Budi Tek receives Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour
Collector and patron Budi Tek has received prestige following his contributions towards developing the cultural dialogue between China and France. The ceremony will take place on 13 August at Yuz Museum, Shanghai, an institution founded by Tek that will shortly turn into a non-profit with a board of trustees. Recent initiatives included numerous loans, gifts and exhibitions in 2011 from the Yuz Foundation to French museums, the sponsorship of Zeng Fanzhi’s solo exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2013, and last year, Tek worked with the Giacometti Foundation to organise an unparalleled Chinese retrospective of Giacometti. “As a patriot, I hope to make my humble effort to promote interactions and communications between Eastern and Western contemporary art,” said Tek in a statement.
Inaugural Tito’s Prize, Texas
Sculptor and printmaker Zack Ingram has won the inaugural $15,000 Tito’s Prize, awarded by the Big Medium, a non-profit dedicated to contemporary art. Along with a solo show at the Austin-based institution 27 October-16 December, Ingram will have the opportunity to be featured on the November cover of Arts+Culture. His work incorporates found images and materials that address identity. Ingram issued the following statement to Glasstire after the news: “I’m terribly grateful for the Tito’s Prize and the luxury of time and space it will provide me to continue the momentum I have as an Austin-based artist. How do I secure a studio space, especially in a city that’s becoming increasingly unaffordable for artists? How do I make time to visit said studio while balancing a work schedule, to travel, to buy materials? The Tito’s Prize helps answer several of these concerns I’ve had.”
Curator Beatriz Salinas Marambio has been appointed the new director of the Chilean institution National Centre for Contemporary Art Cerrillos, a government run museum that opened last September and is dedicated to contemporary art. “Our plan is to work in dialogue with the community, artists, institutions, and other cultural agents in order to activate this space; it is a project with great potential, and we are very happy that the government has decided to develop a space like this in an area like Cerrillos,” Salinas Marambio said in a statement.
Della Watkins, executive director of the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, has been named director of the Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina and will formally fill the post 1 October. “After a thorough search process, selecting Della was a clear choice to lead this dynamic organisation,” said CMA board president R Scott McClelland in a statement. “Her experience and passion allowed the search committee to check every box for leadership attributes essential to achieving the next step in the museum’s vision.”
Nadine Wietlisbach will be the newest director of Swiss institution Fotomuseum Winterthur come January 2018 following her current post as director and curator at Photoforum Pasquart in Biel, Switzerland. She will succeed the photography museum’s current director, Thomas Seelig, who will stay on as a curator.