Sunday, July 31, 2011

Quick HIts Around the World -

Abu Dhabi Art 2011 Announces New Venue on Saadiyat IslandABU DHABI.- Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) has announced that the UAE Pavilion, originally designed by Lord Norman Foster's firm for the World Expo 2010, will host the UAE capital's acclaimed art event, Abu Dhabi Art, from Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th of November 2011 on Saadiyat Island. Abu Dhabi Art is an international platform for modern and contemporary art. In addition to world class art, visitors to the fair can also enjoy an exciting series of exhibitions, talks, performances, workshops and VIP networking events. Abu Dhabi Art attracted over 17,000 visitors in 2010 and in 2011 will showcase around 50 international galleries again operating as a boutique-style fair. The UAE Pavilion, inspired by the desert dunes of the Emirates, showcased exhibitions about the history of the UAE in Shanghai at the World Expo 2010 and attracted almost 2 million visitors. It was designed by ... More
National Museum of African Art Launches "Smithsonian: Artists in Dialogue 2" App for iPhone and iPod Touch
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian?s National Museum of African Art has launched the ?Smithsonian: Artists in Dialogue 2? app for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. Designed in association with Tristan Interactives Inc. of Toronto, this is the first app available by the Smithsonian in English and Portuguese. ?This app takes the exhibition beyond the traditional, physical boundaries of the building and makes it available in South Africa, Brazil and to users around the world using iPhone and iPod touch,? said National Museum of African Art curator Karen E. Milbourne. The exhibit ?Artists in Dialogue 2: Henrique Oliveira and Sandile Zulu? will run through Jan. 5, 2012, and is the second in a series of exhibitions that connects artists by bringing them together to create site-specific works of art at the museum. In the exhibit, the artists? visual call and response includes Sandile Zulu of South Africa?s trademark control of fire to create streamlined paintings and sculptures in ... More
New York's Met to Return 10 Artifacts to Egypt: MENA
CAIRO (AP).- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has agreed to return to Cairo 19 artifacts dating back to the time of ancient Egypt's teenage king Tutankhamen, the state news agency MENA said on Saturday. Egypt has been pushing for the repatriation of major pharaonic treasures it says were plundered by foreign powers, including the Rosetta Stone now in the British Museum and Queen Nefertiti's bust from Berlin's Neues Museum. The agreement between the New York museum and Egypt's antiquities council on the return of the artifacts was signed in November after a series of negotiations, MENA said. The objects, added to the Met's collection in the early 20th century, include a bronze dog only two centimeters in height, and part of a sphinx-shaped bracelet once owned by the niece of Howard Carter, the British archaeologist who discovered Tutankhamen's tomb, MENA said. The artifacts will arrive in Cairo on Tuesday, Mohamed Abdel ... More

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