Carsten Nicolai: Aoyama Space

German artist and musician Carsten Nicolai’s work is concerned with scientific experiments involving sound, light and space. The main presentation is four 2009 works from the “Aoyama Space” series. The name derives from a photographic studio in Tokyo’s Aoyama district, in which there is a concave room designed to create a seemingly endless space. Read more…

Newspeak: British Art Now

The Hermitage continues its “20/21” contemporary art programme with “Newspeak: British Art Now”, the museum’s second collaboration with London’s Saatchi Gallery after “USA Today” in 2007, which kicked off the 20/21 project. Since then the Hermitage has shown paintings by US artist Chuck Close, textiles by Russian artist Timur Novikov, photography by Russian artist Boris Smelov, and gothic sculpture by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye. Read more…

Challenge to funding model for UK museums

David Gilbert, chairman of the Contemporary Arts Society finance committee, has set up an initiative that aims to generate up to 30% extra revenue for UK museums and galleries—a welcome move at a time of major funding and sponsorship worries. Read more…

Museum acquisitions

Leeds: Martin Boyce Read more…

Damien Hirst at the Wallace

Damien Hirst has returned to actually painting his own paintings, and he has decided to show his new series of 25 works created between 2006 and 2008, “No Love Lost”, within the lavish surroundings of London’s Wallace Collection this autumn. Read more…

Icon hang: Amir Zaki

Relics offers an alien vision of curious structures, at first entirely unplaceable. All identifying features and backgrounds have been removed, allowing for a pleasing experience of the uncanny – these objects are familiar yet ultimately foreign. Read more…

Brandhorst Museum opens

Munich’s Brandhorst Museum (The Art Newspaper, February 2009, p16), housing the modern and contemporary collection of Udo and Anette Brandhorst, will finally open on 21 May after nearly ten years in the planning. Read more…

Moscow Biennale

Moscow’s third biennale of contemporary art is tied, for the first time, to one venue, Dasha Zhukova’s vast Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, under one curator, Frenchman Jean-Hubert Martin. He has chosen “Against Exclusion” as the overarching theme of the core exhibition, a title he sees as encompassing a number of aspects. “One of the references in the background of this title is certainly the issue of civil rights in Russia, the way individual freedom is treated,” Martin told The Art Newspaper. “Of course that is not a point that is addressed by most of the artists in the exhibition, but it is behind the exhibition as a whole.” Read more…

Government's big push for French art with Force de l'Art 02

The second edition of La Force de l’Art, the Paris-based triennial of contemporary art, has an unmistakably French air. Commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, the project is a strong promotional push from the government for recognition of French art. But when questioned on what the exhibition has to say about France or the country’s art scene, the curators are reticent. Read more…

Office icon: the shirker

There are a myriad strategies of work avoidance, and we’ve all employed them in some way or another, probably even at some point today, possibly even right now – perhaps you’re reading this to avoid something more pressing, something more taxing. Possibly even your tax return. Read more…