Vatican to open room devoted to Henri Matisse

The Vatican Museums in Rome will open a room devoted to the work of French artist Henri Matisse later this year.  The Vatican has been attempting to expand its contemporary and modern religious art department in the last few years and will display large-scale sketches relating to the work Matisse did for La Chapelle du…

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Chelsea Art Museum Risks Losing Charter

The Chelsea Art Museum in New York could face the loss of its charter following the news that its entire permanent collection of artwork had been pledged as collateral for a loan needed to pay its mortgage.  Founded and directed by Dorothea Keeser, the eight-year-old contemporary art museum has faced ongoing financial difficulties, with Keeser…

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Cultural pact leads to Anish Kapoor’s first major exhibition in India

The recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on cultural cooperation between the UK Government and the Government of the Republic of India makes way for new levels of cultural collaboration.  The heads of major cultural institutions of the UK and those of India met on a scale unprecedented since Independence.  Both countries have already…

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Santiago Calatrava unveils new Denver International Airport designs

Denver International Airport has plans to revamp the airport’s South Terminal.  The South Terminal Redevelopment Program includes provisions for a train station to connect the airport to downtown Denver, a signature rail bridge and a plaza. The program also includes a planned 500-room hotel and conference center connected to the existing Jeppesen Terminal.  At present,…

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New York Arts Funding Crisis Narrowly Averted?

The New York state budget for 2011 has targeted the arts for serious cuts.   Mayor Bloomberg proposed a 33% budget reduction along with a decrease in grant funding that would invariably trigger more layoffs and arts groups closing.  In fact, according to a representative of the New York City Arts Coalition, this budget proposal hits…

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“Age of Mammals” exhibit at the Natural History Museum in LA

After a five-year-long restoration and renovation of the original 1913 building which houses the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, a new permanent exhibition has been opened to the public.  Boasting creative collaboration between architects, artist, scientists and specialists, the museum has created a visually stunning, interactive and comprehensive narrative from the evolution of…

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