Hong Kong. M+ Pavilion dedication ceremony marks the first permanent venue for art exhibitions in WKCD


M+ Pavilion Courtesy of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and M+, Hong Kong

HONG KONG.- The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority yesterday celebrated the completion of M+ Pavilion, the first permanent venue for exhibitions and arts events in the West Kowloon Cultural District, marking a significant milestone in the development of the art hub.

At the dedication ceremony, Mrs Carrie Lam, Chairman of the WKCDA Board, was joined by Mr Duncan Pescod, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of WKCDA; Ms Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director of M+ designate; Mr Doryun Chong, Deputy Director, Chief Curator and Acting Director of M+, and Mr Vincent Pang, Managing Director of VPANG Architects Ltd., to cut the ribbon to commemorate this historic moment.

Commending the project team for completing the facility on time and within budget, Mrs Lam said, “The M+ Pavilion is the first permanent facility to open in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) since the Development Plan was approved in January 2013. Although this facility is modest in scale, its completion marks a significant milestone in the development of this major cultural undertaking in Hong Kong. The opening of the M+ Pavillion will soon be followed by the opening of the Xiqu Centre in 2018, the Art Park including the Freespace with a black box theatre and an outdoor stage from 2018 in stages, as well as the M+ Building in 2019. The Lyric Theatre Complex has also entered detailed design stage and is expected to complete in 2020 and open in 2021. We will continue to develop the WKCD into a world-class art and cultural hub where everyone may relax, be inspired and enjoy an extraordinary cultural experience.”

“WKCD is a long-term strategic investment by the Hong Kong SAR Government to promote the development of art and creative industries, meet the growing cultural needs of the public, attract and nurture artistic talents, and strengthen Hong Kong’s position as an international art and cultural metropolis. Such a vision and commitment is something that should make us proud,” added Mrs Lam.

Mr Pescod expressed his gratitude for the concerted efforts by various parties – in particular members of the M+ board, WKCDA and M+ staff, architects, designers, and contractors, in realising the M+ Pavilion. “The dedication of M+ Pavilion is a small yet important step. This is a clear statement that we are going to deliver this ambitious project for the people of Hong Kong. Surrounded as it is by the construction of the Art Park, the M+ building and the excavation works for the Lyric Theatre Complex basement, it is clear for everyone to see that WKCD project as a whole is firmly underway.” said Mr Pescod.

The M+ Pavilion is designed by a team of three Hong Kong-born, young and energetic architects: Vincent Pang from VPANG architects ltd, Tynnon Chow from JET Architecture Inc and Lisa Cheung. After they won the first prize in the international design competition for the Pavilion, they have been appointed to work with the WKCDA to design and bring to fruition the Pavilion which will provide a flexible space to stage small-scale exhibitions and events.

Located within the Art Park amid public space, the M+ Pavilion is designed to offer a respite from hectic city life with a smart simplistic approach that allows it to blend into its environment. Mirrored external walls reflect the surrounding expanses of greenery and immerse the building in the Art Park setting. To further this experience, the Pavilion’s main exhibition space is elevated, allowing it to float above the foliage, creating the opportunity for artwork to be appreciated against a backdrop of the unparalleled Hong Kong Island skyline with spectacular views of Victoria Harbour. Inside, the gallery space feature polished concrete floors and white walls – a flexible backdrop for multidisciplinary art exhibitions and performances.

hong kong 2M+ Pavilion Aerial view Courtesy of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and M+, Hong Kong.

Apart from building hardware, M+ has already organised an array of exhibitions and public programmes including the well-received “Mobile M+: Live Art”, “M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition” and “M+ Rover”, to name just a few. M+ is also fully committed to teaching and nurturing the younger generation through docent volunteer programmes and regular internship schemes.

In the run-up to the opening of M+ in 2019, the Pavilion will host a series of thematic exhibitions displaying selections from the M+ Collection encompassing the three main areas of visual art, design and architecture, and moving image for public viewing. The inaugural exhibition in September will be Tsang Kin-Wah: Nothing, a new commission by the Hong Kong artist ollowing his critically acclaimed exhibition The Infinite Nothing, which represented Hong Kong at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. Other thematic exhibitions that follow will highlight M+’s growing design collection and present a project on Hong Kong popular culture.

After the opening of the main M+ building where the museum will be housed, the Pavilion will be available for Hong Kong’s vibrant creative communities ― artists, designers, architects, and other organisations to stage exhibitions and events.

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Art Basel opens its doors in Hong Kong with thousands to visit over the next five days


Men walk by a painting presented by Victoria Miro during the opening of the Art Basel art fair for a VIP preview in Hong Kong on March 13, 2015. Hong Kong’s biggest art fair, Art Basel, opened its doors with thousands of visitors expected over the next five days. © Art Basel.

HONG KONG (AFP).- Hong Kong’s biggest art fair, Art Basel, opened its doors Friday with thousands of visitors expected over the next five days for a city-wide canvas of creativity and commerce. The sprawling display of artworks took over the city’s waterfront convention centre, as artists, gallerists and celebrities gathered to talk, buy and sell art. “The Hong Kong art scene is growing so rapidly and robustly… the galleries seem to grow stronger every year,” said Art Basel director Marc Spiegler just ahead of the launch of the show on Friday evening. The first two days are invite-only, with the fair open to the general public from Sunday. The whitewashed walls of the convention centre display space were crammed with everything from traditional ink paintings to film installations and giant sculptures. A taxidermy reindeer with sprawling tree branches for antlers greeted visitors to the first floor, with a giant ear and trumpet protruding from a wall nearby. The Hong Kong edition’s new director, Adeline Ooi, told AFP that the strong showing of Asian artists would be taking a “more daring” approach this year. “There will be a strong representation of local artists at the show,” she added. Also central to the display are large-scale “Encounters” pieces, including a suspended forest of olive trees by Irish artist Siobhan Hapaska, a mausoleum made from styrofoam boxes by Hong Kong-based Portuguese artist Joao Vasco Paiva and a giant see-sawing log propped up by Indian Buddhist statues by Indian artist Tallur L.N. Smaller shows pop up all around town to coincide with the show — many of them throwing the spotlight back on grassroots talent. Art Basel Hong Kong kicked off three years ago and is the newest addition to the international art show, which started in Switzerland in 1970 and also has a Miami Beach edition. The Hong Kong edition is attracting celebrities this year such as Victoria Beckham and Hollywood star Susan Sarandon. Greater China, grouping the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, maintained its market leader status in 2014, accounting for $5.6 billion in global art sales — closely followed by the United States — according to data firm Artprice. © 1994-2015 Agence France-Presse art basel HK HONG KONG.- A woman stands near an artwork by Korean artist Myeongbeom Kim during the opening of the Art Basel art fair for a VIP preview in Hong Kong on March 13, 2015. Hong Kong’s biggest art fair, Art Basel, opened its doors with thousands of visitors expected over the next five days. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez FUENTE: http://www.artdaily.com

National Museum of China. Ten Masterpieces of French National Museums


Visitors look at the painting “Dance at Le moulin de la Galette” by Auguste Renoir on display at the “Ten Masterpieces of French National Museums” exhibition held in the National Museum of China. AFP PHOTO / MANDY WANG

BEIJING.- The exhibition of Ten Masterpieces of French Painting jointly organized by the National Museum of China and the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais had a grand opening ceremony in the West Hall of NMC on April 11, 2014. The exhibition is staged to commemorate the 50th founding anniversary of the diplomatic ties between China and France and mark the opening of the ninth art festival Sino-French Culture Spring.

At the opening ceremony, French ambassador to China Bermann, President of the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais Jean-Paul Cluzel, and Director of NMC Lu Zhangshen respectively delivered a speech. The Curator for the exhibition Ms. Cécile Maisonneuve, Mr. Vincent Pomarède , Director of the Oil Painting Department of the Musée du Louvre, Mr. Côme Fabre, Director of the Oil Painting Department of the Musée d’Orsay, Ms. Valérie Bajou, Director of the Oil Painting Department of the Château de Versailles, Song Xinchao, Deputy Director of State Administration of Cultural Heritage and Director-General of Chinese Museums Association, Jin Shangyi, Honorary Chairman of Chinese Artists Association, Zhao Jinjun, President of China Foreign Affairs and former Chinese Ambassador to France, Le Aimei, Counselor from the Party Committee of the Organs under the Foreign Ministry, Pu Tong, Party Secretary and Deputy Director of External Cultural Relations Bureau under the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, Ji Tianbin, Party Secretary and Vice Director of Palace Museum, Fan Di’an, Director of National Art Museum of China, Guo Xiaoling, Director of the Capital Museum, Huang Zhenchun, Party Secretary and Deputy Director of NMC, and Zhu Liying, Deputy Director of the General Affairs Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the opening ceremony. Also present at the opening ceremony were officials from foreign embassies in China and experts of the museum and art communities from home and abroad. The ceremony was hosted by Chen Lusheng, deputy director of NMC.

French ambassador to China, Ms. Bermann, noted in her speech that she felt honored to see the NMC hosted the “Exhibition of Masterpieces of French Painting” after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s successful visit to France. This exhibition commemorating the 50th founding anniversary of the diplomatic ties between China and France and opening the ninth art festival Sino-French Culture Spring plays an especially important role in the 50th anniversary celebrations. The two cultural powers, France and China have been all along exploring the boundless potentials of mankind by means of art and the like. The two sides also conduct multiple exchanges at the art festival “Sino-French Culture Spring”, the biggest cultural festival in the world. She said she is very delighted to see the exhibition worthy of the splendid National Museum of China staged at the museum and she hopes that via this exhibition many more Chinese people will view the precious works of art from renowned museums of France.

President of the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais Jean-Paul Cluzel indicated that this exhibition was a commission of the French President Francois Hollande, French foreign minister and French cultural minister. The ten masterpieces on exhibition are on loan from the five famous museums, namely, the Musée du Louvre, Château de Versailles, Musée d’Orsay, Musée Picasso and Centre Pompidou, musée national d’Art moderne, which reflect the relentless pursuit and exploration of art by the artists from both countries.

Director Lu Zhangshen pointed out in his speech that the Exhibition of Ten Masterpieces of French Painting jointly organized by NMC and Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais with a view of displaying the achievements made in Sino-French cultural communication over the years at the 50th Founding Anniversary of Sino-French Diplomatic Ties, is a great event of friendly cooperation in the museum community between China and France and a bounty gift from the Sino-French museum community for the 50th founding anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries. It is bound to be entered into the history of cultural communication between the two countries.

The exhibits are ten masterpieces of painting from the Musée du Louvre, Château de Versailles, Musée d’Orsay, Musée Picasso and Centre Pompidou, musée national d’Art moderne. It is the first ever joint exhibition of the five renowned museums. Each work of art not only carries historical significance about the time of its creation, reflective of then emblematic art trends and features, but also recounts one or many a stories behind it, spanning the works themselves, the artists and what the artists intend to convey through the works. Such a concentrated display of the national-level treasure paintings of France for viewers of China and the world at large fully reflects the friendship between China and France, and represents the glorious fruits of Sino-French cultural communication over the past five decades.

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8th edition of Art Dubai features the fair’s largest and most dynamic programming to date


HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum at Art Dubai 2014 Opening. Photo: Courtesy Art Dubai 2014.

DUBAI.- Art Dubai, the leading international art fair in the Middle East and South Asia, will open tomorrow under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Taking place at Madinat Jumeirah until 22 March 2014, this year’s edition of Art Dubai builds on its reputation as a fair of discovery and is the most global fair to date with 85 participating galleries from 34 countries; more than 500 artists are participating in the gallery halls and across the not-for-profit programmes.

The eighth edition of Art Dubai is held in partnership with The Abraaj Group and is sponsored by Cartier and Emaar. Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is the strategic partner of Art Dubai and supports the fair’s year-round education programme. Art Dubai Modern is sponsored by Mashreq Private Banking. Maserati is the Car Partner of Art Dubai 2014. Rothschild joins Art Dubai as a Corporate Patron of the 2014 fair.

“Art Dubai’s development over the past eight years reflects the extraordinary growth of the UAE arts scene,” said Antonia Carver, Fair Director, Art Dubai. “The fair has acted as a catalyst, expediting Dubai’s role as a bona fide cultural hub for the region and beyond. We’re thrilled to be opening our eighth edition with such a strong and diverse range of 85 gallery exhibitions, plus our largest not-for-profit programme to date.”

New for this year, the galleries are presented in three distinct programmes – Contemporary; the inaugural Modern; and Marker – the curated section of invited art spaces and galleries focusing in 2014 on Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Art Dubai’s contemporary gallery halls remain the largest section of the fair with more than 70 galleries exhibiting new works for sale. Returning galleries include Athr (Jeddah), Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris), galerist (Istanbul), Grey Noise (Dubai), Victoria Miro (London), Experimenter (Kolkata) among others, and galleries that are joining for the first time. This year, galleries making their debut at Art Dubai include Ota Fine Arts (Tokyo), GallerySKE (Delhi/Bangalore), Marisa Newman Projects (New York), Tyler Rollins (New York), Baró Galeria (São Paulo), Gladstone Gallery (New York), Marian Goodman (New York/Paris), Galerie Greta Meert (Brussels), Galleria Franco Noero (Turin), Yavuz Fine Art (Singapore), and 313 Art Project (Seoul), among others.

In 2014, Art Dubai launches a new gallery programme devoted to Middle Eastern and South Asian modern art from the twentieth century. Art Dubai Modern, taking place in Mina A’Salam, was advised by renowned curators and historians Savita Apte, Catherine David, Kristine Khouri and Nada Shabout and includes 11 galleries. Each booth presents a solo or two-person show by highly influential artists including, Rasheed Araeen (Grosvenor Gallery, London), Michel Basbous (Agial Art Gallery, Beirut), Hamed Abdalla and Adam Henein (Karim Francis, Cairo), M.F. Husain (Aicon Gallery, New York/London), Ardeshir Mohasses (Shirin Gallery, Tehran), and Anwar Jalal Shemza (Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai), among others.

Marker, the dynamic programme of invited art spaces—dedicated each year to a particular theme or geography–turns its focus in 2014 to Central Asia and the Caucasus. Curated by the artists Slavs and Tatars, selected art spaces and artists-led organisations include: ArtEast (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan); Asia Art (Almaty, Kazakhstan); North Caucasus Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Art, NCCA (Vladikavkaz, Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Russia); Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project (Tbilisi, Georgia); and YARAT Contemporary Art Space (Baku, Azerbaijian). Presenting works ranging from mid-twentieth-century painting to contemporary drawing, sculpture and video, Marker takes the form of a chaikhaneh or Eurasian tea salon and includes talks and educational materials (supported by Caspian Arts Foundation), as well as artists’ books published in collaboration with onestar press.

Alongside the gallery halls, the fair also features an extensive not-for-profit programme including dynamic site-specific works for Art Dubai Projects. This year, 12 artists and artists’ groups have been commissioned to create installations and performances that engage audiences and interact with and comment on the fair and its environment. Artists commissioned for Art Dubai Projects include Nadia Ayari (Tunis/New York), Youmna Chlala (Beirut/New York), Clark House Initiative (Bombay), Sunoj D (Bangalore), Maitha Demithan (Dubai), Sara Al Haddad (Dubai), Shuruq Harb (Ramallah), Najat Makki (Dubai), Amina Menia (Algiers), Maryam Al Qassimi (Sharjah), Mounira Al Solh (Beirut), and Hajra Waheed (Montreal), who have been working with UAE/New York-based curator Fawz Kabra. Art Dubai Projects has been supported by Alserkal Avenue Arts District and members of Art Salon.

Now in its sixth edition, the winners of the renowned Abraaj Group Art Prize present at the fair an exhibition of their new works, developed over the past year with curator Nada Raza. The 2014 winners of the Abraaj Group Art Prize are Abbas Akhavan, Anup Mathew Thomas, Basim Magdy, Bouchra Khalili and Kamrooz Aram. Previewing at Art Dubai, the prize gives the artists a global platform to showcase their works and reflects Abraaj’s own investment philosophy.

Titled Meanwhile…History, the eighth edition of the Global Art Forum reflects on significant decades, years, days, minutes or seconds that brought shifts in the understanding of the world and history. Commissioned by Shumon Basar with co-directors Omar Berrada and Ala Younis, the Forum features over 40 speakers and contributors including Sulayman Al Bassam; John Akomfrah; Okwui Enwezor; Frauke Heard-Bey, Adina Hempel; Farah Al-Nakib; Todd Reisz; Shuddhabrata Sengupta; Adam Szymczyk; Marina Warner, among others. The Global Art Forum opened to acclaim at the Katara Art Center, Doha, March 15-16, and continues March 19–21 at Art Dubai, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah. This year’s Forum will be simultaneously translated into Arabic/English and is livestreamed, thanks to the 2014 online partner Ibraaz/Kamel Lazaar Foundation.

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