Weekend what we’re reading: Amsterdam museum, Stones in Cleveland, Creepy faces in Miami

by Charlie Leocha on June 15, 2013

Night Watch in Amsterdam

This weekend we have a chance to watch one of the most creative efforts to increase locals’ visitations of a beloved museum in Amsterdam. We take a look at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s new Rolling Stones exhibition in Cleveland. And, take an unusual peek at Art Basel, an international art show that is taking place in Miami this weekend. Enjoy this flash dance/mob with a purpose.

In Amsterdam the city government initiated an effort to bring more locals into their newly renovated museum. This video shows one of their more creative efforts that took place in shopping centers across the region. They brought one of the museum’s most famous paintings, The Night Watch, to life.

0006P-13201ROCRock Hall of Fame opens Rolling Stones exhibit

Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction will be the Museum’s first ever major exhibition capturing the band’s legendary career spanning more than 50 years. It will include personal items and extraordinary collections that have never been seen before by the public. The exhibit will be open until March 2014.

“The Rolling Stones are the epitome of rock and roll,” said Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “This first-ever exhibit gives us an opportunity to tell the story of one of the definitive rock and roll bands. The experience should be on every music fan’s destination list this summer.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum presents Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction will be a comprehensive retrospective exhibit that chronicles the band from the mid-1960s until today. The exhibit, which takes up two-and-a-half floors of the Museum, will celebrate the Rolling Stones’ incredible contribution to popular music, from their earliest days playing small clubs to their era-defining recordings such as “Gimme Shelter,” “Paint It Black,” “Jumping Jack Flash,” “Tumbling Dice,” “It’s Only Rock And Roll,” and sold-out global tours. Through the use of artifacts, film, text and interactive technology, generations of music fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with rare items from nearly every aspect of the Stones’ astonishing five decades at the top.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and Museum members are free. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member.

Photo: Brian Jones Vox Prototype, 1964 courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland from the Collection of Hard Rock Café International.

Brian Jones played this guitar onstage in 1964 and 1965. He did not use it in the studio very often due to its odd shape and the difficulty playing it when sitting. This electric guitar is the one most associated with Brian Jones and also one of the most famous Rolling Stones instruments.

The countless creepy faces of Art Basel

Art Basel showcases art from the 20th and 21st centuries and is undoubtedly the most important global fair for the international art market. The presence of over 300 exhibitors from the world’s major galleries makes the fair the most significant temporary museum of its kind. But, the show has raised some unusual commentary. Here the New York Times critics present a slideshow of creepy faces.

Some might argue that trying to identify a prevailing trend at a show as sprawling and diverse as Art Basel — the original, Swiss edition of the semiannual art fair, which hosts 300 galleries across 300,000 square feet and spans the last century of contemporary art — is a fool’s errand. Shortly after the show opened on Tuesday, an informal survey of artists and gallerists produced a list of observed motifs that included the return of abstraction, ’90s acid-house colors, large works in wood and even worms (“No, really, I just saw two of them in a row,” one architect insisted).

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  • dcta

    Was in the Rijksmuseum exactly two weeks after it opened in April – FABULOUS!! First of all, the archtechtural decisions they made uniting the two buildings were simply genius and second, I have my nose 6 inches from “The Night Watch”!

  • DCTA

    Charlie, am I imagining things or do you never actually name the Museum in question in Amsterdam?

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