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Paul Sams, who once served as president and COO of Blizzard Entertainment, donated more than 1,500 items to The Strong National Museum of Play, chronicling the history of franchises like Diablo, StarCraft and Warcraft. Sams' personal collection comes from his nearly two-decade stint as a Blizzard employee. It contains copies of games old and new, including those that date back to the early '90s when Blizzard went by Silicon & Synapse and developed The Lost Vikings and RPM Racing.
Upcoming exhibits in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Yokohama will show the contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami in many different roles. Starting September 11, visitors to the Blum & Poe gallery in Los Angeles will have the chance to experience Murakami's work as a curator, as he presents the work of three artists representing the new generation of Japanese ceramicists. The art of ceramics is an important one in Japan, informed by the art of the tea ceremony, and despite cultural shifts, it continues to play a role in preserving heritage and in expressing the Japanese idea of beauty.
Over the coming month, visitors to London's Covent Garden will find themselves amidst an installation featuring 100,000 giant white balloons. "Heartbeat" by French artist Charles Pétillon was unveiled on August 27 in Covent Garden's 19th-century Market Building, where it weaves through the South Hall to reach a total of 54 meters in length and 12 in width.
At a time when fashion exhibitions at major museums are enjoying a heyday, a new museum devoted to fashion has just been announced and will open in October in Atlanta, Georgia in the US. The Savannah College of Art and Design is behind the new museum, which will be called SCADfash and will occupy 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of public gallery space plus a fashion conservation lab and a media library, displaying garments by designers including Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta and Givenchy.
With an appearance this weekend on the BBC Introducing stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals and a catchy, Britpop-channeling debut single just released, UK indie-dance quartet Viola Beach is one to watch. Based in Warrington, Viola Beach is Kris Leonard (guitar/vocals), River Reeves (guitar), Tomas Lowe (bass) and Jack Dakin (drums), a relatively young foursome with a following in the North West of England and just a few gigs and some national airplay under their belts.
Israeli-Argentinian conductor Daniel Barenboim is hoping to take one of Germany's top orchestras to Iran to perform a concert there, the Berlin State Opera said Thursday, drawing angry protests from Israel. Barenboim, 72, who is general music director of the German capital's flagship opera house, the State Opera, "is in talks with Iran about a possible concert in Tehran by the Staatskapelle Berlin," the house said in an emailed statement. Barenboim's plans drew an angry response from Israel.
Brace, world, for you are soon getting a food-themed soap. According to Variety, Marti Noxon — the creator of Bravo's Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce and Lifetime's unREAL — is developing a new series with Fox titled "Hungry." The hourlong drama is set in the "down and dirty, cutthroat, and exciting restaurant world of New York City."
Starting in September, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will be giving people around LA the chance to virtually step inside Walt Disney Hall via an Oculus Rift headset. The virtual reality experience VAN Beethoven will be based out of a specially designed truck that will make its way around Los Angeles beginning on September 11, when it will be stationed outside Walt Disney Concert Hall, the home of the LA Phil, and ending on October 18 during CicLavia, which sees some of the city's streets closed to traffic. In between those two dates, the touring truck will make its way to the LA County Fair, the Hollywood Bowl, Museum Mile, Grand Park, the Levitt Pavilion and the LA Korean Festival, among other destinations -- and with more to be added as the event approaches.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's second annual TED conference is to serve as a coming-out party for the Met Breuer, its modern and contemporary art annex set to open to the public in March. The Met Breuer, itself an "in-between space" as it previously housed the Whitney Museum and is not yet open to the public in its new incarnation, will serve as the event's primary building.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The first major historical art survey of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra's infamous Donner Pass takes an ambitious trip through two centuries, highlighting the roles of Native Americans and railroad barons and the tourists and scientists trying to halt the loss of clarity in the azure waters.
Graffiti artist Banksy announced the opening of a dystopian theme park in a British seaside town on Thursday, featuring boats filled with migrants and an anarchist training camp. The "Dismaland" theme park is located in a derelict outdoor swimming pool centre in Weston-super-Mare, a coastal town near Bristol in the west of England. "I guess you'd say it's a theme park whose big theme is theme parks should have bigger themes," Banksy said in a statement, describing the show as "a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism".
By Paul Sandle WESTON-SUPER-MARE, England (Reuters) - Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland", opens on Friday, with a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. The "Bemusement Park" in Weston-super-Mare, an English seaside town near Banksy's home city of Bristol, is tagged as "The UK's most disappointing new visitor attraction!" and features work by other artists including Damien Hirst. The secretive Banksy, famed for his ironic murals in unexpected places, said the show was something different as his street art had become "just as reassuringly white, middle class and lacking in women as any other art movement".
Artist Drew Struzan has worked on posters for each of the Star Wars films, as well as iconic posters for the Indiana Jones films. His design for The Force Awakens' poster was recently shown during Disney's D23 celebration, and the fact it showed one of the film's lead characters with a lightsaber made waves.
Ancient artifacts that have yet to be unearthed in Israel could turn up on display in a museum dedicated to the Bible opening in Washington in 2017. Because Israel has 39 archeological digs now underway, "some of the artifacts that might be displayed... may not even have been discovered yet," it said. The Israel Antiquities Authority maintains the country's National Treasures, whose two million items include the entire Dead Sea scrolls collection.