Could Paris Become a Safe Space for Artworks Threatened in Conflict Zones?

In further news: Yinka Shonibare organizes exhibition to resist extreme right-wing politics; Bjørn Nørgaard completes tomb for Danish queen

Anne Hidalgo, 2012. Courtesy: Flickr; PS

Anne Hidalgo, 2012. Courtesy: Flickr; PS

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo would like to see her city become a sanctuary for artworks endangered by conflict zones. Hidalgo’s controversial plan involves partnering with the International Alliance for the Protection for Heritage in Conflict Areas and Crédit Municipal de Paris, to provide storage space – according to a report in Le Figaro. But the mayor’s plan is not without its critics, who argue that heritage sites within the city should be prioritized, according to the Art Newspaper. Hidalgo’s vision follows on from debate within the country about France’s postcolonial responsibilities and the role of art restitution – president Emmanuel Macron is pushing for the return of African artworks currently housed in French museums to their respective nations.

Cannes Film Festival opens today, and as usual, features a marked lack of female representation – only three of the 17 films in the main competition were directed by women. Director Thierry Frémaux commented: ‘I’m a supporter of positive discrimination in everyday life, but not in the selection process of Cannes. Filmmakers want to be considered as artists.’ The festival is also conspicuous this year for its lack of Netflix participation, which removed its titles for consideration after being told that all competition films must receive theatrical distribution first.

Last November brought news of the conviction for money laundering of Bernardo Paz, founder of Brazil’s art museum Inhotim – Paz received money into an account set up abroad for arts donations, with some then funnelled to his mining conglomerate. A new BBC feature looks into the future of the museum, which was once entirely funded by Paz – and reports that its future seems secure even without its founder.

New York’s Dia Art Foundation has announced six new trustees, which include artists Lorna Simpson and Will Ryman as well as education advocate Carol T. Finley and collector Jahanaz Jaffer. ‘We are thrilled to be adding a diversity of leading voices in the fields of art, philanthropy, and business to our board,’ director Jessica Morgan said.

Yinka Shonibare is organizing an exhibition, ‘Talisman in the Age of Difference’ at London’s Stephen Friedman Gallery, which aims to resist ‘the resurgence of extreme right-wing politics and xenophobia across the globe,’ by bringing together over 40 artists from Africa and the diaspora. Artists will include Faith Ringgold, David Hammons and Larry Achiampong. ‘This is a time of affirmative difference; we cannot shy away from the historical context of our identities […] #Me Too and Black Lives Matter are celebrations of difference, survival and necessary acknowledgements of the diversity of society,’ Shonibare says. The exhibition runs from 5 June to 21 July.

And finally, a sarcophagus for Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II has been unveiled, designed by Danish artist Bjørn Nørgaard. Supported by pillars of Danish granite, Faroese basalt and Greenlandic marble, the tomb itself has been constructed out of glass – ‘Power has become transparent, or one could say, should be,’ the artist told a local newspaper. Nørgaard made his name for his The Horse Sacrifice performance in 1970 in which he killed a horse, and then carved it up to preserve in hundreds of jam jars – in an apparent protest against the violence of the Vietnam war. ‘If anything evokes pity when it involves human beings, it always evokes more pity when it involves animals. But we can only live if we recognise death,’ the artist said years later. 

Most Read

The punk artists’s invasion of the pitch during the Croatia vs. France match reminded us what Russia’s new ‘normality’...
In further news: Brexit voters avoid arts; New York libraries’s culture pass unlocks museums; Grayson Perry-backed...
If artificial intelligence were ever to achieve sentience, could it feasibly produce art? (And would it be good?)
The punk activist-artists have been charged with disruption after they charged the field during the France vs Croatia...
27 educators are taking the London gallery to an employment tribunal, demanding that they be recognized as employees
In further news: Glasgow School of Art to be rebuilt; Philadelphia Museum of Art gets a Frank Gehry-designed restaurant
Highlights from Condo New York 2018 and Commonwealth and Council at 47 Canal: the summer shows to see
Knussen’s music laid out each component as ‘precarious, vulnerable, exposed’ – and his conducting similarly worked from...
Nods to the game in World Cup celebrations show how dance has gone viral – but unwittingly instrumentalized for...
‘You can’t reason with him but you can ridicule him’ – lightweight as it is, Trump Baby is a win for art as a...
Anderson and partner Juman Malouf are sorting through the treasures of the celebrated Kunsthistorisches Museum for...
From Capote to Basquiat, the pop artist’s glittering ‘visual diary’ of the last years of his life is seen for the first...
‘When I opened Monika Sprüth Galerie, only very few German gallerists represented women artists’
Can a ragtag cluster of artists, curators and critics really push back against our ‘bare’ art world?
In further news: German government buys Giambologna at the eleventh hour; LACMA’s new expansion delayed
Gucci and Frieze present film number two in the Second Summer of Love series, focusing on the history of acid house
Judges described the gallery’s GBP£20 million redevelopment by Jamie Fobert Architects as ‘deeply intelligent’ and a ‘...
Is the lack of social mobility in the arts due to a self-congratulatory conviction that the sector represents the...
The controversial intellectual suggests art would be better done at home – she should be careful what she wishes for
Previously unheard music on Both Directions At Once includes blues as imposing as the saxophonist would ever record
In further news: Macron reconsiders artist residencies; British Council accused of censorship; V&A to host largest...
In our devotion to computation and its predictive capabilities are we rushing blindly towards our own demise?
Arts subjects are increasingly marginalized in the UK curriculum – but the controversial intellectual suggests art is...
An exhibition of performances at Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, unfolds the rituals of sexual encounters
An art historian explains what the Carters’s takeover of the Paris museum says about art, race and power
Artist Andrea Fraser’s 2016 in Museums, Money and Politics lifts the lid on US museum board members and...
The Ruhrtriennale arts festival disinvited the Scottish hip-hop trio for their pro-Palestinian politics, then u-turned
The Baltimore’s director on why correcting the art historical canon is not only right but urgent for museums to remain...
Serpentine swimmers complain about Christo’s floating pyramid; and Hermitage’s psychic cat is a World Cup oracle: the...
The largest mural in Europe by the artist has been hidden for 30 years in an old storage depot – until now
Alumni Martin Boyce, Karla Black, Duncan Campbell and Ciara Phillips on the past and future of Charles Rennie...
In further news: po-mo architecture in the UK gets heritage status; Kassel to buy Olu Oguibe’s monument to refugees
The frieze columnist's first novel is an homage to, and embodiment of, the late, great Kathy Acker
60 years after the celebrated Brutalist architect fell foul of local authorities, a Berlin Unité d’Habitation apartment...
The British artist and Turner Prize winner is taking on the gun advocacy group at a time of renewed debate around arms...
The central thrust of the exhibition positions Sicily as the fulcrum of geopolitical conflicts over migration, trade,...
The Carters’s museum takeover powers through art history’s greatest hits – with a serious message about how the canon...
The 20-metre-high Mastaba finally realizes the artist and his late wife Jeanne-Claude’s design
‘What is being exhibited at Manifesta, above all, is Palermo itself’
With the 12th edition of the itinerant European biennial opening in Palermo, what do local artists, curators and...
In the age of Brexit, why Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to return the ‘stolen’ Parthenon marbles has never been...
The curators seem set to ask, ‘how civilized is the world’s current state of affairs?’
US true crime series Unsolved takes two formative pop cultural events to explore their concealed human stories and...

On View

Latest Magazines

frieze magazine

April 2018

frieze magazine

May 2018

frieze magazine

June - August 2018