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Denmark Plans Immersive Hans Christian Andersen Museum

VOA / November 2nd, 2016

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 ...

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

ArtfixDaily / October 27th, 2016

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 ...

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

Miami Herald / October 26th, 2016

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 ...

Hala Wardé Chosen to Design Beirut Museum to Art

Guardian / October 13th, 2016

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 ...

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

ArtfixDaily / September 28th, 2016

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 ...

Heatherwick's The Vessel to Rise Up in New York's Hudson Yards

ArtfixDaily / September 14th, 2016

It boasts 154 interconnecting stairways, 2,400 steps, and 80 landings comprising a mile's worth of walkways. And all of it will lead to nowhere on the Far West Side of Manhattan. New York Times reports that The Vessel is the much-debated, $150-million public landmark set to center the main ...

Finnish State Funding For Helsinki Guggenheim Gets Nixed

Reuters / September 11th, 2016

Finnish politics have sunk plans for 40 million euros in government funding to go towards a new Guggenheim branch. Reuters: A plan to build a Guggenheim museum on the Helsinki waterfront - joining the likes of those that grace New York, Bilbao and Venice - appears close to collapse because of a ...

Proceeds From Museum Visits in Italy on Sunday to Help Repair Quake Damage

ArtfixDaily / August 25th, 2016

The deadly magnitude-6.2 earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday devastated the medieval towns of Amatrice and Accumoli, the village of Pescara del Tronto, and the surrounding region. By Thursday, the death toll came to 250 with victims still being pulled from ...

Militant Who Destroyed Cultural Sites Pleads Guilty in War-Crimes Trial

NPR / August 23rd, 2016

A Malian Islamist militant who led the 2012 destruction of cultural heritage sites and ancient manuscripts in Timbuktu has pleaded guilty at the International Criminal Court.  Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. His trial for destroying cultural ...

Magnificent Italian Castle to be Auctioned Fully Furnished

Concierge Auctions / August 14th, 2016

Castel Valer, a restored medieval fortress at the edge of the Dolomites mountain range in northern Italy, goes under the gavel on Sept. 8. The historic property has descended in the same family for about 650 years. Steeped in history while updated for the 21st century, the castle combines ...

Items From 'Modernist Icon' The Four Seasons Restaurant at Auction

Dezeen / June 15th, 2016

The Philip Johnson-designed The Four Seasons restaurant in New York is considered by many as "one of the rarest phenomena in Modernism." The restuarant is an unusual intact example of the International Style shown through its architecture and every element of decor. Wright will auction off ...

Italy Seeks Foreigners to Head Cultural Sites

Telegraph / May 30th, 2016

Italy has launched a global hunt for new directors to run high-profile museums and archaeological sites, in the latest bid to revive the country's moribund cultural heritage sector. Last year, Italian managers of world-class museums and art galleries, including the Uffizi in Florence, were ...

Road Trip: Explore the New Frank Lloyd Wright Heritage Trail

Map the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail on Curbed / May 5th, 2016

In March, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill to create the Frank Lloyd Wright Heritage Trail. Several of the seminal architect's most renowned structures are on the route, including Taliesin -- his famed home studio in the Prairie School style, with a history both incredibly ...

National Academy Museum Buildings Hit Market at $120 Million

ArtfixDaily / April 18th, 2016

Historic and stately buildings that house the National Academy Museum and School along Fifth Avenue have come to market with an asking price of $120 million. In March, the museum stated the property would be sold to create an unrestricted endowment, enabling it to eliminate debt. The sale would ...

T Magazine: New Headquarters of Google and Apple Recall Hippie Communes

New York Times / April 4th, 2016

In a new T Magazine feature, writer Nikal Saval takes a look at how and why the recently revealed plans for the new campuses of Google, in Mountain View, Calif., designed by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick, and Apple, in Cupertino, from Sir Norman Foster, look lifted ...

Zaha Hadid, World-Renowned Architect, Remembered

Guardian / March 31st, 2016

Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, known for such innovative and curvaceous designs as the London Olympic aquatic centre, died early Thursday morning at age 65. She had a heart attack while being treated at a Miami hospital for bronchitis. Hadid was the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker ...

Tomb of Jesus to Undergo Restoration

Times of Israel / March 24th, 2016

The site in Jerusalem where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected will be fully restored, church officials announced on Wednesday. Renovations of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre will begin around May 1. A team of Greek restorers will complete the project by ...

Frank Lloyd Wright Sturges House Withdrawn From Auction, Its Contents Snapped Up

ArtfixDaily / February 23rd, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) withdrew the George D. Sturges Residence, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939, from its February 21 sale of Modern Art & Design. The cantilevered redwood-and-brick residence, the only Californian example of Wright's Usonian housing, carried a ...

Chicago Group's Legal Action Disrupts Lucas Museum Plans

Chicago Tribune / February 7th, 2016

A spring groundbreaking for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, planned to open on Chicago's prime lakefront property, may not happen. U.S. District Judge John Darrah ruled Thursday that the state's public trust doctrine may been infringed upon, allowing a lawsuit by the preservation ...

Venice Considers Selling Art to Shore Up Finances

Dow Jones Business News / January 4th, 2016

Reminiscent of the scenario faced by Detroit, Venice is considering drastic measures to save the sinking city from debt. Again, art is on the line. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro is tossing around the idea of selling masterpieces in Venice's public museums, which include works by Gustav Klimt and Marc ...