The Berlin Art Week 7th edition （26 - 30 September） is coming up！ Visitors will have the opportunity to see internationally recognized artists and large-scale exhibitions， with a main focus on the art fairs art berlin and Positions Berlin Art Fair at the former Tempelhof Airport. This year’s Berlin Art Week will also introduce a special focus on photography with the EMOP Opening Days of EMOP Berlin - European Month of Photography 2018.
Positions Berlin Art Fair 2017
Photograph/拍摄： Oana Popa
Lucian Freud’s， Portrait on a White Cover （2002）， sold for ＄29.8M at a Sotheby’s contemporary art sale in London. The nude painting depicts Sophie Lawrence， a Tate employee Freud met on the occasion of a retrospective of his work at the Tate in 2002. Little else is known about the model aside from the story of her experience she shared ahead of the sale， “I wouldn’t have done it for anyone else， but he is one of the best artists who has ever lived. It was incredibly intimidating， but he made me feel at ease. He was very good at building a rapport with people. I was very fond of him.” Although this sale is among the top four auctions of Lucian Freud’s work， it was still below the staggering price of ＄56.2M for Benefits Supervisor Resting （1994） at Christie’s in New York in 2015.
Lucian Freud， Portrait on a White Cover， auctioned at Sotheby’s
The French Marseille MUCEM is presenting a unique exhibition of China’s most controversial artist， Ai Weiwei， Fan-Tan， from 20 June 2018 to 12 November 2018. Ai Wei Wei’s father， the famous poet Ai Qing， discovered the West for the first time in 1929. He arrived by ship at Marseille’s harbor， La Joliette， precisely where the MUCEM is located today. As a tribute to his father， Ai Wei Wei discusses the East West relations since the 19th century through his recurrent themes of original and copy; art and craft; destruction and conservation.
The Paris Museum of Modern Art is presenting from 1 June 2018 to 6 January 2019， the first Zao Wou Ki major solo exhibition in 15 years， and since his death in 2013. The exhibition， Space is Silence， is a retrospective of the Chinese-French painter’s aesthetic journey， from the encounter with American abstract art to the symbiosis of Chinese and Western art.
After years of legal battle， the Kunstmuseum Bern has finally reached an agreement with the Cézanne family over the famous painting， La Montagne Sainte-Victoire. The painting is one of the hundred artworks bequeathed by Cornelius Gurlitt to the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland. The Munich police discovered the impressive collection in 2012 at the octogenarian’s flat. It is believed that Mr. Gurlitt had inherited the 1500 artworks from his father， Hilderbrand Gurlitt， an art dealer who purchased art in occupied France for Adolf Hitler’s Führermuseum project in Linz， Austria. Following the settlement， the Kunstmuseum Bern agreed to loan the painting three months a year to the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence， where Cézanne painted the mountain Sainte-Victoire.
La Montagne Sainte-Victoire， 1897， by Paul Cézanne
The international efforts to put an end to elephant poaching as well as ban ivory trade has left many public institutions and private collectors feeling conflicted. Indeed， what to do with the ivory antique collections that have been in museums and collections for decades? In June， the British Museum accepted a donation of 556 rare Chinese ivories from the Sir Victor Sassoon Chinese Ivories Trust. After the U.S.A and China， the British government also promised last April to introduce tough measures against ivory trade. However， there will be certain exceptions and conditions for the rarest artworks which must be at least 100 years old. The British Museum defended its decision to accept the collection by ensuring that it doesn’t in any circumstance， encourage the acquisition of new ivory made objects. However， in the framework of historic preservation， the collection’s Buddhist， Taoist， and Confucian devotional figurines; brush pots; fans; and vases， made between the 16th and early 20th centuries， needed to have a safe home.
Carved ivory ruyi sceptre with a design of sacred fungus， flowers， bamboo， pine branches
© the Trustees of the British Museum
Ahead of an exhibition at the London Lazinc gallery， three Bansky paintings were sold between £500，000 and £1.5m at a VIP sale. According to the Lazinc gallery owner， Steve Lazarides， paintings such as Show Me the Monet （2005） and Media at War （2006） could go as high as £5m. Bansky has gone from street art to becoming one of the most sought after contemporary artists at auctions.
reproduce the thousand years old precious stone statue， the guardian of the ancient city of Nineveh， destroyed by ISIS. The artwork is part of the project， The invisible enemy should not exist， to reproduce the 7000 artifacts looted from the Bagdad National Museum since the 2003 war outbreak following with the U.S led coalition. As Jewish Arabs， Mr. Rakowitz’s family fled Iraq in the late 50's and emigrated to the U.S.A. Perhaps， it is the irony behind the safe-haven turned invader in the war with Iraq that led Michael Rakowitz to undertake this monumental project. He is known as one of the most significant contemporary political artists of our times.