Natvar Bhavsar: RANG RASA (Transcendent Color) has been organized by Ai Kato, Director of Tower49 Gallery, and includes seventeen large-scale paintings on canvas and six works on paper works spanning the years 1970 to 2014. The exhibition continues on the 24th floor galleries. The exhibition catalogue, available at the front desk, features an essay by poet, novelist, and art critic Carter Ratcliff.
Visions and Beyond
Whorled Explorations is conceived as a temporary observation deck hoisted at Kochi. The exhibition draws upon a wide glossary of signs from this legendary maritime gateway to bring together sensory and conceptual propositions that map our world referencing history, geography, cosmology, time, space, dreams and myths.
Display design for big window & 16 small windows. Made by Gendai Kobo & Hacienda / Concept by Taiyo Kimura
Suga’s installations, which take form in a given space, and use stones, wood, and metal plates as materials, can be described as generating a situation" (kei) that arises as a consequence of the coexistence of each piece of matter. Matter coexists in a group, and a mutual connectivity (renkansei) is born from that situation. By manipulating these intellectually, and with abundant sensitivity, space and matter begin to transform. The activation of space resulting from the intervention of the creative act is the essence of Suga’s art.
The exhibition will present video works, including both The Class and Conversation series, where Rasdjarmrearnsook conducts discussions with corpses. Also included is Village and Elsewhere: Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith Beheading Holofernes, Jeff Koons' Untitled, and Thai Villagers (2011), a video in which a Buddhist monk leads a comical conversation about these two Western paintings in a temple. A more recent group of works featured focuses on the status of dogs in Thai culture and beyond. The exhibition will premiere a new series of sculptures, each a portrait of the stray dogs that Rasdjarmrearnsook cares for in her home and at Chiang Mai University, where she teaches.
Concrete to Data
The emphasis of this exhibition will celebrate the transcending techniques, styles, methods and contexts of generating street art and graffiti. The show will display works from the late 1970’s through today’s new media technologies. The works will range from ephemeral murals to site specific arrangements and installations. Techniques with aerosol paint, stencils, brush application, paste-ups, assemblage, sculpture, photography, video art, GIF animation, virtual reality, documentation and internet technologies are represented. A collaborative public open call for submissions will also be launched.
The Grand Topology
In this exhibition, Liang Shuo builds a topological space in the gallery. The audience enters the gallery and thus gets into a topological space. The theme “Tuo Pu Ou Le Ju” is a trick, a figure of speech that stresses the rhetoric itself. The fond taste for the excessive and the affected, boasts an undisguised affection for kitsch. An irony somehow arises from this overtness. This is perhaps what Liang means by the aesthetics of “Zha”.
I Wanna Eat Yummy Yummy
The participating artists will create works around the axis of food and art. ACC Fellow Choi Yan-chi sets out to facilitate a dialogue with participants on virtual space and trigger an exchange of thoughts through sharing food. Freeman Lau is planning to create a gigantic fortune cookie for visitors to make wishes in the gallery. Samson Young will present a contemporary version of "Coffee Cantata", a secular cantata by JS Bach in 1732. Li Peng takes inspirations from local history, rituals and tableware. Ng Ka-chun begins with the concept of a greenhouse and is creating handmade utensils from the wooden handles of hoes, not only to extend the life of farming tools through his craftsman's skills, but also to care about the development of local farming and Morgan Wong expresses his concerns about issue of lifespan through his installation work.
Through the activation of an integral segment of the Lopez Museum and Library’s collection, the World War II propaganda and election-related archival materials, Propaganda fleshes out the idea of myth-making and its ability to inspire change in society, and conversely, the formation of a fantasy or outright fallacy packaged as a promise that never gets fulfilled. The exhibition brings together works of featured artists Nunelucio Melocoton Alvarado, Santiago Bose, Joey Cobcobo, Don Salubayba, and Alvin Yapan along with a selection from the museum and library’s collection such as works of Juan Luna, Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, National artists Napoleon Abueva, Fernando Amorsolo, Jose Joya, J Elizalde Navarro, J. Elizalde Navarro, and Cesar Legaspi. Propaganda is co-curated by Ricky Francisco and Ethel Villafranca.
Liu Wei (b. 1972, Beijing) is one of the most important artistic voices of his generation. Coming from the heated conceptual climate of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou during the 1990s and a key member of the late 1990s “Post-Sense Sensibility” formation, Liu Wei has gone on in the past decade to pioneer an artistic language all his own. Based on a fastidious combination of elements abstract and concrete, Chinese and universal, his practice addresses the new ways of seeing and knowing made possible in contemporary China. Present throughout his practice is a unique sense of how juxtapositions of objects and materials create meanings, and of how objects placed in space structure viewers’ experiences. This exhibition, Liu Wei’s largest institutional solo show to date, revolves around a grouping of major new paintings, sculptures, and videos which refer back to his fifteen years of mature output while also opening up interpretive pathways for works yet to come.
A Dream I Dreamed
Having made her name in New York’s avant-garde art scene since the late 1950s, Kusama Yayoi (Japanese, 1929- ) has worked in a wide variety of styles and media, including surrealism, abstract expressionism, minimalism, pop art, performance art, etc., and still continues to dazzle the world with her iconic polka dots. She has held many large retrospective and touring exhibitions at major modern art museums in Europe and America in recent years, receiving a highly favorable response, and has collaborated with Louis Vuitton, launching a Kusama fashion trend. This Asian touring exhibition got underway in 2013; after touring to Daegu, Shanghai, and Seoul, it will come to Taiwan in 2015 and first be held at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition showcases Kusama’s most recent works while presenting the rich creative context and unique features of her art from the past six decades. Containing close to 120 artworks: paintings, sculptures, installations, and video works, this Kusama solo exhibition will be unprecedented in Taiwan.
Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik’s multi-monitor, sculptural installation M200/Video Wall, (1991), along with selected works from the early 1990s, will be exhibited on February 12 through March 14, 2015. Nam June Paik is commonly hailed as the “father” of new media art for his discoveries in music, video, performance, television broadcast and technological experimentation. He balanced a Utopian philosophy with a technical pragmatism and a subversive sense of humor, creating works that drew on chance encounters between ideas, the object and the public.
Laughter in Art
Artist: Ay-O, Akira Yamaguchi, Taiyo Kimura, Marcel Duchamp, Yasumasa Morimura
Works: Small Death 2014 / Untitled(stool for guard) 2007/ Questionnaire 2009 / Visitor’s Book 2011
Vanita Gupta at Shridharani Gallery
The Legend of Mulan
The Legend of Mulan re-tells a tale of the globally recognized and iconic heroine from ancient China, who was originally presented in a Chinese poem known as the Ballad of Mulan dating to the fifth century. Mulan, a peasant girl, disguised herself as a man to join the army in place of her aged father. She fought for a decade and gained much respect. She gave up a position at court and retired to her hometown instead. Traditional Chinese virtues are examplified through the unusual adventures and touching story of Mulan, who shows extraordinary courage when it comes to protecting her country and family. A heroine with moral courage and intelligence, Mulan’s exceptional wisdom and vision transcend fame and fortune
Shantala Shivalingappa, a "child of the east and west," was born in Madras, India, and raised in Paris. She grew up in a world filled with dance and music, initiated at a young age by her mother, acclaimed dancer Savitry Nair. Lauded by artists and connoisseurs around the world, Shantala brings a captivating contemporary sensibility to the 2,000-year-old traditional South Indian Kuchipudi dance form. Deeply moved and inspired by the grace and purity of Kuchipudi, she dedicated herself to intense and rigorous training from one of its greatest teachers, Vempati Chinna Satyam. She proceeded to work with prestigious artists such as Maurice Bejart, Peter Brook, Bartabas, Ushio Amagatsu (Sankai Juku), and Pina Bausch.
Sharjah Biennial 12: The Past, the present, the possible
Beginning with March Meeting 2014 and continuing through March Meeting 2015 (May 11–15, 2015), Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible (SB12) invites over fifty artists and cultural practitioners from over twenty-five countries to introduce their ideas of the possible through their art and work. The exhibition takes place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, crossing the emirate to sites in and around the city as well as in the city of Kalba on the Gulf of Oman. Over two-thirds of participating artists will present new works and commissions.
Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015
"Parasophia” was inspired by the femininity of the word sophia, the light ring of the word para, the visual image these words suggest, and Kyoto’s position on the world map. It is a coinage derived from the Greek para and sophia, the latter meaning “wisdom,” and the former being a prefix meaning “beside or adjacent to” or “beyond or distinct from, but analogous to,” as in paradox, parasol, parachute, paraphrase, paranoia, parameter, and so on. In the context of high school Chemistry, the term para also indicates a combining form designating the position straight across the hexagonal aromatic compound known as the benzene ring. The other positions are ortho and meta (see diagram). Ortho generally means “straight” or “upright,” as in orthodox, and meta suggests something that is “higher” or “beyond.” I prefer para to the rigidness of ortho and to the sense of hierarchy suggested by meta"
Preview of Paradise Interrupted
The sneak-peak of the eagerly awaited opera will be staged in the glorious Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing. Paradise Interrupted is a poetic weaving of the western myth of the Garden of Eden and the Chinese myth of the Peony Pavilion. The narrative follows a woman in search for an unattainable ideal, exploring a world that is activated by her singing voice as she attempts to return to the garden.
Meredith Monk and Friends
Meredith Monk invites a group of colleagues from the new music, classical, jazz, and DJ worlds to demonstrate her wide-reaching influence and to celebrate her 50th anniversary of creating work in New York. Featuring an all-Monk program with Monk and her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble at the helm, the concert includes music from her opera ATLAS, selections from the acclaimed Songs of Ascension, and new arrangements and interpretations of existing works.
An Actress with a Thousand Names: A Lecture by Inuhiko Yomota
Part of the 2015 Globus Film Series The Most Beautiful: The War Films of Shirley Yamaguchi & Setsuko Hara, Yamaguchi’s multi-faceted legacy will be explored through a lecture and Q&A session by Inuhiko Yomota, a Japanese film historian, comparative literature scholar and the author of numerous books including Ri Koran to Hara Setsuko.
Imaginary Accord will aim to form new social, critical, and creative constellations by triangulating between manifold pasts, mutable presents, and potential futures. An overarching concern will be notions of "publicness" in an era increasingly marked by digital means of communication, commerce, and surveillance. Among others, Imaginary Accord will feature contributions by Agency, Brussels; Gerry Bibby with Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Berlin/Melbourne; Zach Blas, New York; Ruth Buchanan, Wellington/Berlin; Sean Dockray, Melbourne; Goldin+Senneby, Stockholm; Raqs Media Collective, New Delhi; Ross Manning, Brisbane; Marysia Lewandowska, London/Hong Kong; Hito Steyerl, Berlin, with spatial and graphic design by Leaky Studio, Berlin.