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Henry VIII’s flagship back on public view in Portsmouth

Plus: Le Corbusier buildings added to UNESCO World Heritage List | Parviz Tanavoli permitted to leave Iran | The Contemporary Austin announces new $100,000 art prize | and Billy Name (19402016)

19 July 2016

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

The Mary Rose resurfaces in Portsmouth | Following a £5.4 million museum renovation lasting eight months, Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose is now on unobstructed public view in Portsmouth, near where it sank in 1545. The shipwreck, which was discovered in 1971 and raised from the Solent 11 years later, is the star attraction of the purpose-built Mary Rose Museum. ‘When we excavated the Mary Rose we wanted people to see even a little of what we, as archaeologists, saw and experienced underwater,’ said Alex Hildred, who was among the divers who excavated the wreck. ‘You think about all the people involved in the project and their commitment and perseverance,’ added conservation manager Eleanor Schofield. ‘It’s fabulous to see the ship like this.’ The museum has welcomed some one million visitors since it first opened in 2013.

Le Corbusier buildings added to UNESCO World Heritage List | 17 buildings in seven countries designed by the French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, with the conservation body describing them as ‘masterpieces of creative genius’. The listed structures include Marseille’s Cité Radieuse, the National Museum for Western Art in Tokyo and various buildings in Chandigarh, India.

Parviz Tanavoli permitted to leave Iran | The artist Parviz Tanavoli, whose passport was confiscated by Iranian authorities as he attempted to board a flight to London earlier this month, has now been granted permission to leave Iran, reports The Art Newspaper. Tanavoli, who arrived in Vancouver yesterday, says he was also faced with charges in a Tehran court, which have now been dropped.

The Contemporary Austin announces new $100,000 art prize | The Contemporary Austin has announced the launch of a new biennial award for art worth $100,000. Alongside the substantial cash reward, the Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize will grant its winner a solo show and a scholarly publication, reports Artforum. The first winner will be announced this autumn, with a solo show to follow in 2018.

Billy Name (1940–2016) | The photographer Billy Name has died aged 76, his gallery has confirmed. Name (born William Linich Jnr.) was a key player in the New York avant-garde scene of the 1960s, mixing with members of the Fluxus group and befriending Andy Warhol, with whom he became romantically involved. ‘We mourn the loss of this important cultural figure and are thankful to have had the opportunity to work with him’, reads a statement from New York’s Milk gallery.

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