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Chinese Architect Wang Shu Wins the Pritzker Prize

Clifford A. Pearson, Architectural Record, 27 February 2012


HANGZHOU, CHINA – "Wang Shu, a 49-year-old Chinese architect whose work explores the intersection of modern technologies and traditional sensibilities, has won the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize, announced Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize. Wang is the 37th person to win the prize and the first from China. (I.M. Pei, who was born in China but lives and practices in the United States, won in 1983.) Asked about getting the prize, Wang said in a phone interview, "It's a big surprise. I'm still so young!" Wang and his wife Lu Wenyu founded their firm, Amateur Architecture Studio, in 1997 in Hangzhou, a city that has been famous for hundreds of years as one of China's most beautiful. [text omitted] While many of their contemporaries studied abroad and returned to China with Western approaches to form-making and the latest digital technologies, Wang and Lu rooted their buildings in the local context. Their most impressive project, the Ningbo History Museum (2008), combines tilting fortress-like forms with walls made of different kinds of recycled masonry. Although the museum has a modern concrete frame, its use of bricks and stone salvaged from local buildings connects it to the area and to history." [See also Blair Kamin: Pritzker Prize Shifts by Awarding Wang Shu, By Blair Kamin (Chicago Tribune), Architectural Record, 02/28/2012; Forty-nine-year-old Chinese architect Wang Shu wins 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize, By Derrik J. Lang (AP Entertainment Writer), Recent News, artdaily.org, 28 February 2012; and Un Chinois entre au panthéon de l'architecture, Le Monde, 29 Février 2012]


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Asian Art Museum

Pietermaritzburg.com, 1 March 2012


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - "The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is a museum in San Francisco, California, United States. It has one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art in the world. Until 2003 the museum shared a space with the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park; during its last year in the park it was closed for the purpose of moving to its new location, and it re-opened on March 20, 2003 in the former San Francisco city library building opposite the San Francisco Civic Center, renovated for the purpose under the direction of Italian architect Gae Aulenti. Lord Cultural Resources, a cultural professional practice, was also commissioned to undertake a three-part sequence of planning studies for the relocation of the Museum."


Transitional funding awards begin

Harris Museum and Museums Sheffield to restructure

Geraldine Kendall and Patrick Steel, Museums Journal, 28.02.2012


UNITED KINGDOM - "Former hub museums that did not receive Major Grant funding from Arts Council England (ACE) have been negotiating transitional funding, with some bids awarded this week and others to come in the next fortnight. [text omitted]. Museums Sheffield, which was unsuccessful in its bid for Major Grant status, has been awarded £341,000 in transitional funding from the arts council. This follows a previous award of £190,000 in transitional funding from ACE, bringing the total to £531,000. The money is designed to cover the next four months and will help Museums Sheffield maintain its current exhibition commitments while it undergoes a restructure. The museum is to make 21 posts redundant at the end of March, with a further 23 redundancies expected in late summer. Chief executive Nick Dodd announced today that he had taken voluntary redundancy and would be stepping down in June."


Louvre building new galleries for Islamic art; single largest expansion project since pyramid

Recent News, artdaily.org, 27 February 2012


PARIS, FRANCE – "The creation of a new wing dedicated to Islamic art at the Louvre represents a decisive phase in the architectural history of the palace and in the development of the museum. The design and installation of these new galleries is the museum's single largest expansion project since I. M. Pei created the now-famous Pyramid twenty years ago. The new department will soon be home to one of the most exceptional collections of Islamic art in the world, owing to its geographic diversity, the historical periods covered, and the wide variety of materials and techniques represented."


SFMOMA transforms into an interactive gameboard

Recent News, artdaily.org, 27 February 2012


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - "From the museum that brought visitors the very first interactive multimedia gallery tour back in 2001 comes a new way to explore modern and contemporary art. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents ArtGameLab, an ongoing exhibition in the museum's Koret Visitor Education Center that presents a selection of prototype crowdsourced games designed by SFMOMA's community, for SFMOMA's community. Last summer SFMOMA issued an open call for simple games devised to be played inside the museum for audiences of all ages. Visitors can now view the results and pick up instructions for playing five of the 50 game proposals that artists and game designers submitted, along with a series of digital games designed by the museum's education department. The exhibition is organized by Erica Gangsei, manager of interpretive media at SFMOMA."


OK, So it's Winnipeg – But Finally Our Human Rights Champions Will Get Their Due

Raymond Heard, Huffington Post, 26 February 2012


WINNIPEG, MB – "At the very crossroads of Canada, at the historic Forks site in Winnipeg, on a hallowed river plain where leaders of the First Nations convened to make peace, a museum is being built to celebrate human rights. Its huge steel and glass exterior reflects the blue Prairie sky, the snow and ice of winter, and the green crops and brown earth of Canada's heartland where food is grown to feed the world. Its mission is to mark how far we have come in civilization's highest achievement: the respect we hold and nurture for one another. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will necessarily include expositions of human wrong, but it is not, and was never meant to be, a genocide museum.

Critics who say this first national museum to be built outside Ottawa is just another chronicle of past injustices, are focusing too narrowly. The Museum's founders and planners, who include the late media baron Izzy Asper and his family, are devoted not only to mounting exhibits, many of them interactive, that document the past. They also challenge visitors to become active participants in the evolution of human rights in Canada and abroad."


2012 Chicago Cultural Plan calls for ideas, solutions to improve Chicago culture

Jim Dallke, Medill Reports, Chicago, 22 February 2012


CHICAGO, IL – "Frank Lloyd Wright once said Chicago would eventually be the "most beautiful great city left in the world."  With the launch of the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan, that vision has legs. The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events held its fourth and final town hall meeting Tuesday to get input from residents about the 2012 plan and the future of arts and culture in Chicago. More than 100 artists, performers and invested community members gathered at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen to offer ideas and solutions to improve Chicago culture. [text omitted] The city has hired New York-based consulting firm Lord Cultural Resources to help spearhead the 2012 cultural plan. Lord has worked on more than 1,900 cultural projects all over the world and senior consultant Orit Sarfaty said that level of experience will benefit Chicago. "We offer global expertise," Sarfaty said. "But that's only part of what makes an excellent cultural plan. The other part is real intimate knowledge of what the city of Chicago is and what its needs are." Sarfaty said the plan will be finalized in September, with a draft plan available by late spring or early summer."


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Editorial: Holocaust Museum looks back and ahead

Naples Daily News, 1 March 2012


NAPLES, FL - "The Naples-based Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida records its 10th anniversary. From humble beginnings as a middle school history project, the museum — on U.S. 41 North in the Tanglewood shopping complex south of Pine Ridge Road — has become an educational engine. Thirty-thousand students visit every year and its Holocaust boxcar tours schools through Southwest Florida." [see also 'It's grown beyond our dreams': Holocaust museum celebrates 10 years of educating community, By Virginia Russell Daily News Correspondent, Naples Daily News, Posted March 1, 2012 at 4 a.m.]


Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu announces leadership duo for the National Gallery of Victoria

Recent News, artdaily.org, 1 March 2012


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - "Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu today announced the appointment of Mr Tony Ellwood as the new Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, and the re-appointment of Mr Allan Myers AO QC as President of the NGV Council of Trustees. Mr Baillieu said that after a national and international search, Tony Ellwood had been appointed to succeed long-serving NGV Director Dr Gerard Vaughan. Mr Ellwood will begin his new role on 1 August 2012."


London plans museum on 2012 Games

Alan Baldwin (Reuters), Toronto Sun, 29 February 2012


LONDON, ENGLAND - "London will set up its own Olympic museum near the new stadium as a legacy of this year's Games, the British Olympic Association said on Monday. Plans for the museum, to be situated next to the landmark Orbit Tower in the Olympic Park in a formerly rundown part of east London, are for it to open in 2014 with visitors likely to be charged "a modest entry fee". "As the only city to have earned the honour of hosting the Olympic Games three times, London occupies a truly unique place in Olympic history," said BOA chairman Colin Moynihan in a statement. "I believe the British Olympic museum is the perfect way to ensure the spirit, excitement and unforgettable memories of the London 2012 Games live on to inspire future generations to follow their own dreams." "


Hamilton police museum to open in Ancaster

Hamilton Spectator, 29 February 2012


HAMILTON, ON - "The oldest house in Ancaster will soon be transformed into the permanent home of the Hamilton Police Museum. Hamilton police Staff Sgt. Steven Hahn said the police service is working toward a May completion date for renovations at the Samuel Tisdale House at 314 Wilson St. E. "We are cautiously optimistic that it will be done by late spring," said Hahn."


China builds museum on Confucius

IANS, TwoCircles.net, 29 February 2012


QUFU, SHANGDONG, CHINA - "China is building a museum to display over 100,000 cultural relics related to ancient philosopher Confucius.The museum is being built in the eastern Shandong province, Xinhua reported. Built at a cost of 500 million yuan (around $79 million), the museum located in Confucius' hometown of Qufu will cover over 56,000 square metres. A total of 110,000 pieces of cultural relics and 260,000 archive materials about Confucius will be showcased in the museum, to be completed in three years."


Museum of Natural History gets new look

Colin Chisholm, Halifax News Net, 29 February 2012


HALIFAX, NS – "The Museum of Natural History in Halifax has been undergoing some major changes over the past couple of years, from exterior renovations to entirely new exhibits, there's lots of new mixed in with the old to check out. "If you're looking at things from a pre-September 2009 to now scenario, it's completely new," said Jeffrey Gray, curator of marketing and communications at the museum."


New arts of Japan gallery opens culminating five-year initiative to expand presentation of Asian art

Recent News, artdaily.org, 28 February 2012


HOUSTON, TX – "The new, permanent Arts of Japan Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, opened to the public on February 19. The Japan gallery is the final installation in a suite of permanent Arts of Asia galleries surrounding Cullinan Hall in the Caroline Wiess Law Building, culminating an effort begun in 2007 to expand the presentation of Asian art at the museum. The Arts of Japan Gallery opened with a special inaugural exhibition, Elegant Perfection: Masterpieces of Courtly and Religious Art from the Tokyo National Museum, showcasing important objects from the collection of the Tokyo National Museum, including National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties that will stay in Houston for only eight weeks."


Wanted: Tenant for former Canada and the World pavilion

Maria Cook, Ottawa Citizen, 28 February 2012


OTTAWA, ON – "The former Canada and the World Pavilion, whose future has been the source of lively debate over the years, is for rent. The National Capital Commission (NCC) is seeking a public or private sector tenant who can turn the vacant building beside the Rideau Falls into a national attraction. "We're looking for any kind of proposal," says Mary Ann Waterston, NCC director of real estate management. "Public access is very important to us. We are looking for something that would have a national purpose so that it could benefit all Canadians. It's an absolutely stunning building." [text omitted] However, a museum rather than an office building would be an example of something with broad public interest, she said. "I wouldn’t accept a restaurant." [text omitted] The pavilion opened in 2001 as a museum to showcase Canadian achievements in culture and sports, international co-operation, technological innovation and trade."


Museums love teenagers, but only if they are in uniform

Salford Museum's decision to throw out two teenagers was more about protecting its cathedral-like status than the girls' safety

Dea Birkett, The Guardian, 27 February 2012


SALFORD, ENGLAND - "What do you have to do to get thrown out of a museum? Smear sticky fingers on the Persian tapestries? Scream so loud that other visitors can't thumb quietly through the browning albums of dried Azolla caroliniana? Do a cartwheel in front of a Caravaggio? Last week, two girls were asked to leave Salford Museum and Art Gallery. They were thrown out for being 13. The museum explained that their expulsion was "for their own safety". Like most self-respecting teenagers, they'd gone out over half term without an adult."


Athènes veut renforcer la sécurité dans ses musées

Le Journal des Arts, 27 Février 2012


ATHÈNES, GRÈCE – "Secoué par les vols ayant récemment eu lieu dans des musées à Athènes puis à Olympie, le ministère grec de la Culture réagit en revoyant la surveillance et les mesures de sécurité dans ses musées."


Francfort fait sauter la banque

Connaissance des Arts, 27 Février 2012


FRANCFORT, ALLEMAGNE – "En Allemagne, les banques collectionnent traditionnellement l’art contemporain, au point de réunir des ensembles considérables, que leur envient bien des musées. L'accumulation ayant atteint ses limites, la Deutsche Bank a décidé de confier sa collection de quelque six cents œuvres au Städel Museum de Francfort, imitée bientôt par la DZ Bank, qui y a déposé près de deux cents photographies."


Pictou County Military Museum will need to look at other options to expand

The News (Pictou County, NS), 27 February 2012


WESTVILLE, NS – "Westville council will not allow the Pictou County Military Museum to expand into a portion of the building currently used by the town's police department. While the room is only used minimally now by the police, Coun. Gerald Jones said it is used for interviewing victims and others and is needed by that department. Museum curator Vincent Joyce the extra space is needed to help them fulfil their goal of becoming the best in Nova Scotia. As an alternative Joyce said in a letter to the council, they could also look at building an addition onto the side of the building, but pointed out that that would be a more expensive and time-consuming venture. Council voted to send requests to the other municipalities to see if they would contribute to an expansion project as it is a county museum. Mayor Roger MacKay also recommended that they write to MP Peter MacKay to see about possible federal funding."


World's Oldest Holocaust Museum, in London, Gets New Life

D.D. Guttenplan, The New York Times, 26 February 2012


LONDON, ENGLAND — "In a sun-drenched room overlooking Russell Square, a visitor’s eye is immediately drawn to a display of cheerful coloring books, a brightly colored board game and photographs of laughing children. On closer inspection, the children in one photo can be seen crowding around a cake decorated with a swastika. The board game, a German version of Parcheesi or Sorry made in Dresden in 1936, is called Juden Raus! (Jews Out!), in which the first player to chase six Jews out of the walled ghetto is the winner. A deck of trivia cards for teenagers features the faces of Nazi leaders. And in a beautifully illustrated book aimed at teaching good German boys and girls the alphabet, "A" is for "Adolf." "A is for Adolf: Teaching Children Nazi Values” is the first public exhibition at the Wiener Library, a combination of museum, archive, research center and academic institution."


New York City's Hispanic Society of America, which holds a world-class collection, seeks to make itself known

Ula Ilnytzky (Associated Press), Recent News, artdaily.org, 25 February 2012


NEW YORK, NY – "Situated behind a wrought-iron gate on an attractive brick terrace in upper Manhattan, the Hispanic Society of America is an imposing museum and research library. It has a world-class collection of Iberian art that includes works from such masters as Goya, Velazquez and El Greco, and monumental sculptures by Anna Hyatt Huntington, the wife of the society's founder. Yet the 104-year-old institution in Washington Heights, just blocks from the Audubon Ballroom where Malcolm X was assassinated, is not high on the itinerary of many tourists — or even New Yorkers. Some don't even know it exists. The Society had briefly contemplated abandoning the area for more tourist-accessible locations downtown like some of its former neighbors: the American Numismatic Society and the Museum of the American Indian. But it has resolved to stay."


UNI to cut athletics budget, close museum in plan to save $1 million

Jens Manuel Krogstad, Indystar.com, 24 February 2012


CEDAR FALLS, IA - "University of Northern Iowa officials on Thursday announced plans to save $1.1 million by closing the school’s museum building, cutting the athletics budget and outsourcing print services. [text omitted]The museum, which has had a single physical location on campus for 120 years, will close June 30. Its art collection will be spread to departments throughout campus. The closure will save $200,000; an unknown number of positions will be cut, officials said."


Obama pose la première pierre du Musée de l’histoire et de la culture afro-américaines

Le Journal des Arts, 24 Février 2012


WASHINGTON, ÉTATS-UNIS – "Barack Obama a inauguré mercredi 22 février le chantier du futur Musée de l’histoire et de la culture afro-américaines au centre de Washington. Le musée de deux hectares devrait ouvrir ses portes en 2015."


Black Loyalist museum rising from ashes in Birchtown

South shore heritage site torched in 2006; now has money to rebuild

CBC News, 24 February 2012


BIRCHTOWN, NS – "The Black Loyalist Heritage Society in Birchtown, N.S., has gathered more than $4 million to build a new interpretive centre. Elizabeth Cromwell, president of the society, said the money promised by the federal government this week means they can now rebuild the centre after it was destroyed in an apparent arson attack six years ago."


Greek museums to increase security after thefts

Recent News, artdaily.org, 24 February 2012


ATHENS, GREECE – "Greece's Culture Ministry says it is taking extra security measures at museums across the country after two major thefts in as many months netted antiquities and paintings by 20th-century masters. The ministry said Thursday that a task force set up to review security at museums and archaeological sites recommended increasing surveillance at archaeological museums, improving guard training and upgrading closed-circuit TV and fire detection systems."


The making of masterpiece

MOCA's bid for expanded gallery space latest development in 100 year civic saga

Allie Jaynes, Fast Forward Weekly, 23 February 2012


CALGARY, AB – "It's 2012. Calgary has a population of 1.2 million hailing from all over the world, a booming economy and, whether you want to admit it or not, a thriving arts scene. So how is it possible that we still don’t have a major civic art gallery? The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its centennial this year. Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax have all had big public galleries for decades. And yes, in our biggest rival city, the Art Gallery of Alberta (formerly the Edmonton Art Gallery) has been alive and well since 1924. Sure, the Glenbow Museum houses some world-class art collections and exhibitions. But with its split focus between visual art and cultural history, it doesn't exactly fulfil the role. [text omitted] MOCA/IMCA is hoping to finally change that. Formerly the Triangle Gallery, MOCA has just signed a memorandum of understanding with the Institute of Modern and Contemporary Art (IMCA) with the goal of eventually establishing a "stand-alone, full-service art museum."


THE BIG PICTURE: Why are foreign museums only interested in Group of Seven or Aboriginal art?

Paul Gessell, Ottawa Magazine, 23 February 2012


CANADA – "The Canadian Museum of Civilization recently announced it is making plans to tour an exhibition of West Coast aboriginal art around several European countries during the next few years. The exhibition — titled Haida: Life. Spirit. Art — previously appeared at Civilization and at the McCord Museum in Montreal. Most of the artifacts are owned by the McCord Museum but Civilization is spearheading the travelling project because of expertise developed over the years in forging foreign partnerships. The announcement of this deal raises important questions: Why do foreign museums only seem interested in Canadian aboriginal art? Or is that all we offer them?"


Art museums have become pointless: they should learn from Christianity

Alain de Botton, ABC.net (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 22 February 2012


"You often hear it said that "museums of art are our new churches." In other words, in a secularising world, art has replaced religion as a touchstone of our reverence and devotion. It's an intriguing idea - part of the broader ambition that culture should replace scripture - but in practice art museums often abdicate much of their potential to function as new churches (places of consolation, meaning, sanctuary, redemption) through the way they handle the collections entrusted to them. While exposing us to objects of genuine importance, they nevertheless seem unable to frame them in a way that links them powerfully to our inner needs."


The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Do Museums Still Matter?

TVO (TV Ontario), 20 February 2012 [video: 53:40 minutes]


WORLD - "Increasingly, our world is filled with tablets, smart phones and lap tops. We move at a pace that would have been unimaginable only a few decades ago. Steven Conn's book "Do Museums Still Need Objects" uses museums as a lens to explore 21st century challenges around public space and civic identity. How have globalization, technology and progress influenced our relationship with the museum? Steven Conn joins a panel of world-renowned experts to debate the importance of having a public space to be among tangible artifacts which connect us to the past." [panelists include Steven Conn (Professor of History and Director of the Public History Program, Ohio State University), Glenn Lowry (Director, Museum of Modern Art), Janet Carding (Director and CEO, The Royal Ontario Museum), Caitlin Kelly (Freelance Journalist and Author), and Jaye Robinson (Toronto City Councilor for Ward 25, Don Valley West)]



The International Council of Museums is sponsoring a photo contest to celebrate the 35th anniversary of International Museum Day

ICOM press release, 20 February 2012


WORLD - "Every year since 1977, International Museum Day is organized worldwide around May 18. From America to Oceania, through Europe, Asia and Africa, International Museum Day is a fantastic opportunity to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. In 2011, International Museum Day garnered record‐breaking participation with almost 30,000 museums hosting events in more than 120 countries. International Museum Day turns 35 on 18 May, 2012. Upon this occasion, ICOM is launching a photo contest for museum lovers and budding photographers of all ages."


Últimos deseos de Archangelo Ianelli

Ibermuseos e Ibram hacen posible la donación póstuma de obras del artista paulista

Ibermuseus Ibermuseos, 02/02/2012


SAO PAOLO, BRASIL - "El artista plástico de São Paulo (Brasil), Archangelo Ianelli, es una de las figuras más importantes del arte contemporáneo brasileño. Fallecido en 2009, dejó dictado en su testamento la voluntad de donar sus obras a algunos de los más importantes museos de Iberoamérica."


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On the crest of the wave: ALA complete their first major commission, Kilden, a performing arts centre in Norway

World Architecture News, 1 March 2012


KRISTIANSAND, NORWAY - "ALA is a Helsinki-based architecture firm seeking fresh angles, flowing forms and surprising solutions on all levels of architecture. [text omitted] The team have just completed their first major commission: Kilden, a performing arts centre in Kristiansand, Norway. The 15 000 m2 complex consists of a 1200-seat concert hall with symphonic acoustics, a 700-seat theatre & opera hall, smaller halls for experimental productions, and full support and public facilities."


Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

Bridgette Meinhold, Inhabitat, 02/29/12


FRANKFURT, GERMANY - "One of the most important art collections in Germany now has a newly renovated home and a fantastic, polka-dotted green roof garden! The Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main recently reopened to the public after three years of extensive renovations, the highlight of which is a domed green roof garden with circular skylights that cover the new subterranean contemporary gallery. Local firm Schneider Schumacher took the helm with the renovation and visitors are delighted with the revamped space and the energy efficient facility." [see also La nouvelle galerie souterraine du Städel Museum à Francfort, Le Journal des Arts, 24 Février 2012]


Bertrand Delanoë s’oppose au projet architectural du futur centre culturel russe à Paris

Le Journal des Arts, 28 Février 2012


PARIS, FRANCE – "Les travaux du Centre spirituel et culturel orthodoxe russe, qui s’établira sur le quai Branly, devant le pont de l’Alma, doivent débuter prochainement. Dans un communiqué, le maire de Paris, Bertrand Delanoë exprime son opposition à ce projet. En cause : l’architecture de l’édifice qui briserait « l’harmonie » des berges de la Seine."



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Birmingham Museum of Art Introduces iPad App For A Close Look at Tiny Objects

PRWEB.COM Newswire, Digital Journal, 29 February 2012


BIRMINGHAM, AL - "The Birmingham Museum of Art announces the launch of its first app,'The Look of Love' optimized for the Apple iPad and designed to enhance visitors' exhibition experience. Now available for download worldwide through the Apple App Store, visitors will also find this app installed on each of the 20 complimentary iPads available for checkout at the entrance of the Museum's exhibition, The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection."


Smithsonian building archive of printable 3D scans

Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 4:03 pm Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012


WASHINGTON, DC - "The Smithsonian, the world's largest museum, is planning on producing 3D scans of its collection and making them freely available to the public to print out at home on their 3D printers (or incorporate into their virtual worlds). CNet's Daniel Terdiman has the story:

Update: Sarah Taylor Sulick from the Smithsonian sez, "Unfortunately we have no plans to make 3D scans of our collection freely available for the public to print. The CNET story is a bit misleading on that point. Our 3-D team mentioned that we COULD go there theoretically, but as of right now it is not part of our plan. The reality is also that we have 137M objects in our collection and only 2 people working on this project. So we are no where near being able to scan everything and essentially never will be." " [see also the original story Smithsonian turns to 3D to bring collection to the world, By Daniel Terdiman, CNET, February 24, 2012 4:00 AM PST]


The Best of Both Worlds: QRpedia.

Elizabeth Quaglieri, Technology in the Arts, February 29, 2012


UNITED KINGDOM - "While scanning a quick response (QR) code on the back of a cereal box only to find it directs you to the cereal’s web site is, how can I put this politely, fun (that’s my attempt at sarcasm), it neither reflects the appropriate usage nor does it maximize the potential of those nifty little black and white squares. There’s the cereal box QR code, and then there’s QRpedia. QRpedia is a program announced by the Wikimedia Foundation in September 2011. It is currently competing in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress for the title of the United Kingdom’s “most innovative mobile company.” Today, on February 29th, the winner of the award will be announced. The reward? The United Kingdom Trade and Investment’s (UKTI) support to expand the company internationally."


Where we used to live – new website of maps from the past launched

JISC, 28 February, 2012


UNITED KINGDOM - "The broadest single collection of historical maps from around the world is now available online. The JISC-funded Old Maps Online, described by its creators as like Google for old maps, will act as a central repository to a vast collection of maps held by institutions across the globe.  It is the first time that access to such an extensive collection has been made available online."


Unprecedented imaging project supported by the Getty reveals master work in minute detail-online

Recent News, artdaily.org, 26 February 2012


GHENT, BELGIUM / LOS ANGELES, CA – "It is now possible to zoom into the intricate, breathtaking details of one of the most important works of art in the world, thanks to a newly completed website focused on the Ghent Altarpiece. A stunning and highly complex painting composed of separate oak panels, The Mystic Lamb of 1432 by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, known as the Ghent Altarpiece, recently underwent much-needed emergency conservation within the Villa Chapel in St. Bavo Cathedral in Ghent. As part of this work, the altarpiece was removed from its glass enclosure and temporarily dismantled—a rare event which also made it possible to undertake a comprehensive examination and documentation, supported by the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles. [see also L’Autel de Gand à la loupe numérique grâce à la Fondation Getty, Connaissance des Arts, 28 Février 2012]


Picasso's "Guernica" undergoes medical check at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid

Ciaran Giles (Associated Press), Recent News, artdaily.org, 25 February 2012


MADRID, SPAIN – "Pablo Picasso's "Guernica," one of the world's most iconic paintings, is getting a full health check as it marks its 75th anniversary. A giant robotic machine is taking tens of thousands of microscopic shots of the black-and-white anti-war masterpiece to allow experts to penetrate the work like never before and see its real condition after a hectic life traveling the globe. Madrid's Reina Sofia museum — where "Guernica" is housed — has teamed up with Spanish telecommunication company Telefonica to develop the technology, which uses advanced infrared and ultraviolet photography. The machine was built so that "Guernica" does not have to make the risky move to a conservation laboratory, where normally such investigative work would be done."


Cooper-Hewitt releases dataset to broaden access to online collection

Recent News, artdaily.org, 25 February 2012


NEW YORK, NY – "The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced the release of its collection dataset, which will broaden access and allow for increased analysis of the museum's object holdings. Basic museum data for more than 60 percent of the collection (more than 120,000 records) is now available as a single downloadable file at cooperhewitt.org/data. This open data release is the first of its kind for the Smithsonian Institution. "Following the lead of NYC's Open Data and Data.gov in driving transparency and access, Cooper-Hewitt's data release connects to a philosophy of publicly shared information, collaboration and inclusive participation," said museum director Bill Moggridge."


What Pinterest means for the arts

What's the point of Pinterest? Matthew Caines takes a closer look and weighs up the benefits for arts organisations

Matthew Caines, Guardian Professional (Culture Professionals Network), Friday 24 February 2012 11.17 GMT


"There's been a deafening hype around Pinterest since it exploded on to the social media scene in last month. Like the noisy new kid on the block, it's impossible to ignore – have a quick look at #Pinterest on Twitter and you'll notice it's a little like Marmite; you either love it or you hate it. A cross between an image-sharing social network and a bookmarking tool, Pinterest works by organising or "pinning" images from anywhere on the web to a virtual personal pinboard. You can create as many boards as you want, on any theme – fashion, food, craft, architecture, interior design – then locate images and use a "Pin It bookmarklet" to stick them to your moodboards."


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La cour d’appel déboute les découvreurs de la grotte Chauvet

Le Journal des Arts, 1 Mars 2012


NÎMES, FRANCE – "La cour d’appel de Nîmes a refusé, mardi 28 février 2012, de reconnaître les droits qu’ils revendiquaient aux trois spéléologues qui avaient découvert la grotte Chauvet en 1994. Estimant que l’État ne les avait pas assez associés à l’exploitation de la grotte, les découvreurs de Chauvet avaient fait appel de la décision de justice de 2009. Ils ont décidé de se pourvoir en cassation."


Archivist of the United States Appoints New Director of Presidential Libraries

Press Release, National Archives, 29 February 2012


WASHINGTON, DC - "Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today the appointment of Susan K. Donius as the Director of the Office of Presidential Libraries, effective February 26, 2012. In her new position, Donius will direct and coordinate the Presidential Library system, currently comprised of thirteen libraries that house the records of Presidents Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush. She will provide oversight and support for the Presidential Libraries to preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. She will also lead the development of new Presidential Libraries into the National Archives."


China enhances culture industry competitiveness

Xinhua, China Daily, 29 February, 2012


BEIJING, CHINA - "The Ministry of Culture released Tuesday a cultural development plan that includes a goal of doubling the added value of the culture industry by 2015. The plan specifies guiding principles, strategies, goals and policy support for the culture industry from 2011 to 2015, Vice Culture Minister Li Xiaojie said. The ministry oversees opera houses, libraries, art galleries and art troupes. The industry is expected to see an annual growth rate of over 20 percent in years towards 2015, increasing gross added value of the industry to between 800 and 900 billion yuan ($127 and 142 billion), Li said. The development plan came days after China published a detailed culture reform outline from 2011 to 2015."


Les ventes aux enchères se dotent enfin d'un code de bonne conduite

Le Monde, 29 Février 2012


FRANCE – "Mercredi 29 février, Catherine Chadelat, présidente du Conseil des ventes volontaires (CVV), l'autorité de régulation du marché des ventes aux enchères publiques, devait présenter à Michel Mercier, garde des sceaux, ministre de la justice et des libertés, le "Recueil des obligations déontologiques des opérateurs de ventes volontaires de meubles aux enchères publiques"."


Vente aux enchères des trésors du "Titanic"

Le Journal des Arts, 29 Février 2012


NEW YORK, NY – "Tout juste 100 ans après le naufrage du « Titanic », les 5 500 objets retrouvés dans l’épave par les expéditions de la compagnie RMS Titanic seront vendus aux enchères. La totalité de la collection sera cédée en un seul lot, estimé 189 millions de dollars (141 millions d’euros)."


Le Beau Sancy sort de son coffre

Le Figaro, 29 Février 2012


GENEVE, SUISSE - "Sotheby's va mettre en vente le plus gros des diamants de Marie de Médicis. Le 15 mai un concentré d'histoire d'une densité rare sera mis aux enchères. À Genève, la maison Sotheby's sortira de son coffre le Beau Sancy, l'un des diamants les plus importants jamais passés sous le marteau."


Businesses abandon culture

Corporate investment falls for fourth consecutive year

Rebecca Atkinson, Museums Journal, 29.02.2012


UNITED KINGDOM - "Corporate investment in culture fell by nearly £10m last year, despite initiatives from the culture secretary Jeremy Hunt to make 2011 what he called the "year of corporate philanthropy". Figures from Arts & Business show that private sector investment in culture grew slightly in 2010-11 to £686m on the back of a 6% increase in individual giving and a 10% rise in funding from trusts and foundations." [see also New Figures for Private Investment in Culture reveal contrasting fortunes for the arts world, Arts & Business, 28 February 2012]


An Emirate Filling Up With Artwork

Sara Hamdan, The New York Times, 29 February 2012


QATAR — "As Qatar develops a sophisticated art scene, with exhibitions by high-profile artists and plans for nearly a dozen new gallery openings in the next six months, analysts say an increasing number of Qatari buyers and collectors are becoming major investors in art. The emirate itself was the world’s biggest buyer in the art market by value last year, according to The Art Newspaper, an international art publication."


OAS report highlights growing economic benefits of creative industries

Coalition for Cultural Diversity, 29 February 2012


WASHINGTON, DC — "The Organization of American States (OAS) has received a report from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on the economic importance of the creative industries in 30 countries of the world, including various member states, that highlighted the rapid growth of the sector — 2.5 times faster than the average growth of economies in general — and the significant contributions it makes to the development of countries. The report, with studies developed in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Jamaica, Colombia, Peru, and ongoing in Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago, was elaborated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and presented at an event co-organized by the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) and the OAS Executive Secretariat for Integral Development." [see also full report COPYRIGHT + CREATIVITY = JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH, WIPO, 2012]


Researchers push to open United Nations archive

Edith M. Lederer (Associated Press), Recent News, artdaily.org, 29 February 2012


NEW YORK, NY – "Locked inside U.N. headquarters is a huge but largely unknown archive documenting 10,000 cases against accused World War II criminals, from Belgian charges against Adolf Hitler to the trial of a Japanese commander for inciting rape. Leading British and American researchers are campaigning to make the files — hundreds of thousands of pages in 400 boxes — public for the first time in 60 years, arguing that they are not only historically valuable but also might unearth legal precedents that could help bring some of today's war criminals to justice.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington is also seeking to have the archive opened."


Sept tableaux ayant appartenu à Adolf Hitler découverts dans un monastère tchèque

Le Journal des Arts, 28 Février 2012


PRAGUE, RÉPUBLIQUE TCHÈQUE – "On avait perdu leur trace depuis 1945, sept peintures ayant fait partie de la collection personnelle du dictateur allemand ont été retrouvées dans un monastère au nord de la République Tchèque."


Vancouver's arts community gets back its voice at City Hall

Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun, 28 February 2012


VANCOUVER, BC – "Vancouver's vibrant arts and culture community will be getting back its voice at City Hall.

More than 20 years after city council did away with an advisory committee on the arts, it is bringing in a new "arts and culture policy council" to broadly represent arts and culture. The 15-member advisory committee, approved Tuesday, comes after years of lobbying by arts and culture groups who felt they lost a voice at city hall with the disbandment of the former committee."


Culture Montréal: dix ans, ici et maintenant

Daniel Lemay, La Presse, 28 février 2012


MONTRÉAL, QC – "Avant, le milieu de la culture ne s'identifiait pas à Montréal, parce que les fonds venaient de Québec et d'Ottawa." "Avant," c'était avant l'arrivée en scène de Culture Montréal, "mouvement d'idées" qui fête aujourd'hui ses dix ans de réflexion et d'action. De "ville-décor," "Montréal est devenue une métropole culturelle non pas plus riche, mais plus résiliente, qui serait difficile à mettre sur les genoux," lance Simon Brault, cofondateur et président de Culture Montréal depuis le début."


Henley Review of Cultural Education published

Report calls for continuation of strategic commissioning funding

Sharon Heal, Museums Journal, 28.02.2012


UNITED KINGDOM - "The Henley Review of Cultural Education was published today. The report makes 24 separate recommendations including a broad cultural education for every child with detailed targets for the range and type of cultural activities a child should have taken part in by the ages of seven, 11 and 16. Other recommendations include a national plan for cultural education in England and that arms-length bodies should set up a Cultural Education Partnership group that could result in "a single strategic commissioning fund for cultural education money"." [see also the full report by Darren Henley, Cultural Education in England]


Arts head: Jeremy Newton, Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts

From the Face Britain project to the importance of arts education in the UK, we talk to foundation CEO Jeremy Newton

Matthew Caines, Guardian Culture Professionals Network, 28 February 2012


UNITED KINGDOM - "Can you tell us a bit about Face Britain? What is the project, how does it work and what does it hope to achieve?" "Face Britain is our biggest project to date. We're inviting every young person in the UK aged 4-16 to create a self-portrait and upload it to a huge online gallery. All those images will be incorporated into a montage portrait of Her Majesty the Queen and projected onto the front of Buckingham Palace from April 19-21 as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations."


Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the Presentation of the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts

CNW, , 28 February 2012


CANADA - "Arts and culture enrich the lives of all Canadians and strengthen our communities, not to mention our economy. The men and women who dedicate themselves to the arts play an essential role in our society. They are a source of pride and inspiration, and they are to be congratulated on their achievements. Every year, the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts celebrate the outstanding work of Canadians in a wide range of disciplines, including visual arts, architecture, video, independent film, audio, new media, and applied arts. I am pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2012 Awards:


Cuts could undermine creative industries' contribution to the economy

Marvel at digital products, but don't ignore the creative heart that beats into them – it's the arts that breathe life into technology

Toks Majek-Akisanya, Guardian Culture Professionals Network, Monday 27 February 2012 16.45 GMT


UNITED KINGDOM - "Tech companies, however enormous, remind me of cut flowers. They look and smell fantastic but wither and die regardless. When David Cameron recently visited London's Silicon Roundabout – a tech focussed entrepreneurial hub – he would have done well to have travelled a little farther east and taken a look at the roots of the tech revolution: the creative and cultural industries. [text omitted] Can you imagine a tech company without a creative and artistic contribution? Myspace without music and pictures, Facebook without faces, Twitter without @kanyewest? Of course, without artists all of these sites would look a bit like MSDOS and Apple would have simply ceased to be."


B.C. fossil site to get heritage designation

McAbee fossils provide 'an incredible window into prehistoric life'

CBC News, 26 February 2012


CACHE CREEK, BC – "The provincial government is taking steps to protect fossil beds located just hours from Vancouver.

The McAbee fossil beds in Cache Creek — known around the world for their abundance, diversity and quality — are being formally recognized as a Heritage Site."


Asia Week New York capitalizes on surging world market for Asian art and antiques

Recent News, artdaily.org, 25 February 2012


NEW YORK, NY – "A connected global economy, affordable global travel, and constant global migration are the clear signposts of a world that has truly shed its boundaries. Is it any wonder that interior design has itself become globalized? And nowhere will that trend be more in evidence than at the upcoming Asia Week New York 2012, which runs from March 16 to March 24. Asia Week New York is a collaboration of Asian art specialists, five auction houses, and 17 museums and cultural institutions throughout the metropolitan New York area, all promoting and celebrating the remarkable realm of Asian art, antiques and design."


Héritage Montréal identifie les dix sites les plus menacés dans la métropole

L’îlot Saint-Laurent, le Horse Palace et tout un pan de Griffintown en péril

Isabelle Paré, Le Devoir, 24 février 2012


MONTRÉAL, QC – "Des sites emblématiques du Montréal d'hier sont plus que jamais en péril, affirme Héritage Montréal (HM). L'organisme de sauvegarde du patrimoine, qui tenait hier son assemblée générale annuelle, a dévoilé pour la première fois depuis 2006 une liste des 10 sites patrimoniaux les plus menacés de la métropole."


Le budget de la culture amputé malgré les promesses

Le Monde, 24 Février 2012


FRANCE – "Souvenons-nous, c'était il y a quelques mois seulement : en octobre 2011, alors qu'il dévoilait son projet de budget pour 2012, le ministre de la culture et de la communication, Frédéric Mitterrand, saluait "le choix courageux" du gouvernement qui avait choisi de ne pas diminuer les crédits à la culture, contrairement aux voisins européens. Quelques semaines plus tard, le 18 novembre 2011, lors du Forum d'Avignon, Nicolas Sarkozy se gargarisait des bienfaits de la culture, "un investissement qui va nous permettre de sortir de la crise, et non une dépense qu'il faudrait couper", lançait le président de la République."


Les artistes chinois en tête sur le marché des enchères d'œuvres d'art

Le Monde, 23 Février 2012


"L'artiste chinois Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) est devenu numéro un au palmarès des enchères mondiales cumulées en 2011, détrônant Pablo Picasso qui, pour la première fois depuis plus de vingt ans, échoue au pied du podium. Le célèbre peintre espagnol a été relégué à la quatrième place derrière le Chinois Qi Baishi et l'Américain Andy Warhol, a annoncé Artprice, jeudi 23 février."


À l’audience du double procès de l’artiste Chu Teh-Chun contre le galeriste Enrico Navarra

Le Journal des Arts, 21 Février 2012


PARIS, FRANCE – "À l’action en justice intentée contre lui par le peintre Chu Teh-Chun, pour rupture de contrat dans une affaire de céramiques, le galeriste Enrico Navarra répondait par l’assignation de son accusateur pour dénigrement. C’était en 2008. Ces deux dossiers viennent d’être plaidés le 17 février 2012 devant le tribunal de grande instance de Paris. Compte-rendu de l’audience présidée par Madame Renard en présence du juge Halphen."


Finlande : le pays où le design est roi

Le Journal des Arts, 17 Février 2012


HELSINKI, FINLANDE - "Helsinki, Capitale mondiale du design 2012 » a été inaugurée début février. Avec près de 60 projets susceptibles de la transformer, la ville espère gagner en attractivité."


More than 3.4 million books bought and loaned in typical January week in Canada. 10% of English book sales are now in digital format.

National Reading Campaign, February 16, 2012


CANADA - "The numbers are in for the second annual National BookCount, sponsored by the National Reading Campaign (NRC), and for the first time e-book sales have been counted. E-book sales comprised 10% of all books sold in English Canada. Public libraries reported that 3 % of their circulation comprised digital formats. This finding puts English Canada near the very top of international estimates on e-reading."


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Lorne Gunter: The idea of a Confederation Theme Park is too easy to make fun of

Lorne Gunter, National Post, 1 March 2012


OTTAWA, ON – "It's easy to mock Preston Manning's idea for a Confederation Theme Park … for starters, it's somewhat odd to see the pro-small-government, West-wants-in Reform Party founder to be proposing a large government expenditure on a historically slanted amusement park to be located, of all places, in Ottawa." So said the Ottawa Citizen's Mark Sutcliffe — two years ago! It's still easy to mock. [text omitted] [The Globe and Mail's Jeff] Simpson's point (and Manning’s, too) is that the rest of Canada should put billions into making Ottawa a grand capital and a tourist destination. The exercise would pull the country together. But isn't that what the Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum, the Museum of Nature, the National Gallery, the Aviation Museum, the Science and Technology Museum and the currency, postal and photography museums were designed to do? Ottawa isn't unloved or under-museumed. It's cold six months of the year and hot and humid another two. As a national-unity mecca, the city's problem is too much geography rather than too little vision."


Un "Napoléonland" en Seine-et-Marne

Le Journal des Arts,  1 Mars 2012


MONTEREAU-FAULT-YONNE, FRANCE – "Tandis que le château de Versailles revisite les batailles napoléoniennes en peinture, le député-maire de Montereau-Fault-Yonne (Seine-et-Marne) Yves Jégo souhaite redynamiser le sud du département avec un parc de loisirs dédié à Napoléon Ier. L’ancien ministre entend capitaliser sur la venue en masse du public aux célébrations annuelles du "Bivouac de Montereau"." [see also A Roller Coaster Ride of an Empire, By Robert Zaretsky, The New York Times, 25 February 2012]


Destination Gatineau, une aventure de 135M$

Michel Moyneur, La Revue, 1 mars 2012


GATINEAU, QC – "Les grandes lignes de ce qui pourrait s'avérer le plus important projet récréotouristique de l'histoire de Gatineau ont été dévoilées en grande pompe mercredi soir au Musée canadien des civilisations. Devant un auditoire majoritairement composé de gens d'affaires et de politiciens, le maire de Gatineau, Marc Bureau, et le promoteur Claude Hamelin ont présenté, à l'aide d'images et de chiffres, les résultats de l'étude de faisabilité de Destination Gatineau. Annoncé par M. Bureau durant la dernière campagne électorale, en 2009, l'ambitieux projet, qui doit être réalisé en collaboration avec la Commission de la capitale nationale (CCN), nécessitera un investissement de 135M$ pour sa réalisation complète."


Moving Moscow: Shortlist announced for Moscow Agglomeration Master Plan Strategy

World Architecture News, 27 February 2012


MOSCOW, RUSSIA - "Last week, ten diverse groups of designers, academics, urban design specialists and engineers were selected by the Architectural Department of Moscow City Government as a shortlist for the Moscow Agglomeration Masterplan Strategy. This colossal scheme will expand the boundary of the Russian capital to incorporate 148,000 hectares of land to the south-west of the city, with the ten shortlisted partnerships presented with the task of preparing concept ideas within the next six months. These concepts will then be placed on public display following a review in September 2012."


U.S. Bachelor Degree Rate Passes Milestone

Richard Pérez-Peña, The New York Times / International Herald Tribune, 23 February 2012


UNITED STATES - "More than 30 percent of American adults hold bachelor’s degrees, a first in the nation’s history, and women are on the brink of surpassing men in educational attainment, the Census Bureau reported on Thursday. The figures reflect an increase in the share of the population going to college that began in the mid-1990s, after a relatively stagnant period that began in the 1970s. They show significant gains in all demographic groups, but blacks and Latinos not only continue to trail far behind whites, the gap has also widened in the last decade."


New satellite images: SOM wins masterplan competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City

World Architecture News, 22 February 2012


BOHAI RIM (BEIJING TO TIANJIN), CHINA - "SOM has won the job to design a compact, environmentally-enhanced community of satellite cities along the Chinese high-speed rail corridors connecting Beijing to the port city of Tianjin. The city expansion will host 17.6 million sq m of mixed use development with a focus on providing a premier headquarters location for advanced industries in the dynamically growing Bohai Rim, a region that now accounts for more than a quarter of China’s GDP. Half of the 1,473-hectare site is allocated to open space, demonstrating a commitment to sustainable urban growth."


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