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The 8th Gate Sorting Processor,2015, mixed media, printed perspex, metal,resin, LED, 285 x 195 x 171 cm, View of "Biogenic Mineral," 2015, Magician Space, Beijing, Courtesy the artist and Magician Space
"Mobile M+: Moving Images": Latest of a series of exhibitions that precede the construction of Hong Kong's M+ museum of visual culture
The multi-site project "Mobile M+: Moving Images" features a thematic screening programme and a two-part exhibition, which includes a selection of works from the museum's growing moving image collection.
Shanghai's Long Museum West Bund will host "15 Rooms", the fifth iteration of a performance art show organised by Hans Ulrich Obrist, the co-director of London's Serpentine Galleries, and Klaus Biesenbach, the director of New York's MoMA PS1
The exhibition, which is due to open on 25 September (and stay until 6 December), will feature performances in 15 rooms in the museum. The 15 artists have not yet been finalised, but the show will "be adapted to the local context", Obrist says. The architects of the M+ museum, Herzog & de Meuron, will design the spaces in China.
China opens its door wider to foreign artists
While the demand for purchasing international contemporary art in mainland China is still evolving, Beijing's Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) is planning a retrospective of the South African artist William Kentridge (27 June-30 August) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Moca) Shanghai is previewing its forthcoming solo show of the Italian artist Oliviero Rainaldi (10 April-24 May).
Artist Timur Si-Qin unveils his first solo exhibition in China, "Biogenic Mineral", at Magician Space in Beijing
For this exhibition, the artist presents the brand Truth by Peace (TBP) in sculpture and photography.
China's art scene loves the app "WeChat"
Now used by almost all of China's young professionals (about 400 million), WeChat's Moments photo-sharing platform has become a dominant way art is viewed and shared in China, from artists posting works in progress to an enthusiastic public using art as selfie backdrops.
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Ukranian activists occupy Russian pavilion during the Venice Biennale. Photograph: Twitter
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art gears up for June 12 opening in Moscow
With only a month to go until the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art opens its much-anticipated new building in Moscow, the museum has released a celebratory video to preview the space's public opening. Narrated by Garage founder Dasha Zhukova, the video includes glimpses into the Rem Koolhaas-designed museum — a polycarbonate shell surrounding the remaining structural core of the Soviet-era Seasons of the Year restaurant, which has been transformed into an altogether unorthodox exhibition space:
Kiev Biennale cancelled for 2015
The organisers of the Kiev Biennale published a statement indicating that the biennial, which had been rescheduled from summer 2014 to summer 2015 due to hostilities with Russia and separatist rebels, would be cancelled. The reason given on Friday by Nataliia Zabolotna, director of the organising venue Mystetskyi Arsenale, was the continuing political instability of the country.
Russian art collectors are turning to works by early 20th century Russian painters
Ahead of its forthcoming sale of Russian Art in London on June 3, auction house Bonhams has revealed that Russian art collectors are turning to works by early 20th century Russian painters such as the Belarusian-French painter Alexandra Exter (1884-1949) and the Ukranian painter Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov (1850-1923).
Ukrainian artists occupy Russian pavilion at Venice Biennale
Mimicking the Russian military involvement in east Ukraine, a group of Ukrainian artists and activists have staged a mock-occupation of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale, descending on the venue in camouflage fatigues.
Russian museum closes over WWII Photos
The Metenkov House-Museum of Photography in Yekaterinburg has reportedly been shut down by the Federal Security Service due to an exhibition of WWII photography.
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Wael Shawky. Still from Cabaret Crusades: The Path to Cairo. 2012. HD video, color, sound, 60.53 minutes. Image courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut and Hamburg.
Egyptian Warl Shawky presents major solo exhibition at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha until 16 August
The exhibition features two recently completed film trilogies, Cabaret Crusades (2010–14) and Al Araba Al Madfuna (2012–15) – a retelling of the Crusades through Arab eyes. The exhibition includes satellite components, such as the marionettes used to tell the stories, as well as gentle line drawings.
Lebanese photographer Akram Zaatari exhibits at Moderna Museet in Stockholm
Zaatari explores photographs through multiple perspectives and timeframes. He acts as a self-described artist-cum-archaeologist, borne of a conceptual movement oscillating between documentation and subjectivity, archive and memory. Focusing on the area around his home of Saida, Lebanon, Zaatari systematically organises and presents found objects and photographs, breathing new life into forgotten materials. Visitors are invited to recontextualise the Zaatari-created archives with their own responses, to redefine the wordless histories with their own stories.
Zineb Sedira's first solo exhibition "Sands of Time" at The Third Line gallery in Dubai
Sedira's show features photographs and sculptures from the last few years and investigates the economic, political and geographical movement around the sugar trade. The anthropological approach turns the originally Algerian Sedira into an artist-cum-researcher, collecting and documenting an informational archive with aesthetic properties strong enough to remind the viewer that this is still very much art.
Buenos Aires, Fundacion Proa: For the introduction of Lebanese artist Hatoum into Argentina's art sphere, Chiara Bertola curates a solo exhibition encompassing Hatoum's works post-1980
Earlier performance and video works are paired with photographs, sculptures and objects alongside a new installation; visitors should prepare for a comprehensive Hatoum submersion. Throughout her body of work, mundane objects and political themes are transformed by an approach highlighting conflict, wonder, nomadism and intimacy; works that begin commonplace end up ominous.
The Middle East's wild boys (Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian) bring their satirical-pastiche style to the New York gallery Callicoon Fine Arts
The Iranian trio annihilates any delineation between practice and life, transforming Callicoon into an installation with their typical mix of every flavour, colour and visual under the sun as an "exhibition-cum-theatre". On display: video, painting, sculpture and collage on every surface referencing American, European and Iranian culture and aiming to redefine power, activism, identity and desire.
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Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Letters from Lost Paradise, installation detail, 2015. Photo: Courtesy the artist
Husseyin Chalayan installation acquired by Istanbul Modern
Chalayan's work 'Imminence of Desire' examines Istanbul's place within a cultural and historical context.
CI announces new Director and new Artistic Advisor
Silvia Koch joins the Contemporary Istanbul team as director and international curator, art critic and historian Marc-Olivier Wahler was named new artistic advisor.
ZED Grant Project exhibition at MACBA
Through the support of Istanbul-based Gallery Zilberman's 'Zed Grant' 'Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts from the International Art Exhibition for Palestine' is on view at MACBA until June.
Sarkis and Hera Büyüktaşçıyan at the Armenian Pavilion in Venice
Exploring the notion of ‚armenity,' Armenia is devoting its pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennial to artists whose work carries the memory of their origins.
Ahmet Polat named 'Photographer of the Netherlands' 2015
'Fotoweek presents Ahmet Polat as the third 'Fotograaf des Vaderlands,' making him the face of Dutch photography for 2015.
Dinner, Berlin Gallery Weekend (photo: Maxime Ballesteros/Gallery Weekend Berlin)
Interview with Walter Smerling, head of the China 8 – Contemporary Art from China at Rhine & Ruhr (8 cities, 9 museums, 120 Chinese artists, 500 works)
"The artist is only free in his studio"
Fusion: Berlin galleries Esther Schipper and Johnen combine powers
The goal of the fusion is to better represent the interests of the artists and collectors. "The fusion," said Esther Schipper, "is an inevitable necessity, especially in light of the internationally ever-higher expectations for artists."
Gallery weekend Berlin attracted more than 20.000 visitors this year
More than 1.200 invited collectors, curators and art experts celebrated the art city during a gala dinner in Berlin.
The 66-year old US artist Adrian Piper receives Golden Lion for the best artist at Venice Biennale
Piper works with all kinds of materials imaginable, from pencil to video camera. What is important is the concept behind each work, which is strongly influenced by her philosophical work and lifelong yoga practice.
Investigation against the director of the refugee art project at Kampnagel art space Hamburg
A speaker of the authorities confirmed an investigation against Amelie Deuflhard due to the suspicion of "aiding and abetting the violation of the right of residence for foreigners".
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