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Anton Kern Gallery makes plans to leave Chelsea and Parisian museums take precautions against flooding

  • Orrin Hatch, the Republican senator and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has stated that private museums could ‘do more’ to benefit the general public and therefore justify their tax exemptions. In a letter to the International Revenue Services, Hatch wrote: ‘Despite the good work that is being done […] I remain concerned that this area of our tax code is ripe for exploitation.’
     
  • The Louvre Museum and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris have been forced to temporarily close their doors in order to protect their collections, with severe downpours causing the nearby River Seine to rise five metres above normal levels. The Louvre is set to evacuate artworks from its underground vaults for the first time since the Second World War.
     
  • A petition to dismantle an eight-storey building in Mexico City that obstructs the view of Espacio Escultórico (Sculptural Space), a vast piece of land art that was erected in 1979, has gained more than 30,000 signatures. Comprising 64 concrete pyramids arranged in a perfect circle, the work was collaboratively conceived by Helen Escobedo, Manuel Felguérez, Mathias Goeritz, Manuel Hernández Suárez, Federico Silva and Enrique Carbajal.
     
  • Plans have been unveiled for Indonesia’s first museum of modern and contemporary art. Located in Jakarta's Kebon Jeruk neighborhood and designed by local architects ARKdesign, Museum MACAN (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara) is slated to open in 2017.
     
  • After 15 years in the area, New York’s Anton Kern Gallery is relocating from Chelsea to midtown Manhattan. The announcement comes a year and a half after its current building was sold to property developer DDG.
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