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Ghada Amer, “The Heart”, 2012, painted stainless steel, 85,7 x 107,3 x 83,8 cm
© the artist; courtesy of Kewenig Galerie Berlin and Kukje Gallery, Seoul; photo by Christopher Burke Studios
For the fourth year, the luxury shops of the Königsallee are presenting
outstanding unique items for invited guests. Based on the
“Promenade” of the Avenue Montaigne Paris, the Königsallee
enchants with a high-quality accompanying programme, festive
receptions in all participating shops, celebrating the friendship of
Germany and France and of the two luxury streets at the same time.
A highlight of this year’s promenade is the “Objet d’Exception d’Art“,
symbolising the creativity, innovative character, and internationality
of the participating Kö stores.
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The digital print Glowing Cat (2014) is an example of a work by Hershman Leeson that refers to biotechnology, courtesy of Lynn Hershman Leeson. Bruguer
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Lynn Hershman Leeson: Cool Science
Few artists have pioneered digital and virtual technologies and explored their societal implications as deeply as Lynn Hershman Leeson. For her show at Haus der Elektronischen Künste in Basel (until 5 August), Hershman Leeson presents her most ambitious work relating to her interest in biotechnologies yet. The US pioneer of digital art discusses her passion for cutting-edge biology and its influence on her new multimedia exhibition, “Anti-Bodies”.
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Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago: new show explores how artists make sense of the internet
“I Was Raised on the Internet” takes over the fourth floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago with 100 works, many large-scale, by around 70 artists. The exhibition is one of the largest on art and the internet to be mounted in the US. It is surprising that there have been so few: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, for example, launched a pioneering media arts department in 1985 and its exhibition, titled 010101 (2001), is frequently referred to in curatorial circles. But digital art shows are complicated and expensive to mount.
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The 4th edition of the International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN) takes place from 29 June to 5 August at Arsenal art contemporain
Entitled AUTOMATA – Sing the Body Electric, the exhibition invites reflection on human beings and their relationship with technology. Several of the 30 featured artists question corporeality and its development in tandem with technological advances.
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A new art museum in Tokyo will take you through a wonderland of digital art
The art collective teamLab and urban developer Mori Building will open the Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Odaiba, Tokyo this summer. Covering more than 10,000-square-metres, the museum will feature exclusively digital art with the intention to “tear down the borders between ‘one art and another,’ ‘art and visitors’ and ‘oneself and others’ by allowing visitors to melt into the art and become part of it”. The creative group uses digital technology to create its works and is made up of artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians are more.
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Lin Tianmiao, Day Dreamer, courtesy of Rockbund Art Museum
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“Lin Tianmiao: Systems” at Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai
Marking the first institutional solo exhibition in Shanghai by Lin Tianmiao, the Rockbund Art Museum presents a collection of works that explore four key concepts: individual consciousness, collective consciousness, public consciousness and ultimate consciousness. The exhibition features a body of work that reflects on the artist’s twenty years of practice, along with several large-scale, interactive installations, which the artist created in 2017 and have never been shown in public. The exhibition runs until 26 August 2018.
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Massive arts district to launch in 2019 in valley near Beijing
Hebei, the province surrounding Beijing, will get a massive arts district of its own next year. On 24 May, at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Guangdong Yuegang Investment Development unveiled plans for Valley XL, an RMB 18 billion (around $2.8 billion) development designed by Arquitectonica across 400 hectares of Hebei’s Xinglong Valley.
China Guardian Spring Auctions 2018 conclude in Beijing with remarkable results
China Guardian Spring Auctions 2018 concluded in Beijing on 22 June with remarkable results. 42 sales over 5 days brought a total of $318.13 million. Such results mark the trust and support of old and new clients for the 25-year-old Beijing-based auction house and are received as a sign of a robust and healthy art market.
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First edition of CONDO Shanghai to be hosted in partnership with Sadie Coles HQ at ShanghART Gallery West Bund Bldg.8
This exhibition features works by two artists from each gallery: Shanghai artists Geng Jianyi and Birdhead alongside Uri Aran and Ryan Sullivan, both based in New York. Spanning a diverse range of mediums – including painting, photography and installation – the exhibition showcases four distinct practices, each reflective of a particular voice and context. At the same time, it points towards shared sensibilities – in particular, an impulse towards reconciling disjunctive elements (whether images, colours or gestures) into tentative, ambiguous wholes.
Saudade: Unmemorable Place in Time , China-Portugal Contemporary Art Exhibition by Fosun Foundation, Shanghai

An exhibition entitled “Saudade” opened at the Fosun Arts Center, where Portuguese and Chinese artists jointly exhibited. The exhibition, which brings together a hundred works of contemporary art and is due to open in Portugal in November.

Giambologna's Mars (around 1587), also known as the "Dresden Mars", courtesy of Leverkusen, Bayer AG, Photo: Arrigo Coppitz
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The selection committee for the artistic direction of Documenta 15 has been set up.

Documenta is the most important show of contemporary art and is held every five years. The 15th edition will take place from 18 June to 25 September 2022. The last Documenta took place in Kassel and Athens in 2017, under the direction of Adam Syzamczyk from Poland, and ended with a deficit of EUR 5.4 million, according to preliminary figures. Documenta also continues to be burdened by ongoing investigations by the public prosecutor’s office in Kassel on suspicion of embezzlement.

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Berlin Art Week focuses on photography, September 26th to 30th
Highlights of this year's program are the solo exhibitions of Lee Bul at Gropius Bau, Agnieszka Polska at Hamburger Bahnhof, Julian Charrière at the Berlinische Galerie, Lawrence Abu Hamdan at the DAAD-Galerie, Cecilia Jonsson at the Ernst Schering Foundation's Project Space, and Evelyn Taocheng Wang at KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
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Deutsche Bank to open Berlin art centre Palais Populaire in September
Deutsche Bank has set an opening date of 27 September for its new cultural forum, located in an historic building in central Berlin and to be called Palais Populaire. The bank said in a statement that Svenja von Reichenbach, who has been responsible for Deutsche Bank’s exhibitions since 1997, will serve as director of the new centre, which will host exhibitions, concerts, readings, talks, workshops, sporting events and a cafe.
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German government steps in to buy Giambologna as minister says Bayer AG should have donated it to ‘people of Dresden’

The German government and a group of foundations stepped in to buy a Giambologna bronze statuette for Dresden’s state art collections (Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden) two days before it was due to be auctioned at Sotheby’s in London. The bronze, which shows the god Mars, was consigned by the German chemicals company Bayer AG. It was a personal gift from the artist to the Elector Christian I of Saxony and was first mentioned in the inventory of the Dresden royal art chamber in 1587. After descendants of the Saxon royal family sold it in 1927, it entered Bayer’s collection as a gift in 1983.
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Florian Illies leaves the Berlin auction house Grisebach at the end of 2018
The author (“Generation Golf”, “1913”) and co-founder of Monopol was primarily responsible for the 19th century department at Grisebach. Florian Illies, who has been on the editorial board of the Hamburg weekly newspaper “Die Zeit” since April 2017, wants to “devote himself to a new task outside the art trade,” von Grisebach says. However, he will remain a member of the advisory board of the auction house.
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Middle East
Ali Nedaei,The battle of Lion and Myth No.1 from Amongst the Myth collection, 2018,silver marker on canvas, 150x180cm
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athr gallery presents the group show “through the spectrum” in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
In collaboration with Pace Gallery, this exhibition presents immersive installations by eight artists creatively engaging with light, and its boundaries, in space. Exceeding materiality, the light installations explore the depths and limitations of perception in a visual essay on containment and possibilities. Featuring both regional and international heavyweights, such as James Turrell, who exhibits one of his famous multi-dimensional light installations (Pelée, 2014), Ahmed Mater, whose neon antenna symbolizes his ongoing search for otherworldly inspiration, and the artificial habitat of colour chambers by Carlos Cruz-Diez, this exhibition is a definite must-experience this summer.
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CAMA gallery, London, features Iranian artist Ali Nedaei until August 2018

London’s newly opened CAMA gallery for modern and contemporary Iranian art (which held its inaugural exhibition in April this year) is hosting its second show – mystical paintings by contemporary Iranian artist Ali Nedaei. His series of works depict sketches of monochrome yet fluid human and animal forms drawn unconventionally with white marker pen on canvas, appearing to float against a black backdrop. Layered with gestural movement, the figures seem to tell mythic tales, most evident in The Battle of the Lion (shown here), which was inspired by the traditional Persian epic Shahnameh.

Non-profit arts organization apexart, New York, features 11 photographers until 28 July 2018

Curated by Lebanese visual artist Rola Khayyat, this exhibition brings together 11 photographers including Allan deSouza, Richard Mosse (shown here), David Levinthal and Vartan Avakian, who challenge the limitations of traditional reportage and offer a new lens through which to employ photography as a metaphor. Using heartbeat detectors, X-ray machines, sniper holes and infrared film as objects and props, they underline the tensions between art, fiction and photojournalism to point viewers to the widening gaps in our understanding of conflicts as historical happenings and their fictionalized representations in the entertainment world and political realm.


Inci Eviner at her Studio. Photo by Muammer Yanmaz. Courtesy the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.
Nicolas Bourriaud to curate 16th Istanbul Biennial
The 16th edition of the biennial to be held from 14 September - 10 November 2019 will be curated by French curator, art scholar and writer Nicolas Bourriaud.
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Focus on Artists from Turkey at Arles Photography Festival 2018

The exhibition 'A Pillar of Smoke’ features work by artists who document today’s Turkey, a multi-faceted nation of obvious contradictions and is on view at Maison des Peintres in Arles until 23 September 2018.  

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SALT Reopens Its Beyoğlu Branch
After more than 2 years of temporary closure SALT reopened its Beyoğlu branch in April 2018.
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İnci Eviner to Represent Turkey at 58th Venice Biennial
A new installation by the influential artist İnci Eviner will be presented at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, to be held between 11 May and 24 November 2019.
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The Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th Biennale Architettura in Venice
Curated by Kerem Piker and coordinated by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the Pavilion of Turkey presents 'Vardiya / the Shift' until 25 November 2018.
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