Lisa Movius

Podcast

Coronavirus: dispatches from Italy and China

We speak to our journalists Anna Somers Cocks and Lisa Movius about their experiences of lockdown. Plus, we begin a new feature—Lonely Works—where we look at individual works of art that are now hanging unseen in galleries. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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coronavirus

China, South Korea and Japan start to reopen museums after strict coronavirus lockdown

Shanghai's Power Station of Art and Shanghai Museum welcomed visitors today after China's tough measures helped curb the spread of the disease

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coronavirus

Coronavirus impact on China’s art world now eclipses Sars

The region’s art scene has experienced relentless growth since the 2002-03 epidemic. Will it be able to recover from the latest health crisis as quickly as it did almost two decades ago?

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Art market

Coronavirus: Beijing's Jingart is the latest Asian art fair to cancel

A look at how the market is responding to the epidemic

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Art Basel Hong Kong

'With changes come opportunities': first reactions to the cancellation of Art Basel in Hong Kong

Local galleries are determined to forge ahead after the fair announced it will not take place this year in light of coronavirus fears

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coronavirus

Coronavirus: Australia stops two Chinese artists from entering country as more of China's art organisations halt programming

Beijing's Gallery Weekend and UCCA Centre for Contemporary Art have been forced to cancel or delay their events

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Museums

Tadao Ando-designed He Art Museum postponed because of coronavirus

The X Museum in Beijing has also delayed its opening show

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Hong Kong

'The arts will continue to thrive': Hong Kong galleries band together in face of coronavirus fears

Local dealers plan to forge ahead with exhibitions even if Art Basel decides to cancel this year's edition of the fair in the city

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Hong Kong

Coronavirus crisis: Hong Kong follows China in shutting museums

Special administrative region has also limited travel to the mainland to lower transmission risk

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Art market

Singapore's SEA Focus fair navigates censorship and Taipei Dangdai date clash

Strong second edition of event, dedicated to Southeast Asian art, narrowly avoided coronavirus panic

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Politics

Taiwan's re-election of president Tsai Ing-wen is good news for its art world

Politician has been working on professionalising the island nation's cultural sphere

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Art fairs

Singapore and Taipei art scenes vie for Hong Kong trade

Fairs hope political upheaval and ongoing protests will not deter pan-Asian collector base

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Exhibitions

Taiwan to host censored Aichi Triennale show

Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art is planning to restage the exhibition, which was partly closed due to violent threats over the inclusion of a 'comfort woman' statue

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Exhibitions

#MeToo show manages to evade authorities in Shanghai

Previous iterations of the show were closed early by authorities

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China

Yuz Museum and Lacma confident they can show Middle Eastern art in China—despite crackdown on Islam

Joint exhibition programme under way between Shanghai and Los Angeles will soon involve Qatar Museums

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China

Why museum partnerships between China and the West are booming

Cultural institutions have embraced mutual benefits of collaboration, despite challenges of communication and censorship

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Politics

Three artists among pro-democracy candidates who scored landslide win in Hong Kong elections

Susi Law Wai-shan, Clara Cheung and Wong Tin Yan ran in the elections which had an unprecedented 71.2% turnout

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China

Guangzhou museum given three days’ notice to evacuate before demolition

Privately funded Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art says its forced closure follows “a long period of disputation” with the local authorities

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Censorship

Beijing officials deny permit for show of Chinese-American artist amid political tensions

Exhibition of Hung Liu at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art has been censored by the government at the last minute

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Museums

'We are the opposite of Starbucks': Pompidou chief on the challenges of setting up a Shanghai satellite

The French museum's president on censorship threats and settling the costs of the new project

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Art market

Slowdown, what slowdown? Shanghai launches biggest art week yet

Inaugural government-backed Shanghai International Artwork Trading Month aims to boost city's art market as economy takes a turn

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Openings

UCCA Center for Contemporary Art to open space in Shanghai

New outpost of the Beijing-based institution is due to open in 2021

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Art market

Travel restrictions reduce Mainland Chinese visitors to Art Taipei, but Japanese, Indonesian and Malaysian collectors step in

Sales were stable at Asia's oldest contemporary art fair despite political tensions and the spectre of the US-China trade war

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Art market

'This is not the end, this is not doomsday': Hong Kong fairs survive escalated violence in city

Law banning face masks sparks more protests and brings Metro and buses to a halt, but Fine Art Asia chief says impact on fair is minimal

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Censorship

Feminist exhibition in China suddenly axed following alleged governmental pressure

Show in Shanghai cancelled after being deemed "too sensitive" to run during 70th anniversary of country's founding

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Law

Art history professor Gary Xu Gang accused of sexual assault and rape by two former students

Plaintiffs' lawyer says sexual harassment of university students remains an 'epidemic' despite the progress of the #MeToo movement

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Art market

East Asian unrest plays in Art Jakarta's favour

Fair is benefitting from Indonesia's burgeoning economy as well as cancelled Singapore fairs

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong's cultural workers defy government pressure to hit streets in protest

Several thousand civil servants, including many from state-backed arts institutions, come out in support of ongoing pro-democracy protests

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Copyright

Taipei gallery accuses Mac Cosmetics China of plagiarising artist's work for lipstick campaign

Project Fulfill Art Space says Chinese branch of the cosmetics company did not have permission to use Chen Sung-Chih installation

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Museums

Beijing's art scene gets much-needed boost as M Woods opens second space

Private museum is due to open a new venue in capital's historic Longfusi area

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China

Two Beijing art districts abruptly evicted to make way for demolition

Police in riot gear escort hundreds of artists working in area studios from the premises

Podcast

Ibrahim Mahama's ghosts of Ghana. Plus, China's epic Picasso show

We speak to the Ghanaian artist as he unveils a major new commission at the Whitworth as part of the Manchester International Festival. Plus, we find out about the Picasso blockbuster at UCCA in Beijing. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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LGBTQ

Shanghai shows of queer art hampered by venue issues and government censorship

LGBTQ exhibitions and works that are explicitly out and proud are magnets for official ire in mainland China

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s art world unites as demonstrations gather momentum

The gallery community has encouraged strike action, with many closing to enable staff to join protests

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Art market

Art Busan hopes to dodge US-China trade war crossfire

Free of the high taxes and stringent customs of mainland China, the fair adds to a burgeoning art scene in South Korea's second largest city

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Exhibitions

Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, gets first show in Asia since release from house arrest

Exhibition at Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art reveals grief of families of political prisoners

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Art market

Expanded Art Chengdu bucks slowing Chinese economy

Second edition of fair moves from tent to bricks-and-mortar in western China's 'skyrocketing' city

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Protest art

Stars Art Group, China's artistic freedom fighters, celebrate 40th anniversary

History repeats for avant-garde Beijing artists reflecting on groundbreaking exhibition and protests in 1979

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019

Brisk sales at satellite fair Art Central Hong Kong despite economic downturn

Upbeat mood at harbourfront fair despite a "recent slow market in the region," founder says

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Painting

Liu Xiaodong: an interview with China’s great documentary painter

The artist on portraying ordinary people and travelling the world with a “local spirit”

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Commercial galleries

Five minutes with… Brett Gorvy on the Asian art market

Lévy Gorvy launches its Hong Kong space with a group show exploring how nature and tradition have provided comfort in turbulent times

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Censorship

Self-censorship on the rise as Hong Kong grows closer to China

Artists voice concern for Hong Kong’s artistic landscape amid so-called “mainlandification” of the SAR

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019

US-China tension creates buyer’s market in Hong Kong

Despite a burgeoning arts scene in the city, worries persist that the trade war and economic uncertainty could affect business at Art Basel in Hong Kong

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Openings

Collector Qiao Zhibing's delayed Tank Shanghai museum opens on West Bund waterfront

The reborn oil tanks host shows by teamLab, Adrián Villar Rojas and assorted Chinese artists

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Liu Ye

Liu Ye announced as David Zwirner's first Chinese artist following gallery's Hong Kong expansion

Zwirner plans to hold a solo exhibition of Liu's work in New York next year

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China

Is Budi Tek's Yuz Museum branching out?

The Indonesian-Chinese collector, who is behind the Shanghai institution, recently partnered with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Biennials & festivals

Singapore Biennale to look on the bright side of life

Exhibition in November "puts its faith squarely in the potential of art to rework the world”

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Art market

Taipei Dangdai attracts cautious but ‘committed’ local collectors in its first edition

Dealers report a high rate of works on reserve amid some strong sales at the launch of Taiwan’s new contemporary art fair

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Art fairs

Inaugural Taiwan and Singapore fairs shrug off the gloom

Economic doldrums and stiff competition do not deter Taipei Dangdai and SEA Focus, but Art Stage Singapore is cancelled at the eleventh hour

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Art fairs

Art Stage Singapore cancelled

Fair director Lorenzo Rudolf says the "given circumstances" leave no other choice

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Biennials & festivals

Environmental issues grow on the Taipei Biennale

Co-curators Mali Wu and Francesco Manacorda have invited Taiwanese indigenous land right protesters to occupy parts of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum

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LGBTQ

Largest exhibition of LGBTQ art in Asia to open in November

The collaboration between Sunpride Foundation and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre explores issues of inclusion in ‘Asia’s Gay Capital’

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China

'Hundreds' of cultural figures caught up in China’s Uyghur persecution

Most of the north-west Chinese region's Uyghur writers, artists and scholars have already been imprisoned

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Art market

Censorship could stifle China's art market

Under president Xi Jinping's increasingly stringent regime, galleries must negotiate a slow and capricious approval process to show works of art

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China

Pompidou pops up in Chengdu but 'is not considering a permanent presence'

French museum takes Cosmopolis biennial platform to southwestern China less than a year before Shanghai outpost opens

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Art market

Is Hong Kong 'the problem solver for the global art industry'? Fine Art Asia's director thinks so

Andy Hei says tax advantages and broad Asian clientele help keep city's edge of Mainland China—but he is not deterred from holding Beijing fair this month

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Gwangju Biennale

Gwangju Biennale's 11 curators delve into South Korea's hidden traumas

The theme of Imagined Borders addresses the fraught relationship with the North as well as global tensions surrounding migration and identity

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China

Chinese curator and critic Li Bowen resigns editor post following anonymous allegations

Highlighting a “gray area between morality and law”, a WeChat user has accused Li of a pattern of emotional abuse and deceptive behaviour

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Art market

Fair’s fair? The murky world of stand costs

Research by The Art Newspaper uncovers wide disparity in both fee structures and transparency

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Cao Fei gets double exposure with two exhibitions on home territory

Show at Hong Kong's Tai Kwun is artist's first major retrospective in greater China

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Beijing's Ullens Center for Contemporary Art to open 'Guggenheimian' second museum

New space, with portions burrowed under the sand, will be located by the Bohai Sea shoreline

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Activism

Philippines Supreme Court upholds conviction of artist-activist Carlos Celdran for 'offending religious feelings'

Case against Filipino artist who protested in support of reproductive rights in Manila Cathedral, continues as solicitor general asks court to reconsider

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Construction of Hong Kong's M+ Museum will not be delayed after main contractor fired

West Kowloon Cultural District terminated Hsin Chong's contract on the grounds of insolvency

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Chengdu MoCA quashes rumours of demise but its problems are endemic in China’s art museums

Institution’s difficulties echo experiences of other new Chinese cultural spaces linked to property developments

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Ai Weiwei

Chinese authorities demolish Ai Weiwei's studio in Beijing

The space is latest artistic casualty in the city's gentrification campaign

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Art market

Beijing’s Caochangdi galleries given two weeks’ notice to relocate ahead of demolition

Among those affected are the Hong Kong-based de Sarthe Gallery, which opened in Beijing in 2014, and X Gallery

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Three Chinese cities in the running to host Musée Rodin outpost

Paris museum will lend the new space more than 100 of the artist’s works

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Art Basel 2018

ShanghArt and Waldburger Wouters to open project space during Art Basel

This will be the first time a major Chinese gallery has opened a space in Europe

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Art market

Zao Wou-Ki dominates Hong Kong auctions

Chinese-French Modern master continues to lead Chinese Modern art market

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Openings

Hong Kong museums scene finally on the rise, as Central Police Station opens

Long-awaited Tai Kwun complex will give local artists a world-class exhibition space

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China

Massive arts district to launch in 2019 in valley near Beijing

“Eco-city” announced at Venice Architecture Biennale will include a museum, artists’ studios and an art park

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Art market

Art Stage Jakarta 2018 cancelled amid unrest in Indonesia

Organisers cite the Asian Games and country's presidential election next April as reasons for the decision, but say fair will return in 2019

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Politics

Women beaten at Beijing’s 798 Art District for wearing rainbow badges

The attack on the two young women by 798 security staff has been condemned by LGBT groups, online activists and China’s art world

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Leading Chinese art academy opens international design museum

Alvaro Siza-designed space in Hangzhou celebrates Germany’s influential Bauhaus school

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Art fairs

Brisk sales at inaugural edition of Art Chengdu in Sichuan

Local institutions and high-income individuals among fair's busier collectors