Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 9, 2013


Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life,at the Vancouver Art Gallery Running from April 13-September, 2013, Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life is a groundbreaking exhibition exploring the impact of the hotel as one of the pre-eminent architectural and social structures of our time. Canadian Architect, April 8, 2013


Mendel Art Gallery snags Kim Adams sculpture with BMO gift The Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon has acquired a sculpture by Kim Adams, thanks to a gift from BMO. Adams’ work Love Birds was part of a donation valued at $175,000 and will become a centrepiece of the new art gallery under construction in Saskatoon. CBC, April 8, 2013


Oh, Canada: U.S. museum is sending its Canadian art show north Denise Markonish says she’s “not quite ready for the show to come down,” but come down it will Monday night – the “show,” in this instance, being the biggest, sprawlingest survey of contemporary Canadian art ever held in the United States. Globe and Mail, April 8, 2013

New York

Claes Oldenburg: Hold the Pickle? Claes Oldenburg’s ‘Floor Burger’ will soon go on view at MoMA in a survey of the artist’s work. But first restorers tackled its ice-cream carton stuffing and painted-canvas buns. ARTnews, April 8, 2013

Light at the End of the Turrell In a three-part retrospective that spans the country, James Turrell will transform museum spaces with works composed of spatially disorienting ambient light. ARTnews, April 4, 2013


UK Refuses To Release Renaissance Manuscript Purchased By Getty “A valuable 15th century Flemish manuscript acquired by the J.Paul Getty Museum late last year has been placed under an export embargo by British authorities, who hope to keep the object in the United Kingdom.” Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2013


ElDahab and Huberman Will Curate Liverpool Biennial Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman will serve as co-curators of the 8th Liverpool Biennial (July 5-Oct. 31, 2014), working under artistic director Sally Tallant. Launched in 1999, the Liverpool Biennial displays previously existing and commissioned works at public and cultural venues throughout the city. Art in America, April 8, 2013


Rijksmuseum opens, five years late and multi-millions later Ten years later, after many millions spent, the iconic Dutch art museum reopens. Vincent van Gogh once said he could sit in front of Rembrandt’s Jewish Bride in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum for a fortnight with just a crust of bread to eat. Hamilton Spectator, April 9, 2013


Barcelona Plans ‘Museum Mountain’ Complex The city and regional governments have announced a grand project – “when economic conditions permit” – to create a district along the lines of Berlin’s Museum Island on Montjuïc, the city’s mountain park. ABC (Spain) April 2, 2013 (in Spanish)


Jewish Museum Berlin exhibit stirs controversy A challenging and controversial new exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin is raising questions about whether the publicly funded museum is exploiting Jewish people to make a point. CBC, April 9, 2013

Sibiu, Romania

Major Romanian Museum Has No Heat, One Light Bulb Per Room The Brukenthal National Museum, a six-collection palace in the historic city of Sibiu and the fourth-most-visited museum in the country, has had to partially close. The museum’s director claims that the Culture Ministry has paid only one-tenth of the usual monthly subsidy; the Ministry claims that emergency funding has resolved the crisis and has demanded the director’s resignation. Sarah in Romania 04/03/13

Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Asia’s new art capital Beijing and Shanghai may be where most Chinese artists choose to live and work, but when it comes to selling their art, that happens in Hong Kong. “Hong Kong has made major strides in establishing itself as a global arts hub,” says Nick Simunovic, managing director of Gagosian Gallery Asia, citing record-setting auctions, the West Kowloon Cultural District (an indevelopment cultural project that will feature a museum, theatres and concert halls) and the influx of world-class galleries. Globe and Mail, April 9, 2013

China gets creative with copyright International plagiarism case shines a spotlight on the country’s ineffective laws protecting artists’ work. The Art Newspaper, April 9, 2013

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