Aug 14 2017


by The Editors

Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto: Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition

XINING MENChapter 4: I Love Xijing – The Daily Life of Xijing Presidents, 2009, mixed media installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto.

Aug 19 – Oct 15

Nijo Castle and Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan

“Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition” will provide a lens into traditional and contemporary East Asian visual culture through a series of exhibitions, performances and artist workshops. Featuring notable installationists and mixed-media artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Cai Guo-qiang and Choi Jeonghwa, “Asia Corridor” will comprise largely of newly commissioned pieces, created in response to the city of Kyoto. The exhibition will be presented as part of the Culture City of East Asia project—a trilateral cultural event co-organized by the governments of China, Japan and South Korea—alongside year-round activities in fellow host cities Changsha, China, and Daegu, South Korea.

Working on History: Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Cultural Revolution

ZHANG DALI, A Second History 9: 1952 The First Sport Meeting of the National Army, 2005, c-print, 112 × 60 cm. Courtesy the artist and Staatliche Museen Berlin.

Aug 18, 2017 – Jan 7, 2018

Museum für Fotografie, Berlin, Germany

Juxtaposing the group portraits, private photographs and press pictures taken in China during the Cultural Revolution with the contemporary works of photo and new media artists such as Wang Qingsong, Zhang Dali and Feng Mengbo, curators Ludger Derenthal, Wang Huangsheng and Guo Xiaoyan reveal how historical images have been adopted and adapted as a visual index for critical artistic production in contemporary Chinese society. The exhibition will be divided into two parts, with one third devoted to the visual language of the Cultural Revolution, and the remainder to evaluating photography as re-enactment, propaganda and biography. 

Jerusalem Lives (Tahya Al Quds)

Installation view of MONA HATOUM’s Present Tense at Gallery Anadiel, Jerusalem, 2016. Photo by Issa Freij. Copyright and courtesy Mona Hatoum and Gallery Anadiel.

Aug 27 – Dec 15

The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine

“Jerusalem Lives,” the inaugural exhibition at the recently opened Palestinian Museum, will provide an in-depth study into one of the oldest cities in the world. Headed by curator Reem Fadda, the exhibition will critically dissect Jerusalem’s history, geopolitics, culture and architecture in order to examine the crippling effects of globalization, and will explore the city as a prime example of socio-cultural renewal and resistance. The multidisciplinary show features works by Palestinian artist and filmmaker Emily Jacir, and Lebanese-born Palestinian video and installation artist Mona Hatoum, whose internationally acclaimed works probe the issues of fragility, territory and geopolitical power.

After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History

TINTIN WULIAProposal for a Film: Within the Leaves, a Sight of the Forest, 2016, still from single-channel video with sound: 25 min 30 sec. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Sep 8, 2017 – Jan 21, 2018

Asia Society, New York, USA

Examining the works of eight contemporary artists and collectives from three Southeast Asian countries—Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam—Asia Society will investigate how artists have addressed the socio-political histories and shifting landscapes of the region in “After Darkness.” Participants include the Vietnamese-American photographer and visual artist Dinh Q. Lê, and Brisbane-based Indonesian artist Tintin Wulia. Also on view will be photo-documentation of the performance Victim – Destruction I (2007) by FX Harsono—a founding member of the Indonesian New Art Movement—which probes issues of discrimination, the erasure of identities and the ever-looming effects of Indonesia’s colonial past. 

15th Istanbul Biennial

GÖZDE İLKIN, Yetersiz Derz Boşluğu, 2017, embroidery and paint on tablecloth, 118 × 128 cm. Courtesy the artist and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Istanbul.

Sep 16 – Nov 12

Various locations, Istanbul, Turkey

Titled “A Good Neighbor,” the 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial will open under the curatorial direction of the Berlin-based artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset. The event will present 55 artists from 32 countries in six venues across the city. Focus will be placed on questioning the ideas of “home, neighborhood, belonging and co-existence” while panel discussions, symposiums, workshops and screenings throughout the two-month-long affair will address social and cultural concerns that are visibly manifest in contemporary art, architecture, city planning and design.

Problem-Wisdom: Thai Art in the 1990s

CHATCHAI PUIPIA, Siamese Smile: Siamese Intellectual, 1995, from the series “Siamese Smile,” oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 202 × 303 cm. Courtesy the artist and Queensland Art Gallery. 

Sep 16, 2017 – Aug 12, 2018

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

“Problem-Wisdom” will feature some of the most celebrated and influential Thai artists of the 1990s to give a comprehensive study of Thai contemporary art, and to map out the region’s ever-shifting definition of the contemporary. The show takes its title from multimedia artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert’s 1993-95 installation as a nod to the artist’s search for the meaning of life and the role of art in society. Included are seminal works by film and video artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and sculpture and installation artist Montien Boonma. A highlight of the show will be a painting by Chatchai Puipia, Siamese Smile: Siamese Intellectual (1995) from the iconic series “Siamese Smile,” which stands as part of the testament to the political upheaval of the era.