Russian Museum Hires Cat, Snowden Makes Techno: Last Week in Art

The fat and orange cat, Maray, has his own name plaque at the Serpukhov Historical and Art Museum and Snowden's track, produced with Jean-Michel Jarre, is over 6 minutes long and is called "Exit."

by Sami Emory
Apr 18 2016, 1:10pm


A lot went down this week in the weird and wild world of Art. Some things were more scandalous than others, some were just plain wacky—but all of them are worth knowing about. Without further ado:  

+ In an April’s Fools joke gone wrong (or right?), a fat cat named Maray has been hired at the Serpukhov Historical and Art Museum. [Mashable]

+ Edward Snowden released a 6-minute techno track with electronic music producer Jean-Michel Jarre. Listen to “Exit” here. [The Next Web]

+ Siyuan Zhao, the Art Basel stabber who attacked a woman who she allegedly believed to be in collaboration with ISIS, is being deported to China for mental health rehabilitation in her home country. [Miami Herald]

+ The artist behind the controversial Kanye-kissing-Kanye mural in Chippendale, Australia, sold his work for AUS$100,000 to an unknown buyer. He has since painted over the mural, leaving only a single, godlike pinky. [The Telegraph]


+ Saddam Hussein’s abandoned mansion is becoming a museum. [National Geographic]

+ Dream boss Mariah Eichborn will give her staff a super-long vacation for her next show in London, 5 weeks, 25 days, 175 hours: the exact time her employees' holiday. [Art News]

+ Harvard students are speaking up against sexual assault with guerrilla art installations. [The Crimson]

+ Coachella was this weekend. The annual music festival boasted another round of massive sculptural feats from artists Phillip K. Smith III, Date Farmers, Alexandre Arrechea, and more. [Los Angeles TimesInstagram]


+ The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art may have finally found a home in Chicago in the lakespot location of the soon-to-be demolished McCormick Place East. [Chicago Tribune]

+ The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles county is going to train a volunteer force of “citizen scientists” to collect wildlife data for the museum. [Los Angeles Times]

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear opened at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum last Saturday. The show celebrates a more than 200-year narrative of undergarments for men and women, starting in the 18th century and extending into the modern-day. [The Daily Mail]

+ The Manchester Museum has established what may be the world’s first “Inflatable Museum.” The blow-up building is touring the city’s public spaces and schools to promote free museum education in every context. [Manchester Evening News]


+ What appears to be a lost Caravaggio painting, estimated at roughly $135,000,000 in value, was found in an attic in Toulouse. [The Guardian]

+ The FBI is now involved in the ongoing search for the stolen Andy Warhol paintings in Missouri and is offering a $25,000 award for any information on the missing works. [Raw Story]

+ These are the designs for Iraq’s new museum of Kurdish culture. [Dezeen]

+ 100% of the profits of 50 limited-edition portraits of Miley Cyrus, shot by Marilyn Minter, are going to support Planned Parenthood. Cyrus has also teamed up with Marc Jacobs to create “Miley Hearts Planned Parenthood” and “Pro Choice Miley” T-shirts as a further fundraising venture for the organization. [Refinery 29]


+ Last month, Colombian artist Oscar Murillo destroyed his British passport mid-flight on his way to Sydney as a public stand against Western privilege. He later commented on a panel at Art Basel Hong Kong, “from a Western context, the West is a salivating penis, you know, pretty much ready to penetrate the rest of the world, as it has been for 500 years or more.” [Art News]

+ The only museum dedicated to the Tiananmen protest in 1989 is being forced out of its location in Hong Kong over a legal issue. [The New York Times]

+ Here's a William Shakespeare sculpture the size of the eye of a needle, made by micro-sculptor William Wigan in honor of the Bard’s 400th anniversary. [The New Zealand Herald]

+ Cornelia Parker has recreated the Bates Motel from Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho—at two-thirds scale—on the Met’s roof for her current Roof Garden Commission. [The New York Times]


Did we miss any pressing art world stories? Let us know in the comments below!


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