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Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum has opened an offsite gallery in an empty commercial space in downtown Waltham, Massachusetts, the Boston suburb that the Rose calls home.

Named Rosebud, the gallery will showcase video work from the museum’s collection and, according to a news release, aims to “activate public engagement with contemporary art through curated exhibitions and programs that revive underutilized properties in the city of Waltham.”

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With a $200,000 donation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation will be the lead foundation donor for the US pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Last week, curator Okwui Enwezor announced the 136 artists and collectives included in the “All the World's Futures," the Biennale's main exhibition.

The gift was announced by the MIT List Visual Arts Center, the organizer of the US pavilion, which will feature an immersive multimedia installation from veteran video and performance artist Joan Jonas, inspired by the work of writer Halldór Laxness as well as other literary sources.

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This Sunday, August 10, the Watermill Center will open its grounds to the public for a chance to see the installations and performances of the 21st annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit, “One Thousand Nights and One Night: Sleepless Nights of Sheherazade,” in addition to some pieces not seen at July’s benefit. Discover Watermill Day will feature 27 site-specific artworks and performances, including Robert Wilson’s 23 video works, “Portraits of Lady Gaga,” on view at the institution through September 14.

“Portraits of Lady Gaga,” curated at the Watermill by Noah Khoshbin, was first shown as part of Wilson’s “Living Rooms” exhibition at the Louvre in Paris last winter. 

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The National Gallery of Art has acquired 16 works, including its first by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, a mid-15th-century group of Nottingham alabasters, a winter scene by Dutch master Jan van Goyen and a 61-minute video homage to New York City.

The spring acquisitions “constitute a broad span of subject matter across a range of mediums, schools and eras,” Gallery Director Earl A. Powell III said in a statement. “We have enhanced our collection of medieval sculpture, enhanced our Dutch collection, and bolstered our collection of 20th- and 21st-century art by living artists.”

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London’s Tate Modern announced that 5.3 million patrons visited the museum in 2012, a record for the institution. In fact, the number of visitors was up a considerable 9.5 percent from the previous year.

An exhibition devoted to the work of contemporary artist Damien Hirst (b. 1965), which ran from April 4 to September 9, 2012, contributed significantly to the Tate’s record attendance. The show, which featured some of the controversial artist’s best-known works, attracted 463,000 visitors making it the most popular solo show ever organized by the museum. The Tate’s recently opened performance space, The Tanks, also contributed to the increase in patrons. The Tanks, which opened in July, is a permanent space for not only performance, but installations and video art as well.

Tate Modern, which opened in 2000, is Britain’s national museum for modern and contemporary art. Located along the Thames River in the former Bankside Power Station, the museum expects another stellar year. Exhibitions planned for 2013 include a major retrospective of the pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) and a show devoted to Swiss-born painter Paul Klee (1879-1940).

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