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The explosion of biennials

The explosion of biennials

It was like a cultural version of Davos, held in the wintry grandeur of central Oslo. For three days, delegates and guests sat in a conference called Oslo Pilot, holding critical discussions about “relational aesthetics” and the role of public art in society. But really, last November’s event was all […]

Supporting the National Endowment for the Arts

Supporting the National Endowment for the Arts

I completely agree with this text wrote by Thomas P. Campbell, Director and chief executive of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City, USA), and published in The New York Times on February, 22: “Four years ago, in a small warehouse in central China, a team of Chinese archaeologists […]

IT’S A REVOLUTIONARY ART OR BRUTAL PROPAGANDA?

IT’S A REVOLUTIONARY ART OR BRUTAL PROPAGANDA?

The Bolshevik party took power in October 1917 in a coup that replaced a previous democratic revolution with a totalitarian one. From the beginning, and increasingly as they fought a savage civil war against their opponents, Lenin’s Bolsheviks used torture, surveillance and executions to build a one-party state. Rural society […]

Ruin or rebuild? Conserving heritage in terrorism’ era

Ruin or rebuild? Conserving heritage in terrorism’ era

In the wake of the Taliban’s destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas of Afghanistan in 2001, a decision was made. The giant stone statues had been so pulverized by explosives that UNESCO said it was impossible to reconstruct them using original material. The statues’ niches were best left empty as a […]

The Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property

The Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property

Earlier on 2017 the Government of the UK decided finally to ratify the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two tougher protocols of 1954 and 1999. A bill is now being debated by Parliament that could become UK law […]

The “Uber effect” in the Art

The “Uber effect” in the Art

Barely a month goes by without the launch of an online initiative that aims to disrupt the art market and bring the “Uber and Airbnb effect” to art transactions. But witness the crowds pacing the aisles at a big-league art fair, or spilling out of the salesrooms during the evening […]

The importance of expertise

The importance of expertise

If an answer is important for the art’s world now and in the future is linked with this crucial question: Are we facing a crisis of expertise in the art market? Probably, the answer, in my opinion, is yes, I believe we are. And I think that because it is […]

A new Terra Sancta Museum

A new Terra Sancta Museum

Founded in 1217 by St Francis of Assisi, in the middle of the Fifth Crusade, the Custody of the Holy Land is a branch of the Franciscan monastic order that has operated in Jerusalem continuously for more than eight centuries. Their mission has been to preserve the places in the […]

Why US universities are investing in their art museums

Why US universities are investing in their art museums

Over the past decade, many university leaders and donors have come to the same conclusion: investment in the arts is essential to building a competitive institution in an increasingly global world. This year, around half a dozen new museums and arts centers are opening on campuses across the country, from […]

Using art to examine Obama legacy

Using art to examine Obama legacy

The valedictions for Barack Obama’s presidency are being prepared. Perhaps few will have the romanticism of the epic labor that New York artist Rob Pruitt has been preparing daily over the past eight years. By the time Obama steps down on 21 January 2017, there will be some 3,000 red […]