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Ai Weiwei in his studio in Caochangdi, Beijing, taken in April 2015, courtesy of The Art Newspaper
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11th Shanghai Biennale announces list of 92 participating artists
Titled “Why Not Ask Again? Arguments, Counter-arguments and Stories”, the Shanghai Biennale thematic exhibition will occupy the first three floors of Power Station of Art, exhibiting works by 92 international artists and artist groups from 40 countries worldwide, including 27 Chinese artists, 32 female artists, 48 male artist and 12 artist groups.
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UCCA at 798 district: Shows continue as Belgian founders seek buyer for Beijing art centre
The UCCA has continued the planned exhibitions for 2016, including Rauschenberg in China this summer and several solo shows including Hong Kong’s Nadim Abbas and mainland artist Zeng Fanzhi this autumn, despite the announcement in June that the art centre founded and funded by the Belgian collectors Guy and Myriam Ullens in the Chinese capital in 2007 is up for sale.
Ai Weiwei dropped from Yinchuan Biennale in China
Ai Weiwei has been dropped from the Yinchuan Biennale, two weeks ahead of its opening, due to his "'political' status", the Chinese artist posted on 24 August on Twitter. The inaugural biennial at the Yinchuan MoCA, a private institution opened last year in the capital of western China’s heavily Muslim Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, is curated by Bose Krishnamachari and includes 73 artists including Anish Kapoor, Song Dong, and Yoko Ono.
China’s A4 Contemporary Art Center on the move from Chengdu
The A4 Contemporary Art Center in the industrial city of Chengdu is due to reopen in a new building 4km away from its original location in April 2017. Backed by private real estate developers Chengdu Wanhua (Wide Horizon) Investment Group, the new A4 is part of a luxury lakefront property development in Chengdu’s Tianfu New Area. 

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai: Decent Impact, Despite Weak Sales
Rebranded this year as PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, the fair formerly known as Photo Shanghai seems to have matured since its inaugural edition three years ago. The images of scantily clad starlets have been replaced by a new exhibition named “Insights”, showcasing new photographic techniques. Though there were complaints of weak sales, there is a strong consensus that Photofairs has been making a strong contribution to raising the profile of the medium.
You can read more Chinese news under LEAP Magazine.


Philipp Demandt (Foto: dpa)
Pioneering role
Max Hollein's successor Philipp Demandt wants to make the complete Frankfurt Städel museum's collection accessible online.
Cabinet of wonder on Brandenburg's waters
The floating cabinet of Berlin art collector Prof. Dr. Thomas Olbricht.
Hans Molfenter Prize goes to Tino Sehgal.
Gallerist family Bastian gives away Chipperfield house.
Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig
Refugees take up art studies in Leipzig.

TURKEY Turkey Art

Fritz Kahn: Man Machine/Maschine Mensch, Ed. by Uta von Debschitz and Thilo von Debschitz, 2009 Courtesy IKSV
3rd Istanbul Biennial kicks off
Curated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial titled 'ARE WE HUMAN?: The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years’ runs from 22 October to 4 December 2016. 
Asli Çavusoglu’s Red/Red joins the collection of MoMA 
Pieces from the installation, which was made for the 14th Istanbul Biennial, are included in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Sakir Gökçebag receives Leo-Breuer Award
The prize is awarded every two years by the Landschaftsverband Rheinland in cooperation with the family Leo Breuer and the Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung in Bonn.
Blok opens new project Space 
The gallery just opened a new project space in the ancient part of the city: Büyük Valide Han in Mahmutpas¸a district.
Istanbul Dealers launch Gallery Weekend
Fourteen Istanbul dealers including artSümer, Empire Project, Pi Artworks, Galeri Nev, Rampa, Sanatorium and Zilberman Gallery, are launching a new initiative in order to boost the Turkish art scene that was held first from 30 September to 2 October 2016.


Charbel-joseph H. Boutros. Sueur d'Etoile. 2016. Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Photography by Laurent Philippe. Image courtesy Palais de Tokyo, Paris.  
Paris' Jeu de Paume exhibits "Satellite 9: Our ocean; your horizon", from 18 October until 15 January 2017 
The ninth edition of "Satellite", curated by Heido Ballet, features a series of separate solo installations by the likes of Basim Magdy, Edgardo Aragon, Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin and Guan Xiao, and will be installed throughout the museum grounds. The curatorial remit navigates definitions of identity and begins with Ballet comparing oceanic and land-based identities, which she asserts are "prisms" through which humanity relates itself to the world. Each artist proposes concepts that adopt fluid notions of belonging and further suggest alternative and imaginary geographic and political categorisations.
Mathaf museum pairs with QM Gallery, both in Doha, to present the largest ever retrospective of Dia Al Azzawi from 16 October until 16 April 2017
In line with Qatar Museums' high-profile programme (past solo exhibitions have included Damien Hirst and Shirin Neshat), this retrospective of pioneering Iraqi artist Al Azzawi entitled "I am the cry, who will give voice to me?" will be the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of not only his work to date, but of any Arab artist's work, with over 350 works spanning 50 years. Curated by the Centre Pompidou's deputy director Catherine David, it will be organised into two parts – at Mathaf and QM Gallery, Al Riwaq – one focusing on the relationship forged by Al Azzawi between image and text, while the other outlines his engagement with milestones of political history in the region.
Conceptual art space Palais de Tokyo exhibits the long-term installation of Charbel-joseph H. Boutros in collaboration with Marie-Agnès Gillot
On 23 June 2016, Lebanese Conceptual artist Charbel-joseph H. Boutros inaugurated his long-term, site-specific installation Sueur d'étoile at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. The work consists of the sweat of star ballerina Marie-Agnès Gillot after she had danced Ravel's Bolero. Placed in a black stone sphere before being mounted atop the roof of the art institution, the sweat is theoretically imbued with Gillot's gestures, fears and joy. Boutros's poetic take observes the ephemeral intersections of life and the environment and incorporates his characteristic subtle manipulation of the fragile and often imperceptible zones of time and space.
Al Riwaq Art Space in Adliya continues the ongoing interactive art project entitled do it بالعربي
The Bahraini not-for-profit art institution is the latest to collaborate on one of the longest running public art projects, do it بالعربي, Launched in 1993 by Serpentine Gallery co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist as an ongoing exhibition project, its first Middle Eastern iteration has been brought to the UAE this year by Sharjah Art Foundation Director Hoor Al Qasimi. The basis of the project is the artists themselves, with over 60 contributing written instructions that the public then interpret to create new works of art, all with the intention of engaging the community in thought-provoking activities and expressions.
Until 18 December, group exhibition Home Land Security is on display in the unusual setting of San Francisco's Presidio National Park 
The non-profit group For-Site Foundation instigated Ai Weiwei's artwork on Alcatraz and is now working on a group exhibition discussing the human costs of war and nationalism. Installed in deactivated military structures in the national park at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, 16 (and growing) artists including Tammam Azzam, Shahpour Pouyan and the Propeller Group are creating works that demand viewers consider what home is, what security really means and how barriers are created between individuals and nations, from personal, not political, perspectives.
You can read more Middle Eastern art news on Canvas Magazine online.

RUSSIA Turkey Art

The main observatory in Nizhny Arkhyz (Image: © Yuri Palmin), courtesy of The Art Newspaper
Centre Pompidou to unveil major donation of 20th-century Russian art
The Centre Pompidou in Paris is due to receive a major donation of over 250 works of Russian art from the second half of the 20th century. The gift has been funded by the foundation of the Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin and donations by private collectors, artists and their heirs. Olga Sviblova, the director of Moscow’s Multimedia Art Museum, and Nicolas Liucci-Goutnikov of the Pompidou curated the new collection, which is being unveiled as an exhibition titled “Kollektsia! Contemporary art in the USSR and in Russia, 1950-2000. A Major Donation" (14 September-27 March 2017). 
Galaxy of art heads to observatory in Russia’s north Caucasus
More than 120 personal and historic items belonging to the Prince and Princess Yusupov will be offered for sale during this auction. Preserved by Victor Contreras, a friend of the princely couple, in Cuernavaca, Mexico, for 60 years, this collection is comprised of paintings, icons, and part of the Prince’s wardrobe, along with a set of 25 “grotesques” drawings made by the Prince himself at the end of the 1930s. 
Russian collector repatriates 17th-century icon to Yaroslavl church
Russian icon collector Mikhail Abramov has sponsored the return of a 17th-century icon to Russia that was stolen from a church in the Yaroslavl region in 1995 and surfaced recently in a gallery in Venice, Italy.
Photojournalism show in Moscow attacked by right-wing protesters
Another photography exhibition in Moscow was raided by protesters dressed as Cossacks, others in camouflage and a municipal legislator—the third such attack in the Russian capital recently. The back-to-back attacks centred on images of Ukrainian soldiers who fought against pro-Russian rebels that are part of a photojournalism show at the Sakharov Center. 
Russian art sales continue to tumble
The London sales of Russian fine and decorative art have been in decline since 2011, when they hit a high of around £30m. The Crimean invasion of 2014, subsequent economic sanctions, the fall in oil prices and the collapse of the ruble sent the country’s market into free fall. 

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