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Pick of the Week
Pick of the Week

In each edition of the Almanac, now in its tenth year, we provide annual reports about the 67 countries in the region, including Syria. Stefan Tarnowski reports on the country’s contemporary art scene for 2014. 

Current Issue
Preface

Growing with the Times

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Although a decade has past since we published the first edition of the ArtAsiaPacific Almanac, the work continues to present new challenges and new pleasures.

Germany Indonesia The Netherlands
Five Plus One

FX Harsono

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In 1972, Documenta 5 was heralded as the institutional embrace of conceptual art in Europe. At nearly the same time, in Indonesia, a generation of artists living through massive societal unrest—without any access to the European avant-garde

United Arab Emirates France Hong Kong Italy Israel Kazakhstan Russia UK USA
Countries

Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan continues to face a complex political landscape under President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the country’s first and only post-Soviet leader, who has attracted widespread criticism for his policies. 

Australia Germany Italy Japan Mongolia UK USA
Countries

Mongolia

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In November, Mongolia elected a new prime minister after the former one failed to improve the declining economy. Although it possesses substantial mineral deposits, Mongolia has struggled to convert them into economic gain

Hong Kong India Italy Malaysia Sri Lanka UK USA
Countries

Sri Lanka

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Since the end of a 26-year civil war between the government and Tamil separatists in May 2009, Sri Lanka has had one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with significant development in tourism. 

Countries

Syria

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Syria’s civil war shows no sign of ending. The year 2014 saw United States-led military intervention in response to the rise of Daesh (the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), a sign of the increasingly international nature of the struggle.

Australia New Zealand Tonga
Countries

Tonga

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The only Pacific nation never to have been colonized, Tonga transitioned to a constitutional monarchy in 2010. The Ministry of Education, Women’s Affairs and Culture organizes public cultural programs

Vietnam
Countries

Vietnam

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The ruling Communist Party has presided over a rapidly growing economy since market-oriented reforms in the late 1980s, yet social liberalization was not part of the package. Censorship of cultural and political dissent is still enforced by stringent laws. 

Japan Korea, South UK
Reflections

Yasumasa Morimura

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I am an artist. Usually I make artwork, but from August 1 to November 3 of this year I served as the artistic director of the 2014 Yokohama Triennale. 

Canada China Hong Kong India Japan Malaysia USA
Books

Looks Good on Paper

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This section of the Almanac is a precious opportunity to celebrate the publications that have given us the greatest pleasure over the last year.

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Silverlens
Mur Nomade
Art Fair Tokyo 2015
SH Biennale 14
ap Contemporary
Sinsegi Media
ARNDT
4A
VA gallery
de Sarthe Fine Art
Asia Art Archive
E-flux
SAM
China Guardian
CHRISTIE"S
Ocula
Art Beijing