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Zeng Fanzhi, London, CCTV: 25 October – 1 November 2009

November 1, 2009

Snow fell in Beijing today…

*Zhang Xiaogang has been replaced as #1: based on sales from July 2008 through June 2009, Zeng Fanzhi is now the highest-selling contemporary Chinese artist.

*The director of the Princeton University Art Museum argues for the critical role the university museum plays in the university.

*The first European preview of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale took place in London.

*Asian Art in London runs 29 October – 7 November, confirming London’s role as the capital of the Chinese art trade. But the British aren’t the ones buying Chinese art.

*Web addresses can now include Chinese characters: internet regulator Icann approved web addresses in multiple languages.

*The CCTV tower, burned in February by an unlicensed New Year’s fireworks display organized by CCTV itself, has officially been approved for reconstruction.

*Secrets of the Forbidden City opened at Casa dei Carraresi and runs through 9 May 2010. It includes a special section on Matteo Ricci at the Ming Court, with objects and documents from Rome and Ricci’s hometown of Macerata to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Ricci’s 1610 death in Beijing.

*Hong Kong and Singapore are battling it out for the title of Asia’s regional arts hub.

*The new “it” restaurant in my Chinese hometown of Beijing is Capital M, the new Beijing venture by Michelle Garnaut’s M Restaurant Group. Recent local reviews are very positive, and although the New York Times is reserving judgment for the moment, they can’t deny the steady flow of visitors. Located in the newly-restored Qianmen Dajie area, Capital M would be a great place to end up after a long afternoon wandering the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

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