After the dramatic earthquake that took place in 1995, the authorities of Hyogo prefecture and those of the city of Kobe proposed the reconstruction of the oceanfront of the city as a symbol of the physical and moral recovery of the community. For this symbol of renewal of a devastated city chose Tadao Ando to design two of the most noteworthy structures for the new neighborhood: a large municipal park on the ocean shore and the museum of fine art of the prefecture of Hyogo. The museum combines stone walls and three glass-enclosed volumes that receive the art display rooms. A passageway serves as functional interface between museum and park; the latter designed as refuge area in case of another earthquake. Its central zone doubles as the scene of recreational-cultural activities. The form of the building is very similar to that of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth which Ando was designing at the same time in Fort Worth, Texas. It was the museum in Kobe that served Ando as a prototype for the one in Fort Worth. The remarkable Ando has led a storied life, working as a truck driver and boxer prior to settling on the profession of architecture, despite never having taken formal training in the field. In 1995, Ando won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered the highest distinction in the field of architecture..He donated the $100,000 prize money to the orphans of the 1995 Kobe earthquake. Our editor was honored by a personal tour of the museum by its Director Shigenobu Kimura and two English speaking curators. The Museum exists not only for the appreciation of fine art, but also for encouraging exchanges between art and music, theater, film and for holding a wide variety of events.
AMSTERDAM - The Van Gogh Museum is hosting the Stedelijk Museum with the presentation Fauvists and Expressionists, on view through April 5, 2009. The Stedelijk's Fauvist and Expressionist collection dates from the directorship of Willem Sandberg (1948-1963). Sandberg was inspired to begin collecting in this field after the museum was given a large number of Van Gogh’s works on long-term loan. Originally owned by members of Van Gogh's family, these works were entrusted to the Stedelijk Museum after the Second World War and remained in its safe keeping until the opening of the Van Gogh Museum in 1973.
BROOKLYN, NY.- A series of lush, fluid watercolor and graphite amalgamations of flora and fauna are at the heart of My Garden Pets, a major new installation by New York-based artist Emilie Clark at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden (BBG). In the exhibition—on view from March 6 through May 23, 2010 as a featured presentation of BBG’s 2010 Centennial Celebration—Clark explores the work of the 19th-century American naturalist, Mary Treat, and the concept of ‘the beneficial insect.’ To create this body of work, Clark spent four months on site at the Garden as its first artist-in-residence, researching in its libraries and talking to BBG horticulturalists, scientists, and other staff members.
LONDON.- This autumn, the Hayward Gallery presents a major retrospective of Ed Ruscha’s paintings, in celebration of his 50-year career. Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) is widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential artists at work today and this exhibition traces the development of his paintings across five decades, from his contributions to Pop Art in the early 1960s to his paintings comprising words and phrases and his explorations of iconic American landscapes. Curated by Ralph Rugoff, the Director of the Hayward Gallery, the retrospective opens on October 14 to January 10, 2010 and will then travel to Haus der Kunst in Munich (February 12 – May 2, 2010) and Moderna Museet in Stockholm (May 29 – September 5, 2010).
New York City - Max Weber was at the forefront of abstraction as one of its most versatile, inventive, and exceptional trail blazers in America. A consummate Expressionist who touched on virtually every phase of modernism, Weber served as a crucial link between the first wave of American modernism and the action painters associated with the New York School at mid-century. On view at the Gerald Peters Gallery New York from November 13 through December 19, 2008, Max Weber: Paintings from the 1930s, 40s and 50s features over 40 paintings and works on paper selected from the Weber Estate.
Cambridge, UK - The fascinating interchange between the revolutionary theories of Charles Darwin (1809–1882) and art of the late nineteenth century is explored in a ground-breaking interdisciplinary exhibition opening at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in Summer 2009. Organised by The Fitzwilliam Museum in association with the Yale Center for British Art—two of the world’s leading university art museums — “Endless forms” will coincide with the global celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of naturalist Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859). The exhibition will show at the Yale Center for British Art from 12 February – 3 May 2009, and at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 16 June to 4 October 2009.
New Paltz. NY - Acquiring works of art for a museum's collection is a continuing exploration, as each object collected reveals intimate facets of a museums identity, as well as the uniqueness of a region. For the Hudson Valley area, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is steadily obtaining either through purchase, donation, or long-term loan, objects of art which are the sum and substance of the museum and the character of the region. Museum, Mission, and Meaning: Selected work from the collections, opening at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art is a remarkable three-part exhibition reflecting the steady growth of SDMA’s holdings. The exhibition continues through December 10, 2006.
BONN.- THE LUMINOUS WEST – one of the Kunstmuseum Bonn’s largest exhibition projects ever – brings 33 artists from two generations together in a total of 3500 m2 of exhibition space to achieve a broad-based definition of where the art landscape of the Rhineland and North Rhine-Westphalia stands. In connection with the large annual festivals, Kulturhauptstadt Europa Ruhr.2010 (European Capital of Culture) and the Quadriennale 2010 in Düsseldorf, the show marks the southern stop, so to speak, of a Grand Tour through the Rhenish art and culture scene in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. On view through 24 October.
MELBOURNE, AU - From September 2009, the National Gallery of Victoria will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Wedgwood. Featuring over 70 works drawn from the NGV’s internationally acclaimed Wedgwood holdings, the display will pay tribute to one of the most famous designers of decorative arts, a leading figure in the rise of neo-classical taste in the 18th century. In 1759 Josiah Wedgwood (1730–1795) established his first pottery studio in Burslem, Staffordshire. During the eighteenth century the factory’s success grew through Wedgwood’s development of numerous wares including his most famous innovation, jasper ware – matt coloured stoneware decorated with applied white ornamentation.