Rare and previously unseen contemporary originals and prints by Banksy, arguably the world’s most famous street and stencil artist will be hitting the shores of Hong Kong for the very first time. Banksy’s work will be the highlight of an exhibition entitled Love Art that will take place at Hong Kong Arts Centre from 23-28 April, if you are in the area this cannot be missed so make sure you use pen, not pencil to put this date in your diary.
The exhibition of Yury Hrzhanovsky (1905 – 1987), disciple of Pavel Filonov, will be on view through 12 May in the State Russian Museum. About 50 paintings and more than 150 graphic works by the artist will be presented. Among them there is “The Siberian Partisans”, big pictorial panel that was shown on the well-known exhibition of Filonov’s disciples in the Print House in 1927. The artist’s drawings from the period of working in the Filonov’s studio and his earlier artworks that were created in the years of studying in Irkutsk will be presented for the first time.
Spain’s famed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has fired its chief financial officer (CFO) over allegations of embezzlement, museum staff announced. Officials said the famed art museum has also launched legal proceedings against Roberto Cearsolo Barrenetxea, who has headed the Guggenheim Bilbao’s finances since it opened to the public in 1997.
The Gibbes Museum of Art has organized a groundbreaking exhibition entitled Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art to offer a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of plantation images in the American South. Traveling exhibition organized by the Gibbes Museum of Art presents plantation-related images of the American South from the eighteenth century to the present.
The “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium was finally opened as the International media gained access to the structure for the first time and it will admit the first paying customers on Friday. The venue of the Beijing Olympics held a modest opening as it prepares to host its first official event on Friday and Saturday – a low-key race-walking meet. The 91,000-capacity stadium, which dominates the Olympic Green in the north of the city, was designed by European architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.
The iconic 3.5 billion yuan (about $NZ645 million) arena, which was started in December 2003 and completed 14 weeks behind schedule, will host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics and soccer finals at the August 8-24 Games.
Its unusual design was created by twisted steel beams that wrap around the exterior to resemble silver twigs binding a nest together. A roof was included in the original stadium design, but was cut out of plans in 2004 as a cost-cutting measure. The stadium is 330 meters long by 220 meters wide, and is 69.2 meters tall. The stadium uses 258,000 square meters of space and has a usable area of 204,000 square meters. It was built with 36 km of unwrapped steel, with a combined weight of 45,000 tons. The stadium has some 11,000 square meters of underground rooms with waterproof walls.
In 2002, Government officials engaged architects worldwide in a design competition. Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron collaborated with ArupSport and China Architecture Design & Research Group to win the competition. Contemporary Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, is the Artistic Consultant for design.The ground was broken on Christmas Eve December 2003, and construction started in March 2004, but was halted by the high construction cost in August 2004 and continued again.
In January 2008, concerns about construction working conditions arose when it was revealed that at least 10 workers had died during the stadium’s construction. Controversy also surrounded the alleged forced evictions of many residents so the construction could go ahead.
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