May 2017

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Article date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Rijksmuseum’s 10-millionth visitor spends the night beneath The Night Watch Stefan Kasper from Haarlem (the Netherlands) was treated to a surprise reception by the museum staff when General Director Taco Dibbits welcomed him in person with a unique opportunity. Stefan Kasper was given the chance to spend the night in the Night Watch Gallery, and sleep under the watchful gaze of the guardsmen in Rembrandt’s most famous painting.
Article date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
New York’s new center for artistic invention to open in 2019 The Shed will be a new center for artistic invention in New York. Scheduled to open in Spring 2019, The Shed will commission and present new work by artists across many disciplines, including music, art, dance and performance art. The Shed will be adjacent to 15 Hudson Yards and border the Public Square and Gardens.
Article date: Friday, May 26, 2017
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum doubles reward to $10 million for return of art stolen in 1990 The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is doubling its reward from $5 million to $10 million for information leading to the return of 13 works of art stolen from the Museum in 1990. The increased offer is available immediately and expires at midnight on December 31, 2017. The reward is fully backed by the Museum and its Board of Trustees.
Article date: Friday, May 26, 2017
Iceland’s LAVA Centre Set top Open June 1st The ‘largest volcano and earthquake exhibition in Europe’ is due to open June 1st in Hvolsvöllur in South Iceland. LAVA is dedicated to the country’s volcanic landscape and will explore the geographic makeup of the local area through a series of interactive exhibits and educational activities.
Article date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Parcours: 22 site-specific artworks presented around Basel's Münsterplatz Curated for the second year by Samuel Leuenberger, Director and Curator of SALTS in Birsfelden, Switzerland, Parcours returns with 22 site-specific artworks sited around Basel's historical Münsterplatz.
Article date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Impressions from ARCOlisboa 2017 The contemporary art world once again turns the spotlight on Lisbon for the second edition of ARCOlisboa, organised by IFEMA, from 18 to 21 May in the Fábrica Nacional da Cordoaria.
Article date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
British Museum announces Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) has long enjoyed a strong international reputation and is considered by many to be Japan’s greatest artist. In May of this year the British Museum will stage the first exhibition in the UK to focus on the later years of the life and art of Hokusai, featuring his iconic print ‘The Great Wave’ of c. 1831 and continuing to the sublime painted works produced right up to his death at the age of 90.
Article date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Dual Reality at Photo London Korean artists Bae Bien-U and Noh Suntag will present a special installation of two individual 25-metre long murals as part of the Photo London Pavilion Commissions titled Dual Reality.
Article date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Richard Mosse announced as winner of Prix Pictet Space Last week at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London it was announced that the Irish photographer Richard Mosse had become the winner of the seventh Prix Pictet, recognised as the world's leading prize for photography.
Article date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Dutch city receives sculpture of Anish Kapoor This September, the Dutch contemporary art institution, Museum De Pont, will be given a sculpture by Anish Kapoor in celebration of the museum’s 25th anniversary. The gift is a joint project with the City of Tilburg, local companies and individuals, Brabant C, Museum De Pont and the artist. Tilburg will be the first Dutch city to house a Kapoor sculpture in a public space.
Article date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Frieze New York 2017 takes place May 5 – 7 Taking place on Randall’s Island Park May 5 – 7, the sixth edition to feature ambitious presentations from top international contemporary and 20th-century art galleries, curated sections showcasing emerging artists, site-specific artist commissions and talks series.
Article date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Art Basel's Unlimited presents 76 premier works This year's edition of Unlimited will consist of 76 large-scale projects, presented by galleries participating in the fair. Curated for the sixth consecutive year by Gianni Jetzer, curator-at-large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., the sector will feature a wide range of presentations, from historically significant pieces to the latest contemporary works.
Article date: Monday, May 1, 2017
Symbolism in Art: The Pillow Contemporary Chinese surrealist painter and sculptor Zhang Xiaogang was born in Southern China in 1958. Often seen as Avant-Garde, Xiaogang’s artistic life has witnessed several important moments in China’s history, many of which are explored within his work. Perhaps the most defining brush with the political regime occurred during the early stages of Xiaogang’s life when he was brutally separated from his parents during the Cultural Revolution. They were sent to one of Mao’s notorious ‘study camps’, leaving him and his siblings behind.
Article date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Three new appointments at Kunstmuseum Basel The Kunstmuseum Basel has made appointments for three positions: Daniel Kurjaković is the new curator of programs, Anita Haldemann will head the Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings), and Ariane Mensger becomes curator in the Kupferstichkabinett.
Article date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Amicable Resolution to Moretti vs Zwirner Claim Artdependence can reveal that a legal case between art dealer David Zwirner and Old Master dealer Fabrizio Moretti has now been settled amicably. The $6 million case revolved around a work of sculpture from artist Jeff Koons.
Article date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Symbolism in Art: Red In Matisse’s Music, created in 1910 to be hung in the staircase of a Moscow mansion, we see one of the artist’s last compositions of the human figure. It was created to be hung alongside a second, preceding painting titled Dance. The two works are colouristically linked, portraying red figures contrasted against a blue and green background.


Article date: Friday, June 2, 2017
"It is saddening … that there is some interest in her work, but only in connection with the scandal"  - Maxim Lozovoy Recently, the saying "There is nothing new under the sun" has acquired unexpected relevance in contemporary art. The scandal associated with the sculpture "Seated ballerina" by Jeff Koons caused unprecedented resonance among both fierce opponents and devoted fans of the work of the famous American artist. The statue was erected near the Rockefeller Center in New York and was exposed as being a close copy of the porcelain figurine of "Ballerina Lenochka" by the Ukrainian porcelain sculptor Oksana Zhnikrup (1931-1993). Artdependence Magazine met with the grandson of Oksana Zhnikrup, Maxim Lozovoy, who told us about his grandmother, what she was like according to family stories, about her fate and creative activity, about the sensation around Koons’ statue, and his own views on what’s the scandal.
Article date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
“An artist has a tendency to resolve aesthetic issues in very similar and predictable ways.” An interview with Mike Berg Born in Portland, Oregon, artist Mike Berg has been interested in abstraction since the early days of his career. Feeling connected to countries such as Turkey, Uzbekistan and Armenia, Berg created his own form of artistic expression through geometrical abstractions created on tapestry.
Article date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Primavera De Filippi: "As an artist, I try to challenge the current state of the world..." Primavera De Filippi: "As an academic, I try to understand the current state of the world and I struggle to develop a theoretical framework that can explain the way things work. As an artist, I try to challenge the current state of the world, in a continuous attempt to expand the boundaries of is deemed possible today."
Article date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
“We are building a small transportable accelerator that will make PIXE analysis widely accessible” Maurizio Vretenar Proton Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) is routinely used in the art world to help date and authenticate works. Up until now, it has come at a high cost and required the use of bulky particle accelerator equipment that cannot be moved outside of the laboratory.
Article date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
‘If a mind occupies the body and the body occupies a building..." An interview with Antony Gormley Anthony Gormley is a British sculptor. He is currently living and working in London and has received an OBE for his contributions to the art world. His best known work includes The Angel of the North, a large-scale sculpture erected outside Gateshead in the North of England. His recent exhibition ‘LIVING ROOM’ was shown at the Xavier Hufkens gallery in Brussels.
Article date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
“Sometimes I think of it like sculpting with live reactions.” Paul Buchanan Artist Paul Buchanan was born in Glasgow and is currently living and working in the Netherlands. His work aims to explore the boundaries of the social, political and economic structures that contain us. He has a unique way of working with people and places, using responses and reactions to his work in order to shape their development. Paul Buchanan: "A lot of the time, people don’t know that they’re participating in my projects. It’s tricky making a piece of work and expecting people to participate. I suppose the way I work is to leave it open for people to participate in their own terms."
Article date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
World’s First Art Incubator and Accelerator, Debut Contemporary, Ubiquity University Ceric Samir, Art Coach: "I am an entrepreneur and disrupter in the art market aiming to change the fabrics of the art market that’s lacked transparency and serious and credible structure for centuries when it comes down to it being run as a business (perhaps with an exception of a few blue chip galleries and auction houses). I set up the world’s first art incubator and accelerator, Debut Contemporary, designed to assist ambitious and talented artists turn their practice into a viable business and a successful long term career."
Article date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
“I always work alone...” - an interview with Anja Niemi Best known for her mysterious and delicate stories, Norwegian artist Anja Niemi expresses herself through the medium she finds most comprehensive – photography. Her latest project, titled “The Woman Who Never Existed”, was inspired by the words of the pioneering Italian actress Eleonora Duse. Eleonora worked in theatre, travelling the world’s stages alongside Sarah Bernhardt in the early 20th century. Unlike other actresses of the time who seemed to be constantly striving for publicity, she was private and introverted by nature.
Article date: Monday, April 3, 2017
The Internet of Beings - An Interview with Martine-Nicole Rojina Martine-Nicole Rojina: "I believe in the tradition of mastery. I thrive for a holistic upgrade of perception, awareness and knowledge and dig deep into all elements involved to master the alchemical system. In the inside, as on the outside. As above, so below."
Article date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
“The thing is real. Ed Ruscha did create a mysterious art piece…” - Gregoire Gensollen on ‘Where is Rocky II?’ Gregoire Gensollen has a host of major Hollywood titles under his belt, but his latest film production, ‘Where is Rocky II?’ (2016) takes him in a new direction. A documentary, a comedy and a mystery, all rolled in to one, the film documents the 10-year hunt for a mysterious ‘fake rock’ - a piece of art created by American artist Ed Ruscha in 1979 and deposited in an unknown location somewhere in the vast Californian desert.

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