CHEN WEI: The Club
March 24 – May 7, 2017
Opening: Thursday 23 March, 6–8pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George St, Fitzroy
Melbourne, Victoria 3065
Titled “The Club”, Chen Wei’s first institutional solo exhibition in Australia is to open on March 23, 2017 and runs until May 7 at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.
Beijing-based artist Chen Wei’s practice actively blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction through the construction of carefully staged scenes and handcrafted objects. The Club – his first solo exhibition in a public institution in Australia – comprises a series of photographs and installations that fabricate a visual archive of Chinese club culture. Chen has meticulously recreated the architecture, interiors and culture of nightclubs to celebrate this previously undocumented subculture and to provide a commentary on wider social changes that have been taking place in China.
Gabriel Lester, Dwelling Kappiri Spirits, 2016
Forming in the Pupil of an Eye
December 12th, 2016 through March 29th, 2017
Gabriel Lester is featured among 97 artists who have been invited to create new works in this year’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the largest contemporary art biennial in South Asia. Curated by the eminent Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty, the third edition of the Biennale is titled Forming in the Pupil of an Eye. The Biennale will run from December 12, 2016 until March 29, 2017.
Do You Think That You Can Help Her Brother?
February 11th, 2017 through April 23rd, 2017
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
111 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
He An’s neon light installation, Do You Think You Can Help Her Brother?, will be presented on the northern façade of ACCA’s iconic architecture as a keynote public project for Asia TOPA, comprised of Chinese characters gleaned from shopfronts and various sites throughout the city of Beijing, telling a dark story about love, desire and power in.
Drawn from popular news stories and online social media, Do You Think You Can Help Her Brother? combines found texts to create a narrative poem that relays the experience of marginalized labour workers, popular Chinese novels, the sex industry and criminal underground networks in Chinese society.
Gabriel Lester: The Nine Day Week
November 25th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017
Opening November 25th, 6pm
Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Take Me (I’m Yours)
September 16th, 2016 through February 5th, 2017
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, New York, NY 10128
Aaajiao presents a new installation in “Take Me (I’m Yours)” at the Jewish Museum. “Take Me (I’m Yours)” was originally conceived by Christian Boltanski and Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1995. The New York show is curated by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, the Jewish Museum; Hans Ulrich Obrist; and Kelly Taxter, Assistant Curator, the Jewish Museum.
Times Heterotopia Trilogy III:
The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away
Guangdong Times Museum
January 8th through February 19th, 2017
Opening: January 7th, 2017
Liu Chuang is featured in the group exhibition “The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away” at Guangdong Times Museum. The exhibition is curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai and will run from January 8th through February 19th, 2017.
Cheng Ran: Diary of a Madman
October 19th 2016 through January 15th 2017
New Museum, New York
Curated by Helga Christoffersen and Massimiliano Gioni.
September 4th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017
No.35 Fenggu Road, Shanghai
Cui Jie, Building of Cranes #1, 2014. Oil on canvas. 150 x 110 cm.
November 9th, 2016 through December 8th, 2016
Opening: November 8th, 2016 | 5pm
chi K11 art museum, Shanghai
Level B3, K11 Art Mall, 300 Middle Huaihai Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Aaajiao and Cui Jie are included in the new edition of the group exhibition “Hack Space” in chi K11 art museum in Shanghai, co-curated by Amira Gad and Hans Ulrich Obrist. The K11 Art Foundation (KAF) and the Serpentine Galleries are pleased to continue their collaboration, which begun with the presentation of the group exhibition HACK SPACE during Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, by presenting a new edition of the HACK SPACE exhibition at the chi K11 art museum in Shanghai. The exhibition runs from 9 November to 8 December 2016.
Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan
For an Image, Faster Than Light
September 9th through December 18th, 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan
No.12, HeLe Road, Xingqing District, 750101 Yinchuan, China
The first edition of the Yinchuan Biennale which will open on September 9, 2016 with the participation of 74 artists from 33 countries including China and will culminate on December 18, 2016. The YC Biennale 2016 is contextualizing some of the most important issues confronting the world from the scientific to the spiritual, from the psychic to the philosophical, from the catastrophic to the celebratory.
After reviewing more than fifty portfolios and interviewing more than fifteen artists, the New Museum and the K11 Art Foundation (KAF) have selected Hangzhou-based artist Cheng Ran for a three-month residency in New York City, which will culminate in an exhibition in the New Museum’s Lobby Gallery. Cheng Ran will be working in residence at the Museum’s adjacent 231 Bowery studio space from August to October 2016, with his exhibition opening to the public on October 19. Though his work has been exhibited internationally, the New Museum show will be the artist’s first US solo exhibition and the result of his first visit to the United States.
10 Aug, 2016 through 9 Oct, 2016
Yang Museum, 3rd Floor, Building 14, No.6 Chaoyang Rd, Beijing, CHINA
Chen Wei is included in the photography-centered exhibition Another Landscape at Yang Art Musuem: the exhibition is curated by Jérémie Thircuir and will face the public on the 10th of August, 2016.
Landscape is a wide field providing endless inspiration and potential for artists, albeit one of photography’s most challenging genres.
另一种风景 – Another Landscape highlights the new vocabulary of contemporary photographers working in China, pushing the boundaries of the medium to differentiate themselves from mass image production. The exhibition encompasses both domestic Chinese artists and the group of foreign photographers who produced the Middle Kingdom.
Phase I: Launching on September 4th, 2016
Phase II: April 22nd through July 30th, 2017
Shanghai Himalayas Museum
3rd and 4th Floors, 869 Yinghua Road, Pudong District, Shanghai, China
Aaajiao is invited by Shanghai Project to participate in the exhibition as a researcher, and as one of the seven jury members for the Shanghai Project Open Call, Qidian. Aaajiao’s work, characterized by sci-tech driven imagination and engages directly with Internet sphere, data processing and filtration of information aligns with the project’s futuristic theme, “Envision 2166.”
LIU CHUANG, BBR1 (No1. of Blossom Bud Restrainer), 2015, single channel video, color, sound, 4 min 56 sec
May 4th through August 21st, 2016
Museu Coleção Berardo
Praça do Império, 1449-003 Lisbon, Portugal
Liu Chuang’s video “BBR1 (No1. of Blossom Bud Restrainer)” is on view in the exhibition “Matter Fictions” curated Margarida Mendes at Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon.
Recounting a partial history of our relation with matter, this exhibition explores how the crossover between cosmological narratives, the spatial revolutions of concrete poetry, and hypertextual and territorial fictions might have an impact on the recognition of human agency in a time that calls for our action on climate change.
aaajiao: Remnants of an Electronic Past
Opening: Aug 18th 2016, 6-8pm
Aug 19th 2016 through Oct 9th 2016
Gallery 1, Manchester Center for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA)
13 Thomas Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M4 1EU
Aaajiao’s solo exhibition, Remnants of an Electronic Past, opens a series of programme at the Manchester Center for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) in celebration of the city’s position as European City of Science 2016. CFCCA’s following programme will explore the boundaries between art and science through the lens of Chinese contemporary art.
She: International Women Artists Exhibition
July 22nd through October 30th, 2016
Long Museum (West Bund)
3398 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai
Liu Shiyuan is featured in “She” Long Museum’s large survey on female artists around the world and across generations. Artworks from 13 countries spanning over 10 centuries by 105 artists including Marina Abramović, Jo Baer, Louise Bourgeois, Mariam Cahn, Fei Cao, Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Yayoi Kusama, Maya Lin, Beatriz Milhazes, Joan Mitchell, Shirin Neshat, Yoko Ono, Yuliang Pan, Jenny Saville, Kiki Smith, Jing Xiang, Hong Yu, Lisa Yuskavage, etc.
AAAJIAO, "Body Shadow, Video", 2015, single channel video, color with sound
Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia
November 11th, 2016 through March 20th, 2017
Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas
1301 Mississippi St. Lawrence, KS
Three pieces of aaajiao’s video work, Obj. 4 (2014), Body Shadow, Generated, (2015), and the documentary video for Body Shadow (2015) will be exhibited in Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia this November. The exhibition is hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art in the University of Kansas.
aaajiao: Remnants of an Electronic Past
June 18th through September 11th, 2016
Beichitou 1st Road, Yanta District
“Remnants of an Electronic Past” is the first museum exhibition of Shanghai-based artist aaajiao. Curated by Karen Smith at OCAT in Xi’an, the show features a body of new works commissioned for the show. Opening June 18 and running through September 11th, 2016, “Remnants of an Electronic Past” also marks the first in a series of institutional solo exhibitions of aaajiao and museum group shows where the works will be featured in various forms throughout the year.
Gabriel Lester: Unresolved Extravaganza
June 25th through October 2nd, 2016
Opening June 24th, 6–9pm
de Appel arts centre
Prins Hendrikkade 142
1011 AT Amsterdam
CHENG RAN, "Crossroads", 2016, Light installation, Dimension variable
A Beautiful Disorder
July 3rd through November 6th, 2016
Grounds and Galleries, Cass Sculpture Foundation
Free with general entry
“A Beautiful Disorder” is the first major exhibition of newly commissioned outdoor sculpture by contemporary Greater Chinese artists to be shown in the UK.
The historical relationship between English and Chinese landscape aesthetics is the starting point and inspiration for these contemporary Chinese and Greater Chinese artists. The title of the exhibition, A Beautiful Disorder, is a quote from an influential letter written by the Jesuit missionary and artist Jean-Denis Attiret in 1743 that had a tremendous effect on English garden culture. Attiret used the term to describe the ability of the Chinese garden to provoke violent and often opposing sensations in the viewer through a series of theatrical framing devices. The exhibition invites the viewer to reflect on China’s past, present and future relationship with the world at large, and provides valuable insight into the state of Chinese culture, politics and society today from the perspective of some of its most dynamic and engaging artists.