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
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
The Kitchen presenting the world premiere of Quicksand, an opera-novel for music, dance, and light, composed from a novel of the same name by the late Robert Ashley. This work, divided into three acts of 16 scenes each, combines separate and “moveable” sequences of choreography by Steve Paxton, electric orchestra composed by Tom Hamilton, and light environments by David Moodey to present a unified work without a linear narrative structure.
“The Human Body: Measure and Norms” features the works of seven Hong Kong artists in a variety of artistic media. The showcase seeks to highlight and question the social constraints imposed on the body as a physical, social and political entity, and explore the possibilities of freeing the body from the norms and representations against which it is gauged.
As a visual and performance artist, Sam Penaso’s new artworks represents the matrix – the jumble of letters and numbers – as an expression of how communication and technology when combined creates art. The works aim to portray the artist’s vision, and that is to create perfection in the absolute abstraction of symbols towards a logical pattern – the unification of language, science and mathematics through art.
Kohei Nawa’s solo exhibition “MOVEMENT” features works including “BEADS,” “Direction,” “Moment,” “Trans,” and a documentary of his performance piece “Vessel,” which was presented in summer 2015. Having the unique concept of PixCell as an axis, his works continue to unfold expressions in diversity.
Grantee: Nawa Kohei
Sweep, a brand new 2016 milestone in Chen Kai's Classifiable Movement series focusing on rolling movement. Body movements and stage designs are kept nearest to the level of the ground, a very fresh visual angle for you to feast the contemporary dance performance.
This explosive exhibition connects the dots between art produced around the world during the 1960s and 1970s, showing how different cultures and countries responded to the movement. The exhibition reveals how pop was never just a celebration of western consumer culture, but was often a subversive international language of protest – a language that is more relevant today than ever.
Politics, the body, domestic revolution, consumption, public protest, and folk – all are explored and laid bare in eye-popping Technicolor and across many media, from canvas to car bonnets and pinball machines.
IN INFINITY is a presentation of Yayoi Kusama’s works from more than six decades and features a variety of the many artistic media in which she has worked: from visual art to performance, film, literature and design. A special feature of this exhibition is the involvement of Kusama’s work with fashion and design including the artist’s earliest, unique fashion design from the 1960s. In addition to this the exhibition displays a selection of Kusama’s youth works from Japan, which has never been exhibited before.
Grantee: Kusama Yayoi
Funny, awkward, painful, and both wide-ranging and very personal, God Bless Baseball reveals how deeply rooted the iconic American game is in everyday life in Japan and Korea, from the highest echelons of political power down into the most intimate family recollections.
Cosmos \ Intime - The Takahashi Collection is the first time that forty works of this incomparable collection will be presented outside Japan. Among the 22 artists in this selection made in collaboration with Ryûtarô Takahashi include international stars of contemporary art such as ACC grantees Yayoi Kusama, Makato Aida, Kohei Nawa, Aiko Miyanaga, Motohiko Odani, and Hiraku Suzuki, among many other contemporary artists.
Chance Ecologies: The Wild Landscape of Hunter’s Point South displays the results of a daring summer-long experimental art project on a large plot of publicly owned land in Hunter’s Point, Long Island City, Queens. The accidental post-industrial landscape, predominantly disused for the last 35 years, harbored a rich unplanned ecology that participating artists explored through a series of secret temporary installations, performances, and research interventions. Located in the mouth of Newtown Creek, a federal Superfund site, and facing magnificent views of Midtown Manhattan across the East River, the site embodies the paradoxes of man-made ecological crisis and the continued drive towards the production of human habitats.
Exhibited in the form of photographs, videos, installations, documentation, elaborations of processes, speculative proposals, and an archive of plants and materials, Chance Ecologies is a platform for artists and thinkers to creatively explore the value of wild places in the city, uncovering and mapping their layered histories and the natural ecologies that have evolved in them.
Grantee: Anne Percoco
I Understand Everything Better is a deeply personal reflection on the consciousness of dying and narratives interrupted by a cataclysmic storm. Combining personal narratives, traditional Japanese Noh theater, along with work by collaborators Tei Blow and Sibyl Kempson, Neumann’s virtuosic movement and humor reveals the shimmer of realms unseen, the concurrence of unrelated events and the body itself as evidence of a will having to let go.
This exhibition presents a panorama of photographic art made between 1970 and 2010 from the Deutsche Bank Collection. The show features some 40 artists (and a total of approx. 60 works) who are active within their respective cultural and social milieus. The artists are from Germany, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.Through their works, the show hopes to cast a spotlight on contemporary photographic expression as it exists within the ever accelerating wave of globalization.
In the video installation and book A Man, A Village, A Museum, the Chinese artist Li Mu brings the inhabitants of Qiuzhuang, his hometown, in contact with modernist artworks from the collection of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.A Man, A Village, A Museum has been acquired by the Van Abbemuseum and is on show as part of the collection exhibition The Collection Now.
Grantee: Li Mu
Created by ACC Fellow Leung Chi Wo, Frater is the centrepiece of ‘Tracing some places’ - the inaugural exhibition of The Mills Gallery which showcases Leung’s versatile practice since 1996, including prints, photographs, videos and installations. The artist is known for his ability to work across mediums while referencing the rapid changes of Hong Kong. His new work stems from his own family history, pointing towards the trajectory of Hong Kong’s development and the crucial place occupied by the textiles industry in it.
Grantee: Leung Warren Chi Wo
This exhibition of more than 100 gold objects focuses on the wealth of the golden age of Butuan (pronounced boot’ wan), a polity on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao that rose to commercial prominence in the tenth century and declined in the thirteenth century.
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Grantee: Florina Capistrano-Baker