An Olympic-Themed Museum Encircled in Colorful Rings, and Other News

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The 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum in Doha, Qatar, by Joan Sibina

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Joan Sibina designs an Olympic-themed museum in Qatar with five colorful rings.

“Spanish architect Joan Sibina has designed the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum in Doha, Qatar, which features a cylindrical glass building within five intertwined Olympic rings. The 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum is located in Doha and adjoins the Khalifa International Stadium, one of the eight stadiums that will be used for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.” —[H/T Dezeen]

Los Angeles arts nonprofit LAXART will move into a permanent home in Melrose Hills.

“Los Angeles contemporary art nonprofit LAXART has revealed plans for a permanent home, its first since the organization’s founding in 2005. Occupying a single-story brick-and-concrete structure on Western Boulevard in LA’s up-and-coming Melrose Hills neighborhood, the space will open to the public this fall and will feature more than twice the square footage of LAXART’s current digs, a disused recording studio dating to 1928 which will shutter at the end of June.” —[H/T Artforum]

The Royal Tennis Court of Versailles. Photography by D. Saulnie/Chateau de Versailles

The Royal Tennis Court at Chateau de Versailles has been restored to its former glory.

“The Jeu de Paume or Royal Tennis Court of Versailles, where the deputies of a newly formed National Assembly swore a revolutionary oath in 1789 to draft France’s first constitution, has been restored thanks to modern-day politicians. The €1.8m [$1.96m] project was financed by present and former French deputies who contributed to a donations drive initiated by Richard Ferrand, the current president of the National Assembly.” —[H/T The Art Newspaper]

The Winter Show is taking over the former Barneys New York flagship until April 10.

“The venerable Winter Show, the unique fair combining art, antiques, and modern design, has been a New York fixture for nearly 70 years—but it’s doing things a little bit differently for 2022. The Winter Show (“in spring,” as this year’s edition has been branded) has taken over the former Barneys New York flagship on Madison Avenue, bringing the luxury department store and its famed windows back to life for its 10-day run. These opulent showcases draw from 5,000 years of art history, mixing works from far-flung corners of the world in widely disparate media to reflect the diversity of the fair’s offerings—and to give collectors a bit of decor inspiration.” —[H/T Artnet News]

Rendering of the new Museum of Chinese in America by Maya Lin Studio. Image courtesy Maya Lin Studio with Bialosky New York

Maya Lin will transform the Museum of Chinese in America’s building in Manhattan.

“The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1980 with the mission of chronicling the Chinese-American experience, has pulled back the curtain on the design of an expansive planned transformation of 215 Centre Street in Lower Manhattan into its permanent new headquarters. Led by Maya Lin Studio in partnership with museum exhibition firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the $118 million project will see MOCA’s existing (rented) space more than quintuple in size, expanding from its current 12,000 square feet to roughly 68,000 feet.” —[H/T The Architect’s Newspaper]

The destruction to Ukraine’s infrastructure has been estimated at more than $63 billion.

“The cost of direct damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure in the month since Russia invaded the country has reached $63 billion, according to an analysis from the Kyiv School of Economics. Between the start of the invasion on Feb. 24 through March 24, at least 4,431 residential buildings, 92 factories and warehouses, 378 schools, 138 healthcare institutions, 12 airports and seven thermal power and hydroelectric power plants have been damaged, destroyed or seized, according to KSE.” —[H/T Construction Dive]

Condor’s new striped fleet

Today’s attractive distractions:

A limited-series BMW M850i Gran Coupe signed by Jeff Koons sells for $475,000

Pusha T enlists Sterling Ruby to create album artwork for his new track “Diet Coke.”

Office Baroque is recasting the humble Ikea print catalog as a canvas for artwork

The German airline Condor has adorned its livery with stylish, candy-colored stripes.

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