Celebrate International Artwork!

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The rubber duck has arrived! The large, distinctive, and easily recognizable creature made its Pittsburgh debut on Friday, September 27. Since 2007, the rubber duck has also appeared in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Nuremberg, Germany; Saint-Nazaire, France; São Paulo, Brazil; Osaka, Japan; Auckland, New Zealand; Onomichi, Japan; Hasselt, Belgium; Sydney, Australia; Hong Kong, China; and Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

The 40-foot-high art installation was designed by Florentijn Hofman, an international artist from Delfzijl, Netherlands. Florentijn seeks humor, sensation, and maximum impact with his large sculptures. The rubber duck was designed to bring the world together. It provides an opportunity for individuals to take a break from their daily routines, and engage in conversation with fellow viewers.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s third rendition of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts opened on September 27 with the Rubber Duck Bridge Party, and runs through October 26. Previous installations featured opening performances by Theatre Titanick in 2004, and Max Raabe & Palast Orchester in 2008. This year’s festival celebrates the premiere United States performances of various dancers, actors, video artists, and puppeteers from France, Canada, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands. For more information on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts please visit http://www.pifof.org/.

The month of October also features the opening of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s 2013 Carnegie International. The 2013 Carnegie International is considered the preeminent exhibition of new international art in the United States. The exhibition is co-curated by Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski, and presents a broad spectrum of artwork from 35 artists representing 19 countries. The exhibition focuses on a shared passion for the individual and the exceptional. The 2013 Carnegie International opens tonight with the 2013 Carnegie International Gala Premiere at 7:00PM (Tickets Required). The exhibition is open to the public and runs from October 5, 2013 through March 16, 2014. For more information on the Carnegie Museum of Art’s 2013 Carnegie International please visit http://ci13.cmoa.org/.

As a city that has been a home to a range of professionals including industrialists, educators, and doctors, Pittsburgh has always boasted a vibrant cultural scene. With the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum, Heinz History Center, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra among many others, there is no shortage of history or the arts. While these Pittsburgh institutions have long been recognized by their respective fields for excellence, this city continues to build its international recognition as a center for the arts. The Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, and the 2013 Carnegie International, help spread global awareness locally while allowing Pittsburgh to compete on an international level. This is something we should all celebrate!

By Cory Lammie, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh Intern

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