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CHINA Turkey Art

Joana Vasconcelos installation at MGM MACAU (Press Video)
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Manchester show at Whitworth Art Gallery is a taste of what's to come at Hong Kong's vast M+ museum
Although M+, Hong Kong's vast museum for visual arts, does not open until 2019, it is beginning to offer glimpses of what to expect. Eighty pieces from the Swiss collector Uli Sigg's donation of close to 1,500 works were shown in Umeå, Sweden, last year and since July 1, a slightly different cluster of works can be seen at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, UK—the last European venue for the display before it begins an Asian tour leading up to the museum's opening.
Large-scale exhibition project "Local Futures: The Culture China Young Overseas Chinese Invitational Exhibition" held at the He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen in September 2015
Unlike the student or youth exhibitions fashionable today, this invitational exhibition shines a light on the practices of young overseas Chinese artists from across the globe, strengthening the relationship between these creators and their peers at home. The theme of "local futures" is rooted in the practices and experiences of Chinese artists in foreign lands, and attempts to demonstrate the new concepts and results that arise from the marriage of "local" culture and traditional Chinese culture.
South by Southeast, a group exhibition showing works of artists from sixteen different countries at Osage Gallery Hong Kong, Kowloon
This exhibition came as a pleasant surprise: Osage invited two guest curators to put together a complex show comparing, contrasting and connecting the "Southeast" of Asia and the "Southeast" of Europe.
Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos is preparing for a major solo show in China's other special administrative region, Macau.
At the MGM casino resort, Vasconcelos is creating a 1,200 kilo piece titled Valkyrie Octopus. The work measures 35 by 20 metres and is made of more than 4,000 metres of coloured fabrics, thousands of beads, 3,100 metres of electric cable, and has LED lights placed throughout. The site-specific work deals with the Portuguese presence in Macau, which began in the 16th century and officially ended in 1999.
Singapore Contemporary Art Show to take place from January 21 – 24, 2016, at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre
The show, referred to as Singapore Contemporary, is an important addition to Singapore's vibrant and growing art scene. Held at the same time as Art Stage Singapore and a week of gallery presentations and public projects, Singapore Contemporary showcases the missing and much desired mid-tier art market with works ranging from S$10,000 to S$100,000 and upwards.
You can read more Chinese news under LEAP Magazine.

RUSSIA Turkey Art

Exterior of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. (Yuri Palmin, © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art)
Following cancellation, revised Kiev Biennial announced
The curators of the cancelled Second Kiev Biennial have announced the revival of the project, now set to run from 8 September to 1 November. The official second iteration of the biennial was delayed in 2014, then cancelled by the state organisers in March of this year, due to apparent funding issues and instability arising from ongoing hostilities with pro-Russian separatists.
Dasha Zhukova's Garage Museum of Contemporary Art opens its new OMA Building in Moscow
Visitors were likely surprised by both the institution's new container and its inaugural contents. After stints at two temporary locations — a bus garage on the outskirts of Moscow designed in 1926 by Konstantin Melnikov and later a cardboard pavilion designed by Shigeru Ban — Garage finally has a permanent home, courtesy of Rem Koolhaas's firm OMA.
Exhibition '10 Dreams about Moscow', Ivan Razumov, Regina Gallery, Moscow, 4 July – 5 August
Ivan Razumov was born in Moscow in 1972. His works are housed in the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Sigmund Freud Dream Museum, St. Petersburg; and in private collections. This is the artist's first solo show at Regina Gallery, and the first series of works since the author established himself as "the sharpest pencil in two capitals." The project deals with the way impressions of culture and contemporary life refract and mutate in our dreams, revealing the hidden connections, conflicts, and collisions between mass and individual consciousness.
More than 70 artists from 30 countries to take part in the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, 22 September to 1 November
The main event will be organised in the pavilions of VDNKh, Moscow's All-Russia Exhibition Center, by an international team of curators – Bart De Baere, director of Antwerp's Museum of Modern Art; Defne Ayas, director of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; and Nicolaus Schafhausen, artistic director of the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna.
Tens of thousands in Moscow are petitioning against a planned 24-meter-tall monument to Vladimir the Great
The statue of the first Christian ruler of the state of Rus — the forerunner of modern Russia — is to be erected on Sparrow Hills in November, marking 1,000 years since his death. For Muscovites, the concern is aesthetic: the statue will overpower the Moscow skyline. But the monument is also drawing ire in Kiev, where the ruler originally rose to power. "It's obvious that this isn't an aesthetic or cultural decision, but a political one," wrote Alexei Venediktov, editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy radio. "It's a message to the Ukrainian capital to say: 'St Vladimir is ours, not yours.'"
You can read more Russian news on BLOUIN ARTINFO Russia, more international news on BLOUIN ARTINFO International.


KaderAttia. Asesinos!, 2014. 134 doors and 47 megaphones. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin. Photo credits Elisabeth Bernstein
French-Algerian artist Kader Attia presents a major solo exhibition 'Injuries Are here' at the Musée cantonal des beaux-arts in Lausanne until 30 August
The show provides a comprehensive overview of Attia's research, translated into artworks featuring video, photography and collages. Attia has become increasingly obsessed with global cultural entanglement and repair 
in both senses: the reparation of an object and the healing of a wound. His use of objects to embody traces of history and damage transforms the space from exhibition to memorial.
Until 26 July, the Institut du monde arab in Paris presents the group exhibition 'Hip hop: du bronx aux rues arabes'
Expounding on the subversive nature of the post-1980s surge
 of Arab Hip-Hop in France, the accrochage is of nearly 100 works alongside archival documents. Innately diverse, new media (graffiti to film) merge with more traditional street styles. Exploring integrity, freedom and a better future, the exhibition's timing against a backdrop of continuing unrest in the Middle East emphasises art's important social role. 
Dubai gallery East Wing exhibits 'Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album' by Newsha Tavakolian until 4 September
Tavakolian focuses on the effect of social fluctuations between tradition and modernity on the Iranian youth. In her typical reportage style, the dimly-lit, cool-undertone-tinged portraiture is emotive. There is a weariness, a sensation of fatigue from too many nights spent awake thinking. 
Until 31 August, the Maray Art Centre shows 'Art Index 1.0', a solo exhibition of Emirati artist Ammar Al-Attar 
Al-Attar captures his environment with visual and aural recording devices. Their unassuming nature allows for a purity of expression from his subjects and portraiture style. Presenting 50 portraits of art world figures across the UAE, they appear in their home-of-choice, the series as much a mapping of the art scene as it is a genealogical record of the changing art environment. Alongside the black-and-white and colour analogue photographs, his contact sheets and notebooks are also exhibited.
From 11–26 July, Shubbak, 'A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture' event is featured at various venues throughout London
Shubbak ('window') is the largest biennial of Contemporary Arab culture in London and its third edition this year declares the extensive programme (visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature, architecture and debates) its most ambitious yet. The numerous locations feature both emerging and established Arab talent at venues such as The Barbican, Sadler's Wells Theatre, theICA, the British Museum, the Southbank Centre and the Royal Opera House. A city-wide venture catering to every palette and with highlights including the exhibition Echoes & Reverberations at Hayward Gallery and Ziad Antar's Derivable Sculptures at Riverside Walk Gardens. 
You can read more Middle Eastern art news on Canvas Magazine online.

TURKEY Turkey Art

Güneş Terkol, one+one=good, installation view of Galeri NON's booth at LISTE 20, 2015
Curators of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial Announced
Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley have been appointed curators of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, to be held from 22 October to 4 December 2016. 
Burhan Doğançay's "Stonewall" donated to Istanbul Modern
Angela Doğançay, wife of Burhan Doğançay, has donated one work from his latest series to the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.
ArtInternational Istanbul announces participating Galleries for 2015
This year's ArtInternational Istanbul will host 83 galleries from Turkey and abroad in its third edition this fall.
Artists from Turkey at Basel Art Week
At this year's Basel Art Week works by artists SARKIS, Güneş Terkol and Extrastruggle were on view at Art Basel, LISTE and VOLTA.
British Council marks 75th year in Turkey
'British Council's journey in Turkey started in 1940 with the intent to develop cultural relations between Turkey and Britain and still continues today.


Photo: Berlin gallerists Jörg Johnen and Esther Schipper (photo: Regina Schmeken, Courtesy of Esther Schipper, Berlin / Johnen Galerie, Berlin
Dispute about art auction of artworks from West German Broadcasting collection
Director of Museum Ludwig calls on West German Broadcasting to abandon their intention to sell parts of their collection.
Kenny Schachter's Fact & Fiction
Flipper's market is officially dead.
Artist Erich Reusch turns 90
A "Reusching" festivity!
Gallerists Schipper and Johnen about their merger
"We don't want to become a mega store"
Interview with the painter of the German present for the Queen of England
"My paintings provide pleasure!"

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