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AO ON SITE: 60th Venice Biennale “Foreigners Everywhere”

April 30th, 2024

Movimento dos Artistas Huni Kuin at Venice Biennale 2024

Movimento dos Artistas Huni Kuin at Venice Biennale 2024

The 60th International Art Exhibition, known as the Venice Biennale, is set to run from April 20 to November 24, 2024. This year’s theme, “Stranieri Ovunque” or “Foreigners Everywhere,” is curated by Adriano Pedrosa, marking a significant milestone as the first South American curator of the Biennale Arte. The event is hosted at Venice’s historic Giardini and Arsenale venues, which have been central to the Biennale since its earliest editions. The theme explores the concepts of intersectionality, displacement, and the reevaluation of geographical margins in the art world. 
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London- Yoko Ono at Tate Modern

March 28th, 2024

Yoko Ono at Tate Modern4

Yoko Ono at Tate Modern

“Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind” exhibition at Tate Modern, is on until September 1st and is an expansive journey through Yoko Ono’s artistic legacy, blending music, installations, photography, and interactive performance art. This landmark showcase, the UK’s most extensive collection of Ono’s work, spans her groundbreaking contributions from the early 1950s to today, highlighting her role as a pioneer in avant-garde art circles worldwide.

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Skarstedt London: Jeff Koons

March 12th, 2024

Koons at Skarstedt

Koons at Skarstedt

From 1st March to 25th May 2024, Skarstedt’s London Gallery presents a solo exhibition featuring the work of American artist Jeff Koons. The show includes five mural-sized paintings crafted between 2001 and 2013 drawn from Koons’ series: Easyfun-Ethereal, Antiquity, and Popeye.
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Eli Broad

Collector’s Birthdate:
b. 1933

Broad is a billionaire best known for his art collection as well as his philanthropy. The majority of his fortune was made from his real estate company, Kaufman and Broad (KB) as well financial giant, SunAmerica, of which he was CEO until 2000.

Since 1984, the Broad Art Foundation has operated as a lending source to more than 400 museums and galleries. He serves on the boards of Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Paying close attention to young artists over the years, his personal collection contains an assortment of trophy pieces, including “Balloon Dog” by Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst’s “Away from the Flock (II)”. As a collector, he has adopted a policy of lending works from his collection, not selling them.

A resident of Los Angeles, he has been linked with efforts to revitalize the city’s downtown. In 1991, he endowed Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, his alma mater. In 2003, he donated $100 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. In 2003, he and his wife Edythe donated another $100 million to Harvard.

More recent contributions include $26 million to Michigan State University to create the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

On his foundation owning art versus selling:

“If they sell it to one museum, it will be in storage ninety-five percent of the time, because most museums, as you know, can display maybe five percent of their collections. So there’s an advantage in having our foundation own the work, because we will lend it for shows within reason, or when the artists wants it placed. In effect, the artist still has the right to place it, but gets the money paid for it.”

Lindemann, Adam. Collecting Contemporary: Los Angeles, Taschen GmbH 2006.


Eli Broad’s art: A philanthropist opts not to give it all away