Italian officials have selected Tadao Ando’s design for a new art museum in Venice, to be operated by the French billionaire and art collector Francois Pinault, The New York Times wrote on April 7. They chose this scheme instead of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s plans for a new facility; the Guggenheim and Pinault were competing for the right to convert the 17th century Punta della Dogana building. Construction of Ando’s design, estimated to cost $26 million, will be finished in time for the 2009 biennale.
Heavy snowfalls this winter, which continued even into this week, kept visitors away from Daniel Libeskind’s new Fredric C. Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Post wrote on April 10—and now the museum is trimming its fulltime staff by 14 percent through layoffs and early retirements. This cost-cutting measure will no doubt help the institution afford repairs to its snow-damaged, leaky roof. ArchRecord.com reported this week that large sections of ceiling in the Hamilton Building must be replaced.