Posts Tagged ‘Tate Modern’

C.A.N. Condensed

Monday, August 23rd, 2010
van Gogh's "Poppy Flowers"

van Gogh's "Poppy Flowers"

• A Vincent van Gogh still life, “Poppy Flowers and Vase with Flowers,” was stolen on Saturday from the Mahmoud Khalil Museum in Cairo, Egypt. It has been reported that only seven of the museum’s 43 security cameras were working at the time, and five people have been arrested for “negligence” concerning the theft. The painting is valued at $50 million, and is still at large. Click here to learn more.
• Philanthropist and art collector Eli Broad has chosen the New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design his museum, to be built on LA’s Grand Avenue next to Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. It will house the majority of his vast collection of contemporary art. The decision would seem to end years of public debate over where and how Broad’s art should ultimately be exhibited. From ArtInfo.
• UK choreographer Michael Clark and his Company are publicly developing a large scale performance piece for the Tate Modern’s gigantic turbine hall, to be premiered in July of 2011. Part I of the commission has been progressing for the past seven weeks, as Clark has been instructing both trained and untrained dancers during regular museum hours. Part II will commence at the end of the company’s residency next summer with a “site-specific dance event” incorporating film, light, and sound. Part of the Tate Live series. Check out e-flux for more information.

Michael Clark Company in the Tate turbine hall

Michael Clark Company in the Tate turbine hall

C.A.N. Condensed

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Paris Museum of Modern Art/Palais de Tokyo

Paris Museum of Modern Art/Palais de Tokyo

• During the next year, a group of Sarajevo artists will convert a decades old nuclear bunker into a contemporary art gallery, with most of the funding provided by the Council of Europe. The 70,000 square foot bunker was completed in 1979, for use by the Yugoslavian revolutionary and statesman Josip Broz Tito.  The entrance lies beneath an ordinary garage door in the town of Konjic, and visitors will have to traverse a 920 ft. corridor that leads deep into an adjoining mountain. Click here for more information.
• The Paris Museum of Modern Art and the Palais de Tokyo, housed in different wings of the same building, are collaborating on a new exhibition entitled “Dynasty,” in which 40 French artists contribute two pieces each, to be separated and shown simultaneously by the two institutions. Read Katherine Knorr’s quirky review of the opening soiree and the effect of unrestricted combinations of art at the New York Times website.

Aram Jibilian, “Gorky and the Son he Never Had," part of the Blind Dates exhibition

Aram Jibilian, “Gorky and the Son he Never Had," part of the Blind Dates exhibition

• Belgian-born Chris Dercon was appointed yesterday to the position of Director for London’s Tate Modern. Dercon was previously director of Munich’s Hans der Kunst, and has also been affiliated with the MoMA/PS1 in New York. For more information visit ArtForum.
• The Pratt Manhattan Gallery will mount an ambitious exhibition in November called “Blind Dates,” whose purpose is to trace “what remains of the peoples, places and cultures that once constituted the diverse geography of the Ottoman Empire.” Established and emerging artists from Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East will contribute work showcasing the Ottoman effect upon different artistic explorations. Check out HyperAllergic for more.