Arquivo mensal: agosto 2015

“Reimagining the Museum” will explore successful museum transformations and discuss new expectations of the emerging generation of visitors

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“Reimagining the Museum” is a unique project that will be hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina from September 2-4 this year. The exposition gathers more than 50 presenters from Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Guatemala, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, USA, the UK and more in order to discuss timely issues in the museum field.

The focus of the event is to get influential cultural thought leaders to share new insights into reimagining the museums of the 21st Century.It will be 3 days of intensive dialogues and interaction and more than 24 sessions. Translation will be provided into English, Spanish and Portuguese for those who are interested.

For more info check out the official website: EMR

The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga hosts a debate about Portuguese baroque art and Josefa de Óbidos in Lisboa.


Josefa de Óbidos was a Spanish-born who had her work executed in Portugal. She is one of the few female European painters known to have taken an active role in the Baroque era. The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (MNAA), in Lisboa will be the place for a formal debate about her artwork, the origins of the art style and other discussions on the matter. The event will happen on September 10th , from 10:00 a.m to 17:30 p.m.

Click here for more info.

The Council Meeting and General Assembly 2016 – Save the Date!!!


The Council Meeting and General Assembly of the WFFM (World Federation of Friends of Museums) will be hosted by the USFFM (United States Federation of Friends of Museums) in Washington, D.C. from June 2 to 5, in 2016.

The event gathers the members of the association from all over the world to discuss pertinent matters for the friends of museums and to foster new federations to support the museums to preserve the cultural heritage of each country.


We will keep you posted on this event.

Brothers Grimm get specialized museum in Germany

The Brothers Grimm are mostly knows for being the storytellers of the most popular folk tales, such as “Cinderella”, “The Frog Prince”, “The Goose-Girl”, “Snow White”, “Rapunzel” and a few others that we grew up hearing and reading about as children. The German academics were specialized linguistics and cultural researchers whose stories will live on forever.

For exactly that reason, they got a new museum in Kassel, Germany that will open to the public on September 4, 2015. The focus will not only be on the world famous fairy tales but also in art associated with them. For example, filmmaker Hanna Leonie Prinzler creates a video installation called “Telling Rumpelstiltskin”, a cross-media experience that combines modern art and classic 19th century stories.

For more info check out the link: DW

What isn’t art, according to John Baldessari


Dodie Kazanjian, editor and curator of Vogue’s Gallery, a monthly online series of artworks was inspired by John Baldessari’s response to Michael Kors’ fall collection in the magazine’s September. He spliced together images of six models, and added a colored circle on top of each of their faces and titled the piece “NOT ART”.

Intrigued, Kazanjian started wondering what else the man did not consider art. She asked Baldessari to give a piece of his mind about the subject and he sent her an e-mail saying:





Kazanjian apparently liked the response because soon after she asked for more of his opinion on what he’d like to see on the show. Check out his answer and more info about the article at: AN

War and history museums are having a hard time seeking specialized curators

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The departure of Victoria Henry from the Art Bank means there are now three important jobs to be filled in Ottawa at federal cultural institutions.

Along with Victoria, Laura Brandon (photo above), specialized in war art at the Canadian War Museum will no longer be at the post, leaving a gap behind. The job as aboriginal curator at the Canadian Museum of History held by both Lee-Ann Martin, curator of contemporary aboriginal art, and Norman Vorano, curator of Inuit art will be open to a new professional.

However, the museums seem to be having a tough time filling those posts. Regarding the job at Canadian Museum of History the staff decided to combine their positions and hire only one specialist, which increases the difficulty, seeing that there are few curators who can claim expertise in both fields.

At the war museum, Brandon retired this past January. “the staffing process will also take place this fall.” Says Patricia Lynch, director of corporate affairs at the Canadian Museum of History.

Hiring a replacement for Brandon seems complicated because the director of the war museum, James Whitham, quit his post in April. Speculation says his successor will be chosen before Brandon’s.

More info here: OC

Ambitious new Chicago arts center will open in October


In October 2012, Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates bought a 17,000-square-foot building from the City of Chicago just before it was ready to be demolished.

With a complete makeover and a new façade the Stony Island Bank Arts Bank, will open to the public on October 3, the same day that the Chicago Architecture Biennial begins. The sumptuous space will host site-specific art installations, performance, artist and scholar residencies, and several archives.

The museum will be a hybrid of gallery, media archive, library, and community center focusing on African American culture and history to help building a laboratory for the next generation of black artists and culture-interested people.

With the initiative, the opportunity to participate in workshops related to contemporary art will increase for those who live nearby. Also, to get support for artistic practices and learn more about the subject.

More info click here: AN

India opens a brand new museum in Patna, located in the state of Bihar, east of the country.

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Bihar Museum holds unique artworks that reflect upon the evolution of history and culture of the Indian subcontinent. There will be inaugurated orientation galleries for children in August, which are specialized in educating the youngsters about the diversity of the country. The history galleries are to open next year.

Also, Eric Leyland, the creative director of the project for Lord Cultural Resources, says “Not only is this museum significant in the way in which it honours the rich history of Patna and Bihar, it was also planned and implemented by a women-led, Indian team which has been virtually unprecedented until now,” bringing up better appreciation for the female staff and stressing the importance of the county’s culture value.

For more info click here: TAN

Women take over leading roles in US museums but minorities still need better representation


Museums all over the USA have been making significant progress when it comes to gender equality. According to a survey by 181 museums in partnership with AAMD (Association of Art Museum Directors) and AAM (American Alliance of Museums, around 60% of the staff are women in education and leadership roles. Overall, they comprise more than 70% of the workers in each particular department.

However, the same cannot be said for ethnic diversity and under-represented historical minorities because 84% of the top administrative staff are white. Only 4% of curators, educators and administrators are African American, 6% Asian, 3% Hispanic and 3% multi-racial, which does not reflect on the diversity of the American population.

For more info click here: TAN

Louvre updates collection of 17th to 19th century artwork


The Musée du Louvre is one of the most famous and prestigious museums around the world. Known for its amazing collection of classic 17th-century to 19th- century artworks from a vast variety of artists around the world and of course the one and only Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
Under the influence of Jean-Luc Martinez, the museum’s director back in 2013 the crew decided to update certain wings in order to “breath new life into the museum to make its fabulous collection come alive” as he told the The Art Newspaper in a 2014 interview.

The 19th paintings have already been through the makeover and now can be seen from a new perspective and fresh light. The next ones are the 18th-century which will have the walls behind them repainted in clean colors and have their frames updated. As for the 17th-century artworks, those will be the last to get a facelift since a spokeswoman reported they may be ready at some point in 2016.

More infos here: TAN