ArtistsInstitutions 24-11-2017

November 24 | Paris’ Louvre debuts first particle accelerator dedicated to art

At Paris’ Louvre, art and technology are getting even closer. In Berlin, the opening of a major institution dedicated to Modern Art is being postponed...

Paris’ Louvre debuts first particle accelerator dedicated to art

The Parisian museum has revealed that AGLAE — the first particle accelerator dedicated to art — was switched on on Thursday at the institution, and it will be used to study and authenticate artworks.

The 37-meter accelerator, housed underneath the museum, “works by speeding up helium and hydrogen nuclei to speeds of between 20,000 and 30,000 kilometers per second and then bombarding the object, which emits radiation that can be captured and analyzed”. The machine will thus be able to determine the chemical makeup of artworks without the need to take samples.

The one-of-a-kind accelerator will also be available for use to other European institutions. More via Artdaily.


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The opening of Berlin’s museum of Modern Art postponed to 2023-2024

The institution will be designed by architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron in one of the buildings of the Kulturforum, just by the Neue Nationalgalerie, and will feature 4,000 twentieth-century works. The opening was slated for 2021, but is being postponed to 2023-2024. Its cost is estimated at €200 million. More (in German) via Monopol.


Herzog & de Meuron's design for a new museum of Modern art in Berlin. Image courtesy Herzog & de Meuron / vogt landschaftsarchitekten AG.



The Sharjah Art Foundation releases open call for 11th March meeting

The Sharjah Art Foundation has announced that calls are open for the March Meeting 2018 (MM 2018) taking place between March 17 and 19, 2018.

The March Meeting 2018 is open to artists, writers, curators and art practitioners, and asks them to “explore issues of resistance through consideration of organization as a primary act of, and condition for, artistic and cultural production.” Through talks, lectures and workshops, MM 2018 looks to “examine the relationship between recognizable forms, such as projects, exhibitions, conferences and the surrounding informality from which these events emerge”, in order to reassess art’s relationship with notions of authorship, agency, power and the public.  More via the  Sharjah Art Foundation's website.


March Meeting attendees, 2017. Image Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.


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