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These Must-Visit Art Galleries Are Opening Across The World In 2021 – Forbes



Globally significant and first-of-their-kind art sites are making their debut across the globe this year, from France’s first underwater museum to a contemporary arts hub in Madagascar.

Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, France

From 23 January 2021, the art collection of French collector Francois Pinault will take over the Bourse de Commerce, or Stock Exchange, at the heart of Paris. The historic building this new exhibition space dedicated to the Pinault Collection lies within has been fully restored and transformed into a museum by the internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The museum includes 3,000sqm of contemporary art exhibition space and an auditorium for screenings, lectures, conferences and concerts. The French chef Michel Bras is to take charge of the museum’s restaurant, which will be named La Halle aux Grains in reference to the building’s past as a grain exchange. This new venue adds to the Pinault Collection’s network of permanent exhibition sites, which includes Palazzo Grassi, the Teatrino and the Punta della Dogana in Venice.

Hakanto Contemporary, Madagascar

Mid-2021 will see the international debut of the independent, non-profit contemporary art centre, Hakanto Contemporary, in Madagascar. Located in the Ankadimbahoaka district, south of the island nation’s capital Antananarivo, this 300sqm space under the artistic direction of Joël Andrianomearisoa aims to add to the dialogues between local and international art scenes while highlighting the distinct qualities of Malagasy culture — the gallery’s name, Hakanto, is taken from the Malagasy word for ‘aesthetic’. The inaugural exhibition NY FITIAVANAY / OUR LOVE / NOTRE AMOUR takes its title from the country’s national anthem and delves into concepts of nationalism as well as politics, dependence, independence and interdependence. For this exhibition, 26 Malagasy artists have been selected to represent Madagascar’s Independence Day, which falls on June 26 and marked its 60th year in 2020.

GES-2, Russia

Taking over a disused power station, which was originally built in 1907, the creation of GES-2 sees the transformation of a listed building through a renovation led by architectural practice Renzi Piano Building Workshop. Owned by the art foundation V-A-C, this cultural site is slated to become a major new contemporary arts hub when it opens in the first half of 2021, combining the history of the site with ambitious architectural development and the creative energy of the Red October District in Moscow. Altogether spanning around 20,000sqm, GES-2 will house several galleries, an indoor amphitheater, a glass-fronted playhouse, library, learning center and art residency area, along with facilities such as a café, restaurant and shop. A pier will eventually offer visitors arriving by boat access at the front of the building on the Bolotnaya Embankment.

Musée Subaquatique de Marseille, France

A group of art lovers in Marseilles came together to bring to life Marseille Underwater Museum, the first cultural site of its kind in France. The underwater site, which is located within Anse des Catalans bay, consists of a series of submerged sculptures. The museum plans to officially launch in spring 2021 with 45 art pieces. Fifteen of these artworks will be by the prominent underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor whose previous work was the inspiration for the site. This underwater museum will simultaneously shine a light on art, marine biology and environmental protection. Individual and group guided tours will be available to book with options for snorkelling, scuba diving and free-diving.

Humboldt Forum, Germany

Having partially launched at the end of 2020, Berlin’s newly developed Humboldt Forum is planning to begin normal operations in spring 2021 with further exhibits opening in the summer. Located in the cultural and historical heart of Berlin, this building combines the reconstructed Baroque structure of the Berlin Palace with modern architecture. The Italian architect Franco Stella, who was tasked with creating a link between modernity and tradition, led this transformation. The space now encompasses courtyards, a large square and newly designed Palace Terraces with a grove of trees and 13,000 plants from Eurasia, South and North America. Visitors are met at the entrance with a 33-meter-high reconstructed triumphal arch and a high-ceilinged foyer, which leads to the museum’s exhibition and event spaces.

Munch Museum, Norway

The new Munch Museum, which houses the largest collection of Edvard Munch artworks in the world, is set to open in its newly constructed home in spring 2021. The Spanish architecture firm estudio Herreros designed the striking building on Oslo’s waterfront with a translucent perforated aluminium façade and as a part of the FutureBuilt collaboration aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. On completion, the museum will house 11 exhibition halls across seven floors, giving unparalleled insight into the work and life of the artist considered a pioneer of expressionism who created the iconic painting The Scream. In addition to its permanent and temporary displays, the museum will host cultural events.

M+ Museum, Hong Kong

The new M+ cultural site coming to Hong Kong is now planned for debut in the fall of 2021. This museum of visual culture is a part of the West Kowloon Cultural District and the permanent home of the M+ organisation who are already behind exhibitions, talks, workshops and screenings across the city. The site will be dedicated to art, design, architecture and moving image with a focus on Hong Kong visual culture from the 20th and 21st centuries. Once complete, this museum promises to be one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture across the world. Designed by the architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, the site will comprise a lecture theatre, learning hub, three cinemas and performance space in addition to 17,000sqm of exhibition space. Visitor facilities are to include a café, shop and public roof terrace with views over Hong Kong.

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Hat Art Club celebrates its 75-year anniversary – Medicine Hat News



By MO CRANKER on January 16, 2021.

Hat Art Club member Loretta Fix works on a piece in 2019 at the Cultural Centre. The group is celebrating 75 years in the community.–NEWS FILE PHOTO

The Hat Art Club has been a staple in the community for decades and is celebrating an important milestone this month – 75 years in existence.

The club sits around 100 members on a given year and was founded in 1946 by Mrs. Helen Beny Gibson and Rev. L.T.H Pearson. The group began with a program teaching people how to draw at city council chambers.

“The Hat Art Club has grown to be one of the foundational art clubs in the city,” said club president Bev Duke. “For a very long time, there were no other organizations that provided art training for adult artists in our community.

“There have been programs offered through the college over the years, but they were sporadic. The art club has offered a consistent place for artists of any age or skill to come and learn.”

The Hat Art Club has operated out of the Cultural Centre since it was built, and is now offering digital art programming. The club shifted to online classes last October and invested into its new website to help keep members in the loop.

Duke has been a member of the club for 25 years and is in her second term as president. She says the club aims to offer something for everyone.

“We have programs around all mediums,” she said. “One of our big programs is around drawing, because it is so foundational to art, a lot of people are interested.

“We offer acrylic, oils, pastels and art journaling.”

The art club’s shift to online has helped Hatters fill their time at home with fun, creative activities to focus on during the pandemic.

“Art is a creative outlet,” said Duke. “It gives you something to work on and it lets you develop different skills.”

The club has also announced a special promotion to get new members involved. For a limited time, get a membership for $75 to celebrate the anniversary.

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How art reflects children's struggles during pandemic –



A collection of children’s drawings made during the pandemic illustrates the mental toll the pandemic is taking on Canadian youth, says the researcher behind a project analyzing their artwork.

Many of the submissions by kids and teenagers on depict people alone, haunted by shadowy spectres, or worse, their own thoughts.

Collectively, the images paint a stark picture of how the trials of young life under lockdown could shape the next generation, says Nikki Martyn, program head of early childhood studies at University of Guelph-Humber.

While the study is still underway, Martyn said initial observations suggest that coming of age during the COVID-19 crisis can create an emotional maelstrom during a critical period of adolescent development.

Being a teenager is tough enough at the best of times, she said, but finding your place in the world while stuck at home has left many young people feeling like they have no future to look forward to.

“The saddest part for me … is that kind of loss of not being able to see through to the other side,” she said.

“There’s so much pain and so much struggle right now that I think needs to be shared and seen, so that we can support our youth and make sure they become healthy adults.”

Since September, Martyn’s team has received more than 120 pieces from Canadians aged two to 18, submitted anonymously with parental permission, along with some background information and written responses.

Martyn marvelled at the breadth of creative talent the project has attracted, with submissions ranging from doodles, sketches, digital drawings, paintings, pastels, photos and even one musical composition.

Researchers circulated the call for young artists at schools and on social media. While the collection includes a few tot-scribbled masterpieces, Martyn said the majority of contributors are between the ages of 14 and 17.

As the submissions trickled in, she was struck by the potent and sometimes graphic depictions of adolescent anxiety, despair and isolation.

Recurring themes include confined figures, screaming faces, phantasmic presences, gory imagery and infringing darkness.

Some images contain allusions to self-harm, which Martyn sees as a physical representation of the pain afflicting so many of the study’s participants.

The researcher behind the project says the virtual gallery of illustrations by Canadian kids and teenagers showcases a wide variety of visions of the pandemic. (The Canadian Press/

Just as unsettling are the words that accompany the images. Some artists transcribed the relentless patter of pandemic-related concerns that pervade daily life, while others expressed sentiments like “I’m broken,” “this is too much” and “what’s the point?”

Martyn said many participants wrote of struggling to keep up in school, while some were dealing with family problems such as job loss, illness and even death.

Many of these feelings and challenges are common across age groups, Martyn noted. However, while adults are more accustomed to the ups and downs that life can bring, young people are less likely to have fostered the coping skills to help them weather a global crisis.

Art as a tool to communicate

A coalition of Canadian children’s hospitals has warned that the pandemic is fomenting a youth mental-health crisis with potentially “catastrophic” short- and long-term consequences for children’s wellbeing and growth.

This would be consistent with research from previous outbreaks suggesting that young people are more vulnerable to the negative psychological impacts of quarantine, including increased risk of post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and behavioural problems, according to an August report by Children’s Mental Health Ontario.

An online survey of 1,300 Ontario children and young adults last spring found that nearly two-thirds of respondents felt that their mental health had deteriorated since COVID-19 hit, with many citing the abrupt end of school, disconnection from friends and uncertainty about the future as significant stressors.

Lydia Muyingo, a PhD student in clinical psychology at Dalhousie University, said when she looks through the images in the gallery, she can see how these concerns are confounding the typical turmoil of being a teenager.

Adolescence is a time for young people to figure out who they are through new experiences, interests and social interactions, said Muyingo.

This transition tends to bring about intense emotions, she said, and the pandemic has exacerbated this upheaval by replacing familiar anxieties about fitting in with fears about mortality.

Muyingo said she’s encouraged to see that the project is giving young people an outlet for these difficult feelings they may not even be able to put words to.

She encouraged adults to keep an eye out for children’s silent struggles, perhaps setting an example by sharing their own vulnerabilities.

“I think parents are sometimes scared of talking about dark themes, but the reality is that kids know a lot more than we think,” she said. “I think art like this can be used as a tool to communicate that it’s OK to feel this way.”

Martyn said the study has given her hope for what a future led by the quarantined generation could look like, because while pain pervades many of the illustrations, there are also symbols of resilience, connection and compassion.

“One of my visions from the very beginning of this was to have this as an art exhibit in a gallery, and to be able to go and be enveloped by it, have it around us and fully experience that lived idea of what children in Canada experienced.”

Where to get help:

Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566 (Phone) | 45645 (Text, 4 p.m. to midnight ET only) | 

In Quebec (French): Association québécoise de prévention du suicide: 1-866-APPELLE (1-866-277-3553).

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (phone), (live chat counselling).

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Banned art project depicting Winnipeg as a queer paradise revived 23 years later –



Lorri Millan and Shawna Dempsey set out more than two decades ago to depict Winnipeg as a safe haven for the LGBTQ community — a Winnipeg that didn’t exist  — through a mock advertising campaign.

It never saw the light of day then. But now, after more than 23 years, their art work is finally being displayed where it was always intended.

Posters heralding Winnipeg as “One Gay City” have been plastered on three bus shelters in the downtown, as part of a new art project from the University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery.

“I think it’s pretty fantastic,” Millan said.

“It’s great to see work that, for a whole lot of reasons, has never been seen before in the setting it’s meant to be seen in.” 

Imagining city as ‘mecca for queerness’

It was 1997 when the two collaborators sought to riff on Winnipeg’s “One Great City” slogan by promoting the city as a “mecca for queerness,” as Millan put it. 

One print was to show a man pouting while dressed as the Golden Boy. “Where everyone is light in their loafers!” the headline proclaimed, above a revised take on the city’s slogan, “Winnipeg: One Gay City.”

In another, a smiling woman would be seen carrying fish she caught. “Where the fishing is great!” the caption declares. 

Lorri Millan and Shawna Dempsey’s mock advertisements were inspired, in part, by Winnipeg’s then-mayor refusing to recognize what was then called Gay Pride Day. (Jaison Empson/CBC)

The duo was inspired by then-mayor Susan Thompson, who refused to acknowledge Gay Pride Day. 

People they knew had suffered violence from strangers, or verbal abuse, based on their presumed sexual orientation. Winnipeg was hardly a mecca for them.

“In many ways, Winnipeg is a dystopia for gay people,” Dempsey told the Winnipeg Free Press at the time. “Violence committed against gays has resulted in murder.”

The bus shelter ads, however, were never installed. Some Winnipeggers caught wind of the advertising campaign and an outcry ensued. 

The advertising agency objected to the queer content, backed by the Canadian Advertising Standards Council, and barred the posters from running.

The duo filed a human rights complaint. They reached a settlement with the ad agency in 1999.

By then, Winnipeg had elected Glen Murray, the first openly gay mayor of a large North American city.

It didn’t feel right to recreate their exhibition, Millan said.

Lorri Millan, left, and Shawna Dempsey have received international accolades for their performance art, which is largely presented through a feminist and lesbian lens — with a sense of humour. (Submitted by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan )

“We felt that if we put [the posters] up, it somehow would be seen as a response to having a gay mayor rather than the larger cultural issues, which were still in play,” Millan said. 

The idea was cast aside, until the University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery approached the two artists — among Canada’s most renowned performance art duos — about staging an exhibition of some kind.

They settled on a show where Millan and Dempsey’s art would reclaim their home on bus shelters.

“We’re thrilled that this work is finally being seen,” Dempsey said.

“But more than that, we’re thrilled that the world has changed. And now Winnipeg is a much, much, much more inclusive place than it was 23 years ago for LGBTQ, two-spirited, asterisk folks.”

Two of the duo’s art pieces can be found at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Donald Street in Winnipeg. (Jaison Empson/CBC)

Alongside their prints, the exhibition commissioned other bus shelter ads from a crop of Winnipeg queer artists: Jean Borbridge, Mahlet Cuff, Dayna Danger, Ally Gonzalo and Larry Glawson.

Dempsey said the intergenerational collaboration is gratifying. 

“We’re in this context of community with other artists who are out there, visible and queer and celebrating all of our diversities in public space — and it’s supported now,” she said.

“Lorri and I, we’re really glad we’re here, and we’re really glad we’re not alone.”

The One Queer City exhibition, curated by Blair Fornwald, will run on eight Winnipeg bus shelters until Feb. 14. A map of the locations is available here.

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