A new theory about van Gogh’s ear, the tallest building in the world, and a terrorist attack against a Danish cartoonist are among the top stories of the new year.
A NEW DECADE, BOUND TO THE LAST BUT OPTIMISTIC ANYWAY
2010! The numbers seem so round and inviting, the promise of a new decade free from the economic idiocies and political nightmares of the previous one, turning a page onto a more responsible chapter in the world at large and the art world too. (Read on.)
CARAVAGGIO’S BODY FOUND, LEONARDO’S SOUGHT, & A NEW THEORY ABOUT VAN GOGH’S EAR
However, some of the most interesting stories of the new year involve macabre minings of the past. (Read on.)
HERMITAGE ADDS CONTEMPORARY ART, A PARIS MUSEUM CLOSES & CROOKS PULL OFF THE YEAR’S FIRST ART THEFTS
In more up-to-date news, the Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg has fallen in line with the rising global interest in contemporary art by declaring that it will build a 650,000-square-foot expansion to show temporary exhibitions of cutting-edge work alongside 20th century art. (Read on.)
THE WORLD’S NEWEST, TALLEST BUILDING, A STARCHITECT PLAYGROUND IN BASEL, & A NEW PROJECT FOR GEHRY
In architectural news, the cash-strapped emirate of Dubai has cut the ribbon on the tallest building in the world, a $1 billion skyscraper designed by Chicago’s Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. (Read on.)
COMINGS & GOINGS
In Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts has picked Jen Mergel, a 33-year-old curator at the ICA Boston, to head its contemporary art programming. (Read on.)
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