Did this Art Installation Cause Pink Eye? One Museum-Goer Says So
On its website, Snarkitecture—the art and architecture collective from designer Alex Mustonen and artist Daniel Arsham—states that one of its goals is to make “architecture perform the unexpected.” Technically, making an installation that can give you a bacterial infection is unexpected, right? Last Tuesday, after visiting Snarkitecture’s immersive and interactive installation “The BEACH” at the National Building Museum’s Great Hall in Washington D.C., area artist Piper Grosswendt “unexpectedly” contracted conjunctivitis (a.k.a. pink eye). Now she’s claiming it could only have come from the duo’s ocean of plastic balls.
Anish Kapoor’s Orbit Tower to Become World’s Biggest Slide
Anish Kapoor’s tower-sculpture for London’s Olympic Park, ArcelorMittal Orbit, was slammed by critics and citizens alike when it was first launched in 2012. Even Kapoor acknowledged its clunky features, saying: “It’s an object with all its elbows sticking out and it is slightly awkward, but I think I made it for that reason, I wanted it to be slightly awkward.” Used mostly as a high point to enjoy London vistas since the Olympics finished in 2012, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has finally found the best use for the humongous structure, which, at 115 meters (about 377 feet), is the UK’s tallest sculpture.
V&A’s new Europe 1600-1815 galleries to open this winter with contemporary commission
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London announced today (30 July) that its Europe 1600–1815 galleries would finally open on 9 December following a £12.5m restoration, with £4.75m fr om the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project has been delayed due to a “complicated build”, according to a museum spokesman. The new display of over 1,100 artefacts, from the museum’s collection of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design, will be complemented by a new commission from Cuban artists Los Carpinteros.
A many-Splendoured thing: how art at music festivals makes people think
This year’s Splendour in the Grass festival had its fair share of oddities: a man dressed as a giant disco ball, 3D mini-selfie figurines and a bunny in a cat carrier. Yet even the most blasé festivalgoer raised an eyebrow at what appeared to be an on-site Amish community. Some of the softly spoken besuited men and women in bonnets and full-length skirts whittled; some gathered around a maypole outside the full-sized barn; many reclined for hours on giant hay bales.
Van Gogh Museum Marks the 125th Anniversary of Vincent’s death
The Van Gogh Museum marks the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death with the launch of The Vincent van Gogh Atlas at the celebrated Auberge Ravoux. This new reference work contains hundreds of historical photographs, drawings, letters, detailed maps and topographical material relating to the places where the celebrated artist lived and worked. Willem van Gogh and Machteld van Laer, descendants of Van Gogh’s brother, Theo, laid sunflowers and yellow dahlias on the painter’s grave in Auvers-sur-Oise. A colossal self-portrait made up of 50,000 dahlias is also unveiled on the Museumplein in Amsterdam.
VISA RESTRICTIONS PREVENT AI WEIWEI FROM SIX-MONTH STAY IN ENGLAND
Despite having finally gotten his passport back after Chinese authorities held it for four years, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is still facing travel restrictions. Today, Ai Instagrammed a letter from British Embassy in Beijing telling him that he would be able to travel to England in mid-September, but only for 20 days. In response to a question on the visa application, Ai indicated that he had never been arrested.
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