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b. 1983, Singapore

Robert Zhao Renhui Biography

Robert Zhao Renhui is an international multi-award winning and multi-disciplinary Singaporean artist. His practice investigates the different modes of the human zoological gaze, i.e., how people view animals. He is interested in the history and development of the zoological gaze alongside social progress and mediation. Renhui’s practice also investigates the different modes of knowledge production in contemporary archives.

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Robert Zhao Renhui was awarded The Young Artist Award in 2010, the highest national accolade awarded to young artists in Singapore by the National Arts Council. In the same year he received a post-graduate scholarship from The University of the Arts London.

Renhui has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions including at The Singapore Art Museum, Jendela (Singapore), The Substation (Singapore), Fukouka Asian Art Museum (Japan), Michel Foley Gallery (New York), Photo Levallois (Paris), Seoul Arts Center (Korea), Pickford House Museum (Derby, UK), PhotoIreland, Flash Forward Festival (Toronto, Canada) and Flowers East Gallery(London).

Renhui’s work is based on the concept of doubt and uncertainty and in his creation, The Institute of Critical Zoologists (ICZ), he tests to the limit the principles behind the dissemination of knowledge and acceptance of truths. The ICZ was selected by Pauline J Yao for her ‘Best of 2010’ in the publication Artforum.

Robert Zhao Renhui Featured Artworks

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Evidence of things not seen by Robert Zhao Renhui contemporary artwork
Robert Zhao RenhuiEvidence of things not seen, 2020Video installation with wood wooden structures, photography, video HD 1080 x 1920 - 50 frames/sec-
He Art Museum
#1420, After 678 Days by Robert Zhao Renhui contemporary artwork
Robert Zhao Renhui#1420, After 678 Days, 2010archival pigment print mounted on aluminium, framed
121 x 84 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
House Wood Borer by Robert Zhao Renhui contemporary artwork
Robert Zhao RenhuiHouse Wood Borer, 2018Photograph, diasec in frame
19.5 x 61.5 x 4 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Coral Reef Exposed at Low Tide by Robert Zhao Renhui contemporary artwork
Robert Zhao RenhuiCoral Reef Exposed at Low Tide, 2016Photograph Matt Diasec in black frame
100 x 150 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
J8.2 by Robert Zhao Renhui contemporary artwork
Robert Zhao RenhuiJ8.2, 2016Photograph Matt Diasec in black frame
74 x 111 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
There Are Somethings That We Know We Do Not Know by Robert Zhao Renhui contemporary artwork
Robert Zhao RenhuiThere Are Somethings That We Know We Do Not Know, 2014Matt Plexiglass,Digital Print,Aluminum Panel
74 x 111 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery

Robert Zhao Renhui Recent Exhibitions

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Robert Zhao Renhui Represented By

ShanghART contemporary art gallery in Singapore ShanghART Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore

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Shanghai Hugo Boss Asia Art Award 2017 Exhibition Related Press Shanghai Hugo Boss Asia Art Award 2017 Exhibition 23 November 2017, ArtAsiaPacific*

In late June, the four finalists for the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award 2017 were announced. The artists—Li Ming, Tao Hui, Yu Ji and Robert Zhao Renhui—were chosen from a pool of over 30 nominees for their standout exhibitions and artworks produced over the last three years, and for their potential future contributions to artistic discourse....

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The Nature Museum THE INSTITUTE OF CRITICAL ZOOLOGISTS Related Press The Nature Museum THE INSTITUTE OF CRITICAL ZOOLOGISTS 12 September 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

Devised as a collaboration between artist Robert Zhao Renhui and playwright Joel Tan, the performance-lecture and exhibition The Nature Museum was a theatrical venture into museological waters. By adopting the roles of archivists of the Institute of Critical Zoologists, Zhao and Tan took their audience on an informal tour, encouraging one to...

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Rockbund Art Museum announces finalists of HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2017 Related Press Rockbund Art Museum announces finalists of HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2017 3 July 2017, Art Radar Journal

Dedicated to the support of emerging artists from Greater China and Southeast Asia, the biennial Hugo Boss Asia Art Award was established in 2013 and is now in its third iteration. The Award aims to contribute towards artistic and cultural exchanges in the broader historical and social contexts of Greater China and Southeast Asia. It helps in...

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JUNE ROUNDUP: NOTES FROM NIPPON Related Press JUNE ROUNDUP: NOTES FROM NIPPON 30 June 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

While summer is generally known for being a slow time in the world art calendar, June in Tokyo proved to be one of the busiest months of the year, with the opening of the first Japan outpost of Galerie Perrotin, a large retrospective of a beloved Swiss sculptor and notable exhibitions showcasing established contemporary Japanese artists. Here are...

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