The Slovak National Gallery (SNG) is the most important art museum in Slovakia, managing around 60,000 exhibits. Its main Bratislava site is comprised of three buildings: the historical, baroque Vodné kasárne (Water Barracks), the neo-Renaissance-style Eszterházy Palace, and the modern extension by the Slovak architect Vladimír Dedeček. Opinions over the latter wing are divided, with some architecture experts praising it as an example of excellent modern and functionalistic architecture, while others condemn it for damaging the harmony of the historical setting. … [Read more...] about National gallery’s building provokes divided opinions
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Lord Browne, the chairman of Tate’s trustees, said: “As far as we’re concerned, it would be the last thing that we would do. We do not wish to charge for general admission, it goes against the concept of what this place is … art owned by the nation for the nation, and therefore should be seen openly and fully without charging.” … [Read more...] about Tate Modern’s Olympic-sized expansion to open in June 2016
Survivors include his three children: Mary Catherine Ryan and her husband Timothy of Stratford, TSgt Kevin Whitacre (USAF) (RET) of Newburgh Indiana and Michael Whitacre and his companion Tracy Dechello of Stratford; three grandchildren, Kelley Ryan of Stratford, Jennifer Whitacre of Denver, Colorado and Shannon Whitacre of Newburgh, Indiana who is expecting the first great-grandchild. … [Read more...] about Obituary: Mark Whitacre, 88, of Stratford
One step into the dim Palace of Fine Arts exhibition hall, and it all floods back: the cool, almost earthy smell of the room, the gift shop along the wall, that funnel-shaped thing that you could spin pennies down. Up until that moment, I’d forgotten this was once the home of the Exploratorium, the coolest field trip that any Bay Area elementary schooler ever took. … [Read more...] about The Exploratorium left in 2013. Here’s what the building looks like now.
Music Swimming Girls Bristol’s Swimming Girls do that 1975-y, Pale Waves-y, Fickle Friends-y big 1980s guitar pop-influenced thing – and do it well. Perky tunes so big you could hang a rain-soaked woollen duffle coat on them, songs such as Back of Your Car and Asking for It will make you think of unfairly attractive teenagers running to jump into the arms of other unfairly attractive teenagers in a John Hughes movie. They met at uni in Bath, so this gig is something of a homecoming. The Nest, Bath, 20 October … [Read more...] about Young arts run free: the 50 best things to do in the UK for zilch