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Nov 20 2018

AAP Monthly Picks: November–December 2018

by The Editors

Arahmaiani: The Past Has Not Passed (Masa Lalu Belumlah Berlalu)

Nov 17–Mar 10, 2019

Museum MACAN, Jakarta, Indonesia

ARAHMAIANI, Handle Without Care, 1996–2017, photographic documentation of performance at the 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1996. Courtesy the artist.

Museum MACAN presents a major survey of Indonesian contemporary artist Arahmaiani as part of the institution’s special exhibition program to celebrate its first anniversary. During her four-decade career, Arahmaiani, who is best-known for being a pioneer of Indonesian performance art, has been recognized for her powerful and discursive commentaries on issues including ecology, religion, consumerism and womanhood. The survey will feature over 70 works from Arahmaiani’s oeuvre, including paintings, installations and iterations of key performances such as Breaking Words (2004–06) and Memory of Nature (2013). Also on view will be material from her personal archive, such as notes and writings from her studio, which will shed light on her artistic process.

Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho: News From Nowhere

Nov 23–Mar 17, 2019

Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom

Still image from MOON KYUNGWON and JEON JOONHO’s El Fin del Mundo (The End of the World), 2012, two-channel HD video installation, color, sound: 13 min 35 sec. Courtesy the artists and Gallery Hyundai, Seoul.

Based in South Korea, artist duo Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho are renowned for their videos and installations that use science fiction to examine the role of art in society. Tate Liverpool will present a solo exhibition of the duo’s work for the first time in the United Kingdom. “News from Nowhere” will feature their iconic film El Fin del Mundo (The End of the World) (2012), which follows the dual narrative of a man and a woman’s lives split between time and space, as well as a new film commission titled Anomaly Strolls (2018), an extension of their project News from Nowhere (2009), which examines the contemporary experience of being human.

Ellen Pau: What About Home Affairs?

Dec 9–Feb 17, 2019

Para Site, Hong Kong

Still image from ELLEN PAU’s Bik Lai Chu 碧麗珠, 1993, video installation with objects, sound (reproduced), dimensions unconfirmed. Courtesy Para Site, Hong Kong.

Considered one of the most influential artists in Hong Kong, Ellen Pau has used digital media to reflect on the changing sociopolitical climate of her hometown since the late 1980s. Para Site will present a comprehensive retrospective of Pau’s work from the last three decades, showcasing the diverse range of mediums in her practice, including several single-channel video works and installations. Also on view will be a series of unpublished photographs and archival material providing a glimpse into the artist’s personal life and creative process. Additionally, the exhibition will mark the Hong Kong debut of three video installations, two from her “Bik Lai Chu” series (1993– ), and Recycling Cinema (2000– ), which push the boundaries of conventional film production and provide a haunting interrogation of memory, identity and history.

Flora Commedia: Cai Guo-Qiang at the Uffizi

Nov 20–Feb 17, 2019

Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

CAI QUO-QIANG, Renaissance Flower Garden, 2018, gunpowder on canvas; 300 × 400 cm. Photo by Yvonne Zhao. Courtesy Cai Studio.

In Florence, the Uffizi Galleries present the latest solo exhibition of contemporary Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. Curated by Eike Schmidt and Laura Donati, “Flora Commedia” will feature more than 60 gunpowder works representing floral motifs, with themed subsections such as “Garden of the Cosmos” and “Garden of the Renaissance” spread across ten galleries. The show is the culmination of the artist’s research into Renaissance flora at the gallery’s print and drawing department, and the Medici family garden and greenhouse. “Flora Commedia” also extends Cai’s ongoing project, “An Individual’s Journey through Western Art History” (2017– ), which consists of solo exhibitions in six internationally renowned museums, including Madrid’s Prado Museum and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.

Guangzhou Triennial: As We May Think: Feedforward

Dec 21–Mar 10, 2019

Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Still image from LAWRENCE LEK’s Geomancer, 2017, HD video, color, stereo sound: 48 min 15 sec. Copyright and courtesy the artist.

The sixth Guangzhou Triennial, titled “As We May Think: Feedforward,” will focus on how technology has affected societies across the globe in recent decades. Its title references American engineer Vannevar Bush’s visionary 1945 essay “As We May Think,” which forecasts the emergence of the information society. The triennial is helmed by the director of the Guangdong Museum of Art, Wang Shaoqiang, and will present three themed exhibitions: “Inside the Stack: Art in the Digital” curated by Philipp Ziegler; “Evolutions of Kin” curated by Angelique Spaninks; and “Machines Are Not Alone” curated by Zhang Ga. Works by 49 artists from 12 countries and regions will be shown, including presentations by London-based artist Lawrence Lek, New Zealand conceptual artist Simon Denny, and Australian environmental engineer and multimedia artist Tega Brain.

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