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Pritzker 2014 goes to Shigeru Ban
Jun13

Pritzker 2014 goes to Shigeru Ban

The 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize has gone to Shigeru Ban, celebrated for his fusion of contemporary architecture with humanitarian values and innovative use of everyday and found materials. Ban, 56, professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design, will receive the award, often equated with the Nobel Prize in the field of architecture, at a ceremony 13 June 2014 at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Kyoto University said the award...

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Last of the master: Final paintings of M F Husain
May28

Last of the master: Final paintings of M F Husain

Nine paintings by the late M F Husain (1915-2011), described as his final major works before his passing, are on public display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 28 May–27 July 2014, writes SAJID RIZVI.   It’s a poignant tour de force and a foretaste, interrupted, of what could or would have been a sumptuous feast of Maqbool Fida Husain’s creative expression had he not died in self-imposed exile in London. Husain...

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Malangatana: Homage to an African visionary
Mar14

Malangatana: Homage to an African visionary

The Gallery of African Art, Cork Street’s eminent new venue showcasing contemporary and modern art from the continent, has produced a deeply evocative tribute to Valente Malangatana Ngwenya, better known simply as Malangatana, arguably one of the great creative spirits and gifted visual storytellers to emerge from Africa before his death in 2011, writes SAJID RIZVI. The painter/poet/philosopher, part-time guerrilla fighter and...

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Kwang Young Chun, new work and a memorable date
Mar10

Kwang Young Chun, new work and a memorable date

New work by Kwang Young Chun is the highlight of  a triple event centred on London’s Bernard Jacobson Gallery even as some of the happenings are taking place thousands of miles away. The gallery exhibition (12 March – 17 April 2014) marks the artist’s 70th birthday and the publication in New York of a monograph,  Mulberry Mindscapes, that references Chun’s innovative use of hanji mulberry paper and natural dyes...

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Mauritshuis to reopen after refit
Feb20

Mauritshuis to reopen after refit

Mauritshuis, home of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring in The Hague, Netherlands, will open 27 June 2014 following a major renovation, writes SAJID RIZVI. Celebrated both for its architectural beauty and its holdings — most famously the Vermeer masterpiece but also the so-called Royal Cabinet of Paintings, about 800-strong — the 17th century building and the small museum within will reopen after a major rehang and other...

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The game-changing message hidden in Botticelli’s Primavera
Feb20

The game-changing message hidden in Botticelli’s Primavera

A new book, Under the Guise of Spring, by Eugene Lane-Spollen, argues for a game-changing message believed to be hidden in Sandro Botticelli’s universally important masterpiece, Primavera, writes SAJID RIZVI. Also known as Allegory of Spring, the tempera panel, about two metres tall and a little more than three metres wide, is currently housed in the Uffizi gallery in Florence. The painting generally is believed to have been started...

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