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Hockney to design stained glass window celebrating reign of Elizabeth II

Plus: Jeff Koons reveals plans for Paris terror attack memorial | ICA Miami to open new permanent space in 2017 | Glasgow School of Art receives major donation to renovate campus | and Prada Foundation to open new photography gallery

22 November 2016

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

David Hockney to design window for the Queen in Westminster Abbey | David Hockney has accepted an invitation to design a stained glass window in Westminster Abbey celebrating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Hockney’s window will be located in the Abbey’s north transept, replacing one of the few clear windows remaining in the building. Hockney says he has planned a landscape ‘full of blossom’ for the design.

Jeff Koons reveals plans for Paris terror attack memorial | Jeff Koons has announced his intention to create a memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris last year that killed 130 people. According to The Art Newspaper, Koons’s plan, which has been met with support from Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, envisages an 11-metre-tall bronze and stainless steel sculpture based on the Statue of Liberty and titled Bouquet of Tulips. Should the requisite funding (thought to be around $3.2 million) be found, the work will be unveiled outside Paris’s Musée d’Art Moderne next year. ‘I wanted to make a gesture of friendship between the people of the United States and France’, says Koons.

ICA Miami to open new permanent space in 2017 | Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art is to open its new space in the city’s ‘Design District’ on 1 December 2017, reports Artforum. The three-storey structure has been designed by Spanish practice Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos, and will provide 37,500 sq ft of space and a 15,000 sq ft sculpture garden.

Glasgow School of Art receives major donation to renovate campus | The Glasgow School of Art has received a donation of £90,000 from the WM Mann Foundation in order to help it transform its campus, reports the Herald. Following the fire that destroyed large parts of the college’s landmark Mackintosh building, the GSA has embarked on an ambitious renovation and redevelopment programme that has seen the acquisition of the former Stow College building, which will house multiple workshops and studios. The new building will open to students next September.

Prada Foundation to open new photography gallery | The Prada Foundation is to launch a new gallery in Milan devoted entirely to photography on 21 December. The gallery, named the Osservatorio, will be housed in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II arcade, where Mario Prada started the high end fashion brand in 1913. The works exhibited will not be part of the Prada collection, according to a statement, but will chart the ‘constant evolution of [the] medium’.

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