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CHINA Turkey Art

View of “Chi Peng: I am a Little Nervous Towards a World that is Hidden,” Pure Collective, Shanghai, 2015, courtesy of LEAP Magazine
Hong Kong debut for M+ museum’s founding collection
The first large-scale exhibition in Hong Kong of works from the Sigg Collection of Chinese contemporary art since it was acquired by the M+ museum in West Kowloon will open early next year (23 February until 5 April 2016). The show is organised by Pi Li, M+’s senior curator of Chinese art, who joined the museum in 2012, the same year the part donation/part purchase of the founding collection was secured by the outgoing director, Lars Nittve.  
Modigliani sells for $170m to China, but the shaky stock market dampens Christie’s Contemporary and Modern Art auction 
An oil painting by Amedeo Modigliani, "Nu couché" (1917-18), became the second most expensive painting ever sold at an auction when it fetched a price of $170.4m (est. $100m) at Christie's New York on November 9. However, at the press conference after the sale, Brett Gorvy, Christie's chairman and international head of post-war and contemporary art, attributed its unevenness to the "turbulence in the stock market" since August, when the works were being sourced. 
Chi Peng solo exhibition “I am a Little Nervous Towards a World that is Hidden” at Pure Collective gallery in Shanghai
In his current exhibition, the objects ensconced in their pristine curio cabinets, as well as the black and white pencil drawings, mark a departure from the artist’s earlier oeuvre of bold photographic works that had catapulted him to fame while still a graduate student at Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts. Chi Peng’s “Consubstantiality” series (2003) had provoked discussions about gender construction, while “Me, Myself and I” (2003-2010) unapologetically proclaimed his openly gay identity. In 2005, Chi Peng graduated with a degree in photography and digital media. 
Major retrospective of artists Elmgreen & Dragset at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing next year  (23 January until 17 April 2016) 
The exhibition will be set in a mock art fair. Philip Tinari, UCCA’s director, says: “We’ll use the visual grammar and architectural syntax of an art fair to display more than 100 of the artists’ pieces from the past 20 years.”
French edition of LEAP magazine to be published 
LEAP is the only contemporary art magazine from China to be published bilingually in English and Chinese since its founding in 2010. In recent years there has been a surge of interest in Chinese and Asian contemporary art among the French cultural and art circles. The French edition of LEAP will be published bilingually in French and Chinese annually. The launch ceremony took place on October 19 in Paris. 
You can read more Chinese news under LEAP Magazine.

RUSSIA Turkey Art

New site for contemporary arts and culture in Moscow, site proposal and photo of Teresa Iarocci Mavica, courtesy of
Russia’s V-A-C Foundation announces plans to develop a new site for contemporary arts and culture in Moscow
The V-A-C Foundation, a non-profit institution dedicated to the international presentation, production, and development of Russian contemporary art, has announced plans to develop a new site for contemporary arts and culture in Moscow’s Red October district, centred around the historic GES2 power station building and led by Teresa Iarocci Mavica, V-A-C Foundation Director. V-A-C aims to officially launch the GES2 site at the end of 2018 / early 2019.
"BALAGAN!!!": Contemporary Art from the Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places at various venues in Berlin (14 November – 23 December 2015)
The exhibition "BALAGAN!!!" takes place across three different venues in Berlin: the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor / Max Liebermann Haus at the Pariser Platz, across five floors in KühlhausBerlin at Gleisdreieck, and at organiser MOMENTUM’s gallery in Kunstquartier Bethanien in Kreuzberg.
Russian Landscape by Sergey Shutov at Erarta Galleries London (13 November – 19 December 2015)
Erarta Galleries London in collaboration with Maxim Boxer Exhibitions and Auctions is proud to present the first UK retrospective of famed Moscow conceptualist Sergey Shutov. In this retrospective, Shutov brings together works from individual series and projects spanning three decades from the late 1980s to the present day.
Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky detained for torching security service headquarters door
On Monday, the political performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, best known for nailing his scrotum to Red Square, was detained after he torched the doors to the headquarters of the FSB security service, the successor to the KGB, as reported by 
Gift from philanthropist and entrepreneur Dasha Zhukova will support the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology
MIT has announced a gift of $1 million to establish the Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist Program, reports MIT News website. The gift from Dasha Zhukova provides support to endow a vibrant, ongoing residency organized by the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST) open to creators from art, architecture, or design.


Farideh Lashai, Untitled, 2000, Oil and graphite on canvas, 119 x 79 cm. 
Dallas Contemporary art museum in Texas presents "Walk the Line" by German-Tunisian artist Nadia Kaabe-Linke (20 September until 20 December 2015)
The multidisciplinary artist focuses on social structures with a leaning towards gender inequality. For this exhibition, she has created a site-specific installation, Walk the Line, about the border between the USA and Mexico. Using glass and metal, Kaabe-Linke’s installations can appear as though they are interiors rather than contemplative pieces of art, yet they are always immersive.
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art will exhibit the works of Farideh Lashai in a show entitled "Towards the Ineffable" (20 November 2015 until 26 February 2016) 
Considered one of Iran’s most prolific and influential artists, the late Lashai’s extensive body of work spans five decades of Abstractionist and Minimalist techniques. Lashai’s paintings express the various circumstances experienced during her life, from the Iranian revolution to a more personal sense of love and loss. This retrospective features works on loan from international collections including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the British Museum in London and Sharjah Art Foundation. 
Luc Tuymans’s "Intolerance" at QM Gallery, Al-Riwaq, Doha (10 October 2015 until 30 January 2016)
Belgian artist Tuymans’s solo exhibition is a retrospective collating over three decades of his art practice. With a new series created for the show, titled The Arena, Tuymans maintains his consistently developing complex representation of chromatically subdued figurative and dream-like paintings. Intolerance sets the tone for his lifelong work, which focuses on historical and political occurrences.
Whitechapel gallery presents "Europa", a solo exhibition by Emily Jacir in London (30 September 2015 until January 2016)
An artistic activist in her own right, she incorporates events from her research and personal experience, revisiting them through her body of work. Engaging and impactful, her films call attention to the past. The Palestinian-American artist’s first UK survey showcases poignant works such as an enactment of her previously cancelled public intervention at the 12th Venice Biennale, Stazione (2008–9), and films such asMaterial for a Film (2004–ongoing).  
Galerie Nathalie Obadia presents "I Saved my Belly Dancer" by Youssef Nabil in Paris (6 November 2015 until 6 January 2016)
Nabil continues his recurring theme of his home country and the memories he holds by creating a 12-minute film. Nabil explores the dwindling societal norms once synonymous with his homeland, Egypt. By focusing on the traditional art form of belly dancing, the artist takes his viewers on a nostalgic journey back through time in a surreal, vintage-inspired film that represents his present-driven anxiety and a longing for the past. 
You can read more Middle Eastern art news on Canvas Magazine online.

TURKEY Turkey Art

Cengiz Cekil. Photo: Courtesy Rampa Gallery Istanbul
Maxxi Museum hosts major survey of Contemporary Art from Turkey
Titled 'Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury' the exhibition runs from 17 December 2015 - 3 May 2016. 
Contemporary Istanbul celebrates its 10th anniversary edition
Contemporary Istanbul 2015 features 102 leading and emerging galleries from 28 cities across 24 countries from 12-15 November.
Turkish Galleries at viennacontemporary 2015
'Taking place from 24-27 September 2015 viennacontemporary hosted 2 galleries from Turkey this year.
Cengiz Çekil, key figure of Contemporary Art in Turkey, dies at 70
At the age of 70, Cengiz Cekil passed away. The artist will be remembered for his valuable contributions to the contemporary art scene in Turkey.
Museum of Modern Art Antwerp hosts Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin exhibition
'M HKA  is presenting the exhibition titled 'Democratic Luxury' in collaboration with Rampa Gallery Istanbul with the displays across both venues together forming a major retrospective of the work of Alptekin.


„curator Hans Ulrich Obrist“, photo: dpa
"Subserving the arts"
Folkwang prize goes to Hans Ulrich Obrist.
"fiftyfifty" charity auction in Duesseldorf
Gerhard Richter donates art for homeless refugees.
Appearance in Paris
Artist Anselm Kiefer praises Angela Merkel's refugee policy.
Letter to state minister Monika Grütters
Art trade continues to criticise Cultural Property Protection Law.
"Chez Michael Douglas" Bar
Artists David Ostrowski and Michail Pirgelis have opened an artist bar in Cologne.

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