The Calgary Public Library is partnering with First Nations on a $500,000 project devoted to bringing Indigenous art to the new building when it opens this fall.
Organizers hope it will showcase Indigenous art and reflect the stories, history and culture of Treaty 7 and Metis communities.
The first part of the plan is to unveil three permanent art exhibits when the new Central Public Library opens in November. Four more works will be added to the space in the future. Read More via CBC.
A group of artists and musicians in South Sudan is on a mission - to mobilise young people across the country through music, graffiti and poetry to help bring peace to the war-torn nation.
Arts movement AnaTaban, or "I am tired" in Arabic, is trying to address anger over failed promises and suppression of independent voices by advocating for peace and unity among young people through media they like - rap music, slam poetry, and YouTube videos. Read More via Zilient.
Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, a major new biennial in Riga, Latvia, opened the first edition of the biennial. Entitled Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More, the chief curator of RIBOCA1 is Kate Gregos, who has been instrumental in setting up the biennial alongside founder and Commissioner Agniya Mirgorodskaya.
The total number of artists showing work in Riga is 104, including 10 collectives. The list includes well-known names, among them: Jonas Mekas, Mark Dion, Erik Kessels, Robert Kuśmirowski, Trevor Paglen, Lynn Hershmann Leeson, Adrián Villar Rojas and Nedko Solakov; as well as a large number of young, emerging and relatively undiscovered artists from the Baltic region and beyond. Many artists will show multiple pieces across more than one venue, allowing visitors to gain a more in-depth understanding of their practice. Read More via ArtDaily.
Museum quality works with great provenance lead MacDougall’s June auction of Important Russian Art. Konstantin Somov's masterpiece, Meeting in the Park, 1919, estimated at £500,000 to 700,000, is an exquisite oil on canvas from an important European collection, but could grace any museum. One of Somov’s famous “gallant scenes” of the early post-revolutionary years, this brightly coloured and seemingly carefree picture with its idyllic images, looking uneasy in the new, harsh 20th century.
Another museum quality work is Pine Forest, Yelabuga, painted by Ivan Shishkin in 1897 and estimated at £800,000–1,200,000. The monumental (1.5 by 1 m) oil on canvas was executed during Shishkin’s creative peak. This breathtaking composition is one of the best examples of “epic landscape”, developed by the artist. Read More via ArtDaily.
A Dutch Museum wanted to motivate people to visit its exhibitions and to more appreciate the arts.
They chose a painting of Rembrandt, of the 17th century, and brought it to full life in a shopping center, accompanied by Beethoven.
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The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal, has appointed João Ribas as its new director. He replaces Suzanne Cotter, who left the museum last year to become the director of the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean.
Prior to assuming his previous post as deputy director and chief curator of the Serralves Museum in 2014, he was a curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Boston and the Drawing Center in New York. For the Serralves Museum, Ribas organized retrospectives for Helena Almeida, Michael Krebber, and Gordon Matta-Clark. In addition to his museum work, Ribas also curated the 2017 Ural Industrial Biennial for Contemporary Art, and has written for Artforum, Art in America, and Mousse, among other publications. Read More via ArtNews.
The 44th edition of ANTIQUES & ART FAIR LUXEMBOURG at LUXEXPO THE BOX will open from Thursday 1st to Monday 5th February 2018.
With its hundreds of attendees represented by six countries, this fair has established itself as the most important of its type in the Greater Region.
As a great meeting place for antiques and contemporary art lovers, the fair is a prospective guideline to discover abundant treasures, rare pieces and unique artwork. Source of authenticity and affective reveller, this art week shapes the minds of enthusiasts and experts. A breeding ground of history and an ephemeral museum at the crossroads of times, this event is the spectacle of the harmonized inventiveness of about hundred exhibitors. Read More via Delano.