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Liang Shuo, Eight Faddish Peasant Buddies, 2001-2002, painted bronze, readymade, life-size
“Masterpieces of Chinese paintings 700-1900” exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The exhibition follows on the recent Western curatorial focus on the technicalities of art production requiring an extensive amount of research and work — as well as parsing the artistic exchange between different cultural systems.
A typology of collecting by Uli Sigg
Confronted with an infinite number of artworks to choose from, what kind of collector would you choose to be? Renowned collector Uli Sigg summarizes five different species of the art-acquiring breed at LEAP magazine.
Yan Xing’s exhibition “Recent works” to be seen at Galerie Urs Meile in Beijing
“Recent Works” is the artist’s most ambitious exhibition to date and consists of four interrelated mixed-media projects: Dirty Art; Lenin in 1918; Two videos, three photographs, several related masterpieces, and American art; and The Collectress. Together creating a consistent atmosphere of quality, repeatingly reminding visitors of the artist’s exquisite control over design and space, which grants his proclivity for literary dissimulation and powerful visual structure.
Liang Shuo: behind the entanglement and estrangement of experience
How does one deal with the cultural experiences in contemporary China when one does not conform to art norms? How can such experiences transform into a method which inspires aesthetic vigor and still succeed and resist being trumped by the semblance of reality? Liang Shuo’s artistic practice offers us a valuable case study, an issue to examine.
Noise: The body recalled
Just as noise grows weaker when it travels from its explosive live-house home-base into the unfamiliarly tranquil environment of the museum, the creators of sound art themselves seem to avoid moving too quickly into any sort of confining structure. Impressions on the idea were showcased during the exhibition “Revolutions Per Minute: Sound Art China” served as one section of the inaugural “West Bund 2013 Biennial” which was presented alongside the architecture, video, and theater sections.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova looks out from a holding cell. (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)
St. Petersburg stock exchange to become part of The State Hermitage Museum
On 26 December 2013, the authorities of Saint Petersburg announced their decision to transfer the ownership of the old stock exchange located on the Vasielevsky Island Spit to The State Hermitage Museum.
““Personal choice” at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture spotlights Russia's top contemporary art collectors
A total of twenty collectors agreed to take part in the show “Personal Choice: Russian collectors present selected works from their collections.”, among them Shalva Breus, Leonid Dobrovsky, Margarita Pushkina, Olga Slutsker, Igor Tsukanov, Leonid Fridlyand, Dmitri Aksenov, Igor Markin, Alexander Zhukov, Vladimir and Ekatherina Semenikhin, Dasha Zhukova, and Roman Abramovich, each contributing one important artwork to the exhibition and explaining their significance.
Two Russian galleries to participate in Art Stage Singapore
11.12 gallery and Vasilisa Kameneva gallery will participate in Art Stage Singapore with 11.12 gallery now having a branch in Singapore which was opened in November 2012.
Pussy Riot member urges for olympic boycott
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of the two members of the Russian punk collective Pussy Riot was set free earlier this month following the passing of an amnesty law, dismissing President Vladimir Putin’s law as a diversion tactic and calling on other countries to boycott the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, slated to open in Sochi on February 7.
New building for National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) to be designed by heneghan peng architects by 2018
According to the website of the Kommersant newspaper, the winning project by the Irish architectural firm, heneghan peng architects, positions the NCCA building as "a vertical element at the centre of Khodynskoe Pole rising above the former airfield ".
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Ahmed Mater. (Detail) Magnetism I. 2008. UV-cured Virtu print on white aluminium. 110 x 155 cm. Image courtesy the artist and Edge of Arabia, London.
Mona Hatoum’s "Turbulence" exhibition at Mathaf – Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar
The exhibition Mona Hatoum: Turbulence builds on the artist’s topical work Turbulence (2012), a 4 x 4 meter square composed of thousands of glass marbles laid directly onto the floor and brings to the forefront the diversity of her work over the last 30 years.
Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art to be featured at "Longing for Mecca" exhibition in Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Netherlands
"Longing for Mecca - The pilgrims" journey features exhibits from the museum’s own collection and from over 20 museums and private collections in Europe and the Middle East. The unique exhibition covers the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.
"Under Construction" by Ziad Antar at Athr Gallery in Jeddah
In the exhibition, Ziad Antar showcases numerous sculptures photographed when they were covered by tarpaulin for restoration purposes, leading to indistinct shapes.
Egyptian artist Wael Shawky presents his new work, "Dictums: Manqia I (2014)" at Lisson Gallery
One of the most powerful and urgent voices to emerge from the Middle East in the last decade, Wael Shawky explores systems of belief and reinterprets faith, myth and history through the lens of the modern media. At Lisson Gallery, Shawky presents a new work, Dictums: Manqia I (2014), in which herds of prize black camels are driven across the desert, perhaps en route to one of the prestigious camel parades or beauty pageants that are held in the Gulf region, known as mazaynas.
Jeddah Art Week to take place for the first time from 25-27 February in Saudi Arabia
Athr gallery, Ayyam gallery and Sotheby's have teamed up to launch a "Jeddah Art Week" in the last week of February curated by Lina Lazaar, known as the curator of "The Future of a Promise" in Venice Biennale 2011.
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Burak Delier, Crisis and Control, 2013, video still. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Pilot Gallery Istanbul
Permanent venue for Turkey at the Venice Biennial
The initiation from the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) led Turkey to obtain a long-term venue in the Venice Biennale until 2034 at Arsenale.
Canan Tolon Exhibition at Parasol Unit London
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art will present a solo exhibition of works by Turkish-born artist Canan Tolon from 15 January - 16 March 2014.
Zilberman is merging their Istanbul galleries
CDA-Projects and Galeri Zilberman will operate under the name Galeri Zilberman at their existing venues on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Misir Apartmani in Istanbul.
Burak Delier receives new Iniva Fund
Turkish artist Burak Delier, whose work explores capitalism through art, was announced the first to benefit from Iniva's new commissions and exhibition funds.
Baksi Museum in Bayburt awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2014
This museum is an example of the personal vision of its founder, Hüsamettin Koçan and the 160 contemporary artists around him, who aspired to bring a high standard of art and design to an under-developed rural area of Northern Anatolia.
Philippe Parreno "TV Channel", 2013 (detail), Courtesy Pilar Corrias Gallery, on canvas: "The Writer", 2007, exhibition view, Palais de Tokyo, 2013, Foto: Aurélien Mole
Monopol magazine votes for the main exhibitions highlights of 2013
Amongst the most popular shows of 2013, Monopol editors and authors vote for Philippe Parreno's show at Palais de Tokyo, followed by Pierre Huyghe at Centre Pompidou as well as the main show at Venice Biennale.
What happens when an art collecting relative has passed away- an auction house morality tale
Writer, curator and art dealer Kenny Schachter depicts auction house morality in the case of death of an art collector.
Avoidance Behaviour - Gallery–Going in St. Moritz
Alongside its leisurely mood, St. Moritz is an amazing little art town with featured exhibitions at galleries like Andrea Caratsch, Galerie Gmurzynska, Stefan Hildebrandt, Patricia Low, Karsten Greve and Bruno Bischofberger.
Creative pause by Anselm Reyle
Anselm Reyle, with his latest works to be shown at the "BubeDameKönigAss" exhibition at Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, decides to take a creative break.
Slideshow of West-Berlin after the wall was built
Monopol features photographs of hobby photographer Heinz Noack reflecting the spirit and atmosphere of West-Berlin after the Berlin wall published by edition house "Braus".
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