GalleriesPeople 07-04-2017

April 7 | Gallery shake-up in Venice, New York and Shanghai

The art world shifts slightly with Victoria Miro opening an outpost in Venice, “gallery of the year” Magda Danysz relocating to a bigger space in traditional Shanghai, and David Zwirner returning to Upper East Side with a new specialist space. In other news, the Baltic states look set to launch first biennale in Latvia in 2018.

Magda Danysz Gallery relocates to more traditional area of Shanghai

Inaugurated by Magda Danysz in June 2009 on the Bund, MD Gallery expanded in March 2012, moving to a 1000m² new space in the North of the Bund, in the Yangpu  district.

Chinese photographer Liu Bolin will present a new exhibition, “Hacker Art”, at the inauguration of Magda Danysz Gallery’s new space at 256 Beijing Lu, Shanghai. Dubbed “The Invisible Man”, Bolin will showcase his famous “Hiding in the City” series, which saw his popularity soar last year. The exhibition, April 12 through May 21, will also feature his sculptures. Made from materials recovered from old mobile phones and computers, Bolin’s new work aims to provoke questions regarding man’s place in a society governed by new technologies.

With prominent spaces in Paris and London, the move to a more traditional side of town comes after Magda Danysz was named “gallery of the year” by Time Out Magazine in 2016.


Liu Bolin, Lifestyle. Food (medium) (2014)



David Zwirner returns to the Upper East Side with new space

David Zwirner Gallery will open a new space at 34 East 69th Street, to be used for private viewings, special projects and one or two focused historical exhibitions per year. The space will be shared with Adler Beatty, a new advisory firm started by Feigen director Frances Beatty and her son, Alexander Adler, a sales director at the gallery.

It’s a return to the block for Zwirner, who also has two galleries in Chelsea, one in London and one that will open in Hong Kong next year. Zwirner & Wirth, the gallery Zwirner founded with Hauser & Wirth’s Iwan Wirth was situated at 32 East 69th Street for nine years between 2000 and 2009. Details via The New York Times.


Alice Neel, Two Puerto Rican Boys (1956) and Horace Cayton (1949), at the gallery’s most recent exhibition “Uptown” in New York, through April 22 © Victoria Miro



Victoria Miro opens new gallery in Venice

Victoria Miro Gallery has announced that it will open a new space in Venice this May. With one of the largest commercial spaces in Wharf Road, London and another in Mayfair, the gallery will serve as Miro’s third space.

Miro, who represents 40 established and emerging artists, will take over the 17th century building of Galleria il Capricorno, founded by Bruna Aickelin in 1971. Galleria il Capricorno is renowned for showcasing artists such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Cy Twombly, and Robert Rauschenberg, through the gallery has also staged exhibitions by several of Miro’s artists, including Hernan Bas, Verne Dawson, NS Harsha, Chantal Joffe, and Wangechi Mutu. Details via artforum.

17th century building of Galleria il Capricorno | Victoria Miro ©



Swazi artist Banele Khoza wins SA Taxi Foundation Art Award

Living and working in South Africa, contemporary painter Banele Khoza has been awarded the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award, receiving R50,000 ($3,600) in prize money. The five runners-up were also announced as Lebohang Kganye, Mpho Mokgadi, Duma Mtimkulu, Mashudu Nevhutalu, and Jabu Nkomo; each receiving R10,000.

The six finalists will each have their design printed onto ten taxis (60 in total), remaining on the road for 12 months in-and-around South Africa. Judges took into account the artist’s original artwork, along with the success of its interpreted design. The prize was set up three years ago to help promote emerging artists in the region, and draw attention to the role of an artist in industry and society.


Swazi artist Banele Khoza



Riga International Biennial to be launched in June 2018

With an emphasis on artists based in the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA) will make launch in June 2018. Greek curator Katerina Gregos, has been appointed chief curator of the first edition, with the concept set to be announced later this spring. The various locations that will host the event have not yet been announced.

RIBOCA aims to re-energize the heavily saturated biennale scene by “taking into account criticisms of the proliferation of biennial culture, or ‘biennialisation’ as it has been called, and to create a sustainable model based on best practices that prioritise artists, artistic production and the presentation and mediation of art.”


Riga Biennial, 2018 

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