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"Augmented reality still (detail), by Cao Fei, 2017. BMW Art Car based on the BMW M6 GT3. © BMW AG and Cao Fei Studio, courtesy of iArt App"
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On 28 May, the exhibition "High Tension: 8 Winners of the Marcel Duchamp Prize" opened at Red Brick Art Museum in Beijing
The exhibition is curated by Alfred Pacquement, hosted by the Red Brick Art Museum, and co-organized with the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF). Running through 27 August, 2017, the exhibition links to the Festival Croisements. The exhibition is supported by the French Embassy in China (IFC) and Institut Français. The show presents eight internationally acclaimed artists: Kader Attia, Latifa Echakhch, Cyprien Gaillard, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Laurent Grasso, Mathieu Mercier, Julien Prévieux and Tatiana Trouvé.
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News from Chengdu: private art museum "A4 Art Museum" opens its new venue for contemporary art in Sichuan
A4 supports research-based art projects in Chengdu through young artists and curators’ initiatives, as well as international artist exchanges and residencies. For the latter, it has worked in partnership with the Yokohama Museum of Art since 2008 and the Kyoto Art Center since last year, inviting Japanese artists to Chengdu and building ties countering China’s fraught relationship with Japan.
COLLECTOR
Belgian collector Guy Ullens and his wife sell art collection for nearly $4 million at Poly International in Hong Kong on 4 June
The sale is part of a massive downsizing effort on the part of the collectors, who have been leading figures in the Chinese art world for the past decade. Last year, they announced their intention to sell their museum, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing, as well as their collection of Chinese contemporary art. “The era of Ullens has ended, and the Chinese now take over the responsibility for the standard and collection of China’s contemporary art,” the collector Wang Bing, who bought several works from the sale, said on WeChat.

ARTIST
Chinese artist Cao Fei designs the new BMW Art Car
Following the contributions by Jeff Koons and John Baldessari, Cao Fei is both the youngest and first-ever Chinese artist to create a BMW Art Car. By employing augmented and virtual reality, the internationally acclaimed Chinese multimedia artist addresses the future of mobility such as autonomous driving, airborne cars and digitalisation. In the presence of Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, and hundreds of invited guests, the reveal of BMW Art Car #18 was celebrated at the Minsheng Art Museum in Beijing on 31 May.
Other
Christie’s Hong Kong Spring 2017 season achieved a total of over $316 million, with competitive bidding from Asian and international clients across 16 live auctions
Among the many highlights were world auction records being set for a work by Zao Wou-Ki, a Chinese monochrome porcelain, and a handbag.

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Sculpture Projects Münster 2017, Hito Steyerl, HellYeahFuckWeDie (2016), Robots Today (2016), (Image: Jane Morris), courtesy of The Art Newspaper
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Documenta 14 opened in Kassel
Despite great expectations, Documenta 14 struggles to make statement about the uncertainty of our time.
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INSTITUTION II
Sculpture Projects Münster 2017: A redefinition of sculpture every 10 years
The curators of this year’s edition—Kasper König, Britta Peters and Marianne Wagner—are deliberately pushing the boundaries of what can be called public sculpture. Performances and digital works abound, while some videos are screened in nightclubs and others can only be viewed on your smartphone.
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INSTITUTION III
Venice Biennale 2017
The best 10 things to see at Venice Biennale according to The New York Times.
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ARTIST
Wolfgang Tillmans at Fondation Beyeler, 28 May - 1 October 2017
This year's big summer exhibition at Fondation Beyeler, accompanying the opening of the Art Basel art fair in Basel, is devoted to the artist Wolfgang Tillmans. It is the first comprehensive engagement with the medium of photography at the Fondation Beyeler, which some time ago added a wonderful group of works by Tillmans to its collection. Around 200 photographic works dating from 1989 to 2017 will be on show with a new audiovisual installation.
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Other
Opening of Art Basel 2017 in Basel: Art and Politics
Despite the decline of global art sales by 17% in two years, Art Basel director Marc Spiegler believes that artists are more important than ever due to their capacity to communicate themes of our time more directly though their art pieces.
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Banu Cennetoglu, BEINGSAFEISSCARY (2017), installation view at Fridericianum, Friedrichsplatz, Kassel, documenta 14.
INSTITUTION
Artists from Turkey Featured at documenta 14
Documenta 14 shows several works by artists from Turkey in both Athens and Kassel. 
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Fahrelnissa Zeid at Tate Modern
This summer, Tate Modern will present the UK’s first retrospective of Fahrelnissa Zeid, reappraising her work in an international context.
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Cevdet Erek at the Pavilion of Turkey in Venice
At the Pavilion of Turkey, Cevdet Erek presents 'ÇIN', a site-specific installation which uses architecture and sound to explore poetic and political imaginings.
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Istanbul Galleries at Volta and Liste in Basel
Galleries Zilberman and Öktem & Aykut are representing Turkey at this year’s Basel art week.
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Artists from Turkey featured at 57th Venice Biennial
Running from 13 May – 26 November 2017, the main exhibition of the 57th Venice Biennial includes works by artists Hale Tenger and Nevin Aladag from Turkey.
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El Arousa by Effat Naghi. Mixed media. Oil and copper on board, 35.5 cm x 29 m.
INSTITUTION I
Until 6 August, Kindl – Centre for Contemporary Art presents a series of works by Shirana Shahbazi, in a show entitled “First Things First”
The first Berlin retrospective of the Iranian-born photographer distills her vastly different works over the past decade down to just 35. A visual cosmos of images that highlights the semantic complexity of her practice, the exhibition emphasises juxtaposition through a dynamic arrangement of subjects and styles: unspectacular landscapes are set alongside staged fruit and flower still-life compositions, and seemingly casual urban scenes alongside abstract compositions. Shahbazi's work can be read in fragments, such as when the artist translates pictures from a trip from Zurich to Tehran into two-tone lithographic prints.
INSTITUTION II
Abdulnasser Gharem's solo show, “Pause,” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
The first US solo show for this Saudi Arabian heavyweight presents a remarkable body of work born in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11 – a moment that Gharem says “made the world stand still". This notion of pause has deeply infiltrated his practice, which ranges from viewing still moments as opportunities to examine universal dichotomies to more literal renditions, such as the digital symbol for pause – a pair of rectangles – as a visual metaphor for the Twin Towers. The exhibition includes Camou-flage, a newly created, monumental “stamp painting” that juxtaposes a mosque and an army tank.
ARTIST
Youssef Nabil on show at the Pérez art museum in Miami until 1 October
Featuring actors Salma Hayek and Tahar Rahim, I Saved My Belly Dancer is a lavish, high definition produc-tion by Youssef Nabil, with a colour treatment reminiscent of hand- tinted vintage photographs. A hyp-notic allegory of Egypt’s cultural heritage and shifting perceptions of women, the film laments the fading of the meaningful and elaborate tradition of belly dancing (once considered a high art form), which is largely attributed to the shifting ideological circumstances of the artist’s native country and the rise of religious conservatism.
GALLERY
In a group exhibition of “Modernist Women of Egypt,” that runs until 27 July, Green Art gallery in Dubai is mapping the modernist art landscape created by Egyptian women artists
An exhibition reflecting on the role of women artists in the development of Egypt's modern art scene. While mapping the country’s unique, early 20th-century engagement with issues of nationalism, woman-hood, activism, multiculturalism and traditions, all of which produced a substantial environment for fe-male artists to develop, the show is focused on the period between the 1950s and early 1970s. It features works by Inji Efflatoun, Vassila Farid, Tahia Halim, Zeinab Abdel Hamid, Effat Naghi, Marguerite Nakhla, and Gazbia Sirry.
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London’s festival of contemporary Arab culture is showing works by women artists from Saudi Arabia in a group exhibition, “Negotiating Space,” until 2 September
The UK’s first all-women artists’ exhibition from Saudi Arabia is presented as part of Shubbak, the London biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture. Featuring Dana Awartani, Reem Al-Nasser and Zahra Al-Ghamdi, the works contemplate the place of memory and heritage as the artists negotiate their respec-tive positions amid all the rapid cultural changes shaping the Kingdom. As part of the programme, Zahrah Al-Ghamdi will also be creating a new temporary installation in the Great Court of the British Museum on 2 July, so look out for it. The biennial aims to pose questions and answers about the conditions for the possibility of a more evolved art world.
You can read more Middle Eastern art news on Canvas Magazine online.


RUSSIA Turkey Art

A new commission by Barbara Kruger for the V-A-C Foundation's Palazzo delle Zattere gallery in Venice (Photo: courtesy of the artist, Sprüth Magers and Mary Boone Gallery), courtesy of The Art Newspaper
INSTITUTION I
Russian billionaire’s V-A-C Foundation opens space in Venice
Another influential foreign patron is building an art empire in Venice, joining the ranks of the French luxury goods tycoon François Pinault and the Italian fashion giant Miuccia Prada. The Russian gas billionaire Leonid Mikhelson launched a gallery in the 19th-century Palazzo delle Zattere with a show of Soviet and contemporary art during the opening week of the Venice Biennale (Space Force Construction, 13 May-25 August). Mikhelson’s Moscow-based V-A-C Foundation will run the new space, which will host two temporary exhibitions a year.
INSTITUTION II
Dutch masterpieces owned by the Russian tsars to travel to Amsterdam
Dutch Golden Age masterpieces from the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg are making a rare return to the Netherlands this autumn. Amassed by Russia’s tsars since Peter the Great, the museum’s collection of 17th-century Dutch paintings is the largest outside the Netherlands, with around 1,500 works. Sixty-three pieces by 50 artists are due to travel to the Hermitage Amsterdam for the first dedicated exhibition, Dutch Masters from the Hermitage: Treasures of the Tsars (7 October-27 May 2018).
COLLECTOR
US billionaire Thomas Kaplan plans to send collection of Dutch Old Masters to Russia
Thomas Kaplan, the US billionaire metals investor who owns more Rembrandts than anyone else, plans to send his collection of Dutch Old Masters to Russia as part of its world tour. The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg is “in negotiations” to show the Leiden Collection in 2018, a spokeswoman says. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow has also been earmarked as a possible venue, according to the Economist. The Pushkin could not be reached for comment.
ARTIST
Anselm Kiefer gets first solo show at the Hermitage
Anselm Kiefer, for Velimir Khlebnikov: Fates of Nations, which opened on 30 May (until 3 September), is co-organised with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, one of the galleries that represents the German artist. With around 30 new works inspired by Kiefer’s visit to St Petersburg last year, the show is dedicated to the Russian Futurist poet Velimir Khlebnikov.
OTHER
Russian performance artist granted political asylum in France
Pyotr Pavlensky, the Russian political performance artist famous for nailing his scrotum to Moscow’s Red Square and setting fire to the door of Russia’s Federal Security Service headquarters, has secured political asylum in France.


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