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May 15 2013

Shirin Neshat: The Book of Kings / Faurschou Foundation, Beijing

Shirin Neshat’s solo show The Book of Kings at Faurschou Foundation in Beijing, China features a new body of photography works and a video installation by the internationally acclaimed Iranian artist. The project is inspired by the 60.000 verse epic poem, Shahnameh (Book of Kings), by the 11th century Islamic conquest of Persia. Interweaving history, poetry, music, philosophy and politics, the series is set against the backdrop of the recent Arab Spring, and the Iranian Green Movement, which brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets across Iran in June 2009 in protest against corrupt power. As Shahnameh cast the Islamic conquest of Persia as a tragedy, so The Book of Kings commemorates the countless masses of unknown citizens who courageously sacrificed themselves in the name of justice across the Middle East and Arab World.

Shirin Neshat: The Book of Kings / Faurschou Foundation, Beijing. April 13, 2013. Video by Diana Coca.

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May 10 2013

Art Beijing 艺术北京 2013 Art Fair

In this video we look back at Art Beijing 艺术北京 2013, the 8th edition of the art fair in Beijing, China. Around 150 art galleries and institutions, mostly from Beijing, participated in Art Beijing 2013. The fair features both a contemporary and classic art section. Among the participating galleries this year were Chinese and international galleries such as ShanghART, Tang Contemporary, Continua, Beijing Commune, Chambers Fine Art, Halcyon Gallery, and Asia Art Center. According to the organizers, more than a third of the galleries have attended Art Beijing for the first time.

Art Beijing 艺术北京 Art Fair 2013, Agricultural Exhibition Center, Beijing, China. Video by Diana Coca.

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April 08 2013

Art Openings Beijing March 2013: Boers-Li Gallery: Tang Song and Parkview Green: Wang Luyan

Boers-Li Gallery in Beijing, China presents for the first time Tang Song’s abstract works, Tang Song: Eulogy – in memory of Hans Van Dijk. In the last 5 years the artist worked on a tribute to Van Dijk as a form o research into the sources. These works are manifestations of a process, concealing their narratives, as they are representations of the attitude of resistance. Painted layer over layer over the course of time, the works contain references to traditional ink painting, modern abstraction and action painting, and contemporary conceptual and minimalist art.

Parkview Green Exhibition Hall shows Diagramming Allegory, a selection of Wang Luyan’s recent works, one of the most important Chinese conceptual artists working today. Presented to the public for the first time, these works include large-scale mural and installations, sculptures, paintings and sketches, which aim to reveal essential paradoxes in international relations, political theory and religious worship. The artist transcends the dualist framework of representational vs. abstract, or expressional vs. conceptual. The show is curated by Wu Hung.

Art Openings Beijing March 2013: Boers-Li Gallery and Parkview Green, Beijing (China). March 23, 2013. Video by Diana Coca.

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April 02 2013

Art Openings Beijing March 2013: Platform China and C-Space

Platform China in Beijing presents Jungle II – A Thriving Morphology, a one-year long project. It refers to a space-time pattern in the shape of a diffusing, proliferating and growing process instead of a more conventional exhibition mode. The idea is to introduce a context for the audience to emulate, discuss and interact with art. The artists participating in the project are: Alex Gibbs, Alexander Tinei, Bi Jianye, Fu Jingyan, Geng Yi, Han Jiaquan, Huang Liang, Jia Aili, Lou Shenyi, Ma Ke, Nandan Ghiya, Qi Wenzhang, Qin Qi, Qiu Ruixiang, Song Yuanyuan, Wang Yin, Wang Xingwei, Xiao Bo, Xiao Jiang, Zhang Enli, Zhang Hao, Zhang Yexing, Zhao Gang, Zhao Zhao, Zhou Yilun, Jin Shan, Wang Ke, Tang Dayao, Liu Weijian and Zhang Ran.

C-Space exhibits The Upstairs Room, paintings produced over the past year when Robbin Heyker was a resident artist at C-Space. The references in his work process are related to the village of Caochangdi, found materials and the juxtaposition of elements. Metaphorically they reflect our instinctual need to bring together the disparate perceptions of our existence to forge provisional answers and create manageable systems. C-Space also shows In Case, a group of installations by Yida He. The artist experiments with the balance between softness and rigidity of the form, the insertion of material into space and its relation to space in material, form and meaning. They are seemingly fragile ephemeral structures, arranged against their interactions with the space.

Art Openings Beijing March 2013: Platform China and C-Space, Caochangdi Arts District, Beijing (China). March 9, 2013. Video by Diana Coca.

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March 29 2013

New Figuration at Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing

The exhibition New Figuration at Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery in Beijing presents works by the artists Chen Han, Guo Hongwei, Lu Chao, Zhang Shujian, and Zhu Xinyu.

New Figuration: Chaper 1 at Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery shows the works by Chen Han, Guo Hongwei, Lu Chao, Zhang Shujian and Zhu Xinyu. Zhang Shujian sketches photorealistic portraits of himself and his girlfriend in a playful and vital way. Lu Chao takes us away from human figures into still life and landscape, evoking the Taoist idea that nature essence and human nature essence are naturally aligned and interconnected. Guo Hongwei depicts exquisite naturalistic watercolours of insects and butterflies, with reminiscence to the content of Victorian mahogany butterfly cabinets. Chen Han’s oil paintings of people in interiors approach the feeling of black cinema and Won Kar-Wai films. Finally, Zhu Xinyu’s oil landscapes capture the dark, luminous forests of his native northeast China.

Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery is the fist gallery in China entirely dedicated to original works on paper, specializing in this undeveloped field of contemporary art offering works in pencil, ink, gouache, felt, charcoal, watercolours, and any other medium used on paper.

New Figuration at Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing: Video by Diana Coca.

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March 14 2013

Zhang Xiaogang: Beijing Voice at Pace Gallery Beijing

Pace Gallery Beijing presents a solo show by Zhang Xiaogang. Beijing Voice features new works of painting that combine contemporary elements with Chinese traditional motifs, where the artist brings memory and history to the present. An exhibition about despair, melancholy and isolation, showing family members imbued in grey environments in which optimism doesn’t appear. An artist self-exploration that relates to human condition as a whole.

Zhang Xiaogang: Beijing Voice at Pace Gallery Beijing. December 12, 2013. Video by Diana Coca.

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March 11 2013

Berlinde de Bruyckere at Galleria Continua, Beijing

Galleria Continua in Beijing presents the first solo exhibition in China by the Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere. The artist has been using organic materials since 1990s, such as horse hair, skin, wood, wax, and many others as a starting point to produce disturbing and alienated sculptures.

Her works stages the dualism between life and death, suffering and love, investigating the fragile tenderness, precariousness and vulnerability of human existence. The figures, always incomplete and faceless, are the portrait of a fragmentary existence, always combining raw and delicate, strength and power, sensuality and suffering.

The exhibition runs until March 17, 2013. The artist is going to represent Belgium at the 55 Venice Biennale in 2013.

Berlinde de Bruyckere at Galleria Continua, Beijing. December 22, 2013. Video by Diana Coca.

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December 28 2012

Art Openings Beijing December 2012

In this video, we have a look at the group show Carnival – Hei Qiao Artist Community (I) at Mizuma and One Gallery, and Project Without Space # 6 at Pekin Fine Arts, a collaboration between the artists Chen Shaoxiong and Liu Ding.

Mizuma & One Gallery shows the collective exhibition Carnival – Hei Qiao Artist Community (I), including artists as Bi Xin, Cai Dongdong, Chen Chenchen, Dai Hua, Dai Chenlian, Dai Dandan, Du Kun, Fu Xiaotong, Han Shuying, He Xun, Huang Xu, Jiang Laihao, Jiang Peiyuan, Li Chenzi, Lu Xiao, Liu Yongkang, Lv Zhiqiang, Qu Wenqian, Wang Tianxuan, Wu Dawei, Wu Tian, Wu Wei, Xia Yu, Yan Zhancheng, Yang Mao, Yu Ying, Yu Jing, Zhai Liang, Zhao Yang and Zheng Pingping. The majority of these artists live and work in Heiqiao Artist Community, near by 798 and Caochangdi, a fully functional arts studio area, but less known and commercial. The theme of the “Carnival” is related to Bakhtine’s notion of carnival poetics. The key lies in the release of the collective spirit departing from the individual, rising in this way a collective mind and behaviour.

Project Without Space # 6 at Pekín Fine Arts, is an ongoing collaboration by Chen Shaoxiong and Liu Ding. For this 6th project they produced a series of paintings comprised of either a combination of designs from various schools of Modernist art or a series of patterns from primitive art objects. These art forms, standing for different spiritual and aesthetic pursuits, are juxtaposed within the same exhibit framework, in a conflicting hybrid. The artist hope the works can be appreciated as rational and logical paintings: “This required us to keep questioning ourselves closely on every choice we made, reflecting on and sharing the basis of our choices: How indeed are our paintings created?”

Art Openings Beijing December 2012: Mizuma & One Gallery and Pekin Fine Arts, 艺术开口,北京,2012年11月。. December 8, 2012. Video by Diana Coca.

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Art Openings Beijing December 2012

In this video, we have a look at the group show Carnival – Hei Qiao Artist Community (I) at Mizuma and One Gallery, and Project Without Space # 6 at Pekin Fine Arts, a collaboration between the artists Chen Shaoxiong and Liu Ding.

Mizuma & One Gallery shows the collective exhibition Carnival – Hei Qiao Artist Community (I), including artists as Bi Xin, Cai Dongdong, Chen Chenchen, Dai Hua, Dai Chenlian, Dai Dandan, Du Kun, Fu Xiaotong, Han Shuying, He Xun, Huang Xu, Jiang Laihao, Jiang Peiyuan, Li Chenzi, Lu Xiao, Liu Yongkang, Lv Zhiqiang, Qu Wenqian, Wang Tianxuan, Wu Dawei, Wu Tian, Wu Wei, Xia Yu, Yan Zhancheng, Yang Mao, Yu Ying, Yu Jing, Zhai Liang, Zhao Yang and Zheng Pingping. The majority of these artists live and work in Heiqiao Artist Community, near by 798 and Caochangdi, a fully functional arts studio area, but less known and commercial. The theme of the “Carnival” is related to Bakhtine’s notion of carnival poetics. The key lies in the release of the collective spirit departing from the individual, rising in this way a collective mind and behaviour.

Project Without Space # 6 at Pekín Fine Arts, is an ongoing collaboration by Chen Shaoxiong and Liu Ding. For this 6th project they produced a series of paintings comprised of either a combination of designs from various schools of Modernist art or a series of patterns from primitive art objects. These art forms, standing for different spiritual and aesthetic pursuits, are juxtaposed within the same exhibit framework, in a conflicting hybrid. The artist hope the works can be appreciated as rational and logical paintings: “This required us to keep questioning ourselves closely on every choice we made, reflecting on and sharing the basis of our choices: How indeed are our paintings created?”

Art Openings Beijing December 2012: Mizuma & One Gallery and Pekin Fine Arts, 艺术开口,北京,2012年11月。. December 8, 2012. Video by Diana Coca.

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December 17 2012

Art Openings Beijing November 2012, part 2

ShanghART Beijing presents ‘Zero’, the premiere of Zhu Jia latest photography and film work. The artist introduces a collage and overlap of images, which seem isolated in chronological order. Coming from the fragmentized remembrance of family history, the images emphasize the gap between memory and the construction of today’s reality and the self.

Video Bureau shows video works by Huang Xiaopeng and Jean-Philippe Toussaint, with an artist talk by Huang Xiaopeng for the opening day. His art is based on the possibilities of post-production video editing, emphasizing on image, sound and subtitles. Jean-Philippe Toussaint focuses on the adventure of travelling in China, where he feels can be wild, chaotic and experimental while shooting.

‘Rose – Cloud’ at ARTMIA Gallery, displays the latest series of Cai Zhisong. Roses communicate the artist interpretation about love, incorporating historical issues into the discussions of human affections. Clouds is a review on karma and the unpredictability of life. Five sets of clouds were displayed at 54th Venice Biennale, the other four are included in this exhibition, where the viewer can get deeper into the spiritual aspects of Cai’s work.

Art Openings Beijing November 2012, part 2, Caochangdi Art District, 艺术开口,北京,2012年11月。. November 23, 2012. Video by Diana Coca.

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December 12 2012

Art Openings Beijing November 2012

Chambers Fine Art presents ‘Like Moths to a Flame: Recent works by Ye Nan’, a solo exhibition of painting and performance, where Ye Nan (Hangzhou, 1984) combines his creative process with the principle of moths flying into flames, as if to signify some sort of inner connection between his work and the spirit of the moths. He covers the canvas surface with red phosphorous, turning the canvas into a large matchbox striker. Then, he strikes matches on the canvas like magical paintbrushes, creating light and energy in the dark.

‘Chi Ming – JS Tan: Testing Freedom’s Temperature’ at Atkins & Ai Gallery, displays the works by Chi Ming (Yan Tai, 1984) and JS Tan (Hong Kong, 1986) curated by Nikolaus Ellrodt. Both artists, associated with their country’s leading art professors and two of the world’s finest art colleges, CAFA in Beijing and Rhode Island School of Design in USA, explore processes of freedom and liberty through their artistic expression, the power of choice and self-determination. Placing their works side-by-side, it is interesting to witness the sensual quality of Tan’s ink and charcoal works, full of discipline and unambiguity, together with the hot-headed Chi Ming’s oil paintings, captive of his desires and intimate scenarios.

Art Openings Beijing 北京 November 2012, November 16/17, 2012. Video by Diana Coca.

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November 13 2012

Yung Ho Chang at UCCA and Che Guevara at Three Shadows, Beijing (China)

In Beijing’s 798 Art Zone, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) presents ‘Yung Ho Chang + FCJZ: Material-ism’, the first retrospective of the pioneer of contemporary Chinese architecture. UCCA shows over 6 installations, 40 models and 270 drawings charting the cross-disciplinary work of Yung Ho Chang and his practice Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ). Chang and FCJZ transform the UCCA Great Hall into six courtyard-like modules inspired by the ‘hutong’, the traditional Chinese neighbourhood network of narrow alleys between tile-roofed courtyard houses.

In Caochangdi Art District, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre displays the exhibition ‘Che Photographer’ curated by Jillian Schultz & Camilo Guevara. The exhibition consists of 232 photographs, both black & white and colour, achieved by Ernesto Che Guevara, the famous hero of recent history. In addition, the exhibition presents an extensive audiovisual component, featuring interviews with those who spent time whit Che and witnessed his passion for photography, as well as experts from various artistic fields. The opening will coincide with the ‘Latin American Gala – Experience Cuba’, an international event will share the most significant elements of Cuban culture.

Yung Ho Chang at UCCA and Che Guevara at Three Shadows, Beijing 北京 (China). September 13, 2012. Video by Diana Coca.

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