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Vik Muniz’s Rio Art School Profiled in WSJ

May 30th, 2016

Vik Muniz, via WSJThe WSJ takes an inside look at the experimental art school founded by Vik Muniz in one of Rio’s favelas, which has been chosen for inclusion in this year’s Architecture Biennale.  “To design and build in a favela is a huge challenge because of the topography and because it’s so dense,” says curator Washington Fajardo. “What’s interesting about Escola Vidigal is that it creates a dialogue with the pre-existing built environment while improving the quality of the space.”
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Taco Dibbits to Take Helm at Rijksmuseum

May 30th, 2016

Taco Dibbits, via NYTThe Rijksmuseum has named Taco Dibbits, the museum’s current director of collections, as its new director, following the departure of Wim Pijbes.  “It’s one of the most beautiful museums in the world, and it’s a dream come true for me,” Dibbits told the New York Times. “I’ve already got a fantastic team of people, and we hope that we can make as many people as possible enjoy and be inspired, and be touched by, the great works of art that the museum houses.”
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Arrests Made in Spain OVer Francis Bacon Theft

May 30th, 2016

The stolen Francis Bacon paintings, via The GuardianSeven people have been arrested in Spain, in connection with the theft of five Francis Bacon paintings valued at €25m.  Police found the works after receiving photographs from British investigators, and tracing the camera equipment used to photograph the works.  “It is not at all easy to sell a Francis Bacon, large or small, without that getting to the ears of those who pore over such a rarified sector,” one expert said of the theft.
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Dakis Joannou

Collector’s Birthdate: b. 1970

Joannou is the Greek chair of a group of privately held building and civil engineering companies. He is a member of the Guggenheim Museum and the New Museum of Contemporary Art and sits as a council member at the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate.

He is considered one of the world leaders in collecting contemporary European art and has also been closely-linked to American-born Jeff Koons collecting pieces from his 1985 “Equilibrium” series which inspired Joannou to begin collecting art, as well as the British pair of Tim Noble and Sue Webster. Notable works in his collection include Koon’s “Michael Jackson and Bubbles” as well as Chris Ofili’s “The Adoration of Captain Shit and the Legend of Black Stars”.

He is also the founder Athen’s privately-funded Deste Foundation which purchases and shows the work of promising young artists.

On collection:

“Art can certainly be perceived as an economic investment, but also as a sound investment on a human level. For example, if you develop a collection and you then give people access to these works of art, whether by lending them to museums or showing them in your own exhibition space, this goes way beyond an investment of money. That’s how I like to do things.”

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

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