Briefing

Iranian authorities drop all charges against Parviz Tanavoli, while UNESCO pay tribute to Le Corbusier

  • Suhanya Raffel is set to replace Lars Nittve as executive director of Hong Kong’s M+ Museum. Raffel, who is currently the deputy director and director of collections at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia, will assume the position in November.
     
  • San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum has released the first digital renderings of its recently announced expansion. The building, which has been designed by Los Angeles-based architects wHY, will occupy 12,000-square-feet at 200 Larkin Street and is slated to cost around USD$25 million.
     
  • New York’s P.P.O.W Gallery is set to expand in September, when it will open a new project space and showroom. The new 2,000-square-foot space will be located on the sixth floor of 535 West 22nd Street, above the gallery’s current location.
     
  • Iranian authorities have dropped all charges against leading artist Parviz Tanavoli. On 2 July, Tanavoli had his passport removed at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport without explanation, and was later accused of disturbing the peace.
     
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have listed 17 buildings designed by French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier as World Heritage Sites. An official statement from UNESCO paid tribute to Le Corbusier’s ‘new architectural language that made a break with the past’.

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