Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 15, 2012


Admissions & Museums: A Balancing Act Canada’s cultural institutions outline in their mandates the importance of engaging and educating the public in their area of expertise, be it history, culture or natural science. But, fulfilling these mandates comes with a price tag. MUSE (CMA), Vol. XXX/3, Issue 5-6, May/June 2012, p34-45


Museum kits teach aboriginal heritage “Aboriginal youth are the fastest-growing demographic in Manitoba, but half of the kids on First Nation communities drop out of school. Later this month, tool kits to help kids from reserves learn hands-on about their heritage so they’ll want to be in class are being delivered to several northern schools.” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 May 2012


Public: Big Ambitions As one of the primary exhibitions for the 2012 Contact Photography Festival, “Public: Collective Identity | Occupied Spaces” is an ambitious offering. Featuring an impressive list of 16 Canadian and international artists, the exhibition is divided between its two co-presenting venues: the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the University of Toronto Art Centre. In many ways, this partitioning of the show mirrors the fractured reality of our contemporary existence: public and private, visible and invisible, place and non-place. Canadian Art, May 10, 2012


Abbas Akhavan: Up, Down and In-Between Abbas Akhavan’s solo show at the Darling Foundry poses a series of questions into the relationships between war and art, destruction and nation building, human and animal. Canadian Art, May 10, 2012


Farshid Moussavi’s Cleveland Museum to Open in October Construction is progressing on the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, the London architect’s first United States project. “Farshid Moussavi’s new home for the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) is nearing completion in the city’s emerging Uptown district. The 34,000-square-foot, four-story building anchors a key intersection in an area that’s part of University Circle, a cultural hub with institutions such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Case Western Reserve University.  Architectural Record, May 7, 2012


Serpentine Gallery reveals plans for Pavilion designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei “The Serpentine Gallery today released plans for the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. It will be the twelfth commission in the Gallery’s annual series, the world’s first and most ambitious architectural programme of its kind.” Art Daily, May 9, 2012


French supermarket boss wants to put contemporary art in a countryside landscape A major French patron says that he hopes to transform the French public’s perception of contemporary art by opening a new gallery in a former 17th-century convent in Brittany this summer. “Outside of Paris, contemporary art spaces cater for the happy few,” says Michel-Edouard Leclerc, director of the French supermarket group E. Leclerc whose parents, Hélène and Edouard, bought the convent, called the Capucins de Landernau, in 1964. The Art Newspaper, May 15, 2012


Fire Breaks Out At Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museum “Only months before its scheduled opening, a fire broke out at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art’s new building in Oslo, designed by Renzo Piano. Monday afternoon, a fire went up on the top floor, but firefighters had it under control by around 4pm.” The Art Newspaper, May 14, 2012

Nurnberg, Germany

Latest design from Zaha Hadid: Zaha Hadid Architects designs sustainable exhibition centre for NunbergMesse “One of Europe’s largest exhibition sites has released designs for a new 8,000 sq m hall conceptualised by acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid. The cavernous volume is more restrained than the majority of Hadid’s portfolio projects with a softly curving roof and large panes of glass through which natural daylight will shine, illuminating the space and reducing the facility’s energy dependencies.” World Architecture News, May 4, 2012


Orhan Pamuk’s museum celebrates transition, not vanity Turkey’s most famous author has turned one of his books into an Istanbul landmark. Globe and Mail, May 15, 2012


Syria’s Embattled Artists Hang On Political artists, abstract artists – all artists who aren’t strictly supportive of Bashar al-Assad’s government are under tremendous pressure in Syria these days. Yet a group of them has managed to smuggle their work to a gallery in Beirut – where it sold. NPR, May 12, 2012

Hong Kong

Frank Gehry’s Bid for Hong Kong Renters Swire Properties has unveiled Frank Gehry’s new Opus Hong Kong — a 12-story apartment complex that is his first major project in Asia. New York Times, May 15, 2012


Australian Art Fraud Expert Has No Sense Of Humour “The leader of the University of Melbourne’s art fraud unit has cancelled her attendance at an art forgery forum organised by Melbourne’s Art Series Hotels following hotel management’s decision to offer guests prizes of fake Andy Warhol pictures.” The Australian, May 14, 2012


Study: There’s A Relationship Between Staying Thin And Consuming Culture “This does not mean a person looking to lose 10 pounds should join a book club rather than a health club. But this data suggests you have a better chance of keeping off excess pounds if you indulge in leisure-time interests that have intellectual or emotional weight.” Pacific Standard, May 14, 2012

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