FairsPeople 04-07-2017

July 4 | List of galleries for inaugural art berlin 2017

The first edition of Art Berlin, co-directed by Art Cologne director Daniel Hug and former abc berlin director Maike Cruse, will welcome an impressive list of galleries at abc’s traditional home at Gleisdreieck, Berlin. Elsewhere, OMA reveals more details of its Manifesta 12 Palermo Atlas project.

Participating galleries revealed for art berlin 2017

The upcoming art fair art berlin is set to launch its inaugural edition on September 14 at Station Berlin in Gleisdreieck, and has today revealed its list of participating galleries. The fair will run through September 17.

The newly founded art fair, born of the fusion between abc art berlin contemporary and Art Cologne (the latter of which will also continue independently), will debut under the direction of Maike Cruse, previous director of abc, and will present around 110 international galleries from 16 countries. The list includes: carlier I gebauer, Galerie Conradi, Galerie Conrads, Dierking - Galerie am Paradeplatz, Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, Galerie Michael Janssen, Galerie Bernd Kugler, alexander levy, Galeria Plan B, Sies + Höke, Sprüth Magers, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Galerie Barbara Weiss and Zilberman Gallery.


Palermo Atlas announcement, Teatro Garibaldi, Palermo. © CAVE Studio, courtesy Manifesta.


OMA reveals details of its Manifesta 12 project

Last year, Manifesta took an unprecedented step by inviting an architecture firm — The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) —  to act as a creative mediator of its 2018 edition, to be held in the Italian city of Palermo. Today, OMA has revealed more details as to their proposal, titled the Palermo Atlas project — an interdisciplinary urban study of Palermo, which will inform the organization of the biennial art event.

The project is to outline a blueprint for Palermo, and act as a framework for Manifesta’s development, in order “to ensure that Manifesta 12 achieves a long-term impact for the city and its citizens.” As Pestellini Laparelli explains, “The city cannot be reduced to a single statement or to a precise definition. It is rather a complex mosaic of fragments and identities emerging out of centuries of encounters and exchanges between civilizations.”

Scheduled to debut on June 15, 2018 in the Sicilian capital, Manifesta 12 will be directed by Hedwig Fijen, aided by four interdisciplinary creative mediators — Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli; Dutch filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak; Spanish architect and scholar Andrés Jaque; and Swiss contemporary art curator Mirjam Varadinis. Details via archdaily.


Exiled Feni artwork returns to South Africa to be sold

A repatriated artwork by acclaimed exiled artist Dumile Feni is set to go under the hammer at Aspire Art Auctions in Johannesburg later this month on July 17, marking its return to South Africa.

Fendi took up residence in New York after being forced into exile by the former apartheid government for his stand against the regime. The work titled Children under Apartheid was, according to Aspire, commissioned for a campaign against child abuse in the US in the late 1980s and was exhibited for some years in the UN buildings in New York City. Details via TimesLIVE.


Collector pulls major collection from BMoCA

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), Colorado, was in the news earlier this year, March, for the mass resignation of staff in protest to the executive director’s reported abusive behaviour — as well as for misapplying funds for educational programming, breaking labor laws, and unsuccessfully launching programs promised to donors.

Now, a collector has pulled their works from the current “Walk the Distance and Slow Down” exhibition. The show, which opened earlier this month, included work by twenty-nine artists from the collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey, scheduled to show through September 10. Details via artforum.


Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.


Brücke Museum in Berlin has hired Lisa Marei Schmidt as its new director.

Taking up her post on October 1, Schmidt follows in the footsteps of Magdalena Moeller, who has been with the institution for almost thirty years. Located in the Dahlem region of Berlin, the Brücke Museum specializes in works by the artist group Die Brücke. The museum will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary on September 15.

Schmidt previously served as a curator at the Hamburger Bahnhof, where she organized the Carl Andre exhibition “Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010,” last May, and has also worked at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Museum Folkwang. Details via Monopol.

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