Plans for cultural and educational hub to go ahead

Plans for a new cultural and educational hub on the London 2012 Olympic site are to go ahead, London Mayor Sadiq Khan told The Art Newspaper on Wednesday night (17 August).

Former London Mayor, Boris Johnson, announced major new plans for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2014. Dubbed ‘Olympicopolis’ in an ode to South Kensington’s 86 acre ‘Albertopolis’ museum precinct, the new quarter on the Stratford waterfront was to bring together ‘art, dance, history, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design’. Continue reading

Smithsonian hosts urgent meeting to halt auction of Native American objects

An emergency meeting has taken place in Washington DC to try to prohibit an auction that involves sacred indigenous objects from taking place on 30 May.

According to Hyperallergic, on 24 May tribal leaders, US government representatives and NGO officials gathered yesterday at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American India to condemn the Art Amerindien, Art Precolombien, Afrique et Oceanie sale, organized by EVE (Estimations Ventes aux Enchères) auction house at Drouot Richelieu, Paris. Continue reading