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HONG KONG – Department store Sogo has unveiled what it says is Asia Pacific’s largest LED outdoor screen, installed on the facade of its flagship store in Causeway Bay.
Facing Hennessy Road, the screen, called Cvision, began operating on Oct. 27. It measures approximately 19 meters by 72 meters (62 feet by 236 feet)—covering a surface area of more than five full-sized tennis courts. 
“Since its inception in 1985, Sogo Hong Kong, the city’s largest department store, has become an important cultural landmark in Causeway Bay and a must-go retail destination for tourists and citizens alike,” said Alfred Cheng, head of sales & marketing for the company. “The launch of Cvision further cements Hong Kong’s status as a world-class metropolis and demonstrates our relentless push to innovate and adapt in the digital age.” 
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Is The Broad a Great Public Collection or “The Largest Vanity Project of Our Lifetime”?

The Broad museum on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Photo: Iwan Baan.


Eli and Edye’s Gift to Los Angeles: The Broad Museum

“I have always worked on a public collection,” said Joanne Heyler, Chief Curator of The Broad Art Foundation and Founding Director of The Broad, to an assembly of international, national, and local media gathered in front of the much-anticipated new contemporary art museum and permanent home of the art collection of Eli and Edythe Broad a few days before its opening. Heyler has been with the Broads since almost the beginning, working with them for over 20 years to develop the collection and their philanthropic projects, culminating with the establishment of the impressive Broad museum. Heyler’s emphasis of the word “public,” however, might seem curious, considering that the collection belongs to just two people. But, as Heyler explained, the idea of “the public” is crucial to the museum’s mission of reaching the widest possible audience for its collection of contemporary art, and to that end, The Broad, situated in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, offers free admission. “This is Eli and Edye’s gift to Los Angeles,” Heyler stated proudly.

The Broad’s “cool storage” room showing a work by Paul Pfeiffer. Courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Photo: Iwan Baan.

The practical matters of opening the collection to the widest possible audience, however, extend beyond the borders of Los Angeles. The Broad Art Foundation, which was founded in 1984, was established as a lending program, making the collection’s works available to museums and galleries worldwide. Over 8,000 loans have gone out to more than 500 museums and galleries over that period of 30 years. Now that the Broads’ collection has coalesced under the roof of the new museum, this dedication to lending will continue as a primary function of the museum, and has even been built into the building’s design.

The Broad museum’s lobby with interior veil. Courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Photo: Iwan Baan.

The building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is predicated on the concept of “the veil and the vault”: the vault being The Broad’s large storage area for the collection, taking up most of the museum’s second floor; the veil, a porous exterior structure forming a diaphanous cover over the interior vault, allows a diffuse natural light to penetrate the 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, located on the first and third floors. Approaching the museum from the street, the visitor is essentially invited under the veil, into a cavernous space with the grey mass of the vault hovering overhead. A pod-like elevator, stairway, and long ascending escalator pierce the vault’s interior, allowing the visitor to pass through it, and, from windows in the stairwell, offering an unprecedented glimpse into the inner workings of the museum. As lead architect Elizabeth Diller pointed out, the design “turned a liability into an asset,” transforming the usually hidden storage area into a main attraction.

Installation of works by Christopher Wool and Jeff Koons in The Broad’s third-floor galleries. Courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Photo: Bruce Damonte.

In the expansive space of the third floor galleries, the viewer is initially greeted by a large open space, full of diffuse filtered natural light, surrounded by massive works by Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Mark Bradford, Marlene Dumas, Julie Mehretu, and El Anatsui. For The Broad’s first hang, Heyler took a “straightforward, wide-lens, chronological approach,” beginning with a room devoted to Warhol, whose Pop-Art presence is felt throughout the collection. Standouts of the inaugural exhibition include an eye-popping enclave of Ellsworth Kelly works; Anselm Kiefer‘s historic epic Deutschlands Geisteshelden (1973), whose evocations of receding woodgrain are echoed in a Mike Kelley piece (Infinite Expansion, 1983) on the opposite end of the museum; and alternately, life-like and imposing human figures by John Ahearn and Charles Ray. Areas of darker subject matter contrast with the Pop influences–animal bones in glass cases and a dead sheep suspended in formaldehyde by Damien Hirst share a room with a photograph of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange by Andreas Gursky, evoking themes of death and despair, interrupted by the obligatory inclusion of one of Hirst’s spot paintings. Works by certain artists, particularly John Baldessari, Cy Twombly, and Jeff Koons, recur to a great extent throughout the museum.

Installation of works by Neo Rauch, Robert Longo and Mark Bradford in The Broad’s first-floor galleries. Courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Photo: Bruce Damonte.

What emerges from the Broad collection is largely a paean to painting and sculpture, a majority, unavoidably it seems, devoted to male artists. This tendency is somewhat disrupted by the inclusion of some major installations on the first floor: a wool tapestry by Polish artist Goshka Macuga, complemented by two performers clad in the artist’s digital-printed Lycra designs; a powerful and elegiac musical video installation by Ragnar Kjartansson (The Visitors, 2012); Takashi Murakami‘s epic mural-sized painting In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow (2014); and the experiential and existential Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013), which purports to plunge the viewer to an endless space of reflection among a quiet riot of blinking LED lights.

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013. © Yayoi Kusama, Courtesy of David Zwirner, N.Y..

Waiting for my minute alone with the infinity of Kusama’s installation, I overheard an outspoken journalist denouncing The Broad as “the largest vanity project of our lifetime,” a sentiment that, given the rise of private museums and foundations established by prominent art collectors in recent memory, is not an unusual one to hold. While the Broad’s collection is by no means a complete, unbiased view of the developments of contemporary art (and who can rightfully claim that, regardless of their private or public affiliations?), this sanctimonious attitude willfully ignores The Broad’s potential outreach to the widest possible public, and the benefits that can be derived from it. The Broad’s location, as a new jewel in a downtown revitalization project that Eli Broad has helped orchestrate, is not entirely without self-serving attributes, but it also makes the museum accessible to a much larger proportion of Los Angeles residents, particularly those from lower income, inner city areas. The other notable free admission museums in Los Angeles–the Getty and the Hammer Museum–are located a metaphorical stone’s throw from each other in the exclusive neighborhoods of Westwood and Brentwood on the west side of Los Angeles. The Broad, on the other hand, is right in the heart of the city, easily accessed by public transportation coming in from all across the Southern California region.

Installation of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Ahearn and Robert Therrien in The Broad’s third-floor galleries. Courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Photo: Bruce Damonte.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also addressed the crowd at the press preview that morning, boldly proclaiming “Los Angeles the contemporary art capital of the world.” Nodding to the mayor, Diller acknowledged that The Broad’s construction in Downtown Los Angeles is part of a “larger urban effort,” and heralds the increasing concentration of cultural attractions in the city center. If one were looking for a popular mandate for the new museum and for Downtown’s greater art presence, The Broad has certainly proved it, booking over 85,000 free tickets in advance of its opening. But if it truly wants to fulfill its mission to serve the public, as one of the most accessible free-entry institutions in Los Angeles, it should recognize this as a unique opportunity to introduce the wide lens of contemporary art, in all its facets, to a public that may not have the opportunity to experience it elsewhere. One can hope that through special exhibitions and new acquisitions (it estimates that it averages one new acquisition a week), The Broad will discover, and embrace, its obligation to the public to truly represent the art of our time.

Aerial photo of The Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles. Courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Photo: Jeff Duran / Warren Air.

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Power-shoppers have a new spot to add to the list of pilgramage sites: H&M has opened its largest outpost in the world in NYC’s Herald Square today. The 63,000-square-foot store has four stories and is one of the few in the U.S. to have a physical presence for its home line. But as far as numbers go, there’s so much more to know. As of today’s opening, you can count on:

—313,000 hangers
—236,500 shopping bags waiting at the registers (made of recycled material, natch)
—700 feet of retractable stanchions waiting to keep people in line*
—246 feet of rolling racks that will be used on a daily basis
—200 employees
—104 mannequins
—62 songs on the current store playlist
—35 feet of glass used for the mega-store’s front facade
—34 cash registers
—30 feet from floor to ceiling on the second floor atrium
—6 escalators
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—1 bed, on display in the home section
—countless mirrors (we were told there are so many mirrored surfaces at every turn that it’s impossible to point at a certain number)

*All that line-enforcing nylon will likely be needed when H&M’s next designer collaboration with Balmain hits.

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The World’s Largest Artist Colony Is About To Be Bulldozed

In the heart of New Delhi lives what is said to be the world’s largest collective of performers — puppeteers, drummers, monkey tamers, snake charmers, singers, acrobats, and more. Their family units can include more than a dozen members. Dads and moms pass their art down to the kids. In Kathputli Colony that’s simply how things are done.

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Chatta Khan, a 45-year-old monkey tamer, is just one of thousands of performers living in the famed Kathputli Colony. By Mark Leaver.

Whether tradition will continue this way is another story. The 3,000 families of Kathputli are facing a major threat to their way of life, a standoff that’s mesmerized local papers and documentarians abroad who have trekked to the so-called magician’s ghetto.

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Honey Bhatt, 12, is a drummer. By Mark Leaver.

The colony began in the 1950s, when Delhi was not so dense as it is today. Now the land it sits on is central and valuable. Accordingly, powerful entities are vying for it. The civic body who owns the land, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), plans to evict all the current residents to make room for luxury flats and a shopping mall.

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Portrait of Punna Gujat, a 65-year-old chair-maker. By Mark Leaver.

Kathputli means “puppeteers,” but the word has come to stand for every type of magic that happens in the 6.5-acre colony. Recently, photographer Mark Leaver visited to document the scene before it disappears. Leaver took portrait style shots of the performers in their homes, which he plans to compile into a book.

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Sundra Beui lives in the colony with her husband, a painter. By Mark Leaver.

The accommodations are hardly luxurious. The houses are basic and crowded onto narrow streets that smell of sewage. Families often sleep on the floor to store their equipment. Because of the colony’s slum-like spirit, DDA officials and others behind the conversion justify the imminent bulldozing as a lifestyle improvement.

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Laxshman Bhatt is one of many puppet makers in the colony. By Mark Leaver.

But residents argue that their unique lifestyles are necessitated by their art, and therefore unimpeachable. “Our lifestyle is our identity,” Aziz Khan, a magician who holds a Guinness World Record title, told a Time reporter who visited the colony in March. “The lifestyle of a multistory building is not for us.”

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Fifty-year-old Basanti Bhatt has perfected the art of head balancing. By Mark Leaver.

The DDA’s line is that the project caters to residents, who are slated to shift to a high-rise building billed by the government as a modern artists’ community equipped to nurture street art. Residents are largely skeptical. They doubt they can store puppets as large as 15 feet in a “cramped flat,” as the colony’s eldest resident, puppeteer Puran Bhat, told Time. And their families are larger than average. Bhat’s, for instance, comprises 18 members.

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Puppeteer Jagdish Bhatt poses with one of his dolls. By Mark Leaver.

Then there is the interim housing the DDA is trying to push residents into right away, which many have criticized as shoddy and susceptible to wind damage. Last month saw incidents of police violence against men and women in the colony, including beatings by lathe and tear gas sprays. One 15-year-old boy described being dragged out of bed while sleeping, beaten and slapped, and taken to the police station, where “a senior cop asked me why we didn’t shift to the transit camp at Anand Parbat.”

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Thirty-year-old Susila Bhatt holds her son Moono, one of the colony’s youngest residents. By Mark Leaver.

Speaking to Time, one magician blamed “middle-class India” for making a mass eviction possible. Folk artists, he opined, are “at odds with the image of India as a rising power.” Many are hoping to sway the government into preserving the colony as a tourist attraction, a workaround that could address the issue of national self-image.

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At 80 years old, puppeteer Kesar Bhatt is one of the colony’s eldest residents. By Mark Leaver.

“We perform for the poor as well as the rich, for the Prime Minister as well as the commoner,” Bhat, the colony’s eldest resident told Time. “And we have always lived like kings without worrying about the future.”

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The tented homes of Kathputli. By Mark Leaver.

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