“renovation works”

Delays for renovation works at Tate

London, 18 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Tate Modern, opened in 2000, was designed by the architect duo Herzog & De Meuron, in former industrial buildings. Of course, these same designers were tasked with carrying out the extension project launched in 2006 by the Town Council of London, whose inauguration was planned for 2012. This “Cubist Tower of Babel” was supposed to be completed in time for the Olympic Games. Due to budget cuts, the works are scheduled to be finished for 2016. This building will reach 64 metres high, bringing together eleven levels linked by an interweaving of stairs. The extension will be built over three underground vats which were then used as exhibition spaces. Although these vats will be blocked up because of this project, the Modern and Contemporary art Museum will be able to double its exhibition...

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Pinakothek der Moderne closing for seven months

Munich, 12 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). In Early 2013, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany, will close for a duration of seven months due to necessary renovation works. After barely ten years of existence, the Pinakothek der Moderne, an architectural emblem of Munich, must be renovated. According to the German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung on 12 July 2012, a temporary building, the Schaustelle, will be built next to the museum so as to enable to display exhibitions during the renovations. A panoramic terrace, hosting different types of events, is to be built on the building’s roof. According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the renovation works are planned to take place from February to September 2013. The expenses, valued at €750,000, will be covered by the Bavarian State, the Pinakothek der Moderne Foundation, and the sponsor and car maker Audi. The Pinakothek der Moderne was designed by architect Stephan Braunfels who won the Deutscher Kritikerpreis in 1994 for this project. Over a 12,000 m2 area, the art gallery contains four museums displaying 20th and 21th century Contemporary...

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Van Gogh on display at the Hermitage Museum

Amsterdam, 3 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 29 September 2012 to 25 April 2013, the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam will be displaying the collection of Van Gogh, from the eponymous museum, in a totally rethought museography. Through 75 paintings, letters, objects, and paper works, the visitor can follow the famous painter’s psychological questioning and quest for artistic identity. The tackled themes defining the artist are the exhibition’s main axis. The Van Gogh Museum being closed for renovation works, its collections are coming to the Hermitage Museum. A selection of works is displayed, including Sunflowers, The Bedroom, Blossoming Trees, The Potato Eaters, The Yellow House combining ancient and latter works, famous paintings and works, the museum offering a new way to discover or rediscover Vincent Van Gogh’s works. He was in a constant research of new goals to achieve. His researches focused on colours, form or a particular pattern. The exhibition wants to display this diversity. Each theme corresponds to one period. In May 2013, the Van Gogh Museum will re-open for its fortieth anniversary....

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Works at the Mas-d’Azil grotto

Le Mas-d’Azil, 15 March 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The French national institute for archaeological conservation (INRAP) announced on 14 March that a new archaeological dig is to be opened alongside the refurbishment of the the Mas-d’Azil grotto, a site that has had historic monument status since 1942. The prehistoric grotto, located in the Arize valley in the Pyrenees, was the site of the prehistoric Azilian culture (10,000 – 7,500 BC). The “Grand projet” of preserving the grotto began on 24 October 2011 with the closure of the site in order to entirely renovate and improve the route taken by visitors around the cave. Archaeologists are supervising the repairs and will ask for excavations at precise locations. The Mas-d’Azil website states that the site will be reopened to the general public in summer 2012, and will end again in October 2012. Repairs will then take place until May...

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Excavation begins at Le Mas-d’Azil grotto

Le Mas-d’Azil, 15 March 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). On 14 March 2012, the French national institute for archaeological conservation (INRAP) announced the start of a new excavation in alongside a renovation project for the Mas-d’Azil caves in south-west France. The caves have been recognised as an historic monument since 1942. The prehistoric grotto, located in the Arize valley of the Pyrenees mountain range, was once home to the Azilian people (10,000-7,5000 BC). The ambitious development project closed the grotto to the public in order to begin renovations on 24 October 2011. It aims to completely revise the visitor’s path. Works will continue under archaeologists’ supervision, who follow carefully laid-out plans for the excavation. The grotto’s official website announced that visits will once again be open to the public this summer and will be temporarily unavailable from October 2012 to May...

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