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Sugar Sphinx draws crowds in Brooklyn, Pergamon Museum renovation

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Sugar Sphinx draws crowds in Brooklyn, Pergamon Museum renovation

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The abandoned Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn is about to be torn down to make way for flats and offices, but before it goes, contemporary US artist Kara Walker was asked to use this urban ruin for something special.

Her latest work features an enormous sugar-coated sphinx, a metaphor for the Caribbean slave trade and sugar boom.

“I started with a kind of traditional Egyptian sphinx and then morphed into a kind of Greek, Greco-Roman, you know, the sphinx who guards the gates of Thebes and devours anyone who doesn’t understand her
[she laughs]. That resembles me,” says the artist with a smile.

‘A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby’ by Kara Walker is on show at the Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn, New York, until early July.

  • Berlin’s Pergamon to partially close down*

Berlin’s most prominent attraction, the Pergamon Museum, is about to be partially shut down for renovation.

The halls housing the star of the Greek antiquities collection, the Pergamon Altar, along with a monumental frieze depicting the struggle of the gods, are in dire need of a make-over.

With more than a million visitors to the museum each year, the decision was not taken lightly. But despite some renovation work carried out since Germany’s reunification, time has come for a major overhaul.

“We’re talking about purely technical changes. The lighting will be dramatically improved, we should finally have a fully operational air conditioning system and the walls will return to their original colour,” said Andreas Scholl, the Director of the Pergamon Museum.

The Pergamon Altar will close down in September for five years.

Some of the statues will be displayed in other parts of the museum while others will go on loan to museums around the world.

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