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Places to See: A New Modern Museum for Dubai

Among many exciting developments in Dubai, a new project emergesThe Museum of Middle Eastern Modern Art. Commissioned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister of UAE, UN Studios will design and construct the futuristic structure.

Located in Culture Village, Dubai hopes the museum will be a hub for multicultural understanding. It will also serve as a global platform for local artists. We were unable to find any information about when the structure will be completed, but we’re looking forward to middle eastern art having another platform among the modern art scene. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Places to See: San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum speaks boldly through design. Its futuristic and unique stylings suggest something more than mere aesthetics. They represent a museum’s efforts to look forward and focus on the overarching cultural impact of Judaism rather than its historical past alone.

Yesterday, the New York Times published an interesting article about the new museum. As they noted, “Daniel Libeskind – the lead architect – viewed San Francisco’s cultural freedom, curiosity and possibility as a source that inspired a far different museum than the Old World, which is haunted by the tragedies and traumas of the Jewish past – traumas evoked by Mr. Libeskind in three other Jewish-theme museums he has designed – in Berlin, Copenhagen and Osnabrück, Germany.” We found the article really interesting. Be sure to check it out. Click Read More for additional information.

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Local Events: ArteBA Buenos Aires City

Once we hit Spring there seems to be an explosion of art fairs and exhibitions. Good weather and art go hand in hand. Case in point, ArteBA in Buenos Aires. Held at La Rural from May 29 to June 2, this annual five day contemporary art fair not only provides a platform promoting several dozens of Argentinean and international artists, but visitors are open to participate in debates and talks that are held throughout the event. This highly anticipated and well respected exhibition is a must see. Click Read More for additional information about the event.

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Local Events: Artful Expressions of Science

Good art entices its audience. Great art entices and allows its audience to take a familiar topic and think of it from a different perspective. Modern artist Ranjani Shettar does just that. She utilizes her artistic abilities to explore the amazing world of nature and science through the use of varied materials like sawdust, wood, metal and PVC tubing.

Shettara’s newest sculpture, Sun-Sneezers Blow Light Bubbles, explores the concept of people sneezing when exposed to bright light or the sun. View her collection of sculptural installations at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston until July 13th. Click Read More for additional information.

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Places to See: Jeff Koons Exhibit at the Metropolitan

This weekend provides a great opportunity to visit Jeff Koons’ exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He currently has three pieces on display at the Met’s Cantor Rooftop Garden. The outdoor exhibit is enjoyable during this spring season. New York City’s sky-scape provides a wonderful backdrop for the works displayed.

Jeff Koons’ art has been displayed at the Moma, Whitney, Guggenheim, Tokyo Met and many others. Noted for his simple, yet thoughtful work, many have analyzed his pieces. Recently the New York Times suggested that there were perverse undertones wrapped in Koons’ simplicity. While others suggest that his works represents a nod to simpler youthful times. Either way, his pieces are interesting and merit visiting. Be sure to check them out – the exhibit runs until October 26, 2008. Click Read More for additional information and details.

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Local Events: Salone del Mobile 2008 Milan

International design and furniture collide at this year’s Salone del Mobile trade show. Salone 2008 started earlier this week and runs until April 21. Billed as the world’s largest design trade show, you don’t want to miss this if you’re in the area. It’s a great place to view innovative and upcoming designs within the realm of furniture and accessories.

The show opens up to the general public this Sunday (April 20) and Wallpaper has a great podcast covering the event. It includes information and tips for getting around town. These tips shouldn’t be taken lightly. The popularity of the show draws an enormous amount of tourists to Milan each year. It’s been recorded that an extra 270,000 tourists come to the area during the event, which means crowded streets, hotels and cabs. So go prepared. Click Read More for additional information, photos and links.

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Local Events: Ferragamo Evolving Legend Shanghai

Salvatore Ferragamo is a fashion icon. Becoming one is no easy task. It takes a forward thinking & creative mind that can design within the box, but chooses to go beyond expectations. It takes impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail to create a design that is not only compelling in the development stages – but when completed, it immediately grabs the attention of your audience. And of course, it must be wearable.

Ferragamo’s designs grab the attention of his audience. His expertise in shoe repair and design for Hollywood stars propelled him into the upper echelon of high fashion. With this strong foundation, it was inevitable that the Ferragamo design house would venture into handbags, clothing, eyewear and every other aspect of fashion design. In celebration of his work and achievements, The Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art is Salvatore Ferragamo: Evolving Legend 1928 – 2008 from March 30 to May 7. Learn the history of legendary fashion icon Salvatore Ferragamo, the design house he built and a view hundreds of his original pieces. Click Read More for additional information.

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