A Man Fell Into a Giant Black Hole at Anish Kapoor’s Latest Art Installation

British contemporary artist Anish Kapoor (L) and and curator Suzanne Cotter stand next to his artwork 'Descent into limbo' during the opening of his exhibition entitled 'Works, thoughts, experiments' at the Serralves Foundation in Porto, on July 6, 2018
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It was only a matter of time, really. Since opening to the public on July 6, 2018, there has been a gaping hole in the middle of renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor’s installation at the Serralves Museum in Porto, Portugal. The catch? It’s actually not a hole at all, but a piece of art, and is meant to be there. Still, despite warning signs to be careful around the piece and staff members monitoring guests who approach the artwork, last week a 60-year-old man managed to fall right into the Vantablack installation.

Titled “Descent Into Limbo,” the 8-foot hole “is an expression of Kapoor’s interests in the formal and metaphoric play between light and darkness, inside and outside, the contained and the infinite, which underpins his sculptural oeuvre,” according to the description affixed to the wall next to the sculpture. While it’s not known whether the unnamed museum-goer had the chance to appreciate Kapoor’s intention before taking a tumble, we know that he’s on the mend.

“An accident happened,” museum press officer Fernando Rodrigues Pereira told artnet News, noting that the installation would be temporarily closed in the wake of the incident. Approximately one week after the accident, which occurred on August 13, Rodrigues Pereira noted that the injured party “has already left the hospital and he is recovering well.” Meanwhile, The Art Newspaper reported that the individual—who was visiting from Italy—is “almost ready to go home.” One can only imagine that this is one vacation he won’t soon forget.

[h/t artnet News]

'Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes' Exhibit Features Original Art and MCU Costumes

Christine Mitchell/Museum of Pop Culture
Christine Mitchell/Museum of Pop Culture

If you’ve come down with a case of Marvel mania, there’s a museum in Philadelphia where you can sate your appetite for superhero lore, rare comic book art, movie props, trivia, and more. As the PhillyVoice reports, an exhibit called “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” is open now through September 2 at The Franklin Institute.

It’s a fitting time to launch the exhibit, since Marvel is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. The exhibit begins with items from Marvel’s early days in the 1930s, when the company was known as Timely Comics. Marvel’s universe grew and grew over the decades, and now encompasses more than 8000 characters.

In total, the exhibit features more than 300 original artifacts, including many of the movie-quality costumes that were worn by the actors of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), and Captain America (Chris Evans). There are also original artworks, including two covers of The Avengers comic books and the original drawings of Spider-Man’s origin story.

“This global-spanning fantasy franchise that is in everybody's brains begins with an individual working at a drawing board with a pencil and paper—that's where world-conquering stories begin,” exhibit curator Ben Saunders told the PhillyVoice. “That's what I wanted to tell over and over and over again in this show."

The exhibition includes some interactive elements, too. Visitors can take a stroll through the trippy, Doctor Strange-inspired mirror room, or snap a selfie with The Thing from the Fantastic Four. The exhibit also pays tribute to comic book visionary Stan Lee, who died last year. (And if you really want to geek out, there's an online class you can take on "The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture," which was partly created by Lee while he was alive.)

Check out some photos of the exhibit below, and visit The Franklin Institute’s website for more details and tickets.

A mirror room
Christine Mitchell/Museum of Pop Culture

Spiderman hangs from a wall
Sandro Vanini/Museum of Pop Culture

A Groot bust
Sandro Vanini/Museum of Pop Culture

A man looks at a comics display
Jonathan Pulley/Museum of Pop Culture

[h/t PhillyVoice]

Attention Hayao Miyazaki Fans: Studio Ghibli is Hiring Digital Painters

Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli is one of the most beloved animation studios on Earth, spawning its own museum and a theme park that's opening in 2022. If you're an artist who grew up watching movies like Spirited Away (2001), Princess Mononoke (1997), and My Neighbor Totoro (1988), you may be the perfect match for this new job: As It's Nice That reports, Studio Ghibli is seeking digital painters to work on its new feature film.

The studio's new painters will be responsible for putting the finishing touches on the upcoming animated movie How Do You Live? When the job starts on October 1, 2019, they'll work directly with Hayao Miyazaki (no, the 78-year-old director hasn't retired yet) to digitally paint the feature film. Salary depends on experience, with a base pay of $2236 a month, and the gig will last at least 1.5 years.

To land the job, you'll need to have experience working with 2D animation software and a grasp of the Japanese language. You also need to be over 20 years old and a resident of Japan as of May 31.

Aspiring Ghibli artists can apply for the job by filling out a form and sending it to the company by the end of May. And if you're looking to boost your job skills, you can download the animation software used to create some of the studio's most iconic films.

[h/t It's Nice That]

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