New travel requirements for Switzerland will make entry to Art Basel … very complicated + more stories

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Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most important developments from the art world and the art market. Here is what you need to know on Wednesday September 1st.

NEED TO READ

Photography brands are rushing to diversify – Activists have targeted camera companies Fuji, Canon and Kodak for their whitewashed male-centric marketing strategies. After being approached for ambassadorial programs and advertisements excluding people of color and LGBTQ + people, the companies vowed to revisit their future content plans. (The arts journal)

The door of MoMA was spray painted – One of the entrances to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City was splashed with green and white paint around 6 p.m. Monday. An Instagram post linked the action to ongoing protests by activists against members of the institution’s board. Strike MoMA, which hosted a series of events earlier this year, said: “If museums continue to try to do business as usual, people will autonomously and creatively choose to continue, diversify and develop. ” intensify action and organization. ” (Hyperallergic)

New travel restrictions complicate Art Basel – The new public health rules are likely to make it considerably more complicated for many to travel to Art Basel. The United States on Monday issued a “do not travel” notice for Switzerland, while Swiss authorities established new strict requirements for large-scale events. Additionally, not all vaccines are recognized by Swiss authorities – Astra Zeneca is not on the list, ringing alarm bells for many UK-based exhibitors and collectors. (The arts journal)

They make London’s disastrous mound free for all – London’s latest disappointing tourist attraction, a grassy knoll dubbed the Mound, will be made free after visitors complained that the £ 8- £ 20 bills were a scam. The £ 6million project, designed to draw buyers to central London, has been beset by critics, but since the project was made free, more than 60,000 people have visited it. The Mound will close in January. (Standard Evening)

MOVERS AND FITTERS

Art-o-rama award winner – The Collezione Taurisano has announced the winners of its acquisition prize for the Art-o-rama fair in Marseille. Anna dot’s Donar un espai a la confusió (2017), presented by Bombon Projects Barcelona, ​​and the sound and vocal installation by Mary Hurrell Response to blush (2021), presented by the Nicoletti gallery, will join the prestigious Italian collection. (Press release)

UTA signs CryptoPunks – The strongest sign yet that the NFT mania is hitting the general public, United Talent Agency has signed the ur-NFT CryptoPunks cryptoart project. The creators Larva Labs have accepted that UTA represents them for film, television, video games, publishing and licensing. (Hollywood journalist)

Opening of the Fellini Museum – A magnificent museum dedicated to the famous Italian director Federico Fellini has opened in Rimini, Italy. The Multimedia Museum offers visitors a ‘felliniesque’ experience, interactive exhibits that materialize when visitors blow on a feather at a spongy sculpture by actor Anita Ekberg that doubles as a sofa. (New York Times)

FOR THE LOVE OF ART

Imperial War Museum publishes posters signed by Ai Weiwei – To mark the closing of its “History of Bombs” exhibition on September 5, the Imperial War Museum in London has released a limited series of hand-signed posters designed by Ai Weiwei. Posters will be available for £ 500 ($ 689) each at the museum and online. (Press release)

Ai Weiwei “History of the Bombs” posters. Courtesy of the Imperial War Museums.

Ai Weiwei signing “History of Bombs” posters. Courtesy of the Imperial War Museums.

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