In the lead-up to major cultural events including the Shanghai Expo and the Biennale of Sydney, ArtAsiaPacific adopts an optimistic view of the future in our May/June issue.
For the inaugural exhibition at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai in May, Cai Guo-Qiang, the prize-winning Chinese artist best known for pyrotechnic displays on paper and in the air, will fill the six floors of the museum with an exhibition entitled “Peasant Da Vincis,” consisting of submarines, flying machines and robots made by Chinese farmers and collected by Cai over the past decade.
The contemporary art scene in Azerbaijan is mourning the loss of Leyla Akhundzadeh, the academic, curator, artist and cultural ministry advisor who tragically died, aged 56, following injuries sustained from a road accident on February 10.
On March 22, police shut down Drik Picture Library, a leading photography gallery in Dhaka, for refusing to cancel an exhibition highlighting alleged extrajudicial killings connected to the Bangladeshi police. Moments before the scheduled opening, local police raided Drik, claiming that it had failed to obtain an appropriate permit for the exhibition.
Reflecting on his recent success in Venice, Singaporean artist Ming Wong seeks creative guidance through two fictional personalities.
At once psychologically charged and amusing, Erbossyn Meldibekov’s work upends the legends and histories of Kazakhstan and Central Asia.
With imagery of antique ceramics and kitsch cake frosting, Farhad Moshiri makes ironic jabs at convention and materialism.
The instability of narrative and memory, and a sense of constructed realities undercutting themselves, are constants in the Berlin-based Israeli artist’s video work.
At 50 years old, Chen Chieh-jen is one of Taiwan’s leading artists, having in recent years exhibited in the Liverpool and Sydney biennials (both 2006), the Guangzhou Triennial (2008) and the Asia-Pacific Triennial (2009) in Brisbane, Australia.
In a 1995 interview the Cuban-American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres discussed his spy-like approach to art-making, in which he infiltrates art’s rarefied spaces with visually pleasing but seemingly unremarkable objects that surreptitiously reference autobiographical elements and contemporary politics.
Bengaluru-based artist A. Balasubramaniam’s sculptures and installations are best known for the ways in which the use of different materials, compositions and lighting can undermine the sculptures’ defined form, illuminating their physical presence and confounding the audience with visual tricks.
Over three decades, Anish Kapoor has earned global renown for a compelling body of sculptural work structured around empty spaces.