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Art musts of the week: 30 june - 6 July 2014

What You must know: Huang Yong Ping chosen for Monumenta 2016

French culture minister Aurélie Filippetti announced the selection of China-born, Paris-based artist Huang Yong Ping for Monumenta 2016. Ping, who has French citizenship and makes large-scale, elaborately fabricated sculptures and installations. Filippetti praised Ping “because his art, with its dreamlike qualities, is capable of striking viewers’ imaginations,” and deems him capable of handling “a project that must remain artistic and popular.” She added that he “has worked a great deal in public space, which will help him in confronting this magnificent space.”

The choice reflects a desire to curry favor with both critics and the general public, who have been unimpressed with the two most recent editions of Monumenta—the Kabakovs in 2014 and Daniel Buren in 2012—a biennial commission awarded to a contemporary artist to fill Paris’s Grand Palais. With just 145,000 visitors, the Kabakovs’ exhibition notched about half the attendance as Anish Kapoor’s wildly popular 2011 installation.

What you must see:  T Museum opens in Hangzhou

The city of Hangzou in China welcomed its first private museum, the Tianrenhe Museum (the T Museum), earlier this month. Eponymously named after its investment founder — who also owns the T Art Centre in Bejing —, the museum is located next to the White Tower Temple and spans 2,000m2.

With a focus on Chinese contemporary art, the museum is to host a residence for 10 young Chinese curators to understand the museum’s artistic values and set up exhibitions. Its inaugural show, entitled “Fusion/Convergence”, is to feature 61 Chinese artists, 15 of which are from Hangzou itself.

What you must have: Bio chair "Gemini Alpha" by Neri Oxman

Architect, designer and MIT professor Neri Oxman realized this long chair featuring 44 different composite materials 3D-printed inside a wooden enclosure, creating a multi-coloured recliner.

"Gemini Alpha" features a series of synthetic rubber-like nodules in various shades of magenta, yellow and orange in a swooping wooden frame.

"Gemini is about the complex and contradictory relationship between twins," explained Oxman.

"This is mirrored in the geometrical forms of the two-part chaise and the dualities that drive their formation, such as the combination of natural and synthetic materials."

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