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New photography museum to come to London

Plus: Herzog & de Meuron took reduced fees for Tate Switch House | Artist stages graffiti protest outside Twitter offices in Hamburg | and recommended reading

11 August 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

New photography museum comes to London | The Swedish photography museum Fotografiska, which opened to the public in Stockholm in 2010, is moving into a second site in London. Property developer Derwent London announced yesterday that it has pre-let 89,000 sq ft of space in its White Chapel Building in East London to Fotografiska for a new Fotografiska – the London Museum of Photography. The spaces on the building’s lower ground floors to be occupied by the museum are still currently in development, with the project due to be completed in the second half of 2018.

Herzog & de Meuron took reduced fees for Tate Modern extension | The Architects’ Journal has obtained the minutes from Tate trustee meetings relating to the construction of the Tate Modern Switch House (now renamed the Blavatnik Building) – documents which reveal that the architects behind the project, Herzog & de Meuron, were asked to take a reduced fee for the completion of their work. The documents, released under Freedom of Information, show that in a July 2015 meeting the architects agreed to reduce their full fee for the project, which had gone 21 per cent over budget and had been delayed long past its original 2012 scheduled completion date.

Artist stages graffiti protest outside Twitter offices in Hamburg | Israeli-German artist Shahak Shapira has staged a protest outside Twitter’s offices in Hamburg. The protest takes the form of a series of racist and homophobic slurs stencilled in chalk on the pavement and road outside Twitter’s front door, the words drawn from over 300 tweets which the artist has reported to the social media company over the past half year. In a video posted online, Shapira stated that ‘I received only nine answers over the last six months, each of them stating there was no violation of Twitter’s rules.’

Recommended reading | Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Vogue magazine has released four different covers for its September issue, one of which features a painting of cover star Jennifer Lawrence by the artist John Currin. The New York Times speaks to Currin about the commission. In the Guardian, meanwhile, Owen Hatherley meets Edward Jones and Christopher Woodward, the architects behind the Guide to the Architecture of London – first published in 1983 and recently updated for the first time as a digital app.

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