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American Museum of Natural History extension: New addition for visitors will open in 2020

American Museum of Natural History

The Gilder Center’s five-story high, 21,000-square-foot, glass-walled Collections Core
© Courtesy of Ralph Appelbaum Associates AMNH Gilder Center

The Gilder Center sets out to reveal modern science to visitors of all ages, spotlighting the museum‘s collection of more than 33 million specimens and artifacts amassed over more than 145 years. A 21,000-square-foot, glass-walled Collections Core will serve as one of the centre’s key features and will house 3.9 million specimens, with observation areas allowing visitors to see research under way.

The Central Exhibition Hall will open onto Theodore Roosevelt Park, which will be redesigned with new planted islands of mature pin oak and English elm trees that will be protected and conserved by the museum.

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A white model of the design for the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation
© Courtesy of Ralph Appelbaum Associates AMNH Gilder Center

A 5,000-square-foot Insectarium featuring live insects, specimens and digital displays will be the museum’s first gallery devoted to insects in more than 50 years, while the butterfly collection will be visible from the Central Exhibition Hall and will offer a year-round living exhibit allowing visitors to encounter butterflies in habitats such as a pond and a meadow.
In the 9,520-square foot Invisible World immersive theatre, authentic science visualizations will highlight cutting-edge technologies such as scanning electron microscopes, CT scanners and high-speed cameras.

Designed by Studio Gang Architects, the Gilder Center will connect new and existing galleries, creating nearly 30 connections across 10 existing buildings. Concrete walls with fluid openings will create a continuous space informed by the natural flows of glaciers, canyons and riverbeds.

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A rendering of the year-round Butterfly Vivarium on the second floor of the Gilder Center
© Courtesy of Ralph Appelbaum Associates AMNH Gilder Center

When the new centre opens to the public, visitors will be able to access the Insectarium, Central Exhibition Hall, Research Library and Learning Center, and Collection Core with a general-admission, pay-as-you-wish ticket. The Invisible Worlds Theater and Butterfly Vivarium will be accessible at an extra charge.

The AMNH currently attracts about 5 million visitors a year. The Gilder Center’s expected 2020 opening is timed to conclude the museum’s 150th-anniversary celebrations.

 

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Will The Louvre Abu Dhabi Finally Open in 2017?

The Louvre Abu Dhabi project is the very definition of a bumpy ride. While the initial agreement was signed in March 2007, the project has been postponed many times and the opening, now announced for 2017, is uncertain. As the world awaits, AFP had a look back on the project’s timeline.

2007

Almost 10 years ago, France and the United Arab Emirates agreed on a 30-year partnership (worth $1.1billion): top French museums (including the world famous Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and the Versailles Palace), will loan art pieces to Abu Dhabi, so the Emirate can populate its very own Louvre, meant to open in 2012.

However, this decision gets a cold reception in France: it even leads to a petition against it, signed by 5,000 people, including museum directors, historians and curators. This petition stands firmly against the project, as it is perceived as a proof “the Louvre is selling its soul”. Most importantly, the treatment reserved by Abu Dhabi for dissidents and immigrant workers outrages the French.

2008

While the economic crisis is looming, France and UAE sign off on the project’s timeline and terms of cooperation – setting the start of construction the same year as Saadiyat Island, a luxury complex hosting, among others, a Guggenheim Museum, golf courses and private villas.

2009-2014

Unfortunately, delays mount: from 2012, the competition date was postponed to 2013, then to 2014, then to 2015. The latest is confirmed in 2013, when a Dubai-based consortium announced it will build the museum for $654 million. It will not be honored.

2015

The Louvre and the concomitantly in-development Guggenheim museum are pressured by Human Rights Watch: both constructions are hiring migrant workers and forcing them to rush the work in terrible conditions. Abu Dhabi refuses to consider those attacks, insisting they were based on “unfounded conclusions”.

Finally, in September, the Museum’s dome receives its outer layer of metal stars, supposed to announce the last stage of the construction.

2016

Even if the UAE announced that the museum, now under the direction of Frenchman Manual Rabate, “will welcome visitors in 2017”, no official date has been announced yet.

Many events and art exhibitions have already been planned to celebrate the grand opening. However, the Museum, supposed to host 300 French artworks on its first day, might receive an umpteenth setback.

On Dec 3, French President Hollande will visit the site and attend a conference on heritage protection. With French elections being hold in May 2017, the project will have been managed by three different Presidents – each having his own opinion concerning the relationships the country should have with the Emirates.

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Architecture Museum Hosts Gingerbread Exhibition

Gingerbread City is made up of Caramel Wharf, Pancake Rise, Puddington… These are some of the six districts you will have the chance to visit in London this month. And if they do sound like some parts of a city, they are a lot sweeter, though not actually for eating.

These ‘neighborhoods’ are part of Gingerbread City, the latest exhibition hosted by the Museum of Architecture (MoA) and entirely made of sugar. Here you’ll find galleries, small shops, cafés and bars: everything can be eaten – but not yet! All we can say is we hope they’ve figured out how to keep the ants away. They are indeed submissions from some of the UK’s leading architectural schools and firms such 4M Group, Arup, Foster & Partners, Hopkins Architects and spacelab to a great gingerbread structures contest. A total of 64 teams are taking part and will be judged – the story does not say if the judges will be pastry chefs.. or Hansel & Gretel.

Feeling crafty? Workshops will be hosted as well – some might say they are made for families with kids, but no doubt adults with a sweet tooth will be welcome too.

The very sugary event, celebrating of course the British Christmas Spirit, is held as part of the museum’s winter fundraiser. The money raised  (a fee is imposed for a “Plot Passport” on each submission) will be used to to support MoA’s upcoming exhibitions and 2017 program.

Gingerbread City at The Museum of Architecture (MoA) London. From Dec 7 to 22. General public admission: free

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Pergamon Museum Temporary Exhibition Space

Pergamon Museum – Berlin’s biggest and most popular museum, with more than a million visitors every year – has been closed since 2014 and was meant to reopen five years later. The date has been pushed back to 2023, due to major renovation delays and the public might not have access to the full collection before 2025.

Archeology fans can be reassured though, as Berlin’s Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) announced the opening of a temporary exhibition space as early as 2018. A two-story building designed by Berlin-based Spreeformat Architekten is being constructed for the occasion, not far away from the museum itself. It will host various historical art pieces, including parts of the Pergamon Altar, world-famous highlight of the Pergamon Museum collection. This is significant because the Altar was one of the highlights confirmed to be off-limits until the reopening of the museum. The AFP confirms that Telephos Frieze will be on display, alongside a panorama by Yadegar Asisi depicting the ancient metropolis of Pergamon itself.

More details will be released in 2017. Check Pergamon’s Museum website to learn more about the collection and renovation.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Commissions Grand Opening Works

Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and built at a cost of half a billion euros, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will feature 9,200 square meters (100,000 square feet) of gallery space.

“Giuseppe Penone and Jenny Holzer have worked closely with the Louvre Abu Dhabi team to develop sculptures and installations reflecting the universal stories of the museum and in harmony with the iconic building,” said a Sunday statement.

Penone, a member of Italy’s contemporary Arte Povera movement, has created “Germination”, a four-part installation that reveals his fascination with the use of organic materials, such as trees, to highlight the connection between man, nature and art.

Among these installations is “Leaves of Light” – a bronze tree soaring towards the museum’s giant 180-meter dome with mirrors placed on its branches to reflect the “Rain of Light,” the museum statement said.

US conceptual artist Holzer has designed three engraved stone walls of texts from important historical sources from across the world.

The ambitious Louvre Abu Dhabi project, announced with much fanfare nearly a decade ago, has faced repeated delays. The museum was expected to open in December this year but has been postponed until 2017.

Built on the sea, promoters say Louvre Abu Dhabi will be a “museum city” which includes streets, waterways, and plaza with artworks displayed outside as well as inside the galleries.

Many of France’s grand museums, including the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay and the Palace of Versailles, will loan art to Abu Dhabi as part of a 30-year collaboration with the emirate worth one billion euros ($1.1 billion).

Louvre Abu Dhabi will be the first museum to open at the Saadiyat Cultural District and will be followed by the Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

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Audemars Piguet Hosts Ambitious Exhibit In Shanghai

“To break the rules, you must first master them” – the name set the tone. The luxury Swiss watch manufacturer is currently hosting its most ambitious exhibition which brings guests on a journey through its history — in Yuz Museum, Shanghai.

Audemars Piguet appointed French designer Mathieu Lehanneur to conceive a special installation: a large ring, made of 12 rooms – an allusion to a watch dial  – where 200 historical and contemprary timepieces are exposed. “This exhibition is a reflection on time… a dreamy vision of time where each instant differs from the previous one. Here every door opens onto a new story,” Lehanneur said.

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the “ring” installation, designed by Mathieu Lehanneur

In the middle of the circle stands a huge rock, created from cast replicas of those found in Audemars Piguet’s home in the Vallée de Joux. It is meant to remind the visitors of the brands origins and how far it has come from there. Key artists, as Cheng Ran, Dan Holdsworth and Alexandre Joly, also contributed to the exhibit, showing the brands commitment with the world of contemporary art.

audemars piguet exhibition shanghai

Since 1875, the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families, has proven its expertise in Haute Horlogerie crafting and its capacity to adapt and prosper through the ages. This exhibition, presents the largest collection ever brought outside of its own Museum also explores a selection of horological arts and crafts that the brand has mastered over the centuries.

After Shanghai, the “ring” exhibit will be displayed in severl other art capitals throughout 2017.

“To Break the rules, you must first Master Them” by Audemars Piguet, Yuz Museum, Shanghai. Until November 13th

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Victoria & Albert Museum Hosts Balenciaga Exhibit

Victoria & Albert Museum Hosts Balenciaga Exhibit

2017 is set to be a big year for the fashion house Balenciaga, not least of all because the Victoria & Albert museum will be paying extraordinary tribute to the legacy of the brand. For nine months, starting in May, the Victoria & Albert museum will showcase the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga in an exhibition called “Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion”. Featuring his creations in the world of haute couture, the exhibition is the first of its kind in London.

More than 100 garments, 20 hats and numerous sketches, photographs, fabric samples, x-rays, toiles and film will be on display for guests. The items are said to be making an appearance in public for the first time despite there being a museum for Cristobal Balenciaga in Spain since 2011.

The exhibition happens to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the designer’s first fashion house in San Sebastian, Spain. Another milestone celebrated by the brand is the 80th anniversary of Balenciaga’s Paris salon.

5 Fashion Exhibitions, 4 Style Capitals

The style capitals of the world are not just home to runway shows. Over the next few weeks, Paris, New York, Venice and London will be hosting several exhibitions that feature iconic designs by equally iconic designers. Just looking through the list makes us wish we could pack our bags and hop on the next flight to these destinations just to catch a glimpse of fashion history. Join us as we take a look at five exceptional fashion exhibitions.

Anatomy of a Collection at the Palais Galliera, ParisAnatomy of a Collection at the Palais Galliera

More than a hundred garments and accessories are set to be on display till October 23 at the City of Paris Fashion Museum. Told in an unconventional way, the garments take us on a journey through the history of fashion. Highlights include a pajama suit worn by the British actress and model Tilda Swinton, a dress that belonged to Empress Josephine, and Marie-Antoinette’s corset.

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear at the V&A Museum, LondonHistory-Of-Underwear

Exploring garments that have long been hidden from the public eye, the exhibition starts with men’s and women’s underwear that date back to the 18th century. The 200 pieces and archive documents will be on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London till March 12, 2017 . The exhibition looks at the role that underwear played in history and how the notion of the ideal body has changed over the years.

Culture Chanel exhibition: The woman who reads at the Ca’Pesaro, Veniceculture_chanel_.a34ee095626.h0

The seventh installment of the Culture Chanel international exhibition will be held at the Ca’Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art in Venice from September 17 until January 8, 2017. Having held a place in the heart of Gabrielle Chanel, the new instalment will see the city exhibit 350 works of authors who played a significant role in the designer’s creative life. The works of Homer, Plato, Virgil, Sophocles, Lucretia, Montaigne, Cervantes, Madame de Sévigné and Jean Cocteau will be displayed in the manner of a library.

Tenue correcte exigée, quand le vêtement fait scandale (Appropriate dress required: when clothing causes a scandal) at the Musée des Arts décoratifs, ParisBall Gown, Viktor & Rolf (Dutch, founded 1993), spring/summer 2010; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2011 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna-Marie Kellen

From December 1 till April 23, 2017, the exhibition will showcase garments that have courted controversy and criticism in the past only to become everyday apparel. All the garments on display, including the shirt-dress, the female tuxedo and the miniskirt, were condemned at one time or another in history. In addition to the “scandalous” clothing, visitors will be able to peruse portraits, caricatures and advertisements.

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

From November 8, 2016 to February 5, 2017 the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will dissect the way in which its collecting strategy has changed from an encyclopaedic approach to creating a body of masterworks. Concentrating on the last 10 years of purchases, the exhibition will highlight around 60 of these masterworks.

Maria crowned by an angel dated 1520

Long-Lost Engraving Surfaces at Flea Market

Long-dead German artist Albrecht Duerer is causing a stir after a collector donated a lost work, bought for a few euros on a French flea market, to a Stuttgart museum.

The bronze engraving titled “Mary crowned by an angel” dates back to the year 1520, Anette Frankenberger of the Staatsgalerie art museum told AFP on Friday, and is in “very good condition”.

A retired French archaeologist noticed the work on a bric-a-brac stand in Sarrebourg in eastern France, after the seller cleared it out of a house in the town.

Alerted by his keen eye, he quickly bought the piece — only to find the stamp of the Staatsgalerie on its back and decide to donate it anonymously.

The man came “personally with his wife” to return the engraving, which had been missing since the end of World War II, Frankenberger said.

The museum spokeswoman added that the piece had likely been wrapped in paper for some of the intervening decades, keeping it in good condition. It was owned by a former deputy mayor of Sarrebourg before ending up at the second-hand stall, she said.

The museum has not yet decided how to put the engraving on display. “We have to find the right setting to present it in,” Frankenberger said.

Duerer was born in 1471 in the southern German city of Nuremberg and travelled through Italy, becoming one of the first artists to introduce the Renaissance in Germany and northern Europe.

Buick Y Job Car of the Future

Buick Y-Job Car of the Future Preserved

The Buick Y-Job, the world’s first concept car on record, is being added to the National Historic Vehicle Register (NHVR). It was actually called The Car of the Future, when it was introduced to the world; the Y-Job name was a designation chosen by the legendary designer Harley J. Earl.

A cross between the Automotive Hall of Fame and a Library of Congress, the idea behind the Historic Vehicle Association’s NHVR is to preserve for eternity the most significant cars in US motoring history.

And very few cars can claim to have as much cultural or historical influence on the shape of the US motoring industry than the car that was called Y-Job by the Buick engineers and designers that created it in 1938/1939 and as “The Car of The Future” when General Motors unveiled it to an unsuspecting public in 1940.

The car’s creation was overseen by Earl, the man responsible for the Chevrolet Corvette, the wraparound windshield, two-tone paint finishes as a standard production car feature, tailfins and the use of clay to create physical models of cars before going into production, Y-Job really was ‘the shape of things to come.’

It was low, wide, did away with running boards, boasted retractable headlamps, the tailfins that would become the iconic design feature of 1950s American cars, and its convertible top disappeared completely into the body.

The Y-Job wasn’t just a concept though. Earl drove around Detroit in a working model of the Y-Job at least until he replaced it with a 1951 model. He chose the “Y” in the name for a couple of reasons: “X” was used for experimental cars so Earl just went for the next alphabet but “Y” was also used in the aviation industry for the most advanced prototypes, a fact Earl was aware of.

“Harley Earl and the Buick Y-Job expanded the boundaries of car design and drew the blueprint for concept vehicle design and execution,” said GM Global Design Vice President Michael Simcoe. “We thank the HVA for ensuring the world’s first concept car is documented and preserved for future generations.”

As well as recording and preserving every document and piece of engineering data associated with the vehicle, the Y-Job has also been digitally scanned and photographed so that a perfect virtual 3D model of the car will be preserved in perpetuity.

The Y-Job is just the 14th car to be added to the register, which is supported by the US Library of Congress and is the first to have been digitally preserved at the new HVA National Laboratory in Allentown, Pennsylvania. As well as scanning and photography studios, the new facility also has a test track that the HVA will use to capture the unique sounds and aerodynamic movements of legendary cars as part of the preservation process.

“The Buick Y-Job is a true American design treasure and an incredibly appropriate vehicle to document during our National Laboratory grand opening,” said HVA President Mark Gessler.

Revealed: Prince Online Museum, Auction Results

Prince, the talented singer-songwriter and international man of mystery may have been laid to rest but his name and legacy live on. To honor the late artist and his contribution to both the musical and digital worlds, an Internet archive featuring 12 of Prince’s official websites has been launched.

The launch of the online museum comes exactly a decade after he closed his award-winning digital NPG Music Club. The museum now serves as an ode to his contributions and accomplishments for the online communities. Described as a labor of love, the museum will not be selling downloads nor will membership fees be required. Like Prince, the museum will be supporting the organisation #YesWeCode. The goal is to help 100,000 low opportunity gain a high-paying career in the technology industry.Prince-Purple-Rain-Outfit-auctioned

The artist was in the news for other reasons as well this week. One of his signature Purple Rain outfits was bought at an auction called “Profiles in History” for $192,000. The ruffled ivory silk shirt and black-and-white blazer was seen in the Oscar winning film Purple Rain. The seller was not Prince’s estate but instead the sibling of a makeup artist for the film and the sale was planned long before the artist’s sudden death. The buyers are anonymous.

Smithsonian Teams With V&A For Exhibition

The revered Smithsonian Institution is one of the largest of its kind, dedicated to the pursuit and preservation of knowledge. It has research projects and collaborations in more than 140 international locations and yet, it hasn’t had an official permanent collaboration anywhere outside the US. Well, hang on to your souvenir shop collection because all that is changing. For the first time in its 170-year history, the Smithsonian will boldly go offshore, to that far-flung outpost of civilization, Great Britain. In partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian will be creating a joint exhibition space in London.

Ok, the use of ‘outpost’ may indeed be an issue here. “This would not be a Smithsonian outpost in London'” Smithsonian secretary David Skorton stressed in a statement, expressing the equal stake held by the two parties. Both institutions will develop the programs from their respective collections together. Furthermore, the collaborative nature of this venture helps to lighten some of the financial weight borne by the Smithsonian; the private sector will be helping to support this initiative. Additional help will come from the Foundation for FutureLondon, a new charity established for East London’s new cultural complex – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Smithsonian has some 138 million specimens in its collection, housed in some 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. With a permanent gallery space in V&A’s new building (located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park), it can give these collections and resources a further reach. The growth of the whole area into a cultural hub was especially championed by London’s former mayor Boris Johnson, and current Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. All of the new venues in the park are expected to open in 2021.

“Growing London’s cultural sector is one of my core priorities as mayor, so I welcome this trans-Atlantic collaboration between two of the world’s most prestigious institutions” said Khan. Hopefully, this pilot program will turn out to be as an exciting new cultural destination in East London for the public.

Louvre Evacuates Artwork In Wake of Floods

As one of the most visited tourist sites in the world, the Louvre museum’s location next to the River Seine is well known. Yet, after days of torrential rain hit the French capital, causing the river to burst its banks at some places, the location is fast becoming a liability. Due to worry about artworks held in their underground reserves, the museum is closing for a short period in order to evacuate the most valuable works.

This isn’t the only museum to be affected though. Opposite the Louvre, on the other bank, the Musee d’Orsay closed early on Thursday to put its own “protection plans” into place. This is to be expected, given that such masterworks as paintings by Renoir, Manet, Van Gogh and Degas, as well as 24 works by Gauguin are held inside its galleries. Both museums have anticipated the possibility of flooding before, and they have extensive emergency plans to follow in such cases. They’ve even organized drills for it, with the Louvre evacuating the whole of the underground section of its new Islamic art galleries in a day during March.

Hours before its decision to activate these plans, the Musee d’Orsay had played down the threat to its vast underground stores which are fitted with anti-flood pumps and sealed waterproof doors – at least until the Seine swelled up to more than five meters above its usual levels. The estimate is that the river could rise 6 meters above its usual height Friday.

In order to prevent such things from happening in the future, The Louvre has plans to move its vast stores from its vulnerable riverside site to a new building near its satellite museum at Lens in northern France in 2019.

Bosch’s Paintings Draw Record Crowds

It may be half a millennium after “Death and the Miser” was painted but Bosch’s work continues to draw record crowds. The Dutch artist attracted more than 421,000 people over the three months his works were displayed at Noordbrabants Museum, making the exhibition one of the most successful in the museum’s 180-year history.

Titled “Heironymus Bosch – Vision of Genius”, the event saw 17 of the artist’s surviving 24 paintings and 19 of his 20 drawings recalled home to Den Bosch, a small southern Dutch town where the artist resided and created his often bizarre and nightmarish works. While important works such as “The Haywain” and “The Last Judgement” made it on loan, his most famous work, a triptych called “The Garden of Earthly Delights” didn’t. The painting currently hangs in the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid.

The exhibition was set to be the highlight of Bosch Year 2016, a commemorative event paying unparalleled homage to the most important Medieval artist from the Netherlands.

“Never before had so many works of Hieronymus Bosch come back to ‘his’ city, Den Bosch, the place where the paintings were created more than 500 years ago. It was easily the best visited exhibition in the almost 180-year history of the Noordbrabants Museum,” the museum said in a statement.

The exhibition comes after one of his works, “The Temptation of Saint Anthony”, was confirmed to be authentic.

 

This story was written in-house, based on a wire story and image from AFP.

Fast Forward: ArtScience Future World

This March, ArtScience Museum, Singapore, unveiled its new permanent exhibition ‘FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science’, where 15 digital art installations come to life through cutting-edge science and technology. Co-curated with teamLab, a globally renowned Japanese group of ultra-technologists and multi-award winning art collective, the exhibit is Singapore’s largest digital playground spanning 1,500 square meters, which is approximately a quarter of the museum’s total gallery space. The immersive and interactive exhibition allows audiences to become an intrinsic part of the artworks on display, as the installations dynamically evolve through their presence and participation.

“We are thrilled to launch ‘Future World’, ArtScience Museum’s new permanent exhibition to mark our fifth anniversary. At ArtScience Museum, we explore the intersection between art, science, technology and culture. Our exhibitions and programmes show that it is the interplay between these areas that creates innovation and new ideas. We believe that where art and science meet, the future is made. So, we are naturally drawn to teamLab’s extraordinary work. Their fluid combination of artistic expression, technological ingenuity, scientific enquiry and their insistence that, ‘we are the future’, makes them ideal partners for ArtScience Museum,” says Honor Harger, executive director of ArtScience Museum.

Featuring 15 digital installations specially selected and put together from teamLab’s extensive collection of works, ‘Future World’ takes visitors on a journey of discovery through four key narratives – Nature, Town, Park and Space.

100 Years Sea Animation Diorama

100 Years Sea Animation Diorama

NATURE

The adventure begins with an enchanting stroll through an interactive world of flora and fauna comprised entirely of digital technology, recreating the experience of being connected to nature. As visitors move through these galleries, they are invited to reflect on the intricate relationship they share with their environment.

Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year per Year; Ever Blossoming Life II – A Whole Year per Year, Dark; Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders (Interactive Digital Installation, Endless – 2016)

Three recent artworks of teamLab are presented in one gallery, bringing visitors into a beautiful ecosystem of digital flowers and butterflies. The artwork is both generative – the plants and butterflies are created algorithmically, and reactive – they respond to our presence and subtly change based on our behavior. The work is instantly evocative of a natural environment as it replicates the cycle of life, death and rebirth in real time. The flowers gently blooms in tune with the four seasons of the year, and thus this installation can be said to be one of the few places in Singapore where visitors can experience the four seasons.

100 Years Sea Animation Diorama (Digital Installation, 2009)

This larger-than-life installation gives a glimpse into the future, as it illustrates the rising sea levels wrought by climate change, based on scientific data derived from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). The prediction of the world’s rising sea levels over a century is condensed into a 10-minute time frame. As the borders between the screen and the viewer dissolve, it creates the illusion of the viewer eventually being swallowed by the rising sea, encouraging visitors to reflect on the long-term environmental effects of climate change.

TOWN

The journey continues as visitors playfully glide via a slide into ‘Town’ – a bustling and lively cityscape where visitor-generated input builds up and populates virtual towns. Adults and children alike will have a chance to try their hands at urban planning and building architectural elements through fun and innovative ways.

Sketch Aquarium

Sketch Aquarium

Sketch Town (Interactive Digital Installation, 2014)

This highlight artwork depicts a fictitious town based on Singapore, including recognisable landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, the Merlion, and the Singapore Flyer. It is the first time the installation has been adapted to feature the city in which it is displayed.

Audiences can let their imagination run wild, as they colour in and draw objects such as cars, buildings, and spaceships. These two-dimensional pictures become animated and move around as they enter a large projected screen. The artwork grows and evolves constantly as different images are added. The objects in town move at different speeds and in different directions, as the audience touch them, bringing the town to life.

Sketch Town Paper Craft (Paper, 2015)

Connected to ‘Sketch Town’ is ‘Sketch Town Paper Craft’, a special installation that enables visitors to turn their drawings into paper craft patterns, which can then be assembled into original three-dimensional paper craft models. This is where the visitor’s experience materialises into a physical souvenir to take home with them.

Connecting! Train Block (Interactive Digital Installation, Wooden Blocks – 2013)

In this interactive artwork, children work and play together to design their own transportation network. Wooden blocks, distinguished by shape and colour, are used to design roads, railways and rivers. Cars, airplanes, boats and helicopters can also be added to bring life to the infrastructure. As more blocks are placed on the surface, the table becomes busier, ultimately developing a cityscape.

Media Block Chair (Interactive Installation, 2012)

Consisting of fiberglass light cube chairs, these cubes can be seen as the building blocks of ‘Town’. Adults and children alike are invited to construct high-tech furniture, like chairs and benches, or architectural structures such as walls and partitions. Each block communicates information to each other when they are connected, changing colour in the process. The installation encourages visitors to be both innovative and practical in the process of creation.

A Table Where Little People Live

A Table Where Little People Live

A Table Where Little People Live (Interactive Digital Installation, 2013)

The little people are a community of miniature characters who live inside circular tables. When visitor place their hands, or an object, on the table, the little people jump onto it. The actions of the little people change in response to the shape and colour of the objects which they interact with. The more they are interacted with, the more the little people become animated and playful.

PARK

The third chapter of this exhibition invites visitors to play and have fun, and to appreciate ‘play’ as an integral and essential part of human life. Here, children and their families are encouraged to learn and play together using a combination of physical and digital technology.

Universe of Water Particles (Digital Work, 5 channels, Continuous Loop – 2013)

As the visitors move away from the busy urban life of ‘Town’, they will be reconnected with nature through the spectacular centrepiece of the exhibition, ‘Universe of Water Particles’. An eight-metre tall waterfall created in a virtual space with thousands of water particles cascades down the façade of the wall. The installation replicates the magnificence of an actual waterfall, inviting visitors to be immersed in a moment of magic as they encounter the grandeur of nature. The water particles are digitally programmed and generated to produce an accurate waterfall simulation flowing in accordance to the law of physics, producing an uncannily real waterfall that appears to be alive.

Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses (Interactive Digital Installation, 2015)

This unique installation lets visitors design their own customised hopscotch game by arranging circles, triangles and squares on an electronic tablet, which is then projected onto the floor. When participants expertly land on the same shapes in succession, they trigger off beautiful colours and sounds. Special connections exist between the shapes, which are discovered through practice. It is a game of discovery that tests the skills and imagination for all ages.

Light Ball Orchestra (Interactive Installation, 2013)

As the central work of ‘Park’, these light balls form an electrifying orchestra of sound and colour. Touching one of the large balls changes the colour and sound of the balls around it, creating a ripple-like effect. Movements from other areas send ripples in different directions, creating dynamic and playful interactions throughout the space. Participants of all ages playfully collaborate by pushing, bouncing and rolling the balls, continuously changing the composition, colour and sound of the space.

Media Block Chair

Media Block Chair

Sketch Aquarium (Interactive digital installation, 2013)

A favourite among children of all ages, this installation features a digitally rendered aquatic world where the two-dimensional sea creatures that visitors draw on paper come to life in a virtual ocean. The artwork grows and evolves constantly with the different images that the visitors add. Visitors can feed the fish and sea creatures by touching specific images of fish food bags on the screen. In ‘Sketch Aquarium’, individual creative processes become part of a unified, shared experience.

Story of the Time when Gods were Everywhere (Interactive Digital Installation, 2013)

In this digitally projected world, visitors of all ages can create their own environment by touching Chinese and Japanese characters, which then transform into natural elements such as wind, rain, trees and mountains. When visitors touch the characters, the story begins and the movement of their bodies further changes and evolves the world. Just as in nature where no two moments are repeated, the visitor experiences a new story each time he encounters the artwork.

SPACE

Beyond nature, city life and recreational sport, the journey through the exhibition ends by embarking outward and upward into astronomical space, taking visitors to the heart of the universe.

Crystal Universe  (Interactive Installation of Light Sculpture, Endless – 2015)

This monumental, immersive and interactive artwork enables visitors to experience astrophysical phenomena such as planets, stars, galaxies, and even the very recently detected gravitational waves, which Einstein predicted would exist a century ago. This stunning artwork utilizes teamLab’s Interactive 4-D Vision technology, which allows users to control over 170,000 LED lights, which together give the illusion of stars moving in space. Thus, visitors experience the Universe from within it, as it surrounds them, and enfolds them, and responds to their presence, thus helping visitors understand themselves as part of the vastness of celestial space.

For more information, please visit www.marinabaysands.com/artsciencemuseum

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This article was originally published in Art Republik

Miami Supercar Rooms: Eating with Auto Art

Sometimes, a car connoisseur’s love goes beyond the boundaries of the road. For those intense enthusiasts who want to involve their cars in every single moment of their lived experience, even eating, Miami has just the thing. Before you squeal with glee, thanks to the image above, this is not a glorified members-only carpark where you can pull in with your Aventador or 458 Italia to enjoy your Mouton-Rothschild with a serving of carbon monoxide. This is more like a members-only restaurant that also doubles as a gallery showcasing the awesome car collection of a mysterious figure known as Elo.

With the opening of Miami Supercar Rooms, touted to be the world’s first Auto Art Gallery and Gourmet Dining Experience, you can combine the best of both fine dining and automotive-craftsmanship into a single luxuriously tailored experience. This whole experience was developed by the founder of UK’s London Motor Museum, the automotive visionary and car-collector Elo.

Elo at Miami Supercar Rooms

Elo at Miami Supercar Rooms

It’s not easy on the pocket though. Booking one of the six outdoor pods (each seating six people) for an evening’s gourmet experience will set you back by up to $3000. In exchange for that, you get to enjoy a special five-course gourmet meal crafted by an Executive Chef from a local Miami restaurant (the chef changes each month), while lounging next to one of the most desirable cars in the world from Elo’s collection. There’s also an open bar that can be enjoyed and a post-diner program of entertainment involving progressive music and live musicians. The experience is available only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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The whole space stands at 15,000 square feet and houses a whole range of extremely rare models, such as the 1955 SL 300 Mercedes Gullwing; 1929 Rolls Royce Bootch; 1958 450 S Maserati vintage racing car; 1961 196 SP Ferrari vintage racing car and the 2007 Shelby Supercar Ultimate Aero TT (crowned in 2007 as the fastest production car in the world, clearly before the Veyron took that title). Also featured is the extremely rare (with only three models in the whole world) Lamborghini Tractor, and a 1935 derivative of the only Bugatti “Atlantic,” known as the “Pacific” – built by the famed Terry Cook of Delahaye ÙSA.

1929 Rolls Royce Bootch

1929 Rolls Royce Bootch

1953 Lamborghini Tractor

1953 Lamborghini Tractor

Of course, the Supercar Rooms are still free for browsing. Between the hours of 10.00am and 6.00pm, the Auto Art Gallery is open to the public, except on Tuesday.

1935 Pacific by Delahaye USA

1935 Pacific by Delahaye USA

For those whose idea of a romantic night out involves a dinner under the stars, mixed in with a bit of beautiful automotive elegance, this may just be the spot to look to. You can check out more information and book reservations at http://www.miamisupercarrooms.com/.

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Off Runway: Tribute to Women in Dior

If you have ever wondered about all the famous figures to have worn Christian Dior since 1947, you should turn to France’s Christian Dior Museum, which is holding a special exhibition on just that subject. Housed in the iconic fashion designer’s childhood home in Granville, Normandy, the summer exhibition entitled “Women in Dior – Sublime Elegance of a Portrait,” (Femmes en Dior – Sublime elegance d’un portrait) runs from May 5 to September 25, 2016.

The exhibition pays homage to the stylish women – princesses, First Ladies, fashion icons, movie stars, musicians and more – who have worn garments designed by the French fashion house, exploring the relationship between the different Dior pieces and their famous wearers.

After being sketched by the designer, crafted in the atelier and presented at the traditional catwalk shows, haute-couture garments are carefully chosen by the women of the world. Selections are made in function of tastes and personalities or with specific events in mind.

“Women in Dior – Sublime Elegance of a Portrait,” organized by fashion historian and curator Florence Müller, honors these famous figures and the key moments in their lives that saw them create an unbreakable bond with the Dior pieces they wore.

The exhibition focuses on the elegant women who have showcased Dior’s dresses, garments and accessories in style, from 1947 to the present day. Their personality, style and key moments from their lives are explored through a selection of dresses, photographs, letters, paintings and drawings.

The Christian Dior Museum pays homage to Princess Grace of Monaco, Lady Diana, Leonor Fini, Olivia de Havilland, Jackie Kennedy, Francine Weisweiller, Marilyn Monroe, Charlize Theron, Liz Taylor, Mitzah Bricard, Edmonde Charles-Roux, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard and Rihanna.

Among the exhibition’s striking portraits, Lady Diana can be seen on a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1995, carrying the bag that would become the iconic Lady Dior. Similarly, Rihanna can be seen attending Dior’s 2016 spring/summer ready-to-wear show, held in Paris, France, in 2015.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a book, also entitled Women in Dior – Sublime Elegance of a Portrait, written by fashion journalist Laurence Benaïm and published by Rizzoli. The book takes a closer look at the famous figures who marked the history of the French fashion house, exploring their tastes, their memories and – of course – their Dior ensembles.

Francois Pinault Houses Collection in New Museum

The billionaire luxury goods tycoon Francois Pinault, who helms luxury group Kering and the auction house Christie’s, has been in the art world for some time now – he boasts one of the biggest private art collections in the world (valued at around $1.4 billion). Now, Pinault has finally found a place to house his collection — which contains the work of artists ranging from Mark Rothko to Damien Hirst — and will open it to the public for viewing. The Bourse de Commerce is a building that’s also at the intersection of Art and Business. The beautiful building’s interior was decorated by a number of painters, and it’s also been the site of a few fashion shows. Pinault – also famous for being the husband of Salma Hayek – has been unable to find a suitable home for the collection in Paris for decades, and, before, only showed them at private museums in Venice.

Francois Pinault

Francois Pinault

The city’s mayor Anne Hidalgo, who negotiated the deal, described the museum as “an immense gift to the heart of Paris”. “I am delighted, it’s a big plus for the city,” Hidalgo told AFP, pointing out that the new museum is also close to the Pompidou Centre, Europe’s biggest contemporary art collection. Another businessman who helped put Paris on the modern art map was France’s richest man, and Pinault’s business rival, Bernard Arnault – who opened his own Frank Gehry-designed Louis Vuitton Foundation for his art collection last year.

The Bourse de Commerce is part of a one-billion-euro urban renewal project to give what Hidalgo calls a “new beating heart” to the city’s Les Halles district. As a part of the deal, Pinault and his family will be given a 50-year lease on the building, which they must also renovate (the cost or rent was not revealed). This must be a boon for Pinault, who tried to build up a museum at the site of an old Renault car factory on the Ile Seguin in the middle of the Seine west of Paris, but gave up in despair in 2005 over planning delays. The gallery will open in 2018, sources close to the collector told AFP.

“It is great to have our captains of industry helping to fly our colors. With this and the FIAC art fair, Paris is regaining its place in contemporary art” Hidalgo noted. The collection will definitely be of great value to the Parisian public, and help foster the cultural consciousness of the city overall.

Chaplin Museum to Open in April

Charlie Chaplin’s manor in the Swiss Village of Corsier-Sur-Vevey, overlooking Lake Geneva, will be open to the public in April. Refurbished as a museum by its French operator- Grevin – the project to open ‘Chaplin’s World’ went through 15 years of difficulties before bearing proper fruit. Yet, finally, an announcement was made Monday by its organizers. Fans of the famous Hollywood comedian can expect to get an inside-out look of Chaplin’s life and his whole career when the exhibition opens – just a day after the star’s 127th Birthday.

The manor, where Chaplin lived for the last 25 years of his life with his wife Oona and their eight children, will form half of the museum. Chaplin fled from the USA, and Hollywood, after being accused of being a communist with the advent of Cold-War Paranoia. Highly ironic given that one of his most famous roles was in The Great Dictator, where he parodied Hitler and carried out a strong satirical attack on authoritarian governments as a whole.

The other half of the museum consists of a mocked-up Hollywood studio, focusing more on the comedian’s countless on-screen roles. Visitors can discover how, from humble beginnings in London, Chaplin rose spectacularly to dazzle the world with his multiple characters and personas, the most iconic being the cane-wielding bowler hat-wearing Tramp.

Coming back to that 15-year struggle, the project went through several stumbling blocks. These included seven years to get a building permit, and five years to settle a lawsuit involving a worried neighbor (no doubt worried about the impact of large numbers of visitors on the general surroundings). Furthermore, the manor, empty since 2008, required major renovation work before being in any condition to be open to the general public.

Chaplin, who died in 1977, is buried in the nearby Corsier-Sur-Vevey cemetery alongside his wife. Of course Chaplin’s work endures till today, even in the current age of 3D movies and CGI. The opening of the museum only serves as a sign of the interest and mystique that the legendary filmmaker has somehow retained.