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Photo: Qiu Xiaofei, Gallop (2016), Pace gallery booth at Art Basel Hong Kong, courtesy of iArt
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Art Basel Hong Kong 2017
242 galleries from 34 countries participated in the 2017 show with galleries trying to tempt affluent middle-class Chinese buyers, who are showing an interest in art over luxury goods. 
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Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) presents “The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017” with new and recent works by 23 artists and groups from China and beyond
“The New Normal” takes China’s evolving national condition vis-à-vis the rising backlash against globalisation on other continents as a point of departure, interrogating the efficacy of art - as a medium for both expression and action - in responding to a fragile and unpredictable present. “The New Normal” explores the state of art today against the backdrop of the unprecedented social realities of 2017. The exhibition is organised by UCCA curators Guo Xi, Yang Zi, Alvin Li, and Wenfei Wang working with UCCA Director Philip Tinari.
Interest in Middle Eastern art is rising in China
Though local and Western art remains dominant, China’s fast-proliferating museums are becoming more receptive to art from other regions, and this growing curiosity coincides with the rising international attention to the Middle East and its art. 

Samson Young at Hong Kong pavilion at Venice Biennale
His work asks specific questions about Hong Kong, where he was born in 1979, but also addresses universal themes, such as conflict and identity. 
Although sounds and music are often a starting point, he has made videos, installations, collages and drawings. 
Chinese institutions work with the Metropolitan Museum New York for a groundbreaking exhibition
In a remarkable cultural exchange, 32 institutions in China are lending more than 160 objects to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for a show exploring the Qin and Han dynasties. “Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties” (3 April - 16 July), which covers around 440 years of history, examines the development of a cohesive Chinese Han ethnic identity in light of recent scholarship and archaeological digs conducted in the past 50 years. The show opens with a group of the celebrated terracotta warriors that guarded the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China.

You can read more Chinese news under LEAP Magazine.


Photo: Announcement of the nominees for the Preis der Nationalgalerie in the BMW branch in Berlin-Charlottenburg: Monopol 
Personnel change
Stephanie Rosenthal to become new head of Berlin Martin Gropius Bau.
Mourning in Cologne
Patron and donor Gérard J. Corboud dead.
Four young artists nominated for Preis der Nationalgalerie.
Reopening at the Gallery Weekend Berlin 
Gallery Mehdi Chouakri moves to Berlin-Charlottenburg.
Bauhaus-Campus in Berlin is developing "100 Euro apartment".

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Photo: Jake & Dinos Chapman, Unhappy Feet, 2010 Fibreglass, plastic and mixed media in steel vitrine 216 x 171 x 171 cm © Jake and Dinos Chapman Courtesy of the artists and White Cube (detail)
Project for Turkey’s Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial Announced
Cevdet Erek announced the concept of ÇIN - his project for Turkey's Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. 
MOCAK acquires works by Gülin Hayat Topdemir and Guido Casaretto
Topdemir’s work 'Bride' (2015) and Casaretto’s work 'Michael-4/ Roman Centurion texture David-3 / Street Vendor2 texture' (2015) have been acquired by Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, Poland.
Inci Eviner receives the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize
Sharjah Art Foundation announced the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize recipients on 10 March during the opening night of Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj.
Istanbul Galleries at Art Dubai and Art Basel Hong Kong
Turkish galleries Galeri Zilberman, SANATORIUM and Galerist participated at this year’s edition of Art Dubai and Istanbul-based Gallery Dirimart participated in Art Basel Hong Kong.
Jake & Dinos Chapman at ARTER in Istanbul
On view from 10 February to 7 May 2017, Arter presents the first solo exhibition of Jake & Dinos Chapman in Turkey titled 'In the Realm of the Senseless'.


Photo: 'The Ocean Can Be Yours', Janet Rady Fine Art gallery, courtesy of Janet Rady Fine Art gallery, source:
Until 30 June, the Jean-Paul Najar foundation in Dubai presents the group exhibition, Artist Run New York: the Seventies
This show explores the transformation of the contemporary art landscape in 1970s New York through the lens of pioneering multi-disciplinary collaborations, with groundbreaking works by Trisha Brown, Philip Glass, Suzanne Harris, Nancy Holt, Joan Jonas, among others. It was a time when the community of artists in NYC developed an Artist Run culture that questioned all previous definitions of art, by rejecting the pristine white cube gallery space and commercial market. 
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian shows at Savannah’s Scad Museum of Art until 6 August in an exhibition entitled "Lineages"
The Iranian artist has rigorously explored the possibilities of form across artistic media and disciplines since the 1970s, and this solo exhibition displays a selection of mirrored sculptural mosaics and geometric drawings. Although the show comprises primarily artworks created since 2011, it also includes a series of small drawings from 1977 that offer context to Farmanfarmaian's longstanding concerns with line, colour and composition.
Two modernist giants of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti, are being shown together for the first time in the Middle East, in Doha’s Garage Gallery exhibition 'Picasso-Giacometti', at the Fire Station, running until 21 May
In a collaboration between Qatar Museums in Doha and Musée National Picasso and Fondation Giacometti in Paris, this show reveals the previously unknown correspondence between the two artists and their move from surrealism to realism. Curatedby the director of Fondation Giacometti, Catherine Grenier,it includes over 120 paintings, sculptures, sketches, photographs and fragile casts as well as some newly discovered drawings.
London-based Janet Rady Fine Art gallery is curating a group exhibition, "The Ocean can be Yours", featuring Iranian artists, until 29 April
This exhibition by Gerald Moore Gallery, curated by Janet Rady at Eltham College, showcases how Persian visual arts and culture intertwine with linguistic practices through poetic interpretations. The Iranian artists Afsoon, Ghalamdar, Jason Noushin and Katayoun Rouhi explore a literary tradition that is rooted in their shared heritage and used as the launch platform for diverse media. Each artist manipulates poetry and visual art to present subtle, complex messages that indicate the delicate balance between the visual lightness of text and the heaviness of embedded cultural symbolism.  
The Sharjah Biennial is in its 13th edition and runs until 12 June
Curated by Christine Tohmé under the theme Tamawuj, the Arabic term for describing the rising and falling of waves, a swelling, surging, fluctuation or a wavy, undulating appearance, outline, or form, the Sharjah Biennial began in October 2016. It will run for a full year and features a fresh programme of international satellite events in Beirut, Dakar, Istanbul, Ramallah and Sharjah, thereby cultivating collaborations, infrastructures and strategies across these cities. The biennial aims to pose questions and answers about the conditions for the possibility of a more evolved art world.
You can read more Middle Eastern art news on Canvas Magazine online.

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Image for the Antarctic Biennale. Courtesy of the Antarctic Project.
Russian state museum plans Washington branch in Trump Hotel
The State Hermitage Museum is opening an outpost in Washington, D.C., The Art Newspaper understands. The institution, which last year scrapped plans for a branch at 725 Fifth Avenue in New York, has settled on space just down the street from the White House in the historic Old Post Office Pavilion, which is now a Trump International Hotel. Ethics experts are now raising questions.
New Moscow triennial includes Crimea in Russian art show
The inaugural edition of the Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art at the Garage Museum in Moscow has caused controversy by including a strand of programming that examines artistic life in Crimea, the peninsula annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014. In so doing, the organisers implicitly accept Russia’s claim to the territory, critics say. But Garage curators reject this. The triennial (running until 14 May) is not a political exhibition, they argue, but does reflect geopolitical realities.
Installation in Venice reveals Lenin’s tomb within Malevich’s black cube
Visitors to the 57th Venice Biennale (13 May - 26 November) this summer will be able to see a sculptural rendering of Vladimir Lenin’s mausoleum housed inside a 3D version of Kasimir Malevich’s famous black square. The project is a collaboration between the London-based cultural institution Grad (Gallery for Russian Arts and Design); Madrid’s Factum Arte, described as a “digital mediation company”, and the London-based architects Skene Catling de la Peña.
Grisha Bruskin, Sasha Pirogova, and the Recycle Group Will Represent Russia at the 2017 Venice Biennale
For its pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, Russia has selected artists Grisha Bruskin, Sasha Pirogova, and the Recycle Group’s Georgy Kuznetsov and Andrei Blokhin, the TASS news agency reports. Semyon Mikhailovsky, a curator who often works with the Russian government, will organise the pavilion.
The 1st Antarctic Biennale ship set sail on March 17 
The project was initiated by the artist Alexander Ponomarev. The Antarctic Biennale incorporates artistic, scientific, and philosophical methodologies to address “shared spaces”, such as Antarctica, the Ocean and the Cosmos. It costs well over a million dollars to ship dozens of artists, brains, film-makers and support staff to the Antarctic. Most of it comes from Eugene Kaspersky, head of one of the biggest privately owned cyber-security firms in the world. The collector and “karaoke king” of China, Qiao Zhibing, and his partner, Lihsin Tsai, have also pitched in. 

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