First established in Bangkok in 1997 by Zheng Lin, Tang Contemporary Art now has two additional spaces in Beijing and a fourth location in Hong Kong. The gallery hosts a range of curatorial projects and exhibitions with a dedication to furthering the practice of contemporary art.Read More
Tang Contemporary Art represents some of the most important Chinese contemporary artists, beginning with the pre-eminent artist and political activist Ai Weiwei, whose sculptural installations, photography, film, performance, and works in other media merge the personal with the social, political, and cultural.
A number of other artists on Tang Contemporary Art’s roster rose to prominence in the early 1980s in China as part of various avantgarde art movements. Consider the artist couple that was comprised of the late Huang Yongping and Shen Yuan: separately represented by the gallery, Huang was founder of the Xiamen Dada movement of 1986 and known for his paintings, sculptures, and site-specific installations that combine irony, humour, and politics; while Shen, whose installations explore the complex realities of contemporary society, often highlights marginalised communities. There is also Chen Shaoxiong, who, emerging out of the underground art scene in Guangzhou in the mid-1980s, has examined the impact of rapid globalisation in China in his video, photography, performance, and installation work; and Yang Jiechang, who draws from the Chinese ink painting tradition to address socio-political conflicts of the present day.
Tang Contemporary Art works extensively with international artists, among them H. H. Lim, a Malaysia-born, Rome-based artist known for incorporating elements of the everyday into his artworks; Rirkrit Tiravanija, an Argentina-born artist of Thai descent whose often interactive projects offer alternatives to traditional modes of the art object and experience; and Heri Dono, a leading Indonesian contemporary artist whose playful installations and paintings bring together folk and contemporary art.
Tang Contemporary Art is known for organising riveting exhibitions that facilitate conversations between regional and international artists at each of its locations. S.E.A.—New Generation (2019), for example, brought the work of nine Southeast Asian artists to Bangkok, while Everlasting (2017) showcased works by seven United States-based artists in Beijing.
The gallery participates in numerous art fairs, whether in mainland China (such as ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair; Art Shenzhen; and West Bund Art & Design, Shanghai) or abroad (such as Art Basel in Hong Kong; Art Busan; Art Jakarta; Frieze New York; and ASIA NOW, Paris).