparently."


New report says art dealers with an e-tailing or online auction presence are well-positioned to take advantage

Recent News, artdaily.org, 8 January 2012


LOS ANGELES, CA – "Art dealers with an e-tailing or online auction presence are well-positioned to take advantage of consumers' preference for online shopping, according to a new report from IBISWorld. During the past five years, the ease of e-shopping has grown the E-Commerce and Online Auctions industry at double-digit rates. The growth of this overarching industry is forecast to continue through 2016 on the back of growing consumer spending and increased access through more broadband connections. Mobile apps are anticipated to provide further room for innovation through 2016, with industry leader Christie's paving the way through the development of their iPad app in late 2010. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Online Art Sales industry to its growing Online Furniture & Home Furnishings Report collection."


United Kingdom government protects site that housed World War II codebreakers

Recent News, artdaily.org, 8 January 2012


LONDON, UK – "The British government has acted to protect a crumbling piece of wartime — and computing — history.

The government said Friday that it has given protected status to the derelict Block C at Bletchley Park, the site northwest of London where mathematicians and cryptographers toiled in secret to crack Nazi communications codes. Historians believe their work shortened the war by as much as two years. The steel-and-concrete Block C contained high-speed data processing machines that helped the British crack Germany's Enigma encryption device. Heritage Minister John Penrose said Friday that Block C "can be viewed as the birthplace of modern information technology." Bletchley Park's guardians are fundraising to restore the site and turn it into a museum."


En France, une révolution culturelle de velours depuis 35 ans

Le Monde, 7 janvier 2012


PARIS, FRANCE – "Il y a des fois où les statisticiens du ministère de la culture se transforment en funambules. Une mission ô combien vertigineuse les attend : observerquantifier les comportements culturels des personnes âgées de plus de 15 ans, à Paris, en région, en milieu urbain, en zone rurale... Garçons, filles, commerçants, étudiants, ouvriers, cadres supérieurs."


Bernard Lamarche au MNBAQ: en amont et en aval de l’art actuel

Josianne Desloges, Le Soleil, 7 janvier 2012


QUÉBEC, CANADA – "Le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) s'apprête à accueillir un nouveau commissaire de l'art actuel, Bernard Lamarche, ex-critique d'art et, pour une vingtaine de jours encore, conservateur de l'art contemporain au Musée régional de Rimouski. Nos impressions? Disons simplement qu'a près une bonne heure de discussion, on a un (très) bon feeling."


Houston's DiverseWorks announces Elizabeth Dunbar as new Executive Director

Recent News, artdaily.org, 7 January 2012


HOUSTON, TX – "The Board of Directors of DiverseWorks ArtSpace announces the appointment of Elizabeth Dunbar as the new Executive Director of the visionary arts organization, taking over from Interim Executive Director William Betts. Most recently, Dunbar served as Associate Director and Curator at Arthouse, a non-collecting experimental art space in Austin."


2012 Drawing Prize of the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation

Recent News, artdaily.org, 6 January 2012


PARIS, FRANCE – "Following the deliberations of the Contemporary Drawing Prize's committee, the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation has announced the names of the three selected artists for the 2012 award.

Marc Bauer

Marc Bauer was born in 1975 in Geneva. He lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Ecole Supérieur d'Art Visuel of Geneva and was in residence at the Rijksakademie of Amsterdam, then the Swiss Institute in Rome." [text omitted]

Marcel Dzama

Marcel Dzama was born in 1974 in Winnipeg, Canada, where he also did his studies. He lives and works in Brooklyn. In 2010, he had a solo show at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art. [text omitted]

Jorinde Voigt

Jorinde Voigt was born in 1977 in Frankfurt. She first studied philosophy and literature before studying the plastic arts at the University of Berlin, the city where she lives and works today."


What Does Unesco Recognition Mean, Exactly?

Steven Erlanger, The New York Times, 6 January 2012


WORLD - "WORLD HERITAGE is big business, bringing hordes of tourists to poor countries that can use the jobs and the cash. It can also overwhelm the very sites it is designed to protect with all the less-savory aspects of mass travel, from chain hotels and restaurants to the impact of thousands of sport-shoed feet treading on fragile ground. But World Heritage can also be an odd business, giving recognition to traditions (like premodern tribal dances and giant French family meals) that might have little aesthetic value to any group except the one that practices it. Whatever the merits, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has embraced the concept. In fact, Unesco loves heritage so much that it has created two treaties to enshrine it. The first, the World Heritage Convention, dating from 1972, builds on the notion of the United States national parks system, which was set up to defend a wild landscape before it disappeared. The second, the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, was introduced in 2003 to defend traditions, not places, and is more controversial."


ACE appoints new executive director for arts

Geraldine Kendall, Museums Association, 06.01.2012


ENGLAND - "Former head of Manchester International Festival takes on key role Arts Council England (ACE) has announced the appointment of Simon Mellow as its new executive director, arts. Mellor, the former director-general of the Manchester International Festival (MIF), will replace outgoing arts director Andrew Nairne, who left the position in November to take the helm at Kettle’s Yard gallery in Cambridge. "


Pitching up: where is the place for art?

Susan Jones asks the question: are traditional arts organisations the best vehicles for meaningful participation or should we be looking elsewhere?

Susan Jones, The Guardian: Culture Professionals Network (blog), 6 January 2012


UK - "These are dangerous times for people and for our world of arts values. Uncertainty can cause us to be safe, edit complexity, be secretive, conservative. No waves please, the arts are in crisis. Let's just put our heads down, noses to the grindstone, and aim for preservation. "We're all in this together" – though some of us seem to be more 'in it' than others – gives way to "I want to make sure my institution survives to live another day". Battered and bruised, we go ten rounds. But what of our missions, our 'greater good', our altruism to support the things we really believe in? In my case, it's a passion for, and commitment to, doing whatever it takes to make things better for artists in society. Not to any particular product or infrastructure, that is 'of its time', in a fast-changing world."


B.C. Sports Hall of Fame an Olympic refresher

New attraction at BC Place opens Friday, with uniforms from 24 nations among attractions

Gary Kingston, Vancouver Sun, 5 January 2012


VANCOUVER, BC –  "As Olympic/Paralympic 2010 artifacts go, it's hard to top the sequined skating suit worn by the courageous Joannie Rochette, the Quebecois sweetheart who jumped and twirled her way to a bronze medal in an emotional performance just days after her mother died unexpectedly. Or, the skis used by men's downhill gold medalist Didier Defago, the lucky purple socks of snowboard gold medalist Jasey-Jay Anderson, or the helmet of quintuple Paralympic gold medal skier Lauren Woolstencroft. All of those will be on display Friday when the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, shuttered since April 2010 during the renovation of B.C. Place, re-opens with a spectacular gallery commemorating the 2010 Games, a rebuilt Hall of Champions for honored members and the revitalization of several existing galleries."

Tourism, Economies


Brazil's economy marching to samba beat

Will Smale, BBC News, 9 January 2012


RIO DE JANEIRO - "Brazil's economic future appears to be as impressive as the view from Francisco Itzaina's high-rise office in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The South American boss of engine-maker Rolls-Royce's windows provide a panoramic vantage point over the city's vast Guanabara Bay. With cargo ships, ferries and cruise liners plying their trade on the sea, and other skyscrapers rising in the foreground, it is a picturesque sight. The giant scale of everything is also indicative of Brazil's growing economic might. "God blessed Brazil with huge amounts of natural resources," says Mr Itzaina. It is blessed with minerals and fresh water, and now we have just found huge reserves of oil and gas."Brazil is very well placed for the future." "


National tourism indicators: Third quarter 2011

Statistics Canada, The Daily, 9 January 2012


CANADA - "Tourism spending in Canada increased 0.8% in real terms in the third quarter. This was the ninth consecutive quarterly increase in tourism spending, for a cumulative gain of 8.2%. Higher spending by Canadians at home contributed the most to the third-quarter gain, as foreign travel spending in Canada was virtually unchanged."



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