May 19, 2015: Rijksmuseum Is Europe’s Museum of the Year & Britain to Put an Artist’s Face On Its Currency
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Following a massive renovation that left it closed to the public for nearly ten years, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has been awarded the 2015 European Museum of the Year Award by the European Museum Forum. The museum will keep the associated Henry Moore-designed trophy, called The Egg, for one year. (via European Museum Forum)
An artist will grace Britain’s banknotes by 2020, as the Bank of England has enlisted the British public to nominate visual artists and designers, fashion designers, film directors, and architects to be the new face of the £20 note. The figure may not be living or fictional, and the governor, Mark Carney, will make the final decision, which will be announced next spring. (via The Guardian)
After being arrested twice beginning last August, Iranian political activist and artist Atena Farghadani has gone on trial for creating cartoons that rendered parliament members as animals as they cast votes for proposed laws to ban vasectomies and impede access to birth control. Farghadani has refuted charges of insulting the parliament members and the nation’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, citing her work as an “artistic expression.” (via the BBC)
Brooklyn-born minimalist artist has passed away. During her lifetime, Castoro worked with Yvonne Rainer, was granted a Guggenheim Fellowship, and taught at several institutions, and her work is housed in MoMA and the Newark Museum. (via Artforum)
75-year-old German artist Ekkehard Drefke drowned last week after falling into Venice’s Grand Canal but was misidentified as a Venetian wedding photographer until this week. The painter fell into the canal while taking photographs for a new painting series, “Venice, Lost Paradise.” A show of his work in the city of Brühl, where the artist was based, had been planned for next month and will now be held in memoriam. (via artnet News)
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