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Monday, 02 April 2012

Yael Bartana, Zamach (Assassination), 2011, Production still, Photo: Marcin Kalinski

NEWS March/April 2012

ARSENALE 2012: 1st Kiev Intl. Biennale
24. May ~ 31. July
Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine

Ukraine once shared a common cultural history with the Soviet Union and many leading figures of the 20th Century avant-garde such as Kazimir Malevich, David Burliuk or Vladimir Tatlin worked there. However with Ukraine’s independence in 1991, Ukrainian contemporary art has now found a unique cultural voice. In recent years the city of Kiev has become home to a thriving artistic community and has welcomed major new cultural institutions, such the PinchukArtCentre which opened in 2006.
Built in 1801, the Arsenal building covers approximately 60,000 sq.m on 10 hectares of land and neighbours the shrine and monastery Kyiv-Pecherska Lavra, one of the most important and oldest religious sites in the Ukraine. For two centuries it was used by the army and after the collapse of the Soviet Union fell into disuse. In 2003, the government decided to allow building on the Mystetskyi Arsenal to begin, transforming the space into Ukraine’s premier public museum displaying both contemporary and historic art. When it opens to the public on 1 October 2014, the renovated Arsenal is set to become one of Europe’s largest cultural institutions. Nataliia Zabolotna, General Director of the Mystetskyi Arsenal, and Commissioner of the first Kiev Biennale, has been the driving force behind this project.
The main programme of the biennale considers how contemporary art uses the past to express the future. Communicating the best of times, the worst of times, the exhibition reflects on utopian dreams of freedom, equality and security that are very much at the heart of our lives today, as well as on their opposites: terror, poverty, inequality and war.

7th Berlin Biennale
27. April ~ 1. July
KW Institute for Contemporary Art and other venues, Germany

Since its inception in 1998, the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art has become one of the most important events of contemporary art worldwide, taking place every two years in Berlin. The central theme of the 7th Berlin Biennale is the investigation of the socio-critical potential of art and its possibility to actively influence political processes. The 7th Berlin Biennale is curated by Polish artist Artur Żmijewski together with the associate curators Voina and Joanna Warsza.
Born in Warsaw in 1966, Żmijewski mainly works with social and political issues transformed into actions and films. He is particularly interested in the power of art and its relation to politics. In his manifesto The Applied Social Arts Żmijewski developed a distinct conviction for social activism, which also becomes a point of departure for designing the 7th Berlin Biennale.
One of the first artists invited to participate in the 7th Berlin Biennale is Israeli-Dutch artist Yael Bartana, who will further develop her project of the “Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland” (JRMiP). In summer 2012 the first congress of the JRMiP will be held in Berlin. For the first time the members of the movement will gather and international speakers will reflect upon the movement from various points of view. Initiated by Bartana, the movement calls for the return of 3,300,000 Jews to Poland. Since its foundation in 2007 the JRMiP has spread internationally and has found many followers.
In preparation of the 7th Berlin Biennale, Artur Żmijewski asked artists to submit statements on their political convictions in an Open Call. By the January 2011 deadline approximately 7,500 artists from all over the world had sent in their material. The submissions are currently being reviewed and archived.

View of the exhibition “Lee Bul: From Me, Belongs to You Only” at the Mori Art Museum., Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Watanabe Osamu

6th Art Dubai
21~24 March
Madinat Jumeirah, UAE

Art Dubai 2012 features selected 74 galleries from 31 countries. New participants in 2012 include Arndt (Berlin), Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels), Lombard Freid Projects (New York), Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke (Mumbai), The Pace Gallery (New York, London, Beijing), Galerie Perrotin (Paris), and Platform China (Beijing).
Galleries returning from 2011 include Athr Gallery (Jeddah), Chantal Crousel (Paris), Experimenter (Kolkata), Goodman (Johannesburg, Capetown), Grey Noise (Lahore), Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York), Sfeir-Semler (Hamburg, Beirut) and The Third Line (Dubai).
Marker, the curated section of ‘concept stands’ launched in 2011, this year turns its focus to the Indonesian arts scene. Commissioned by Art Dubai, the renowned, Yogyakarta-born curator Alia Swastika has invited five Indonesian galleries – Ark Galerie, Biasa Artspace, Galerie Canna, D’Gallerie, and Jogja Contemporary – to participate; they are now working with artists to produce new work for the fair in March 2012.    
Besides a stellar selection of international galleries, Art Dubai features an innovative, non-commercial programme of talks, projects and educational initiatives. The critically-acclaimed Global Art Forum, under the directorship of curator and writer Shumon Basar, expands to six days. It begins at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar, March 18~19, and continues at Art Dubai, March 21~24.
Over 50 contributors to Global Art Forum_6 include: LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan; Serpentine Gallery co-director of exhibitions and programmes and director of international projects Hans Ulrich Obrist; novelist/artist Douglas Coupland; journalist/critics Sukhdev Sandhu and Josephine Bosma; art market reporter Georgina Adam; film-producer Anna Lena Vaney; artists Wael Shawky, Shezad Dawood and Michael Rakowitz; curators Jack Persekian and Nat Muller; Demotix founder Turi Munthe; commentators Sultan Suood Al Qassemi and Yasmine El Rashidi; as well as filmmaker Sophie Fiennes with a special screening of Over Your Cities the Grass will Grow.
Art Dubai, the Delfina Foundation, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and Tashkeel have launched Artists-in-Residence (A.i.R) Dubai 2012, an annual programme that selects six artists and one curator for a three-month residency based in the historic quarter of Bastakiya, Dubai. The three international artists – Faycal Baghriche, Magdi Mostafa and Deniz Uster – are among other artists commissioned to make site-specific work at the fair, as part of Art Dubai Projects. All six artists, including Emirati practitioners Hadeyah Badri, Zeinab Al Hashimi and Nasir Nasrallah, will present their work at Open Studios in Sikka Art Fair during Art Week 2012.
Art Dubai is part of Art Week, the umbrella initiative that includes a range of contemporary art and design events, major museum shows, and new gallery exhibitions and artists’ projects, taking place each March to coincide with Art Dubai. A comprehensive Art Week Guide will be available at Design Days Dubai, SIKKA, Art Dubai and all of Art Week’s participating venues including museums, festivals, galleries, and select hotels, restaurants and universities.
Design Days Dubai, the first fair in the Middle East entirely dedicated to limited edition and collectible design will open on Saturday March 17 in a new location at the foot of Burj Khalifa. Bringing a fresh dimension to the region’s arts and design scene, Design Days Dubai will showcase works of leading design galleries and the most innovative of designers from around the world. The fair will appeal to a broad public – from design connoisseurs, architects, design enthusiasts, and designers to students and graduates - looking for inspiration, and for exclusive designed objects for their homes and workspaces. Art Week positions the Gulf as a place of artistic production and home to multiple cultural centers.

17~20 May
HKCEC, Hong Kong

Since its inaugural year in 2008, ART HK has made it the major destination art fair for Asia. ART HK remains unique as the only world class art fair to have a 50/50 balance of Asian and Western participation. In 2011, over 260 galleries from 38 countries came to Hong Kong to exhibit works by over 1,000 artists. Throughout the duration of the Fair, around 63,000 visitors attended, an increase of 38% from 2010.
Hong Kong itself stands in the midst of all the excitement that a cultural emergence brings. With the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District and its contemporary museum component, M+ (first phase scheduled to open in 2016), the renovation of the Central Police Station heritage site to a mid-size exhibition venue (scheduled to open in 2014) and the opening of the Asia Society’s new premises in Hong Kong in early 2012, the city will shortly be home to world class cultural and exhibition venues. This, added to the significant work already conducted by organizations such as Para/Site Art Space, Asia Art Archive and Fotan Open Studios, provides breadth to the non-commercial aspect of the cultural scene in Hong Kong.
The Fair will see the return of ASIA ONE, a section dedicated to solo presentations by Asian artists represented by Asian galleries, which debuted at ART HK 11. ART HK Projects will present large scale sculpture and installation works by leading artists from around the world. ART FUTURES, a showcase of the most promising emerging artists (under the age of 35 at the time of application) represented by new galleries worldwide will be shown as well. While in previous years ART HK has required that galleries exhibiting in ART FUTURES must be no more than five years old, for the 2012 Fair, galleries of up to eight years old will be able to submit applications.
Yuko Hasegawa, an experienced director, art curator and advisor for international biennales, will be the first appointed Curator of ART HK 12 Projects. Yuko Hasegawa has been Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo since 2006 and was recently selected to curate the 11th Sharjah Biennial, scheduled to open in March 2013. Prior to her position at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Hasegawa was Chief Curator and Founding Artistic Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (1999-2006). Hagesawa is Professor at Tama Art University, Tokyo, where she teaches Curatorial and Art Theory.

Art Nights at Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai, UAE. Courtesy Ayyam Gallery.

7th Art Fair Tokyo
30. March ~ 1. April
Tokyo Intl. Forum, Exhibition Hall, Japan
Despite Great East Japan Earthquake and AFT’s postponement in 2011, the fair featured a total of 133 galleries, and welcomed a total of 43,000 people. For the seventh edition in this year, the fair will have an expanded venue, taking up the whole area of the Tokyo International Forum Exhibition Hall with 135 galleries including 25 from “PROJECTS” and 6 from “Discover Asia.”
The special section for young contemporary art galleries, “PROJECTS,” which was located in the Lobby Gallery until last year, will be set up within the Exhibition Hall, and several new programs will be conducted. As the “PROJECTS” section is setting up within the Exhibition Hall this year, the section not only features the usual participations of international young galleries, but has a new section, “project in PROJECTS”, which dynamically presents the large-scale works of the latest Asia-Pacific art going beyond the confines of a regular booth.
Launched in 2011 as an experimental exhibition for contemporary art, “Artistic Practices” will be expanded in 2012 to introduce an even wider range of creative works mainly focusing on art to present high-quality works of art and projects. Its theme will be ‘artistic practices exist in all times and all genres.’ Curated by Yuji Yamashita (Professor, Meiji Gakuin University), “Shuffle” took place at the Shirokane Art Complex as a collaborative program of ART FAIR TOKYO 2011. This year, welcoming Yamashita as a Curatorial Advisor, “Shuffle 2” will be held at ART FAIR TOKYO 2012, and special exhibits will include high-quality works from all genres ranging from antiques to contemporary art.
Aiming to achieve higher international standards and further improvements in the quality of the fair, “Discover Asia” is newly set up and welcomes Fumio Nanjo (Director, Mori Art Museum) having our international vision of ‘Tokyo as a city within Asia.’Participating Galleries of “Discover Asia” includes ARARIO GALLERY (Cheonan/Beijing/Seoul), Chi-Wen Gallery (Taipei), ONE AND J. GALLERY (Seoul), PKM GALLERY (Seoul), Gallery Skape (Seoul) and TKG+ (Taipei/Beijing) in cooperation with Ullens Center for Contemporary Art , Mori Art Museum, Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou/Beijing) and Eslite Gallery (Taipei). Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Japan, the Mercedes-Benz SLK with the exterior designed by the artist Tetsuya Nakamura will be exhibited at the ART FAIR TOKYO venue.

Lee Bul: From Me, Belongs to You Only
4. Feb. ~ 27. May
Mori Art Museum, Japan

Lee Bul was born in South Korea in 1964 and has been considered one of Asia’ s leading artists since the 1990s, when her work was shown at numerous international venues including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Lyon Biennale and the Venice Biennale.
Having set out on her career in the late 1980s, Lee’s maturation as an artist coincided with South Korea’s development in terms of democracy, modernization and economic strength. Lee tends to make reference to 20th century utopian theory, literature and politics in her work, and often imbues it with elements of South Korea’s modern history as well as her own personal history. In this way, Lee has questioned the nature of human beings and their notions of ideal society with the aim of arriving at universal values.
This exhibition include early performances using her own body, a series of works in which sculpture is presented as an existence transcending the human body, and also recent works reminiscent of architectural or urban planning models. Through her practice, Lee has sought to transcend both the human body and society as we know them, and this exhibition represents the first chance to get a full overview of that process. It include around 45 works, several of which are new.
The exhibition subtitle, “From Me, Belongs to You Only,” is a message to society in general but it also demonstrates Lee's stance of emphasizing the personal relations and emotions of individuals, which tend to be overrun by the waves of political and social change. The phrase is rich with the suggestion that we should always be conscious of the relationship between the whole and the individual.

Do Ho Suh: Home within Home
22. March 22 ~ 3. June
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

As a nomad living in different regions of the world including Seoul, New York and Europe, Suh has been concentrated on the relationship between ‘me’ and what differs from ‘me’ and the ways to communicate beyond the boundary between them while focusing on the relationships both between different individuals and between the individual and the collective. In Suh’s work, his main subject matter of ‘home’ represents the minimum space occupied by an individual, and it is established as a space where the formation of the relationships between disparate beings such as the self and the other, different cultures, and the inside and the outside takes place. His art has attracted worldwide attention as it expresses the concept of ‘home,’ an entity that we all have, not from the perspective of locality but from that of universality beyond the boundaries of different spaces and times.
This exhibition features Suh’s recent works as well as his ‘home’ series, which has been his main artistic motif and made him known throughout the world, and thus will provide a valuable opportunity to foresee where his future artistic endeavors head toward. Shown at the building designed by Rem Koolhaas for Leeum, this exhibition of Suh’s homes can in a way be seen as an interpretation of the building. Among the exhibits to be shown in this exhibition are as follows: Seoul Home Seoul Home, one of his recent work, whose transparent home will be illusorily floating in the air of the gallery; Gate – Leeum version which functioned as an interface for the exhibition held at Seattle Art Museum in 2011; one of the highlights of the Black Box Gallery of Leeum, Fallen Star 1/5 (2008-2011) in which the Hanok, traditional Korean house is flown to the U.S. by the wind of the fate and its collision onto an apartment is wittily expressed; Home within Home 1/11 (2009) depicts the moment when two different homes intercommunicate with each other to form a single identity. Especially, the exhibition invites visitors to Suh’s creative journey by introducing his recent work, Seoul Home Seoul Home(2012), which can be characterized as the culmination of his series work of hanok, and his video works such as Gate – Leeum version (2011)and Bridging Home A Perfect Home : The Bridge Project(2012), which have not be shown to the Korean audience.

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