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The Hangzhou Museum, founded in 2001, is home to over 10,000 cultural relics tracing East China's rich history. It also hosted recently an episode of the reality show Running Man, a move that attracted online outrage for possibly putting the artefacts at risk. Running Man'or Benpaoba, Xiongdi in Mandarin'is a popular variety show on Zhejiang Television based on a Korean programme of the same name. An episode aired earlier this month featured celebrities and tabloid favorites like Lu Han, Angelababy, and Zheng Kai competing in a scavenger hunt through the museum for the 'black man', guest star actor Chen Lianzhou (so-called because of his darker skin). The contestants' running and roughhousing in exhibition halls veered precariously close to cases. But show producers responded that ample preparations were made, including training of participants to ensure that no damage to exhibits occurred during the filming, reported the Guangzhou Daily newspaper (phew). Sandwiched between Art Brussels and Frieze New York, Berlin Gallery Weekend, which ended yesterday, 1 May, has always worked hard to attract international collectors to the German capital. The three-day event where more than 50 galleries coordinate their exhibition openings already struggles with a narrow local collector base. Now it will have to stave off competition from the prestigious Art Cologne fair, which is due to run on overlapping dates next year. But a recent slew of private museum openings'the Feuerle Collection, which opened last week in a disused bunker, is the latest example'may yet turn the capital into a city for collectors. But as ever, Berlin's biggest pull is its immense population of artists and seeing their works on home turf gives Gallery Weekend its unique appeal. Spanning the emerging and the established, the digital and the analogue, here are four key trends from this year's 12th edition. Guest curators Several exhibitions at Gallery Weekend are devoted to artists associated with post-internet art, although the term seems to be falling out of favour, as none of their representing galleries describe them as such. The shows serve as an apt prelude for two major new-media events: the forthcoming Berlin Biennale curated by the New York art collective Dis and the opening of Julia Stoschek's Berlin branch of her private museum. At Gallery Weekend, one of the most high-profile artists making heavy use of the internet, Ed Fornieles, has a much-talked about show at Arratia Beer. It tells a story of self-improvement in the digital age, complete with diet packs and food carts. But visitors should be advised to be on their best behaviour as live footage of them ambling around the exhibition is streamed live on the internet. Other shows by artists in a similar vein include Petra Cortright at Société and Aleksandra Domanovic at Tanya Leighton. Ceramics Germany is a country steeped in photographic history, so Berlin is an excellent place to discover the latest stars as well as historical greats. A major talking point at Gallery Weekend was Wolfgang Tillmans' show at Galerie Buchholz, which presents a series of intimate photographs of the artist's studio. It has been a popular subject throughout the history of art, tackled by artists from Velazquez to Rembrandt. Plastered across the walls of the gallery's entrance hall are Tillmans' anti-'Brexit' posters, his campaign against Britain's possible departure from the EU. Tate Modern director Chris Dercon, who is due to make his own 'Brexit' next year when he leaves to take over Berlin's Volksbühne, was spotted at the gallery. Other standout photography shows at Gallery Weekend included Christopher Williams at Capitain Petzel and Anne Collier at Galerie Neu. Satellite fair organisers are planning increasingly inventive projects to make their events stand out from the pack. Overwhelmed' Here is our pick of what to prioritise this week, from performance art in Red Hook to outdoor installations in Harlem. Watch a live performance This year's edition of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair includes a new performance by the Jamaica-born, Brooklyn-based artist Dave McKenzie. This ship would set sail, even anchored as it was (2016) takes as its point of departure the arrival in New York of Marcus Garvey, the Jamaican Pan-African leader, in 1916. To mark the centenary, McKenzie will walk around in specially designed sneakers that 'can be used to print, much like a stamp or relief block print'. The performance, inspired by Garvey's use of the printing press to spread his ideas, will be ongoing during Frieze week. Give your eyes a rest and Listen to the art Sound works take pride of place at Art Miami New York , in a section titled Sound Positions. The curator, Christoph Cox, selected 12 international artists, including Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Olivia Block, whose work encompasses 'field recording, experimental documentary, audio poetry, sound collage and experimental composition', he says. Listeners can experience each composition through a pair of headphones to avoid 'sound bleed'. Play ball The New Art Dealers Alliance fair, which takes place at Basketball City, is honouring its home with a project by Tyson Reeder. In collaboration with Artspace, the artist has made an edition of 100 colourful basketballs (red, blue, green and black) that borrow from his brother Scott's organisational system for jotting down ideas (green ink for thoughts on art, black ink for day-to-day items like grocery lists). The basketballs are priced at $95. Nicole Eisenman: Al-ugh-ories, 4 May-26 June, New Museum With one phone call last autumn, Nicole Eisenman went from being an artist's artist to a certifiable genius: she won the prestigious MacArthur fellowship, also known as the 'genius' grant ($625,000 over five years, no strings attached). But the artist, aged 51, is not resting on her laurels. This month, she opens her first New York survey at the New Museum (4 May-26 June) and her first show at Anton Kern Gallery in Chelsea (19 May-25 June). Eisenman manages to be 'engaged with both the present and the history of art without being pedantic about it', says the New Museum's artistic director Massimiliano Gioni. The New Museum show is less a retrospective than a 'diagonal look' at the theme of allegory in Eisenman's work. (The approach was her idea, Gioni says.) The show also includes two new sculptures. One is particularly meta for an artist who feels she has much more to do: a half-formed head sitting on an abandoned painter's table in a studio. J.H. Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play, until 31 July, Metropolitan Museum of Art This show is not for the faint of heart. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is showing nearly 40 photographs from the 1850s to the present of crime scenes and criminals. The exhibition includes images of the aftermath of the assassination of president Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and a snapshot of the nightclub owner Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald, the killer of John F. Kennedy, in 1963. The show also presents works by big-name artists like Richard Avedon, Larry Clark and Walker Evans, all of whom were fascinated with crime. G.Ai. The Illusive Eye: an International Inquiry on Kinetic and Op Art, until 21 May, El Museo del Barrio Prepare to have your vision checked at the Illusive Eye, which inserts more Latin American artists into the Kinetic and Op Art conversation. The Italian artist Marina Apollonio's trippy, circular black and white floor graphic Spazio ad Attivazione Cinetica 6B (1966-2015) will suck you in'and maybe inspire a selfie. V.S.B. Beauty: Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, until 21 August, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Immerse yourself in multiple interpretations of beauty, from an installation you are encouraged to touch'a scratch-and-sniff wall painted with Sissel Tolass's Central Park scent, horse manure and all'to the architect Jenny Sabin's curved, glowing structure knitted in photoluminescent material. V.S.B. Pissarro recalls that his colleague at Yale University, the late Creighton Gilbert, once pointed out that the aging Michelangelo and the young Titian were at the Vatican working in 'virtually contiguous rooms' after being commissioned by Pope Julius II. 'Have you ever heard a word about that meeting' Why' Because its not documented,' Pissarro says. So they would probably have met and had 'the most incredible conversations'. Therefore, Giacometti and Klein's links are not 'art history fiction', he says. Also last month in the UK, the Tate trustee and philanthropist Elisabeth Murdoch launched a £100,000 award for mid-career female artists. New research by the Freelands Foundation, which Murdoch established last year, shows that notwithstanding high-profile exhibitions, such as Marlene Dumas's show at Tate Modern last year, male artists had 75% of the solo shows in London's major venues in 2014/15. 'I always knew that the art world was pretty male-dominated and that I wanted to do something to support female artists,' Murdoch tells us, 'but I don't think I was really aware of just how bad things were.' The award has already generated interest from around the world, including the US, Germany, Italy and Australia, she says. 'History shows us that there is no lack of talent among women. It's just they don't get the same chances as men.' Making hard choices The odds are also stacked against female artists in the US. Only 27% of the 590 major solo shows organised by nearly 70 institutions between 2007 and 2013 were devoted to women, The Art Newspaper's annual attendance survey reveals. Helen Molesworth, the chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, says that institutions must make hard choices to improve the statistics. 'The only way you get diversity is to actually do it. That means that certain men don't get shows,' she says. 'There are only X number of slots every year on the calendar, and the number of artists always exceeds the number of slots. If you are going to be equitable, then some of the dudes don't get shows that year.' Sweden's Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Malmo is proud of its gender-equal exhibition programme, which addresses the issue head-on. 'For contemporary art, I can't see why it is not 50/50,' says Daniel Birnbaum, the museum's director, who shares its leadership with Ann-Sofi Noring. 'It's not primarily about saying, 'Let's have equality for female artists''it's a way to make an interesting programme,' Birnbaum adds. Influential donors Murdoch is not the only philanthropist working to create a level playing field. The New Museum in New York recently launched Artemis, an international patrons' council dedicated to funding exhibitions and new commissions by female artists. The museum's director, Lisa Phillips, says that Artemis represents 'a new generation of donors who are more activist patrons'. This year, the council supported the New Museum's spring programme, which features an all-female line-up: five solo shows of work by women, including the US artist Nicole Eisenman and the Romanian-born, New York-based artist Andra Ursuta. 'It wasn't something that we set out to do, and it's happened a few times; it's really representative of the number of women working in the field,' Phillips says. The London-based collector Valeria Napoleone last year launched Valeria Napoleone XX (named after the female chromosome) to support female artists. She has pledged that, each year, she will donate a major work by a living artist to a different UK museum and support one new project by an emerging artist at the non-profit SculptureCenter space in New York. 'It was an area in which she could have a big impact,' says Mary Ceruti, the institution's director. 'Just the fact that an artist is a woman can reduce the potential pool of donors.'