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Norman Foster and Carlos Rubio to design Prado extension

Plus: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announces $16 million renovation | Estate of Tom Wesselmann to be represented by Gagosian and Almine Rech | Gabi Ngcobo to curate 10th Berlin Biennale | and Future Generation Prize shortlist unveiled

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Norman Foster to design extension to Prado | Norman Foster and the Spanish architect Carlo Rubio will jointly head the refurbishment of a 17th-century building in Madrid, which will serve as an extension to the Prado Museum. The project is expected to cost up to €30 million and will feature a new roof equipped with solar cells, giving it an independent capacity to generate energy. The addition of the building, which was once Spain’s army museum, will significantly expand the Prado’s exhibition space. It is expected to open in 2019 to coincide with the museum’s 200th birthday celebrations.

MCA Chicago announces $16million renovation | Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has announced a major programme of renovations to transform 12,000 square feet of the institution into public gathering spaces, reports the New York Times. There will also be a new restaurant with a site-specific mural by Chris Ofili. The museum says that the renovations will result in a ‘livelier, more creative space that will engage audiences and be activated by living artists’.

Estate of Tom Wesselmann to be represented by Gagosian and Almine Rech | Having been without representation since 2000, the estate of Pop artist Tom Wesselman will now be jointly represented by Gagosian and Almine Rech. The two dealers will publish a catalogue raisonné of Wesselmann’s ‘Great American Nudes’, which is expected to be completed in 2018. ‘We’re hoping that by rebuilding the career, that sets the groundwork for a retrospective,’ said the artist’s son, Lane. ‘[…] I think you do need these big global galleries to compete to remain visible.’

Gabi Ngcobo to curate 10th Berlin Biennale | South African curator Gabi Ngcobo is to take charge of the programme of events at 2018’s Berlin Biennale, reports Artforum. Ngcobo has worked on the programme of many such events, including this year’s São Paolo Biennale. In a statement, the Berlin Biennale organisers said they hoped the event would examine ‘current global discourses and developments in relation to Berlin as a local point of reference’.

Shortlist unveiled for Future Generation Prize | The shortlist for the Future Generation prize has been announced, featuring 21 artists from around the globe. The prize, established in 2009 by Ukrainian billionaire Viktor Pinchuk, recognises the work of artists under 35. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Kiev in March. They will receive $100,000 and exhibit alongside the other nominees in Venice next year.


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