Events Around the World
A New Dynasty – Created in China is a visual, thought-provoking, and inspiring encounter with China as a present-day superpower. The works of art will give visitors unique keys to the understanding of a world which is both familiar and strange at the same time; the complex and multi-faceted phenomenon of China.
Grantee: Song Dong
The first solo museum exhibition for Los Angeles-based artist Keiko Fukazawa features recent work from her three residencies in Jingdezhen, China—known as the porcelain capital of the world. By merging cast ceramic forms with iconic images of Chairman Mao Zedong, luxury brand logos, and historic glazing techniques, the past and present collide in Fukazawa’s works creating ironic and playful observations on consumerism in China and worldwide.
The exhibition brings together twelve artists of different generations who live and work in mainland China. The artists establish links and contrasts between a wide variety of techniques and media, drawn from both local tradition and culture and cutting-edge technologies, to reveal the complexities of a society in a permanent state of change.
This exhibition of Murakami’s unique collection, with its overwhelming quantity and diversity, will provide an insight into the sources of the artist’s aesthetic ideas, the nature of art and desire, and the mechanisms that create value in contemporary society, while also encouraging viewers to question art's conventional context.
The Colony is loosely based on nineteenth century depictions of a cluster of islands off the west coast of Peru, rich in guano, a powerful fertilizer. Lê’s narratives touch on aspects of the islands’ history such as the nineteenth century imperial wars between Spain and its former colonies Peru and Chile, and the US Guano Act of 1856.
This landmark exhibition is part of the highly successful Global Prudential Eye Programme and a key highlight of Singapore Art Week. In its third edition, the exhibition showcases 15 of Asia’s emerging contemporary artists.
Grantee: Sutthirat Supaparinya
This exhibition highlights a selection of photographs donated in honor of the 25th anniversary of the National Gallery’s photography's collection. The exhibition is accompanied by a major publication celebrating 25 years of photography at the National Gallery of Art.
Grantee: Leo Rubinfien
Murakami's 100-meter-long painting, The 500 Arhats, one of the largest paintings ever produced in global art history, will be shown in Japan for the first time. The work was created as a token of gratitude to the nation of Qatar, one of the first to offer assistance in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and was unveiled in Doha in 2012. The exhibition will comprise The 500 Arhats and a number of new works in which he continues to offer up new challenges to the history of contemporary art.
Grantee: Murakami Takashi
Tsunagu: Connecting to the Architecture of Kengo Kuma focuses on Kuma’s design for the Portland Japanese Garden’s Cultural Crossing project, his first public commission in North America.
Grantee: Kuma Kengo
This exhibition debuts at Wesleyan, and features works by Sun Xun, Jin Shan, Ma Qiusha, Lu Yang, Bo Wang, Pixy Liao, Liu Chuang, Shi Zhiying, Guo Xi, and Yan Xing that reflect the state of China today, and raise questions about the sustainability of national and cultural identity in an increasingly globalized world.
Grantee: Barbara Pollack
Using carbon fiber rods as sonic and visual elements that pick up the sounds of wind, generating harmonics, as well as other sounds of nature, Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance faculty Richard Lerman has created a three-channel sound/video installation recorded in the Arctic regions of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia.
Grantee: Richard Lerman
The exhibition speculates if a South Asian view can be articulated, assembling and repositioning works that speak to the themes and aesthetics of the genre. Astral journeys, cosmological quests, astronomical explorations, alien encounters, nihilistic visions, retro-futurist experiments and a need to reimagine the future will here be addressed by artists who have experienced the wonder, the hubris and excesses of the space age from a slightly different tilt on the universe.
A new physical vocabulary is created in Dancing with Death that marries this open, improvisational, organic and intuitive nature of folk expression with Klunchun’s contemporary choreographic system based on classical Thai dance. It is choreography of continuous creativity and an image of “life after death” as a never-ending cycle.