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Apr 08 2014

Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Wins Pritzker Prize

by Kitty van Leeuwen
Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Wins Pritzker Prize

On March 24, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was announced as the 2014 laureate for the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. The self-proclaimed “paper-architect” is recognized for his humanitarian practice, and innovative use of low-cost recyclable materials such as bamboo, fabric, fiber and paper tubes.

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Mar 18 2014

Edmund Capon Appointed New Chair of 4A

by The Editors
Edmund Capon Appointed New Chair of 4A

Sydney’s 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art has elected Edmund Capon as its new chair of the board. A London native, Capon brings with him 33 years of arts experience gained while working at Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, where he was director and chief curator since 1978.

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Mar 07 2014

QMA Launches Artist Residency Program

by Isabella E Hughes
QMA Launches Artist Residency Program

On March 5, the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) unveiled its plans to transform the historic Doha Fire Station into a new artist residency program. Fire Station: Artists in Residence is set to open to the public in November, by which time it will already have welcomed its first guests. 

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Mar 04 2014

Beirut Art Center Announces New Director

by The Editors
Beirut Art Center Announces New Director

Beirut Art Center (BAC), a non-profit space dedicated to contemporary art in Lebanon, has appointed Marie Muracciole as its new director on February 20. BAC’s co-founders and directors, Sandra Dagher and Lamia Joreige, announced their resignation from their five-year directorial post in January, promising to remain active as members on BAC’s board.

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Apr 01 2014

Chinese Modernist Painter Chu Teh-Chun dies at 93

by Ming Lin
Chinese Modernist Painter Chu Teh-Chun dies at 93

On March 26, the renowned abstract painter Chu Teh-Chun died in Paris at the age of 93. Following closely after the passing of his friend and fellow proponent of the Chinese Modernist movement Zao Wou-ki (1920–2013), last year, as well as Wu Guangzhong in 2010, Chu’s death marks the end of generation of Chinese painters living in Europe whose works continue to offer salient cross-cultural perspectives.

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Mar 11 2014

BoS Severs Ties with Transfield

by Michael Young
BoS Severs Ties with Transfield

The future of the Biennale of Sydney (BoS) has been thrown into question after last Friday, when its board capitulated to pressure from participating artists to sever ties with its founding partner and major sponsor Transfield, the contractor which manages Australia’s immigration detention facilities, currently on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

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Mar 05 2014

Georgia’s Minister of Culture Dismissed

by The Editors
Georgia's Minister of Culture Dismissed

On February 10, Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has approved of the dismissal of Marine Mizandari, the nation’s first deputy minister of culture and monument protection. This order to step down came after a meeting with the cultural heritage protection council on January 27 where Mizandari proposed to reinstate the heritage status of the Sakdrisi gold mine, a 5400-year-old mine in central Georgia that was previously protected under heritage laws, which were lifted in 2013.  

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Feb 04 2014

Canton Express: Chinese Art Collector Donates Complete Works of Pioneer Exhibition to M+

by Ming Lin
Canton Express: Chinese Art Collector Donates Complete Works of Pioneer Exhibition to M+
Prominent Chinese art collector, Guan Yi has donated 37 works to M+, Hong Kong’s much-anticipated museum for visual culture. Dating from 1980 onwards, the collection, which comprises of mainly New Wave, conceptual and large scale installations, traces key moments in the history of contemporary Chinese art. 
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