Archive for December 2020

Harkening back 1,000 years, the Colosseum is getting a new floor

It’s difficult to imagine Rome’s Colosseum in its prime when reading about the extraordinary forms of entertainment that went on within its walls. Even if you’ve had the opportunity to tour the historic ruins, envisioning what it was like with crowds cheering on gladiator battles or mock naval battles is challenging. However, in just a […]

Sotheby’s buffeted by the public health crisis—and various legal challenges

Sotheby’s is making rapid inroads into the digital sphere and has continuously one-upped rival Christie’s throughout 2020. The famous auction house, however, is facing significant risks concerning a potential credit rating downgrade, as well as the various scandals and legal proceedings which have tarnished its image this year. Will Sotheby’s manage to sail smoothly through […]

Statue of Robert E Lee quietly removed from DC, may be replaced with sculpture of civil rights activist

A statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee has been removed from Washington DC following a summer that saw tensions over police brutality reach a breaking point. The monument is one of many around the world that have received renewed attention as cities face divided opinions on monuments honouring people with problematic pasts and what […]

Sotheby’s, Christie’s release preliminary 2020 sales reports

Just before the end of the year, both Sotheby’s and Christie’s have released preliminary end of year totals, showing the impact of COVID-19, but a better than expected year on the whole. 2020 has been a difficult year, but both of the major auction houses did their best to adapt and for the first year […]

Phi Centre’s ‘Connected by art’ brings community and art together

Throughout the ongoing closures of 2020, many galleries and exhibition spaces have pivoted to a digital presentation space. And while there are plenty of successful endeavours in this vein, some have dealt with the changes in a wonderfully smooth fashion. Montreal’s Phi Centre is so entrenched in the realm of virtual reality that it is […]

Art World Roundup: museums frustrated as lockdown tightens in London, archaeologists make new discoveries while studying an Aztec tower of skulls, and more

This week’s Art World Roundup covers this year’s top-searched terms on Google while London museums close again due to the pandemic. Police in Germany have made another arrest in relation to the Dresden Heist, the AIA has implemented a ban on architects designing spaces for torture and execution, a bill to return 27 artefacts to […]

Pop-up vaccine pavilions by Stefano Boeri will help Italy fight the pandemic

Public squares in Italy play a critical role in Italian culture and day-to-day life, but they may soon play a major part in rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations. Circular temporary structures have been designed by architect Stefano Boeri and his Milan-based firm, in collaboration with a team of consultants, that will pop up across Italy as […]