Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to the...
In 1969, Horikawa Michio, schoolteacher and member of the artist collective GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), filled out the customs paperwork to mail a one-kilogram river stone from Niigata, the proverbial 'backside of Japan', to President Nixon. In return, Horikawa received a thank you note for this 'most unusual Christmas gift'—a muted anti-war...
'He was not a "political" kind of person. He just wanted to be honest and straight. But it was not easy in Korea to live like that,' writes curator Kim Inhye on artist Yun Hyong-keun. For much of his life, Yun lived in proximity to some of the most tumultuous moments in modern Korean history, from which he emerged as a pioneer of abstract...
Who are the people under 40 making waves in the art world? That was the question we asked ourselves in 2014, when we launched the first Apollo 40 Under 40. That year’s list, which focused on Europe, and the subsequent 40 Under 40 USA, weren’t meant as power lists but as surveys of talent: of young people who have firmly established their credentials in this sector and whom we fully expect will be inspiring us with their innovations, ideas and achievements for decades to come.
This year the Apollo 40 Under 40 turns to the Asia Pacific region, and will once again feature 40 individuals selected from the hundreds of nominations we received from across the world. As in previous years, a distinguished panel of judges will choose ten individuals in each of four categories: Artists, Collectors, Business, and Thinkers.
Through collecting, preserving, and making information on the recent history of contemporary art in Asia easily accessible, AAA aims to facilitate understanding, research, and writing in the field and challenge existing global narratives. AAA is a proactive platform, instigating critical thinking and dialogue, bringing people together, and organising diverse public, educational, and residential programmes for a wide range of audiences. At the core of its mission is AAA's commitment to create a collection belonging to the public, a collection that exists not in an enclosed space, but in a space that is open and productive, generating new ideas and works that continually reshape the Archive itself.
Asia Art Archive is a young and dynamic organisation initiated in 2000 as a direct response to the increasing number of Asian contemporary art exhibitions and events world wide. Based in Hong Kong, AAA, a non-profit organisation and registered charity, is dedicated to documenting the recent history of visual art from the region within an international context. Its first Executive Director, Claire Hsu, founded the Asia Art Archive in collaboration with Chang Tsong-zung and Ronald Arculli. The current chair of the board is Jane DeBevoise.
The first art education centre and library of its kind, AAA boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of primary and secondary source material on contemporary Asian art in the world, with over 32,000 titles accessible to the public, free of charge, via its physical 4,000-square-foot space and searchable from its website.
From its inception, AAA has acknowledged its position in the field as more than a static collection of material waiting to be discovered. Through the regular initiation of educational and public programs by the Research+ Department, AAA endeavours to be pro-active in instigating dialogue and critical thinking, and in introducing as wide an audience as possible to this rich resource through its education program.
Kukje Gallery has been a pivotal cultural hub in Seoul, Korea since its inception in 1982. Kukje Gallery is located in the heart of Samcheong-dong, a historically and culturally significant district. The gallery boasts three unique buildings, each titled according to its age: K1, K2, and K3. K2 opened in 2007 to celebrate the gallery’s 25th anniversary, and K3 opened in 2012 to commemorate its 30th anniversary.
Committed to showcasing both international and Korean artists, Kukje is widely celebrated for its diverse and ambitious programming. Specializing in modern and contemporary art, Kukje is often the first venue in Korea to present prominent artists, and major exhibitions have been staged to introduce leading international artists such as Anthony Caro, Anselm Kiefer, Alexander Calder, Louise Bourgeois, Donald Judd, Anish Kapoor, Bill Viola, Roni Horn, Candida Höfer, Julian Opie, Paul McCarthy, Jenny Holzer, Eva Hesse and Jean-Michel Othoniel.
In conjunction with its focus on international artists, Kukje is committed to promoting Korean artists abroad, introducing artists such as Haegue Yang, Kimsooja, Gimhongsok, Kyungah Ham, Yeondoo Jung, Sora Kim and Jae-Eun Choi at major art fairs around the world. Just as importantly, Kukje has made a strong commitment to post-war Korean artists including Ha Chong-Hyun, Lee Ufan, Chung Chang-Sup, Kwon Young-Woo, Park Seo-Bo, and Chung Sang-Hwa. In particular, Kukje has played a critical role in introducing Korean artists to important collectors, museums and cultural venues around the world, and many Korean artists supported by Kukje Gallery have exhibited in international biennials and major museum exhibitions.
These projects along with the gallery’s ambitious and scholarly exhibition catalogues and ongoing lecture series are what make Kukje a significant contributor in shaping Korea’s cultural landscape. Building on its unmatched reputation, Kukje continues to play a key role in developing the domestic art market as well as providing an important venue for introducing international trends.
The mission of the museum, as stated in 2005, is to "focus on 20th and 21st century visual culture, broadly defined, from a Hong Kong perspective and with a global vision. With an open, flexible and forward-looking attitude, M+ aims to inspire, delight, educate and engage the public, to explore diversity and foster creativity."
The inaugural director, Lars Nittve has explained that the name is simply drawn from the concept of "museum and more". The team currently, without a building, has sought to move beyond the typical model of the art museum, for example by serving as a showcase of diverse subjects like architecture, film and all manner of moving images including animation and video games.
The holdings of the museum comprise a variety of types of media, including "sketches, electronic media, installation, objects, painting, photography, architectural models, printed matter, sculpture and time-based intangibles".
On 12 June 2012 Uli Sigg, a Swiss collector of reportedly the largest and most comprehensive collection of contemporary Chinese art in the world, announced that he would donate the majority of his holdings to M+. This founding acquisition includes 1,463 donated works by 325 artists, "conservatively valued" at $1.3 billion Hong Kong dollars. In addition to this there was a purchase from Sigg of a further 47 works for $177 million. From opening in 2019 until 2021, the M+ Sigg collection will be presented "in isolation", and afterward displayed as part of the overall holdings.
Construction of the building began in 2014. The design was won by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and Hong Kong-based TFP Farrells. The 60,000 square-meter museum, scheduled for opening in 2019, is located in the West Kowloon Cultural District. This is a new area, currently under development on Hong Kong’s waterfront, that will include museums, theaters, exhibition venues and a 14-hectare public park. M+ is presently administered by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, a statutory agency of the Hong Kong government. A separate subsidiary company will be set up in the future with the aim of ensuring its "independence and efficiency".
Para Site is Hong Kong's leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications, discursive, and educational projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society.
Founded in early 1996 as an artist run space, Para Site was Hong Kong's first exhibition-making institution of contemporary art and a crucial self-organised structure within the city’s civil society, during the uncertain period preceding its handover to Mainland China. Throughout the years, Para Site has grown into a contemporary art centre, engaged in a wide array of activities and collaborations with other art institutions, museums, and academic structures in Hong Kong and the international landscape. In early 2015, Para Site moved to greatly increased premises, in North Point/Quarry Bay. Throughout its history, Para Site's activities have included a range of different formats, among which P/S magazine (1997-2006), a bilingual publication, which was Hong Kong's first visual arts magazine and a central platform for the development of art writing and of a discursive scene in the city and the Curatorial Training Programme (2007-2010). Since 2012, Para Site has been running an International Art Residency Programme and has been organizing an annual international conference. This is accompanied, starting from 2015, by a new educational format aimed at training young curators and other art professionals. Para Site's activities are made possible by the generous support of its patrons, and grants from foundations and the Government of the HKSAR.
The Simon Lee Gallery was founded by Simon Lee in 2002 in Berkeley Street, Mayfair. The premise of the Simon Lee Gallery has been from the start to re-present the work of established artists of diverse generations from Europe and the USA to a UK audience from an informed perspective and with a fresh and critical eye.
The gallery also promotes younger artists from Europe and the USA whose work defines a new relationship to the conceptual and regularly punctuates its programme with historical exhibitions and curated group shows which enables the gallery to present a lively perspective on contemporary art practice and thought, and to continue a broader dialogue with artists outside of the gallery programme. Within the London context, the Simon Lee Gallery provides a radical platform from which to present artists and their ideas.
Simon Lee Gallery collaborates with museums and other commercial galleries to give its artists exposure outside London. It also publishes catalogues and artist monographs endeavouring to provide a precise and rigorous context in which its artists can be viewed. In conjunction with the gallery’s emphasis on providing a point of public access to the work of many artists, the gallery also regularly hosts and invites educational groups from museums, art schools and universities from both the UK and abroad.
As a direct extension of the London Headquarters, May 2012 saw the inauguration of Simon Lee Gallery in Pedder Building, Hong Kong under the directorship of Katherine Schaefer. Showing leading artists such as Sherrie Levine, Larry Clark and Matias Faldbakken for the first time in Asia, Simon Lee Gallery’s Hong Kong space aims to introduce the gallery artists to a wider public in Hong Kong. Since inception, Simon Lee Gallery in Hong Kong has integrated with the thriving Asian scene of internationally renowned artistic activities, providing a platform in Asia for their conceptual artists as well as younger artists outside of the programme such as Andre Komatsu and Carla Zaccagnini.
The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) is a comprehensive, not-for-profit art center serving a global Beijing public. Located at the heart of the 798 Art District, it was founded by collectors Guy and Myriam Ullens and opened in November 2007. Through a wide array of exhibitions and programs, UCCA promotes the development of the local artistic environment, fosters international exchange, and showcases the latest in art, design, and other fields. UCCA’s cultural and educational programs bring the public into close contact with cutting-edge thought in art and the humanities, advancing the public cultural sensibility and bringing new experiences to its audience.
Spread over three factory chambers built in the early 1950s to Bauhaus-influenced designs, UCCA's spaces maintain traces of their industrial past. Fully renovated by architects Jean-Michel Wilmotte and Qingyun Ma in 2007, it is a space capable of hosting international exhibitions of the highest caliber. With a total area of 8,000 square meters, it encompasses four main exhibition spaces including the signature Great Hall, the Central Gallery, the Nave, and the Long Gallery, all of which boast professional lighting and climate and humidity control and support exhibitions of the highest caliber.
UCCA’s four main spaces play host each year to around fifteen exhibitions of varying scale. A rich complement of educational and interpretive programs expand the reach of these displays, bringing viewers into closer contact with the ideas behind the work on view. As an international museum operating on Chinese soil, UCCA maintains a special focus on recent developments and historical movements in Chinese contemporary art, pairing this expert engagement with exhibitions devoted to major trends and figures from around the region and the world. Through the rigor of its curatorial standards, UCCA aims to further the development of the art world in China and bring public attention to the very best work being made.
CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Through its more than 500 annual programs—including art talks, exchanges, film screenings, performances, workshops, and public festivals—UCCA creates a creative platform for cultural interaction, which in turn allows its public to explore possibilities in different social fields. These programs allow participants to discover the world from a new perspective, to share their knowledge with the future.
UCCASTORE maintains China's leading program of limited editions, having collaborated with more than forty artists to produce specially commissioned works. It also showcases the work of cutting-edge designers, offering a wide range of original products found nowhere else. All UCCASTORE proceeds support the Center’s programs and operations.
For Haegue Yang, 2015 was a rather hectic year. Along with participating in major art events, such as the Biennale de Lyon, the Sharjah Biennial and the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Yang has also put together four solo shows around the world; including two extensive institutional exhibitions in Asia at the Ullens Center for...
This month the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, Australia, plays host to the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8). Renowned as a platform for surveying the vast geographic expanse of Asian and Pacific contemporary art, the triennial continues to uphold a long-term commitment to the region....
The much-anticipated National Gallery Singapore opened its doors to the public for the first time on 24 November 2015. Following an extensive renovation by Studio Milou Architecture, the museum now occupies two important historic buildings in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District, the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings. The...
Adrian Cheng, a supporter of arts development and education in Hong Kong and Asia, is the founder of K11 art malls and the non-profit K11 Art Foundation. The latter serves to support emerging artists and designers from Greater China, while also promoting art’s public reach through such initiatives as K11 Art Space Workshops, K11 Art...
The Lee Kit exhibition, You., shown recently the Cattle Depot Artist Village in Hong Kong, was an expanded adaptation of his solo presentation for Hong Kong at the 55th Venice Biennale. The Venice presentation, entitled You (you)., received international critical acclaim and Lee was touted by the Wall Street Journal as ‘one of the five...
Born in Shanghai in 1977, Xu Zhen is an artist who operates as a corporation. Having established MadeIn Company in 2009, it is under this corporate moniker that the artist produces work, which spans disciplines and approaches. The establishment of the artist’s new identity, however, only built on his past incarnation as an individual. In...
Claire Hsu is Co-founder and Executive Director of Asia Art Archive. Instrumental in shaping the Hong Kong contemporary art scene, AAA is an independent non-profit organisation with one of the most comprehensive collections of material on contemporary Asian art in the world. In addition to housing over 37,000 records, AAA organises a dynamic...
Active in promoting art and design in Hong Kong, Alan Lo is the Chairman of Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, sits on the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and was a member of Art HK’s advisory group. Lo is also a co-founder and director of Hong Kong-based Press Room Group, owner and operator of various well-known restaurants and...
Philip Tinari is director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, an independent museum in Beijing's 798 Art District with an annual public of over half a million visitors. He is also founding editor of the art magazine LEAP, contributing editor to Artforum, and adjunct professor in the College of Humanities at the Central...
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