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Plans for Berlin’s Museum of the 20th Century criticised

Plus: MFA Boston in censorship dispute with Instagram | Marisol estate bequeathed to Albright-Knox Gallery | and Lindsay Pollock steps down as editor of Art in America

26 April 2017

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Planned Berlin museum faces criticism | A collective of academics, artists and other cultural figures have signed a petition expressing concerns about a proposed Museum of the 20th Century to be built in Berlin’s Kulturforum. The petition calls for a public discussion over the design, which is by Herzog & de Meuron, and for more transparency over the project’s finances. The estimated budget of $218m, the signatories say, is unrealistic. The petition, submitted by Kristin Feireiss, of the Berlin-based Aedes Architekturforum, has so far received more than 500 signatures.

MFA Boston images censored by Instagram | Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has had a number of images censored by Instagram. The museum attempted to contact the social media platform after three photographs from ‘Imogen Cunningham: In Focus’ – an exhibition which features abstracted nude bodies – were taken down, but have yet to receive a response, reports the Boston Globe. ‘These images are so subtle and beautiful and so abstract’, said MFA photography curator Karen Haas. ‘They’re all about shapes – about turning the body into something that’s really confounding and difficult even to read as a body’.

Marisol estate bequeathed to Albright-Knox Art Gallery | Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery has been given the estate of Venezuelan-American artist Marisol, reports the New York Times. Born María Sol Escobar, Marisol had a longstanding relationship with the museum, which was the first institution to acquire her work.

Lindsay Pollock steps down as editor of Art in America | Lindsay Pollock, the editor of Art in America, has announced that she is to step down following the publication of the magazine’s June/July issue. Pollock, who has been at the title for six years, says that ‘the moment is right to move on to other projects and possibilities.’

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