David Zwirner Is Expanding in Los Angeles, and Other News

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David Zwirner’s flagship in Los Angeles. Image courtesy of David Zwirner

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David Zwirner Is Growing in Los Angeles

David Zwirner gallery is expanding its presence in Los Angeles with a third and largest outpost set to open on May 23, adjacent to its two existing spaces on Western Avenue. Designed by Annabelle Selldorf, the three-story building will offer an outdoor terrace with views of the Hollywood sign. With 15,000 square feet, the flagship will accommodate large and small exhibitions simultaneously, and will open with a show of works by 80 artists from Zwirner’s roster, including Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Ruth Asawa, and Kerry James Marshall. 

Webuild and Carlo Ratti propose a replacement for Baltimore’s collapsed Key Bridge.

The Webuild group, in collaboration with architect Carlo Ratti and engineer Michel Virlogeux, has proposed a new 2,300-foot cable suspension bridge in Baltimore to replace the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge. The scheme features wider lanes, enhanced safety measures, and smart traffic management, aiming to improve connectivity to the Harbor area. Webuild, known for its rapid reconstruction efforts, is also slated to begin construction on the world’s longest suspension bridge in the Strait of Messina, following their success in replacing the Morandi bridge in Genoa. The Maryland Transportation Authority plans to release an official Request for Proposals for rebuilding by the end of the month.

Metabirkins. Images via Mason Rothschild

A judge rules that Mason Rothschild’s MetaBirkin NFTs can go on view in Stockholm.

A U.S. district judge in New York has ruled that MetaBirkin NFTs can be exhibited in Stockholm this fall, overturning a decision made in March. The ruling marks the latest development in the legal battle between Hermès and artist Mason Rothschild over trademark infringement. Despite a permanent injunction against Rothschild, the judge allowed the exhibition on the condition of prominently disclosing the jury’s findings regarding the NFT’s potential to confuse consumers.

SO-IL will convert warehouses near the Detroit River into a multipurpose creative hub. 

SO-IL and Office of Strategy + Design are collaborating on the adaptive reuse of warehouse buildings at a Detroit River marina for the Little Village development. The project entails transforming four warehouses into an integrated arts campus, with additional outdoor spaces and a new waterfront building designed by OSD. SO-IL will focus on restorations, introducing architectural elements like a distinctive sawtooth roof and polycarbonate panels to enhance the industrial character while revitalizing the site for diverse artistic and community activities.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami replaces its hanging outdoor gardens with plastic plants. 

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), renowned for its Herzog & de Meuron building featuring lush hanging gardens by Patrick Blanc, recently replaced the living plants with mostly artificial greenery due to maintenance challenges. The decision to switch was driven by the difficulty of upkeep and cost sustainability, prompting a hybrid solution of artificial moss and ivy alongside living plants. While architects and Blanc expressed disappointment with the alterations, they remain open to collaborating with PAMM to find a more suitable long-term solution that preserves the original vision of the museum’s relationship with nature.

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Today’s attractive distractions:

An anthropologist shares what practicing freediving can reveal about ourselves.

The Cabbage Patch Kids museum offers an off-putting life birthing experience.

The original watercolor on the first Harry Potter cover will hit the auction block.

More than 1.6 million people flocked to attend a free Madonna concert in Rio.

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