ARTPIL / Prescription .139
Cinco de Mayo
Matthew Hong

On this day, May 5, Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire (1260); After 66 days on hunger strike, 26 year old Provisional IRA member and British MP Bobby Sands dies in the Maze Prison (1981); Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain (1494); Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent (1809); Mexican army’s victory over Napoleon’s French forces at the Battle of Puebla, (cinco de Mayo, 1862); New York City’s Carnegie Hall celebrates its official opening night (1891).

On this day, May 5, is the birth of political philosopher Karl Marx (1818) and the death of Napoleon Bonaparte (1821).

Welcome to the .139th edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.

  • Meaning
    Aug 26 – Dec 3, 2023
    Inside-Out Art Museum
    Beijing, China

    Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum is delighted to open a new exhibition Meaning. Meaning has been inspired by our recent experience. In the past three years, travel almost came to a complete stop. The network of art that emerged in the happy era of globalization has been put to test by physical and ideological barriers, yet it still maintains good faith and conveys news from other parts of art world to us. (more…)

  • popular
    Oct 5, 2023 – Apr 14, 2024
    Institut Valencià d’Art Modern / IVAM
    Valencia, Spain

    What is “popular”? Popular is not fame or celebrity. Popular is not the products of mass culture. Popular is not pop. Popular is not the art of the people, nor the identity of the country, nor the symbols of the nation. The popular is not the product of the proletariat or the craftsmanship of the working classes. The popular is not folklore. The popular is not clichés or tourist souvenirs.The popular is not visual candy, one-euro merchandise, advertising royalties. Popular is somewhere in-between all of that (more…)