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The Louvre Abu Dhabi, flagged as "the first universal museum in the Arab world", is due to open in 2017 after a decade in the making and five years behind schedule. French President Francois Hollande will visit the site on Saturday during a trip to the Gulf to attend a conference on protecting endangered heritage. Under an agreement signed on March 6, 2007 in Abu Dhabi, one of seven United Arab Emirates, France and the UAE agree that many top French museums, including the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and the Versailles Palace, will loan art to Abu Dhabi as part of a 30-year partnership worth $1.1 billion (941,000 million euros).
Helsinki's city council buried Thursday a contested plan to build a museum bearing the name of the US-based Guggenheim Foundation, primarily due to the price tag. Opponents of the museum said one of the Finnish capital's best locations facing the presidential palace in the port would have been handed over to the "McDonald's of art", referring to the Guggenheim chain of museums in cities including New York, Bilbao and Venice. Efforts to build a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki began back in 2011, but the project has been plagued by funding problems and political opposition.
By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Helsinki will not follow Bilbao and Venice in hosting a Guggenheim museum after city councillors finally rejected proposals first made five years ago for a new building on the Finnish capital's waterfront. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation raised the idea for the museum in 2011 but the project faced strong resistance from the start as many Finns coping with an economy in recession and austerity measures considered it a waste of money. Following a five-hour meeting, Helsinki city council turned down the plan to build the museum on what is now a car park for the third time in the early hours of Thursday, with 53 members voting against a revised proposal and 32 supporting it.
"New Ways of Seeing" will take a closer look at the changing face of contemporary art. The first episode is scripted and presented by art critic Jerry Saltz and features discussions with three artists - Kehinde Wiley, Shantell Martin, and Oliver Jeffers. "The new film series explores how the role of art has evolved alongside our lives, and ideas in the digital world that reflect how we consume information and record our creativity today," said Frederic Cumenal, Chief Executive Officer, Tiffany & Co.
The complete score of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony was sold in London for £4.5 million on Tuesday, a record for a musical manuscript, Sotheby's auction house said. The score was owned by US businessman Gilbert Kaplan who became obsessed with the work, known as the "Resurrection Symphony", and dedicated his life to conducting it before his death earlier this year. The only comparable sales, both sold at Sotheby's, were a manuscript of nine Mozart symphonies for £2.5 million ($3.1 million, 3 million euros) in 1987 and the manuscript of Robert Schumann's Second Symphony for £1.5 million in 1994.
The line between artist and chef will blur further when Lula Cafe’s chef/proprietor Jason Hammel opens a new restaurant next year inside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Streeterville. Lula opened 18 years ago across the street from the Logan Square monument. A mainstay on the Eater 38 and Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list, the restaurant’s regularly-rotating menu represents a farm-to-table vanguard in Chicago.
From December 2, Dubai will begin its transformation into an outdoor art museum with the launch of the "Dubai Street Museum" project in the Satwa district. The Dubai media office recently announced the region will undergo an AED1.3 billion tourism plan to "boost the area's social and economic attractiveness as a world-class environmental tourist destination." Other areas where the Dubai Street Museum will be implemented have been chosen due to their high populations and tourism potential to ensure maximum exposure for the artworks.
In a corner of the British Museum's new South African exhibition, near an ancient golden rhino and a collection of apartheid-era campaign badges, sits a glass case holding a pitted, reddish-brown stone. It is the Makapansgat pebble, on display for the first time in its three-million-year history, curators reckon - an object that, in its own way, outshines the other treasures in the museum's halls. Experts theorize a very early ancestor of humans, Australopithecus africanus, picked up the pebble and took it home, mainly because it was interested in a pattern of lines on the surface that, even today, look startlingly like a face.
Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens amusement park will echo next month to the sounds of Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet "The Nutcracker", performed with a set and costumes designed by Queen Margrethe. The 76-year-old queen of Denmark, also an accomplished painter, has created the decor for numerous plays and TV shows, many of them fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen, author of "The Little Mermaid" and "The Snow Queen". Margrethe watched a rehearsal on Thursday, and spoke to the cast.
American artist Jeff Koons on Monday announced he would give Paris a "Bouquet of Tulips" sculpture as an offering of remembrance for the victims of the November 2015 jihadist attacks, city hall said. The sculpture will represent a huge hand holding out a multicoloured bouquet of tulips, the contemporary artist said at the US embassy in Paris, a statement said. Koons said the sculpture was designed as an offering in memory of the victims and as a symbol of optimism, in an effort to help Paris overcome the tragedy that struck the French capital on November 13 last year.
A New York City history museum that celebrates immigration to the United States is giving its guides new training to help them deal with an increase in hostile remarks among visitors about immigrants. New York's Tenement Museum has long organized tours for small groups with the stated mission of enhancing the public's appreciation for the role immigration plays in shaping the United States' national identity.
NEW YORK (AP) — The much-publicized face-off between the cast of "Hamilton" and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, when actor Brandon Dixon read a brief statement from the stage urging Pence to protect the rights of all Americans, set off a debate between those who thought Pence had been treated disrespectfully and those who praised the cast for upholding free speech and diversity.
"Some people said I'd wasted my life, that I should be a doctor, do something else," recalls Aboudia, an Ivorian painter with international fame and a big show this month in Abidjan. Aboudia grew up as Abdoulaye Diarrasouba, a youth who still readily speaks Nouchi, the street dialect of working-class districts in Ivory Coast's economic capital. "My paintings are the Africa of today," Aboudia asserts in front of a piece called "The Death of the King".
From Walkmans to iPhones and classic cars to robotic arms, London's new Design Museum will offer a journey through the world of contemporary design when it opens its doors to the public next week. The museum in London's plush Kensington district is the culmination of an £83-million (97-million-euro, $103-million) project to transform a once derelict building. "Our ambition is to create somewhere which would be a world centre for design and a place to start conversations about the world of design," museum director Deyan Sudjic told AFP on Thursday at a media preview.