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San Francisco Chronicle 11/18/09: Berkeley quits New Art Museum A shortage of funds has prompted UC Berkeley to abandon its plan to construct a new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive downtown. The building, a distinctive and innovative design by Tokyo architect Toyo Ito estimated to cost $143 million, was to replace the museum’s present, seismically endangered quarters on Bancroft Way, completed in 1970.
The New York Times 11/19/09 New Arts Center In Armenia The center, a mad work of architectural megalomania and historical recovery, is one of the strangest but most memorable museum buildings to open in ages. Imagine an Art Deco version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon stretching nearly the height of the Empire State Building, its decorations coded with Armenian symbolism. Did I mention the artificial waterfalls?
artobserved: Olafur Eliasson ‘Your Chance Encounter’ at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art through March 22nd, 2010 Now on view at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan is “Your Chance Encounter” featuring new works by the Danish/ Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.  Often employing the use of light, wind, waves, and other elements from nature as material in order to explore the workings of human perception, in these new works the artist once again investigates the nature of human perception by creating works which make use of the design of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

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