Museums

Post image for At Versailles, a Darkly Comic Celebration of Louis XIV’s Death

VERSAILLES, France — In curator Béatrix Saule’s extensive exhibition Le Roi Est Mort (“The King Is Dead”), the Palace of Versailles is presenting a shaggy-dog narrative about the death of Louis XIV.

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Post image for Singapore’s New National Gallery Dubiously Rewrites Southeast Asian Art History

SINGAPORE — The National Gallery Singapore (NGS) opened on November 25, 2015 — a high point in Singapore’s year-round celebrations of 50 years as an independent nation.

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Post image for At Harlem’s First Children’s Museum, Artworks Strike Up Conversations

In October 2015 the first children’s museum in Harlem opened its doors.

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Post image for Bangladeshi Photographers Capture the Fallout from Their Country’s Globalization

Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh, a collaboration between the Bangladeshi American Creative Collective and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, offers a dark view of the forces of industrial production and globalization at work in contemporary Bangladesh.

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Post image for Pop Irony’s Enduring Influence in the Art Institute of Chicago’s New Contemporary Collection

CHICAGO — The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, which opened in 2009, has reinstated its contemporary collection after giving over most of the space in 2015 to a much-lauded retrospective of the American sculptor Charles Ray.

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Museums

Imagining the Inner Lives of Animals

by Abe Ahn on January 28, 2016

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LOS ANGELES — During a recent visit to Japan, I happened upon one of its novelty animal cafés, one specializing in owls.

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Post image for A Guggenheim Show of Latin American Art Flops in Latin America

MEXICO CITY — Lumping together groups of artists who have nothing more in common than geography is a risky curatorial proposition that often leads to mayhem.

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Post image for Suspended Glass Sculptures Visualize Cities’ Population Booms

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It might seem like a leap, using gorgeous studio glass objects to convey potentially alarming data about population growth, but Norwood Viviano pulls the two together very persuasively.

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Post image for In a Performance, Walid Raad Playfully Probes His MoMA Survey

A note of hysteria begins to creep into Walid Raad’s voice as he concludes his hour-long monologue performance, “Scratching on things I could disavow: Walkthrough,” at the Museum of Modern Art.

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Post image for A Photographer Who Exposed the Scars and Traumas of Postwar Japan

LOS ANGELES — The story of Yokosuka, as told by photographer Ishiuchi Miyako, takes place in lonely, foreboding streets, where the miracle of Japan’s postwar economy seems to not have shaken off the grit and grime of history.

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