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FIAC to expand into Petit Palais

Plus: Artists petition Israel to release Palestinian poet | Agustín Arteaga appointed director of Dallas Museum of Art | Irish Museum of Modern Art and Hennessy establish acquisition fund

15 July 2016

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

FIAC expands into Petit Palais | Paris art fair FIAC has announced that its 43rd edition this autumn will expand out of its usual site in the Grand Palais to the neighbouring Petit Palais and its surrounding garden. The Petit Palais section will be titled On Site, reports The Art Newspaper. It will enable participating galleries to ‘exhibit in unique conditions’, featuring around 20 works. This year’s fair, which runs from 20–23 October, will see offerings from 185 galleries (up 12 on last year).

Artists petition Israel to release Palestinian poet | More than 150 artists, writers, and other cultural figures have signed a petition to the Israeli government demanding that charges against poet Dareen Tatour be dropped. Tatour, who was charged with incitement to violence last year after publishing work critical of Israel, was placed under house arrest after a three-month stint in prison and is currently awaiting trial. ‘The Israeli government’s actions reveal a desire to silence Tatour,’ the petition reads. ‘[They are] part of a larger pattern of Israeli repression against all Palestinians.’

Agustín Arteaga appointed director of Dallas Museum of Art | Following the departure of director Max Anderson last autumn, the Dallas Museum of Art has finally announced a replacement in the form of Agustín Arteaga. Arteaga, who is currently the director of the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City, has organised more than 100 exhibitions over the course of his career, and secured a number of major donations. He will move to Dallas in September. For more on the challenges facing Arteaga when he takes up the post, see D Magazines report.

Irish Museum of Modern Art & Hennessy establish acquisition fund | The Irish Museum of Modern Art and Hennessy Ireland have gone into partnership to create a €50,000 annual fund to acquire new works of contemporary art, specifically by artists not already represented in IMMA’s collection. In this inaugural year, four installations by artists Kevin Atherton, David Beattie, Rhona Byrne, and Dennis McNulty have been selected for purchase.

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