Cheng Ran: Utopian Days – Fairy Tales
April 25th through June 14th, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Art
No. 39 Chang-an West Rd, Taipei, Taiwan
Fairy Tales is the third edition of the traveling exhibition Utopian Days, curated by Haily Grenet (France) and Martin Schulze (Germany).
Fairy Tales, organized by curatorial project Utopian Days, looks at the transmission of the tales from East to West, and vice versa, which often happened along the Silk Road, the most prominent and vital trade road that connects Europe and Asia. Today the Silk Road is as important as it has ever been and as recently as December 2014, China’s President Xi Jinping pledged US$40bln towards the Silk Road Fund, to strengthen exchanges and interconnections along the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in a bid to strengthen links among the 3 billion people who live along the Silk Road today.
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th Street 2nd Floor NY NY 10018
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, 6pm
On the occasion of the publication “Forced Perspective”, a book launch is organized to present Amsterdam-based artist Gabriel Lester’s presentation on his previous projects and a discussion with gallerist Leo Xu and critic Lee Ambrozy.
Essential Matters – Moving Images from China
April 4th through August 30th, 2015
Balta Limanı Hisar Cd. No:5, 34470 Sarıyer, Istanbul
THE SYSTEM OF OBJECTS
March 29th through June 28th, 2015
Minsheng Art Museum
F/570 West Huaihai Rd, Shanghai, China
Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum presents The System of Objects, a group show by Chinese contemporary artists. Featuring 44 artists whose practice varies from painting, sculpture, installation to video and animation, the exhibition shown on the ground floor of the museum will be open to public on March 29 and run through June 28, 2015. Details »
Reads Like A Book
January 23rd through March 15th, 2015
ul. Nadwiślańska 2-4, 30-527 Kraków, Poland
Once again Cricoteka presents multimedia and performative artistic strategies, this time focusing on literature. The Book Lovers exhibition strives to prove that literature, when treated by visual artists, can take place well beyond the space of the book. The Book Lovers project investigates the many ways in which artists conceive their novels as part of their art projects. For artists like Jill Magid, Cheng Ran, and Lindsay Seers the novel is not only a literary product of narrative fiction, but they also employ their novels as they would video or installation — as an aspect of a larger work or body of works.
Michael Lin, “Untitled (Clockwise).” Photograph by John McKinnon. Courtesy of SCAD.
SCAD Museum of Art
601 Turner Blvd.
February 17th through May 17th, 2015
The SCAD Museum of Art presents a new site-specific installation by acclaimed artist Michael Lin. Known for his large-scale painting interventions based on vibrantly patterned Taiwanese textiles, Lin’s practice has been hailed as a new approach to contemporary art and the museum through the creation of immersive and experiential environments. His installations challenge notions of art as object based, and skew expectations of the exhibition as an event. Lin expresses interest in relations —between himself as an artist to his environment, and between his work and the audience.
Minsheng Art Museum
bldg F, NO.570 West Huaihai Road
Changning, Shanghai, China
March 29th through June 28th, 2015
Chief Curator: Ai Min
Academic Adviser: Wang Min’an
Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum is pleased to present The System of Objects, a group show by Chinese contemporary artists. Featuring 44 artists whose practice varies from painting, sculpture, installation to video and animation, the exhibition shown on the ground floor of the museum will be open to public on March 29 and run through June 28, 2015.
Cheng Ran: SCREEN ON | NO SCREEN, STRP BIENNIAL
March 20th through March 29th, 2015
Klokgebouw 50, 5617 AB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
For STRP, Sedition curated a programme connected to the Biennial and to the theme SCREEN ON | NO SCREEN with works by ten artists including Cheng Ran. Sedition is the world’s leading online platform where artists display and sell their art in digital format for affiliated members’connected screens and devices – hereby – offering an easy, affordable and social way, to experience art-collecting in the digital age. Working with some of the world’s leading contemporary artists, Sedition providesesents an innovative way to collect and trade digital, limited edition, art. The mission of Sedition is to change the art world by introducing a marketplace for collecting and trading art in the digital age.
CHENG RAN: INSIDE CHINA: L’Intérieur du Géant
March 12nd through May 3rd, 2015
K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space
G/F, Cosco Tower, Grand Millennium Plaza, 183 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Inside China – L’Intérieur du Géant inaugurates a long-term collaboration between Palais de Tokyo and the K11 Art Foundation dedicated to the discovery and presentation of emerging art scenes in China and France. This exhibition presents five Chinese artists in dialogue with three French artists. The selection of this new wave of Chinese artists is a distillation of over one hundred studio visits in ten cities across China. Details »
Cheng Ran: Video Art in China – MADATAC
December 11th through December 14th, 2014
Reina Sofia Museum
Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain
MADATAC is an independent and non-profit springboard, with an cultural diversity approach for cutting edge experimental and new media audio-visual culture, that particularly values innovation, originality and risk-taking art projects.
Since his first video work, Light Source (2005), in which the grainy image of a door is split by a beam of light radiating through its slow opening, Cheng Ran (b. 1981, lives and works in Hangzhou and Amsterdam) has restlessly plumbed the physicality of the moving image, ranging from the cellphone camera to Super 8 to HD. In a pair of recent video works, an erotic spam mail Cheng Ran had received serves as a ruse. Simply Wild (2014), shot in Super 8, uses a recurring split screen, juxtaposing awkward phrasing and unabashed yearning with flickering images. Always I Trust (2014), starring Chinese film star Carina Lau, usurps the slickness of cinema into an elliptical narrative. Together, they are testimony to Cheng Ran’s ongoing engagement with the way his generation desires and consumes sound and image.
November 22nd, 2014 through March 31st, 2015
Liu Chuang will be presenting a commissioned new installation for the upcoming 10th Shanghai Biennale curated by Anselm Franke
with co-curators Zhu Ye, Hila Peleg, Cosmin Costinas, Liu Xiao, Freya Chou.
In 2014, for the second time, China’s foremost State-run institution of contemporary art –Shanghai Power Station of Art –hosts the Shanghai Biennale, in its converted power station space.
Folkestone Triennial 2014
August 30th through November 2nd, 2014
Gabriel Lester works in a range of media, initially focusing on music and progressing to film, installations and constructed environments. Lester’s work originates from a desire to tell stories, and construct environments that support these stories and propose their own narrative interpretation.
Cheng Ran: The Exchange Program
June 26th through July 1, 2014
AVIFF Art Film Festival (Cannes, France)
115 Pingwu Rd, Shanghai, China
Designed in 2008 as a contemporary art fair, “AVIFF-Art Film Festival” pays attention to films that can’t be easily defined. The films included are unique because they don’t correspond to any definitions the reviews would like to use,and it’s not possible to determine their meaning or the “genre” they belong to.The AVIFF is a walk in the garden of the Film that route in the landscape of Video-Art to discover or to find “another way of making films”.
Basement 6 Collective Shanghai and AVIFF Cannes present The Exchange Program (TEP), a two part program of video-art/film screenings. The screening is of AVIFF’s international film program, which is also shown during Cannes Film Festival in MayVisit B6C.
The 10th Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down the House
September 5th through November 9th, 2014
Curator: Jessica Morgan
The 10th Gwangju Biennale will bring together 105 artists from 36 countries and will include 35 new commissions, each selected for their relevance to the theme of the Biennale, Burning Down the House. Details »
CHEN WEI, "In The Waves #5", 2013, Archival Inkjet Print, 180 x 225cm
Performance and Imagination: Chinese Photography 1911-2014
September 19th, 2014 through January 25th, 2015
Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, Norway
Curator: Per Bjarne Boym
Works by Chinese photo artists from every decade of the 20th century are juxtaposed with works from the last five years by ten contemporary photo artists. This extensive exhibition makes its European debut in Stavanger abd offers a glimpse into a rich photographic tradition. Details »
LIU CHUANG, "Untitled (The Dancing Partner)", 2012, Single channel video with sound, 5 min 15 sec
Untitled (Dancing Partners)
Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
July 1st through August 3rd, 2014
Curator: Fabienne Stephan
Untitled (Dancing Partner), 2010, by Chinese artist Liu Chuang is going to be displayed in Kunsthall Stavanger’s video room during the month of July. Part performance, part video work, the short five-minute single-channel recording ingeniously reveals the power of the majority over the individual, and the constant pressures to conform.
The 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale: We Have Never Participated
May 16th through August 31st, 2014
OCT Contemporary Art Terminal
Building F2, Enping Street, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China,
My Generation: Young Chinese Artists
Tampa Museum of Art & Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
June 7th through September 28th, 2014
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
October 25th, 2014 through January 18th, 2015
Curator: Barbara Pollack
The Tampa Museum of Art is organizing an exhibition titled My Generation: Young Chinese Artists. The exhibition will be on view at the Tampa Museum of Art and our sister institution the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg from June 4 through September 28, 2014. The show is curated by Ms. Barbara Pollack and will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue to be published by D. Giles Ltd in London with essays by Ms. Pollack and Mr. Li Zhenhua. Details »
CHENG RAN, “The Sorrows of Young Werther”, 2009, Four channel video with sound, 10 min 12 sec
Now You See: New Chinese Video Art from the Collection of Dr. Michael I. Jacobs
Whitebox Art Center, New York, United States
May 25th through June 15th, 2014
“Now You See” is the first exhibition in New York to survey the work of young Chinese video artists, through the eyes of the collector Dr. Michael I. Jacobs, who has been collecting Chinese video art in depth since 2010.The exhibition, drawn from his collection, brings together 21 rarely seen works by 11 young artists, mostly born in the 1980s, and includes multi-screen projective installations, animations, single screen projections and monitor works. Details »