The Wallace Collection to Lend

Posted in museums by Editor on September 26, 2019
The Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, London
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons, 2005)

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From the press release, via Art Daily (25 September 2019) . . .

Although the Wallace is traditionally considered to be a ‘closed’ collection, the terms of Lady Wallace’s bequest do not expressly forbid lending or borrowing. Sir Richard Wallace himself loaned works extensively to other institutions in Paris and London, notably the Royal Academy and the Bethnal Green museum. The conclusion reached by the Trustees and the Director is that temporary loans would not be going against the bequest and this would be entirely in keeping with Sir Richard’s desire to share great art with the widest possible audience.

As the Wallace Collection resides in Sir Richard Wallace’s original home at Hertford House, Manchester Square, in central London, each loan request will be considered extremely carefully in order to minimise disturbance to its unique environment. Owing to these restrictions, the Wallace Collection will only be able to enter into loan agreements under very special circumstances.

The decision to lend works on a temporary basis will enable the Wallace Collection to develop exciting new collaborations with museums across the UK and internationally, expanding public access to the museum’s exceptional collection and encouraging new audiences to engage with its treasures. It will also provide exciting opportunities for scholarly research and enable the museum to remain a centre of curatorial excellence.

António Horta-Osório, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, says: “This is a hugely significant moment in the history of the Wallace Collection and is the result of careful deliberations by the Board. Our successful programme of ground-breaking exhibitions, in which our own masterpieces are showcased alongside related treasures from elsewhere, can now be complemented by an ability to lend our works to other great collections. This allows us to develop new collaborations at home and internationally, and will mean that the treasures of the Wallace Collection will be shared with an even greater audience. It represents a new chapter in the museum’s history and will ensure that the Wallace Collection continues to flourish and remains relevant for generations to come.”

Dr Xavier Bray, Director of the Wallace Collection, says: “I am thrilled we are announcing that the Wallace Collection will now be able to lend works of art. This is a transformative moment for the museum which will enable us to deepen our understanding of the Collection and play a wider role within the international art historical community. This is not a decision that has been taken lightly by the Board, mindful as we are that the Wallace Collection is loved by the public for being an intimate house museum. However, in order to share our collection with the widest possible audience we believe that it is the right next step for the Wallace Collection and we look forward to expanding our horizons in accordance with the scale of the museum.”

Conference | Late Venetian Fortification

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on September 26, 2019

From ArtHist.net:

Late Venetian Fortification
Split City Museum, 4 October 2019

Until now, research on Venetian fortifications has given considerable more attention to Cinquecento works than to the achievements of the following centuries. This is why the aim of the conference is to focus on the later period. New material and insights are expected on the period starting with the War of Candia. Relevant topics include but are not limited to important fortification sites and projects (Morea, Corfu, Corinto, Dalmatia etc.), activities of military engineers, procedures and institutions involved in the construction of fortifications, Schulenburg’s involvement in fortification construction.

More information is available here»


9:00  Morning Papers
• Andrej Žmegač — Late Venetian Fortification: An Introduction
• Josip Pavić — The State of War: Reflections Regarding War Management in the Stato da Mar
• Ivo Glavaš — Barone and St. John’s Fortresses above the town of Šibenik
• Elisabetta Molteni — Filippo Verneda (c.1617–1692): Un maestro della fortificazione nella Venezia del XVII secolo
• Snježana Perojević — Military Engineers and the Fortification of Split in the 17th Century
• Antonio Manno — ‘La porta dell’Adriatico’: Il ruolo di Corfù nel sistema difensivo della Repubblica di Venezia
• Christian Ottersbach — The Fortresses of Palamidi and Corfu in their European Context: Testimonies of a Revolution in Military Architecture

13.00  Lunch break

14.00  Afternoon Papers
• Nikolaos A. Lianos — Military Engineers in the Morea during the Second Venetian Domination
• Eric G. L. Pinzelli — Modon, the Eye of the Republic
• Darka Bilić — Le circostanze del soggiorno del maresciallo Schulenburg in Dalmazia e Albania veneta
• Federico Bulfone Gransinigh and Alberto Pérez Negrete — Dopo Candia e Corfù: Niccolò Erizzo e le influenze al fortificare nell’ammodernamento dei forti lagunari della Serenissima, 1716–18
• Andrej Žmegač — The Venetian Military Engineer Antonio Giancix: Chronology and Evaluation

New Book | The Architecture of Ruins

Posted in books by Editor on September 26, 2019

From Routledge:

Jonathan Hill, The Architecture of Ruins: Designs on the Past, Present, and Future (New York: Routledge, 2019), 374 pages, ISBN: 978-1138367777 (hardback), $140 / ISBN: 978-1138367784 (paperback), $47.

The Architecture of Ruins: Designs on the Past, Present and Future identifies an alternative and significant history of architecture from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first century, in which a building is designed, occupied, and imagined as a ruin. This design practice conceives a monument and a ruin as creative, interdependent and simultaneous themes within a single building dialectic, addressing temporal and environmental questions in poetic, psychological, and practical terms, and stimulating questions of personal and national identity, nature and culture, weather and climate, permanence and impermanence, and life and death. Conceiving a building as a dialogue between a monument and a ruin intensifies the already blurred relations between the unfinished and the ruined and envisages the past, the present, and the future in a single architecture.

Structured around a collection of biographies, this book conceives a monument and a ruin as metaphors for a life and means to negotiate between a self and a society. Emphasising the interconnections between designers and the particular ways in which later architects learned from earlier ones, the chapters investigate an evolving, interdisciplinary design practice to show the relevance of historical understanding to design. Like a history, a design is a reinterpretation of the past that is meaningful to the present. Equally, a design is equivalent to a fiction, convincing users to suspend disbelief. We expect a history or a novel to be written in words, but they can also be delineated in drawing, cast in concrete or seeded in soil. The architect is a ‘physical novelist’ as well as a ‘physical historian’.

Like building sites, ruins are full of potential. In revealing not only what is lost, but also what is incomplete, a ruin suggests the future as well as the past. As a stimulus to the imagination, a ruin’s incomplete and broken forms expand architecture’s allegorical and metaphorical capacity, indicating that a building can remain unfinished, literally and in the imagination, focusing attention on the creativity of users as well as architects. Emphasising the symbiotic relations between nature and culture, a building designed, occupied, and imagined as a ruin acknowledges the coproduction of multiple authors, whether human, non-human or atmospheric, and is an appropriate model for architecture in an era of increasing climate change.

Jonathan Hill is Professor of Architecture and Visual Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where he directs the MPhil/PhD Architectural Design programme. He is the author of The Illegal Architect (1998), Actions of Architecture (2003), Immaterial Architecture (2006), Weather Architecture (2012), and A Landscape of Architecture, History and Fiction (2016); editor of Occupying Architecture (1998) and Architecture—the Subject is Matter (2001); and co-editor of Critical Architecture (2007).


List of Figures

1  Monuments to Rome
2  The First ‘Ruins’
3  Architecture in Ruins
4  Speaking Ruins
5  Ruin and Rotunda
6  Life in Ruins
7  Wrapping Ruins around Buildings
8  Nations in Ruins
Conclusion: A Monument to a Ruin



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