Bulletin March 2015
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Three-year partnership between K11 Art Foundation and the CAFA Museum
To encourage the development of emerging young artists, Hong Kong’s K11 Art Foundation and the Central Academy of Fine Arts have launched a three-year partnership. Through this project, they hope to cultivate future models for exhibiting art. The collaboration began on January 15 with the opening of The 2nd “CAFAM Future” Exhibition, a joint effort between K11 and the CAFA Museum.
Art adviser Adeline Ooi takes the reins at Art Basel in Hong Kong
The Malaysian curator and art adviser Adeline Ooi has been appointed as Art Basel's Director Asia. Ooi, who has been Art Basel's VIP relations manager for Southeast Asia for the past two years, takes up the post next month, and will help to realise the third edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong (March 15-17).
Metaverse Makeovers (a cross-cultural, collaborative, future-forward tech company and brand) is pleased to announce their Resident In-App Artist - Ying Miao
Ying Miao is an experimental visual artist who currently resides in the Internet, the Chinese Internet and her smartphone. By integrating unconventional formats such as gif, apps, social media and Second Life, Ying Miao challenges the possibilities of the Internet as an artistic medium. Her work seeks to explore the visual language created by the Internet and the relationship of body, machine, and reality.
LEAP Magazine features Liu Wei’s work between 1999 and 2015
No matter how abstract or formal his objects sometimes appear, Liu works in what is ultimately a realist mode that cannot help but reflect the world around him. For the artist, successful art accurately captures and reflects the state of the self, which is naturally formed and permeated by its immediate environment, itself a product of the workings of society.
Two museums are being built in Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province
At the China Academy of Art (CAA), one of the country’s top art universities, the International Design Museum is due to open in 2016; the Kengo Kuma-designed Folk Art Museum is due to open this summer; and the Zhejiang Art Museum and Tianshou Memorial are being revamped. Together these projects will form the university’s new museum cluster.
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Russia's financial crisis has unintended consequences on cultural projects
Formerly wealthy patrons and investors are pulling funding from art ventures for which there is little government support.
Tretyakov Gallery head Irina Lebedeva suddenly dismissed
Lebedeva, an expert on painting in the first half of the 19th century, had been head of the museum since 2009. According to the Culture Ministry, her firing was due to a number of grievances the ministry had with her work.
Artists take sides in Ukraine-Russia conflict
While politicians in Minsk reached a fragile deal on a ceasefire for eastern Ukraine, the situation in the contemporary art scene has been equally tenuous. Artists and other figures of the art world have found themselves caught on either side of the barricades that now loom between Russia and Ukraine.
Russian artists Olga Chernysheva and Gluklya will participate in the 56th Venice Biennale 2015 and its main project “All the World’s Futures”, curated by Okwui Enwezor
Chernyshev is a Russian author of international renown and works with several media, from video to painting. Her works are in the collections of the Tretyakov gallery, the New York MOMA, London's Tate Modern and dozens of other institutions.
Gluklya combines performance, situational action, video, and direct contact. In addition to exhibition activities in Russia and abroad, she is one of the founders of the "Factory of Found Clothes", a feminist art group which she founded together with Olga Egorova (alias Heron).
Russia’s Gulag museum to shut down after clash with regional authorities
The founders of the Perm-36 museum, Russia’s only museum in a former Gulag prison camp and a candidate for Unesco World Heritage Site status, announced in a statement on their website that they are closing the institution. The battle over Perm-36 is the most recent of several clashes over cultural policy in Russia’s regions.
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Ahmed Mater, Al Mansur District, 2012. Courtesy of Athr Gallery, Jeddah, and the artist.
From 12 February until 17 May 2015 Museum Villa Stuck presents the group show "Common Grounds" in Munich
The rising cities of the Gulf region and the flashpoints of conflict in the Middle East are captivating subjects for media coverage. Both in terms of their content and through their manipulative aesthetic, the often extreme images from these areas shape the Western view on the region. Twelve artists (amongst others NASSER AL-SALEM, Ahmed Mater and Susan Hefuna) counter this flood of images with more diverse artistic practices that reflect on social conditions.
9th edition of Art Dubai to take place from 18-21 March 2015 in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
The Middle East’s leading international art fair encompasses 91 galleries across three programmes: Contemporary, Modern and Marker, the latter focusing on works from Latin America.
Meem Gallery in Dubai presents works by Iraqi modern art pioneer Dia Azzawi in a solo exhibition entitled 'Something Different' from 15 March until 28 April 2015
Renowned for his colourfully rendered paintings, in recent years Azzawi has explored sculpture and tapestry more actively. Drawing on the visual culture of Mesopotamia, the martyrdom of Hussein, Arabic literature and poetry, and contemporary political issues, Azzawi’s use of various media – painting, drawing, sculpture, dafatir (book art), and tapestry – can all be linked thematically.
Comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Iranian artist - Parviz Tanavoli at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, USA
On view February 10-June 7, the exhibition will survey the breadth and richness of the artist’s career from the 1960s to the present day, marking the 50th Anniversary of Tanavoli’s famed ‘Heech’ project. Critically acclaimed and widely acknowledged as the “father of modern Iranian sculpture.”, Tanavoli’s trajectory has spanned east and west as he has innovated ambitiously across different media. Best known as a sculptor, his expansive oeuvre also includes painting, printmaking, ceramics, rugs, and jewellery.
The 12th edition of the Sharjah Biennial, the longest running and perhaps most influential contemporary art event in the Gulf, opens on 5 March under the title “The Past, The Present, The Possible”
Organised by Eungie Joo, a former curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Biennial will showcase works by 55 artists, 36 of whom will be presenting newly commissioned pieces, some at various sites throughout the emirate of Sharjah.
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Ahmet Doğu İpek, Building Porn XII, 2014, watercolour on paper, 132 x 122 cm. Photo: Courtesy of Sanatorium Gallery
Alberto Giacometti at Pera Museum
Pera Museum Istanbul is hosting the first major exhibition of sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti in Turkey.
Work by Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu on sale at Antik A.Ş.
With an opening price of 800.000 TL, Antik A.Ş. will auction a work by the late Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu titled 'Istanbul' from the collection of the artist’s family.
Istanbul Galleries at Art Dubai 2015
Taking place from 18-21 March, this year's Art Dubai hosts Istanbul based galleries Sanatorium and Pi Artworks.
Artists from Turkey at 56th Venice Biennial
Running from 9 May until 22 November 2015, the main exhibition 'All the World’s Futures,' includes works by Meriç Algün Ringborg and Kutluğ Ataman.
The Pavilion of Turkey to represent Respiro by SARKIS
'Respiro,' an installation by the influential conceptual artist Sarkis, will be presented in the Pavilion of Turkey at the 56th Venice Biennial.
Milo Moiré naked at a museum in Münster (photo: © Peter Palm)
Restoration of Hamburg's "Deichtorhallen" - Rising to world class
MoMA standards guaranteed: After 17 months of restoration, the north hall of Hamburg's Deichtorhallen fulfills the highest international expectations.
Interview with ex-gallerist and thriller autor Elda Oreto reveals "artists, don't sell yourself too quickly"
Elda Oreto has closed her gallery and written a novel: About a woman who closes her gallery and kills her competition and disloyal artists. A reckoning?
Kenny Schachter – writer, curator and art dealer – deciphers fact from fiction in the art world
L.A. Wildcatters, a Davos Doomsayer, the London Auctions, and the Future of the Art Market
Fitness for Artists: Workout with James Krone
Artist, stunt woman and fitness freak Helga Wretman visits artists in their studios and exhibitions and completes a personal training session with them. This time with the American artist James Krone.
What would The Dude say about this? Naked artist Moiré surprises museum visitors at the LWL-Museum for art and culture in Münster
The Swiss artist Milo Moiré walked around naked during the latest finissage of the painting show "The naked life", a baby on her arm. She had not cleared this performance with the museum in advance. After naked gigs before Art Basel and after inventing a surprising painting technique (Moiré presses eggs filled with color from her vagina and lets them burst on canvas), is this just another stunt of the publicity-addicted scandal magnet?
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