Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library April 16, 2013

Vancouver

State of the Arts: Exhibit examines hotel history and style without reservations The exhibit, which runs April 13 to Sept. 15, spans two floors of the gallery, highlights noted hotels throughout history and around the world, and explores the physical and psychological dimensions of hotels through themes of travel, design, social and culture. It’s a multifaceted exhibit with video, film, archival photographs and advertising, objects and interactive displays. Vancouver Courier, April 12, 2013

SUITE LIFE  Check in at the top hotels around the world without leaving town at the VAG’s “Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life.” According to the VAG’s latest, exclusive exhibition, the hotel is a defining architectural structure of the modern age with an impact on social, cultural, political and aesthetic change. PINQ.ca, April 15, 2013

Toronto

Volunteer group donates $25K art prize to Shary Boyle in Venice An art philanthropy group put its mandate into action this weekend when, upon receiving a $25,000 prize, it turned the money over to artist Shary Boyle’s Venice Biennale fundraising campaign. CBC, April 15, 2013

Los Angeles

An Ambitious $300 Million Museum For Film The architectural centerpiece of the 290,000-square-foot complex, just west of the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, would be a giant glass-enclosed dome, which Piano refers to as the “sphere” and the “soap bubble.” Los Angeles Times, April 12, 2013

United States

Obama Budget Suggests Big Increase In Arts Funding “President Obama’s budget proposal for the coming fiscal year would boost federal arts spending 10% above where it stands at the moment, lifting it to $1.58 billion for the 2013-14 budget year that begins Oct. 1 and more than compensating for cuts from the “budget sequestration” bill that went into effect last month.” Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2013

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires’s Historic Architecture In Danger Despite Landmark Status “In many neighborhoods, city code has been flouted, and historic buildings have been demolished at astonishing speed since Argentina’s economic collapse in 2001.” The New York Times, April 16, 2013

London

Ai Weiwei play to open in London British play about the incarceration of activist Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, opening in London Wednesday, is the latest act in his artistic campaign for freedom of expression. CBC, April 16, 2013

Amsterdam

Video: Rijksmuseum celebrates reopening with flashmob Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum reopens at long last after a ten-year renovation. To celebrate, the museum staged a flashmob in a local shopping mall, dramatically recreating one of the museum’s most famous paintings, Rembrandt’s The Night Watch.

Amsterdam, April 13, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6W2ZMpsxhg&feature=player_embedded

Paris

Scanner Reveals Hidden Figure In Louvre Artwork “Underneath the top painting of the folds of a man’s tunic, we saw an eye, a nose and then a mouth appear. We were seeing what likely was part of an ancient Roman fresco, thousands of years old.” Wired, April 15, 2013

Istanbul

Campaign To Save Istanbul’s Oldest Art Deco Movie Palace “It is Turkey’s oldest and most prestigious cinema, an Istanbul landmark that dates back to the early days of Atatürk’s rule – and a centrepiece until recently of the city’s international film festival. So plans to demolish the Emek theatre and turn the space into an entertainment and shopping venue have generated widespread disapproval.” The Guardian (UK) April 15, 2013

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