Missed our key stories this week in Australia? BLOUIN ARTINFO brings you a quick recap:
The Art Gallery of South Australia unveiled its newly revitalised Melrose Wing of European Art on the 19th of January after a twelve month, $250,000 renovation. In a controversial move, the Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Nick Mitzevich, made the decision to avoid the traditional chronological system of display.
In 1992 Chinese conceptual artist Song Dong married a fellow artist, Yin Xiuzhen. As a wedding gift his mother gave him several cakes of soap that he had used as a child to wash the family’s clothes. A cake of soap just like the one his mother gave him is just one of the 10,000 items that form Song’s most famous work of art, “Waste Not.”
The first edition of the rebranded Art Basel Hong Kong (formerly Art HK) promises to be a landmark event with 245 galleries from 35 countries and territories exhibiting the work of more than 3,000 artists. A strong Australian presence at the 2012 fair will be repeated in 2013 with the participation of nine Australian galleries exhibiting the work of some of Australia's top contemporary artists.
Chinese sculptor Chen Wenling has presented an edition of his sculpture “Childhood - Morning” from his famous “The Red Memory” series to the State of Western Australia as a replacement for the version that was stolen and damaged beyond repair during the 2012 “Sculpture by the Sea” exhibition at Cottesloe Beach in Perth.
Since October 2012, Oz Fest India, Australia’s biggest ever cultural festival ever staged in India, has staged a range of exciting and engaging events right across India all in the name of building enduring relationships between the two countries. Over a period of four months some of Australia’s best artists, actors, musicians, chefs, sports stars, and authors have taken part in dozens of events spread across 18 cities ranging from art exhibitions to music performances to film screenings.