News & links from Metropolis M & co.
Christine Macel Director of next Venice Biennial 23.01.16
Venice, January 23rd 2016 – The Board of La Biennale di Venezia met on Friday January 22nd and, at the suggestion of the President Paolo Baratta, approved the appointment of Christine Macel as Director of the Visual Arts Sector, with specific responsibility for curating the 57th International Art Exhibition to be held in 2017.
Revisiting the Educational Turn (How I Tried to Renovate an Art School). Nicolas Bourriaud, former director of École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, on the state and future of art schools DR - 13.01.16
Jodi Dean blogging on Photography from her temporary Winterthur Guest Residence. DR - 06.01.16
The UK government has committed £30m to a new Cultural Protection Fund to help preserve antiquities and heritage in global conflict zones. Available from April until 2020, the funding will come from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and was announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review in November. DR - 04.01.16
The Year Ahead: museums opening in 2016. A look at the top institutions due to launch worldwide in the coming year DR - 04.01.16
2015's best new museums. Prestigious institutions have sprung up around the world, from the Prada Foundation in Milan to the Broad in Los Angeles. DR - 26.12.15
Pretty Violence. Some thoughts on the Beauty of War . Why we cannot stop aestheticizing it, already for ages - see only the many paintings showing the beheading of people. DR - 21.12.15
Benedict Anderson (1936–2015) 14.12.15
The scholar Benedict Anderson died this morning in Batu, Malang, East Java, reports InterAksyon.com. He was seventy-nine.
A Korean campaign group has launched a petition protesting the appointment of Bartomeu Marí, the new director of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, South Korea. Marí was embroiled in a censorship dispute earlier this year at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (Macba). DR - 09.12.15
Assemble, the artist collective that works with local communities in the UK to on neighbourhood regeneration projects, has won this year’s Turner Prize. The £25,000 award, the largest given to a contemporary artist in the UK, was presented by artist and musician Kim Gordon at the Glasgow art space Tramway, in partnership with Tate. DR - 07.12.15
The Dutch collector Bert Kreuk, artist Danh Vo, and Berlin gallerist Isabella Bortolozzi have resolved their two-year legal dispute over a site-specific installation at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. DR - 03.12.15
This text by Andrea Fraser was was censored by Artforum and finally published in Texte zur Kunst (2011). How do the world’s leading collectors earn their money? How do their philanthropic activities relate to their economic operations? And what does collecting art mean to them and how does it affect the art world? The situation, it would seem, urgently calls for the development of alternatives to the existing system. On Tuesday at the CCA in San Francisco Rob Reich gives his response to this situation. DR - 30.11.15
The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor Podcast of Debate Ibraaz and the Kamel Lazaar Foundation are pleased to announce the publication of Gulf Labor's first book The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor (edited by Andrew Ross [for Gulf Labor], OR Books, 2015). The launch on November 19th in London was preceded by a panel discussion involving Gulf Labor member Guy Mannes-Abbott, contributor Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Rima Kalush of Migrant-Rights.org and Amnesty International's James Lynch. The panel was chaired by Ibraaz Editor-in-Chief Anthony Downey. DR - 30.11.15
Artists are doing their bit for the planet as politicians and environmental campaigners prepare to converge on Paris for COP21, the United Nations conference on climate change (30 November-11 December). Olafur Eliasson, Yoko Ono, Cornelia Parker and Gavin Turk are among more than 300 signatories of an open letter to Christiana Figueres, the UN’s climate chief, and Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister and president of the COP21. DR - 29.11.15
Chris Dercon: Public museums need a new way of working with collectors. State institutions shouldn’t collaborate with those who don’t understand their wider aims. DR - 29.11.15
Reading Robert Ashley
Yes, But is it Edible is a unique book, presenting the scores of two operas of the American composer Robert Ashley.
All Work and No Play?
Where is play in art? Fucking Good Art talks about it with Tijs Goldschmidt, Evelyne Reeves, Joris Luyendijk and Zoë Gray.
Out now: Experimental Aesthetics
For over a decade now, the debate on art has been dominated by the rhetoric of artistic research. However, does the concept of artistic research still express its originally radical and experimental power today? Contributions by Andre Alves, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Clodagh Emoe, Boris Groys, Irene Kopelman, Hongjohn Lin, Chus Martínez, John Rajchman, Henk Slager, Timotheus Vermeulen, and Mick Wilson.