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A new director for the KW Institute and an art school inspired by Black Mountain College: the latest headlines from the art world

  • British Chancellor, George Osbourne, announced his eighth budget yesterday. As well as pledging GBP£54m of funds for the Royal College’s new campus in south London, Osbourne invited northern cities to apply to host the ‘Great Exhibition of the North’ in 2018, which has been allocated GBP£20m.
     
  • Prior to the reopening of an expanded SFMOMA in May, Gagosian Gallery and John Berggruen Gallery will both be opening new side-by-side spaces in San Francisco opposite the museum.
     
  • Dutch curator Krist Gruijthuijsen has been announced as the new director of the KW Institute, Berlin. Previously the artistic director of Grazer Kunstverein, Gruijthuijsen will take up the role on July 1, replacing both current director Gabriele Horn and chief curator, Ellen Blumenstein.
     
  • Heritage organization Europa Nostra has released a list of Europe’s seven most endangered heritage sites. As well as Venice, the list includes Patarei Sea Fortress in Tallinn in Estonia, Helsinki-Malmi Airport in Finland, and the Kampos of Chios in Greece.
     
  • BP is ending its 27-year partnership with the Tate, London. BP blamed the decision on the ‘extremely challenging business environment’ that has been created following the decrease in the price of oil over the last two years (paywall).
     
  • A group of artists from North Carolina have established a new art school inspired by the famed Black Mountain College (1933-57). Named Black Mountain School, it will open on the same site as its predecessor in late May.
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