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Madonna, Michael Fassbender and More A-Listers Love this Under-the-Radar European Destination

Madonna, Michael Fassbender and More A-Listers Love this Under-the-Radar European Destination
The little country at the edge of the Iberian Peninsula, long under the radar, received a big profile bump last month when Madonna revealed she’d be moving to Lisbon so her son David Banda, 11, could attend the prestigious Benfica soccer academy. The Queen of Pop has reportedly picked up an 18th-century Moorish-style mansion for $8.9 million in the picturesque suburb of Sintra, a Unesco World Heritage site, that was long a summer destination for Portuguese royals.

Related: The Best Places to Travel in October, Whether You Want to Peep Leaves or Track Elephants

But Madonna‘s not exactly roughing it
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Rotterdam ’17: Its International Film Festival and Cinemart

Rotterdam ’17: Its International Film Festival and Cinemart
What a surprising city Rotterdam is and the Festival and Cinemart are full of surprises too.

Being in The Netherlands is like a homecoming for me. My first major job in the film industry was with 20th Century Fox International and City Fox Films in Amsterdam in 1975 which is when I first attended the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, three years after its founding by Huub Bals. It was much smaller then. Iffr’s logo is a tiger, loosely based on the M.G.M. lion as an alternative. From the beginning, the festival has profiled itself as a promoter of alternative, innovative and non-commercial films, with an emphasis on the Far East and developing countries. It has become one of the most important events in the film world, an integral part of the winter circuit of Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festivals.

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The Most Crucial Art Documents of the Season

The Most Crucial Art Documents of the Season

Setting from your Zombie Formalism section. It was an eventful year for craft publishing, with a lot of adjustments while in the scenery, as new guides exposed (including this one), or jumped up. or reinvented themselves. But beneath all-the institutional shuffles, what were the suggestions that got people excited? the remaining selection under is clearly an individual one, although I polled peers to attempt to answer that issue. The planet is reflected by it around me, and is weighted towards bits that reflect my own personal spot and my own personal feeling of this year;s troubled features. Regardless, listed below are a number of writing that I think are touchstones of 2014 of the items: Holland Cotter – Sophisticated, New York Times. Jan 17, 2014 It;s a little insane if you ask me that s fretful, condition that is sweeping -of-the-scene part is per year old.
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The Main Art Documents of the Year

The Main Art Documents of the Year

Environment from the Zombie panel. It had been an eventful year for craft writing, with lots of shifts inside the scenery, as new journals popped (including this 1), or sprang up. or reinvented themselves. But beneath all the institutional shuffles, what were the tips that got people excited? I interviewed peers to attempt to answer that problem, but the remaining choice below is obviously a personal one. It displays the entire world and it is weighted towards parts that echo my own personal location and my own feeling of this yr’s struggling qualities. Regardless, listed here are a number of the pieces of publishing that I think are touchstones of 2014: Holland Cotter – Complex, New York Times. Jan 17, 2014 It;s somewhat crazy if you ask me that #039 Cotter&; s fretful, sweeping express -of-the-picture item is already per year old. But it stands here
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The Most Important Art Essays of the Entire Year

The Most Important Art Essays of the Entire Year

Setting from the Zombie Formalism screen. It had been an eventful year for craft writing, with a lot of changes while in the panorama, as new publications popped (including this 1), or sprang up. or reinvented themselves. But beneath all of the institutional shuffles, what were? I polled colleagues to try to answer that concern, nevertheless the final choice below is obviously a personal one. The entire world is reflected by it around me, and it is measured towards pieces that replicate my own area and my own personal feeling of the year’s troubled attributes. Regardless, listed here are some of publishing that I believe are touchstones of 2014 of the items: Holland Cotter, Lost in the Gallery – Sophisticated, & quot York Times. January 17, 2014 It’s a bit nuts tome that state that is sweeping, s fretful -of-the-world piece has already been per year old.
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Prada, More Involved In Film, Hosts Milan Screenings, Launches Film School In Venice

Following initiatives in tandem with the Tribeca and Venice film festivals, Prada is stepping up its commitment to the movie world by launching a non-conventional film school in Venice.

The Italian fashion house announced its new film-related project during a high-profile screening series currently underway at the Prada Foundation in Milan titled “Flesh, Mind and Spirit,” co-curated by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and U.S. critic and film scholar Elvis Mitchell (pictured at the opening).

Called “Belligerent Eyes,” the Prada film school will experiment with new ways of teaching and delving into film and related fields, according to a statement. It will run between May and September 2016 in the Prada Foundation’s Venetian venue at Ca’ Corner della Regina.

The program is recruiting international academics, professionals and a select group of students in various fields that besides film include architecture, journalism, and digital communication.

The purpose of the school is “to
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Is It Already Time for the Whitney Museum to Expand?

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The 220,000-square-foot Whitney Museum opened May 1 and is already a huge success. It’s almost three times as big as the dark old Breuer Building uptown, sun-lit, praised by critics and thronged with tourists. The oddball outside of the Renzo Piano building might be a bit controversial, but maybe that can be fixed with a deft addition: After all, the Whitney, like all museums in the city these days, has a plan to get bigger, too. The only question is how soon they’ll get to it. It’s good to remember that the Whitney is only downtown because it was frustrated for decades by a plan to expand on Madison. Remember the 1985 Michael Graves proposal? Or the crazy spaceship idea from Rem Koolhaas in 2001? Or even the comparatively demure 2004 Madison Avenue annex designed by Renzo Piano, before the High Line came calling? The fact is, the new Whitney
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First Look: New Garage Cover and Museum Video Tour

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In 2008, Dasha Zhukova, known for her cultural patronage as well as her marriage to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, opened the Garage, one of the largest contemporary arts spaces in her home country, inside Moscow's defunct Melnikov Bus Depot. Soon it hosted inquiries into the influence of John Cage and explorations of Eastern-European art, opened another temporary home, and finally, next month — Ukraine-related sanctions be damned! — it will debut its new Rem Koolhaas–designed home, a low-lying transparent prism that will host suitably sprawling exhibitions from artists like Rikrit Tiravanija and Yayoi Kusama.If you can't make it, here's a video, which is suitably high-flown in its inspiring vagueness: Garage is a magazine. Garage is a memory, as the trailer, narrated by Zhukova herself, describes. It's a blockbuster introduction to what promises to be an international cultural behemoth. The video trailer positions Garage less as an institutional gallery and more as
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Nigerian Architect Kunlé Adeyemi Will Be in Focus in New 'Rebel Architecture' Series

A new series from Al Jazeera, titled "Rebel Architecture," uncovers architects who shun the limelight that comes with being a "StArchitect" (essentially, architects that have become celebrities in their own right, like a Rem Koolhaas or Zaha Hadid), and focus their on using design to tackle the world’s urban, environmental and social crises. Nigerian architect and urbanist Kunlé Adeyemi is 1 of 6 ground-breaking international architects profiled. The episode featuring Adeyemi, titled "Working on Water," focuses on his partnerships with coastal slum communities to pioneer floating buildings, including a...
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Sheffield Documentary Festival to Present 15 Boundary-Pushing Interactive Documentaries as part of Interactive at Sheffield"

Sheffield Documentary Festival to Present 15 Boundary-Pushing Interactive Documentaries as part of Interactive at Sheffield
Sheffield Doc/Fest announced programming for the Interactive at Sheffield Event, which runs from June 7-June 10. The full Doc/Fest program will be unveiled later this week. At the Interactive at Sheffield Event, Crossover Labs will present 15 projects that push the boundaries of interactive documentary filmmaking across several platforms, including 6 projects that are shortlisted for the Innovation Award: animated web doc "Iranorama;" National Geographic produced "Killing Kennedy;" Kat Cizek’s New York Times Op-Doc "A Short History of the Highrise;" "Brenda Longfellow, Glenn Richards and Helios Design Labs' "Offshore;" Samuel Bollendorff and Olivia Colo’s "Burn Out" and Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting's "Last Hijack Interactive." Other immersive projects include the transmedia documentary "Love Radio," architect Rem Koolhaas and director Bregtje van der Haak’s "Lagos Wide and Close" and "In Flight," which marks the centenary of commercial aviation with live and interactive...
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International Film Festival Rotterdam Showcases--and Supports-- Emerging Talent (Trailers)

The International Film Festival Rotterdam mandate is the discovery and display of new talent.  Like its home city, filled with mind-bending modern architecture by the likes of native son Rem Koolhaas (who boasts a co-writer credit on the noir film "The White Slave" as well as an unproduced script for Russ Meyer -- who knew?), the festival favors edgy, arty films from around the world that for the most part are unlikely to open in the U.S.  Definitely not the usual suspects. Rotterdam Iff is not a deal-making event like Sundance, for example.  Rather, it aims to find support, financial and artistic, for talented new filmmakers.  Those looking for funding support can pitch their projects at the Cinemart.  The Hivos Tiger Awards, a small competition of 15 first or second features, highlights emerging filmmakers.  At the heart of the festival is the "Bright Future" section of first or second films.
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Craziest Art Theft of 2012 To Become A Movie

Craziest Art Theft of 2012 To Become A Movie
Today, the Romanian director Tudor Giurgiu announced plans to adapt the story of last year's insane multimillion dollar art theft in the Netherlands for the big screen. In anticipation, we've reprinted our 2012 map of movies the Dutch robbers seem to have studied up on before looting the Kunsthal, from "Ocean's 11" to "Home Alone." Let us know which heist movie you think we're due.

Given its scale and brazenness, this week's major art theft in the Netherlands clearly resembles a movie. But which one? So many genres were crossed -- the robbers come off as both brazen and bumbling, and museum personnel don't fare much better, given how easy it seems to have been to stymie the building's security system.

Luckily, this is a mystery we don't need Politei to solve. Here are the facts: In the early hours of Tuesday morning, one or more persons strategically looted Rotterdam's Kunsthal
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Time Has Come for Academy Museum (Column)

Time Has Come for Academy Museum (Column)
That there’s still an available building at the northeast corner of Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to take over — and that there’s still an Academy Museum of Motion Pictures waiting to be created — testifies to the skepticism one might have for the project.

But I’d prefer to focus on the dream that’s within the grasp of the film academy, and in turn fans of cinema everywhere. This vision long struggling to be fulfilled, at a location long struggling to be properly utilized, could be the start of a beautiful relationship.

I follow the Academy Museum project with more than my fair share of interest. There’s the fact that I cover the Academy – the keeper of the Oscars and a critical treasurer of film history – for Variety. That from the northern windows of our office on Wilshire, I
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Rem Koolhaas Named Director Venice Biennale Architecture Section

Rem Koolhaas has been named director of the Architecture section of the Venice Biennale, the board announced on Tuesday. The Pritzker Prize-winning architect, who received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 Architecture Biennale, will be charged with curating the 14th international architecture exhibition in 2014. Also read: Architecture Writer Ada Louise Huxtable, Awarded First Pulitzer for Criticism, Dead at 91 "The Architecture Exhibitions of the Biennale have gradually grown in importance internationally. Rem Koolhaas, one of the most significant personalities among the architects of our time -- who has based
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Brad Pitt turns master furniture designer – with discomfiting results

From squirming table legs to a swooping bed frame, the Hollywood superstar's foray into high-end furniture design has spiralled into something altogether ungainly

Brad Pitt is no stranger to the world of architecture. He has collaborated with Frank Gehry to build homes in New Orleans, dropped by the offices of Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam, and has said he is "pushing his kids" to become architects. But now he has turned his hand to furniture design.

His first collection, which will be officially unveiled in New York next week, is a collaboration with furniture maker Frank Pollaro, whose New Jersey firm mainly produces slick art deco reproductions.

Comprising a number of tables and chairs, a double bath and a vast ocean liner of a bed, the pieces are a strange mishmash of Pitt's eclectic influences, which he says span everything from Arts and Crafts to Bauhaus and Tiffany lamps.

"I've been
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What Movie Is The Dutch Art Theft Most Like?

What Movie Is The Dutch Art Theft Most Like?
If you're vaguely aware that one of the most dramatic art heists in the history of ever just occurred in the Netherlands, but don't know the details, sit right down. Grab some popcorn, and turn off your cell phone, because we're about to play you a movie with words. Where it fits in the vast pantheon of caper movies, we don't yet know. But this, at least, is a mystery we don't need Politei to solve.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, one or more persons strategically looted Rotterdam's Kunsthal Museum of seven of its priciest works, on display in the "Avant Gardes" exhibit: paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Gaugin, Freud, two by Monet, and a self-portrait by the "minor Dutch artist" Meyer de Haan.

In movie thief terms, this lands us somewhere between the "Ocean's Elevens" crew and Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci in "Home Alone" -- brazen, but prone to goof-ups.
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Memo to Venice Architecture Biennale: architecture before architect, per favore

As the filmic fare at Ole Scheeren's floating cinema illustrates, mixing design and documentary can be a bad move

For some reason, Venice's Architecture Biennale and its film festival open at the same time this year. Since the theme of the Biennale is "common ground", you'd expect some overlap between the two disciplines. They can work extremely well together – after direct experience, cinema is often the next best way to appraise architecture. But looking at the crossover here, it's also clear the combination can be terrible. Despite their collective creative qualities, architects and film-makers are often susceptible to complete loss of perspective when they get together.

Take the Archipelago Cinema, designed by German architect Ole Scheeren. This is a delightful pop-up floating cinema, a sort of split-level raft with bleached decking and casual beanbag seating. Scheeren made his name as project architect on Oma's much-publicised China Central Television (CCTV) building in Beijing,
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Marina Abramovic On How TV Can Save Performance Art

Marina Abramovic On How TV Can Save Performance Art
Marina Abramovic has been refining her particular brand of grueling performance art for nearly 40 years now, but you’d have been hard pressed to find anyone who’d heard of her until two years ago. That’s when the Museum of Modern Art hosted their headline-making Abramovic retrospective, complete with naked people and a silent “opera” in which Abramovic sat for 700 unbroken hours as visitors took turns staring (and crying) into her eyes. A Marina Abramovic Made Me Cry Tumblr sprang up, then a homemade Abramovic retrospective video game, and online at least, she was officially an artist people had heard of.

This April, the Yugoslav-born Abramovic will go one step further, with her American television debut. She joins a roster of high-profile international artists, including Ai Weiwei, whose work will be featured on PBS’ month-long showcase series “Art21.” Abramovic’s collaborative 18-minute piece -- part of the show’s second episode,
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Hollywood's love affair with the skyscraper

Nine of the world's 10 tallest buildings are now in Asia – and Hollywood wants to jump off all of them

Aerial shots over Manhattan's forest of skyscrapers. Yellow cabs crawling like ants through the city grid. The hero stands on a ledge 20 floors up, provoking a street theatre of police cordons, firetrucks, news crews and onlookers. Meanwhile, in a top-floor office, a corporate villain admires an architectural model of another shiny skyscraper. Elsewhere, an acrobatic thief hangs precariously in an elevator shaft, dropping a spanner that goes clanging down innumerable storeys to the ground. The ominous ping of an approaching elevator spells danger. The hero and villain finally meet for a climactic rooftop showdown.

These scenes could be from a hundred Hollywood movies or more, but in fact they're from just one: Man on a Ledge, an enjoyably silly new thriller that at least sets out its stall in the title.
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The Pritzker Prize is Headed to China

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In a joint announcement, the Mayor of Beijing, Guo Jinlong and the chairman of the Hyatt Foundation, Thomas K. Pritzker announced that the Pritzker Architecture Prize Ceremony will be held in Beijing, China on May 25, 2012.

This is the first time in the prize’s 32-year history that the ceremony will take place in China.

“We have held ceremonies in fourteen different countries, in venues ranging from the White House in Washington DC to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan. The
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