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Curator interview: Nicolas Bourriaud

French curator Nicolas Bourriaud, born in 1965, is the Gulbenkian Curator of Contemporary Art at Tate Britain and curator of “Altermodern”, the fourth Tate Triennial, which opened last month and is on show until 26 April.

Through his…

Curator interview: Achim Borchardt-Hume

German-born Achim Borchardt-Hume will begin his role as Chief Curator at the newly expanded Whitechapel Gallery (The Art Newspaper, March, pp31-2) at the end of April. He will oversee all curatorial activities, including the newly created…

Jeremy Deller’s Iraqi car

A project by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller has been acquired by London’s Imperial War Museum. A car salvaged from a bombing at a historic Baghdad book market in March 2007 that killed 38 people will go on show in the museum’s atrium…

Quiet counterpoint to the Frieze frenzy

Object Retrieval“Object Retrieval”, which opened at the stroke of…

Paula Rego museum

The Casa das Histórias (House of Stories), designed by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, has around 750 sq. m of exhibition space for its permanent collection and temporary shows. Rego has donated all of her 257 etchings along with 278…

Netherlands restitution

Following recommendations by the Restitutions Committee in the Netherlands, the Dutch government is to return 13 paintings to heirs of Jewish collectors persecuted by the Nazis.

The heirs of Hans Ludwig Larsen will receive 12 works,…

Loan brings end to dispute over Nolde painting

Emil Nolde’s 1917 painting Blumengarten (Utenwarf), which has been in the Moderna Museet’s collection since 1967, has now been bought from the Deutsch heirs by a private collector and loaned back to the museum for a period of up to five years.…

Challenge to funding model for UK museums

David Gilbert, chairman of the Contemporary Arts Society finance committee, has set up an initiative that aims to generate up to 30% extra revenue for UK museums and galleries—a welcome move at a time of major funding and sponsorship worries.…

Museum acquisitions

Leeds: Martin Boyce
Leeds Art Gallery in the UK has acquired an Eames-inspired piece by Scottish artist Martin Boyce. Phantom and Fall, a hanging sculpture that references the work of US designers Ray and Charles Eames as…

Brandhorst Museum opens

Munich’s Brandhorst Museum (The Art Newspaper, February 2009, p16), housing the modern and contemporary collection of Udo and Anette Brandhorst, will finally open on 21 May after nearly ten years in the planning.

The 12,100 sq m building…

Government's big push for French art with Force de l'Art 02

The second edition of La Force de l’Art, the Paris-based triennial of contemporary art, has an unmistakably French air. Commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, the project is a strong promotional push from the government for recognition of…

Exhibition attendance figures

Contemporary Top Ten
Paris’s spectacular Grand Palais Nave comes in at number one with its all-too-brief show of works made over the past ten years, including those by Bill Viola, William Kentridge and Robert Wilson. Europe…

Images of Athens riots taken down

The images, by Greek photographers Spiros Christofi and George Kasolas, were due to be on display from 14-30 January. “At the end of the opening night, the director got in touch and said they wanted us to take the images down and cancel the…

Raven Row Opens

British collector Alex Sainsbury is opening a major new non-profit gallery space in east London on 28 February. The gallery, Raven Row, is entirely funded by Mr Sainsbury, the son of Sir Timothy and Lady Sainsbury.

Raven Row has taken over…

Haunch of Venison’s opening show at Burlington Gardens

Contemporary art dealer Haunch of Venison’s inaugural show at 6 Burlington Gardens (part of London’s Royal Academy) will include a major recent installation by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, The Things We See After We Die, which has only been seen in…

Netherlands funds more Nazi loot research

The Netherlands Museums Association announced on 5 January that it is beginning a new round of provenance research on Nazi-looted art, with a budget allocated by the Dutch state of €1.3m until 2013. The association will be working with between…

Book review: When Trash Becomes Art

In my mind it is impossible to separate the concept of trash as art from the well-worn concept of the readymade. Lea Vergine barely touches on this notion in her introduction to When Trash Becomes Art, which was the first thing that seemed odd…

New York's Performa 09

Performa 09 is the third biennial of new visual art performance, held in collaboration with 80 institutions, and featuring more than 150 international artists in about 110 events organised by 40 international curators—all in just three weeks.…

Manchester International Festival

This is the second Manchester International Festival, which got off to an impressive start two years ago with the debut of “Il Tempo del Postino” (the theatrical presentation of 15 artists curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno that…

Kienholz: the Hoerengracht

The Hoerengracht (Whore’s Canal) is a dark, intricate, large-scale installation work by US artists Ed Kienholz (1927-94) and his wife Nancy Reddin Kienholz (b1943). The piece, made between 1983 and 1988, has been shown in venues around the world…

Jenny Holzer

US artist Jenny Holzer’s text works are so prolific she even has a regular Twitter feed, posting in uppercase (as with her other text works). The exhibition of her works at Fondation Beyeler shows pieces from various phases of her career, and she…

Philippe Parreno at the Pompidou

The retrospective at the Pompidou is complemented by a run of shows staging different aspects of the artist’s work, including the Kunsthalle Zurich (until 16 August) and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (4 November-24 January 2010). The Pompidou…

Ed Ruscha: 50 Years of Painting

“Each piece cultivates its own labyrinth that you can enter in to, if you were to spend a little time thinking about it.” So says Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff, but it’s not a sentence you would immediately associate with the often stark…

Carsten Nicolai: Aoyama Space

German artist and musician Carsten Nicolai’s work is concerned with scientific experiments involving sound, light and space. The main presentation is four 2009 works from the “Aoyama Space” series. The name derives from a photographic studio in…

Newspeak: British Art Now

The Hermitage continues its “20/21” contemporary art programme with “Newspeak: British Art Now”, the museum’s second collaboration with London’s Saatchi Gallery after “USA Today” in 2007, which kicked off the 20/21 project. Since then the…

Damien Hirst at the Wallace

Damien Hirst has returned to actually painting his own paintings, and he has decided to show his new series of 25 works created between 2006 and 2008, “No Love Lost”, within the lavish surroundings of London’s Wallace Collection this autumn.…

Moscow Biennale

Moscow’s third biennale of contemporary art is tied, for the first time, to one venue, Dasha Zhukova’s vast Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, under one curator, Frenchman Jean-Hubert Martin. He has chosen “Against Exclusion” as the…

Istanbul Biennial

The profile of the 11th Istanbul Biennial fits in with our chastened times. The curatorial collective responsible for the show, What, How & for Whom? (WHW), is a socially and politically aware quartet that is promoting artists largely outside…

Gustav Metzger

If you’ve spent any time in the London art scene, you’ll no doubt have seen a distinctively small, mysterious man quietly milling through the crowds at many a private view. This man is German-born, 82-year-old Gustav Metzger, and his solo show at…

Edinburgh International Festival: The Enlightenments

The main body of the exhibition is at the Dean Gallery, a former orphanage that forms part of the National Galleries of Scotland. Presented here are four new commissions, by Greg Creek, Lee Mingwei, Gabrielle de Vietri and Nathan Coley, along…

Jeff Koons: Popeye Series

It was clearly time to have a Jeff Koons show. This major US artist has never had a solo museum show in the UK, and the Serpentine has stepped in with an exhibition dedicated to the artist’s “Popeye Series”, begun in 2002. The gallery has built…

Serpentine Pavilion: SANAA

This year’s Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Japanese architecture duo SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa), is the most open structure so far, a delicate undulating form supported by 99 thin columns. “It’s really a room that at the beginning…

Xavier Veilhan

As only the second contemporary artist to show works at the grand Château de Versailles outside Paris following the controversial Jeff Koons exhibition of 2008, French artist Xavier Veilhan has a hard act to follow in terms of impact. Unlike…

Gwangju Design Biennale

The third edition of the Gwangju Design Biennale is titled “The Clue”, looking at the design aspects of “clothing, eating, living, enlightening and enjoying”. Each of these five areas has its own exhibition, exploring local design traditions…

Les Rencontres d’Arles

Les Rencontres d’Arles turns 40 this year, and to celebrate the photography festival is hosting a total of 60 exhibitions, under the rubrics “40 Years of Rencontres” and “40 Years of Ruptures”, directed by François Hébel. The exhibitions look to…

Ugo Rondinone: the Night of Lead

Swiss-born, New York-based artist Ugo Rondinone’s only museum show of 2009 is also his solo debut in Spain. Curated by Augustín Pérez Rubio, Musac’s acting director, “The Night of Lead” occupies 2,500 sq. m of the museum’s spaces dedicated to…

Contemporary Art Norwich

The Contemporary Art Norwich biennial in the east of England presents exhibitions and events featuring established and emerging artists, organised by Norfolk & Norwich Festival. OUTPOST gallery is showing three major solo shows of UK artists…

Katharina Fritsch

Curated by Kunsthaus Zürich’s Bice Curiger, who is also editorial director of Tate Etc and editor-in-chief of Parkett, this retrospective of German artist Katharina Fritsch includes new work presented to the public for the first time. Fritsch, at…

Walking in my Mind

Following on from Hayward director Ralph Rugoff’s “Psycho Buildings” in 2008, “Walking in my Mind” is another sensory extravaganza of large-scale installations, with works by ten contemporary international artists. “Ralph Rugoff and I are both…

Thomas Schutte

Munich’s Haus der Kunst has mounted this exhibition on Düsseldorf-based artist Thomas Schütte on the back of a commission from the Oldenburg state savings bank for a large-scale sculpture outside its head office. The show is focused around a 1:1…

Passions Partagées

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lausanne’s Fondation de l’Hermitage, this blockbuster show is a homage to the foundation’s first exhibition, “Impressionism in the collections of French-speaking Switzerland” in 1984. Since then the foundation…

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