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Venice – a Floating World of Art Venice remains a glittering symbol of civilization in an uncertain world. How does its art reflect its storied history? Petrarch, the fourteenth-century Tuscan poet, called Venice a mundus alter, “another world,” and the city remains unique in its appeal to the visitor in search of art, culture and history. Needless to say its physical structure, a cluster of islands connected by bridges and canals, is unusual enough –...

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What are the security challenges facing art institutions and private collectors, and how can they be met? Technology is the key, as we find out from the experts from Fortecho What are the major security challenges facing art institutions? To secure, protect and showcase their invaluable collections institutions must adapt to the constantly changing environment. It is rare that museums suffer the kind of Hollywood style heists that attract significant press attention these days. The...

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A challenging enough business at the best of times, art logistics has become an even more complex undertaking in these days of coronavirus, Brexit and economic uncertainty. We asked the experts from hasenkamp for their insights How have European logistics specialists adapted to the challenges of 2020? The impact of the coronavirus on art logistics and storage has to be judged differently. Transport, especially international transport, is of course very much related to the airline...

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In common with many other art events planned for the back half of this year, the Art Car Boot Fair has cancelled its live event in favour of an online version of the famously exuberant one-day event. The first ever Viral Art Car Boot Fair will take place exclusively online on Sunday 20th September at 12 – 6pm, with Gavin Turk, Polly Morgan, Marcus Harvey, Sara Pope, Helen Beard, Pam Hogg and Pure Evil joining...

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With some signs of the coronavirus lockdown easing, and doors of galleries, museums, exhibitions and theatres starting to re-open, we’re taking a look at the way the art world has responded to the coronavirus pandemic, and what the ‘new normal’ might look like. The doors of the Design Museum in London are finally open again, and celebrations are well underway in the new exhibition Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers. There are sights including...

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Like many other artists, London-based Lauren Baker, leading ‘light artist’ and creator of spectacular large-scale public artworks, is having to adjust to life under lockdown, with events cancelled, collaborations made challenging and the day-to-day practicalities of an artist’s working method made difficult. So Arts & Collections asked Lauren Baker how the creative mind responds, both artistically and practically, to working during the coronavirus lockdown. (Header photo – credit Neil Collins) Q. What’s your usual working...

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The art market is facing new challenges daily as it adjusts to the realities of navigating the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. We asked experts from multinational legal advisors Withers, Diana Wierbicki, Partner and Global Head of Art Law, and Amanda Rottermund, Art Law Associate, for their insight. Q: With auctions and art fairs being cancelled, postponed and rescheduled (or turning completely virtual), how can consignors and consignees adapt to calendar uncertainties? A: Coupled with logistical shutdowns,...

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The Arts Society Connected is a new digital platform being launched on 7th April by The Arts Society, the UK’s leading arts education charity which has 90,000 members aged 60-100, with the majority aged 70 and over. Free to both The Art Society’s 90,000 members as well as the general public, The Art Society Connects will host a series of fortnightly lectures by the UK’s leading art historians, as well as film screenings, and a community...

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While the coronavirus pandemic has shut down almost all art events in the capital, a survey by The Art Newspaper has shown that 2019 was the busiest year for London museums this century, and saw record attendances at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Helped by exhibition such as Van Gogh and Britain, Tate Britain had its busiest year ever in 2019, and it was also a record year for Tate Modern, with 1.8 m...

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Art Paris, initially due to take place from April 2nd—5th, has been postponed to May 28th–31st, at the original location, the Grand Palais. Guillaume Piens, director of the fair said “As many countries globally, France is currently affected by the spread of the Coronavirus, which has given rise to conditions that will make it extremely complicated to hold an event as important as Art Paris at the beginning of April. “As organisers of the fair,...

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