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THEO TRIANTAFYLLIDIS and MANUEL ROSSNER
@ THE COMEBACK OF VISIONS – BACK TO THE FUTURE
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Digital
Image from the “ReBlink” exhibition by Alex Mayhew, Art Gallery of Ontario (CAN), courtesy of Impossible Things
Institution I
Open Codes – Living in Digital Worlds at ZKM Karlsruhe (DE)
ZKM is one of the most important centres for art and media. In their new exhibition, works of art and works of science based on digital as well as analog codes are presented. The works visualise and explain the complex dynamics of codes, and the way in which they are increasingly shaping the way we live and perceive the world. This exhibition, a collection of works of art and works of science, gives the opportunity to understand the digitalised world. The exhibition will be a mix of laboratory and lounge, a learning environment and a “Club Mediterranée”.
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Institution II
Jordan Wolfson at Schinkel Pavillon Berlin (DE)
The Schinkel Pavillon is an art institution with a rather exceptional history in the centre of Berlin. It provides a platform for contemporary sculpture, installation, and media art. For the first time, Jordan Wolfson exhibits his work in an institutional solo show. The artist’s practice has traversed video, film, installation, performance, print and photography. He employs animation, digital imaging and animatronic sculptures in order to represent central ideas of literal and virtual reality. It is the projection of inner impulses (desire, optimism, violence or guilt) in constructed selves or scenarios that the artist is most interested in.
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Collector
Still Human at Rubell Family Collection in Miami (US)
The Rubell Family Collection was established in 1964 in New York City by Mera and Don Rubell. It is now one of the world’s largest privately owned, publicly accessible contemporary art collections. The exhibition Still Human confronts the complex consequences of the digital revolution and recent technological developments as they redefine the human condition. Twenty-five artists working across a range of mediums address concerns related to artificial intelligence, biotechnology, bioethics, planned obsolescence, desire as mediated by technology, surveillance, social justice, and virtual existence.
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Artist
Cam Worls by Petra Cortright at UTA Artist Space Los Angeles (US)
UTA Artist Space is an extension of UTA’s commitment to the Los Angeles arts scene as much as it is a venue for showcasing global talent and new work. Cortright’s computer-based practice pioneered a new kind of Internet art. The exhibited videos will trace the gradual evolution of her online presence, and a practice of perpetual modulation of over ten year of Internet ephemera that mines decorative motifs from flowers to the female body. The archival impulse behind her work stresses the visual catchiness and mutability of the digital image, as well as the delicate and self-conscious act of putting oneself online. As an artist who “grew up on the internet”, Cortright carefully erects and investigates online trends of personhood as they appear in the culture, from the front-facing camera antics of solipsistic young girls on social media to virtual strippers.
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Other
ReBlink by Alex Mayhew at the Art Gallery of Ontario (CAN)
Alex Mayhew presents his newest project ReBlink. It is an exhibition that blends traditional art with the latest in computer vision technologies to “re-mix” nine paintings in the AGO’s permanent collection, bringing them to life in a new light. ReBlink is a digital intervention project that refreshes the traditional gallery viewing experience. Facilitated by augmented reality technology and shape recognition, established works of art are layered with an alternate re-imagining of the work.
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China
Zeng Fanzhi, Selbstporträt 09-8-1, 2009, oil on canvas, courtesy of i-Art and LEAP magazine
Institution I
Shanghai's East Bund on the rise as museums building boom continues
A raft of state-owned museums is rising along the East Bund riverside in the Pudong New Area of eastern Shanghai. Details have yet to be formally announced, but projects due for completion in 2020 include the Pudong Art Museum, the Shanghai Museum East, the Shanghai Library East and the Pudong Urban Planning and Art Centre. The towering 80,000 Ton Silo on the Huangpu River opened as an exhibition venue after refurbishment last October.
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Institution II
China gets first state-funded photo museum
Lianzhou, a small city in China’s southern Guangdong province and home to an acclaimed annual photography festival, has opened the country’s first state-owned museum dedicated to the medium. The 3,600 m² Lianzhou Museum of Photography (LMP) launched on 2 December, concurrent with the last edition of Lianzhou Foto.
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Collector
China Guardian to open new flagship in Beijing
China Guardian Auction has completed construction of its new art centre in downtown Beijing's historic Wangfujing area. Situated near to Tiananmen Square and next to the National Art Museum of China, the Guardian Art Center was designed by Büro Ole Scheeren to evoke both Beijing’s fast-vanishing hutong courtyards and its sea of new high-rises.
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Artist
Hauser & Wirth now represents Zeng Fanzhi
Hauser & Wirth has added to its roster Zeng Fanzhi, who is widely regarded as one of China’s most important contemporary artists. Zeng is also currently represented by Gagosian Gallery and ShanghART Gallery, and a release notes that he will continue to maintain a relationship with both operations. Hauser & Wirth has planned its first exhibition with Zeng for this fall, with the first volume of a catalogue raisonné due out this summer.
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Other
Nearly 200 precious artifacts from Tibet Autonomous Region on display in Beijing
The exhibition Tibetan History and Culture that kicked off at the Capital Museum on Tuesday features 216 extremely rare items from 21 museums throughout China, including a 3rd century gold mask from the ancient Tibetan kingdom Zhang Zhung and a 4.3-meter-high 15th Century embroidered thangka. Many of the exhibits are being exhibited outside Tibet for the first time. “This is the biggest Tibetan exhibition held in Chinese mainland in a decade,” Pasang Nurpu, head of the exhibition department at the Tibet Museum and one of the organisers of the event, told the Global Times at Tuesday’s exhibition.
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Germany
Art patron Erika Hoffmann looks at the art work 'Blaues Zimmer' (Blue room), created 1989 by Isa Genzken, as she tours an exhibition in Dresden in the eastern part of Germany, Friday, March 9, 2018. The artwork is among the 1200 works of the Hoffmann collection which were donated to the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden. (Oliver Killig/dpa via AP)
Institution I
Erika and Rolf Hoffmann’s art collection donated to Dresden State Art Collections
Dresden’s public museums are receiving a major gift in the form of one of the world's most important private art collections, which includes works by American artists Nancy Spero, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. The Dresden State Art Collections said that the Erika and Rolf Hoffmann collection comprising some 1,200 paintings, photographs, sculptures and other works is being donated to its museums. The Hoffmanns began collecting art in the 1960s, focusing on works in which artistic rules are broken.
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Institution II
Four venues announced for Berlin Biennale 2018
The tenth Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art announced its venues at the annual press conference of the Federal Cultural Foundation. Named after the Tina Turner song from 1985, “We don’t need another hero”, the Biennale will take place from 9 June to 9 September across KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Akademie der Künste (AdK), the Volksbühne Pavilion and ZK/U: Center for Art and Urbanistics, curator Gabi Ngcobo announced.
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Collector
Julia Stoschek awarded the 2018 ART COLOGNE Prize
Koelnmesse and the Association of German Galleries and Fine Art Dealers announced that the winner of this year’s ART COLOGNE Prize is the prominent and committed art collector Julia Stoschek. The award ceremony with invited guests will be held in Cologne’s Historic Town Hall at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 19 April 2018.
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Artist
Marina Abramovic turns Seven Deaths project into an opera to debut in Munich in 2020
Almost 30 years after she first conceived the idea, Marina Abramovic is to finally realise her Seven Deaths project. The Belgrade-born artist has turned the work into an opera, which she will direct herself. The production is due to debut at the Munich Opera House in 2020, with plans for it to tour to Covent Garden in London.
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Other
Deutsche Bank will bring life to the Prinzessinnenpalais in Berlin after the summer break
The transformation of the Prinzessinnenpalais in Berlin into Deutsche Bank’s exciting forum for art, culture, and sports is slowly taking shape. A forward-looking exhibition and event venue is currently being built based on the plans of Kuehn Malvezzi. “The installation of the building technology will be completed by the summer, then preparations will begin for the opening,” explains Svenja von Reichenbach from the bank’s Art, Culture & Sports unit, who will manage the new building in the future. After the summer break, the building will not only be a popular meeting place for the national and international art scene – the future programme is even more ambitious. It will combine permanent and changing exhibitions with concerts, readings, events on sports topics, as well as new digital formats.
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Middle East
Mohammed Alfaraj. So a. 2018. 3-dimensional video installation. Image courtesy of the artist and Athr Gallery
Institution
Louvre Abu Dhabi announces key senior appointment
The Louvre Abu Dhabi announced on Thursday the appointment of Dr Souraya Noujaim as its first scientific, curatorial and collections management director. Noujaim has been working on the Louvre Abu Dhabi project as Curator for Islamic Art at Agence France-Museums over the past four years and headed the museum’s section dedicated to medieval times. In her new role, she will oversee the scientific, curatorial and the museum collection management services, state news agency WAM reported.
 
Collector
Dubai Art Season is inspired by the vision of Shaikh Mohammad
The fifth edition of Dubai Art Season reflects the UAE’s growing profile as a global cultural hub that brings together some of the world’s most exceptional creative talent, said Shaikha Latifa Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture, under whose patronage the event is being held. The two-month Dubai Art Season, which encompasses major events like Art Dubai, Dubai Canvas, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and Sikka Art Fair, and a multitude of other creative initiatives and activities, showcases Dubai’s rapidly growing creative energy and cultural vitality.
 
Artist
Ai Weiwei: 'I'm impressed Qatar wants my show about refugees'
The exiled dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will bring an exhibition of works about the refugee crisis to Qatar this month, for his first show in the Gulf region. Ai had his first experience of the plight facing refugees while on the Greek island of Lesbos in 2015 and has since focussed his work on the scale of the global crisis. He and his studio team have travelled to 40 refugee camps in 23 countries, producing works and actions as well as the film Human Flow (2017) in response to the crisis .
 
Gallery
“The Clocks Are Striking Thirteen” featuring 16 Saudi and international artists at Athr Gallery, Jeddah
Amid the hustle and bustle of the fifth edition of Jeddah 21,39’s exhibitions and workshops this year, under the headline Refusing to be still (7 February–5 May), one particular highlight is a group exhibition by 16 Saudi and international artists at Athr Gallery. Curated by former gallery director Maya El Khalil and entitled The Clocks Are Striking Thirteen (running until 30 April), the works explore a variety of innovative works ranging from Zahra Al Ghamdi’s dried cushions of leather scrambling across the floor and walls like fungal growths, to hyper-definition screens in Mohammed Alfaraj’s fast-paced video installation about a Saudi robot Sophia. Each artist presents an intricate motif, whether geopolitical, spiritual or trans-historical, probing the roles of storytelling, creative dissent and our understanding of mediated truths in a world of global information.
 
Other
Fine art market boom driven by the recent sale of Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi to a Saudi prince - report
Driven by the record sale of Leonardo da Vinci's “Salvator Mundi” to a Saudi prince for £450 million ($550 million) in November 2017, the market is rising in a way not seen for three decades, the authoritative Artprice index said. “The latest spectacular all-time fine art auction record [...] for 'Salvator Mundi' represents the beginning of a new era for the art market in which the next big milestone will be the $1 billion threshold,” it said.

Turkey
Guido Casaretto, Waterfront IV, 2016, epoxy, Courtesy the artist, Zilberman Gallery & MOCAK
Institution
Istanbul Modern moves to temporary location
Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art is moving to a temporary space on 18 March 2018.
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Collector
MOCAK acquires work by Guido Casaretto
Guido Casaretto’s 'Waterfront IV' has been included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (MOCAK).
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Gallery
Öktem & Aykut Gallery moves to new location
After running their gallery for almost four years in Galata, directors Tankut Aykut and Doğa Öktem decided to relocate their gallery to Istanbul's Şişhane district in January 2018.
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Artitst
Nilbar Güreş wins the De’Longhi Art Projects Artist Award 2018
London Art Fair 2018 announced Nilbar Güreş, represented by Galerie Tanja Wagner, as the winner of the De’Longhi Art Projects Artist Award 2018.
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Other
Erdal Inci at Times Square
Erdal İnci's HD video 'Centipedes' will be exhibited as part of 'Midnight Moment', a programme running on electronic billboards at Times Square, New York every night, until 31 March.
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