May 27, 2015: Controversial Hermann Nitsch Show Will Finally Go on View & London Plans a Public Sculpture Program Featuring Hirst and Ai Weiwei

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May 27, 2015 10:34PM


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Today’s Notable News

Hermann Nitsch’s incendiary show that was cancelled by the Museo Jumex in February will go on view at Museo Zac ai Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa in Palermo, Sicily, this July. The exhibition, “The Orgies Mysteries Theatre,” will feature 40 works on canvas, as well as videos, photographs, and a fetish-object-filled “Pharmacy.” (via The Art Newspaper)

The fifth edition of London’s public art program Sculpture in the City will feature works by Damien Hirst and Ai Weiwei, among others. A total of fifteen works by artists from around the world will feature in the exhibition, which opens July 9th and runs alongside a free children’s education program from Open City. (via artnet News)


The Pratt Institute’s School of Design has named its new head of industrial design. Russian-born longtime New Yorker Constantin Boym, co-founder of Boym Partners studio, will lead the 300-student-strong program beginning on July 13th. (via Dezeen)

The third edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial, hitting the Turkish city a year from October, will be curated by Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina, husband-and-wife architectural historians who are professors at Columbia and Princeton, respectively. (via Dezeen)

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has named the winner of its competition to design its expansion effort, the Sydney Modern Project: Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa—architects from SANAA, the Tokyo-based firm behind the New Museum—whose plan for the $450 million project is a public space that will incorporate glass and sandstone and link the gallery more closely to its environs. (via The Sydney Morning Herald)

Continued operation of the University of California San Diego’s University Art Gallery has been suspended by the school’s arts and humanities division, with no programming scheduled after July 1st. The hold is due to the associated committee’s failure to reach a “consensus on how the gallery would be run.” While the space’s assistant director believes closure is imminent, others are hopeful that a solution that would leave the gallery operational can be reached. (via the UCSD Guardian)

Expo Chicago has released the line-up for its fourth and largest year which, opening this September at Navy Pier, will include 141 galleries representing 15 countries. (via artnet News)

Brooklyn’s Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) will move to a new space in the borough, where it will enjoy three times its current amount of space. As decided by the city’s cultural affairs department, the museum will share its new home with the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and performing arts space 651 Arts. (via the New York Times)


Via @designboom: “with his series of @art.lies, brazilian artist lorenzo castellini juxtaposes famous faces from masterpieces — a portrait from picasso’s ‘les demoiselles d’avignon’, the uncanny image of frida kahlo and botticelli’s beautiful venus, to name a few — with photographed figures on the streets of são paulo.”

Via @itsnicethat: “At first glance you might mistake the puzzle-like, optical quality of @_hannahwhitaker’s photographs for the work of Photoshop. However, Hannah’s images are the wonderful result of experimenting with film in curious ways.”

Via @guggenheim: “Only 1 week left to see ‘Infinite Possibility,’ the first U.S. museum exhibition of mirror works and drawings by Iranian artist #Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian.”

Good Reads

Banned Russian art squirrelled away in Uzbekistan(via Al Jazeera)

The Most Inspiring Cities for Young Artists Ranked(via Hyperallergic)

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