Second Major Fire Consumes Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh Building

  • The Art Newspaper
  • June 18, 2018 18:13

A blaze that broke out on June 15 at Glasgow School of Art has left its historic heart devastated for a second time since a fire in 2014. Considered Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) building was undergoing a massive £35m restoration, including the ...

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New V&A Location Part of £1.1 Billion Transformation of East London Into Cultural Hub

  • The Times
  • June 05, 2018 22:23
Rendering for the new V&A building

A new outpost for the V&A is part of a £1.1 billion plan for London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford to be transformed into the “East Bank,” a cultural hub hosting branches of Sadler’s Wells, London College of Fashion and University College London (UCL). London Mayor Sadiq Khan ...

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Museum in Jerusalem to Get $40 Million Expansion and Refreshed Content

  • Haaretz
  • May 15, 2018 20:46
Rendering of the renovated entrance for Tower of David Museum.

The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem is gearing up for a $40 million expansion in 2019. Part of the renovation will be an enhanced entrance, which will be repositioned on the west side, plus a new wing, archaeological digs, and expanded content including artworks, changing ...

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Art Dealer Graham Arader Lists His Antiques-Filled Hudson River Estate

  • Bloomberg
  • April 01, 2018 22:39

New York-based antique map, book, and print specialist W. Graham Arader has listed his 1850s Italianate Victorian residence in Nyack, New York, one of several of his historic residences. “I own the seventh-oldest house in San Francisco,” he told Bloomberg, “I own the only pristine beaux-arts ...

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Eiffel Tower Could be Repainted, Red?

  • Smithsonian
  • March 21, 2018 14:14

When the Eiffel Tower is repainted for the 20th time since 1889, the iconic Parisian structure could return to its original color --- red. The Ministry of Culture and the City of Paris are mulling over paint options, and looking back at historic choices. Currently a mellow metal color, over the ...

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Sotheby's Show, Getty Honor Cancelled After Harassment Claims Against Architect Richard Meier

  • New York Times
  • March 14, 2018 21:53
Richard Meier, in 1986

The New York Times reported Tuesday that renowned Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier has been accused of sexual harassment by 5 women. In the wake of the allegations, Sotheby's closed an exhibit of collages and silk-screens by Meier at its S2 Gallery in New York. Cornell also ...

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Mystery Lingers Over Fate of Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo

  • Independent
  • February 20, 2018 20:24
Aerial view of Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo estate

Huguette Clark, the copper heiress who died at age 104 in 2011, left a will that envisioned her California mansion be turned into an arts nonprofit. Years later, the fate of the reclusive multimillionaire's 23-acre estate in Santa Barbara is still not clear. Her oceanside Bellosguardo estate ...

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Cutting-Edge U.S. Embassy in London Opens Chock-Full of Art This Week

  • January 14, 2018 23:09
View southwest at the new U.S.  Embassy London in Nine Elms, across park.  Photographer: Richard Bryant/arcaidimages.com

The 1960s building that housed the U.S. embassy in London needed costly renovations and posed security risks in busy Mayfair, prompting a decision in 2007 to purchase a new site. Opening to the public on January 16, the new U.S. embassy resides in South London's Nine Elms area, below the Thames, ...

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California Wine Country Fires Engulf Historic Structures, Arts Center

  • SF Chronicle
  • October 09, 2017 23:22
The historic Fountaingrove Round Barn burned in the Oct.  9, 2017, fire.

Fifteen wildfires raged through Northern California beginning Sunday night, destroying homes, schools, businesses, hotels, and multiple wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties and the vicinity. Ten people were reported dead and dozens were missing as of Monday evening. While the massive and ...

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After $3.5 Million Renovation, JMW Turner's Picturesque Cottage Opens to Visitors

  • Guardian
  • August 16, 2017 20:21
Sandycombe Lodge, 1814, W.  B.  Cooke after William Havell - Tate Britain.

In 1813 England’s great landscape painter JMW Turner built a small villa, Sandycombe Lodge, on a large plot near the Thames at Twickenham. Here, the painter became an architect, guided by the hand of his friend John Soane, notes the home's website. Now, a $3.5 million renovation has made ...

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Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils Skyscraper Plans for Kushner Companies at 666 Fifth Avenue

  • Dezeen
  • March 28, 2017 15:24
Rendering for 666 Fifth Avenue

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans for a Kushner Companies skyscraper at 666 Fifth Avenue, four blocks from Trump Tower in New York. The plans calls for a rebuild of the 1950s office building with an addition of 40 stories hosting mixed-use space for offices, residential and hotel ...

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National Academy Museum Buildings Return to Market in 3 Listings

  • Curbed NY
  • March 22, 2017 11:52
Interior of 3 East 89th Street

Financial needs placed the palatial Upper East Side mansions occupied by the National Academy Museum on the market last spring at $120 million. A buyer was not found and now Corcoran is marketing the properties differently, to be sold together for $78.5 million or as separate listings, reports ...

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Jeff Bezos Buys Museum Building for Private Residence

  • Washington Post
  • January 16, 2017 22:31
The former building of the Textile Museum was bought by Jeff Bezos.

Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeffrey P. Bezos has bought the former Textile Museum, a 27,000 square-foot property, intending to convert it into a single-family home, reports the Washington Post. The property sold for $23 million in cash. It is in the same neighborhood as the Obama's ...

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Germany Buys $13.25 Million Thomas Mann Home in California for Artist Residency

  • Los Angeles Times
  • November 22, 2016 13:37
Thomas Mann, his wife Katia, and their two grandchildren on the lawn of their Pacific Palisades, Calif., home.

To save a landmark from possible demolition, Germany has purchased the former Southern California home of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Thomas Mann who fled the Nazi regime in the 1940s. The coastal Pacific Palisades residence was built in 1941 by modernist architect J.R. Davidson. It was ...

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A Subterranean Museum in Poland Wins World Building of the Year 2016

  • Dezeen
  • November 20, 2016 23:03
National Museum in Szczecin

A museum built in precast concrete almost entirely underground with a vast public space above won the title World Building of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival. Polish architect Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes designed the National Museum in Szczecin which a panel of judges ...

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Denmark Plans Immersive Hans Christian Andersen Museum

  • VOA
  • November 02, 2016 14:14
Rendering for Hans Christian Andersen museum

A "magical" new museum based on the works of Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen will be built in his birthplace of Odense. City officials said Monday that A. P. Moller Foundation, main owner of the shipping and oil group A. P. Moller-Maersk, has donated $33 million for the museum, ...

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Lucas Museum Reveals Dual Designs for Possible LA and San Francisco Sites

  • October 27, 2016 15:17
San Francisco rendering

Two designs from MAD Architects have been released for a museum to be built by filmmaker George Lucas for his collection of American art, illustration, and memorabilia. Months after the Chicago site was abandoned following opposition that stalled the project, San Francisco and Los Angeles are now ...

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Court Rules Miami-Dade College to Pay Art Dealer's Legal Fees Over Disputed Museum Bid

  • Miami Herald
  • October 26, 2016 12:09
Miami skyline

Miami Herald reports that "Miami-Dade College must pay art dealer Gary Nader’s legal fees in litigation related to his frustrated bid to build a cultural center at the school’s downtown campus, a state appeals court has ruled." An unsolicited bid for a Latin American art museum topped with ...

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Hala Wardé Chosen to Design Beirut Museum to Art

  • Guardian
  • October 13, 2016 14:41
Design for BeMA garden / Hala Wardé

Situated on a historic and symbolic site across from the National Museum in the center of Beirut, BeMA, the new Beirut Museum of Art, will be conceived by Paris-based Lebanese architect Hala Wardé, who was revealed as the winner of an architectural competition on Thursday. The competition's ...

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Islamist Extremist Gets 9 Years in Prison for Destroying Cultural Heritage Sites

  • September 28, 2016 13:47
Djinguereber Mosque, Timbuktu

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague sentenced Islamic extremist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi to nine years in prison for destroying Muslim shrines in Timbuktu, Mali. The case represents the first prosecution for the destruction of a cultural heritage site as a war crime. ...

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