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.

LIU CHUANG, "Untitled (The Festival)", 2011, video, 5 min 14 sec

Speaking of the selected artists, Artistic Director Jessica Morgan stated: “The artists in the Biennale have embraced the radical spirit of ‘burning down’ the status quo while also celebrating the hedonism of sound and movement evoked by the title. Drawing on their free and open approach, I have worked with the Biennale team to make an exhibition that physically embodies this commotion. Burning Down the House shows that the strength of artistic innovation, invocation and opposition is alive and well.”

Demonstrating the dynamic, political and material production of the artists, the Biennale exhibition will be a carefully choreographed but at times explosive exploration of sound, movement, image and form. Throughout the entire Biennale space the graphic contribution of the Spanish-born, London-based design duo El Ultimo Grito presents a ‘smoke’-motif that draws together the exhibition architecture, designed by Delvendahl Martin.

Engaging with the unfinished history of the Korean War, Minouk Lim produces a new performance, video and sculptural work that assumes a significant presence both in the Biennale square and within the Halls of the exhibition. Also occupying the Biennale square and announcing the exhibition to the arriving public is a major new commission by Jeremy Deller, alongside the specially produced burning stoves of Sterling Ruby.

Located primarily in the Biennale Halls, the exhibition treats each of the five large-scale spaces as connected but independently atmospheric zones, their entrances and exits defined by new commissions and existing works by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Jack Goldstein, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Jeong A Koo, and Piotr Uklański that draw attention to the transitional experience of entering into the Biennale through actions, performances and art works that animate and incite.

Running throughout the time of the exhibition, both inside the exhibition halls and within specially customised spaces, are new theatrical, dance, and performative commissions by the Japanese/Korean collaborators Ei Arakawa and Inza Lim, the Paris-based, French-Argentinean dance duo Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud, London-based Korean artist Young in Hong, Korean dancer and choreographer Geumhyung Jeong, and the agit-prop Seoul-based Okin Collective.

South African artist Jane Alexander creates a new large-scale installation, bringing together her concerns of state control and individual freedoms. The work is exhibited in close proximity to a relatively unknown installation by Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, The Ozymandias Parade (1985), which similarly questions figures of military and state authority.

Animating the experience of the ‘house,’ Urs Fischer is making a new large-scale installation featuring his quintessential hyper-realistic wallpaper, which houses new commissions by artists Heman Chong, George Condo, Apostolos Georgiou, Prem Sahib, and Stewart Uoo, as well as works by the fashion designer Carol Christian Poell and Japanese photographer Tomoko Yoneda.

The manner in which material is changed or destroyed by flames, manifested as residue of vivid interventions or the remnants of celebrations, is evident in the work of Eduardo Basulado, HumaMulji, Liu Chuang, Cornelia Parker, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Anwar Shemza, MirceaSuciu and Sehee Sarah Bark.

Lebanese filmmaker Akram Zaatari and Brazilian artist Renata Lucas correspondingly look into the dynamics of new architecture in new works that interrogate the authorless building developments of the contemporary urban environment. New commissions by Roman Ondák and Naufus Ramírez Figueroa similarly engage with the idea of the home or enclosure through sculptural and interactive environments, while the Chinese artist Geng Jianyi and the Korean sculptor Wan Lee engage with the rapidly changing consumer society of Asia.

Liu Xiaodong visits Gwangju in the summer before the Biennale to paint the new generation born after the massacre of the 1980 uprising, and Polish satirical artist Cezary Bodzianowski is also in residence in Gwangju prior to the opening. These and other new commissions provide a contemporary perspective for the works of seminal figures such as Lee Bul, Young Soo Kim and Neungkyung Sung, whose performance and photographic practices from the 1980s explored the consequences of the democracy movement.

Extending into Jungoui Park, AA Bronson occupies a pagoda style house, his contribution involving the participation of collaborative artists from Korea and elsewhere. Bronson’s reflection on sexuality and radical subjectivity calls to mind the new works by American artist Sharon Hayes and Korean painter Woon Hyoung Choi as well as the participation of Andrea Bowers, Renate Bertlmann, Gulsun Karamustafa, Carlos Motta, Birgit Jürgenssen, Ulrike Ottinger, Suknam Yun, Nil Yalter, and Güneş Terkol, whose work similarly takes a profound position in relation to questions of gender through paintings, drawings, photography, video and installation.

While more than 90 percent of the artists are new to the Biennale, the exhibition also brings together key figures from contemporary Korea as well as selected artists who have featured prominently in its past, in order to draw upon the historic and existing artistic milieu. Through a variety of media the works in Burning Down the House thus dismantle the title of the exhibition to address historical and contemporary concerns of particular relevance for the occasion of the Biennale’s 20th anniversary.

The full list of artists is as follows:

Artist Group Dung-ji (Inn Sun Kim) / Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme / Hamed Abdalla / Abbas Akhavan / Jane Alexander / Allora & Calzadilla / Jonathas de Andrade / Ei Arakawa & Inza Lim / Charles Atlas / Sehee Sarah Bark / Eduardo Basualdo / Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud / Renate Bertlmann / Cezary Bodzianowski / Andrea Bowers / AA Bronson / Cornel Brudascu / Roberto Cabrera / Vlassis Caniaris / Banu Cennetoğlu / Liu Chuang / Woon Hyoung Choi / Xooang Choi / Heman Chong / George Condo / Jeremy Deller / Tang Dixin / Heri Dono / Nicole Eisenman / Ólafur Elíasson / El Último Grito / Brenda Fajardo / Urs Fischer / Dan Flavin / Apostolos Georgiou / Jianyi Geng / Jack Goldstein / Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster / Sheela Gowda / Anthea Hamilton & Nicholas Byrne / Sharon Hayes / Celia Hempton / Robert Heinecken / Camille Henrot / Lubaina Himid / Carsten Höller / Young In Hong / Xiangqian Hu / Pierre Huyghe / Jai Hyoung Hwang / Tetsuya Ishida / Geumhyung Jeong / Birgit Jürgenssen / Gülsün Karamustafa / Gavin Kenyon / Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz / Yamashita Kikuji / Bok Man Kim / Sung Hwan Kim / Young Soo Kim / Yves Klein / Jeong A Koo / Lee Bul / Seulgi Lee / Wan Lee / Minouk Lim / Xiaodong Liu / Renata Lucas / Anna Maria Maiolino / Tahmineh Monzavi / Carlos Motta / Mrinalini Mukherjee / Huma Mulji / Hidemi Nishida / Eko Nugroho / Okin Collective / Yoshua Okón / Roman Ondák / Gabriel Orozco / Ulrike Ottinger / Cornelia Parker / Anand Patwardhan / Otto Piene / Carol Christian Poell / Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa / James Richards / Sterling Ruby / Prem Sahib / Anwar Shemza / Mircea Suciu / Shooshie Sulaiman / Neungkyung Sung / Rodel Tapaya / Güneş Terkol / Rosemarie Trockel / Piotr Uklański / Ken Unsworth / Stewart Uoo / Lionel Wendt / David Wojnarowicz / Nil Yalter / Sungchul Yang / Tomoko Yoneda / Suknam Yun / Akram Zaatari


Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence

March 18th through April 30th, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, March 17th, 6-8pm

David Kordansky Gallery and Leo Xu Projects are pleased to present “Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence”, a collaborative group exhibition held at Leo Xu Projects, Lane 49, Building 3, Fuxing Xi Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai. The show will be on view from March 18 until April 30, 2017. An opening reception will take place on Friday, March 17 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Featuring artists from both of the galleries’ programs, Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence will examine how a wide and heterogeneous array of aesthetic positions can reflect, refract, and bear witness to an uncertain state of global affairs. The exhibition will include work by Kathryn Andrews, Andrea Büttner, Chen Wei, Heman Chong, Sam Gilliam, Zach Harris, Evan Holloway, Rashid Johnson, Gabriel Lester, Li Qing, Liu Shiyuan, Pixy Liao, Jonas Lund, Tala Madani, Chris Martin, Torbjørn Rødland, Sissel Tolaas, Tom of Finland, Wei Jia, Ming Wong, and Betty Woodman.

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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.

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The New Normal:Art and China in 2017
March 19–July 9, 2017 
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) 
798 Art District
No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
100015 BeijingChina 

What is the place of art in China today? Or rather, in a world where the underpinnings of the post-World War II consensus have come suddenly loose, a world whose most prosperous corners find themselves in thrall to sectarian populism, a world increasingly unable to deny the changes wrought to its ecosystem by the last hundred years of human emissions, and a world in which, despite it all, China continues to grow in output and influence, what is to be done?

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Gabriel Lester, Dwelling Kappiri Spirits, 2016

Kochi-Muziris Biennale:
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.
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He An:
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.
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Nina Canell: Reflexology

November 9th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017
Opening reception: Wednesday, November 9th, 5-8pm

Nina Canell: “Reflexology” is the first solo exhibition of Berlin-based artist Nina Canell (b.1979, Sweden) to take place in China. Set across all three floors of the gallery space, Canell’s characteristically concise sculptural works of found and functional objects explore the often-overlapping networks and natural phenomena that surround us, probing the connections between material objects and immaterial forces. For this exhibition, Canell presents a series of new and recent works, incorporating site-specific elements and objects that have been sourced locally in Shanghai.

Taking the practice of reflexology as her starting point, Canell uses the exhibition format to investigate how the varying meanings of the term might be interpreted through the relationship between the work and its viewer.
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Gabriel Lester: The Nine Day Week
November 25th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017
Opening November 25th, 6pm

Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Vokiečių 2
LT-01130 Vilnius

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Take Me (I’m Yours)

September 16th, 2016 through February 5th, 2017

Jewish Museum
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.
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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.

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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

Yuz Museum
No.35 Fenggu Road, Shanghai

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Vitamin P3 – New Perspectives in Painting

Publisher: Phaidon Press, 2016
Hardcover: 352 pages
550 color illustrations
11.38 x 9.88 in
28.9 x 25.1 cm

Since the publication of the first Vitamin P in 2002, painting has continued to evolve and excite, with new generations responding to its historic importance and taking it in unexpected directions. A central pillar of artistic practice, painting also has enduring appeal, dominating the art market. Vitamin P3 takes the conversation forward, spotlighting more than 100 outstanding artists who are engaging with – and pushing the boundaries of – the medium of paint.

For the full article on Cui Jie, please [download pdf]


Art Basel Miami Beach
Stand N13
Miami Beach Convention Center
December 1st through 4th, 2016
Preview Wednesday, November 30th

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to announce its participation for the first time at Art Basel | Miami Beach. Located at stand N13, the gallery brings a group presentation of three artists; aaajiao, Cui Jie and Liu Shiyuan, each articulating a different vision of their experiences living, working and exhibiting in the city of Shanghai.
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fair | ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair 2016

ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair
Stand W28
Shanghai Exhibition Center, 1376 West Nanjing Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai 

November 10th through 13th, 2016
Preview Thursday, November 9th

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fair | WEST BUND ART & DESIGN 2016

West Bund Art & Design
Stand C2
West Bund Art Center, 2555 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai

November 9th through 13th, 2016
Preview Tuesday, November 8th

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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.

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fair | ASIA NOW 2016

PIXY LIAO, "A Collection of Penises", 2013-present

Asia Now
Stand A207
9 Avenue Hoche, Paris

October 19th through 23th, 2016
Preview Wednesday, October 19th

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to present “Girls: Portraits, Fantasies and Troubles”, a group exhibition curated for gallery’s second-year participation in Asia Now. The booth includes a selection of photographs, installations, sculptures and videos created by Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Pixy Liao, Liu Chuang, Liu Shiyuan, and others, which carefully study individual and collective emotions, experiences and expressions of young female Chinese in their everyday and professional life.

New to the gallery stable, Shanghai-born Brooklyn-based young female artist Pixy Liao attempts to smash the stereotypes of hierarchies in relationship and gender roles by presenting a body of bold and experimental works — “A Collection of Penises” (2013-present) shows a collection of nineteen pink soft fabric models of male genitals in various possible shapes created by the artist’s partner; “Start your day with a good breakfast” (2009) is a selfie of the artist and her partner interacting in explicit and provocative manners. Having studied and lived in Beijing and New York, Copenhagen-based Liu Shiyuan presents a playful sculpture “But My Apple…” (2015) that captures a subtle second-thought on female’s sensibility.
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September 24th through October 25th, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, September 24th, 6-8pm.

“Pixy Liao: Venus As A Boy” marks the first solo exhibition of Shanghai-born Brooklyn-based young female artist Pixy Yijun Liao with the gallery, running from September 24th through October 25th, 2016. Having studied photography at University of Memphis and lived in the States for over a decade, Liao is highly influenced by the style of New American Color Photography in her practices, yet spinning off from the critique of “the American dream” to focus on the contemporary lives of Asian immigrants in the western society, presenting portraits and relationship hierarchies of the youth and the minorities with a rare observational wit.

The title of the exhibition is taken from one of the greatest hits of Icelandic musician, singer, and actress Björk Gumundsdottir, in which she questions masculine and feminine gender identities as socially constructed and breaks down the popular conceptions of gender binaries. Sharing a similar objection against the conventional assumptions of gender roles, Pixy Liao uses language of contemporary American photography of deadpan portraits, seemingly unmemorable objects, and staged scenes in her photographic practices to challenge the preconceived notions about characteristics and behaviors of different genders in heterosexual relationships in the Asian American society, throwing tradition out the window in an often humorous effect.
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fair | FRIEZE LONDON 2016

Frieze London
Stand H20
Regent’s Park, London

October 6th through 9th, 2016
Preview Wednesday, October 6th

Titled after Arthur Rimbaud’s eponymous poem, “Le Bateau Ivre (Drunken Boat)” is young Chinese artist Chen Wei’s solo project that features his photographs of various formats and installations across multiple media. A time capsule on China’s disco and relevant youth cultures since the early 1990s onwards, the project outlines the growth of Chen’s generation through artist’s fabricated visual and literal materials which are informed by then British publications like i-D and the Face (once circulated underground in Beijing and Shanghai). Chen explores the mystery of Chinese disco, an apparition in most celebrated films by Jia Zhangke and Lou Ye, but barely made to the discourse of Chinese visual art. An unlicensed institution of Chinese youth cultures and generational concerns, Chen commented.
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Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan

Yinchuan Biennale
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.
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