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MUST OF THE WEEK 5-11 OCTOBER 2015

MUST KNOW: Haters of Pierre-Auguste Renoir Rally Outside Boston Museum of Fine Arts

A group of haters of Pierre-Auguste Renoir gathered yesterday outside the gates of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to declare publicly their utter contempt for the work of the renowned Impressionist master.

According to the Boston Globe, the group of protesters, which included a Harvard academic, sported signs that read "God Hates Renoir" and "Re-NO-ir," and chanted derisive slogans, such as "Put some fingers on those hands!," "Give us work by Paul Gauguin!," and "Other art is worth your while! Renoir paints a steaming pile!"

The protest has been organized by Max Geller, the brain behind the Instagram account Renoir Sucks at Painting, with the solid goal of making the museum de-install the works by Renoir they have on view and replace them with what he and his fellow haters deem as better, more suitable art.

The museum hasn't made any public statements for the moment, but museum goers and passers-by seemed amused by the protest, to say the least.

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MUST SEE: A Canopy of 1,100 Umbrellas Above the 2015 Habitare Design Fair in Finland

To transform the interior of the Ahead Arena at the 2015 Habitare Design Fair in Finland (part of Helsinki Design Week), environmental artist Kaisa Berry and creative director Timo Berry of BOTH conceived of this lighter-than-air umbrella cloud suspended above a main stage. The duo used 1,1000 white umbrellas hung at various intervals, somewhat like similar outdoor installations we’ve seen in Portugal. The installation served as a backdrop for speaking events as well as live performances.

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MUST HAVE: Nameless Paints: Cleverly Coded Tubes Show Colour Composition

Instead of names or swatches, this series of minimalist paints comes in tubes that show off constituent colours that double as lessons about how complex hues and shades are created. The nameless tubes are intended to eschew the use of words altogether and thus avoid existing associations, representing contents instead as a combination of three primary colours (cyan, yellow and magenta) with dots indicating relative amounts. The effect simultaneously divorces the product from names and looks in favour of a more abstract representation scheme that recalls unintuitive systems like binary. These 2012 Kokuyo Design Awards-winning visual labels hint at contents and teach kids how to make their own mixtures. The paints themselves will be on sale later this year.

"By not assigning names to the colours we want to expand the definition of what a colour can be, and the various shades they can create by mixing them” says creator Yusuke Imai, who made these with design partner Ayami Moteki.

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