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Anselm Kiefer at CERN. Photo: Julian Calo, courtesy CERN.
date:2016-03-17 01:41:47

"Encouraging curiosity is central to our agenda, and introducing the public to experimental and open-minded artists is an amazing way to inspire creativity both within science and arts," added FACT director Mike Stubbs in a statement.

The list of criteria for applicants calls for "artists interested in the cultural significance of science" or "pushing the traditional forms of collaboration between the artistic and scientific fields." There are no requirements for age or nationality, although the winner must speak English in order to communicate with the FACT and CERN teams.

Applications are being accepted until May 23, 2016, and the winner of the COLLIDE International Award will be announced at the end of June.

date:2016-03-17 01:37:41

Ambitious Street Art Museum to Open in Berlin in 2017

ROA mural in Berlin. Photo: Henri Neuendorf
date:2016-03-17 01:36:59

The streets of Berlin contain such a high quantity of street art that they may already qualify as an outdoor museum. But now the German capital is due to get a new dedicated Museum of Urban Contemporary Art to provide a forum for the history and development of the art form.

 

The museum is due to open in mid 2017 because the building needs to undergo extensive renovations before it can admit the public.

Curator Yasha Young is the driving force behind the museum project. Photo: Urban Nation
date:2016-03-17 01:35:56

Organized by the Urban Nation cultural foundation, which supports citywide urban art projects, the museum is being funded by a €900,000 ($999,981) grant from the Berlin Lotto Foundation, which supports social, cultural, environmental, and charitable projects.

According to Tagesspiegel, more precise details of the museum will be announced mid May. The foundation has stayed tight-lipped on what visitors can expect. However, an anonymous employee gave away an enticing hint, saying that the building will be "very unusual."

Victor Ash mural in Berlin. Photo: Henri Neuendorf
date:2016-03-17 01:35:01

In the meantime, Urban Nation will commission street artists to paint 12 large-scale murals on the walls of buildings lining Schöneberg's Bülowstrasse, the street where the museum will be based.

Berlin's stellar reputation for urban art stretches back to 1961, when Soviet backed East Germany built the Berlin Wall. The wall's symbolic significance of the wall as a divisive medium turned it into an obvious place for the city's residents to express their frustrations.

JR mural in Berlin. Photo: Henri Neuendorf
date:2016-03-17 01:34:11

The city's famous East Side Gallery—a stretch of the Berlin wall that has been left standing—still bears the murals created during the Cold War, and remains one of the city's most popular tourist destinations.

The wall's reputation has since attracted a large variety of street artists from around the world to Berlin. Artists such as Os Gemeos, ROA, Victor Ash, JR, Blu, and many more have painted prominent murals throughout the city.

date:2016-03-17 01:31:15

Francis Bacon Paintings Worth $33 Million Stolen From Madrid Home

Sale of Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969) at Christie's New York in 2013. Photo: Christie's.
date:2016-03-17 01:30:28

Five paintings by Francis Bacon have been stolen from the private residence in Madrid of J. C. B., a Spanish friend of the legendary painter who inherited the artworks when Bacon died, in 1992.

The five paintings have a combined worth of €30 million ($33 million).According to El País, it's the biggest contemporary art heist to have taken place in Spain in the last few decades.

 

The theft occurred in June 2015, when J. C. B. left his residence in the Plaza de la Encarnacion—an affluent area in the center of Madrid, near the Senate and the Royal Palace—for a few hours.

The heist has only been made public now for unspecified reasons, but an investigation has been unfolding ever since on both a national and international level, El País reports. The artworks, which are said to be of medium to small size, haven't been found yet, but it is believed that they are still on Spanish soil.

The thieves entered the five-story building without being seen by either the doorman or neighbors, and broke into the private residence after de-activating the alarm. It is believed that the burglars monitored the movements of the owner while he was away to make sure they wouldn't get caught red-handed upon his return.

The building doesn't have CCTV cameras, but investigators have reportedly examined the security cameras in the area.

A building in Madrid's Plaza de la EncarnaciĆ³n, the square where the theft took place last June. Photo:Wikimedia Commons.
date:2016-03-17 01:29:17

According to El País, investigators were particularly alert during therecent edition of ARCO, Madrid's contemporary art fair, during which they thought they might encounter some activity related to the stolen works.

“The circle in which a work like this can be sold is very small," an expert in contemporary painting told El País on condition of anonymity. “It's not easy at all to offer a Francis Bacon, big or small, without news reaching the scouters of this specific sector. It won't be easy for the thieves," he explained.

In 2013, Bacon's Three Studies of Lucien Freud (1969) fetched $142.4 million at an auction at Christie's New York, smashing records at the time.

Meanwhile, ABC reported that the initials J. C. B. correspond to José Capelo Blanco, and that he was Bacon's last lover during a relationship that lasted four years, until Bacon's death in Madrid in 1992.

According to the Spanish newspaper, Bacon met the young financier at a party in the honor of the choreographer Frederick Ashton, when the painter was 78 years old and Capelo 35. Capelo went on to pose for the artist on several occasions, including for a 1987 portrait and a 1991 triptych that is currently part of the MoMA collection.

The Irish-born London-based painter had strong links to Madrid built over many decades. He visited the Spanish city on numerous occasions not only to see friends, but also to enjoy the masterpieces at the Museo de Prado, particularly the work of Diego Velázquez and Francisco de Goya,who were a huge influence in his fascinating and tortured oeuvre.

date:2016-03-17 01:26:14

Vivienne Westwood's Son Will Burn His $7 Million Punk Collection To Spite The Queen