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Installation view with visitors from "Germany 8 -- German Art in China" exhibition, courtesy of, source: Xinhua/Luo Xiaoguang
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Large scale exhibition "Germany 8 -- German Art in China" opens in Beijing
The seven-part exhibition will be held from mid-September to 31 October in many art institutes including the Royal Ancestral Temple, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Red Brick Art Museum, Today Art Museum, Yuan Art Museum, and Whitebox Art Center. About 320 works of art created by 55 German artists will be exhibited, many among them contemporary masterpieces.
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New York’s Guggenheim Museum criticized for pulling animal artworks from the exhibition “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World.”
The Guggenheim Museum will remove three art pieces from an upcoming show featuring Chinese conceptual artists, amid accusations of animal cruelty and repeated threats of violence. The Guggenheim has been embroiled in controversy since the show was publicised, with animal rights groups calling for the the works to be pulled and a number of celebrities condemning the museum.
Masterpieces from The Leiden Collection at Long Museum, West Bund, Shanghai
In September, the Shanghai museum plays host to the touring exhibition of The Leiden Collection after its run at Beijing's National Museum of China. An extraordinary trove of Dutch Golden Age paintings, The Leiden Collection was assembled by US entrepreneur Thomas Kaplan and his wife, Daphne Recanati Kaplan, who have built a kind of lending library for Old Masters. In addition to eleven Rembrandts, works by Vermeer, Carel Fabritius, Frans Hals, Gerrit Dou and Rembrandt’s teacher, Pieter Lastman, are on show.

Hauser & Wirth opens new gallery space in Hong Kong
Cementing a more than decade-long relationship with China, the Swiss art dealer couple Iwan and Manuela Wirth are opening a gallery in the new H Queens development in Hong Kong next spring.
Chinese hotelier opens new private museum in Shanghai
The hotelier-collector Zheng Hao unveiled his How Art Museum in Shanghai on 20 September, a sister venue to the private museum he opened in Wenzhou in 2013. The three-storey, 7,000 square meter space is in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, a free-trade zone dedicated to scientific research and development. It is also home to Zheng’s Onehome Art Hotel, which launched last year.

You can read more Chinese art news under LEAP magazine.


Georg Herold, "Blühendes Leben", 2009, roof laths, screws, canvas, twine, lacquer, 373 x 132 x 102 cm, photo: Steven White, London.
Federal government asked to help with desolate financial situation of documenta
The city of Kassel and the federal state of Hessen saved the documenta from bankruptcy with eight million euro. For the future, they are keen on a new shareholder and have asked the federal government for help.
Art patron Gabriele Henkel passed away
At the age of 85, the Henkel inheritor and art patron Gabriele Henkel has passed away.
Magnificent Georg Herold exhibition at Kunst Museum Bonn
Time and again the artist poses the question whether humor is a better answer than serious reflection for essential questions.
Berlin-based Gallery Johann König opens space in London despite Brexit
The German gallerist says his new UK venture will be more of an "experiment" than a gallery.
German government installs internet portal to fight art trafficking
The new website provides information relevant to the Cultural Property Protection Law that came into force last year, and aims to tackle illegal trafficking in looted antiquities and to protect German national heritage. The site can be found
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Ai Weiwei, Bicycle Basket with Flowers in Porcelain, 2014, porcelain. Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio
Ai Weiwei in Istanbul
Running from 12 September until 29 January 2018, Sakıp Sabancı Museum hosts the first exhibition of Ai Weiwei in Turkey this fall. 
Istanbul Galleries move to joint building
The well-established galleries Galeri Nev, Pi Artworks, artSümer, Mixer and Sanatorium all opened their new spaces in Mumhane Caddesi in Karaköy, Istanbul, for the new season this September.
Artists from Turkey at 6th Thessaloniki Biennial
Running from 30 September 2017 to 14 January 2018, the main exhibition welcomes more than 75 artists from around the world, including Halil Altındere, Ahmet Elhan and Reysi Kamhi from Turkey.
Daire Gallery reopens in Cihangir
The gallery opened the new season in their new location in Cihangir in October 2017 with the exhibition titled Floating Tactics After a Sunken Island.
15th Edition of Istanbul Biennial kicks off
Taking place from 16 September - 12 November 2017, the Istanbul Biennial, entitled 'a good neighbour' brings together artworks by 56 artists from 32 countries.
You can read more Turkish art news under exhibist magazine.


Installation view from Sfeir-Semler gallery, solo show with Walid Raad, courtesy of CANVAS magazine
Mona Hatoum at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan 
This is Mona Hatoum’s first comprehensive solo show in Japan as the Hiroshima Art Prize’s tenth recipient, in recognition of her contributions to humanity. It showcases a selection of the Lebanese-born artist’s most im-portant
work as well as new pieces made specifically for Hiroshima. She explores the motif of light and shadow in the first part of the exhibition, which links to the second part displaying works from the museum collection on Hiroshima’s history and the effects of the atomic bomb.
‘Suspended Territories’ at Marta Herford, Herford
Nine female artists from the Middle East and North Africa, including Beirut-based Lamia Joreige and Mounira Solh, come together in Herford to display biographical works exploring the multifaceted notion of identity and a sense of belonging, or rather, not belonging. Many of the artists have been displaced, and through photography, drawing, installation and video, they take a critical look at their homelands and how the current political situation has affected their lives and the lives of others.
Hrair Sarkissian at Sursock Museum, Beirut
Hrair Sarkissian, who has been unable to return to Damascus since he left in 2008, shows two video installati-ons, Homesick (2014) and Horizon (2016), with the same studied craft as his large-scale photographs. In the first, the artist destroys a replica of his childhood home and the second traces a refugee’s perilous journey at sea in a slowly unfolding, poetic narrative. These are meditations on the loss of solid ground, of home, coupled with ap-prehension towards what is to come.
Walid Raad at Sfeir-Semler gallery in Beirut until 30th December 2017
After his successful retrospectives at MoMA New York, ICA Boston, and Jumex Mexico City, Walid Raad comes to Beirut with a new solo show that includes a recent collaboration with architect Bernard Khoury on their (non-winning) submission to design the Beirut Museum of Art – A proposal for a Beirut Site Museum: Preface (2016- 2026). There are also new works from his 15-year project engaging with the Lebanese wars, The Atlas Group (1989-2004) and large-scale photographs from the Sweet Talk: Beirut (Commissions) project.
‘no to the invasion: breakdowns and side effects’ group show at The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard Col-leg, New York
The title of the show was borrowed from a 1990 print of the same name by Kuwaiti artist Thuraya Al-Baqsami, intended as a resistance poster against the start of the Iraq-Kuwait war. Drawn from UAE’s Barjeel Art Foundati-on, the collection exhibits 28 artists who have ties to the region, including Lebanese greats Fouad El Khoury and Ali Cherri. A new iteration, The Revolution is a Mirror, Excavating the Sky and Current Power in Syria by the collective Sigil will also be on view.
You can read more Middle Eastern art news on CANVAS MAGAZINE.

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Ilya Kabakov The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment 1985 Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de Création industrielle. Purchase, 1990, courtesy of Ilya & Emilia Kabakov
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov on show at Tate Modern London from 18th October 2017 until 28th January 2018
The Kabakovs are amongst the most celebrated artists of their generation, widely known for their large-scale installations and use of fictional personas. Criticising the conventions of art history and drawing upon the visual culture of the former Soviet Union – from dreary communal apartments to propaganda art and its highly optimistic depictions of Soviet life – their work addresses universal ideas of utopia and fantasy; hope and fear.
Hermitage Foundation to launch Art Week program in London from 16th-19th October
The Hermitage Foundation UK launches a series of lectures by visiting curators from the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, hosted by MacDougall Arts Gallery.
Collectors Irmina Nazar and Artur Trawinski to Launch the European ArtEast Foundation During Frieze Week
A new foundation to promote Eastern European Art will be launched this October, during Frieze week. Two Polish art collectors Irmina Nazar and Artur Trawinski are going to make an important step in promoting the Eastern European art on the European market. They have supported the arts for over a decade as collectors and philanthropists. Irmina and Artur oversee all activities of the Art East Foundation and live between Poland and France.
Artist List announced for the 2017 Moscow Biennale
The Moscow Biennale has revealed artist list for its 2017 edition, which will be curated by Yuko Hasegawa. Titled “Clouds ⇄ Forests,” the biennial opens on 19th September and runs through18th January 2018.

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