Sting - a blood donor for an art object, the astronomical debt of the Sagrada Familia and Trump - the buyer of his portrait

What kind of “Odyssey” by Mark Quinn, for whom Kate Moss, Sing, Paul McCartney and not only donate blood? For which the Council of the Holy Family Gaudi "owed" $ 41 million, and why the fact of paying a giant fine is called "positive"? When will the “Ballerina Lena” of Koons-Zhnicrup be shown in the “holy of holies” - the Ashmolean Museum and why is Trump's “noble gesture” a matter of litigation? We represent the digest of the most resonant art events of the week.

Sting, Kate Moss and Paul McCartney donate blood for an art object.

British artist Marc Quinn (Marc Quinn) will take blood from at least 5,000 people for his installation Odyssey, which will be presented to viewers in the New York Public Library in the fall of 2019.A screenshot of the project description on the artist’s website. The installation will consist of two cubes - two tons of frozen blood divided into two parts. Both sculptures will be identical, without any distinctive features, and they will have to emphasize how we are all interconnected. However, things are not so simple: one ton will be taken from ordinary refugees, and another from world celebrities, for example, from Kate Moss, Jude Law, Anna Wintour and Paul McCartney. Where is whose blood? You can’t tell ... In order to preserve unusual objects, they will be placed in a special transparent pavilion designed by Norman Foster. The installation will be accompanied by a video series consisting of stories from project participants about why they were forced to leave their home. The goal of the project is to draw attention to the global refugee crisis. Quinn plans to raise at least $ 30 million to help refugees by raising money and selling works of art. Mark Quinn's Odyssey after a debut in New York will go on an international tour and, according to the artist, this will be the most “traveling” installation in the world. Quinn also hopes to get permission to conduct DNA tests on blood samples to create so-called "migration maps" that track the origin of all project participants.The interior of the Cathedral of the Holy Family. Photo source:

$ 41 million debt: Sagrada Familia is built 136 years without building permission

The Sagrada Familia, the most famous church of Barcelona and, perhaps, of all of Spain, must pay the city authorities a fine of $ 41 million (€ 36 million) for all the years of unauthorized construction since 1882. However, in actual fact, this news is rather positive: it is a question of improving the infrastructure through the funds received from paying the fine.
The fine will be paid in installments by the trustees of the still unfinished masterpiece by Antonio Gaudi. According to the official press release, the mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, welcomed this deal as a historically significant event. She wrote in her twitter: “Historical agreement with Sagrada Familia after 130 years without a license! After two years of dialogue, we agreed that the trustees guarantee the payment of the license, secure access to the basilica, improve public transport, and rebuild the nearby streets. ”

Sketch of the church in the colony Guell Antonio Gaudi (illustration - wikipedia)
The main part of the “fine” in the amount of € 22 million will be aimed at improving the situation with public transport, which is symbolic in some way, considering that Gaudi himself died in 1926, having fallen under a tram during a daily walk, heading for confession. Another € 7 million will be spent on improving the urban metro system, € 4 million - on the reconstruction of local streets and € 3 million - on maintenance, cleaning and security of the facility. In exchange for a municipal contribution, city officials will issue a building permit for the legendary building.
Today Sagrada Familia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited attractions in Barcelona. The basilica was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. The discussion continues about how close the current look of the cathedral is to the original project of the artist. About 30% of the basilica is still to be completed - presumably by 2026, by the centenary of Gaudi’s death.

See also: The first house built by Gaudi, opened its doors in Barcelona as a museum

Trump bought his own portrait Portrait - a realistic genre, depicting an existing person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more for $ 10,000 at the expense of money for "charity"

Portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more Donald Trump became the subject of controversy in the lawsuit of the Prosecutor General of New York against the Donald Trump Foundation. Trump's lawyers claim that the fund during the auction was simply forced to buy a portrait. A realistic genre depicting an actual person or group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read further, because no one else showed interest in the lot.

Almost a half meter acrylic portrait by Argentine artist Xavi Schanz (pictured artnet) portrays the young Trump. The work was first bought at an auction in a Tampa country house in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, in 2014, and the money was sent to the Unicorn Foundation, which helps cancer patients. But this time, Trump bought his own portrait, not for his money, but for the money of his charitable foundation, and later posted it in one of his hotels in Florida. Selling this painting has already become one of the six deals that the Trump Foundation has made, using charitable money inappropriately. The Attorney General also charges accusations of using charitable money to fund the Trump election campaign in 2016. Last week, the judge did not make a decision, deciding to wait for the verdict in the Court of Appeal in Manhattan.

The works of Jeff Koons go to Oxford

The Ashmole Museum at the University of Oxford, the oldest public museum in the world, will hold an exhibition of works by Jeff Koons, one of the most expensive and scandalous artists of our time. The exhibition will open in February 2019 thanks to the initiative of the student organization Edgar Wind Society for Art History.Ashmolean Museum. The photo of this block is artnet. For the Echmola Museum itself, this is an unusual exhibition: this solid institution very rarely features contemporary art. In 2016, there was an exhibition of Andy Warhol, which was also a kind of anomaly among other museum expositions, and was organized to attract a younger audience to the institution. The exhibition Koons will feature 17 works of the artist, 14 of which had never before been exhibited in the UK.The objects include a sculpture based on the porcelain figurine “Ballerina Lenochka” by Ukrainian artist Oksana Zhnichrup. Recall that Jeff Koons was the first to be honored to shock the public in Versailles: in 2008, visitors were shocked by his work in glamorous interiors.
The Jeff Koons exhibition at the Ashmole Museum, Oxford, will be held from February 7 to June 9, 2019.
Author: Anna Znaenok.
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According to the publications of the artnet portal, buro247, Arthiva's own publications. Main illustration: collageCollagraphy is a relatively new type of embossed print. It was invented in the middle of the 20th century and combines environmental friendliness, ease of execution, richness of textures and plastics, and, moreover, it is well combined with other graphic manners (for example, "dry needle"). The printed matrix is ​​a collage (hence the name combining the words "collage" and "graph") and is created by sticking various materials — fabrics, plastic, sand, plants, and so on — to a wooden or cardboard base using various pastes. Read more Collage (from fr. Collage - sticking) - a method used in the visual arts and consists in creating applications from different fragments, different in color and texture. This term also denotes work done in this technique. It was first introduced by futurists and cubists, in particular, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, to the visual arts. They combined scraps of fabric, photographs and wallpapers on canvas. Famous collage artists include film director Sergei Paradzhanov, who combined photographs, pieces of lace, porcelain, and dried plants.
Decorator reception is often tried to diversify with painting tools: a brush with paint or a pen with ink. The creative genre is characterized by diversity and courage of ideas. A related technique is assemblage, which involves combining various objects and their parts on one surface. Photo collages are very popular today. Read further using photo archdaily and artnet, Mark Quin's site.