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NEWS // Guggenheim Berlin closing !

“Guggenheim to Close Berlin Outpost”

After 15 years, Deutsche Guggenheim, an outpost of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in the headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Berlin, is closing at the end of the year.

The decision to end the partnership between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Deutsche Bank was announced in Berlin on Monday morning. Neither the bank nor the Guggenheim gave a concrete reason for the decision, saying only that their contract expires at the end of 2012.

“Since 1997, when Deutsche Guggenheim was established under the leadership of Thomas Krens, its program has played an essential role in the development of contemporary art in Berlin,” Richard Armstrong, director of the Guggenheim Foundation, said in a statement. “Berlin today is a very different city from what it was when we began. We feel the time is right now to step back and re-examine our collaboration to see how it might evolve.’’

Over the years the Guggenheim has held 57 exhibitions and attracted 1.8 million visitors. It also commissioned 17 artists — among them John Baldessari, Anish Kapoor, Gerhard Richter and James Rosenquist — to create new works that were first shown at Deutsche Guggenheim.

The end of Deutsche Guggenheim does not signal an end to the Guggenheim’s international network of museums. It is awaiting the green light from the City Board and the City Council of Helsinki to embark on a new Guggenheim Museum in Finland; an announcement is expected in the next few weeks.

source : NYtimes (+)

OMA // 24 hours Museum, Paris

!opening in Paris at the Palais d’Iéna [yesterday]

The 24-hour Museum, a collaboration between AMO, Prada and artist Francesco Vezzoli, opens in Paris on Tuesday night at the Palais d’Iéna, a modernist pavilion built by Auguste Perret in 1937. The one-off event – including an opening night party, public and press tours, and visits by schoolchildren – will be a staging of a “fake” museum, examining the modes in which art is presented and consumed, and the role of the museum as a social condensor.
AMO’s Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli comments: “This is a new step in the ongoing collaboration between AMO and Prada. For us, it’s an opportunity to question the conditions of the museum we so often encounter.”

AMO has designed three types of exhibition spaces for the concrete interiors of the Palais d’Iéna: one classical and propagandistic, framed by the monumental curving stairs; one experimental contemporary, featuring a cage surrounding the main hall, illuminated with pink neon; and one named “Storage or Salon de Refusés”, inspired by forgotten museums and warehouses. Vezzoli’s statues – featuring the faces of contemporary celebrities – will be installed throughout the spaces.

The result is an ephemeral “total museum” that hosts a sequence of rituals unfolding through the 24 hours.

via OMA (+)