This diamond ring is made of dirty air! 💨
‘Smog Free Ring’ (2015-16) by Studio Roosegaarde is now on view at Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in the collection display ‘Tomorrow is a Different Day’.
1000 cubic meters of smog particles are compressed into this diamond, which would otherwise have ended up in our lungs. The smog was removed from the air in Rotterdam by the 'Smog Free Tower': a seven-meter-tall structure that sucks up dirty particles like a vacuum cleaner and cleans the air around it. 💨💨💨💨💨💨💍
'Will.ni.naiz' (2022), performance art by William Cobbing, who is currently an artist-in-residrnce at Hogchester Arts A clay wire cuts through a mass of the formless clay head, slicing off carpaccio layers to reveal the layers below. With each new slice candy coloured paint oozes out, revealing eye and mouth-like orifices. Reminiscent of B movie horror films where limbs are cut open and blood pours out, here the glossy coloured liquid imbues this slapstick action with more ambiguity, and the performance is more deadpan. There is an abject quality to the interior of the clay head spewing forth, and blurring the boundary of the body that then spills out. The ASMR sounds of the puckering of the clay, and dripping of the paint, add to the
Museums News visited Victoria and Albert Museum's 'Hallyu: The Korean Wave' exhibition. From Japan's barbarous occupation to the Korean War to South Korea's modern technological breakthroughs and from the rise of Korean cinema and K-drama to the world domination of K-Pop, this exhibition has it all.
We will review and share photographs from the exhibition soon.
Visitor accidentally breaks a Jeff Koons ‘Balloon Dog’ sculpture worth $42,000. The miniature sculpture was part of a series of 799 such pieces by the American artist and was displayed by Bel-Air Fine Art on a glass table for the Art Wynwood contemporary art fair, a VIP-only event. While these pieces can range in scale, the one that was broken measured a dainty 17 inches tall. There appeared to be no protective covering in place for the sculpture, so when the unnamed guest backed into the table, it easily flew to the floor. “When this thing fell to the ground, it was like how a car accident draws a huge crowd on the highway,” artist Stephen Gamson, who was present at the gallery, said. This
Sculpture of Picasso’s corpse draws crowds at Madrid’s top contemporary art fair. Among the aisles and booths of Feria ARCO, Madrid’s contemporary art fair, lurks the apparition of a man who looms large over the history of modern art. Picasso’s lifeless body forms the basis for a work by the Spanish artist Eugenio Merino, titled Aquí Murió Picasso (Picasso Died Here), 2017. Rather than being based on Picasso’s actual corpse, it draws inspiration from the image of the artist that many associate with him: the blue striped Breton shirt, white linen pants, espadrilles. The work is also quite literally larger than life. Picasso was said to stand 5 feet and 4 inches tall, whereas the sculpture is just over 6 feet long. According to the
David Bowie's 'rich and powerful' archive to be made public in new venue. David Bowie fans will get an unprecedented look into his life, work and legacy after the Victoria and Albert Museum acquired the rock star's archive. The collection includes more than 80,000 letters, lyrics, photos, stage designs, music awards and costumes. It also features several instruments owned by the musician, including the Stylophone he played on his breakout 1969 single Space Oddity. The archive will go on display in 2025 in a newly-created east London venue. The David Bowie Centre for the Study of Performing Arts, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will provide a "sourcebook for the Bowies of tomorrow", said Dr Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A. "It's an amazing gift,"
'Overlooked: People of Leeds - as you’ve never seen them' exhibition (Feb - June 2023) at the Leeds City Museum Discover the untold stories of overlooked people and communities connected to Leeds in the latest exhibition at Leeds City Museum. Overlooked brings together the voices of people whose stories have been largely disregarded and invites visitors to embark on a fascinating and thought-provoking exploration of the city with #inclusivity, #diversity, and #accessibility at its core. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore lives of individuals including David Oluwale and Angela Morley, and are encouraged to consider how we record people’s stories to build a more accurate picture of the past. Exploring stories of ancient slavery, women in industry, child labour, #LGBT+ identity, #neurodivergence, accessibility, and
The armour of Ned Kelly (1880), with his Snider-Enfield rifle and one of his boots. On display in the State Library Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Ned Kelly was a famous bushranger (an Australian outlaw) with the Kelly Gang and became a hero to many of Australia's rural poor. Construction of the armour was a clandestine affair, as using the services of an established forge would have drawn unwanted attention. However, the gang did find some farmers sympathetic to their cause who offered mouldboards, the thick metal parts of a farmer’s plough, for the armour. Other farmers weren’t so lucky, and reported that their mouldboards had been stolen. The armour not only allowed the gang to survive close-range shooting, but it was also designed to intimidate, with
'Restless' (2019) by the internationally acclaimed installation artist Tobias Bradford. A found table on which a mechanical leg is attached, allowing it to freely navigate space. The table has sensors which allows it to sense human presence.
'Restless' was most recently exhibited in 2022 at the Kristinehamns konstmuseum, Sweden.
UK judge rules that Tate Modern’s viewing platform is a ‘nuisance’ to nearby luxury apartment owners. At the top of the Tate Modern’s extension, the Blavatnik Building, is a viewing deck were the museum’s attendees can take in the views of London. The view includes a spate of luxury apartments of the Neo Bankside building that lies directly across from the museum. The building is situated very close to the museum—so much so that the museum’s patrons are able to look inside the apartments, take pictures, and wave at the apartment dwellers. 👀 These apartment owners filed an injunction in 2019, demanding that the Tate to prevent its visitors from viewing the apartments. On Wednesday, the UK Supreme Court Judge ruled in favor of those
Walter Van Beirendonck's Men's Fall 2023 collection. Van Beirendonck's designs, dating back to the 1980s, have been exhibited in major museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Fundamental to his artistic signature, is the use of cartoonish or childlike references belying the darker themes of sexuality, aggression, fear and darkness, which also characterize his work informed by rituals, myths, fairytales and science fiction. 🍩 Van Beirendonck’s Fall 2023 collection came as a response to today’s complex world. The designer took his main inspiration from an exoskeleton, or the external skeleton that supports and protects an animal’s body. 🍩 “It’s to protect yourself from the world, that was the starting point,” he explained. “I was really fascinated by all the machines they’re making
The world's first action figure? A 1,500-year-old Mayan ceramic figure with removable helmet, found in El Perú-Waka, Petén, Guatemala. Currently housed at the Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología/Comunicación I'm Guatemala City.
A massive statue of Yayoi Kusama has been installed over the Louis Vuitton, Paris store.
The store has become a canvas for Yayoi Kusama, the 93-year-old Japanese artist known for her whimsical artwork that usually features, you guessed it, her signature polka dots.
A decade ago, in 2012, Louis Vuitton tapped Kusama for their first collaboration, which included accessories such as classic LV bags, bangles, and shoes adorned with the obsessive dot art.
Today, the brand launched its second collection with Kusama, having her put her signature dots all over men’s sneakers, trunks, and even surfboards.
The Wallace Collection was famously Vivienne Westwood’s favourite art gallery and it’s not hard to see why; the townhouse-turned-museum in Manchester Square, London, is full of high drama and meticulous craftsmanship. The fashion designer called it ‘the greatest art school in this country’, claiming with typical bombast that ‘nobody today could make one thing that’s in there, nobody… could paint even one little flower on the Sèvres porcelain.’ Vivienne Westwood passed away just before the new year. The mother of punk was an art lover who had referred to all kinds of artists in her collections – Van Eyck, Velázquez, Rubens, Matisse, Frida Kahlo, Keith Haring – and many of her signature garments and patterns could be traced back to the paintings from which she
An eerily life-like Yayoi Kusama animatronic—complete with hyper-realistic movements and grimaces, takes centre stage at the Louis Vuitton (New York 5th Avenue) store. 🔴 The store has become a canvas for Yayoi Kusama, the 93-year-old Japanese artist known for her whimsical artwork that usually features, you guessed it, her signature polka dots. 🔴 A decade ago, in 2012, Louis Vuitton tapped Kusama for their first collaboration, which included accessories such as classic LV bags, bangles, and shoes adorned with the obsessive dot art. 🔴 Today, the brand launched its second collection with Kusama, having her put her signature dots all over men’s sneakers, trunks, and even surfboards.
Early evidence of Christianity in 3rd century Roman Britain. A silver ring, set with an intaglio depicting two fish hanging from an anchor was found at the Binchester Roman Fort in 2014. 🐟⚓🐟 Depictions of fish were common secret symbols used by Christians to recognize eachother when they were persecuted by the Roman Empire. This worked in part because of wordplay, as the Greek word for fish (ichthys) was meant to be an acronym for: Iesous Christos, Theou Huios, Soter, meaning Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour. 🐟⚓🐟 In addition the two fish and anchor when turned upside down(as shown on the ring) resembles the scene of the Crucifixion, with the shank and two fish resembling Christ and the two thieves, while the bottom of
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'The Fall of the Rebel Angels', carved out of a single piece of marble in 1740 by Italian sculptor Agostino Fasolato. It depicts 60 fallen angels.
The sculpted masterpiece is housed in the Palazzo Leoni Montanari museum in Vicenza, Italy. It has never been presented in a temporary exhibition except for this year's Dante's 'Inferno' exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale centre.
Love Me Loo: Beatles legend John Lennon's toilet unveiled to fans at the Liverpool Beatles Museum 🚽 A porcelain loo, which once sat at Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Tittenhurst Park home, has a blue and white floral design. The reveal of the loaned artefact was met at the museum with comments like: “It’s John’s john.” 🚽 Museum owner Roag Best, who is the brother of the Beatles’ original drummer Pete, told BBC News: “A man contacted us, told us it was just sitting in his house gathering dust, and asked would we like to put it on display in the museum? We thought, ‘Well, it’s a bit quirky, it’s not what we’d normally display but who’s to say what you should and shouldn’t display, so,
The 'Bison Licking Insect Bite' is a carved and engraved fragment from a prehistoric spear-thrower made of reindeer antler, depicting the now extinct steppe bison.
It was created 15,000 years ago and was found at Abri de la Madeleine, the type-site of the Magdalenian culture, which is in present-day France.
It is now housed at the National Museum of Prehistory, Pôle d'interprétation de la Préhistoire , in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.
Lion-man, the oldest anthropomorphic animal carving in the world (c.38,000 BC). The Löwenmensch figurine, also called the Lion-man of Hohlenstein-Stadel, is a prehistoric ivory sculpture discovered in Hohlenstein-Stadel, a German cave in 1939.
Determined by carbon dating of the layer in which it was found to be between 35,000 and 40,000 years old, it is one of the oldest-known examples of an artistic representation and the oldest confirmed statue ever discovered.
It currently is displayed in the Museum Ulm in Germany.
The world's oldest mask, which was found in the Judean desert and is currently housed in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem 🎭 Painstakingly handcarved from stone, this 9,000-year-old artifact was made by the early farmers of the Judean Hills region. 🎭 There is a historical significance to these artifacts, given how the immediate ancestors of the prehistoric farmer-craftsmen in Levant were the ones (among many) to sow the ‘seeds’ of human civilizations by making the transition from hunting-and-gathering to introducing a range of founder crops like barley, lentils, chickpeas, emmer and flax. 🎭 Beyond just chronological significance, these ancient Neolithic masks also allude to the development of culture and religion, as the objects probably symbolized the spirits of dead ancestors – and thus were possibly used
Museums News visited York Art Gallery's 'Treasures from the Stores' exhibition.
'Treasures from the Stores' showcases artworks that haven’t been on display before, or for a long time, including Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Monroe’ screenprint, alongside some of the most loved jewels of the collection.