#1 Good-Bye: Garage Museum Founders Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova Split.
The Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and Garage Magazine founder Dasha Zhukova—one of the contemporary art scene’s biggest power couples—have split. In a statement released to the media on Monday, the couple said: “We are committed to jointly raising our two children. We will also continue to work together as co-founders of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the New Holland Island cultural centre in Saint Petersburg.”
Abramovich owns the high-profile English soccer team Chelsea F.C. Zhukova started Garage Museum, sits on the board of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is a founding partner of Artsy. in 2016 she was ranked 98th on ArtReview magazine’s Power 100 list of “most influential people in the contemporary art world”.
#2 Hello: Abramovic and Ulay Reunite at After Epic Great Wall Break Up.
The artists Marina Abramovic and Ulay reunited on stage and on screen at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The artists’ pioneering life as performing couple ended dramatically in 1988 after an epic walk towards each other along the Great Wall of China. At the opening of Abramovic’s retrospective at the Danish museum in late June, her former lover joined her on stage. Unlike their somewhat nostalgic tearful meeting at NY’s MoMA during Abramovic’s performance The Art is Present in 2010, at Louisiana the pair seems laid back and finally in peace and pace.
#3 Good-Bye: RIP Martin Roth.
Martin Roth passed away in Berlin yesterday, aged 62. When he retired as director of the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum last autumn he seemed in good health, but cancer was diagnosed immediately after his departure.
Roth had served as director general of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden from 2001 to 2011. He then moved to London to become director of the V&A, where visitor numbers soared with a series of major exhibitions including a David Bowie show and expanded the museum’s international links.
#4 Good-Bye: Burglary at Skulptur Projekte Münster
This project is starting to get somewhat worrisome. Today, officials at Skulptur Projekte Münster shared news of the third unfortunate event in a very short period to disturb the public art show located in Germany’s city of Münster. This time, “technical equipment” related to Koki Tanaka’s work, a sound and video installation, was taken away from the building that houses it.
“As soon as new technology arrives and can be installed, the location will be reopened to the public,” the organizers said in a statement after the incident became announced to media.
The burglary comes after the vandalism of Nicole Eisenman’s fountain and the theft of an LED painting by Ei Arakawa, which has since been replaced.
#5 Hello: Cindy Sherman Takes Instagram Account Public
Photographer Cindy Sherman — who knows more than most about the deceptions of selfies — has quietly been exploring Instagram’s potential for something more than self-promotion. She created a private account on the service last October while in Tokyo and unlocked the holy feed last week unveiling around 600 posts – most of them showing deformed selfies.
Her account since than has caused a huge stir in media and her IG handle has been added to most of the art worlders daily feed.
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