MoMA offers Online Classes directly from Curators, Artists and Designers

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The Museum of Modern Art will probably be closed for a while therefore they have adjusted to the lock down situation by offering podcast’s tour of the collection or online visits and by its free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera. Its offerings are online classes directly from curators, artists and designers, and exploring the works featured in MoMA‘s collection and exhibitions.

More info on Coursera

Van Gogh’s The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring Has Been Stolen.

The rectory garden in Nuenen with female figure

Singer Laren museum in Laren was closed to the public when at around 3:15 a.m on March 30th some thieves smashed a large glass door at the front of the museum to access the building. According to the local authorities perpetrators had vanished by the time Police arrived, stealing Dutch master’s painting. The painting was on loan from the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the Netherlands, and it was painted when Van Gogh was living in Neunen, where his father was a pastor. Police have launched a criminal investigation and are requesting any security footage captured by cameras in the neighborhood and questioning local residents. Anna Singer established The museum  in 1954 and it includes works by Dutch artists Chris Beekman, Jan Toorop and Herman Kruyder, among others.

More info about the The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 

Since March 2020 Art Aia is part of French Platform EasyClap

Théophile Steinlen’s famous advertisement for the tour of Le Chat Noir cabaret

In March 2020 Art Aia has joined the Online Platform EasyClap which is the first social network that brings together the world’s creative ecosystem on an all-in-one platform for artists, art collectives, media houses and art galleries. Art Aia will display on the platform the works of its artists as well as sharing information about the residency programs. Interviews, featured articles and podcasts published by Art Aia on Google News will also be reaching an highly engaged audience thanks to EasyClap press area dedicated to contemporary art.

More information about Art Aia on EasyClap 

Google Arts & Culture Booms as Art World Goes Online


As Google’s spokesperson said ‘Our goal has always been to use technology to help people find new ways to engage with art and culture’. According to Google Trends this March Online searches for Google Arts & Culture have really increased. Many cultural institutions like The Metropolitan Museum of New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, Korea’s National Museum the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Pinacoteca de São Paulo and many others are already using the platform to share images and videos of their collections , add live content, virtual walk-throughs, podcasts, curated tours and artist takeovers.

More info on Google Arts & Culture



The 51st Art Basel has been Postponed to September. Honk Kong edition allow potential buyers to browse and buy artworks directly online. 

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Public Art Project on Tour in Basel, Manfred Kielnhofer, Design Miami / Basel
Art Basel, one of the art world’s biggest events, has been postponed as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread all over Europe.
The Art fair in Switzerland, was due to take place in June (18th- 21st) but organizers said  that the decision to postpone was reached with the goal of both protecting the health and safety of their community, and ensuring that the fair will be attended by the largest possible number of collectors, curators, and arts professionals from the fair’s global network.
The 51st year edition of the fair will be probably be postponed to September and galleries may need some time to consider if they want to participate. There will be no costs associated for galleries that choose not to participate.
Similar scenario for the visitors who can use their tickets if already purchased  or cancel and receive a reimbursement.
In Switzerland there have been over 10,000 infections and 153 deaths as a result of the virus and the country has moved to restrict non-essential travel.
Only Swiss residents and citizens or people traveling for work-related or emergency reasons, will be permitted to enter.
The Swiss fair has an edition also in Hong Kong and Miami . Organizers had already arranged digital exhibiting rooms, which allowed potential buyers to browse and buy artworks from the Hong Kong fair directly online. 
Art Basel’s Miami Beach edition is still scheduled to happen in December 2020.
More info on the New York Times

Arts Council In Ireland Launches The Dance Artist Residency Scheme

In order to stabilize and support a network of dance artists in residence across Ireland the Arts Council has launched The dance artist residency scheme, a specific work program open to professional dance artists, venues or local authorities. This scheme is aiming to offer opportunities to local authorities and venues to develop dance practice in their area, to consolidate both professional and community-based dance practice in a variety of regional contexts, to offer opportunities to dance artists around the country to engage in a program of artistic work relevant to their own practice and to encourage the development of long-term planning and sustainability of independent dance activities.See the link below for further details Dance artist residency scheme.

“Pier Paolo Pasolini Poesie-Bàsné ” a volume of poetic work published in Czech Republic.

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Pier Paolo Pasolini

The volume “Pier Paolo Pasolini. Poesie-Bàsné” was published in Czech Republic. It represent the first and largest selection taken from Pasolini’s poetic work, which includes verses he wrote in the Friulian dialect, the language of his beloved mother, such as Poesie a Casarsa from 1942. The translation was edited by Alice Flemrová and Tomáš Matrast who was also responsible for choosing the poems and of writing the introduction to the volume. Of particular interest is the autobiographical poem entitled Il poeta delle ceneri / Básník popela, published in Italy only in 1980, after Pasolini’s death, where the poet reveals the secret truths about political and economic power and the well-founded danger of the decomposition of modern and postmodern society.

Selected poems:
Dedica /Ploja tai cunfíns /Il dì da la me muàrt /Il nini muàrt /O me donzel /Tornant al país /Ciant da li ciampanis / La diversità che mi fece stupendo / Alla mia nazione / Hymnus ad nocturnum / Splendore / La Guinea / Profezia / Io sono una forza del Passato / Supplica a mia madre / Ballata delle madri / Il sogno della ragione / Il poeta delle ceneri / Comunicato allˈAnsa (Un cane) / L´influenza del denaro sulla poesia/ Versi del testamento / Vedo / Navigate…/ Come se fossi / Versi sottili come righe di pioggia

About Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini was an Italian film director, poet, writer, and intellectual, who also distinguished himself as an actor, journalist, novelist, playwright, and political figure. He remains a controversial personality in Italy due to his blunt style and the focus of some of his works on taboo sexual matters.

More on Wikipedia

The spread of the COVID-19 virus lead to artist Virtual residencies in Western South Dakota.

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An example of virtual training in the army

Racing Magpie and a new non-profit Magpie Creative in South Dakota (USA) are supporting five virtual residencies. Any Western South Dakota artist, writer, or musician can apply. The selected artists will will receive  200 dollars each and do some live streaming while producing their art and setting up a virtual residency, where art can be displayed at a social distance during this time.
The outcomes will be shared on Racing Magpie’s online platforms for the public’s viewing.

For more information, check out Virtual Residencies


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A Girl Writing; The Pet Goldfinch Oil painting by Henriette Browne (ca. 1870 (painted) – 1874)

Nine writers have been awarded with a $50,000 grant by the fourth annual Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers : Mary Abbe, Jerry Cullum, Neil Fauerso, Amanda Fortini, Sam Lefebvre, Steve Litt, Erin Nelson, Seph Rodney, and Elisa Turner.

The Rabkin Foundation, established in 1999 by Dorothea and New York–based artist and art collector Leo Rabkin, recognizes outstanding contributions by art critics who inform the public through their writing on contemporary art. “In this unprecedented and tragic time, the foundation released funding immediately and chose to forego the celebrations and formalities that made this moment so enjoyable and memorable in recent years,” said the Rabkin Foundation.

More on The Rabkin Foundation here

Germany Has Rolled Out a €50 Billion Aid Package For Small Enterprises That Boosts Artists and Galleries

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HFF President Bettina Reitz with Minister of Culture Monika Grütters at the awarding of the German Short Film Award 2016 at the HFF Munich

“Artists are not only indispensable, but also vital, especially now,” says the country’s culture minister Monika Grütters.

The German federal government has announced that due to the emergency Covid 19 an aid package of €50 billion will be provided specifically to small businesses and freelancers, including those from the cultural, creative, and media sectors.“We know the hardships, we know the desperation,” said culture minister in a statement. “The cultural sector in particular is characterized by a high proportion of self-employed people who now have problems with their livelihoods.” The aid package funding will come in the form of grants designed to help with monthly costs like venue rentals and artist studios. In addition to arts-related individuals and organizations, the funding will support media enterprises, including newspapers. In addition to the stimulus money, the new initiative states that social security (including unemployment insurance) will be made available to freelancers—including artists—for a period of six months and expenses for housing will be recognized to ensure that “everyone can stay in their own home.” To this end, the government is injecting another €10 billion of support. “Our democratic society needs its unique and diverse cultural and media landscape in this historical situation, which was unimaginable until recently,” said Grütters. “The creative courage of creative people can help to overcome the crisis. We should seize every opportunity to create good things for the future. That is why the following applies: artists are not only indispensable, but also vital, especially now.”

Read the full article on Artnet