Centre Pompidou/West Bund Art Museum, Shanghai
A new collaborative relationship has struck up between Paris’s Centre Pompidou and Shanghai’s upcoming West Bund Art Museum. As of 2019, a wing of the Chinese museum will feature the Centre Pompidou’s latest outpost (it also has branches in Metz, Malaga and Brussels). Established as a renewable five-year deal, there has been discussion of around 20 exhibitions to solidify “the most important long-term cultural exchange project between France and China,” a museum spokespeople indicated. Located in Shanghai’s “Cultural Corridor” in the Xuhui district, it is being built alongside the Long Museum, Yuz Museum, Shanghai Center of Photography, Tank Shanghai Art Park and Start Museum.
Untitled Art Fair, Miami Beach/San Francisco
The US-based contemporary art fair has announced its first ever director despite being established in 2012. Manuela Mozo will oversee its curatorial direction and allow founder Jeff Lawson to focus more on operations and management. “As an established fair, Untitled has remained true to our vision of placing artists and curatorial excellence firmly at the core of everything we do,” Lawson said in a statement. “With extensive experience in the commercial gallery sector, and as a long-time fair exhibitor, Manuela is strongly positioned to produce fairs that emphasise our shared commitment to artistic integrity, as well as deliver an excellent fair experience for both exhibitors and visitors.”
TEFAF, Maastricht/New York
The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has appointed Nanne Dekking as the new chairman, who will follow Willem van Roijen as he moves onto the organisation’s board of trustees. “In a new chairman of TEFAF, the board of trustees and the EC looked for a supporter of change who has broad experience in both the institutional and private sectors of the art market,” van Roijen said. “Nanne Dekking has these qualities in abundance. In addition, Nanne has lived and worked in New York since 1996 so his knowledge of the US market, a key market for TEFAF and our dealer community, will be invaluable for driving the TEFAF organisation forward.”
Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Gwangju
Kim Sun-jung is the newest president of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation for a three-year term. Currently the director of the Art Sonje Center, Seoul, she previously co-directed the 2012 edition themed Roundtable, served as artistic director of Mediacity Seoul in 2010, and commissioned the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2005.
The gallery has closed its doors following seven years. With a final show by Selma Gürbüz, the gallery was known to represent a solid roster of artists including Nevin Aladağ, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, CANAN and Michael Rakowitz, among others. “The aim of Rampa was always to put up rigorous and thoughtful exhibitions, to build artists’ careers internationally, and to do so with passion and steadfast belief in the work,” reportedly said Esra Sarıgedik Öktem, Rampa senior director, in an e-mail.
Newspace Center for Photography, Portland
The Oregon non-profit photography space, featuring exhibitions, classes, workshops and talks, shut on 7 July after 15 years following financial struggles and several attempts to revive their business plan. On 10 July, in a community meeting set to explain the decision, attendees commented on social media that there were still many questions pending as to the surprising turn of events. “We’re unable to fulfill our mission. Our expenses were outpacing our revenue,” said board member Bob Hestand. Treasurer Steve G Stegeman indicated that they ran out of money and that their debt to creditors and grant-giving organisations amounts to an estimated $115,000.
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