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Lincoln Center puts $500m concert hall renovation on ice

4 October 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Ambitious renovation plans for Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall shelved | A $500m renovation plan for a concert auditorium in New York’s Lincoln Center has been shelved, reports the New York Times. Named in honour of entertainment mogul David Geffen, who donated $100m towards the project in 2015, the planned concert hall was originally mooted as long ago as 1999. However, various stumbling blocks – notably the problem of housing the resident New York Philharmonic orchestra while works were undertaken – have repeatedly obstructed progress. ‘There was a general sense that the project had just gotten too complicated,’ said Lincoln Center president Debora L. Spar and Philharmonic chief Deborah Borda.

Participating artists announced for 2018 Liverpool Biennial | Details have been released for the 10th edition of the Liverpool Biennial, which is to be curated by the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Kitty Scott and long-term director Sally Tallant. Entitled ‘Beautiful World, Where are You?’, the event will take place in a number of venues across the city, featuring work by artists including Ryan Gander, Francis Alÿs and Janice Kerbel, as well as the pioneering film director Agnès Varda. A full list of participating artists can be found here.

National Museum of Scotland receives £1m grant for refurbishment plans | The National Museum of Scotland has been granted more than £1m of lottery funding for an ambitious plan to create two new galleries for its collection, reports the Scotsman. Part of a wider ‘masterplan’ to renovate the museum, the £3.3m project will see dedicated spaces created for the institution’s collections of Egyptian and East Asian artefacts. The new galleries are due to open in 2019.

David Shrigley to guest direct 2018 Brighton Festival | Turner Prize nominated artist David Shrigley has been named as the guest director of next year’s Brighton Festival. Shrigley follows in the footsteps of Anish Kapoor, Brian Eno and Laurie Anderson, all of whom have brought a distinct personal flavour to the annual festival in recent years. Full programme details will be announced in February.