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UCCA Dune

With Art Basel’s Miami Beach show on the horizon, we’ve been catching up with the new, the major and the totally over-the-top exhibitions happening globally right now.

In a year where Yayoi Kusama has never been far from our Instagram feed, experiential art is here to stay. Japanese artist collective teamLab’s Borderless exhibition, housed in Tokyo’s Mori Building, is the world’s first digital art museum, where 3D exhibits run into each other across five zones, walls react to movement and spaces are designed to dissolve the boundary between visitor and artwork through interaction. This world-first is one to go and get lost in.

Bring a map for this one: Bruce Nauman’s Disappearing Acts, now open at MoMA and MoMA PS1, is unprecedented in scale, running across two galleries and showcasing 165 of Nauman’s pieces, from neon signs and video corridors to live performances and sculptures. It’s been 25 years since Bruce has been given a true retrospective in the US and this is the largest collection of his work to date.

And then the unexpected one: Beijing’s Ullens Center For Contemporary Art has just opened UCCA Dune, its first museum outside of the Chinese capital, and definitely a new destination gallery to plan a trip around. Carved into a sand dune in the Beidaihe district, the centre holds seven indoor cave-like galleries (some leading directly to the beach), three outdoor galleries, studios and skylights, and looks like something straight out of a Star Wars set – we have to get there. The first exhibition, After Nature, runs until April.

And do look out for Tate Modern’s Nam June Paik retrospective next year. The Korean artist played a pivotal role in the birth of video and TV art so we’ve got high hopes.

Go for firsts, go for big, go over the top, and go explore!

By AS-H

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