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Posted on March 27, 2015

My Preview: April - June 2015

Dear Readers! It’s about time for my cultural picks for the second quarter of the year. Some housekeeping first: As many of you know, I have a little love affair with podcasts.


Just recently I downloaded last year’s smash hit Serial to my iPod. Serial is highly addictive. Have you purchased Bob Dylan’s latest album Shadows in the Night? His blend of American classics is addictive as well – Kyle Anderson wrote of it in Entertainment Weekly, “This isn’t the Ocean’s 11 Sinatra drinking dry martinis with Dino at the Copa.” With Serial and Shadows in the Night on the iPod, here’s what I would like to buy/see/read/hear in the next three months:

APRIL: Spring in New York!

Take a walk or have a picnic at The High Line Park, wearing summery museum fashion by Uniqlo:


On a recent trip to New York I bought a baseball cap (for my youngest son) at the Uniqlo flagship store, and an umbrella (for me), featuring designs by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Both products are part of an expansive fashion and accessory line featuring artworks/artists on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The always-innovative MoMA and the powerful fashion giant are celebrating the 1st anniversary of the SPRZ NY project. If you can make it to Uniqlo’s 5th Avenue store on April 4 you can learn all about the project, where traditional Japanese art is being brought to a global audience. The first 500 people in line will receive a traditional Japanese Sensu fan. Even more exciting is the SPRZ NY art tour, giving visitors the chance to explore New York City while also learning about pop art history at three secret locations. SPRZ NY is a great template and demonstrates best practice for a cultural partnership between a global museum and a global business. Visit Uniqlo’s special SPRZ website for all events:


Did you enjoy the recent solar eclipse through a telescope? An oversized bronze telescope by the Scandinavian artists Elmgreen & Dragset is due to be unveiled on the High Line – New York’s mega-fascinating new park on the elevated railway of the former High Line service. The sculpture is part of the open air exhibition Panorama, which opens on April 23. Just a few days earlier the artists will also open their exhibition Past Tomorrow, in New York’s Gallery Perrotin. This will be a sequel to Tomorrow, an installation shown in 2013 at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, in the former textile galleries (no Uniqlo clothes at the V & A yet, I guess). The installation transformed the museum galleries into an apartment belonging to a fictional, elderly and disillusioned architect. What will the gallery show Past Tomorrow bring?
You can find out from April 16 – May 23 at Gallery Perrotin.


April is the busiest conference month for many museum and exhibition folks this year. My colleagues Oliver Zietzke and Thomas Englberger will join Museums and the Web from April 8 – 11 in Chicago, and lovely Geneva will host MuseumNext from April 19 – 21. Our team members Oliver Rosenwald and Daniel Batyi will make it to Atlanta, which will be the host city of the American Alliance of Museums annual meeting from April 25 – 29. Our friend and world-famous archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass and I will be in Manila from April 26 – 30, where The Mind Museum awaits us for the annual conference of the Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centers.

Our new project, Touring Exhibitions News, will portrait these industry meetings throughout April for you. Visit and follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

Save the date: On April 20 we will open the registration for The Touring Exhibitions Meeting in Istanbul (10 – 12 September).

MAY: The exhibition of exhibitions

The museum of museums – From the World’s Fair to Tomorrowland

The World’s Fair

The “exhibition of exhibitions” will take place from May 1 to October 31 in Milan. Expo 2015 comes along with two major accompanying museum shows: Leonardo 1452 – 1519 at Palazzo Reale (April 15 – July 19) and The Museum of Museums at Museo del Novecento (the most prestigious modern art from the country’s leading institutions in one show opens April 22). Google it to find your way – most Italian museums have only basic English websites (Italy’s Prime Minister recently launched an initiative to better promote Italy’s cultural institutions as touristic assets. You will understand why if you search for both exhibitions.) At the Expo 2015 program I am looking forward to the Arts & Foods Pavilion and Milan Design Museum’s Triennial exhibition Body Snatchers in the Kitchen – both curated by Germano Celant. I liked Mr. Celant’s 2014 show, Art or Sound at Fondazione Prada in Venice, a lot.

Venice, Part 1

I need an excuse to fly to Venice again, because of that wonderful habit of lunching or dining with friends, enjoying bite-size snacks and a chilled bottle of wine on – often canalside – spots, at little eateries called Bacari. My ultimate recommendation is the cozy, comfy feel-good Cantinone Già Schiavi (Fondamenta Nani 992, phone +39 041 5230034, closed Sundays). See the mouthwatering photo I took last summer while holidaying with my family. My excuse to visit Venice this year is the 56th Biennale, which opens May 9.

Venice, Part 2

Hollywood superstar George Clooney celebrated a spectacular wedding in Venice last summer, which leads me to Disney’s Tomorrowland, starring Clooney and due to be released in many countries in late May. Follow the unofficial source on Twitter. Tomorrowland will be bold, and it has that futuristic nuclear World’s Fair feeling.


May 1 will see the landmark opening of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, designed by Renzo Piano.

June: Trento – Sydney – Boston


Another Renzo Piano-designed location is the MUSE, Trento’s new science museum, nestled in the Dolomite Mountains. It’s the host museum for the annual meeting of ECSITE, where you can meet the European Science & Technology Center folks from June 11 – 13. Just a few days earlier, REMIX will take place in Sydney (June 2 & 3). REMIX is one of the most inspiring conferences I have attended, and SC Exhibitions is a proud sponsor. Other REMIX editions this year are scheduled for New York and London.


The new Pixar movie Inside Out will hit cinemas in many countries in June. The Boston Museum of Science (MOS) is opening its new exhibition The Science behind Pixar on June 28, and MoMA staged Pixar: 25 Years of Animation a few years ago. I am curious to see through which lens the MOS will curate their new show.

Does anyone know when we can expect Adele’s new album? Or the announced Quentin Tarantino Western The Hateful Eight? I might be able to tell you more in my next cultural picks around the end of June.

Have a good time! And enjoy the Easter break. Next FRIDAY will be online on 10 April.

Christoph Scholz
Director SC Exhibitions

SPRZ NY anniversay calendar


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