Samdani Art Award, Dhaka
The Samdani Art Foundation has announced the 11 finalists for the 2017 edition of the Samdani Art Award, which will be presented in February 2018 at the Dhaka Art Summit. Open to Bangladeshi artists between 22-40 years of age, the selected winner will receive a three month residency at London’s Delfina Foundation.
The finalists include Ahmed Rasel, Aprita Singh Lopa, Asfika Rahman, Debasish Shom, Marzia Farhana, Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury, Opper Zaman, Palash Bhattacharjee, Rakib Ahmed, Reetu Sattar’s and Sabbir Alam. Selected by Swiss Institute director Simon Castets, who will curate an exhibition featuring all finalists at the art summit, a final winner will be chosen by Delfina Foundation director Aaron Cezar, and artists Sheela Gowda, Runa Islam, Subodh Gupta and Mona Hatoum.
ICA Miami, Miami
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) has announced that it would be opening its doors to the public on 1 December in its new permanent venue in Miami Design District. An initiative spearheaded by Irma and Norman Braman since 2014, the 3,483-square-metre space was designed by Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos and features floors, free admissions and a sculpture garden.
Inaugurating the space with the exhibition The Everywhere Studio, focused on artist studios and work spaces, and will feature around 100 art works by over 50 artists such as Martin Kippenberger, Bruce Nauman and Andy Warhol, among others. “ICA Miami’s inaugural programme is a reflection of our mission to advance new scholarship on contemporary art and showcase the work of the most innovative and experimental artists of our time,” said museum director Ellen Salpeter in a press statement.
The Menil Collection, Houston
The Menil Collection, home to a significant collection of architecture designs as well as Surrealist, ancient, African, modern and contemporary art, will temporarily close for eight months for refurbishment, shared museum spokespeople. The closure of the Renzo Piano-designed main building will allow the refinishing of the pine floors, which are due for a refresh after 30 years of footfall. The museum will also ensure that its fire detection systems are up to date. However, all other art buildings, the bookstore and public spaces will remain open, including the new Menil Drawing Institute, set to open 7 October and focus on the study, exhibition and conservation of modern and contemporary drawing.
Renovations are set to begin 26 February 2018, following the closure of the Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma exhibition (13 October-25 February) and are funded by the $115 million Campaign for the Menil fund.