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German Parliament approves unification monument

5 June 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

German Parliament approves unification monument in Berlin | A long-planned monument commemorating the reunification of Germany was approved by the German parliament on Friday. The memorial, designed by Milla & Partners, will take the shape of a huge seesaw able to hold up to 1,400 individuals, which will move whenever the balance of people on either side shifts. Its official name is ‘Citizens in Motion’ and it will be located outside the former Stadtschloss.

Banksy offers free print to non-Tory voters in Bristol | Political graffiti artist Banksy has announced on his website the release of a free limited edition print, available to registered voters in six Bristol-area constituencies who vote against the Conservatives in Thursday’s General Election and send Banksy a photo of their completed ballot paper. An Electoral Commission spokesperson speaking to the BBC has advised ‘against taking any photos inside polling stations’ in order to avoid breaching electoral laws.

Pope.L wins 2017 Whitney Museum Bucksbaum Award | Chicago-based artist Pope.L is the 2017 winner of the Whitney Museum’s annual Bucksbaum Award. The $100,000 prize goes to Pope.L, also known as William Pope.L, for his contribution to this year’s Whitney Biennial: Claim (Whitney Version) (2017), an installation containing 2,755 slices of bologna.

Art Southampton cancelled | Contemporary and modern art fair, Art Southampton, has cancelled its 2017 edition. This is the second cancellation this year of a major art fair on Long Island’s East End – the 10th edition of Art Hamptons was called off in February. According to the New York Times, organisers ‘of both suspended events attributed the cancellations to market conditions and internal pressure to focus attention on other fairs’.