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Nearly a decade ago, in the catalogues for his exhibitions, Qiu Zhijie began to plot out intricate maps of the relationships among his various artworks. It was from this synthesis of research, writing, imagination, and action that the Mapping the World Project was born. In the hundreds of maps that have followed, the ink and brushwork of landscape painting outlines a coordinate system which condenses ideas, individuals, objects, incidents, and situations, weaving them together and offering a possibility for understanding them in relation to each other.
In the Volcano with Cai Guo Qiang: by inventing gunpowder painting, the artist has created one of the most singular body of works, unsetting all artistic media and transforming every painting into a performance. It turns his work review one of the fundamental dialectics of the modernity: that of destruction and creation.
Lee Ufan's works are conceived as living experiences, bridging the worlds of philosophy and the visual arts. His sculptures play on our notion of space, while his paintings interact with time. Ufan strives endlessly to master infinity and to 'inhabiting time'.
Tadashi Kawamata’s solo exhibition Over Flow at MAAT’s Oval Gallery is centered around questions of global ecology and tourism. The immersive installation invites the viewer to experience a seascape of remains which follows an ecological catastrophe, where debris transported by the world’s seas are imagined to engulf civilisation.
The Roppongi Crossing series of exhibitions, launched in 2004 by the Mori Art Museum, provide an overall snapshot of the state of the Japanese contemporary art scene every three years. This sixth edition of the series, the first to be jointly curated by three curators of the Museum’s own alone, will showcase the work of around 25 artists and collectives, primarily practitioners born in the 1970-80s.
With CHINESE WHISPERS: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection a comprehensive exhibition on Chinese contemporary art is coming to Vienna. Uli Sigg has been following the development of contemporary art in China since the late 1970s.
Makoto Aida will take part in this exhibition, which deals with art expressions in Japan from the early 20th century to today and focuses on the contrasting existence of special “heroes” and ordinary “people.”
In its inaugural three-part exhibition, Times Art Center Berlin will present a vital component of the Chinese art world which remains lesser known to international audiences and is under-represented on the global art scene, namely the contemporary art production from the Pearl River Delta (PRD).
The hugely ambitious Asia Pacific Triennial (APT) series returns to Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art this winter, bringing significant art from across the Asia Pacific to Brisbane. Overflowing with colour and life, this free contemporary art exhibition presents a unique mix of creativity and cross-cultural insight.
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris will be highlighting the richness of Japan’s contributions to art and design with an exhibition titled “Japon-Japonismes, 1867-2018” from November 15, 2018 through March 3, 2019. The exhibition will present the museum’s collection of historic Japanese artworks – one of the most important in France – alongside Western Japanised creations.
The M+ museum in Hong Kong has established the Sigg Prize, an award that will be given to an artist working in the greater China region, which includes mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, among other countries, starting next year.
Takashi Murakami is having his first solo show in mainland China, which will feature several new works created for the show that encompasses many of the themes and characters that have come to define his career.
First launched in 1996, the Shanghai Biennale is not only China's most established and influential international biennale of contemporary art, but also one of the most important biennales in Asia.
The Rockbund Art Museum Shanghai will present the first large-scale solo exhibition in China by the Belgian-born artist Francis Alÿs, “La dépense,” from November 9, 2018 to February 24, 2019, curated by Yuko Hasegawa.
MadeIn Gallery presents Miao Ying's solo exhibition "Stones from Other Hills" opening on November 6, 2018. Following her first solo show “Content Aware” held in 2016 at MadeIn Gallery, "Stones from Other Hills" revolves around the artist's concept brand "HDD (Hardcore Digital Detox)", showcased in the form of VR devices, video, oil paintings and sculptures, all derived from HDD concept strategy website.
This year, as the foremost international event of contemporary art in Thailand, The Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture (OCAC) is now producing the First Thailand Biennale in Krabi.
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles presents “SOU FUJIMOTO: FUTURES OF THE FUTURE,” a showcase of over 100 models and large-scale photographs of past and current projects by the celebrated Japanese architect.
This first retrospective museum exhibition in Switzerland brings together almost fifty monumental photographs and many sculptures illustrating the main themes addressed by Chinese artist Liu Bolin over his career.
Merging the minimum constituent unit for both digital imagery and biological organisms, “PixCell" (Pixel + Cell) is conceived as the key proposition of the work by Kohei Nawa.
Tradition and modernity, indistinctness and form, ephemeral and eternity, two opposing sides of the same element: Japanese aesthetics or the art of the coexistence of opposites.
The calligrapher Yu-ichi Inoue is one of the most creative representatives of the post-World War II Japanese avant-garde. Transcending conventions and traditional rules, he elevated calligraphy to the rank of contemporary art.
A throne floating underneath the Pyramid of the Louvre – A monumental work by the sculptor Kohei Nawa.
How are the sense of wonder, the capacity to invent worlds, but also childhood fears and anxieties, constructed and become determined, in different contexts? The exhibition Another banana day for the dream-fish, after the modified title of a story by J.D. Salinger, tries to provide an answer.
This exhibition looks at not only current projects but also Fujimoto’s architectural experiments for the future asking the visitor to share in imagining a variety of futures of the future.
Ai Weiwei is one of China's best known contemporary artists. Photographer, architect, sculpter, performer, film-maker, and activist on social media, Ai Weiwei blends traditional Chinese thought with contemporary art, taking inspiration from Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol.
Artist and composer, Ryoji Ikeda is a major figure of the Japanese electronic music scene. His creations invite visitors to immerse themselves in a universe that blends sound, image, space, perceptual phenomena, and mathematical equations.
Does a common thread run through the work of the seven photographers who have been brought together for the exhibition A Beautiful Moment? This is not a very easy question to answer.
Roppongi Art Night is a one-night celebration of art staged in the district of Roppongi. A diverse range of works including not only artworks but also design, music, video and performance pieces are dotted around the Roppongi neighborhood with its high concentration of retail stores and cultural institutions, creating an extraordinary experience, while proposing a lifestyle that celebrates the enjoyment of art in everyday living.
The protean group teamLab presents an immersive and interactive installation spanning the frontiers of art, science, technology, and creativity. Their installations morph as visitors move about, generating eerie, dreamlike worlds.
For this second installment, Joanne Kim has organized a 10-day interdisciplinary festival, where six young Korean artists, Ryu Biho, Hwang Kim, Soyoung Chung, Helena Parada Kim, Hayoun Kwon, and Nahoon Park