Biennials & TriennialsFairs 25-11-2016

November 25 | Almine Rech and Gagosian to jointly represent Tom Wesselmann's estate

In today’s news, some of the leading European fairs and biennials announce their exhibitor lists, Gabi Ngcombo gets busy as she is appointed to curate Berlin’s biennial and Nicholas Serota receives long-awaited recognition.

New representations

Tom Wesselmann finally gets a gallery.

After years of working independently, the estate of Tom Wesselmann has in fact chosen two dealers to represent the work of the late pop artist: Almine Rech and Larry Gagosian. The two will also jointly publish the catalogue raisonné Great American Nudes in 2018. The New York Times.

Gallery Dominique Lévy (New York, London) has announced it will represent the work of Korean artist Lee Seung-taek in the United States. A pioneer of the Korean avant-garde, Lee has continuously engaged political and cultural themes over the course of his six-decade career. Gallery Hyundai will continue to represent Lee in Asia.



The city-hopping European biennial Manifesta announced today that the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) will be creative mediator for its upcoming 12th edition, which will open in Palermo, Italy in 2018.

As part of the role, OMA will examine how the governance of Italian cities affects issues such as immigration, gentrification and tourism. ARTnews has more.


Gabi Ngcobo

Johannesburg-based curator Gabi Ngcobo has been selected as the curator of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Gabi Ngcobo has a broad range of experience both within South Africa and internationally. Most recently, she co-curated the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo which is currently taking place, and is set to close on December 11. The Berlin Biennale will take place in summer 2018. See the website for more details.

People of the year

“Why has it taken you so long?”

This was the the response of Sir Nicholas Serota, formerly director of the Tate museums, after being chosen as personality of the year 2016 by Apollo Magazine. In his thirty year-long career, Serota, who left the institution to join Arts Council England as its chairman, oversaw Tate Modern’s opening in 2000, directed its £260m extension project in June and contributed enormously to the Tate galleries’ success and to the unprecedented public engagement with modern and contemporary art in London and across the country. Read Apollo Magazine’s profile here.
Sir Nicholas Serota



Architects Norman Foster and Carlos Rubio will renovate Madrid’s Museo del Prado’s Hall of Realms.

The two architects were the successful candidates in a competition launched by the museum to remodel its newest building, a 17th-century palace acquired by the Prado in 2015. Their winning proposal, titled “Hidden Design,” proposes to add a new entrance to the building’s south façade and a new atrium space, whilst the gabled roof will be removed to add an additional level and expand the gallery space. Read more on artnet news.


View of the new south entrance to the Hall of Realms designed by Norman Foster and Carlos Rubio architects. Image courtesy Museo del Prado.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago opens up: the institutions has in fact revealed a $16 million renovation plan that will convert 12,000 square meters of the museum’s exhibition space into public gathering spaces; in order to make the museum a ““livelier, more creative space that will engage audiences and be activated by living artists.” More on Artforum.



Drawing Now Paris | Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain has announced the exhibitor list for its tenth edition.

The fair’s president Christine Phal, director Carine Tissot and artistic director Philippe Piguet have revealed the 71 international galleries participating in the 2017 edition, which will take place at the Carreau du Temple from March 23 through 26, including Brussels’ La Patinoire Royale, Karsten Greve, Christian Berst, Galerie Tarasiève, Galerie Alberta Pane (Paris) and Francis Boeske Projects (Amsterdam).


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