Tag: Exhibitions

Brad Pitt Unveils Self-Created Sculptures At Surprise Art Debut In Finland

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Think of Brad Pitt, and many things come to mind—his handsome face, award-winning acting chops, and philanthropic endeavors. 

Most wouldn’t know, however, that the multi-talented megastar is now an artist, recently debuting his sculptures for the first time at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland. 

The A-list actor is exhibiting nine works for the showcase We, alongside pieces by musician Nick Cave and artist Thomas Houseago. 



— Brad Pitt (@BradPittPlanB) September 18, 2022

Among the sculptures is a coffin-shaped bronze box with what appear to be human faces, hands, and feet attempting to escape, and a large plaster wall-hanging portraying a rowdy gunfight among eight individuals, reminiscent of Reservoir Dogs

It seems Pitt began his hobby as a ceramist following his public divorce in 2017, telling AFP at the event that his art was “about self-reflection,” and how he had “gotten it wrong” or “misstepped” in his personal relationships. 

The ongoing exhibition will run till January 15, 2023 at the Sara Hildén Art Museum


Brad Pitt’s sculpture, which looks like a dilapidated house, is on display in Tampere House-A-Go-Go (2017), which he assembled from scraps he found on the floor of Houseago’s study. In a work reminiscent of an ancient bas-relief, Pitt has depicted a shooting scene with the help pic.twitter.com/jaxkFk5nkh

— Brad Pitt (@BradPittPlanB) September 18, 2022


Brad Pitt created his series Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound to the House by shooting bullets into silicone pieces. The same theme is repeated in the silicone houses, which Pitt has shot with guns of different calibers. The bullets have drilled eerily beautiful patterns. pic.twitter.com/o8A35hJ0Jz

— Brad Pitt (@BradPittPlanB) September 18, 2022


Thomas Houseago – WE with Nick Cave & Brad Pitt Exhibition opens interesting cultural autumn in Tampere Finland. pic.twitter.com/QydtdBg0m8

— Brad Pitt (@BradPittPlanB) September 18, 2022




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The ‘Northern Lights’ Are Heading To Notre Dame—In Summer?

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The mystical aurora borealis only shows itself in the winter, under skies with low light pollution. Yet, the phenomenon—or at least a manmade version of it—is making its way into busy Paris in the summer.

Swiss artist and activist Dan Acher has been recreating the dazzling Northern Lights across cities around the world in a traveling project called Borealis. As unpredictable as the natural lights can be, Acher’s interpretation does have a fixed location and dates—Borealis will move on to tower over Notre Dame during the Paris L’Été festival for two nights only, on July 30 and 31, and will be free for the public.


The show will be a swirl of fog and light beams of various densities, colors, and movements, each dancing in tandem with the changing weather conditions. Borealis has toured many cities, but each phenomenon is unique due to the environment it throws itself in. In Paris, the installation will be accompanied by music by the composer Guillaume Desbois.


Here’s a preview of what will be in store:



It’s not just something for the ’gram, though. According to Time Out, Borealis is also a commentary on climate change as the appearance of the lights in Europe—and in warmer weather, to boot—would be unnatural. 

There’s at least one similarity between the real and artificial Borealis—they’ll both be gone before you know it. On the two nights that Acher’s work will greet the public, it will start at 10.30 pm and run for only two hours. The entire Paris L’Été festival, however, has all sorts of programs lined up from July 11 to 31.


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[via Time Out and Sortiraparis.com, images via Paris L’Été]


A Font Triggers FBI To Confiscate All 25 Paintings From Basquiat Exhibition

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has seized all 25 works from the Heroes & Monsters: Jean-Michel Basquiat, The Thaddeus Mumford, Jr. Venice Collection at the Orlando Museum of Art, following an unwinding investigation into the paintings’ supposed authenticity.

The paintings, created on cardboard standing between 10 inches and five feet tall, were displayed in the gallery on the premise that they’d belonged in the collection of screenwriter Thad Mumford, who was apparently sold the works by the late Basquiat himself.

The museum’s director and chief executive Aaron De Groft shared with the New York Times in February that Mumford didn’t pay the bill for the storage unit that kept these artworks. As such, the paintings were all sold at an auction to a buyer named William Force for a mere US$15,000.


The biggest clue that set alarm bells for the FBI was how the FedEx cardboard scrap on which one of the paintings was on, was printed with the text, “Align top of FedEx Shipping Label here,” in a typeface that was not in use until 1994. 


Imagine the effort put into creating a forgery that even the Basquiat experts can’t disprove, all while concocting a provenance that’s just plausible enough that it’s hard to contradict…

Then you realize you timestamped it with an era-specific FedEx font. 😂 https://t.co/1CvXhOCQsW pic.twitter.com/pVMEOsT6GZ

— Kiki C (@kiki2u) May 30, 2022

Basquiat, as fans might be aware, passed away in 1988—12 years before FedEx adopted this font. Lindon Leader, who worked on the new typeface, confirmed that the design only started being in circulation from 1994.

Plus, it was suspicious how—with the value of Basquiat’s works in 2012—Mumford would stop paying for storage instead of instead of selling his Basquiat collection at a far steeper price, potentially millions.

The Basquiat estate dissolved its authentication committee in 2012. According to the Times, it was around this time that the FBI began looking into whether the works had been forged.

An affidavit was filed to obtain the search warrant to look into two possible crimes: conspiracy and wire fraud. The Times, which acquired a copy of the document, quoted that Mumford in 2017 had signed a statement reading: “At no time in the 1980s or at any other time did I meet with Jean-Michel Basquiat, and at no time did I acquire or purchase any paintings by him.”

There has been speculation that the cardboard works were put up for sale on several occasions but had not secured buyers.

The affidavit also stated that investigations had pointed to attempts to sell the artworks with “false provenance,” in addition to bank records that indicated “solicitation of investment in artwork that is not authentic.”

As a result of the raid, the Orlando Museum of Art was forced to shutter the art show on June 24, ahead of the planned closing date of June 30. Had there been no disruption, the exhibition would have gone off to travel to Italy.



[via The Art Newspaper, ARTnews, The New York Times, cover photo 175564345 © Ritu Jethani | Dreamstime.com]   


Princess Diana’s Tiara Will Appear in Public For First Time Since Her Wedding

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To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, Sotheby’s will be holding its largest tiara exhibition in two decades, which will include one of the most famous tiaras to date: the dazzling headpiece worn by Princess Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles.

According to Robb Report, this is the first time the glimmering piece will be displayed publicly since the 1960s, and it will also be the first time it’s making an appearance since the day of the late Princess’ nuptials. 


The Westminster Diamond Halo Tiara. Image via Sotheby’s


As per Sotheby’s, the tiara’s origins can be dated back to a tiara created in the 1767 for Viscountess Montagu, and features a combination of earlier jewels elegantly weaved into a delicate series of scrolls, stars, and trumpet-shaped flowers. 

“Its flowing garland design is utterly timeless, making this a piece that transcends its famous outings,” says the auction house.


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With the Queen being the owner of the largest collection of tiaras in the world (who else!), the exhibition will showcase other notable styles, including the Westminster Diamond Halo Tiara once worn by Queen Charlotte; the Cartier Diamond Tiara tracing all the way back to craftsmanship of the 1900s; and the Rosebery Tiara, an impressive design created by a French jeweler in 1878 for the wedding of the Earl of Rosebery. 

Considered one of the “most regal items of adornment” apart from a monarch’s crown, these tiaras “look as much towards future generations as the chapters of their own illustrious past.” 


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The exhibition will run from May 28 through June 15.




[via Robb Report and Sotheby’s, images via Sotheby’s]


Cuban Painting Cannot Make It To Venice Biennale Due To War In Ukraine

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Keen-eyed art lovers stepping into the Arsenale at the Venice Biennale will probably sense that something is amiss, as at its entrance is the ghost of a significant artwork by late Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayón. The real painting, La consagración (1991), is a no-show as a result of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.


The work was scheduled to travel from its place of residence at the Ludwig Museum in St Petersburg’s State Russian Museum to The Milk of Dreams (April 23-27 November), the main exhibition in the Arsenale. Sadly, it did not reach Venice.


“Because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, it was impossible to show the original work here,” text on the wall now reads, as reported by ARTnews.


It’s one of the iconic pieces of the artist, who was known for her detailed, black-and-white collographs depicting Abakuá, an all-male, secret Afro-Cuban society. Ayón died in 1999.


The artwork ended up at the State Russian Museum in 1994 when German collectors Irene and Peter Ludwig donated pieces from their trove of 20th-century art to the institution, per the Art Newspaper.

A print of the painting now takes the place of the original. A spokesperson describes it as “a visual reminder” of what was intended to be there.




[via The Art Newspaper and ARTnews, cover image taken by Simone Leigh via Venice Biennale Press Office]


NSFW: In Pompeii, Homes Showed Erotic Art Without Shame—Now They’re Back On View

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In ancient Pompeii, families would paint erotica on walls, and no visitor would bat an eyelid. One would imagine discussions with children about the birds and the bees weren’t quite as awkward.


In preserving the memory of the ill-fated city and educating the modern world on what life was like then, the Pompeii Archaeological Park has reconstructed homes that once showcased explicit imagery, inviting the public to reinterpret the artworks without projecting modern-day stigma onto them.


As shared by the Guardian, rather than feeling embarrassed by erotica, homeowners across social classes were culturally driven to decorate their rooms with frescoes of scenes inspired by Greek and Roman mythology.



There’s a mural of Priapus, the god of fertility, weighing his nether regions on a scale; and an image of Leda being impregnated by Jupiter, who has taken on the form of a swan.







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These are just some of the 70 exhibits to be on show on the ruins of Pompeii, which will appear from April 21, 2022, through January 15, 2023.

Visitors will be guided around the site via an accompanying app. As with an era lost in the rubble, the site doesn’t discriminate by age—children can also explore the area alongside a guide to learn about mythical figures revered in the area.

Gabriel Zuchtriegel, the director of Pompeii Archaeological Park, tells the Guardian that although wealthy people predictably had more paintings at home, erotica appeared in all kinds of homes. Among the surviving artworks on show are medallions depicting satyrs and nymphs, scenes of couples engaging in intercourse, and homoerotic artwork.


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A statue in Casa del Bracciale d’oro, or House of the Gold Bracelet, portrays a young male servant who would have performed duties for his master that extended sexually.

Zuchtriegel adds that Pompeii’s candid sensuality doesn’t mean it was a “world of great liberty” as one might perceive today. Homosexual scenes, for instance, were just tolerated.







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New Immersive Art Exhibit Is To Be Viewed With Your Eyes Shut

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Immersive art experiences go above and beyond to attract the gaze—but over at a new installation opening in the UK in May, eyes won’t be open.


The work Dreamachine is designed to be seen with the eyes closed. It’s based on an illuminated 1959 invention of the same name by artist Brion Gysin and Cambridge scientist Ian Sommerville that spun and flickered, projecting kaleidoscopic images past the shut eyelids of observers. The immersion is said to be able to transport participants into a trance-like state.


Gysin built the machine with the hope of replacing televisions in every home in America. He imagined that the Dreamachine would provide viewers with a personalized experience unreplicable by mass entertainment.

In the modern-day installation, visitors will explore deeper into the psyche with the addition of a soundtrack by Grammy- and Mercury-nominated composer Jon Hopkins, as well as concepts drawn from architecture, technology, music, neuroscience, and philosophy. Since the effects are perceived by the mind’s eye, every viewing is “distinctly personal.”


The new Dreamachine will come to life by way of Collective Art, a collaborative network of multidisciplinary experts including Hopkins, scientists, technologists, and philosophers. The event that Dreamachine is part of, Unboxed: Creativity in the UK, is the replacement for a £120 million (US$163 million) Brexit celebration originally planned by Theresa May’s government.

The artwork will travel to London, Cardiff, Belfast, and Edinburgh from May through October 2022.






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Van Gogh’s Changing Mental State Explored In New Exhibition Of Self-Portraits

Image by Fergus Carmichael for the Courtauld Gallery


A unique peer into the psyche of Vincent van Gogh—from his most assured self to his most volatile—is being portrayed at a new exhibition hosted by the Courtauld Gallery in London, said to be the largest showcase of the post-Impressionist painter’s self-portraits in 25 years.


With long-separated paintings placed side by side at the Van Gogh: Self-Portraits retrospective, tracking the artist’s morphing styles and use of color, visitors get a sense of his state of mind in the leadup to his death.

It reunites 16 of 35 known self-portraits, in addition to graphite, pen, and ink sketches, that date back to the years 1886 to 1889. Curated by Karen Serres, the show’s pieces include loans from art establishments around the world. Excluded works are either hidden in the homes of private collectors, lost in the past, or don’t help to tell a story as they are too repetitive, a review by the Guardian details.


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Van Gogh died shortly after this three-year window in 1890. It is believed that the Dutch artist took his own life.

“If I could have worked without this accursed disease, what things I might have done,” the artist penned in one of his final letters, via Artnet News.


Image by Fergus Carmichael for the Courtauld Gallery


A pair of self-portraits from late August and early September 1889 (both shown directly below) is finally displayed in the same place for the first time in 130 years. They were painted just a week from each other but bear little resemblance to one another.








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According to the gallery, the first was created when Van Gogh was in deep mental distress, while the latter was painted “as he was recovering.”


“Van Gogh made it clear that being able to paint was key to his healing process,” the Courtauld Gallery described. The intimate showing stays open through May 8.







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[via Artnet News and The Guardian, images via the Courtauld Gallery]


KAWS Opens Solo Art Exhibition In The Virtual World—And Entry Is Free

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In his traveling projects, as with all of his work, KAWS endeavors to bring art to the masses. Luckily, the hybrid world has introduced yet another platform to expand accessibility; there couldn’t be more footfall than in the virtual realm, where anybody anywhere—homebodies and explorers alike—can gather in one place without knocking shoulders.


The latest solo KAWS exhibition, entitled New Fiction, has a physical space, yes, but it is also fully viewable at home via two free online platforms. Aside from a real-world venue in London’s Serpentine North Gallery, you could also explore it in hit online battle royale game Fortnite or pull up one of his augmented-reality sculptures into your living space, as part of a partnership with Fortnite and AR app Acute Art.


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This extensive virtual stage transports KAWS’ art to the eye levels of the most number of people it’s seen. Whereas Serpentine amasses an average of 35,000 visitors per show, Fortnite—boasting 400 million players—would likely beat this number multifold. New Fiction could be the “most-attended exhibition” ever, described Acute Art’s artistic director Daniel Birnbaum at a press conference, as quoted by Dazed. If you’re still counting, Birnbaum says the Fortnite show could receive 10 times the attention that the Venice Biennale gets.


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No virtual shootings are to be had in the Fortnite-based exhibition, thankfully; it takes place in the game’s more casual modes. Here, you’ll find the iconic Companion statues hanging around a virtual replica of Serpentine North, in addition to a digitized array of acrylic paintings.


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The artist, whose real name is Brian Donnelly, is the first artist to host an exhibition on Fortnite, and he’s excited to share his work with more art lovers in “a new and massive way,” he told the Guardian in an interview. His only prior brush with the video game involved a collaboration to create skeleton Companion skins for Halloween.


Visitors at Serpentine—and around the world—can also interact with the sculptures by launching the Acute Art AR smartphone app, where a floating rendition of Companion will appear.


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There’s a dedicated empty space in the physical gallery to view this virtual piece, but you’ll be able to see it from anywhere in the world too.







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Donnelly said he was once hesitant about creating art for the virtual sphere, since there’s a perception that less-tangible projects are transient and fleeting. Then he worked with Acute Art in 2020 to create AR public art and found that the creation process was just as purposeful. “Working with [Acute] is the same back and forth as when I work with the bronze foundry, or the factory that I make toys in,” he told the Guardian. “And the quality they achieve, it seems very real.”


As for whether fans can expect to purchase original KAWS non-fungible tokens soon, the artist revealed that he hasn’t felt inspired to design something for this space yet. “I haven’t felt the piece or [had] the thought that made me think, ‘This is the right thing to make one for,’” he acknowledged. This isn’t to say he doesn’t believe in the potential of crypto art—“If an NFT is real to the next generation, who’s to say it’s not?”

KAWS’ New Fiction will show at Serpentine North through February 27. The Fortnite exhibition, on the other hand, will exist indefinitely in the video game and can be visited through the island code 9562-7830-4159.








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The ‘Mona Lisa’ Is Going Immersive, Reshaping A 500-Year-Old Experience

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With audiences getting starry-starry-eyed over modern treatments of Van Gogh art, immersive experiences are traveling centuries back to reimagine the most famous painting in the world.

The Louvre and Grand Palais have plans to present the Mona Lisa as a digital installation. Entitled La Joconde (the French name of the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece), the multimedia show will delve into the artwork’s history through six themes, exploring its journey to fame and the impact it has left on the art world. 

Plus, the high-tech exhibit will bring the Mona Lisa much closer to the gaze, eliminating the frustration of having to elbow through crowds for a look at the painting.

Perhaps to the chagrin of purists, museums are taking this interactive aspect much more seriously now, considering the positive reactions drawn from such installations. When it reopens in 2024, the Grand Palais will include a space solely for hosting immersive digital exhibitions, says The Art Newspaper. It has also launched a dedicated Grand Palais Immersif program to bring these experiences locally and abroad.


As for the Mona Lisa spectacle, art lovers will be able to enjoy the contemporary La Joconde on March 10 through August 21 at the Palais de la Bourse in Marseille, France. Pre-sale tickets are now available here.







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National Juneteenth Museum Will Open In Honor Of Historic Slave Emancipation Day

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This year, on June 17, US President Joe Biden signed a bill declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday. Now, plans have been announced to open a National Juneteenth Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, which will be built on the site currently occupied by the memorial building.

The special day commemorates the day Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to emancipate African American slaves from their former owners.

“For decades, Juneteenth has been part of the fabric of our city, and this museum is a welcome addition to its incredible legacy,” said Forth Worth Mayor Mattie Parker.

According to Artnet News, the current Juneteenth Museum is run by 95-year-old Opal Lee, who had been a part of the campaign to make the date a national holiday. In 2016, Lee walked two and a half miles each day from Fort Worth to Washington DC, symbolizing the number of years it took for news of emancipation to reach enslaved people in Texas.

“To have lived long enough to see my walking and talking make an impact is one thing, but to know that a state-of-the-art museum that will house the actual pen that President Biden used to sign the bill, and many other exhibits, is coming to pass as well—I could do my holy dance again,” Lee said.

The new museum will be undertaken by local marketing firm The Sable Group, which said the museum will not be an expansion of its current iteration but will be a wholly new development with a national identity.

“The new museum will be the world’s premier Juneteenth exhibit space and tourist destination,” the company said.

To curate the museum’s new exhibits, the firm plans to work with activists, historians, and researchers to come up with educational programs informing visitors of slavery, and how African American people have overcome past oppression.

Work on the site is expected to begin next year, with The Sable Group aiming to raise US$25 million to US$30 million to help with its cost.

“It’s just going to be a wonderful exhibit of freedom all across the country and the world. The exhibits that we’re going to build will be interactive, not just stuff folks look at, but they can feel and touch and be a part of, because our goal is to help people find themselves in the Juneteenth story,” said Dione Sims, the director of the upcoming museum.

[via Artnet News, cover image via The White House] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/416476/National-Juneteenth-Museum-Will-Open-In-Honor-Of-Historic-Slave-Emancipation-Day/

Egypt’s Great Pyramids ‘Levitate’ As Part Of Their First-Ever Modern Art Show

Artwork by JR. Image via Art D’Égypte

The Sphinx has a new riddle: can the last-surviving wonder of the ancient world be renewed for fresh perspectives? The answer, it seems, is yes, as the Great Pyramid of Giza takes center stage at its first-ever contemporary art show in its 4,500-year history.

The Forever Is Now exhibition—organized by private heritage preservation firm Art D’Égypte with support by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and UNESCO—showcases large-scale artworks by 10 international artists, all inspired by the longevity of a civilization. The installations are plotted along a trail that leads straight to the ancient structures, and will stay up through November 7.

Included in the lineup of creators are Alexander Ponomarev; ​​Gisela Colón; Lorenzo Quinn; and robot artist Ai-Da, who nearly missed the show after being accused by authorities of potentially being a spy, Artnet News reports.

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Headlining the exhibition is Greetings from Giza, an optical-illusion sculpture by French street artist and photographer JR, which portrays a hand holding a postcard in front of the pyramid of Khafre. When viewed from the front, the tip appears to be broken off and floating above the rest of the pyramid.

JR is reputed for his trompe-l’œil style, where objects are visually manipulated with realistic imagery to “deceive the eye,” which is what the technique’s name translates to in English. It was his 2016 work of the Louvre’s pyramid “disappearing” into the background that compelled the commission to work around this older pyramid.

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Aside from the new steel-and-mesh work, Greetings from Giza marks JR’s first foray into the exploding world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). As it turns out, the image file for the structure is massive—amounting to 4,591 pieces, about the pyramids’ age. Each chunk has been minted as a single NFT and can be purchased on HENI.com.

Individually, the chunks are abstract artworks of half-tone black and white dots but “make sense” when pieced together, the artist notes. In addition, “743 hieroglyph rarities” have been hidden among the digital artworks as a nod to ancient Egyptian culture.

Describing the show, Art D’Égypte founder Nadine A. Ghaffar says, “Ancient Egypt has influenced artists from around the world, and so we bring the world to Egypt and Egypt to the world through art.”

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[via Artnet News, cover image via Art D’Égypte] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/416351/Egypt-s-Great-Pyramids-Levitate-As-Part-Of-Their-First-Ever-Modern-Art-Show/

Banksy Doesn’t Consent To This Immersive Art Show, But It Still Runs Globally

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New York, Los Angeles, and Brussels currently play host to an exhibition titled Banksy: Genius or Vandal?. It promises more than 80 authentic art pieces by the mysterious artist, whose work has positioned him among the top ranks of the art world.

Its website states that the exhibition, “as all that have been previously dedicated to Banksy, is not authorized by the artist, who remains anonymous and independent from the system.”

Organized alongside notable Banksy dealer Andrew Lilley, who provided most of the works for the exhibition “from private European collections,” the event invites visitors to take part in a “multisensory artistic immersion” via virtual reality (VR).

This 10-minute VR show comes alongside other tactile offerings, such as a recreation of the artist’s studio as shown in Exit Through the Gift Shop, a mockumentary made in 2010.

This innovative tribute exhibition has been ongoing for a few years now, but it has never been approved by the artist himself. In fact, he’s expressed disdain at these antics.

In particular, in response to the show hitting Moscow in 2018, he scowled in an Instagram post: “I wish I could find it funny. What’s the opposite of LOL?”

In a screenshot of a text conversation with an unknown party who tipped him off, Banksy is quoted to retort “I don’t charge people to see my art unless there’s a fairground wheel” in response to admission tickets costing £20 (US$27.70).

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The comments section is filled with people expressing dismay that they attended a “fake” show without knowing. As Instagram user znineteen states, “I went to the one in Atlanta recently and enjoyed seeing the art, but if Banksy wasn’t involved with it then I am pissed I supported something like this.”

In New York, the presentation was reported to cost US$29.90 to get in. This didn’t thwart people from going, though; Artnet News notes that the show has had more than three million visitors in around 15 cities.

Whether Banksy will take action against this show is uncertain, but the artist does note the irony of the situation in his Instagram post. “Not sure I’m the best person to complain about people putting up pictures without getting permission.”

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[via Artnet, image via Banksy: Genius or Vandal?] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415614/Banksy-Doesn-t-Consent-To-This-Immersive-Art-Show-But-It-Still-Runs-Globally/

Gallery Intertwines Real & Virtual Spaces To Exhibit Both NFTs & Traditional Art

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Interleaving—IRL vs VR is the maiden voyage of the Falko Alexander Gallery, located in Cologne, into the virtual realm.

The exhibition architecture was designed to ensure that “real and virtual spaces are intertwined,” the gallery writes. As well as being hosted online, the exhibition also is held at the actual gallery, made visible via projections and screens.

As reported by The Art Newspaper, the exhibition of the gallery’s two rooms was recreated in SketchUp, a 3D design software. Then, a fully digital extension of the gallery, a new room, was built in the software.

Mozilla Hubs, a virtual sharing platform, was then brought in to finalize the cutting-edge new offering.

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Three new floors, based on the existing physical gallery, were also added, although they still remain empty for future use. Digital versions of past shows are planned to move up, one floor at a time, once they come to an end.

Essentially, the VR exhibition serves as temporary archives to house past exhibitions. Even if a gallery patron missed the physical show, they can still view it and enjoy its inclusions online.

At the gallery, visitors will be able to “enter” the space with the help of VR glasses, allowing them to “walk through” the wall and experience the space in VR.

When moving around the space, their movements will be detected, and they’ll be shown as an avatar on the projections. In this way, they become part of the exhibition.

The works on show in Interleaving is a mix of ‘real’ artworks that have been digitised, and digital NFT art. Put simply, an NFT art piece is a digital work that is under unique ownership to one party, and its digital presence, no matter how widespread, can be traced back to the rightful owner.

With the rapidly increasing popularity of NFTs shown in auction sales, entrepreneurship, and dedicating a whole interior design features to it, it’s no wonder art galleries are finding new ways to incorporate them into their events, too.

Interleaving—IRL vs VR can be viewed on Mozilla Hubs’ website, linked here. This new style of exhibition is certainly one good way to introduce NFTs to the traditional art scene.

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[via The Art Newspaper, images via Falko Alexander Gallery] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415490/Gallery-Intertwines-Real-Virtual-Spaces-To-Exhibit-Both-NFTs-Traditional-Art/

Peculiar ‘Hyperrealism’ Exhibition Encourages Visitors To View Art In The Nude

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An art exhibition scheduled to open in Brussels is encouraging visitors to view hyperrealistic art sculptures while in the buff.

On August 30, the exhibit, which has previously gone on show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao (Spain), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Monterrey (Mexico), and the National Gallery in Canberra (Australia), among others, will open in the Belgian capital.

According to the exhibit’s official site, hyperrealism is described as “an artistic movement that emerged in the 1960s in the United States.”

“Turning their backs on abstraction and seeking to achieve a meticulous representation of nature to the point that viewers sometimes wonder if they are dealing with the living body, the hyperrealist artist creates work that is sometimes amusing, sometimes disturbing, and always meaningful,” it explained, as per The Brussels Times.

From 10am to 6pm on Tuesdays to Sundays, visitors will be able to view the sculptures fully-clothed. However, those interested in the naturist viewing will be able to reserve a spot to tour the exhibition between 6.30pm to 9pm in the evenings.

The organizers, who spoke to Dutch-language media outlet Bruzz, said that experiencing the exhibition in the nude was a unique journey.

“To be able to show oneself naked in front of others, in the literal sense of the word, is, first of all, to accept a challenge, to overcome a fear and doubt that we may have towards ourselves,” they said.

Among the show’s proponents is the Federation of Belgian Naturists, who said the exhibition provides an opportunity for visitors to reflect upon the human body.

“Today the body is often stigmatized by media and social pressure, self-censorship, and fear of judgment. This expo again defends the positive vision of the body,” it said.

To book tickets, head over to the exhibition’s site here.

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Samsung’s Late Chairman Donates 23K Artworks To South Korea, 1.5K Shown In Seoul

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The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Korea has received a whopping 1,488 pieces of art from the Lee Kun-Hee collection, which includes about 23,000 works in total.

This is dubbed “the donation of the century” by the museum, and brings its total collection above 10,000 works. According to the press release, the pieces donated include 1,369 artworks by Korean artists and 119 by overseas artists.

“The rare and major artworks… have greatly enhanced the quality and quantity of the museum,” Park Mi-Hwa, the museum’s senior curator, told CNN. “We have obtained masterpieces that would have been difficult to purchase with our annual collection budget of 5 billion won (US$4.35 million).”

The MMCA will display these artworks, which are currently being inspected and registered as the MMCA’s collection, over a series of exhibitions. The first debuted yesterday, including 58 pieces by 34 Korean artists such as Lee Sang-Beom, Lee Jung-Seop, and Kim Sou. Three themes span the pieces shown in MMCA Lee Kun-hee Collection: Masterpieces of Korean Art: ‘Adoption and Transformation’; ‘Shows of Individuality’; ‘Setting Down Roots and Seeking New Avenues’.

In the statement, MMCA director Youn Bum-Mo thanked the family for their donations, and continued on to say “the MMCA will grant more opportunities for the public to enjoy the high quality donated artworks and continue to expand the horizon of the research on art history by studying Lee’s collection going forward.”

[via CNN, image via MMCA] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414858/Samsung-s-Late-Chairman-Donates-23K-Artworks-To-South-Korea-1-5K-Shown-In-Seoul/

Baltimore Museum Of Art Enlists Its Very Own Security Guards To Curate Work

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Who better to curate an exhibition than the people who spend all day surrounded by art in the revered museum setting?

That’s the backbone of the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA)’s upcoming 2022 exhibition, Guarding the Art. The exhibition will be curated in its entirety by the museum’s security team, with pieces picked by each of the 17 members.

They will be working with leadership and staff across the museum to bring the exhibition to life, as well as art historian and curator Dr Lowery Stokes Sims for additional mentorship and professional development.

The 17 officers who will be participating are Traci Archable-Frederick, Jess Bither, Ben Bjork, Ricardo Castro, Melissa Clasing, Bret Click, Alex Dicken, Kellen Johnson, Michael Jones, Rob Kempton, Chris Koo, Alex Lei, Dominic Mallari, Dereck Mangus, Sara Ruark, Joan Smith, and Elise Tensley. The group includes a wide range of people who aren’t just officers, but also artists, chefs, musicians, scholars, and writers.

“Our security officers spend more time in our galleries and living among our collection than any other staff within the institution,” said Christopher Bedford, the BMA’s Dorothy Wagner Wallis director, in the news release. The idea for Guarding the Art came about to “fulfill the museum’s commitment to be more diverse, more inclusive, and more representative of the community it serves.”

One of the selected pieces is Winslow Homer’s Waiting an Answer (1872), chosen by Alex Lei. “It’s framed as this moment of waiting—I can relate to that,” Lei told ARTnews. “A lot of my time is spent waiting for guests to come [into the galleries], waiting for someone to ask a question about the art. In the meantime, we’re interacting with the artworks. We spend so much time with the art that we can offer more information than what’s on the plaque.”

Waiting for an Answer (1872).
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— Olga Tuleninova 🦋 (@olgatuleninova) June 3, 2021

[via ARTnews, cover image via Mike Steele / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414854/Baltimore-Museum-Of-Art-Enlists-Its-Very-Own-Security-Guards-To-Curate-Work/

Chinese Gallery Shutters After Artwork Ranking Women’s Looks Receives Backlash

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OCAT Shanghai, a non-profit art gallery, has shuttered indefinitely following outrage over an exhibition of a video work that ranked women “from the prettiest to the ugliest.”

The 2013 piece, titled Uglier and Uglier, was filmed by artist Song Ta – who compiled an eight-hour video of over 5,000 female college students at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

The controversial video was on display since April, as part of a group exhibition The Circular Impact: Video Art 21, which featured 21 artists’ works. In the artist statement for the show, Song recommended visitors arrive early for the viewing, saying the video started off with the “most attractive” women.

“If you want to see the campus queen, you have to go to the museum as early as possible. Otherwise, when dusk comes, it will become a living hell in this place,” he wrote, as per ARTnews.

The video garnered international attention after co-host of Mandarin-language podcast Chinese Murmurs Afra Wang shared a post criticizing the display on Twitter.

The following day, OCAT Shanghai took the video off the exhibit, before shutting down altogether. The gallery then apologized for the oversight in a statement on Weibo.

“After receiving criticism, we re-evaluated the content of this artwork and the artist’s explanation, we found it disrespected women, and the way it was shot has copyright infringement issues,” wrote OCAT Shanghai, as translated by ARTnews.

“Thank you for your concern, criticism, and oversight. OCAT Shanghai will reflect upon the public issues and social concerns arising from the incident. As a museum supporting the concept of diversity, we will take this as an admonition to show more empathy towards all.”

When questioned on the piece in a 2019 interview with the now-defunct VICE China, Song defended his work, saying he had “the right to tell the truth.” He also said that he had employed a female assistant to film the women so as to appear “less creepy.”

While the artist might still defend his work or find it humorous, it’s clear from the public outcry that it definitely was not in good taste.

A disturbing dose of Chinese contemporary art: Song Ta, a video artist, has a piece called "Uglier and Uglier" is in exhibition in OCAT Shanghai. This 7+ hrs long video displays secretly shot footage of college girls ranked from the "prettiest" to the "ugliest." pic.twitter.com/COtSWEF7Xa

— Afra Wang (@afrazhaowang) June 17, 2021

[via ARTnews, cover image via OCAT Shanghai] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414411/Chinese-Gallery-Shutters-After-Artwork-Ranking-Women-s-Looks-Receives-Backlash/

White House Opens Its First Historical LGBTQ+ Display For Pride Month

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In celebration of Pride Month, the White House is hosting an exhibit dedicated to artifacts of the LGBTQ+ community.

This is the first-ever physical display of historical items dedicated to the community, which the White House teamed up with the Smithsonian Institution to curate. As per the Advocate, the exhibit features artifacts from notable LGBTQ+ figures, such as Harvey Milk, Marsha P. Johnson, and Rose Cleveland – the sister of the 23rd and 25th President of the United States, Grover Cleveland.

“For almost 30 years, Rose Cleveland maintained a romantic relationship with Evangeline Marrs Simpson Whipple. The women lived together in Italy from 1910, until Rose’s death from the Spanish flu in 1918,” the exhibit describes.

Naturally, there are also artifacts on display from historic moments in LGBTQ+ history, including the Stonewall Rebellion and the AIDS epidemic.

The hallway of the White House was also lit up in rainbow colors as a tribute, something that has never been done before.

White House partners with Smithsonian Institution for exhibit on #LGBTQ+ history. Features photos, documents, memorabilia and information on the history of Stonewall, AIDS, Harvey Milk, Marsha P. Johnson, Rose Cleveland and more https://t.co/V5NYxRGpBO #LGBT #LGBTQIA #PrideMonth pic.twitter.com/Y7KdzDyTrE

— LGBTQ+ News (@mondokoosh) June 19, 2021

White House hallway lit up in rainbow colors for Pride Month pic.twitter.com/HA3Bu4kyxt

— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) June 18, 2021

[via Advocate and LGBTQ Nation, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414397/White-House-Opens-Its-First-Historical-LGBTQ-Display-For-Pride-Month/

The ‘Museum Of Annoying Experiences’ Could Bring Out The Karen In You

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Virtual galleries are all the rage these days, but before you get to this one, you might want to pop a chill pill first.

With the help of London-based creative agency Phantom Studios, ZenDesk has opened the jarring Museum of Annoying Experiences, which imagines customer service vexations as a thing of the past. It’s the year 3000, and rather than a dystopian era, ZenDesk visualizes it as “pure, seamless bliss.”

The museum experience is pleasant, because terrible customer relations no longer exist—it’s the array of exhibits that might set you off. You, a visitor from the future, are invited to navigate and interact with the museum’s tongue-in-cheek artifacts, like being forced to stay on hold during a call and—egads—CAPTCHA.

Take a trip to the utopian future here.

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Exhibit at Wales’ Biggest Business Expo…

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