The Taizhou Contemporary Art Museum Is a Brutalist’s Dream

1 2 3 4 Shanghai-based architecture practice Atelier Deshaus recently completed the construction of the new Taizhou Contemporary Art Museum in the Zhejiang province of China. The concrete institution spans approximately 2,450-square-meters with a total of eight exhibition rooms placed across four floors. The main room, with a barrel vault ceiling, offers guests sweeping views of the […]

Everybody Needs a Little Limitation: The Dotty Art of Yayoi Kusama

In 2008, a painting by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama sold at Christie’s New York for $5.8 million, one of the highest prices ever paid for a work by a living woman painter. There is some irony in this, given Kusama’s lifelong dedication to what she calls “self-obliteration,” an artistic practice close to therapy that aims […]

The Manifestos of Embattled Art Dealers

As modern art drifted from the strident rhetoric exemplified by the writings of Wassily Kandinsky or André Breton towards the more playful, ironic, and self-aware mood of contemporary art circa the 1980s, the artist’s manifesto gradually faded into the stuff of history. Kandinsky opened his seminal 1911 text Concerning the Spiritual in Art with the line “Every […]

Hefei Wantou Vanke Paradise Art Wonderland Brings High-End Design to Kindergarten

1 2 3 4 The latest architectural space to pique our interest is the Hefei Wantou Vanke Paradise Art Wonderland building. Created by Shanghai Tianhua Architectural Design, the space was built to support education in the new residential area near Hefei and includes a park, 15-class kindergarten which use interconnecting buildings. The inspiration for the space originally came from […]

Look Inside Kengo Kuma’s Recently Completed Comico Art Museum

Kengo Kuma’s latest work is the Comico Art Museum. Located in Japan’s Ōita prefecture, the space for contemporary is famous for its close proximity to a hot spring resort which, in turn, has led to a local culture fostering in the town. The aim for the building was to integrate the building into its surroundings and […]