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In 150th anniversary of his birth, Edvard Munch at pains to win favour in native Norway

In this file photo people view the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch's 1895 pastel on board work entitled 'The Scream' at Sotheby's auction house in central London. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT.By: Pierre-Henry Deshayes
OSLO (AFP).- Edvard Munch at pains to win favour in native Norway He may be acclaimed in the art world and coveted by thieves but Edvard Munch is starved of recognition in his native Norway, where squabbles have delayed a new museum worthy of his oeuvre. Next year will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the expressionist master, who painted the now iconic "The Scream". But the anniversary is clouded by the city of Oslo's inability to provide a proper setting for the art gems the painter left in his will. Munch, who died in 1944, bequeathed an enormous collection to the Norwegian capital, including 1,100 paintings, 3,000 drawings and 18,000 etchings. But the current Munch Museum, constructed cheaply after World War II in a rather rundown Oslo neighbourhood, does not do justice to the priceless trove. "It's time to have something more modern that would enable us to better welcome the public and exhibit Munch's work from other perspectives, in broader contexts, both his and ... More

The Best Photos of the Day
MULHOUSE.- A man removes a traditional coiled filament bulb at the Electropolis Museum in Mulhouse, eastern France. 25 Watt filament bulbs, the last incadescent light bulbs allowed for sale, will be removed from the market as off December 30, 2012 fulfilling a European Union directive that has progressively banned the sale of high energy consumption bulbs. AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON.

Captivated by darkness: Charles Meryon and the French etching revival on view at the Hamburger Kunsthalle   The collection of Barbara und Axel Haubrok on view at Deichtorhallen Hamburg   Guggenheim Museum in New York presents exhibition featuring recent acquisitions

Charles Meryon (1821-1868), Le Petit Pont, 1850. Radierung, 285 x 210 mm Hamburger Kunsthalle/bpk. Photo: Christoph Irrgang.
HAMBURG.- With this exhibition of prints by the Paris-born artist Charles Meryon (1821–1868), the Hamburger Kunsthalle demonstrates that the renaissance of etching in the 19th century was centred in France. Meryon’s exceptional position derives from the fact that he was among the first artists in the country to rediscover the traditional technique. The “Piranesi of France” began using etching in the 1850s to depict the medieval architecture of Paris. His images often showed the city being attacked by fantastic creatures – a product of the artist’s creative imagination and also a sign of his declining mental health. Meryon’s etchings present Paris in a truly visionary light. Previous exhibitions dedicated to Charles Meryon have strongly emphasised his marginal position on the 19th-century art scene. As a result, his work has mainly been presented in monographic surveys that focus ... More
Barbara und Axel Haubrok. Photo: Albrecht Fuchs.
HAMBURG.- The collection of Barbara und Axel Haubrok in Berlin is one of the leading collections of contemporary art in Germany. Like no other, it focuses consistently on international contemporary Concept Art and thus on multimedia art, in particular on video, photography and installations. As of the end of the year, Deichtorhallen Hamburg is presenting in its Sammlung Falckenberg satellite a representative cross-section of works from the Haubrok Collection. Inviting private collectors to exhibit their works in Hamburg has meanwhile become a veritable tradition. Thanks to it, specifically in the premises of Sammlung Falckenberg spectacular and in part quite unforeseeable interaction between artworks arise. This form of dialog or mutual commentary not only affords a comprehensive insight into the visiting collection in a new context but also offers a new take on the Sammlung Falckenberg as part of the Deichtorhallen exh ... More
Hank Willis Thomas, Something To Believe In (from Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America), 1984/2007. Chromogenic print, image: 76.5 x 54.6 cm, edition 5/5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Purchased with funds contributed by the Photography Committee, 2011 Hank Willis Thomas.
NEW YORK, NY.- This winter the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Now’s the Time: Recent Acquisitions, an exhibition bringing together highlights from the museum’s growing collection of contemporary art that have been acquired over the past five years. On view at the museum for the first time, the selected works reveal developments in painting, sculpture, photography, and installation since the 1970s and are a cross-section of diverse approaches to art making from around the world. Beyond offering a focused, five-year summary of the Guggenheim’s collecting practices, Now’s the Time reflects on the permanent collection’s broadening global scope as it ... More

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth celebrates 10th anniversary of building designed by Tadao Ando   BACA Award 2012 winner Mary Heilmann exhibits at Bonnefantenmuseum   Estorick Collection launches its first virtual exhibition: Futurism and the Past

Dan Flavin, Untitled (for you Leo, in long respect and affection) 4, 1978. Pink, green, blue and yellow fluorescent light, 48 x 48 x 2 in. Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum Purchase.
FORT WORTH, TX.- December 2012 is the 10th anniversary of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s building designed by Tadao Ando. The Modern marks the anniversary with a series of new acquisitions on view this fall and winter. Director Marla Price comments, “These are exciting additions to the Modern’s permanent collection. We are acquiring work by important new artists in several cases and increasing our holdings of works by Vernon Fisher, Dan Flavin, Howard Hodgkin, Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, and Nicholas Nixon.” Among the acquisitions is a rare early wall drawing by Sol LeWitt (1928–2007), one of the pioneers of conceptual and minimal art. This is the third work by LeWitt to become part of the permanent collection. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, LeWitt began drawing lines directly on the walls of buildings, an action that radically transformed the role and definition of drawing in contemporary a ... More
Mary Heilmann; private collection. Foto courstesy Hauser & Wirth
MAASTRICHT.- The Bonnefantenmuseum presented the BACA Award (Biennial Award for Contemporary Art) for the seventh time. The BACA Award 2012 was awarded by the Governor Theo Bovens to the American artist Mary Heilmann. The award ceremony took place in the Gouvernement of the Province of Limburg, in the presence of Mayor Onno Hoes, and previously mentioned Governor. The award comprises a sum of 50,000 Euros, an exhibition in the Bonnefantenmuseum and a catalogue published. The 2012 recommending committee comprised Jenni Lomax, director of the Camden Arts Centre in London and Roland Wspe, director of the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen in Switzerland. Paula van den Bosch, curator of contemporary art with the Bonnefantenmuseum, was the secretary of the committee. This committee was unanimous in its choice of the artist Mary Heilmann, for her exceptional oeuvre and her great influence on younger generations of artists. The Bonnefante ... More
Umberto Boccioni (1882-1916), Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, 1913. Plaster, height: 111.4 cm. Museu de Arte Contempornea da Universidade de So Paulo. Photo: Museu de Arte Contempornea da Universidade de So Paulo, Brazil.
LONDON.- On 1 December 2012, the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art launched its first virtual exhibition addressing Futurism’s relationship with the Italian pictorial tradition. The online exhibition features some sixty works, half from the first ten years of the Futurist movement (1909-1919), including paintings from the Estorick’s permanent collection, and the other half spanning the history of art from Ancient Greece to Baroque Rome. On view at here, it shows a new side to Futurist art by comparing it with ancient art and the Old Masters, challenging the idea that it was entirely opposed to art of the past. Curated by Rosalind McKever, five ‘galleries’ trace the engagement of Futurist artists such as Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carr and Gino Severini with the art of different periods, ranging from Classical art, Byzantium to the early Renaissance of ... More

Van Abbemuseum is given collection of 20th century book art and reference works on modern Russian art   Japan's iconic A-bomb comic strip author, Keiji Nakazawa, dies at the age of 73   New York Public Library unveils renovation plan by British architect Norman Foster

Russland – Neues Bauen in der Welt, Wenen, cover, 1930. Design El Lissitzky. LS collection, Nijmegen.
EINDHOVEN.- The Nijmegen based collectors, Albert Lemmens and Serge Stommels have donated a collection of more than 13,500 titles to the library of the Van Abbemuseum. The collection of Lemmens and Stommels - the LS collection - covers the history of modern art in and outside Russia and the Soviet Union and consists, amongst other things, of artists’ books, children’s books, graphics and journals. Part of it consists of books and journals which were designed and / or illustrated by the artists El Lissitzky (1890-1941) and Ilya Kabakov (1933). The works of these artists can be seen in the Van Abbemuseum in the Lissitzky - Kabakov, Utopia and Reality exhibition from 1 December 2012 to 28 April 2013. The Lissitzky and Kabakov books and journals from the LS collection will also be exhibited here. “This donation is hugely valuable to us. The Van Abbemuseum has an extensive collection of literature on Russian art d ... More
Japanese comic artist Keiji Nakazawa standing in front of the atomic bomb dome in Hiroshima. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS.
TOKYO (AFP).- Keiji Nakazawa, a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor whose iconic comic strip about the incident was read by millions of school children in post-war Japan, has died, associates said Tuesday. Nakazawa, who had been ill with lung cancer, passed away last week at a hospital in Hiroshima at the age of 73, surrounded by family, according to his longtime friend Koichiro Maeda, head of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The author's "Barefoot Gen" manga series, which carried strong anti-war themes and often gruesome drawings, was serialised in magazines from 1973 to 1985 and was also turned into books that sold more than 10 million copies, according to Japanese media. The series focused on a character named Gen Nakaoka and depicted how he survived the blast and lived through tumultuous post-war years. It has been translated into 18 ... More
This endering shows the lending library in a proposed $300 million renovation. AP Photo/New York Public Library from dbox / Foster + Partners.
By: Verena Dobnik, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP).- The New York Public Library is moving forward with a $300 million renovation of its landmark Fifth Avenue building that will more than double its public space and fireproof the majestic main reading room, the library president said Wednesday. But the plans he presented at a news conference have drawn withering criticism from some respected architecture experts, including Ada Louise Huxtable, who says the grand Beaux Art edifice is embarking on "its own destruction." Library President Tony Marx has a different vision for the building completed in 1911. "The driver of this project is to create the single greatest circulating and research library in the most beloved building here in the crossroads of New York," he said. The institution that first opened in 1854 ... More

Manchester Art Gallery presenting major exhibition of works by artists who work with paper in revolutionary ways   First extensive overview of 17 years of fashion photography by Viviane Sassen on view at Huis Marseille   "Better Books: Art, Anarchy and Apostasy" exhibition at ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art

In the Beginning (detail) 2007, Andreas Kocks. Photo: Christoph Knoch, Munich. Courtesy the artist.
MANCHESTER.- The First Cut is a major exhibition featuring new and recent works by over 30 international contemporary artists who work with paper in revolutionary ways. It explores how established and emerging artists are transforming the humble scrap of paper, through cutting, folding and sculpting, into amazingly powerful creations that could be destroyed with a single tear. The title alludes to the beginning of the creative process but also suggests a violent and sinister action, which is reflected in the themes explored in the exhibition. Fragility and beauty sit side-by-side with dark fairytale imagery, sinister scenes and stark political comment. The artists featured cite a diverse range of influences on their work, from globalisation and environmentalism, sexuality and slavery to architecture, fashion, fairytales and death metal. The exhibition features seven brand new commi- ... More
Viviane Sassen, Carven campagne, Femme t 2012.
AMSTERDAM.- In the Netherlands and abroad Viviane Sassen is known foremost as an artist, whose somewhat surreal, colourful photographs of Africa won her the Prix de Rome in 2007. Alongside her autonomous work, however, she has long worked as a fashion photographer. Her fashion work is held in high regard, and she has carved out her own unmistakable style. Huis Marseille is exhibiting a retrospective of her fashion oeuvre over the last 17 years. The retrospective shows images built up like a painting or a collage and which arise in free association and creativity. These are not generally prominent aspects in the cautious climate of today’s largely commercially-driven fashion photography, but they are typical of Viviane Sassen’s fashion photography. Over the last 17 years Sassen has developed a personal language that is sometimes surreal – with intertwined bodies, sculptural compositions and abstract forms ... More
Pilgrimage From Scattered Points (2006). Courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow.
KARLSRUHE.- This archive-structured exhibition is dedicated to the history of a small English bookshop – “Better Books” of Charing Cross Road in London. In the 1950s and 1960s, this bookshop became the center of the London avant-garde movement. Successful writers such as the artist biographer Barry Miles were regular guests at the shop, which proprietor Tony Godwin ran completely independently. The reason for it was that Godwin’s “Better Books“ offered a space for the free expression of art and opinions far removed from social conformity or religiously prescribed behavior. At ZKM | Karlsruhe, next to documentation of the goings-on at “Better Books,” films and sound material by well-known writers and artists are being exhibited, as well as the works that were created there. The exhibition thus portrays not only the ... More

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First large solo show of Adrian Paci in Kosovo opens at the National Gallery in Pristina
PRISTINA.- The Kosovo National Gallery presents the first large solo show of Adrian Paci in Kosovo. The work of Adrian Paci has a strong narrative dimension, tied to the places, people, and emotions it describes, but at the same time it's able to take the distance and to develop a critical aproach focusing on paradoxes, tensions and conflicts of the human condition through a language that is at the same time simple and sophisticated. Adrian Paci shows us the violent side of poverty, the tender faces of children, the challenge of the determination to succeed, the binding of wounds, the false lament of paid mourners and the true lament etched in the toothless mouths of those who after a lifetime of toil, finally smile. But the artist also shows us the questions that we can pose about art, which become all the more vast with the intersection of cultured and popular traditions, the hybridization ... More
Powerhouse Museum publishes The Oopsatoreum, Inventions of Henry A. Mintox
SYDNEY.- Behind every enduring innovation lies a vast cemetery of achievement: the world of failed inventions. Award-winning author and illustrator Shaun Tan explores this forgotten world in The Oopsatoreum, a new collaboration with the Powerhouse Museum which tells the fictional tale of a strikingly original but spectacularly unsuccessful inventor: Henry A. Mintox. Shaun’s whimsical stories of Mintox’s failed inventions are inspired by strange and largely obscure objects from the Powerhouse Museum collection. An automatic tea-maker, sheep clippers and an early hearing aid are among the artefacts re-imagined by the award-winning author and illustrator. The Oopsatoreum explores the vast cemetery of achievement that lies behind every enduring innovation. It questions many assumptions we might have about ingenuity. What does it mean to be truly original? ... More
Kentaro Kobuke's first solo show in Hong Kong opens at Identity Art Gallery
HONG KONG.- Fusing his native Japanese innocence with contemporary primal instincts, Kentaro Kobuke’s first solo show in Hong Kong warms and grabs the heart with an evocative fantasy world filled with contours, masks and the transcendence of men into nature and nature into men. Some people wear the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than others; these could be anything desired, despised, worshipped or sacrificed. On Kobuke's paintings, drawings and sculptures, they are coded into motifs and shapes, hung and drawn on beast-like countenance unto allusive surfaces such as cherry wood slabs and vintage aerogram via which Kobuke explores the split nature of cultural identity as well as information hybridization within our social hierarchy. Drawing inspirations from the aesthetics of 18th century artworks from Japan, Kobuke engages in a form of story telling which ... More
Antiquorum Auctioneers to sponsor Geneva Time Exhibition
GENEVA.- Antiquorum, the world’s premier auctioneer of fine modern and vintage timepieces, is thrilled to announce its support of innovation and great craftsmanship with its partnership as an official sponsor of the GTE (Geneva Time Exhibition), Europe’s premier showcase for the art of independent watchmaking. It will be the first time that Antiquorum is partnering with the GTE and it looks forward to helping promote the know-how, expertise and innovation of the independent Swiss watchmakers. As the only auction house listed as an official sponsor at the Fair, Antiquorum plans to support the brands further by displaying some pieces in its showroom, open to the public, at 3 rue du Mont-Blanc from the 15th January until the 11th February. Ever since its launch in January 2010, the Geneva Time Exhibition has pursued its goal to bring together the leading independent watchmakers ... More
Everson receives major grants to support revitalization of Gustav Stickley House
SYRACUSE, NY.- The Everson Museum of Art announced it has been awarded funding in support of renovating and restoring the Gustav Stickley House, located at 438 Columbus Avenue in Syracuse, as a historic house and museum operated by the Everson Museum. The funding comes in the form of a $500,000 New York State Historic Preservation grant, as well as a $50,000 New York State Council on the Arts grant for the Everson’s summer 2013 exhibition “An American Look: Fashion, Decorative Arts and Gustav Stickley.” The restoration of the Gustav Stickley House will create a unique destination of international importance given the historical significance of the house’s interior as the birth place of the American Arts and Crafts style. This project will have direct and significant impact on neighborhood revitalization and city community districts, and overall have a positive impact on ... More
Wisconsin man's Little Free Library copied worldwide
By: Steve Karnowski, Associated Press
HUDSON, WIS (AP).- HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — It started as a simple tribute to his mother, a teacher and bibliophile. Todd Bol put up a miniature version of a one-room schoolhouse on a post outside his home in this western Wisconsin city, filled it with books and invited his neighbors to borrow them. They loved it, and began dropping by so often that his lawn became a gathering spot. Then a friend in Madison put out some similar boxes and got the same reaction. More home-crafted libraries began popping up around Wisconsin's capital. Three years later, the whimsical boxes are a global sensation. They number in the thousands and have spread to at least 36 countries, in a testimonial to the power of a good idea, the simple allure of a book and the wildfire of the ... More
Lake Placid's Mirror Lake Inn, an Adirondack jewel
By: John Kekis, Associated Press
LAKE PLACID, NY (AP).- When Lise Luckie and her husband Len need to flee the hustle and bustle of their advertising business in Montreal, they make a beeline for the Mirror Lake Inn. "It's so welcoming," said Luckie. "The people here are so nice. Every time we walk in, it's like they haven't seen us in five years." That's saying a lot, because the Luckies have stayed at the inn more than 90 times since the early 1980s. Welcome to the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, where hospitality is personal — but it's not just about the guests. "I used to preach to everybody, 'Treat the guests like they're the most important person in the world,'" said Ed Weibrecht, who owns the inn with his wife Lisa. "Then I changed it. I said, 'No, treat the employees like they're the most ... More

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