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UK transport minister vows to rebuild Euston Arch

Plus: New plan announced for Guggenheim satellite in Helsinki | Philadelphia Museum of Art receives five sculptures from Cy Twombly Foundation | and Sprüth Magers to reopen London space in 2017

4 November 2016

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

UK transport minister vows to rebuild the Euston Arch | John Hayes, the UK minister for transport has described most of the architecture of post-war public infrastructure as ‘aesthetically worthless’. According to the Architects’ Journal, Hayes promised to end what he described as the ‘cult of ugliness’. To explain what he meant, Hayes set out plans to reconstruct the 1837 arch that stood outside London’s Euston Station, until it was demolished in 1962. Rebuilding the arch, said Hayes, would ‘signal the renaissance’ of beauty in transport architecture.

New plan announced for Guggenheim satellite in Helsinki | Following the long drawn-out saga to build a satellite of New York’s Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki, a third plan for funding the proposed museum’s construction has been announced, reports The Art Newspaper. The new proposal envisages the Guggenheim Helsinki Supporting Foundation cutting its licence fee by $10 million to $20 million, which will be payable over 20 years. The City of Helsinki would provide €80 million in construction costs. If the city authorities agree, construction on the Moreau Kusunoki–designed structure could begin in 2019.

Philadelphia Museum of Art receives five sculptures from Cy Twombly Foundation | The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today that it has received a gift of five sculptures by Cy Twombly from the foundation dedicated to the artist’s memory. The sculptures in question – Untitled, Rome (1980); Rotalla, Zurich (1990); Untitled, Rome (1997); Victory (conceived 1987, cast 2005); and Anabasis (Bronze) (2011) – were selected for exhibition at the museum by the artist himself in 2011. The works will be on display at the museum from 19 November alongside other works by Twombly.

Sprüth Magers to reopen London space in 2017 | German gallery Sprüth Magers is to reopen its space in London’s Mayfair next year after a closure of more than six months. The gallery had originally planned to relocate to nearby Sackville Street following the expiry of its lease on the Grafton Street address, but was subsequently given the opportunity to take a new lease on the entire building. The gallery will reopen with an exhibition of work by Gary Hume.

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