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CHINA Turkey Art

The red and brown soapstone Qianlong period seal (1711-1799) (Image: Pierre Bergé & Associés ), courtesy of THE ART NEWSPAPER
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Hong Kong will build branch of Beijing's Palace Museum
A Hong Kong branch of the Palace Museum in Beijing is due to open in the $3bn West Kowloon Cultural District by 2022. The museum will show works from the former Chinese imperial collections on long-term loan after an agreement was signed between Hong Kong government and Palace Museum officials on 23 December, catching many by surprise.
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China’s Terracotta Warriors shown at the National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool and China’s Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Bureau signed an agreement in November to send a selection of the sculptures to Liverpool’s World Museum from February to October 2018. The Qin-era statues last visi-ted the UK in 2007, for a show at the British Museum that attracted 850,000 visitors. A smaller contingent of the terra-cotta army came to the City Art Centre in Edinburgh in 1985.
Ten-metre-high Portuguese rooster by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos takes flight for Beijing and Shanghai
A giant rooster by the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos will be shown in Beijing as part of the celebrations to mark the Chinese New Year on 28 January 2017 and the beginning of the year of the rooster. It will then be displayed in Shanghai. The ten-metre-high sculpture, Pop Galo, which represents the symbol of the city of Barcelos in northern Portugal, has been on display on the Lisbon waterfront since last month. It consists of 17,000 hand-made tiles and is illuminated at night by 15,000 LED lights, using almost 9km of electrical cable.
US collectors send Dutch Old Masters on world tour
The largest private collection of 17th-century Dutch paintings will tour the globe, starting in February 2017. The first survey of the Leiden Collection, assembled by the US commodities magnate Thomas Kaplan and his wife Daphne Recanati Kaplan, is due to open at the Musée du Louvre (22 February-20 May) as part of a season at the museum celebrating the Dutch Golden Age. A larger presentation of around 60 works is scheduled to travel to the Long Museum in Shanghai, the National Museum in Beijing and the Louvre Abu Dhabi later this year and in 2018.

Qianlong seal scooped up by Chinese collector for €21m at Paris auction
A red and brown soapstone seal of the Chinese emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) sold for €17.5m (€21m including buyer’s premium) at a 14 December Far Eastern sale at Drouot in Paris. The final sale price—more than 20 times the estimate—is a world record for an Imperial Chinese seal, said the auction house Pierre Bergé and Associates. The buyer has been identified as a Chinese collector but no further details have been given.

You can read more Chinese news under LEAP Magazine.


Photo: Isa Genzken during her show “Mach Dich hübsch” at Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau (photo: dpa)
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Entrances, changes, exits.
Art collector and patron
For Frieder Burda art prices are beyond all reason.
Isa Genzken receives the Kaisserring award 2017 from the city of Goslar.
Berlin gallerist
Barbara Weiss is dead.
Haus der Geschichte (“House of History”)
Terror truck might end up in museum.

TURKEY Turkey Art

Meriç Öner and Vasıf Kortun at SALT Galata, 2016, Photo: Mustafa Hazneci
Meriç Öner New Director of SALT
SALT’s new Director of Research & Programs Meriç Öner is a trained architect and has been Associ-ate Director of Research and Programs at SALT since 2011. 
Tate Aquires works by Huseyin Bahri Alptekin
Tate Modern London has acquired five of the artist’s works from his series H-Fact: Hospitality/Hostility from Rampa Gallery as part of their Frieze acquisition fund.
Artists from Turkey at Transmediale’s 30th Edition
Bager Akbay will participate in the festival’s conference series and Pınar Yoldaş will be on view at the transmediale exhibition Alien Matter at HKW.
Anna Laudel Contemporary in Karaköy
The gallery opened its doors in December in Istanbul’s Karaköy neighborhood with the exhibition ‘When Did We Stop Playing...’ curated by Isabel Bernheimer from Berlin based Bernheimer Contempo-rary Gallery.
Curatorial Theme for 15th Istanbul Biennial Announced
Titled ‚a good neighbour’ and curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset the exhibition will deal with multiple notions of home and neighbourhoods and take place between 16 September and 12 Novem-ber 2017.


Ammar al-Beik, Eve, 2008, archival print on cotton paper, 180 x 110 cm, edition of 7. Image courtesy of Ayyam Gallery, Dubai.
Until 29 July, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi presents its second exhibition “The Creative Act: Performance, pro-cess, presence”
This is the second exhibition by the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Bringing together over 18 artists of different nationalities and generations, from Mohammed Kazem and Niki de Saint Phalle to Susan Hefuna and Shiraga Kazuo, the more than 25 works emphasise performance, process and human presence. Including a variety of media, such as sculpture, video and works on paper, curators Valerie Hillings, Sasha Kalter-Wasserman, Sarah Dwider, Maisa Al Qassimi and Muneera Al Sayegh aim to showcase the methodology, inspiration and innovation of a large group of artists who put materiality at the forefront of their bodies of work.
Ammar Al Beik display at Berlin's Neukoelln Museum until 16 April with a new series of works, “Lost Images Berlin/Damaskus”
Syrian artist Al Beik’s latest body of work is highlighted in a solo exhibition in Berlin as a continuation of his Lost Images series. This new collection of photographs draws parallels and connections between the ex-periences of German Jews during World War II and refugees currently displaced by the conflict in Syria. Pulling from the museum’s historical photography collection, Al Beik contrasts his images with those of for-mer Berlin residents, emphasising the fragility of life and the uncertain futures that often await vulnerable communities.
At Deurne's Museum Dhond-Dhaenens, Kamrooz Aram holds a solo exhibition until 9 Ap-ril entitled “Ornament for Indifferent Architecture”
The decorative oeuvre of Iranian-American artist Kamrooz Aram deals with the complex relationship between traditional non-Western art and Western modernism. Through the use of media ranging from paintings and collages to drawings and installations, Aram uses imagery that functions critically as a means to re-negotiate history and long-held perceptions of specific art forms. In this exhibition, he complicates the relationship between ornament and decoration and reveals the history of the ornament as an impulse to-wards the absence of figuration in search of abstraction.
Until 31 March, Beirut gallery Marfa' exhibits “The Second Space” by Lebanese artist Stephanie Saadé
The artwork of Lebanese artist Stéphanie Saadé has developed a language of suggestion that manipulates poetics and metaphor. She shares clues and signs with the viewer, as well as imageless and occasionally silent trains of thought that interact and activate each other, much as words in a sentence should. The artist appoints the viewer to the role of an archaeologist, left to decipher what amounts to little more than traces and fragments. Embodying the enigmatic, in Saadé's practice, the immaterial is matter, in that what lingers in the memory after the exhibition is the experience viewers need take away.
Ayyam Gallery, located in Dubai's Alserkal Avenue, holds a show of abstract works by Syrian artist Thaier Helal entitled “Landmarks II” until 4 March
This show features the recent abstract paintings that build upon the concepts and forms of Syrian artist Helal’s Mountain and River series. He expands his approach to painting by experimenting with different media in an attempt to recreate the physical attributes of natural settings such as mountains, deserts, rivers, and lakes. Although inspired by landforms such as the Assi river, Helal’s aim is for the viewer to recognise each site through their past experiences in an attempt to identify the story of humankind in the growth pat-terns of nature, associating the ebb and flow of society with the replenishment, or decay, of natural en-vironments.
You can read more Middle Eastern art news on Canvas Magazine online.

RUSSIA Turkey Art

Visitors in front of Henri Matisse's Red Room (Harmony in red) (1908) from Sergei Shchukin's collection at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris (Image: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra on Flickr), courtesy of THE ART NEWSPAPER
State Hermitage director, who has known president-elect Trump “a long time”, hopes exhibitions can go ahead with US anti-seizure guarantee
Mikhail Piotrovsky, the director of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, is optimistic that museum loans between Russia and the US can begin again soon. Piotrovsky spoke to The Art Newspaper as the US Senate voted to pass new legislation that will protect works of art on loan to the US from foreign institutions.
Amid growing censorship, international culture chiefs gather in Moscow to discuss soft power
Just as Russia became even more isolated on the world stage over the country’s military actions in Syria, top culture officials from two dozen cities around the world gathered in Moscow last October to discuss culture development as a driver for social progress. The World Cities Culture Forum Summit was hosted by the City of Moscow’s Department of Culture. Participants included Justine Simons, London's deputy mayor for culture and creative industries, who is a co-founder and chair of the forum, Tom Finkelpearl, the commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Amsterdam’s deputy mayor Kajsa Ollongren.
Paris blockbuster exhibition of Shchukin’s Modern art collection extended
French billionaire Bernard Arnault’s Fondation Louis Vuitton has announced that it is extending its blockbuster exhibition in Paris of Impressionist and Modernist masterpieces collected by the pre-revolutionary Russian arts patron Sergei Shchukin. “Icons of Modern Art”, which opened to the public on 22 October and was initially scheduled to run through 20 February, will remain on view until 5 March.
Russian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky seeks political asylum in France
The St Petersburg-based protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky, famous for nailing his scrotum to Moscow’s Red Square, has fled to France where he plans to apply for political asylum. The radical artist left Russia in mid-December with his partner, Oksana Chalyguina, and their children, after the opening of a criminal investigation brought against him for sexual assault. 
London's Russian sales buoyed by rare Rodchenko and Chashnik works
The results of the London sales of Russian fine and decorative art have given the market some cause for reassurance following years of falling figures. Sotheby’s, Christie’s, MacDougall’s and Bonhams brought in a combined total of £23.2m, an encouraging upswing compared with the £17.2m combined total this time last year, and the record low of £16.4m, fetched in June this year.

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