Sunday News Roundup

BY Katrina Kufer / Jul 6 2017 / 18:19 PM

The latest contemporary art scene happenings across the globe

Sunday News Roundup
Image courtesy Art on the Underground, London
Daniel Buren. Diamonds and Circles. 2017.

Remai Modern Museum, Saskatoon
Late October will see the opening of Canada’s latest modern and contemporary art museum named after philanthropist Ellen Remain, who is also the institution’s largest patron. Located in the Canadian Prairies, Bruce Kuwabara spearheaded the lengthy architectural project, which will feature flexible galleries for its 8000-work collection, several public spaces and a 150-seat theatre. “The art museum’s biggest challenge now is how to adapt to the massive changes resulting from the continuing aftershocks of colonisation, climate change, globalisation and technological advances,” said executive director and CEO Gregory Burke in a statement.

With a mission to be a key centre for contemporary indigenous art and discourse, artworks from seminal contemporary artists including Picasso, Rauschenberg, Rosenquist and Oppenheim, are also within the collection, inherited from the Mendel Art Gallery, established in 1964. Its inaugural exhibition, Field Guide, will showcase works from the collection alongside contemporary artists such as Thomas Hirschhorn, and Tanya Lukin-Linklater and Duane Linklater.

Brücke Museum, Berlin
The Berlin-based museum has announced Lisa Marei Schmidt as its new director, who will formally take on the role as of 1 October, just after the museum’s 50th anniversary. Schmidt will succeed Magdalena Moeller, who has been at the helm of the Die Brücke art movement-focused institution for nearly 30 years. The new post follows Schmidt’s most recent position as curator at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and roles at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and the Museum Folkwang, Essen.

Daniel Buren Installation, London
A new permanent artwork by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren has been installed at London’s centrally located Tottenham Court Road tube station. The inauguration follows nine years of preparation and a £500 million budget to revamp the station, which already includes mosaic works by Eduardo Paolozzi installed in the 1980s. The new artwork, entitled Diamonds and Circles, features Buren’s characteristic play with light, geometrics and stripes and will be on view to the estimated daily 150,000 public transport users. “A public work is interesting for me because you can develop the place, the people who use the space, and connections between all of these things… Museums attract only a portion of the population,” the artist said in a statement. “The public in the tube station is everyone, and there is a constant flux of people running both ways. I want to offer them a beautiful bubble of oxygen for the spirit.”

HCB Award, Paris
Guy Tillim has received the 2017 HCB Award and $40,000 cash prize from the Paris-based Henri Cartier-Breson Foundation. The South African photographer won with his project Museum of the Revolution, which documents revolution and colonialism in Africa, and intends to use the funds to continue his work in Dakar, Accra, Kampala and Lagos. “The history of colonialism is especially apparent in the streets and the avenues, which were often arranged at the whims of colonial power and then renamed after the countries gained independence,” Tillim explained in a statement. “This paradigm—that of post-colonial societies imitating certain aspects of colonial regimes—is not unique in Africa: it is the law of history. However, the hopes and aspirations of recent generations who do not have a colonial past provide opportunities for societies to overcome the mistakes of the past.”


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