It is a striking object. The lyre, dating back to the 19th century, may not be the obvious draw for a prospective visitor to a gallery of the Islamic world, but in its wonderful complexity it illustrates the diversity of the works, places and ideas on display at the British Museum’s new Albukhary Foundation Gallery.
Iran will be represented at an Art Basel fair for the first time next year. Among the 249 galleries participating in the sixth annual Art Basel in Hong Kong is the Tehran-based Dastan's Basement. The gallery is one of 28 newcomers to the fair, which released its full exhibitor list. The event will run from March 29 to 31 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
The Scottish National Gallery will again welcome in the New Year with the opening of 'Turner in January: The Vaughan Bequest' — the long-standing annual tradition which sees an outstanding collection of works by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) displayed for the duration of the month.
The State Tretyakov Gallery in Russia is presenting a large-scale monographic exhibition of Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900) — one of the best-known and most popular painters in Russia. His art includes the themes that touched many generations of artists: The attempts to depict infinite, limitless spaces, the desire to capture the ever-changing nature in a given moment of time.
Restoration work was completed on one of Glasgow's most famous buildings — during which serious errors in the original construction were repaired. Renovations on the clock tower of the Gallery of Modern Art in Royal Exchange Square began in May last year.
The Belgian artist Wim Delvoye is in the process of restoring five mansions in Kashan — a city in the Iranian desert — in order to open a 2,953-square-foot gallery in one of them. Here, he plans to show his artwork alongside exhibitions of work by international, especially Iranian, artists.
It is best known for propelling previously niche artists such as Tracey Emin and Paula Rego into the mainstream. And now, as it prepares to mark its 30th anniversary, the Saatchi Gallery in London is set to get the art world talking again, with its first all-female exhibition.