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Exhibition at Grimaldi Forum Monaco celebrates the splendour of the last Chinese imperial dynasty – Monaco – 14.07.2017-10.09.2017 – 10615

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Prince Yinzhen (the future Yongzheng Emperor) reading a book Qing dynasty, (1644-1911) H. 42 cm, l. 34.2 cm. Beijing, Palace Museum, inv. 6447.

Each summer, the Grimaldi Forum Monaco produces a major thematic exhibition devoted to an important artistic movement, a subject of heritage or civilisation, a public or private collection, or any subject in which the renewal of creativity is expressed. It offers an opportunity to highlight its strengths and specificities, with a space of 3,200 square metres to create in complete freedom, placing the best technological tools at the service of the scenography, making use of the best specialists in each field to ensure the scientific quality of its exhibitions.
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Latvian National Museum of Art presents ‘Paula Zariņa-Zēmane: The Still Point of the Turning World’ – Riga – 21.07.2017-20.08.2017 – 10614

Paula Zariņa-Zēmane’s latest works move further from representation of nature, allowing the viewer’s imagination play an ever bigger part.

Paula Zariņa-Zēmane’s personal exhibition The Still Point of the Turning World is on view in the Creative Studio of the ARSENĀLS Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga from 21 July to 20 August 2017.

Young Latvian painter Paula Zariņa-Zēmane got the impulse for such a poetic exhibition title from American-English author and playwright Thomas Stearns Eliot’s (1888–1965) set of poems Four Quartets (1943). It contains a phrase about a still point where all the contradictions of the world come together in harmony. In Paula Zariņa-Zēmane’s case, the still point of the turning world is to be found in each of the works which show a search for an intermediate state between the spiritual and earthly lives. Excessive movement makes us anxious, while lack of forward progress induces boredom. The artist paints places that give one the opportunity to enjoy peace and quiet – even when the surrounding world is turning faster than ever.
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Exhibition at Berlin’s Kupferstichkabinett focuses on the subject of music in drawings and prints – Berlin – 21.07.2017-05.11.2017 – 10613

Edvard Munch, Geigenkonzert, 1903, Pinsel und Kreidelithographie auf Vélinpapier, 55,4 x 76,4 cm, © bpk, Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Dietmar Katz.

The Kupferstichkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is dedicating its fourth summer exhibition to a topic that is as entertaining as it is varied: the subject of music in drawings and prints. A selection of about 100 of the most beautiful musical works are on display, among others by Andrea Mantegna, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Adolph von Menzel, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and Gerhard Altenbourg.

The recurring leitmotif evident in the exhibition is the special affinity between musical and pictorial expression. In musical notation, for instance, many of the basic elements of the graphic arts such as lines, initials, abbreviations, and dots capture the fleeting sound of a melody and make it visible on paper – music, in short, is drawn. And on the other hand, in the prints and drawings on display here, the dancing, flowing, or staccato strokes of the pen, pencil, or burin are strongly reminiscent of musical rhythms and harmonies. With the rise of modernism, visual artists even started creating tonal compositions of lines and colours rendered with pen and brush. These works impressively illustrate the creative back-and-forth between the visual arts and music.
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Exhibition at Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace focuses on Polish king John III Sobieski – Vienna – 07.07.2017-01.11.2017 – 10612

Exhibition view “John III Sobieski. A Polish King in Vienna”. Photo: Johannes Stoll © Belvedere, Vienna.

The Polish king John III Sobieski (1629–1696) is inextricably linked to the history of Vienna. As the commander-in-chief of united armed forces, he liberated the city from the Ottoman siege that lasted several weeks in 1683. With this victory, he secured a place in world history and in the collective Austrian memory. Developed in cooperation with four major Polish residences, the exhibition at Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace offers the first opportunity in the German-speaking realm for visitors to become acquainted with the monarch as a private individual and to learn about his work as a statesman, an army general, and a patron of the arts and sciences.

Curators Maike Hohn (Belvedere) and Konrad Pyzel (Wilanów Palace) have traced Jan III. Sobieski’s life and work. With the help of almost one hundred paintings, precious objects, art objects, militaria, and memorabilia, visitors are given a comprehensive and lively picture of the Polish king and his time.
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Works by Derain, Balthus, and Giacometti on view at Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris – 02.06.2017-29.10.2017 – 10611

André Derain, Geneviève with the apple, 1937-38. Oil on canvas, 32 x 73 cm. © Thomas Hennocque. © ADAGP, Paris 2017.

The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is presenting a new kind of exhibition exploring the friendship between three major 20th-century artists: André Derain (1880–1954), Balthus (1908–2001) and Alberto Giacometti (1901–66). Never before compared in this way, their ways of seeing share the same exigency regarding the nature of the work of art. Driven by a powerful modernist urge, all three were passionately interested in the painting of the past and the art of distant civilisations, fascinated by “the dark forces of matter” (Derain) and, more broadly, marked by an acute attentiveness to the “marvellous, unknown” reality before their eyes (Giacometti). Even more so than the mutual admiration and affection they showed throughout their lives, their profound sense of artistic community is the guiding thread of this exhibition.

On show here is a remarkable selection of over 350 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs, mainly centred on the period between the 1930s and the 1960s. This includes the greater part of the Derain oeuvre, which has not been seen in Paris since the 1995 retrospective at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the most comprehensive view of Balthus since the Centre Pompidou retrospective in 1983; and the opportunity for a fresh look at Giacometti.
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Exhibition at Haus der Kunst focuses on two pivotal exhibitions held in 1937 – Munich – 18.07.2017-04.02.2018 – 10610

“Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung”, München, 1937. Stadtarchiv München, DE-1992-FS-NS-00436.

The Archive Gallery in Haus der Kunst opens a new presentation, “Munich, Summer 1937.” The exhibition which will be on view through 4 February, 2018, will focus on two pivotal exhibitions “Große Deutsche Kunstaustellung” and „Entartete Kunst” which were on view in Munich that summer.

In 1937, with the two exhibitions the National Socialists presented their cultural-political program that opposed the art they favoured and promoted and one which they denounced. With “Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung” (Great German Art Exhibition) in the Haus der Deutschen Kunst and, “Entartete Kunst” (Degenerate Art) in the Hofgarten Gallery – within walking distance of each other, and opening on 18 and 19 July respectively, the Nazi’s counter-program could not be more clear.
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The MAK in Vienna presents ‘Artificial Tears. Singularity & Humanness—A Speculation’ – 21.06.2017-01.10.2017 – 10609

Exhibition View Vienna Biennale 2017: Robots. Work. Our Future. Artificial Tears. Singularity & Humanness—A Speculation, MAK Exhibition Hall Dora Budor, Skulptur One Million Years of Feeling Nothing, 2015 © Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK.

The exhibition Artificial Tears. Singularity & Humanness—A Speculation quotes from a chapter of human history yet to be written. Thirteen artistic positions open hypotheses, pose questions, and provide impetus for a confrontation with the singularity as envisioned by American futurist Ray Kurzweil. Transhumanist scenarios predict a world wherein humanity achieves immortality through self-optimizing artificial intelligence, and fundamental human characteristics such as forgetfulness could disappear. The exhibition focuses on human emotions and ethical considerations about Digital Modernity in order to simultaneously stimulate intellectual and emotional associations.
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Tate to show “The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870-1904)” – London – 02.11.2017-07.05.2018 – 10608

Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903), Kew Green, 1892. Oil paint on canvas, 460 x 550 mm. Musee d’Orsay (Paris, France).

This autumn, Tate Britain will bring together over 100 beautiful works by Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and others in the first large-scale exhibition to chart the stories of French artists who sought refuge in Britain during the Franco-Prussian War. The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870-1904) will map the artistic networks they built in Britain, consider the aesthetic impact London had on the artists’ work, and present instantly recognisable views of the city as seen through French eyes.
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The Collection de l’Art Brut presents major retrospective of works by the Czech creator Anna Zemánková – Lausanne – 09.06.2017-26.11.2017 -10607

Untitled, btw. 1960 and 1979. Colored pencil, ink, ballpoint pen and embossing on drawing paper, 20,5 x 30,2 cm. Photo: Arnaud Conne, (AN). Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne.

The Collection de l’Art Brut proudly presents a major retrospective of works by the Czech creator Anna Zemánková (1908 – 1986). The event has been set up in close conjunction with this creator’s family who, for many years now, has sought to promote Zemánková’s oeuvre. To that end, the Collection de l’Art Brut has assembled a large selection of nearly 130 drawings from both its own holdings and the family’s private collection: many of these are being shown for the first time. Works from a private Czech collection also are on display, together with archival documents, a to-date unreleased film on Anna Zemánková and a major monograph.
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Exhibition joins the dots between Seurat’s pointillist paintings and the psychedelic genius of Bridget Riley – Compton Verney-U.K. – 08.07.2017-01.10.2017 – 10606

Georges Seurat, La Luzerne, Saint-Denis, © Scottish National Gallery.

Compton Verney’s summer season opens with one of the first exhibitions of its kind in the UK.

From the Impressionists onwards, artists have been inspired by historical and contemporary colour theories -most famously seen in the pointillist work of Georges Seurat and his associates, where colours other than those actually painted on the canvas are generated in the eye of the beholder.

Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception explores one of the most exciting threads running through the art history of the past 150 years: the ways in which the viewer’s visual perceptions, themselves dependent on the close interaction of eye and brain, are used in art.
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Leighton House Museum opens the first Alma-Tadema exhibition in London since 1913 – 07.07.2017-29.10.2017- 10605

‘Alma-Tadema At Home in Antiquity’, Upper Perrin Gallery. Images courtesy of Leighton House Museum and Kevin Moran Photography.

Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity, the first major exhibition in London since 1913 to be devoted to one of the most popular artists of the Victorian era, is now open at Leighton House Museum. With over 130 works, Leighton House Museum is the only UK venue for the exhibition, following an exceptionally successful tour to the Museum of Friesland, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands (the artist’s home town) and the Belvedere, Vienna, Austria.

Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity explores all phases of the artist’s career with a particular focus on his fascination with the representation of domestic life in classical antiquity and how this interest was expressed in the two remarkable studio-houses he created in London with his wife Laura and his two daughters. Laura frequently posed at home for her husband’s paintings and was also a gifted and successful artist in her own right. The exhibition includes over a dozen pictures by Laura and AlmaTadema’s daughter Anna, highlighting the close connections between their domestic and creative lives.
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‘Van Gogh, Rousseau, Corot: In the Forest’ opens at the Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam – 08.07.2017-10.09.2017 – 10604

Vincent van Gogh, Undergrowth, 1889.

The exhibition ‘Van Gogh, Rousseau, Corot: In the Forest’ combines wooded views and landscapes by Vincent van Gogh with those of such painters as Théodore Rousseau and Camille Corot. From 7 July 2017.

These French artists were among those who retreated to the Forest of Fontainebleau in order to paint the unspoiled landscape. They favoured motifs such as trees, vegetation and the play of light and shade on the foliage and the ground.
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Works by 31 premier Middle Eastern women showcased in London at St. Martin-in-the-Fields – 02.07.2017-20.08.2017 – 10603

Installation view.

Following the premiere in Amman, Jordan under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, the I AM exhibition, featuring 31 premier Middle Eastern women contemporary artists from 12 countries, is now being showcased in London at the historic church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Square, that receives thousands of visitors daily. I AM runs in London through August 20, 2017.
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Visual activist Zanele Muholi presents an arresting depiction of the black LGBTQI community – Amsterdam – 08.07.2017-15.10.2017 – 10602

Bester V, Mayotte, 2015, silver gelatin print. © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg en Yancey Richardson, New York.

This summer, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is mounting the debut museum solo in the Netherlands of the South African photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi (1972, Umlazi, Durban).

From an ‘insider position’, Muholi photographs the black lesbian and transgender community in South Africa. Starting with her very first work, Only Half the Picture, (2006), her arresting, powerful and sometimes witty images have focused eyes on a community that, while it has been constitutionally protected since 1996, remains at risk of horrendous abuse, discrimination and ‘curative’ rape. Muholi: “We’ve lost so many people to hate crimes… you never know if you’ll see someone again the next day.”
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“Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures for Budapest” at Museum Ludwig – Budapest – 08.07.2017-24.09.2017 – 10601

LEVEGŐ / AIR, 226 × 381 cm, 2013. © Gilbert & George. Courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London ・ Paris ・ Salzburg.

Gilbert & George have been creating art together for fifty years, mainly concentrating on the aspects of modern city existence. The art of Gilbert & George are always centered around the artists themselves who appear in them as “Living Sculptures.” With their elegant appearance, they communicate about timeless human phenomena through testing the boundaries of existing taboos and artistic conventions. They do not separate their art from their lives; their provocative and shocking artworks are characterized by an intense communication with their audience. The exhibition – after appearing in several other museums – has been tailored specifically to the spaces of the Ludwig Museum, presenting visitors with a striking spectacle.
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First German solo exhibition of the Canadian sculptor Liz Magor – Hamburg 01.07.2017-03.09.2017 – 10600

Liz Magor – you you you, exhibition view, Kunstverein in Hamburg, 1.7. – 3.9.2017. Courtesy: The artist and Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. © Fred Dott.

The Kunstverein in Hamburg presents the first German solo exhibition of the Canadian sculptor Liz Magor (*1948, Winnipeg, Canada, lives and works in Vancouver). During the course of her career spanning more than forty years, Magor, who ranks among Canada’s most influential artists, has repeatedly gauged the boundaries of what constitutes sculpture. Her works today play an important role in the international debate on materialism in contemporary sculpture. Magor takes common and familiar objects of our world and uses them in her installations either as ready-mades or replicates them with other materials. Transferring them to the context of art raises questions regarding the relationship between art and everyday life as well as between reality and representation. Through deliberately placed voids and misesen-scène, Magor’s works develop a narrative potential comparable with the literary form of the short story—lacking a beginning and end, they are excerpts of an overarching narration of the social sideshows of our present-day achievement-oriented society. The show assembles sculptures and installations of the past three decades
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Camden Arts Centre presents an installation of new work and performance by Jennifer Tee – London – 02.07.2017-17.09.2017 – 10599

Jennifer Tee, Crystalline Floorpiece / Oval / Blue, Crystalline Floorpiece / Oval / Yellow , 2014. Occult Geometry, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, DK, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam.

Camden Arts Centre presents a solo exhibition of new work by Dutch artist Jennifer Tee. Combining sculpture, installation, performance and collage, Let It Come Down continues Tee’s ongoing process of negotiation between material experimentation and philosophical practice.

Often working with charged cultural artefacts and symbols, Tee instigates dialogues between Eastern philosophies and Western culture. Embracing their duality, works hover between their concrete form and their laden esoteric meaning, reflecting the intrinsic contradictions that surround us: the rational and the irrational; the informed and the unconscious; belief and scepticism; spirit and matter.
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Rijksmuseum presents twelve monumental sculptures by the French artist Jean Dubuffet – Amsterdam – 01.07.2017-01.10.2017 – 10598

Jean Dubuffet, Monument à la bête debout (1969-1983) Coll. Fondation Dubuffet, Paris ©2017 Fondation Dubuffet, Paris / Pictoright, Netherlands.

A parade of tragicomic characters, a tower with stories and a brilliant white tree can all be admired this summer in the Rijksmuseum Gardens. From 1 July, twelve monumental sculptures by the French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) are on display. The sculptures, characterised by the recognisable bright white, red and blue patterns, come from Paris, Lisbon, New York and London. The exhibition runs from 1 July to 1 October 2017.

The exhibition Dubuffet in the Rijksmuseum Gardens has been created in close collaboration with the Fondation Dubuffet in Paris and curated by Alfred Pacquement, former director of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Dubuffet in the Rijksmuseum Gardens is the fifth summer exhibition in a series of open-air exhibitions, made possible in part by BankGiro Loterij participants and the Rijksclub.
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The Hall Art Foundation presents largest Antony Gormley exhibition held in Germany to date – Derneburg – 01.07.2017-01.10.2017 – 10597

Installation View Antony Gormley: Being. Hall Art Foundation | Schloss Derneburg Museum Derneburg, Germany © Hall Art Foundation Photo: Heinrich Hecht.

The Hall Art Foundation announces an exhibition by acclaimed British artist Antony Gormley being held at its Schloss Derneburg location. Gormley is internationally lauded for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. This is the largest Gormley exhibition held in Germany to date, bringing together works on paper, large-scale installations, and indoor and monumental outdoor sculpture that span the artist’s sculptural journey, from the early 1980s to site-specific works created this year.
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Kunsthalle Bremen presents exhibition of works by Fernando Bryce – Bremen – 01.07.2017-19.11.2017 – 10596

Fernando Bryce, To the Civilized World.

Fernando Bryce, who was born in Lima in 1965 and now lives and works in New York, has long been one of South America’s leading contemporary artists. In his group of works he reflects on international and geopolitical events of the twentieth century. He culls archives for print material which he then reproduces using his own slower method of ink-on-paper drawings. He is less interested in reconstructing history than in revealing ideologically-loaded imagery and the power strategies used in print media and films. This exhibition presents his most recent cycle, which explores Bremen’s colonial history and the its colonial revisionist tendencies after 1914.
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Moderna Museet Malmo presents comprehensive exhibition of Ulf Rollof’s work – Malmö – 22.06.2017-14.01.2018 – 10595

Installation view Ulf Rollof: Urgent Moderna Museet Malmö. Photo: Helene Toresdotter / Moderna Museet.

Just before the Midsummer holiday Moderna Museet Malmö is opening a comprehensive exhibition in the Turbine Hall of Ulf Rollof’s complex and multifaceted art. Urgent addresses the major issues of our day, and summarizes forty years of Rollof’s artistic career in an existential and physical experience.

Since the 1980s, Ulf Rollof (b. 1961) has worked with a multitude of different materials and expressions—sculpture, works on paper, moving images, experimental painting, mechanical installations, and photography. The exhibition Urgent features some twenty works, ranging from his early watercolors to photographs, from large installations to his shooting paintings and the latest large lightbox paintings. Moderna Museet has a comprehensive collection of Rollof’s work, and the exhibition complements these with a number of important pieces on loan from private collectors and from the artist himself. Visitors will now get a chance to experience a rich and broad body of work by an artist whose work feels very relevant today.
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Most comprehensive overview of Frank Bowling’s monumental paintings ever mounted opens at Haus der Kunst – München – 23.06.2017-07.01.2018 – 10594

Frank Bowling, Barticaflats, 1986. Acrylic on canvas, 176.5 x 287 cm., 69 1/2 x 113 in. Courtesy of Frank Bowling and Hales London, New York © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017.

Going back fifty years into Frank Bowling’s career, Haus der Kunst presents “Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi”, the most comprehensive overview of the artist’s monumental paintings ever on view.

Born in Bartica, British Guiana, in 1934, Frank Bowling in the aftermath of World War II left his native country at the age of 19, arriving in London in 1953, as part of the momentous wave of Anglophone West Indian and Caribbean populations that migrated to England. Later he would study painting at The Slade School, and Royal College of Art, distinguishing himself – next to David Hockney – with the silver medal for painting in RCA’s 1962 graduating class.
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Imperial War Museum North presents largest UK retrospective of Wyndham Lewis – Manchester – 23.06.2017-01.01.2018 – 10593

Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), A Battery Shelled, 1919. Oil on canvas. © IWM.

From 23 June 2017 until 1 January 2018, IWM North will present Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War, the largest UK retrospective of the artist’s work to date.

Marking one hundred years since Lewis (18 November 1882 – 7 March 1957) was first commissioned as an official war artist in 1917, the exhibition will comprise of more than 160 artworks, books, journals and pamphlets from major public and private, national and international collections. Staged in Imperial War Museums’ centenary year, Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War will be IWM’s largest visual arts exhibition to date.
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Exhibition of masterpieces by Victorian painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts – Compton – 28.02.2017-05.11.2017 – 10592

G F Watts OM RA (1817 – 1904), Marie Fox Princess Lichtenstein, early 1870s. Private Collection.

Watts Gallery Trust today announced an unprecedented exhibition of the most important masterpieces by the celebrated Victorian painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts (1817-1904)..

Celebrating 200 years since the birth of the artist in London in 1817, England’s Michelangelo brings together the artist’s most significant paintings from public and private collections. For the first time since their restoration in 2011, the historic galleries at Watts Gallery, designed by Watts himself, are being used for a temporary exhibition.

Watts became a cultural icon who championed a new role for art as a means of symbolically expressing the progress of humanity, and as a tool to assist in philanthropic projects. His imagery was carried all over the world through reproduction, making him the most internationally recognised British artist of the age. In 1884 Watts became the first living artist to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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