Beirut Arab Art Museum, Beirut
A new private museum dedicated to Arab art in an unspecified location is due to open in Beirut as an initiative of the Beirut-based Ramzi and Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation. The 10,000-15,000 square-metre building will join two other under construction institutions, the Beirut City Museum and the Beirut Museum of Art. Dismissing concerns of over-saturation, “There is enough demand to accommodate them all,” said Basel Dalloul, managing director of the Dalloul Foundation to The Art Newspaper. “Lebanon is a cultural centre in the region and it has always been considered that way historically. Downtown is the traditional hub of Beirut and it’s accessible [to] everyone.” The new museum will house 4,000 works from the expansive Dalloul collection – the rest of which will be accessible on an online database as of December this year – host free temporary exhibitions and educational programming, as well as offer a space for conservation and research.
Art Dubai/Art Jameel, Dubai
Art Dubai has announced a curatorial partnership with Art Jameel for the upcoming edition of Campus Art Dubai (CAD), an educational platform for cultural producers. The collaboration will see Art Jameel’s Project Space converted into a six-week experimental summer studio (30 July-6 September) for current CAD members and alumni to practice, create, research and exchange ideas. Building upon its goal to provide lectures, seminars, workshops, talks and courses by a variety of tutors tackling contemporary practice in the art world, there will be an open studio day on 25 August to showcase newly produced works from the summer session. For accepted applicants, the programming will include artist Lantian Xie leading a Reading Club focused on nostalgia and memory as architectures of violence; dinners throughout the city discussing formality versus familiarity, a Drawing-From-Film workshop for teenagers led by Nadine Ghandour, as well as special access to the Art Jameel research facilities and library, come the 2018 Jameel Art Centre opening.
Hiroshima Art Prize, Hiroshima
Mona Hatoum has been granted the 10th Hiroshima Art Prize, accompanied by an exhibition running 29 July to 15 October. Backed by the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and stemming from the city’s history as the site of the first atomic bombing, the triennial prize awards contemporary art that captures a spirit of peace, with past winners including Issey Miyake, Robert Rauschenberg and Yoko Ono. Hatoum, a Palestinian artist known for performance, video, installation and sculptures dealing with displacement, political oppression, exile and gender, stated: “I accept the prize with the deepest gratitude. I am greatly honoured and humbled to be associated with the ideals of world peace for all humanity that the ‘Spirit of Hiroshima’ stands for. Hiroshima’s experience brings to mind a very sad and low point in human history. However, the resilience and rebuilding of the city after its total annihilation, embodies the spirit of hope that inspires us all.” The exhibition marks her first comprehensive exhibition in Japan and will feature old works and new commissions inspired by her visit to the city.
Condo Fair, London/Mexico City/New York/Shanghai
Originating in London as an alternative answer to the rising costs and pressures of the art fair circuit, Condo Fair will be launching new outposts in Mexico City and Shanghai as of 2018. The model allows galleries to host each other, and following the success of this summer’s New York appearance, founder Vanessa Carlos stated, “It had the same communal atmosphere as the London edition, which was important to me, and it definitely achieved the aim I have for Condo of demonstrating an alternate way of exhibiting abroad, of focusing on collaboration and of proposing a good way for audience members to encounter international artists and galleries.”
LACMA, Los Angeles
In addition to being in the midst of establishing a $650 million renovation for its main building, the Los Angeles museum intends to build an ambitious satellite venue 40 minutes away in South LA to create "a de-centred museum in a de-centred metropolis,” stated LACMA director Michael Govan in a podcast. “Because LA is a spread-out city, it’s just not true that people travel to every neighbourhood, and that everyone can get to LACMA.” Following approval last month to renovate an old bus storage yard under a 35-year lease in Wetlands Park, the addition will see the museum continue to reach new audiences. It has made broadening its public a priority in recent years, staging pop up exhibitions in unexpected locations such as a MacArthur Park middle school, or in the Vincent Price Art Museum in East LA. LACMA also announced intentions to launch a series of public programmes such as social justice themed school tours in order to fully represent “a different way of sharing and thinking,” stated Govan.
Yorkshire Sculpture International, Yorkshire
A new sculpture triennial is in the works for July to September 2018 after funding from the Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme was secured by the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle – a group consisting of The Leeds Art Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Henry Moore Institute and the Hepworth Wakefield. “Since the early 20th century, Yorkshire has been associated with the development of sculpture,” Henry Moore Foundation director Godfrey Worsdale said in a statement. “Over recent years, Leeds Art Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Henry Moore Institute and the Hepworth Wakefield have brought collective energy and expertise to the subject through exhibitions, commissions, collections, archiving, and academic research.”