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Ann Goldstein moves to Chicago and Pussy Riot are set to unite with Tania Bruguera: a look at the latest headlines

  • The Art Institute of Chicago has named Ann Goldstein as its new deputy director and its curator of modern and contemporary art. Goldstein served as director of the Stedelijlk Museum, Amsterdam, from 2010 to 2013.
     
  • Following the Syrian army's recent recapture of Palmyra from the hands of Daesh, Maamoun Abdelkarim, Syria’s director of antiquities, has vowed that the historic site will be rebuilt. In October of last year, it was widely broadcast that Daesh had destroyed the city's Roman-era Arch of Triumph.
     
  • German art historian and curator Nina Zimmer has been appointed director of both the Zentrum Paul Klee and the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland. Zimmer is currently the deputy director at the Kunstmuseum Basel. (German)
     
  • Yongwoo Lee, president of the International Biennial Association, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of London's Serpentine Galleries, have been named as the artistic directors of the inaugural edition of the Shanghai Project, which will open at The Shanghai Himalayas Museum in September. The project will be titled '2116', and will focus on 'the sustainability of our futures'. 
     
  • The UK culture minister Ed Vaizey has issued the first Government White Paper on culture since 1965, when Jennie Lee published ‘A Policy for the Arts’.
     
  • Art Cologne has announced that its 2017 edition will take place between 28 April and 1 May, the same dates occupied by Berlin's Gallery Weekend. In a statement given to German magazine Monopol, director Daniel Hug stated that the clash was the result of scheduling issues relating to the Koelnmesse convention hall.
     
  • Pussy Riot are set to become the first resident artists at Tania Bruguera’s crowdfunding initiative, the Institute of Artivism Hannah Arendt (INSTAR), which was first launched at the 12th Havana Biennial in 2015. Pussy Riot will be succeeded by the Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar, followed by US artist and writer Trevor Paglen.
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