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CHINA Turkey Art

Liu Wei’s It Looks Like a Landscape (2004). Courtesy of the artist and West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
The exhibition "M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art", held at Artis Tree, provides visitors with an introduction to the founding collection of Hong Kong’s museum of visual culture
Pi Li, the Sigg senior curator of M+, who has organised the exhibition, chooses six key works from the 80 now on show. These are drawn from the 1,463 works that Uli Sigg donated and another 47 that he sold in 2012, after more than 20 years of collecting and researching China’s contemporary art.
Chinese economic slowdown appears to have put a damper on art sales at Art Basel Hong Kong 
Total sales have dropped by 23 percent in the Chinese market to $11.8 billion in 2015, according to the Tefaf report. Last year, Britain supplanted China as the second-largest market for art sales behind the United States, the report found. While dealers say the economic slowdown has been most acutely felt by the auction houses, the final results from Art Basel Hong Kong are still considered as an important measure of the state of the art market in Asia.
Pace Beijing presents "Beijing Voice: Song Dong Surplus Value." 
As the sixth installment of Pace Beijing's annual project "Beijing Voice", the exhibition featured Song Dong’s latest series, Surplus Value, a conceptual exploration of everyday “discarded things.” As a leading international artist, Song Dong this year presented a retrospective exhibition of over twenty years of his art at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, and the Kunsthalle Dusseldorf in Germany. In Surplus Value, the artist strips away the external form and internal function of these everyday objects to reveal uniquely delightful abstract installations.
Marina Abramovic to get first China show
Marina Abramovic is set to have her first solo show in mainland China, the performance artist herself says. The Power Station of Art (PSA) in Shanghai will stage the show in 2017 as long as funding is available, confirms a curator for PSA.
Historic Chinese water village rivals Beijing and Shanghai as new art destination
Many top figures of the art world travelled to Wuzhen, one of China’s historic water villages, straight after Art Basel in Hong Kong. The inaugural Art Wuzhen features works by Ai Weiwei, Xu Bing, Marina Abramovic and Damien Hirst.
You can read more Chinese news under LEAP Magazine.

RUSSIA Turkey Art

Within Our Gates by Rashid Johnson, Courtesy of cool
Like father, like son: Piotrovsky to head Hermitage through 2020
Russia’s Culture Ministry took to Instagram to announce that it has extended the contract of Mikhail Piotrovsky, the general director of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, for another four years. By 2020, Piotrovsky, who is 71, will have presided over one of the world’s greatest museums for 28 years—even longer than his father, Boris Piotrovsky, who ran the Hermitage from 1964 to 1990. 
"Within Our Gates" by Rashid Johnson at Garage Atrium, Moscow, 17 March–31 August 2016
For the third commission in Garage Atrium, New York-based artist Rashid Johnson will produce an installation using a towering grid structure to house a unique, living ecosystem in the Museum that visitors can enter and explore. Constructed as a maze-like environment for all the senses, Within Our Gates integrates tropical plants such as palms, dracaenas, ficuses, and ferns, with sculptural elements, moving images, sound, and everyday objects to immerse the viewer in the artist’s poetic manifestation of a world where fact and fiction, history and speculation converge. His first project in Russia, this is also the largest work the artist has ever made. 
‘Still Lives’ by Irina Starkova at Erarta Galleries London, 22 April – 31 May 2016
Erarta Galleries London presents Still Lives, the first solo show of Irina Starkova in the UK. Still Lives is the culmination of months of study of ornithological and entomological specimens after being granted access to the archives of the Natural History Museum and Institute of Tropical Medicine in London. Starkova decided to put these detailed, analytical drawings at the centre of the project, examining how these creatures have shaped the human world both physically and spiritually.
Political artist Pyotr Pavlensky pulled from Russia’s top art prize
The political performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky has been pulled from the running for Russia’s top art prize, eliciting a storm of criticism about growing censorship from curators and several resignations from the selection committee. Pavlensky was nominated for the visual art category in the state-sponsored Innovatsiya (Innovation) Prize for his performance 'Threat: Lubyanka’s Burning Door', in which he set fire to the entrance of the Federal Security Service (FSB) building in Moscow in November 2015. The FSB is the successor agency of the KGB.
The Art Newspaper Russia’s awards ceremony
The Art Newspaper Russia’s fourth prize-giving ceremony, on 17 March, was held (as in previous years) in the vast Manege next to the Kremlin. The winner in the best publication category was the 'Sketches of Visuality' series, edited by Galina Elshevskaya (New Literary Observer publishing house, Moscow). The best exhibition was the hugely popular 150th anniversary show at Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery of the painter Valentin Serov, while the prize for personal contribution went to Stella Kesaeva, who is the commissioner for and backer of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale.


The Atlas Group/Walid Raad. Hostage: The Bachar tapes (English version). 2001. Video (color, sound), 16:17 min. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Jerome Foundation in honor of its founder, Jerome Hill, 2003. © 2015 Walid Raad
Until 14 May, Sharjah's Maraya Art Centre presents Imitation Game. 
Seven artists were invited to take part in this group exhibition which tackles machines, robots and chatbots. In a series of commissioned outdoor sculptures, each of the multidisciplinary artists explores the concept of what makes us human in this digital age. In some works, we see how our memory plays an integral part in our humanity, through our ability to remember experiences or conversations. In other works, we witness how two people can affect each other and share similar thoughts and ideas based on basic interactions. The artists include Fayçal Baghriche, Nick Ferguson and Tatiana Echeverri. 
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits Wim Delvoye until 13 May
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art makes a significant change in its post-revolution programming by presenting its first non-Iranian solo exhibition, devoting its entire space (indoors and outdoors) to Belgian neo-conceptualist artist Wim Delvoye’s works. Organised by Vida Zaim and Leila Varasteh, Delvoye has made efforts to respect Iran’s culture and will omit works that may be deemed insensitive, such as a sculpture with bare shoulders, but feature several works starting from the 1980s that showcase his stylistic combination of philosophical ideas and traditional and intricate craftsmanship, including his recent aluminium suitcases, which are embossed by artisans from Isfahan.
The Salsali Private Museum in Dubai continues its German Cool exhibition until 1 May 
Bright red walls accost visitors who enter SPM’s German Cool group exhibition, setting the tone for the numerous expressionist works by German artists: Andre Butzer, Anahita Razmi, Zhivago Duncan, Daniel Richter… the list goes on. It is founder Ramin Salsali’s tribute, from his personal collection, to the diversity and awe felt for 20th century art from Germany. The works span several decades and movements including Bauhaus, FLUXUS and Entartete Kunst (Degenerate art), presenting the artistic interpretations of a century of turmoil and its ensuing emotions. It is a small but visceral sampling of German production. 
Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art holds a group exhibition entitled Waste Lands, on show until 19 June
Waste Lands is a group exhibition curated by Piedad Solans featuring the likes of Larissa Sansour, Zoulikha Buabdellah and Rena Effendi among a selection of 10 artists from Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Egypt, the UAE, Iran, Israel, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. It broaches environments from natural and urban territories to archaeological and social landscapes of countries ravaged by war, oil and gas companies, post-colonialism, terrorism and political and religious conflicts. 
Until 30 May, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston holds a comprehensive survey of Walid Raad's works  
This exhibition, which traveled from MoMA, is the first comprehensive North American institutional survey of this pivotal figure in contemporary art. The Lebanese artist explores the ways in which we remember, represent and make sense of history through photography, sculpture and performance in an artistic career that has spanned 25 years. With a particular focus on archives, Raad’s practice is informed by his upbringing in Lebanon during the civil war in the 80s. This exhibition, as with the New York iteration, features a 55-minute presentation-cum-performance of the exhibition by the artist himself.
You can read more Middle Eastern art news on Canvas Magazine online.

TURKEY Turkey Art

Exhibition view of Rodney Graham exhibition at Alt Istanbul, Courtesy of the artist and Alt. Photo: Batu Tezyüksel
New Art Space 'Alt' Launches in Istanbul
The new art space Alt (meaning ‘below’ in Turkish) recently opened on the premises of the historic Bomonti Beer Factory in the Şişli district of İstanbul. 
Guggenheim New York acquires work by Ergin Çavuşoğlu
Ergin Çavuşoğlu’s ‘Crystal & Flame’ has been acquired by the Guggenheim NY and will be on view in their upcoming exhibition But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise from 29 April – 5 October.
Galleries from Istanbul at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016
'Taking place from 24-26 March Art Dubai will host 2 galleries from Turkey this year: Dirimart and Pi Artworks.
Gülsün Karamustafa to open solo show at Hamburger Bahnhof
From 10 June - 23 October 2016, Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof will house a comprehensive solo exhibition of Gülsün Karamustafa's titled Chronographia.
Exhibition from Turkey to feature in 1st ever London Design Biennial
Embracing a national representation model, the London Design Biennale will bring together installations from up to 40 countries and Turkey’s contribution will be coordinated by İKSV.


Städel director Max Hollein (photo: dpa)
After more than fifteen years, Städl director Max Hollein moves to San Fransisco 
The Frankfurt museum landscape must bid farewell to a defining figure. Städl director Max Hollein is looking for a new challenge in the US.
Coming to terms with the past: Gurlitt family wants to show collection and give back any art looted art  
The law suit around the inheritance of the controversial art collector Cornelius Gurlitt drags on. In case of a decision in their favour, the family wants to give back any potentially looted art quickly – and show many paintings publicly.
Art Cologne 2017 opts for Gallery-Weekend date
Cologne versus Berlin.
"Hopes for my real work" 
Painter Anselm Kiefer is planning his final masterpiece.
Young publishing houses in Leipzig
How three young publishing houses from Leipzig are stirring up traditions in the book city.

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