Alumni Events Around the World
Yayoi Kusama's Narcissus Garden, comprising 1,300 floating steel spheres, each approximately 12 inches in diameter (30 cm) will drift in the newly restored pond at The Glass House. The spheres will move with the wind and follow the pond's natural currents, forming a kinetic scultpure. The Glass House will also install Kusama's recently created enormous steel PUMPKIN (2015). Dots Obsession - Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope will be a special installation for a limited time, September 1 through 26, where Kusama will create an "infinity room" experience with the Glass House itself covered with polka dots.
Grantee: Kusama Yayoi
Aigues-Mortes is a walled city with a remnant of medieval days in Southern France. It has a long history as a base town for crusade expeditions but today, it is known for its wine and salt production. The artist is going to work on two installations in a castle tower that was built in the 13th century.
Grantee: Yamamoto Motoi
But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa illuminates contemporary artistic practices in the Middle East and North Africa and the region’s diaspora. Presenting a selection of newly acquired works for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, this exhibition will feature installations, photographs, sculptures, videos, and works on paper from a broad selection of artists. The exhibition is curated by Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa.
The group exhibition SNACKS features extraordinary thoughts, experiments, and experiences from artists from different corners in the world and different lifestyles. Artists will create works during their residencies inspired by public life, quotidian experience, and their memory of faith.
Grantee: Shen Wei, Photographer
ACC support allowed Walker Art Center to host the first US solo museum exhibition of artist Lee Kit, which features work from the past five years. Originally from Hong Kong and based in Taiwan, Lee creates poetic object-based installations fashioned from everyday materials and household items such as soap, towels, cardboard boxes, and plastic containers, which he transforms through subtle gestures of painting, drawing, and placement.
Grantee: Walker Art Center
ACC Grantee Koichiro Kurita directs his photography toward meditative expressions of his connection to nature. Kurita focuses upon his impressions of the natural world, extracting poetic details from the greater landscape and conveying these impressions by way of monochromatic prints, the result of platinum palladium, albumen and salt printing processes on Japanese and other papers.
Grantee: Kurita Koichiro
“Xijing” is a fictitious city-state. In 2007, the three artists, OZAWA Tsuyoshi (born in 1965 and currently residing in Saitama Prefecture), CHEN Shaoxiong (born in 1962 and currently residing in Beijing) and Gimhongsok (born in 1964 and currently residing in Seoul) formed a collaboration team called “Xijing Men” meaning people who come from Xijing. The team started a project which tells the story of a city-state somewhere in Asia that is not Beijing, Tokyo or Seoul where art-loving people reside. The story of Xijing can be interpreted as a story irradiating modern society, not just a story of a fictitious state removed from reality.
Grantee: Ozawa Tsuyoshi
Aida aims for a 'pure beauty' with regards to painting. Over 30 works are predicted to be shown: the largest quantity of any of Aida's solo gallery shows to date. The exhibition is charged with the notion that surely, in these troubled times more than ever, we must pause and reconsider the idea of a 'pure beauty'.
Grantee: Aida Makoto
Rewind: Selections from the Harold and Ruth Newman New Media Collection comprises a selection of new media works from the Museum’s collection; Asian contemporary art.
“Hong Kong Perspectives” will present different perspectives and aspects of art creation in Hong Kong, by three artists: Chen Tong, Szelit Cheung and ACC Fellow Fiona Wong. While we are viewing an object, its possible forms have been already framed by the borders of our consciousness. A present “view” is sincerely objective yet reflects oneself as well, thus different ways of viewing in the same space indeed constitute their respective concerns. From identity, political situation to humanity, those stories echo through the history of Hong Kong.
Grantee: Wong Fiona Lai-ching
To live in this hermetic space, behind concrete walls intertwined with hives of data. The imagined boundaries of the material world pierced by the illusion of progress. Like a chameleon or a moth, you merge with your surroundings, wondering if there is some cosmic order that compelled you to assume this guise, if the room is to blame, or your brain. Your memory is the illegitimate child of Photoshop. It fills in images that your eye could not catch, so you will never have to know what was missed, even when it’s gone.
Grantee: Abbas Nadim
The BAR vol.9 exhibition, "Healing and Loving" will show a mix of older works with new works made in Tokyo including camouflage based paintings and painted found wood pieces by Chaw Ei Thein and almost invisible white nail drawings and new sculptural pieces by Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar.
Although both artists make works rooted in experiences and memories related to war, loss and insecurity it is also true to say that their artistic expressions are gestures for reconciliation and love for all people. They express powerful commitments to the experiences of women and mothers, engaging deeply with materials.
Grantee: Chaw Ei Thein
Everyone has a habit of collecting, be it a fetish, a memory or other reasons. Collecting is not merely about storing things up for daily life use, but an act when individuals gather, conserve and categorize objects for a piece of memory or appreciation. Not limited to collectors who buy valuable art works, the common people is able to afford collections to various extents, from fast food restaurants’ memorabilia to limited editions toys and sports shoes. These collectibles are not priceless in monetary value but important in another sense. They crystallize the lifestyle and culture of some individuals and specific communities.
With popularization of art fairs and collecting culture in this day and age, shall we have more imaginations and boundary-pushing practices towards “collection”? Possibilities and imaginations to “collection” are demonstrated in this exhibition via the showcase of artists’ collections.
The exhibition builds on the universal success of temporary pavilions and the popularity of present-day pop-ups. Architects have risen to the challenge of creating innovative and engaging pop-up designs that will capture the public’s imagination.
Grantee: Kuma Kengo
In this arresting new opera by acclaimed composer Huang Ruo, traditional Chinese and contemporary Western idioms intertwine within an exquisite setting by visual artist Jennifer Wen Ma, known for her Emmy Award–winning work on the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The story entwines the tale of Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden with a dream episode from the Chinese opera “The Peony Pavilion,” in which a woman imagines an erotic encounter with an idealized lover.
Internationally acclaimed New York-based Chinese artist and ACC Fellow, Cai Guo-Qiang, curated an exhibition featuring 15 contemporary Chinese artists working across disciplines and multiple media. What About the Art? presents each artist in individual galleries, a curatorial approach exemplifying each artist's unique language and methodology and highlighting the distinctive creative pursuit of each individual participant.