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The Art News You Missed While You Popped Out To The Gallery
KAWS flys high in the sky and Art Basel opens in Hong Kong
News 21 May 2021

Galleries are open again, wahoo! So, we don’t blame you if you’ve been too busy catching up on all your favourite art spots instead of checking news updates about movements in the art world. If you’re worried you missed something major, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with all the art news that you missed. 


Francois Pinault Opens Mega Museum In Paris

Image via @boursedecommerce

The French lockdown is lifting and with it comes a brand new museum. The Bourse de Commerce, which was founded by Francois Pinault of the Kering Group, opens to the public on May 22. Designed by architect Tadao Ando, the museum will house the businessman’s collection. It really does look spectacular! 

KAWS Brings Hot Air Balloon To UK

Image via @kaws

In collaboration with AllRightsReserved, KAWS has brought an inflatable version of KAWS:HOLIDAY to the UK. The work can actually host passengers in the sky and began its UK tour in Bristol, the hot-air balloon capital of England before going on a world tour at the end of the year. Find out all about how to book a trip in the sky with KAWS here.

Greece To Open Heritage Sights Underwater

Image via @kasosproject

Ever thought about combining museums and snorkelling? Well, Greece has plans to open underwater heritage sites for visitors soon, so you could just be in luck! Apparently there are whole ancient cities that have been submerged underwater since the fifth century BC that we’ll soon be able to visit. Read all about it via The Art Newspaper.

Artist Hana Creates Sustainable Non-Toxic Paint

London-based artist Hana has created a non-toxic, plastic-free, sustainable paint called Placrylics, all made from plants! Launched this week, the paints are an artist’s dream and come in a range of colours from succulent red to chlorophyll blue, they even come in environmentally friendly packaging too! You can buy them here.


Alicia Silverstone Models Rodarte’s New Collection

Image via @rodarte

It’s been decades and we still can’t get enough of Cher Horowitz in Clueless. Luckily for us, Alicia Silverstone still looks perfect and she is the face of Rodarte’s latest campaign. We’re just dying to get our hands on this look!

Prince’s Shoe Collection Goes On Display In Minneapolis 

Image via @officialpaisleypark

Over 300 pairs of Prince’s iconic footwear are to go on display at his Paisley Park home in Minneapolis from July 9. The show will include many custom pieces including footwear by Versace and a pair of rollerskates. 


Art Basel Opens in Hong Kong

Image via @artbasel

After a two year hiatus, Art Basel Hong Kong is back, hooray! Word has it that some VIPs will be met with holograms as gallerists attend via new technology in order to avoid a compulsory two-week quarantine. The future really is here! The fair runs until May 23 both online and IRL.  

Frieze To Launch Fair In Seoul

Image via @friezeofficial

Seoul seems to be an artistic hotspot today with several blue-chip galleries opening spaces in the South Korean capital. The scene is about to get a lot hotter now that Frieze has announced a new fair set to open in September 2022. We can’t wait to see how this unfolds!

Dasha Zhukova Launches Company Bringing Art Into Residential Spaces 

Image via @dasha

Dasha Zhukova of Garage fame has announced on her Instagram the launch of her new business: Ray. The new company focuses on architecturally-inspired residential spaces at the intersection of art, culture, and community with its first locations in Philadelphia and Harlem. We’re so excited to see what she does. 

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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