The Sagrada Família church in Barcelona. The 136-year-old structure only just got a building permit and must pay tens of millions of dollars to the city.
Photo: ARUP

Galerie’s Weekly Art and Design Industry News Brief

Here’s the week’s news you need to know, from the unveiling of the world’s largest statue to the inaugural Nashville Design Week

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

1. Former Met director Thomas Campbell will lead Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) announced this week that Thomas P. Campbell, former director the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been elected as its new director and CEO.


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2. World’s tallest statue unveiled in India

After eight years of development, the world’s tallest statue has been completed in India. The 600-foot-tall structure in the western state of Gujarat is a bronze-clad tribute to independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It cost $430 million to erect.

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3. Nashville to get its own design week

The Tennessee capital, which is increasingly becoming a hot spot for design, will host the inaugural Nashville Design Week from November 8 to 15.

Césarine-Henriette-Flore Davin-Mirvault’s Portrait of Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni. The painting is included in the online database called A Space of Their Own. Photo: courtesy of The Frick Collection

4. A new illustrated database for women artists spans centuries

A team of researchers at Indiana University in Bloomington is developing a dedicated platform to compile the most comprehensive resource to date for information on female painters, pastellists, printmakers, and sculptors active in the U.S. and Europe between the 15th and 19th centuries. It’s called A Space of Their Own.

5. Damascus national museum reopens doors

A portion of Syria’s national museum has reopened to the public after civil war forced its closure in 2012.

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6. Sagrada Família church gets building permit 136 years later

Work may have started on the famed Antoni Gaudí–designed church in 1882, but it never received a permit from the Barcelona city council. The basilica has now agreed to give the city $41 million to pay for the expenses generated by decades of construction work.


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