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World Art

A summary of what is happening around the world of art - just click on our selected links to get a quick overview of some international art trends.

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Protest against Forgetting

Visit Log on to join the conversation and share stories about the curator Walter Hopps (1933–2005) and the other renowned curators in Hans Ulrich Obrist's most recent book “A Brief History of Curating”.

Robert Capa @ Ludwig Museum, 3 July - 11 October 2009

"If your photographs aren't good enough, you're not close enough." Capa was the great war photographer who had the ability to show aspects of war and fighting on the front lines in a form that had hitherto been impossible. On display will be 200 images leading viewers through the key stages of his carrier as war correspondent through highlighted themes of his oeuvre.

Golden Lion Best Artist Award - Tobias Rehberger

Tobias Rehberger was awarded the Golden Lion as best artist at the 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia for, as the jury notes, "taking us beyond the white cube, where past modes of exhibition are reinvented and the work of art turns into a cafeteria. In this shift social communication becomes aesthetic practice".

Iran Inside Out at The Chelsea Art Museum

On view are works by 35 artists living in Iran alongside 20 others in the Diaspora. The exhibition offers an insight into the artistic energy of a culture that is often swinging between openness and dialogue, or seclusion and separatism.


A retrospective of the artist’s works arranged chronologically, but in the opposite direction. The exhibition comprises twenty autobiographical projects which mixes personal life and artistic fiction.

Dan Graham: Beyond

Dan Graham’s first retrospective in the United States. The artist has always pointed out that beyond the art object, the medium and the gallery, his works move into the realm of the social, the democratic, and the architectural. On view at the Whitney from June 24 through October 11, 2009, the exhibition examines each stage of the artist’s career through conceptual art, site-specific sculpture, performance, video and film installation, and musical collaboration.

Claes Oldenburg: Sculpture, Drawings, and Happenings Films

An intimate glimpse into Oldenburg’s life and career, as well as his later collaborations with his wife. A recently rediscovered group of films documenting Oldenburg’s happenings has been restored and shown together for the first time.

2009 Guangzhou Photo Biennial - Sightings: Searching for the Truth


Venice Biennale opens on 7 June 2009

Entitled “Making Worlds”, the 53rd International Art Exhibition will open to the public from June 7th to November 22nd 2009 in the Giardini, the Arsenale and various other locations around Venice. The Director of the 53rd Exhibition, Daniel Birnbaum, has been Rector of the Staedelschule Frankfurt/Main and its Kunsthalle Portikus since 2001. “Taking 'worldmaking' as a starting point, it allows the exhibition to highlight the fundamental importance of certain key artists for the creativity of successive generations, just as much as exploring new spaces for art to unfold outside the institutional context and beyond the expectations of the art market” Birnbaum said.

Tate Papers Issue 11 is out now

Appearing twice a year, Tate Papers publishes scholarly articles with the aim to reflect new research into the many aspects of the museums’ collection and interests. The latest issue has a special focus on gallery education including the article entitled “The Artist as Educator: Examining Relationships between Art Practice and Pedagogy in the Gallery Context” by Emily Pringle. It explores artists’ constructions of art practice and their perceptions of how they engage with learners.

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