K11 Art Foundation and the New Museum establish a new residency program; London's V&A wins the Museum of the Year award

  • London’s Victoria and Albert Museum has been awarded the 2016 Art Fund Museum of the Year award. The institution will use the GBP£100,000 prize money to revive its Circulation Department, which until 1977 sent touring exhibitions to museums and art schools around the UK.
  • Early designs have been revealed for the Main Museum, a new institution that is scheduled to open in downtown Los Angeles in 2020. The museum, which will cost an estimated USD$50 million, boasts 40,000 square feet of exhibition space, a rooftop sculpture garden and an amphitheatre.
  • Non-profit development corporation Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has partnered with Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, a coalition of more than 30 cultural groups, to draft a policy to protect the cultural identity of Downtown Brooklyn amidst rapid development.
  • After years of negotiations, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum in Copenhagen has agreed to return a collection of looted archaeological artefacts to Italy. The Danish museum has long denied that the artefacts were obtained illegally, but in a statement released on Tuesday, it acknowledged that ‘investigations have shown that the objects had been unearthed in illegal excavations in Italy and exported without license.’
  • The New Museum in New York has partnered with Hong Kong-based K11 Art Foundation to establish a New York residency program for young Chinese artists. The first artist-in-residence will be filmmaker Cheng Ran, whose exhibition in October will mark his first solo show in the USA.

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