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CHINA Turkey Art

The entrance to Long Museum Chongqing, with Qiu Deshu's Fission, 2011, courtesy THE ART NEWSPAPER
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Paris Centre Pompidou is making in-roads into the contemporary art scene of China
The Pompidou is making in-roads into the contemporary art scene of China with the recent appointment of Yung Ma as curator in the contemporary and prospective creation department. Yung, whose three-year tenure began on 13 June, is currently the associate curator at the M+ museum in Hong Kong.
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Shanghai Biennale aims to pose life’s big questions
To mark its 20th year and 11th incarnation, this autumn’s Shanghai Biennale will delve into science fiction and the questions behind questions. Preliminary details were announced at a press conference last week at Shanghai’s Power Station of Art, which will host the exhibition from 11 November until 12 March 2017.

Chongqing today, Wuhan tomorrow: Long Museum continues its long march inland
The Chinese art collectors Liu Yiqian and Wang Wei last week unveiled the third location of their Long Museum in the inland megacity of Chongqing—and more are yet to come. At the opening on 26 May, Wang announced further plans for a fourth branch due to open in 2018 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province.

Indian artist Bose Krishnamachari has invited 80 international artists to take part in new biennial in northwest China
An ambitious new biennial featuring works by Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor is due to launch in northwest China later this year at the Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (Moca Yinchuan). The curator of the inaugural edition, entitled "For an Image, Faster than Light" (9 September-18 December), is the Indian artist Bose Krishnamachari, who co-founded the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala in 2012.

Christie’s to open exhibition space in Beijing
Christie's will open an exhibition space in Beijing in the autumn “reflecting their ongoing commitment and growth in China”, despite the slowdown of the country’s art market since 2015.
You can read more Chinese news under LEAP Magazine.

RUSSIA Turkey Art

Mino da Fiesole, Portrait of a Young Woman (around 1472, state before 1945). © Archiv SBM. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst.
Berlin’s lost Renaissance sculptures rediscovered in the Pushkin Museum
Art historians have discovered 59 Italian Renaissance sculptures missing from Berlin’s collections since the Second World War in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, according to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. They include works by Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, Andrea del Verrocchio, Francesco Laurana and Mino da Fiesole that were housed in the city’s Bode Museum - then known as the Kaiser Friedrich Museum - before the war.
Billionaire Leonard Blavatnik donates millions to V&A
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is to name the entrance hall of its new extension after the American billionaire Leonard Blavatnik. In recent years, his family foundation has been a major donor to Tate, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts, as well as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Moscow’s Garage Museum launches Russian art triennial
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art announced on Thursday, 9 June, that it will launch a triennial contemporary art exhibition next spring. Dubbing the show “the first triennial dedicated to Russian art”, the exhibition is due to feature work made in the last five years by artists from across Russia.
Russian political artist Pyotr Pavlensky released from custody with $15,000 fine
A Moscow court has ordered political performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky to pay nearly 1m rubles (about $15,400) for setting fire to the door of the Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters in a performance called “Threat” last November. Pavlensky was released from custody on Wednesday, 8 June, and given a fine of 500,000 rubles for damaging a “cultural heritage” site and 481,000 for the cost of replacing the door - but the artist told reporters that he would refuse to pay.
Rubens painting unseen for 80 years unveiled in St Petersburg
The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg unveiled a painting on 6 June that has been restored and authenticated as awork of Peter Paul Rubens after being hidden from view for over 80 years.


Bernhard Buhmann. Untitled (Emil). 2016. Oil on canvas. 200 x 150 cm. Image copyright the artist and courtesy Carbon 12, Dubai
Palestinian Museum holds inaugural show "At The Seams" outside of its museum walls at Beirut's Dar El Nimer Foundation, running until 30 July 2016
Curated by Rachel Dedman, this exhibition serves not only as the Palestinian Museum's first satellite exhibition, but as itsinaugural exhibition as well. The Beirut show explores traditional Palestinian embroidery from the 20th and 21st centuries with a contemporary scope. It presents the changes to the craft over time to indicate heritage-driven nationalism, militant resistance, nascent economic power and challenges to the infrastructure and cultural violence of the neighbouring region.
Asli Çavuşoğlu's exhibition "red/red" at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha until 11 September 2016.
Exhibited at Mathaf's Project Space, Turkish artist Çavuşoğlu originally created this work for the 2015 Istanbul Biennial. It explores the physicality of a colour and its ability to convey a narrative of coexistence and community between Armenia and Turkey. Using drawing as her medium, Çavuşoğlu delves into two kinds of red ink on paper and handmade notebooks to discuss physical and allegorical links to national culture, identity and memory.
Dubai's Carbon 12 gallery presents the group show "Surface As Interface As Surface" until 15 July 2016 featuring artists who explore materiality
The line-up of eight artists in Carbon 12's group exhibition, from German André Butzer and Austrian Bernhard Buhmann to Emirati Mohammed Kazem and Brazilian Jessica Mein, is linked by the show's theme: materiality. Each artist approaches the two-dimensional plane with their own specific sensibility, be it Kazem scratching sound waves onto paper or Buhmann's gradual abstraction of figures and theatricality into softly hued forms, to present a return to formalism and allowing the integrity of the materials and format to speak for themselves.
Beirut's Sursock Museum displays Ali Cherri's investigative "A Taxonomy of Fallacies: The Life of Dead Objects" until 1 August 2016
Lebanese artist Cherri has gathered materials from archaeological digs, wildlife parks and auction houses from around the globe to raise a series of questions surrounding the value placed upon historical artefacts, considering their role in fueling conflict or humanity's complicity in their preservation or elimination. In line with an art world focus on archiving, especially in the Middle East, the exhibition includes new installation and video works that investigate the relationship between the construction of historical narratives and the market-driven circulation of archeological artefacts. 
Until 30 July, Galerie El Marsa hosts the group exhibition "Yesterday Is Tomorrow's Memory" as a survey of North African art
The Dubai-located Tunisian import is bridging the gap between North Africa and the Middle East with their current group exhibition which features a collection of key works by major artists who played important roles in the shaping of Modern and Contemporary Arab art from the Maghreb. With works spanning back to the 1960s, the diversity in content does have some formal similarities – there is a consistency, if at least in the curation, of figurative, colourful and detailed work that captures a sense of vibrancy or vivacity. Artists include Aly Ben Salem, Nja Mahdaoui, Meriem Bouderbala and Omar Bey, among many others. 
You can read more Middle Eastern art news on Canvas Magazine online.

TURKEY Turkey Art

horizontal: Aslı Çavuşoğlu, An example of an overpainting, restored by Evren Kıvançer. Photo: Evren Kıvançer
IKSV announces curators for 15th Istanbul Biennial
The 15th Istanbul Biennial, to be held 16 September - 12 November 2017, will be curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset. 
CANAN and Cevdet Erek shortlisted for 4th Jameel Prize
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has announced a shortlist of 11 artists and designers for the 4th edition of the Jameel prize, including CANAN and Cevdet Erek.
Zilberman Gallery in Berlin
'In October 2016, Zilberman Gallery will officially open the doors to its new gallery space and artist studio in a turn-of- the-century building of Berlin’s Charlottenburg neighbourhood.
Cevdet Erek to represent Turkey at 57th Venice Biennial
A project by artist Cevdet Erek will be presented at the 57th Venice Biennial’s Pavilion of Turkey from 13 May - 26 November 2017.
Artists from Turkey at Manifesta 11
Ahmet Ögüt and Aslı Çavuşoğlu will participate in this year’s edition of Manifesta taking place in Zurich, Switzerland from 11 June – 18 September.


Photo: Simulation of the façade of the Julia Stoschek Collection in Berlin (Courtesy of: Julia Stoschek Collection) 
German museum depots need millions 
According to the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States, German museum depots need millions to be brought up to current standards.
Coming to stay 
The Düsseldorf collector Julia Stoschek opens Berlin branch of her media art collection.
Award for Heinz Mack
ZERO artist Heinz Mack is awarded with Jan-Wellem-Ring.
Berlin Architecture Prize goes to St. Agnes cultural centre.
Auction for a good cause
Prison inmate Achenbach has own painting auctioned.

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