Nov 15 2017

AAP Monthly Picks: November–December, 2017

by The Editors

Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia

Nov 17–Mar 18, 2018

Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

AMY LEE SANFORD, Scanning, 2013, still from single-channel video: 41 min 56 sec. Courtesy the artist and Singapore Art Museum.

Probing the history of moving images and the future of the evolving medium, “Cinerama” at the Singapore Art Museum will comprise commissioned artworks and select pieces from the institution’s collection, spanning hand-drawn animations to immersive video installations by artists and collectives from across Southeast Asia, including Ming Wong, Hayati Mokhtar, Sarah Choo Jing and The Propeller Group, among others. The works, such as Cambodian-American artist Amy Lee Sanford’s Scanning (2013), which retraces the artist’s archive of letters exchanged between her and her parents, will examine a broad network of themes surrounding individual and collective memory, identity and politics.

Young In Hong: The Moon’s Trick

Nov 21–Dec 30

Korean Cultural Center, London, UK

Performance documentation of YOUNG IN HONG’5100 Pentagon (2014) at “Block Universe,” Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2017.

“The Moon’s Trick” at London’s Korean Cultural Center is Young In Hong’s solo debut at a public institution in the United Kingdom. Young is known for capturing politically charged moments and rituals of celebration from Korea’s post-war past. By appropriating media images of political unrest, such as in Prayers, No. 1-40 (2017), the artist reweaves her country’s history into her labor-intensive embroidery works, performance and sound installations to “trigger moments where a kind of absorption takes place” in her viewers. A multi-sensory installation, Looking Down from the Sky (2017), as well as documentation of the performance 5100: Pentagon (2014/2017), which draws from video footage of the 1980 Gwangju uprising, will be featured.

Rasheed Araeen: A Retrospective

Dec 2–Mar 25, 2018

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

RASHEED ARAEEN, Opus F4, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 160 × 160 cm. Courtesy the artist and Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven.

Curated by Nick Aikens, Van Abbemuseum will stage the first comprehensive survey of works by Pakistan-born, London-based conceptual artist Rasheed Araeen, contributing to the discourse on the artist who has only just begun to be recognized as the pioneer of minimalist sculptures in Britain, despite his long-standing contributions to modernism in Europe. The show will be divided into five parts, and will encompass 60 years of the artist’s oeuvre, including his early experiments in painting that play with abstraction and geometry, his minimalist, open-framework lattice sculptures and collages through which the artist criticized colonial oppression, as well as a selection of his new paintings and wall structures.

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

Dec 15–Mar 15, 2018

Various locations, Shenzhen, China

Bird’s eye view of Nantou Old Town, Shenzhen. Courtesy Urbanus.

Under the theme of “Cities, Grow in Difference,” the Bi-City Biennale returns this year to Shenzhen and Hong Kong for its seventh edition. Jointly curated by Hou Hanru with Liu Xiaodu and Meng Yan—founding partners of the architecture firm Urbanus—the event seeks to offer new, imaginative models of urban growth and alternatives to cookie-cutter global cities. Art, design and architectural projects, as well as thematic and regional pavilions will be displayed at the main venue in Nantou Old Town in Shenzhen and in various other urban villages across the cities.

NGV Triennial

Dec 15–Apr 15, 2018

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

XU ZHEN, Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana, 2017, production image of sculpture. Courtesy the artist and MadeIn Company, Shanghai.

Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria Triennial will feature some 300 works by 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, all exploring themes of body, change, movement, time and the virtual. With its aim to survey “the world’s best art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies, and perspectives,” the NGV will present a multi-disciplinary exhibition and a range of public programs that examine the intersections between architecture, animation, performance, film, sculpture, fashion and painting. Highlights include a new commission, Flower Obsession (2016–17) by Yayoi Kusama, Australian artist Ron Mueck’s largest sculpture to date, titled Mass (2017) and a 15-meter-long reclining Buddha juxtaposed with cast replicas of classical Greco-Roman sculptures by Xu Zhen.