Museums Summer 2015

MUSEUMS

1. ZURICH.- Representations of animals are ubiquitous in our culture, from advertising hoardings, to newspapers and television, to hundreds of thousands of images uploaded every day to the internet. Human beings, it seems, are obsessed by the image of the animal. Animals are also consistently subjects of public controversy, whether in relation to animal rights, agro-industrialisation, conservation or genetic engineering. Recently, an expanding field of animal studies has sought to question humankind’s relation to the animal world, challenging long-held humanist assumptions about the animal’s external relation to man. In the writings of Derrida, Deleuze and other post-Heideggerians, the animal has become a potent figure of speculative inquiry, offering radically new conceptions of ethics and agency for all species. More Information: http://artdaily.com/news/78914/Exhibition-presents-works-by-artists-who-question-humankind-s-relation-to-the-animal-world#.VXtPRLN0zIU

2. DALLAS, TX.- This month the Dallas Museum of Art began construction on the first redesign of the Museum’s Arts of Africa Gallery in nearly twenty years. The galleries will remain closed throughout the summer, with the unveiling of the redesigned gallery and a new installation opening in September 2015, featuring more than 200 works from the Museum’s acclaimed African art collection. More Information: http://artdaily.com/news/79189/Renovation-of-the-Dallas-Museum-of-Art-s-Arts-of-Africa-Gallery-underway-#.VXtc6rN0zIU

3. In the early days of April 1975, just weeks before the Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War, a campaign was launched to evacuate thousands of children from Vietnam and place them with families in the United States and its allies. War had devastated the country, tearing families asunder. But “Operation Babylift” was controversial; not all of the children adopted were orphans. And spotty record keeping has made it difficult or impossible for many adoptees to locate their Vietnamese families. More Information: http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-story-behind-the-first-adoption-museum-in-the-u-s

4. Sitting across from the famous work of architectural art, Hundertwasserhaus, one of the most original works in the world, is a small museum that take a look at the other side of the art world where forgers, fakers, and charlatans thrive. More Information: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/museum-of-art-fakes


5. CAIRO (AFP).- Egyptian curator Medhat Abdallah laughs when reminded of the "curse of Tutankhamun" as he cleans an ancient gilded bed found in the boy king's burial chamber nearly a century ago. The 3,300-year-old relic is one of hundreds of artefacts, never before displayed, from the treasure of King Tutankhamun set to be unveiled in a "mega museum" under construction near the Giza pyramids."We are studying how these objects were made at that time. They will be displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum once it's ready," Abdallah told AFP, as he inspected the relic in a laboratory at the new museum site. But nearly a decade after the Grand Egyptian Museum -- dubbed "Tutankhamun's new home" -- was conceived, the project is far from complete. More Information:http://artdaily.com/news/79739/Cash-crunch-looms-over-Tutankhamun-s--new-home--under-construction-near-pyramids#.VZbUUBNViko


6. Architecture has been a definitive feature of the Guggenheim since Frank Lloyd Wright constructed the museum’s Fifth Avenue spiral rotunda in 1959. In its myriad domestic and foreign manifestations, the museum has consistently commissioned and championed expressive, sculptural buildings — produced by leading practitioners — that often dominate contemporary discussions about trends in museum design. The significance of the Guggenheim as an institution at the center of debates about architecture’s role in museum identity and experience makes Tuesday morning’s announcement especially curious: Paris firm Moreau Kusunoki Architectes has been selected as the winner of the controversial Guggenheim Helsinki design competition, and its lauded project appears to be the formal antithesis of Guggenheims in New York, Bilbao, and Abu Dhabi. More Information: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1185096/guggenheim-helsinkis-winning-design-reacts-against#sthash.fhKj8n2L.dpuf

7. “Fire and Forget: On Violence,” the new group show at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, is hard to get into. Not conceptually, that is, or in terms of guest list, but rather, literally. At the entrance to the exhibition, visitors are presented with artist Daniil Galkin’s piece “Tourniquet,” 2015, a maze of spiny metal revolving doors that feel like a series of interlocking teeth. More Information: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1186644/fire-and-forget-at-the-kw-institute-for-contemporary-art#sthash.7dhBu57m.dpuf