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
This exhibition focuses on Tanaka's activity after 2010, when he started to be interested in the activities of collaboration, with his new work at the center along with his recent works.
The new work produced for this exhibition is based on the six-day lodging and a series of workshops conducted during that time, in which general participants, facilitators and camera crews stayed together under one roof.
Grantee: Tanaka Koki
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.
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation presents Like A Prime Number, the solo exhibition by Japanese-Italian visual artist Enrico Isamu Oyama.
Oyama is best known for the signature style Quick Turn Structure (QTS): minimal, free-flowing motifs of repetitive lines, developed from the visual language of graffiti culture and contextualized in the realm of contemporary art.
Grantee: Enrico Isamu Oyama
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.
Taking place in traditional and alternative performance venues, studios, and classrooms, the work is conceived as a public “conversation” between the artists’ respective aesthetics (butoh and hip-hop), cultural backgrounds (Japanese-American and African-American), and personalities.
Grantee: Michael Sakamoto
Culture Clash spans a period of approximately 30 years and seeks to represent a broad view of this fascinating artist who moves from culture to culture, assimilating ideas and techniques while simultaneously poking fun at the present-day sacred cows she encounters.
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
Curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor & Lydia Bell in collaboration with Eiko, A Body in Places (February 17-March 23) is Danspace Project’s tenth Platform, a month-long multi-disciplinary program that will illuminate and expand Eiko’s solo project of the same title.
Grantee: Ishioka Eiko
Yuki Okumura is an artist whose practice resembles that of a translator, ghostwriter or mediator, subjectively interpreting, reenacting or sometimes radically rewriting works by other artists that tackle the issue of the artist’s selfhood. While his work is presented in the media of video, text, curatorial and workshop projects, its underlying form is performance, where his behind-the-scenes gestures catalyze or manipulate visible narratives.
Grantee: Okumura Yuki
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
A study of meditation and ritual at a Buddhist temple in South Korea. The trance-inducing chanting underscores a harmonious union of man with nature—the cycle of death and rebirth—as the woods outside the temple and the Buddha statues within shift rapidly in and out of focus.
Grantee: Seoungho Cho
Japanese sound artist Nao Nishihara has built a site-specific sound installation at IDIO and will open the show with a sound performance on Thursday, Feb 25th at 6PM.
Sound Art Curator-in-Residence Maria Chavez will host a panel discussion with the artist on Sunday, Feb 27th learn more about his process and practice.
Grantee: Nishihara Nao
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
Under the direction of Jose Estrella from an adaptation by Rody Vera based on Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, TISOY BROWN: HARI NG WALA "tells the journey of Tisoy Brown, an Amerasian in 1980s Olongapo as he discovers and reinvents his identity."
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 "SEA PROJECT: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia - 1980 to Now." conducts studies focused on the ASEAN-10 countries, building to a jointly-organized exhibition scheduled for summer 2017. As the first edition of such events, Symposium entitled "How Has Japan Engaged with Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia?" is to be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
Grantee: Shimoda Seiji
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
With artworks that pulsate vibrancy and pieces that resonate ingenuity, style, and mastery, the Asian Cultural Council Philippines and Leon Gallery partner in presenting another exciting fundraising art auction.
In celebration of his company's 40th anniversary in 2013, Lin created Rice to honor the land that has nurtured "Asia's leading contemporary dance theatre" (The Times, London). It was inspired by the energy and resplendence of Chihshang in the East Rift Valley of Taiwan, home of "Emperor's Rice." The piece is set to the music of Hakka folk songs, the oldest among the existing Chinese dialects; operatic arias; and sounds from the fields against a video backdrop that depicts the life cycle of rice.
Grantee: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre
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.
Grantee: Firoz Mahmud
On the occasion of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s 40th anniversary, internationally renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-min created RICE, inspired by the energy and resplendence of Chihshang in the East Rift Valley of Taiwan, home of “Emperor’s Rice.” Accompanied by Hakka folk songs and operatic arias, against a video backdrop spanning the life cycle of a rice paddy, the formidable Cloud Gate dancers celebrate the earth that has nurtured “Asia’s leading contemporary dance theatre.”
Grantee: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre
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.
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.
Tchaikovsky competition winner Jennifer Koh, says The Strad, is a “risk-taking, high octane player. A scorching talent that should on no account be missed...” Experience her astonishing artistry in Bartók’s blazing Violin Concerto.
Grantee: Jennifer Koh
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.