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Morning Links: ‘Guggenheimian’ Structure Edition

Pieter Brueghel the Elder, The Tower of Babel, 1563.



Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art has announced plans to open a second museum, UCCA Dune, in Hebei Province’s Beidaihe District. The space, which will open this fall, is being called “Guggenheimian.” [The Art Newspaper]

This past Sunday, the National Museum of Brazil went up in flames. The cause of the fire was not immediately known, and the damage to the museum and its holdings are still being assessed. [ARTnews]

To fund its ongoing protests against London’s National Gallery, 27 workers who believe they were unfairly dismissed from their posts at the museum will auction art inspired by pieces currently hanging on the institution’s walls. [The Telegraph]

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has delayed its unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, which was originally supposed to go on view at the museum on September 18. [Artnet News]

Art Basel

Art Basel has altered its pricing structure for participating galleries such that two-thirds of the Swiss fair’s exhibitors at its next edition will pay less than in previous years, while one-third will pay more. In a statement, the fair explained that the changes were made in response to “current financial pressures faced by many galleries.” [ARTnews]


Ahead of his latest big show, at David Zwirner gallery in New York, photographer Wolfgang Tillmans gets the New Yorker profile treatment. Of Tillmans, who seems to photograph just about everything, Emily Witt writes, “His art often shows what is new.” [The New Yorker]

See a clip from the latest episode of Art21’s show Art in the Twenty-First Century, featuring the artist Susan Philipsz discussing her work. [ARTnews]

Takashi Murakami revealed three new sculptures—all set to appear at a forthcoming Gagosian gallery show in Hong Kong—on Instagram this weekend. Drake had his own input on the matter, writing, in response to one work called KIKI, “Um I need this if it’s Keke.” [Hypebeast]

An Awol Erizku Twofer

For the New Yorker, Awol Erizku has unveiled a series of new photographs based on the work of Ruth E. Carter, the costume designer who has worked on such films as Black Panther and Do the Right Thing. [The New Yorker]

Meanwhile, for Artforum, Erizku has created another set of photographs, these ones with a more conceptual bent. [Artforum]


Critic Peter Schjeldahl weighs in on the closure of the Village Voice, the now-defunct publication that took a chance on him after he’d written just a few short reviews for this magazine. Looking through the archives, he remarks, “The paper’s swaggering confidence and pizazz, instantly responsive to zigs and zags of the downtown Zeitgeist, startled me. I had forgotten.” [The New Yorker]

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