British Columbia’s Royal Museums drop demolition plan


The demolition and reconstruction plan Royal British Columbia Museum was suspended on Wednesday. CBC News reports that British Columbia Premier John Horgan make the announcement at a press conference where he said the $789 million development unveiled last month was the “wrong move at the wrong time”. A poll released by the Angus Reid Institute last month found that 69% of British Columbians were against what would have been the costliest museum project ever undertaken in Canada. Horgan also said that although the museum would now remain open indefinitelyinstead of closing in September, it still backs a demolition and rebuild plan – as did Tourism Minister Melanie Mark who described the museum’s current state as ‘non-functional’.

A banner installed at Documenta 15 in Kassel, which opened this week, has been removed after much criticism in Germany for wearing anti-Semitic images. People’s justice (2002), an 18-meter-long work by Indonesian art collective Taring Padi that reflects Suharto’s brutal regime, was installed last Friday. On Monday, artists and fair organizers concealed the artwork behind black. Padi setting denied any anti-Semitic intent and apologized for “the harm caused in this context”. After further criticism from, among others, German Culture Minister Claudia Roth, Documenta director Sabine Schormann announced on Tuesday that she and the event’s curators, ruangrupa, have decided to withdraw the ‘work. A spokesman for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told the Judische Allgemeine that he would not be visiting Kassel this year, although he “probably hasn’t missed a Documenta in the past 30 years”. Ruangrupa was accused of anti-Semitism in the German media on several occasions in the months leading up to the exhibition – allegations the collective has vehemently denied.

A marble head, thought to represent Hercules, has been recovered by archaeologists of a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera. The Roman-era freighter was discovered in 1901; among the statues, ceramics and glassware unearthed by the divers were the astronomical device known as the Antikythera Mechanism, often described as the world’s first analog computer, and the body of the statue of Hercules, today now in the collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. In Saxony, meanwhile, an illustration supposed to be of Albrecht Durer was identified in a book from the Oldenburg State Library. The ancient Greek text published by the Venetian printer Aldus Manutius in 1502, has been part of the library’s collections since 1791; the drawing was identified by researchers during a recent inventory audit.

Jérôme Sans, co-founder of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris with Nicolas Bourriaud, had been named as the first creative director of Lake/Algo, a new cultural center in Chapultepec Park in Mexico City. The centre, described as a ‘laboratory of social and cultural models’, is part of a project costing around 1bn pesos (£368m) to redesign Chapultepec Park, led by the artist Gabriel Orozco; critics have questioned the artist’s oversight of so much of the nation’s federal arts budget. In Ottawa, Angela Cassie had been named interim director and CEO of National Gallery of Canada, succeeding Sasha Suda who is leaving for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And Noah Davishead of digital sales at Christie’s who led the sale of a work by Beeple for $69.3 million, said announcement that he is leaving the auction house to work as a brand manager for CryptoPunks, an NFT collection owned by Yuga Labs.

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