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Collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo to Turn Venetian Island into Arts Space


The Isola di San Giacomo, a small, remote island off the coast of Venice, will be converted into an arts space by collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. It will be the third space overseen by her, after ones in Turin and the Italian town of Guarene. Last week, Re Rebaudengo revealed plans to turn the space into what her foundation labeled a “laboratory for ecological reflection.” She kicked off the initiative with a Jota Mombaça performance staged on San Giacomo that had been organized by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.

The island is currently home to three powder magazines built in 1810 by Napoleon, whose forces had destroyed an ancient monastery on the island to make way for them. Those powder magazines are now being converted by Re Rebaudengo into spaces where art exhibitions and events can be held. As part of the construction process, the island will also be restored, and new trees will be planted around buildings that have gone unused for five decades.

The Isola di San Giacomo.PHOTO GIOVANNA SILVA



Studio Ufan Lee opened its doors in Arles


On the 14th of April 2022, Lee Ufan Arles, a permanent exhibition center opened for Lee Ufan’s paintings and sculptures,  in the Hotel Vernon in the heart of the city of Arles (FR)

This private mansion, built between the 16th and 18th centuries, was acquired by the Lee Ufan Foundation to become the venue for a presentation of the artist’s work in the same way as those already open in Naoshima (Japan) and in Busan (South Korea).

Photo by Claire Dorn



Our heartfelt condolences and sadness at the news of artist and co-founder of KOAC, Harry Kiyooka’s passing.


Harry Kiyooka, RCA (1928 – 2022) B.Ed., B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A. Founder, Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre (KOAC) Canada.

It is with great sadness that the KOAC Board of Directors shares the news of our Founder and friend, Harry Kiyooka passing away peacefully on Friday, April 8, 2022. Harry was a passionate advocate of and inspiration for the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre. Founded in 2007 with his wife, sculptor Katie Ohe, the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre (KOAC), a year-round, art-in-nature destination, is dedicated to research, exhibition, education, and documentation of contemporary visual arts.

Harry was successful in securing a new Arts and Culture designation for the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre with Rocky View County, bringing the importance of arts to the conversation of land use. Harry’s influence in the art community spanned across Canada. He was a founding member of the Calgary Contemporary Arts Society (1982), a Life member of the Alberta Society of Artists and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy. In 1988, Harry was awarded a 125th Anniversary Medal of Confederation for his contribution to the community in establishing the Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts (now Contemporary Calgary), and in 1966, Harry was the recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Alberta College of Art and Design for contributions to the visual arts. Harry has influenced the success of the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre, and his legacy will live on in the art community and with all those who enjoy the beauty of KOAC.
Photography by Jeremy Fokkens for Avenue Magazine.



LAM Museum in Lisse (NL) takes a radical new course


From tomorrow, April 1st, the LAM is radically changing course. The theme of the collection, food and consumption, is being sharpened to reflect the developments of our time.

Museum Director Sietske van Zanten: ‘The LAM is a contemporary museum but above all a museum of the public. In the three years that we have been open, the food sector has developed at a phenomenal rate. The needs of consumers and therefore our visitors have changed. Meat is the new fly, oats are the new foam on your cappuccino. We cannot and do not want to stay behind.

Read More on their site (in Dutch)




Budi Tek, art collector, museum founder and tireless champion of Chinese art, has died aged 65


The visionary art collector and Yuz Museum founder Budiardjo “Budi” Tek has died at age 65 from pancreatic cancer. The Indonesian-Chinese businessman is best known for his broad art collection with a focus on Chinese contemporary art and for founding Yuz Museum Shanghai, which since its opening in 2014 has exhibited international artists including KAWS, Alberto Giacometti and Andy Warhol while pushing for greater recognition of both Chinese contemporary artists and emerging international names.

Read More on the Art Newspaper.




Herbert Foundation: Laura Hanssens appointed as it’s new director


Chairman Pierre Iserbyt and the Board of Directors appoint Laura Hanssens to serve as Director of Herbert Foundation.

Laura Hanssens joined Herbert Foundation in 2012, at the eve of its opening to the public. Together with the team, she will further develop the future of the Foundation, in line with the Foundation’s distinctive identity and vision.

February 2022





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