Prominent member of Gutai Art Association and performance artist Sadaharu Horio died on 3 November.
American artist Trevor Paglen won the 2018 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize for which he will receive ₩50,000,000 (about $45,000) and be given space for an exhibition at the South Korea–based institution later next year. The prize was launched in 2009 to support and celebrate artists whose practices engage with art, technology, communication, and performance.
The National Museum of Qatar, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, has announced that it will open on 28 March 2019. Nouvel, who also designed the Louvre Abu Dhabi, has said he ‘drew inspiration from the crystalline forms that emerge in the desert as the basis for his design with curved discs, intersections and cantilevered angles’. The museum, which is located on Qatar's restored historic palace can be navigated via three chronological ‘chapters’: Beginnings (which traces the geological period prior to humans inhabiting the area), Life in Qatar and Building the Nation, which are presented in 11 galleries. In the museum complex, there will also be commissioned artworks including Jean-Michel Othoniel’s installation of 114 fountains with streams inspired by Arabic calligraphy and Simone Fattal's sculpture, Gates of the Sea, which evokes the petroglyphs found at the site of Al Jassasiya in Qatar.
In LA, Regen Projects gallery has announced that it will now be representing biennial regular Kader Attia, where he will present a solo show in early 2020. Attia’s work focuses on ‘colonialism and its influence on various cultural identities, post-colonial societies’ collective traumas, and methods of healing’, and which will be on display at a solo show in February 2019 at the Hayward Gallery, London.
On Thursday, Manifesta, the 'nomadic biennial', has closed its twelfth edition, which this year was held in Palermo, having attracted 206,456 visitors in 145 days. Titled The Planetary Garden, Cultivating Coexistence the exhibition featured the work of 50 artists shown across 20 venues in the Sicilian city. You can read Ben Eastham's review here. Manifesta 13 will take place from 7 June to 1 November 2020 in Marseille. While in Hong Kong the Tai Kwun arts centre pulled a scheduled appearance by the exiled Chinese writer Ma Jian. The dissident author, who now lives in London and whose books are banned on the mainland, was due at the Hong Kong international literary festival this week.
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