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Exhibition from the Kunstmuseum Basel's own collection focuses on the mountains

The domestication of Alpine peaks and panoramas as Switzerland’s trademark tourist attractions is part of this history as well. Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel, Julian Salinas.

BASEL.- The mountains—the epitome of stability and permanence, even of a reality that transcends time. Curated by Eva Reifert, the selection of works from Kunstmuseum Basel's collection demonstrates in what way our idea of the mountains, their image in our minds, has kept evolving ever since outsiders started exploring the high mountain regions of the Alps two and a half centuries ago. Art is always also a reflection of shifting worldviews. Depictions of the Alps emerge as a distinctive genre at the dawn of the Enlightenment, and a painter like Caspar Wolf, who undertakes extensive excursions into the mountains, embodies the spirit of scientific inquiry that is characteristic of his era. On the eve of the twentieth century, by contrast, Ferdinand Hodler’s works signal his efforts to overcome realism and restore nature’s mystery. By submitting his motifs to a symmetry that heightens their majesty, Hodler conveys his aw ... More

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A portrait of a young man - attributed to Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn - sparked a yearlong research quest   Major donation of Fabergé acquired for the nation and allocated to the V&A   Tanya Bonakdar Gallery opens ninth solo exhibition with Olafur Eliasson


The team decided to showcase the hidden portrait as well, partially uncovered by conservator Scott Nolley. Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.- For years, the painting was stowed away, first in the attic of Old Cabell Hall and then in new art storage at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. Its subject, a young man with a ruffled collar and a velvet cap, was innocuous, but a small plaque on the frame added intrigue with just one name: “Rembrandt.” Jean Lancaster, the museum’s collections manager, rediscovered the painting in 2016 as she began to prepare for a new exhibition, “Collect, Care, Conserve, Curate: The Life of the Art Object,” which opened on Friday. When examined from the back, the cradle support and wax seal at first appeared to be old, perhaps old enough to be original to the 17th-century Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn. However, Lancaster was skeptical about the painting itself. “I realized that it was probably not a Rembrandt, because it had been tucked away in storage for so many years and never stud ... More
 

Carl Fabergé, workmaster Mikhail Perkin, Box, gold and white enamel with an agate cameo lid, c. 1886-99, Russia. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

LONDON.- Nine superb works by Carl Fabergé and two by the eighteenth-century goldsmith, Johann Christian Neuber, have been donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum by Nicholas Snowman OBE from the Kenneth and Sallie Snowman Collection under the Cultural Gifts Scheme. The Scheme was introduced by the Government in 2013 as a major initiative to encourage life-time giving to UK public collections. This is the second gift under the Scheme to be allocated to the V&A. The V&A has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of jewellery in the world, and these treasures are now on display in the Museum’s William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, which tells the story of jewellery in Europe from prehistoric times to the present day. Very few Fabergé items are held in British public collections. These nine items of exceptional quality, including some of fascinating provenance, constitute a major benefit to the study of European jewellery in t ... More
 

Olafur Eliasson, Colour experiment no.78, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, in 72 parts each: 31.5 inches; 80 cm in diameter. Photo: Maris Hutchinson. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery announces its ninth solo exhibition with world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson, The listening dimension, on view March 23 through April 22, 2017. Over the past two decades, Eliasson has developed an immensely rich, curious and complex practice at the intersection of aesthetics, science and ecology. In his first solo presentation in New York since 2012, Eliasson transforms the gallery’s exhibition space, across both floors, with a new body of work that explores light, vision and movement, heightening the viewer’s perceptual awareness and encouraging self-reflection. Eliasson says: “The listening dimension emerged against the backdrop of the 2016 US elections. At a time when oversimplification is everywhere, I believe that art can play an important role in creating aesthetic experiences that are both open and complex. Today, in politics, we are bombarded with emotional appeals, ofte ... More


Museum Folkwang exhibits over 40 paintings and selected films by Maria Lassnig   Exhibition brings together for the first time the work of Roland Flexner and Ai Weiwei   Rare portraits of 20th century luminaries by Marcel Sternberger debut in New York at PRPH Books


Maria Lassnig, Self-Portrait with Saucepan, 1995. Oil paint on canvas, 125 x 100 cm. Maria Lassnig Foundation © Maria Lassnig Foundation.

ESSEN.- Maria Lassnig (1919–2014) ranks among the most important artists of her generation. She turned to her own body as both the starting point and subject for her paintings and drawings, in works which ask how does it feel to be in one’s own body, and how can this feeling be lent visual form? The Austrian artist, who only achieved widespread acclaim late in her career, grappled with these questions throughout her life. Visitors to the major Maria Lassnig retrospective at the Museum Folkwang have the chance to see the full range of her work in an exhibition featuring over 40 paintings and selected films. Over the course of the many years in which she created artworks, Lassnig frequently changed style, though never her theme. She continued unceasingly to give visual form to her bodily sensations. "Here I painted a nose realistically but without a mouth to go with ... More
 

Ai Weiwei, #214, 1992, Ex. Unique. Acrylic on plywood board and subtracted, 48 × 48 × 2 cm.

HONG KONG.- Welcoming art aficionados from around the world that flock to the city as art season descends upon Hong Kong, Massimo De Carlo announced that it is presenting in Hong Kong a unique exhibition that brings together for the first time the work of Roland Flexner and Ai Weiwei. The dual-artist exhibition is on view at the Hong Kong gallery space from 20 March 2017 to 14 May 2017. The two artists first crossed paths in New York in the 80s and have since developed an on-going friendship. In this exhibition, Roland Flexner’s iconic ink paintings are being shown together with a body of work by Ai Weiwei, which is being exhibited here for the first time and includes a series of paintings tracing back to his days in New York. Ai Weiwei’s intimate homage to the delicacy of the human condition, composed of a set of porcelain bones arranged in a vitrine, is being shown alongside a new Lego work created for the exhibition ... More
 

Marcel Sternberger & Albert Einstein, Princeton, NJ, 1950. Photograph by Marcel Sternberger, © 2016 Stephan Loewentheil.

NEW YORK, NY.- The first of two exhibitions, The Portraits of Marcel Sternberger: Icons of the 20th Century showcases 21 photographs of world-renowned figures--from Albert Einstein to Diego Rivera--opens to the public on March 29 at PRPH Books, 26 East 64th Street, was announced by Jacob Loewentheil, curator of the exhibition, which runs through April 15. “Since his death in 1956, Sternberger’s work has remained almost entirely out of the public eye,” says Jacob Lowentheil whose book, The Psychological Portrait: Marcel Sternberger’s Revelations in Photography, coincides with the exhibitions. “We are delighted to provide a glimpse into the world of Marcel Sternberger including portraits and ephemera from the artist’s estate, many of which will be shown for the first time. Sternberger’s revolutionary process marked a turning point in the history of photography, and we ... More


DuPont donates significant artwork to local museums   PROYECTOSMONCLOVA opens a survey of Robert C. Morgan's dedicated studio output   The Kimbell's architect comes to life in an in-depth exhibition


Nan of Music Mountain by N.C Wyeth.

WILMINGTON, DE.- DuPont today announced it will make a substantial donation of significant works of art from the DuPont collection and the Hotel du Pont to the Delaware Art Museum, Brandywine River Museum of Art, and Hagley Museum & Library. The donated artwork includes important pieces by three generations of the Wyeth family, Frank Schoonover, and Edward Loper, among other renowned artists. Additional artwork will be donated for sale to the public to benefit United Way of Delaware. Terms of the donations will not be disclosed. "DuPont is pleased to make this significant gift to the Wilmington community," said Richard C. Olson, senior vice president, DuPont Corporate Services. "These outstanding museums will ensure the care and conservation of important works from our collection so that the public can enjoy them for generations to come. Our gift to United Way of Delaware continues a partnership that spans more than 70 years and will help ... More
 

Tao Te Ching #9, 1969. Oil on Canvas, 24.29 x 21.06 x .79 in / 61.7 x 53.5 x 2 cm. Courtesy: PROYECTOSMONCLOVA. Photo: Patrick López Jaimes and Rodrigo Viñas.

MEXICO CITY.- Throughout his fifty-year career Robert C. Morgan has been lauded as an author, lecturer, curator, and art historian. For decades he has maintained a rigorous studio practice in parallel to writing, showing his work in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1976), White Columns (1987), and the 49th Venice Biennial (1999) to name a few. Despite these lofty achievements, his acclaimed reputation as a writer preceded his other modes of production. At PROYECTOSMONCLOVA, the exhibition Robert C. Morgan: Concept and Painting highlights Morgan’s vibrant artistic achievements through a survey of his dedicated studio output. Morgan is an undisputed authority on conceptual art, having written numerous books and countless articles on the subject. Yet in his studio he ... More
 

Steven and Toby Korman House, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, Louis Kahn, 1971–73 © Barry Halkin.

FORT WORTH, TX.- The American architect Louis Kahn (1901–1974), designer of the Kimbell Art Museum, is regarded as one of the great master builders of the 20th century. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. In addition to the Kimbell (1966–72), his most important works include the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (1959–65), and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1962–83). The exhibition Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture, organized by Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany), is the first major retrospective of Kahn's work in two decades. In addition to The Power of Architecture, the Kimbell Art Musuem is the sole venue for a complementary exhibition, The Color of Light, The Treasury of Shadows: Pastels by Louis I. Kahn from the ... More


Exhibition examines the diverse ways in which models are staged or stage themselves before the camera   Major painting by renowned artist eX de Medici donated to Australian War Memorial   Rachel Whiteread's Place (Village) goes on permanent display at V&A Museum of Childhood


Trude Fleischmann, Actress and Dancer Lucy Kieselhausen, ca. 1925. Gelatin silver print. Albertina, Vienna.

VIENNA.- With circa 120 works from the Albertina’s Photographic Collection, the exhibition Acting for the Camera examines the diverse ways in which models are staged or stage themselves before the camera. The featured photographic works, created between the 1850s and the present, represent a cross-section of photographic history as well as the diversity of the Albertina’s own holdings. The present selection is divided between six thematic emphases: motion studies, models for artists, dance, picture stories, portraits of actresses and actors, and Viennese Actionist stagings of the body. All of these photographs arose from diverse and multi-layered forms of collaboration between the model before and the photographer behind the camera lens. Some of the models are staged according to their photographers’ instructions, ... More
 

eX de Medici (b. 1959), Cure for pain (detail). Watercolour on paper. Drawn in Canberra, 2010–11. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Erika Krebs-Woodward. ART96843.

CANBERRA.- One of the most significant artwork donations in the Memorial’s history, Cure for pain, by renowned Australian artist eX de Medici, is now on display at the Australian War Memorial. Donated by Erika Krebs-Woodward through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, Cure for pain is a detailed, multi-layered work that reflects the themes of mortality and equality in death throughout a century of Australian military history. At more than four metres long the painting is also the largest work produced by de Medici, who was appointed official war artist to the Solomon Islands in 2009 and is one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson said the donation added to the Memorial’s world-class art ... More
 

Rachel Whiteread, Place (Village), 2006-2008. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

LONDON.- Rachel Whiteread’s celebrated artwork Place (Village) (2006-2008) has gone on permanent display at the V&A Museum of Childhood from Saturday 25 March 2017. Place (Village) is a sculptural work featuring a ‘community’ of around 150 dolls’ houses which were collected by Whiteread over 20 years. The artwork joins the 100+ dolls’ houses in the Museum’s own collection. The large-scale artwork is an assembly of around 150 vintage dolls’ houses in a variety of architectural styles and averaging around one metre high. The houses sit on stepped platforms, evoking a sprawling hillside ‘community’. The houses are lit from within, but deserted, their emptiness evoking haunting memories and melancholy. The dolls’ houses are devoid of furniture, but many have wallpaper, carpets, trompe l’oeil curtains and even artwork, echoing the details sometimes found on the surfaces ... More


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A survey of the Fred Wilson's work from 1995 to present opens at the Neuberger Museum of Art
PURCHASE, NY.- Conceptual artist Fred Wilson is primarily known for rearranging art and artifacts in museum collections to reveal the difficult topics in our culture and society that are frequently overlooked. A 1999 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur (genius) Grant Award winner, Wilson gained critical acclaim in the early 1990s with the seminal exhibition Mining the Museum, in which he placed a whipping post in a gallery and encircled it with four ornate chairs—all from the permanent collection of the Maryland Historical Society. Now, Wilson, who earned his B.F.A. with Purchase College's first graduating class in 1976, is turning his eyes to his own alma mater. His show at the Neuberger Museum of Art, located on the Purchase campus, includes a survey of the artist's work from 1995 to the present, featuring 76 pieces of his studio work. The exhibition, on view from ... More

White Cube Hong Kong opens exhibition of works by Theaster Gates
HONG KONG.- White Cube is presenting an exhibition of new work by Theaster Gates. ‘Tarry Skies and Psalms for Now’ includes new series of sculptures and paintings that incorporate the processes and materials of roofing. In these works, Gates explores the condition of labour through a physical engagement with materials, interrogating in turn notions of society, class and race. In Gates’ new sculptures, flat, disintegrating sections of roof, collected from a derelict school near to his home and studio in the south side of Chicago, are cast in bronze. Patched-up and highly textured, these geometric ready-made forms are then covered with tar which is poured or brushed on. Following the same method as that of tarring a roof, the result is a highly reflective, unctuous black glaze that can partially cover the sculpture or completely obscure it. Formed by the vicissitudes of weather ... More

Sanya Kantarovsky curates a special exhibition at Metro Pictures
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Laura Ellen Bacon's new sculpture commission now installed at Ninewells, Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE.- British artist Laura Ellen Bacon announced that her sculpture ‘CLUSTER’ is now installed at Ninewells in Cambridge. “I love working on site-specific pieces so this commission was a treat for me,” said Bacon from her studio in Derbyshire. The idea for CLUSTER evolved over the course of several years as, visiting the site, the sculptress built up a picture of local land-use over the centuries. Cambridge Archaeology had found indications of a centuries-old system of changing enclosures and way-markers in the area. “My imagination was fired by these signs and clues in the landscape,” said Bacon. Loosely based on the forms of hedge-laying and hand-built enclosures, CLUSTER suggests ancient human technologies working in collaboration with nature’s wilder elements. It is constructed of fifteen support posts, laid in formation like a hedge. ... More

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart exhibits works by Kubus Sparda Art Prize nominees
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Major solo exhibition by artist Beatrice Brown on view at Gallery46
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Photographer Edland Man exhibits 'You-Wells' at Eduard Planting Gallery in Amsterdam
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Gallery Wendi Norris opens a group exhibition about the politics of wayfinding
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The Warren Heid Family Collection of Toy Trains goes up for bid at Turner Auctions + Appraisals
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Contemporary women artists show on view at Taipei Cultural Center
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Dynamic new three-year programme of contemporary art opens in Edinburgh
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March 27, 1886. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (born Maria Ludwig Michael Mies; March 27, 1886 - August 19, 1969) was a German-American architect. He is commonly referred to, and was addressed, as Mies, his surname. He served as the last director of the Bauhaus. Along with Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, and Frank Lloyd Wright, he is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture. In this image: German-American architect, pioneering master of Modern architecture Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, born Maria Ludwig Michael Mies on March 27, 1886 in Aachen and last director of the avant-garde Bauhaus design school is portraited during a press conference of the Berliner Bauwochen held from August 25 until September 22, 1968 in West Berlin, Germany.



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