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Billionaire Broad says his LA museum will be free

Independentmail.com, 17 September 2013


LOS ANGELES, CA — "Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad said Tuesday he's hit on a failsafe way to expose the most people possible to his collection of priceless contemporary art: He's going to let everybody in for free to the $140 million museum he's building in downtown Los Angeles. Broad made the announcement during a hard-hat tour of the block-long, three-story building that is going up next door to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. To be called The Broad, it is scheduled to open toward the end of next year."


Chinese Film Company Donates $20 Million to Movie Museum

The New York Times, 17 September 2013


LOS ANGELES, CA — "The Chinese film company Dalian Wanda Group has kept a low profile since acquiring AMC Entertainment last year for about $2.6 billion, but no more. On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wanda had donated $20 million toward the Academy’s campaign to build a motion picture museum here. The gift is the second largest to date, behind a $25 million commitment from David Geffen. In recognition of the gift, the academy said it would name the museum’s planned film history gallery for Wanda, which became a player in the North American market through the AMC purchase."

[see also The Academy Announces Major Gift From The Dalian Wanda Group, press release, oscars.com; and China billionaire builds largest film studio on the globe, eTurbo News, 23 September 2013]


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Bovington Tank Museum vehicle conservation centre opens

BBC News, 18 September 2013


UK — "A new centre to carry out conservation work on vintage military vehicles has opened in Dorset. The £2.5m facility at Bovington Tank Museum near Wareham will house up to 100 tanks and other armoured vehicles. It includes an observation gallery to allow the public to view conservation work in progress. Director Richard Smith said it was a "huge step forward" and created space for new exhibition displays elsewhere in the museum. The Bovington attraction is the museum of the Royal Tank Regiment and Royal Armoured Corps. It displays vehicles used by the British Army as well as foreign forces."


Changement de stratégie au Musée du Louvre

La Croix, 15 septembre 2013


PARIS, France – « Le nouveau président du musée réduit de moitié le nombre d’expositions et relance le projet de réaménagement de la pyramide. »


Chipperfield to design photography museum for Marrakech

Dezeen, 13 septembre 2013


MARRAKECH, MAROC — « The Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Art (MMPVA) by David Chipperfield Architects will showcase a permanent collection of lens-based art and photography from the nineteenth century to the present and host a programme of contemporary art exhibitions. »


Country Music Hall of Fame on track to raise $100M

The museum has raised $78 million from private donations to pay for its expansion.

usatoday.com, 1 September 2013


NASHVILLE, TN — "The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has secured $78 million from private donations as part of its ongoing fundraising campaign to pay for a $100 million expansion, which is expected to be completed early next year. Once completed, the new Country Music Hall of Fame will have grown from 140,000 square feet to 350,000 square feet and the building will literally sync up with the new Omni Hotel, which is the headquarters hotel for the new convention center."


Près de 780 000 visiteurs en Chine pour les expositions itinérantes du Musée du Quai Branly

Le Journal des Arts, 30 août 2013


PARIS, FRANCE — « Les expositions « Congo River » à Shanghai, et « Masques. Beautés des esprits » à Pékin, conçues par le Musée du Quai Branly, ont réuni à elles deux 780 000 visiteurs en Chine.  »


Paris transfère les réserves du Louvre à Lens

Connaissance des Arts, 23 Mai 2013


PARIS, FRANCE — « La ministre de la Culture Aurélie Filippetti a décidé le 13 septembre 2013 qu’en raison du risque de crue de la Seine, les réserves du Louvre vont être entreposées à Lens. »


The Naples Botanical Garden is Poised to Grow

incorporateacompanyonline.com, 11 septembre 2013


NAPLES, FLORIDA — "The Naples Botanical Garden is preparing to enhance one of the most beautiful settings in all of Southwest Florida with some exciting additions. During the upcoming scheduled two-week maintenance of the garden, construction will begin on the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center and adjacent gardens. The center will include a new restaurant; garden shop; indoor space designed to host traveling exhibits, art shows and lectures; plenty of cool, shady seating and restrooms; and three new gardens to peruse."


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Restored Bletchley Park Enigma code hut opens

One of the first huts to house the Enigma code breaking device at Bletchley Park has reopened after restoration.

BBC News, 26 September 2013


UK — "Hut 11 at the Buckinghamshire museum housed the large electro-mechanical Bombe devices, which decrypted German military messages during World War II. The restoration work, including a new exhibition, was funded by a £250,000 legacy from a veteran. The hut will also house the museum's rebuilt Bombe machine. Bletchley Park was the wartime home of the Government Code and Cypher School which broke the codes generated by the German Enigma machine, using the Bombe, which was developed by a team including mathematician Alan Turing."


Le Centre Pompidou Metz se dote d’une collection semi-permanente

Connaissance des Arts, 24 septembre 2013


METZ, FRANCE – « Contrecarrant la récente polémique sur son financement, le Centre Pompidou Metz vient d’annoncer l’ouverture en mars prochain d’une « présentation de longue durée » d’une vingtaine d’œuvres de grand format venues du Centre Pompidou Paris, baptisée « Phares ».


Guggenheim Foundation proposes architectural competition for Helsinki museum

yle.fi, 24 September 2013


HELSINKI, FINLAND — "Leaders of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Tuesday presented a revised proposal for developing a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki. The presentation contained a proposal an architectural competition as the next step towards a new art museum in the Finnish capital. The site under consideration for the new museum building is approximately 13,000 square metres, located along the southwestern edge of the South Harbour. The museum building would occupy 12,000 square metres of the area and include around 4,000 square metres of exhibition space, making its galleries comparable in size to those of the Guggenheim Museum in New York."


Spy Museum considers move to historic DC library

mysanantonio.com, 23 September 2013


WASHINGTON, DC — "The International Spy Museum, one of the most popular attractions in the nation's capital over the past decade, is considering a move to a historic library that would give it more space for exhibits and a link to the city's convention center. Museum officials told The Associated Press on Monday they will propose a redevelopment of Washington's historic Carnegie Library with the city's convention center authority, Events DC. The project would include new 40,000-square-foot underground space for exhibits and a new glass pavilion to house a District of Columbia visitors center, cafe and museum store."


Mercedes-Benz Cultural Center in Beijing: Daimler plans Mercedes-Benz Museum for Beijing

media.daimler.com, 23 September 2013

- Second ever Mercedes-Benz Museum wordwide

- Core element of the planned Mercedes-Benz Cultural Center in Beijing

- Clear sign of long-term strategic commitment to China


BEIJING, CHINA — "Daimler is underlining its commitment to China with a visionary construction project. Hubertus Troska, Daimler’s Board Member for Greater China, announced at an event in Beijing on Sunday that Daimler is planning to build a Mercedes-Benz Cultural Center. The building will feature striking architecture and provide a forum for cross-cultural dialogue in the Chinese capital. A core element of the project is a museum, the second ever Mercedes-Benz Museum to open worldwide. Since opening in May 2006, the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart has attracted more than 5 million visitors and won major architectural prizes."


Science Museum opens art archive in Media Space

BBC News, 20 September 2013


UK — "The £4.5m project is a collaboration between the Science Museum and the National Media Museum in Bradford. "We have done a good job at hiding our collection but now expect us to be shameless in getting it out there and unleashed," said director of the Science Museum Group, Ian Blatchford. The Media Space opens on 21 September. Mr Blatchford said there was a definite correlation between art and science and said Vivienne Westwood had put it best in a speech she gave at the museum. "When people say what do scientists have in common with artists, she said 'basically there are two types of people in the world and the thing about great artists and great scientists is that they have great imagination - they can see the world differently', and so that's why having great artists here is very valuable," he said."


Le rapport Seban préconise un redéploiement conditionné des collections publiques

Le Journal des Arts, 19 septembre 2013


PARIS, France « Remis en mai 2013 à Aurélie Filippetti, le rapport d’Alain Seban, sur les moyens à mettre à œuvre pour une meilleure circulation des collections publiques a nourri quelques réflexions énoncées par la ministre lors de sa récente conférence. Si le directeur du Centre Pompidou préconise des opérations « hors les murs », il recommande surtout un redéploiement des collections publiques, malicieusement conditionné à un élargissement du public. »


George Lucas Museum Among Finalists For San Francisco Presidio Development

CBS SF Bay Area, 17 September 2013


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — " “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ proposal for a museum to showcase his art collection is among three development projects being considered for a plot of land at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The three finalists for the 8-acre site facing Crissy Field in San Francisco’s Presidio were presented Monday. The second proposal is by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. It would retain much of the site’s open space and include displays about the history of the Presidio and regional open space. The third is by architecture firm WRNS Studio and consulting firm Chora and would create a hybrid museum and science and nature center. "


Lincoln Castle refit designs are unveiled

Designs for a remodeled Lincoln Castle visitor centre have been unveiled

BBC News, 17 September 2013


LINCOLN, UK — "A project costing nearly £20m will see a new underground vault built for the Magna Carta, one of only four copies known to exist. The two historic prisons within the castle will also be refurbished with a cinema and new stairs. The work is due to be completed by spring 2015, in time for the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, a charter which limited the king's power."


Cancun Underwater Museum adds new sculptures and visitor's center

Examiner.com, 17 September 2013


CANCUN, MEXICO — "The Cancun Underwater Museum has added in 11 new sculptures, which makes it 500 sculptures, and also a new visitor's center. On Sept. 17, Examiner was contacted via e-mail about this exciting addition the museum. At this museum, you can snorkel or scuba dive to see the amazing sculptures. They now have 500 of them submerged underwater for you to see. Today they added 11 new ones to get to this total. It also doubles as a home for fish and underwater organisms making it a gorgeous place to see."


Arab American National Museum Plans Expansion, Receives Accreditation

After only eight years, the museum was recognized by the American Alliance of Museums for excellence in its operations.

DearbornPatch, 17 September 2013


MICHIGAN, USA — "Big changes are underway for the Arab American National Museum in downtown Dearborn. The museum recently received approval from the city's Zoning Board of Appeals to expand into two closed businesses adjacent to the property on Michigan Avenue — the former Zamboni Room sports bar and A to Z Medical Equipment. The 4,000 square foot expansion is part of an overall vision spearheaded by the museum's new director, Devon Akmon, to encourage more visitors and increase the number of hands-on cultural programs."


Sudan: Musa Mohamed Ahmed Discuss Possibility of Establishing Museum of East Sudan Heritage

All Africa, 16 September 2013


KHARTOUM, SUDAN — "Assistant of the President of the Republic, Musa Mohamed Ahmed, Monday received in his office at the Republican Palace the Dean of Fine Arts and Design Faculty at Al-Mustaqbal University, Prof, Hussein Jama'an Omer, and discussed the possibility of establishment of a museum for Sudan heritage in general and for heritage of East Sudan especially. Prof, Jama'an said in a press statement after the meeting that he acquainted the Assistant of the President of the Republic on richness of the Sudanese heritages and reached agreement with him to conduct a comprehensive study for building a museum in Khartoum to include works on the Sudanese folklore and East Sudan artistic works."


Plan considered for first complete London police museum

BBC News, 15 September 2013


LONDON, UK — "Evidence from Jack the Ripper's murders, death masks, the first truncheons and vintage police cars could be brought together for the first time under plans to create a Metropolitan Police exhibition. With New Scotland Yard being sold and its private collection from crime scenes needing a new home, the Mayor of London is championing the idea of a new Met Police museum. At the moment, artefacts from the Met's 184-year history are in a warehouse, and small, scattered pockets across London largely closed to the public or only viewable by appointment."


Parks Canada and Royal Ontario Museum Formalize Partnership as they Launch World's Largest BioBlitz

CNW, 14 September 2013


TORONTO, ON — "The world's largest BioBlitz was launched today in what will be Canada's first national urban park, with the signing of a new collaborative agreement between Parks Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). On behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Corneliu Chisu, Member of Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East, and Ms. Janet Carding, ROM Director and CEO, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize an exciting partnership between the two organizations to build deeper connections between Canadians and their natural and cultural heritage. "Parks Canada has cultivated an excellent relationship and already has a successful track record of collaboration on significant projects with the Royal Ontario Museum," said MP Chisu. "This formalized relationship will allow us to explore even more ambitious initiatives to help connect Canadians, and especially residents of the GTA, with the country's natural and cultural heritage."


Egypt: Unesco to Restore Churches and Museums Affected By Violence in Egypt

All Africa, 14 September 2013


EGYPT— "An official source in UNESCO said he will prepare a detailed report about the condition of the Egyptian historic churches and museums, which were affected by the acts of violence in the past month, to send it to UNESCO, which in turn will see what it can do to help in their restoration. It is worth mentioning that the churches and museum have been stormed and ransacked with some being torched by extremists after security forces on August 14 dispersed two large days-long sit-ins in Cairo and Giza staged by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy."


Permanent Beckett Museum proposed says festival director

impartialreporter.com, 12 September 2013


NORTHERN IRELAND — "A Beckett Museum of Contemporary Art – focusing on Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde – is the latest idea to come from Sean Doran, Festival Director of the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival. Following a second Beckett Festival, Doran tells The Impartial Reporter he is “definitely committed to keeping the festival in Enniskillen”.  There may be fringe events held in Paris, but these will seek to attract visitors to the main event in Enniskillen, he states. American conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth has gifted an art installation to the Beckett Festival and Fermanagh District Council (as joint custodians). This could be the first of many pieces of art gifted by internationally renowned artists, aimed at attracting more tourists to Enniskillen all-year-round."


Prince Charles thanks 'remarkable' Battle of Britain veterans as he opens new £9.5million museum at Fighter Command HQ

dailymail.co.uk, 12 September 2013

- The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Bentley Priory

- It was the headquarters for Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain

- A Spitfire and Hurricane flew overhead as the Prince opened museum

- Veterans attended the HQ in north-west London where the movements of Nazis aircraft were tracked which stopped Hitler invading Britain 


LONDON, UK — "Second World War fighter planes swooped overhead as Prince Charles thanked the 'remarkable' Battle of Britain veterans who helped to win the war at their spiritual home today. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were visiting Bentley Priory in Harrow, north-west London, the headquarters of Fighter Command during the decisive air battle. A Spitfire and a Hurricane flew low overhead as the Prince spoke to a crowd including 10 veterans of the air and eight women who assisted them from the ground, tracking enemy movements from what was known as the 'filter room'."

[see also Battle of Britain museum opened by Prince Charles, BBC News, 12 September 2013]


Nizami Ganjavi museum to appear in Ganja city this year

Azeri News, 8 September 2013


GANJA, AZERBAIJAN — "Work on the construction of a grand museum named after famous Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi is continuing in Ganja, the second largest city of Azerbaijan, Ganja Executive Authority said. The construction of the four-storey building with the total area of 2,000 square meters began in May 2012. Two working rooms and the science department will be located on the first floor. The second floor will include two exhibition halls, and the third one will have two conference rooms, a VIP room, a study room and a cafeteria. The basement will consist of three storage rooms, two laboratories and archives. Most of the construction operations have been completed. The museum is expected to be opened this year. "


The Kura Hulanda Museum in Curacao - looking back on a dark history of slave trade

gadling.com, 8 October 2010


CURACAO — "If you were going to study slavery, you might not think to look in Curacao, but the Kura Hulanda Museum has the most extensive collection of slave-related artifacts and replicas I've ever seen, anywhere. The museum, located at Hotel Kura Hulanda, also houses the largest collection of African artifacts and anthropological exhibits in the Caribbean. It seems impossible, considering that about half of the Americans I've spoken to don't even know where Curacao is. (It's in the Dutch Antilles by Aruba, and very close to Venezuela. Venezuela is on the north coast of South America. Curacao is below the hurricane belt, which makes it an ideal beach destination for the June through September months.)"


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Maze prison peace centre will go ahead says architect Daniel Libeskind

The architect who designed the proposed peace centre at the site of the old Maze prison has told the BBC he is convinced the project will go ahead

BBC News 27 September 2013


NORTHERN IRELAND — "The Maze development was postponed in August after the DUP withdrew its support. The prison housed paramilitary prisoners during the Troubles from 1971 to 2000. Ten republican prisoners died there on hunger strike in 1981. Architect Daniel Libeskind said there are always setbacks. Mr Libeskind was also responsible for the 'Ground Zero' Memorial in Manhattan and the Jewish Holocaust Museum in Berlin. Speaking about DUP leader Peter Robinson's decision to stall on plans for the site, he said: "I'm certainly not new to projects which have a content which could be considered controversial to people. Bringing peace is not an easy thing. "I've seen that pause button in every project," he said."


David Chipperfield announced as 2013 Praemium Imperiale architecture laureate

WAN, 17 September 2013


UK — "UK architect David Chipperfield has been selected as the 2013 Praemium Imperiale Award laureate for architecture in the prize’s 25th anniversary year. The Praemium Imperiale was created in 1988 by the Japan Art Association in celebration and recognition of the international impact artists make in their field, with those selected receiving 5 million yen (£100,000), a gold medal and testimonial letter from Japan’s Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi, honorary patron of the Japan Art Association. Four other artists were also selected as laureates: Michelangelo Pistoletto (Painting); Antony Gormley (Sculpture); Placido Domingo (Music); and Francis Ford Coppola (Theatre/Film). The Praemium Imperiale is the world’s highest paid arts prize and the laureates will receive their awards at an official ceremony in Tokyo on 16 October 2013."


Faultless Kemenes Volcanopark Visitor Center completed by Foldes Architects

WAN, 16 September 2013


HUNGARY — "Plumes of choking ash, creeping fingers of blisteringly hot lava and the often unexpected bolt of white lightening. Despite their ferocious power, there is something about volcanic eruptions that has mesmerized the human population for many thousands of years. Scores of communities and religions hold volcanoes sacred or draw elements of these unpredictable peaks into their belief systems. In Bali, people often sleep with their heads towards neighbouring volcanoes, residents of Flores are usually buried with their heads towards Mouth Ebulobo and the Aztecs considered Popocatepetl and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada sacred as rain clouds converged on them."


Patrimoine : les annonces d’Aurélie Filippetti

Le Moniteur, 13 septembre 2013


PARIS, France – « La ministre de la Culture annonce qu’elle va réformer le régime des espaces protégés, créer et améliorer des installations pour certains musées et notamment recruter des architectes en chef des monuments historiques. »


SANAA comes out on top in fiercely-fought Taichung City Cultural Center Competition

WAN, 11 September 2013


TAICHUNG, TAIWAN — "Japanese practice SANAA with local Taiwanese studio Ricky Liu & Associates Architects + Planners has been confirmed as the winning team in a competition to design the Taichung City Cultural Center, comprising the Taichung Public Library and Taichung Fine Arts Museum. The original tender for the competition can be found here via WAN’s Business Information Service. SANAA and Ricky Liu & Associate’s winning concept centres on a cluster of interlocking white volumes without rigid walls. Instead, the building is defined by fluid mesh curtains which are semitransparent, enabling those within to gaze out and visitors approaching the complex to view the activity within."


Renzo Piano to work with Octatube on arts centre with 10m cantilever over the sea

WAN, 6 September 2013


SPAIN — "Mick Eekhout, General Director of Octatube, was an intern for Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) several decades ago and has now come full circle to meet Piano on an equal footing, partnering with the world-renowned architect on the Botin Centre scheme in Santander, Spain. RPBW released designs for the arts and cultural centre in association with Luis Vidal + Architects in 2011 and it has now been announced that the team is working with Octatube who will be responsible for the technical design, engineering, production and installation of the glass facades, roof lights, floors and exterior stairways throughout the project. The complex is expected to open in summer 2014."


Randall Stout Architects-designed Visual Arts Institute in Alabama nears completion

WAN, 5 September 2013


ALABAMA, USA — "The Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA) design is envisioned as a bold two-storey building that will support the University of Birmingham (Alabama) Department of Art and Art History’s vision to be identified as a site of artistic innovation. Located on a prominent campus corner, the AEIVA will compliment UAB’s vision for the arts and create an arts destination for students, faculty, staff and members of the greater Birmingham community."


Cutting edge 'invisible' tower granted construction permit outside Seoul, Korea

WAN, 5 September 2013


SOUTH KOREA — "The eruption of supertall towers across the world has also seen a rise in 'landmark' architecture, with the majority of these glistening tall towers contorted into unusual shapes or incorporating 'vanity height' in an effort to stand out on the architecture map. For GDS Architects, A&U and Samoo Architects, this is not the case. Tower Infinity is the result of an international design competition won by the team in 2008 and the project has just been granted a construction permit. The 450m-high structure is destined for a prime site just outside Seoul in South Korea, an area well known for its ambitious architectural design (search WAN for Yongsan International Business District for some breathtaking plans)."


Renzo Piano's gleaming Museo delle Scienze opens to the public in Trento, Italy

WAN, 5 September 2013


TRENTO, ITALY — "A Science Museum in the emerging Le Albere area of Trento, Italy has opened to the public. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the glassy form sits at the far end of the main pedestrian route through the up-and-coming Le Albere development and overlooks a public park and Palazzo delle Albere. The 11 hectare Le Albere area is undergoing a large-scale redevelopment project which looks to urbanise a somewhat locked-in plot formerly used as a Michelin factory, bordered on one side by a railway line, to the north by Palazzo delle Albere and to the south by Monte Baldo Road."


46 breathtaking competition entries for Astana 2017 World Expo venue revealed

WAN, 28 August 2013


ASTANA, KAZAHSTAN — "In 2017 Kazakhstan will host a World Expo, following in the footsteps of cities such as Shanghai (2010), Brisbane (1988), Osaka (1970) and Seville (1929). The country’s capital (since 1997) Astana will be the location for the event and in February 2013 a competition was launched to find an architecture studio who could design a suitably eye-catching venue for this international celebration. The competition was published by WAN’s Business Information Service and can be viewed here."


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Didier Happe (AGP): « dorénavant, toute nouvelle construction ou rénovation d’un musée inclue nécessairement un volet numérique significatif »

Club Innovation & Culture, 24 septembre 2013


FRANCE — « Tout d’abord, un constat : dorénavant, toute nouvelle construction ou rénovation d’un musée inclue nécessairement un volet numérique significatif. Cette évolution est importante et particulièrement visible que ce soit au Louvre Lens, au MUCEM ou au Musée d’Histoire de Marseille, trois musées phares récemment ouverts au public. »


STOP PRESS: Simworx unveils the Immersive Tunnel

leisuremanagement.co.uk, 18 September 2013


UK — "Simulation and 4D effects theatre specialist, Simworx, has unveiled an exciting new immersive attraction. The tram-based attraction – called the Immersive Tunnel – take visitors on a journey involving platform drops, dynamic motion and blasts of air. Other effects include water spray and vibrations, dramatic lighting effects, surround sound and 3D film which is projected onto the front and both sides of the tram."


Surrey academics' gallery phone app tracks visitors

BBC News, 14 September 2013


SURREY, UK — "A phone app to be used by gallery visitors as they view exhibitions has been developed by academics in Surrey. University of Surrey experts have tested the technology at Watts Gallery in Compton and The Lightbox in Woking. The app lets gallery and museum visitors receive additional information on exhibits as they view them. It also tracks visitors as they move around the exhibitions so galleries can plan their displays based on information about visitor behaviour. Computing and tourism academics have developed the technology for handheld devices such as tablets or phones."


Avec Fujifilm, le musée Van Gogh d’Amsterdam commercialise et exporte les œuvres du maître hollandais en 3D

Club Innovation & Culture, 13 septembre 2013


AMSTERDAM, PAYS-BAS – « Depuis quelques mois, le musée Van Gogh d’Amsterdam s’est associé avec la société Fujifilm pour créer des répliques hi-tech du maître hollandais. Les versions 3D de ces chefs d’œuvres ont été récemment présentées à Hong Kong. Avant une prochaine commercialisation. »


L’Art Institute de Chicago co-crée une application iPad destinée aux malades d’Alzheimer

Club Innovation & Culture, 12 septembre 2013


CHICAGO, IL – « L’Art Institute of Chicago vient de co-produire une application iPad, Art in the Moment, destinée à encourager la conversation et l’engagement chez les personnes âgées ayant une déficience cognitive, et notamment les victimes d’Alzheimer. Le musée rejoint ainsi le Moma dans ce combat citoyen. »


Disney creates 'magic' whispering device

ALVA, 12 September 2013


USA — "Disney has developed a device capable of transmitting sound through the human body, which could lead to the development of revolutionary ways for attractions to interact with their visitors. The Ishin-Den-Shin technology, developed at Disney Research in Pittsburgh, uses a microphone to record audio and is then able to convert it into inaudible signals which travel through the body of the person holding the microphone."


La jeune startup Artips distribue une dose quotidienne d’art

Club Innovation & Culture, 9 septembre 2013


FRANCE — « Après inscription gratuite, Artips envoie par mail, 4 fois par semaine (du lundi au jeudi), une anecdote « amusante, décalée et mémorable » sur une œuvre d’art.  Une histoire qui doit pouvoir se lire en une minute. »


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Viking ship to arrive at British Museum in 'flat pack'

BBC News, 26 September 2013


LONDON, UK — "The longest Viking ship ever found will arrive at the British Museum in a "flat pack" from Denmark early next year, curators have revealed. The 37-metre ship is the centrepiece of the museum's Vikings: Life and Legend exhibition which opens in March 2014. "It's essentially an enormous Meccano set which can be put together," curator Gareth Williams told the BBC. It is the British Museum's first major exhibition on Vikings for more than 30 years. Currently on display in the National Museum of Denmark until November, the timbers of the 1,000-year old ship will be packed up in individual boxes, shipped to the UK and re-assembled for display in the British Museum's newly-built Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery."


Video: Serpentine Sackler Gallery opens doors for first time

BBC News, 25 September 2013


LONDON, UK — "A £14.5m extension to the Serpentine Gallery is set to open its doors for the first time. A former nineteenth century gunpowder store has been transformed into the Serpentine Sackler, with a new gallery and restaurants. Brenda Emmanus was given an exclusive preview at Kensington Gardens."


Guest Post: Collections Access - Open the Door Wider

Museum 2.0, 25 September 2013


USA — "I’m always amazed when my colleagues tell me that the biggest barrier they face to “opening up” the content at their museums is from registrars—the people who care for collection objects. In this courageous guest post, Adrienne Berney, a Collections Care Trainer who works primarily with history museums, gives us an insider’s guide to these issues. Followers of Museum 2.0 are well versed in new ideas for audience engagement and committed to opening up their institutions to increase public access. But this is not always the first priority for professionals in the museum field. Some collections stewards, steeped as they are in professional artifact-protection standards, are reluctant to shift toward the more open version of institutional access that engagement advocates promote. Do these two directives and perspectives have to be at odds? Can collections access be a way to entice new audiences?"


Guest Post: Creativity – Why do some places have it and others don’t?

Museum 2.0, 11 September 2013


USA — “This week's guest post is written by Julie Bowen, VP of Experience and Engagement at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. Julie is one of my true heroes--a creative systems thinker who has the intelligence, patience, and guts to make big shifts possible at large informal science organizations. I met Julie almost ten years ago, when she was leading the Agents of Change project at the Ontario Science Center, and I have admired her ever since. Years ago, I was running a workshop at a conference introducing a creativity technique to museum professionals. There was a lot of energy in the room, some very intense conversations and some great ideas were built. In the debrief to the experience I asked people what they thought they might take back to their institutions from the workshop. The comment that brought me up short was “This was great. I can see a lot of potential for how this could help us develop better stuff. But it would never work in my museum because my boss would never go for it.” "


National Arts Strategies Announces Leaders Chosen to Participate in The Chief Executive Program

artstrategies.org, 11 September 2013


USA — "National Arts Strategies is pleased to announce the participation of 50 exceptional leaders in the second class of The Chief Executive Program. Building on the success of the program’s first cohort, National Arts Strategies continues the program to help bring together cultural leaders from around the world to explore new ways to tackle the most complex and critical challenges facing the field. By the end of the program, these 50 leaders will have the ideas, tools and connections to effect change in their own organizations and to work collectively strengthen the cultural field."


Spectacle vivant hors du musée !

Muséographie – Muséologie, 1 septembre 2013


AMSTERDAM, PAYS-BAS — « Toujours innovant sur les médiations, le musée avait demandé, il y a une dizaine d’années, à Peter Greenaway de réaliser une proposition artistique sous forme d’événementiel à partir de la Ronde de nuit de Rembrandt , véritable Joconde de l’institution. »


Minister of State John Duncan Announces Support for Arts and Culture on Vancouver Island

press release, www.pch.gc.ca, 30 August 2013


VICTORIA, BC — "On behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament (Vancouver Island North), today announced support for 32 arts and culture organizations across Vancouver Island. Minister Duncan made the announcement at the Belfry Theatre alongside leaders of Victoria’s arts community. “Our Government is proud to support arts, culture, and official-language organizations in British Columbia,” said Minister Duncan. “Today's announcement demonstrates that we are committed to supporting organizations that not only enrich their community’s cultural life but also strengthen its economy. ” "


The search for Suleiman the Magnificent's heart

Later this month a team of Hungarian researchers will publish a report on the whereabouts of the heart of one of Ottoman Turkey's most famous sultans. But why has this become such an important historical riddle to solve?

BBC News, 1 September 2013


HUNGARY — "The French statesman Cardinal Richelieu described it as "the battle that saved civilisation" - the siege of the Hungarian castle of Sziget, 447 years ago, almost to the day. The Muslim Turks finally took the town in September 1566, but sustained such losses, including the death of their leader, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, that they did not threaten Vienna again for 120 years. Now researchers are digging in the soil - and the archives - for the good sultan's heart."


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Video: A finished Sagrada Familia by 2026?

The Art Newspaper, 27 September 2013


BARCELONA, SPAIN — "Barcelona’s most visited attraction, the unfinished basilica La Sagrada Familia designed by Antonio Gaudí, has been virtually realised in a new video—and the real thing might not be far off. Work on the eclectic, gothic-meets-art-nouveau-style church has been privately funded since construction began in 1883 and thanks to a recent hike in donations, its board believes the basilica could be finished by 2026, in time for the centenary of Gaudi’s death."


Detroit Zoo accepts historic $10-million gift for penguin exhibit

LSJ.com, 18 September 2013


ROYAL OAK, MI — "The biggest private gift in the Detroit Zoo’s 85-year history — a cool $10 million — will build a cool habitat where perky penguins will swim, fly and waddle on ice in what’s to be the zoo’s biggest exhibit, officials said today. In an elaborate presentation that featured shots of Detroit Zoo Executive Director Ron Kagan’s two recent trips to Antarctica, where he studied penguins in the wild, Kagan thanked donor Stephen Polk of Bloomfield Hills, a zoo board member and scion of an auto-supplier fortune. The Polk family’s gift will pay nearly half the center’s projected $21 million cost, the balance to be gained by fundraising that starts today, Kagan said."


Design et tourisme en Île-de-France

Nouveau Tourisme Culturel, 14 septembre 2013


FRANCE — « Lost in Paris est le nom d’une exposition de Design qui se déclinera en parcours dans la ville et la région du mardi 10 septembre au samedi 11 janvier 2014. »


Parks Canada Announces Partnership to Enhance the Financial Sustainability of the Rideau Canal

press release, news.gc.ca, 4 September 2013


OTTAWA, ON — "Mr. Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds—Grenville, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, is pleased to launch a collaborative and innovative project to foster recreation, tourism and economic development throughout the Rideau Canal corridor. “This partnering project reflects our Government’s desire to engage key stakeholders in a conversation about the future sustainability of the Rideau Canal,” said Mr. Brown. “I’m excited to start working on this common vision for the benefit of all communities along this World Heritage Site.” "


Rs 1.2 b plan to develop Myagdi as a tourism hub

myrepublica.com, 30 August 2013


MYAGDI, NEPAL — "Myagdi has come up with a master plan as to develop the scenic hilly district into a popular tourism destination. The master plan outlines a total estimated cost of Rs 1.2 billion to develop the infrastructure of the district, which has a high potential to be a perfect tourist destination. The district is not just rich in natural resources, but also teems with cultural, religious and social heritages -- but remains largely overshadowed due to the lack of adequate infrastructure and promotion."


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