New York's New Museum. Staff at the institution are taking steps toward unionizing.
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu

Galerie’s Weekly Art and Design Industry News Brief

Here’s the week’s news you need to know, from the New Museum staff's unionizing efforts to the exhibition of Banksy's "Love Is In The Bin"

Here are this week’s must-read news stories in the fields of art and design.

1. Banksy’s shredded painting will go on view at a German museum

The Museum Frieder Burda (MFB) in the German city of Baden-Baden, which was founded by publishing magnate Frieder Burda, announced it will be displaying Love is in the Bin, the Banksy painting formerly known as Girl With Balloon before it was shredded at auction last year.

A rendering of proposed islands to be built off the coast of Denmark. Photo: URBAN POWER for Hvidovre kommune

2. Denmark plans to create nine new islands

Denmark plans to build nine artificial islands south of Copenhagen in a bid to attract business amid a housing and office space shortage, the government has announced. The aim is to attract about 380 companies to the area, which is located near Copenhagen airport.

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3. Staff at the New Museum initiated the process of forming a union

Staff members at the New Museum in New York have initiated the process of forming a union under the name NewMuU-UAW Local 2110, saying that they seek to obtain greater transparency for workers at the institution and to protect their rights.

Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” will head to Asia next year. Photo: Van Gogh Museum

4. Van Gogh’s most important painting leaves Europe for the first time

The National Gallery in London is to send Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and 60 other paintings on an unprecedented tour to two Japanese museums in 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics.  It will be the largest group of National Gallery paintings to be lent abroad in its near 200-year history and the first time Sunflowers has ever left Europe.

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5. United States withdraws from UNESCO 

The United States has officially withdrawn from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), one of the world’s best-known global cultural heritage and preservation organizations. The withdrawal comes as a result of America’s objection to the organization recognizing the old city of Hebron in the West Bank as a Palestinian World Heritage Site.

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