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Energy Field - Transmedia ART Exhibition

Exhibition Dates:Jan 21st to June 23rd.

Energy Field - Transmedia ART Exhibition

 

Through our perceptions, the various forms of contemporary art integrate with each other much in the same way found with quantum entanglement, as they wildly push against their intrinsic boundaries. This phenomenon has allowed some room for us to contemplate: Are there any possibilities for the demarcations between different forms of classical art, or rather the separations between classical art and contemporary art, to be melted down to then randomly “entangle” themselves with one another? This inspires the conceptualization of “Trans-Media” art, which revealed itself to the world in 2010. The concept is that a medium traverses its original boundaries to become another medium or otherwise metamorphose into unlimited varieties.

 

For this reason, this new conception can very well be playfully nicknamed “quantum aesthetics”.

 

“Trans-Media” is a high-level form of entanglement. “Trans” here means the meeting and combination of artistic thought, the accumulation of inventive energy, and the enhanced materialization of the human sensory experience within either the real or virtual world. Many unprecedented forms of art have thereby made their way onto the stage as a result, and these include the trans-narrative, trans-reality, trans-sculpture, trans-fixation, trans-behavior, trans-incidental, and trans-language, among many, many others.

 

“Trans-media” is a concept, a methodology, and, before anything else, “the free interchanges of perception”. Joseph Beuys once said, “Art is the only power to free humankind from all repression.” From my point of view, it is no exaggeration to say art is a science deeply rooted in freedom.

 

The very nature of trans-media art that goes against the rational definitions of artistic expression and mediums and that also blurs the boundaries of thought, emotion, expositional delivery, and consciousness, allows itself to become a unique, exclusive, and original form of narration. An illustration can be found with Marcel Duchamp’s ideology of attempting to avoid principles, truth, and all metaphysical concepts. When many artists, with an eagerness to express themselves, bring their works to a specific exhibition space or gathering field, a subsequent question is left for audiences to ponder: Where should one’s focus of attention lie? In this infinite dimension of art, we may engage with shocking transient moments; all-encompassing emptiness; or an intangible, abstract, and metaphorical obscurity. Whatever the result, each and every member within an audience therefore inherently receives a vividly emotional trans-media experience free from any sort of convention or doctrine.

 

From the perspective of Hegel’s definition of aesthetics, this exhibition presents a special formation of a field which gathers jarring yet mysterious expressions of sentimentality based on the trans-media conception.

 

Curator: Yang Qingqing 

ShanShui Within

Exhibition Duration Sep 3rd, 2016 – Jan 8th, 2017


On September 3, 2016, sixteen contemporary Chinese artists, including Ban Lei, Gu Wenda, Pan Xi, Qiu Anxiong, Qiu Zhijie, Sun Liang, Wang Dongling, Wang Lihua, Wu Jianan, Xu Bing, Xu Cong, Xu Min, Xu Min, Yang Yongliang, Yu Hong, Yuan Yuan, and Zheng Chongbin will display several of their works at MoCA Shanghai as part of the museums new exhibition, Shanshui Within. The works will provide viewers with the artists’ unique interpretations of traditional Chinese culture and how it evolved as a result of the rapid development of societynot only illuminating the emotions and state of the modern era but also providing assistance in the search for lingering traces of Chinese tradition.

 

While it may bear the title Shanshui Within (with Shanshui referring to mountains and waters)neither the landscape commonly portrayed in ancient Chinese paintings and scrolls nor the development of new ink and wash in a modern context or far-fetched connections between contemporary art and traditional ink painting will be put on display. Waters and mountains will instead be featured as a poetic representationa spiritual refuge from worldly life, channel for     Chinese people to communicate with theuniverse, and a hometown for every delicate, untutored, and loyal Chinese heart. Contrary to Western aesthetics, Chinese artists, ancient and contemporary alike, engage themselves in a dialogue with nature with an air of grandeur, simple elegance, and deep introspection. They are also able to express an objects shape, brightness, and texture in a variety of artistic forms and styles thanks to their insights from astronomical observations and geographical surveys. The way that these artists transmit the messages pouring out from their own egos, blending internal mental subjects with the external physical world, shall therefore be the primary focus of this upcoming and awaited event.

 

Serving as an outlook between contemporary and historical art and a reflection between the macro and personal world, Shanshui Within hopes to display the kaleidoscopic contemporary art world along with its creative approaches. With an assembly of works by artists of many ages who use numerous mediums and express in diverse formats, the exhibition will reveal the transformations and connections between artistic practices from different eras through the concepts of various subjectstypes of imagerylandscapesmediums, and observationsThis, in turn, allows for the subtle instinct and infiniteimagination portrayed in the artwork to present in full the undefined reflection, interaction, and intermingling of Chinese tradition and contemporary art.

 

The ultimate goal of this exhibition is for the works to move beyond the restrictive enclosures of museums and find themselves on display within schools and communities as part of the Art Momentum project, which aims to bring contemporary art to the people. This is based on the portable museum concept brought forth by Marcel Duchamp in his work Boîte-en-valise, and MoCAs intent, as suggested by its mission “Art for the People’s Sake”, for the public to have more direct and up-close access to multifaceted art.

 

 

Curator: Miriam Sun / Bao Wenwei

Participating Artists:

Ban Lei, Gu Wenda, Pan Xi, Qiu Anxiong, Qiu Zhijie, Sun Liang, Wang Dongling, Wang Lihua, Wu Jianan, Xu Bing, Xu Cong, Xu Min, Xu Min, Yang Yongliang, Yu Hong, Yuan Yuan, Zheng Chongbin

Space In Mind - Animamix Biennale 2015-2016

Animamix Biennale 2015-2016 --- Space in Mind 

Opening Date: 14 May 2016 

Exhibition Dates: 15 May - 23 Aug 2016 

 

MoCA Shanghai will open the Animamix Biennale exhibition on 14 May 2016. Responding to the idea of Giorgio Agamben’s that, “…every authentic poetic project is directed toward knowledge.” The exhibition will start with an exploration into the space between the virtual world and reality shaped by animation and comics. Thirteen invited artists from around the globe will deploy diverse creative mediums and technologies, such as animation, painting, sculpture, installation, in their efforts to reconstruct space, time, narration and world view. Breaking through routine occurrences, virtual space shall be created, a world of imagery modeled, and the intangible X-dimension launched. 

 

On the second floor, the Biennale in Shanghai will present special screenings of cutting-edge animated short films from around the world, including China, France, Poland, Germany and Japan. Meanwhile, on the third floor the artist Trevor Lai and Banana Fish studio has created an Animamix Studio”. The space will allow children and adults to access to the know-how and fun behind animation creation through their own game play

 

MoCA Shanghai hopes this exhibition will offer a reflective setting for appreciation, entertainment, study and thinking for adultschildrenart professionals or the general public. A space where you may reach the boundless, parallel universe of art. 

 

 

Animamix Biennale 2015-2016 include the Daegu Art Museum, Korea; Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre/City University of Hong KongMuseum of Contemporary ArtShanghai; Art:1 New Museum, Indonesia. Retaining their own characteristics Daegu Art Museum, Korea, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre/City University of Hong Kong, Museum of Contemporary Art, Yinchuan hosted the animamix exhibition in October 2015, March 2016 and April 2016 respectively. The animamix exhibition will also be presented in Art:1 New Museum, Indonesia in September 2016. The chief curator, Professor Jeffrey Shaw, Chair Professor of School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong, established the curatorial guideline of being directed towards knowledge’.The 2015-2016 Animamix Biennale exhibitors have each selected a range of artistic practices that not only present significant contributions in aesthetic quality, but also guide their viewers to create and engage in new knowledge

 

Curator of the exhibition Space in Mind:   Wang Weiwei 

Curators of Screening Project of Short Artistic Animations: Wang Fang, Sharon Huang, Zhang Chi 

Animamix Studio:Trevor Lai,Banana Fish 

 

Participating Artists: 

Bang & Lee (South Korea), Geng Xue (China), Ho Sin Tung (Hong Kong, China), Kim Inbai (South Korea), Leilei (China), Liu Yi (China), Liang Manqi (China), Nathan Zhou (China), Park Junghyun (South Korea)Pussykrew (Poland)Takashi Ishida (Japan), Wu Chuan-Lun (Taiwan, China), Ye Linghan (China) 

 

WithIn·WithOut

“WithIn·WithOut” 

Feb.27, 2016 – May 7, 2016

 

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai will soon launch Kris Yao’s show under the title of “WithIn·WithOut.” As a leading architect he was recently awarded an Honarary Fellowship from the American Institute of Architects. He is known for the cultural and emotional richness of his works, Yao is the founder of Kris Yao Artech that gathers leading architects and professionals from Taipei, Shanghai, and other parts of the world. In his thirty-odd years of professional experience, Yao has created works across a variety of architectural types. Recent major works include Lanyang Museum, Wuzhen Theater, Water-Moon Monastery, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, Palace Museum Southern Branch, among others. These works have received high acclaim in the industry. Yao is famous for incorporating the humanities and cultural elements into his architecture, which relates to human feelings and emotions in a theatrical and spiritual setting. 

 

The “WithIn·WithOut.” show offers two themes. The “WithIn” part provides a range of elements including motion picture, music, and big installations that combine to show the inner thoughts of the Kris Yao. These elements embed the moments of inspiration of the architect that makes the works embody the architect’s philosophy and instinct. The “WithOut” part offers selected pieces from Kris Yao, including drawings, documentaries, detailed models, and sketch books. Through the demonstration, the viewer gets to understand not only the professional sphere of the architect, but also the poetic stage on which the architect performs to touch the very souls of the people and to serve the people’s lives. 

Frameless Heads------Kang Hyungkoo Solo Exhibition

Exhibition date: December 3, 2015 –February 19, 2016

Venue: 1-3/F, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

 

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai will feature a solo exhibition by Korean artist Hyung Koo Kang, renowned across Asia for his super-realist portrait paintings. Portrait painting is one of the most significant art forms in art history and has been employed by many artists. In contemporary art, finding new breakthroughs in the portrait painting is often very difficult. Hyung Koo Kang transcends this through his unique super-realism, having always focused on creating portraiture and pushing the form further into a mythological realm.


In addition to displaying some of his recent works, the exhibition will be a retrospective of the artist’s past twenty years, showcasing his portrait work on many different platforms including canvas and aluminum. Viewers may be fascinated looking at his massively sized celebrity portraits, illuminated by the minute details of hair and wrinkles on their features. This extreme attention to detail produces a stunning experience throughout the exhibition. Alongside these pieces, the display will include comics and sculptures made or collected by the artist himself throughout his career. Within this assembly, visitors will be able to understand the art and life of Hyung Koo Kang.

Shanghai Ever

Duration: 2015 07 11 - 11 24

Curator: Miriam Sun

 

(The following names are listed in the _pinyin_ order of the surname.)

Participant artists: Ding Yi, Hu Jieming, Hu Weiyi, Li Huayi, Liu Jianhua, Niaotou, Pan Jianfeng, Qiu Anxiong, Sha Fei, Tang Nannan, Tian Wei, Wu Yinxian, Yang Yongliang, Zhang Ding, Zhang Enli, Zheng Bo, and Zhou Tiehai. 

Participant film directors: Shi Shujun, Shi Xiaohua, Peng Xiaolian, Zhang Jianya, Huang Kai, and Li Xiaofeng.

Participant scholars: Shi Chuan, Zheng Mengyang, and Gao Chu.

Literary critic: Wu Liang.

Architectural space designer: Kang Heng.


The year 2015 marks the tenth birthday of MoCA Shanghai. Today, when we find ourselves here, we have returned to our initial dream, to our starting point. In all sincerity, we try to review the place and the people that make this urban wonder. Hereby, we dedicate this exhibition, “Shanghai Ever” to our friend who has been living and growing with us over the past ten years, Shanghai.

 

In our preparatory work, the more we aim at outlining Shanghai with some clarity, the more we find ourselves bewildered by the multiple facets of the city. Rather, the outline gets increasingly extended. We pursue further, and the boundary becomes vaguer.

 

Shanghai is a cosmopolis of possibilities. But it is difficult to see properly and understand fully. In the ever-changing context of the times, Shanghai belongs to the world and to itself as well. It serves as a miniature of the growth of the whole world and as an exemplar for other cities. So we hope to do away with all the conventions of an exhibition and base “Shanghai Ever” on a completely open curatorial concept. We try to narrate what Shanghai is like from various perspectives, inviting different groups of people to participate in the exhibition and encouraging them to look for their own imagery of the city after intellectually breaking through the walls of the art museum.

 

To “Shanghai Ever,” we have invited artists, film directors, image producers, culturati, men of letters, architects, poets, sociologists, photographers, and ordinary residents in Shanghai like you and me. They join us in art creation, showing what Shanghai is like in their own vocabulary. The form of the exhibition is highly diversified and open, including painting, sculpture, interactive installation, sound, imagery, social art, theater, and cinema. When you are part of the exhibition, you may interpret in your own manner the city with its multiple facets of art and culture, critically review the current-day society, and explore the past.

 

The theme of the exhibition is developed in many fields: the dialogues between the past and the present, between Eastern and Western culture, between the sketches of the city and the hearts of the city people, between the loving father and the beloved son, between spaces for living, between art and literature, between the current Chinese films and the fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-generation film directors of China, and between sociology and the collective memory of life.

 

As Walter Benjamin has pointed out, the big city does not find expression in the crowds that it has spawned. Rather, its image is unveiled in the people who travel through the city and get lost in their own thoughts. With this exhibition, we hope everyone living in this city will have some room for retreat and will experience, think about, amble through, and allow her- or himself to get lost in Shanghai, the city of infinite possibility.

 

With ten years of hard work, we are so grateful to the government, the artists, our friends, and the public for their help and support. In “Shanghai Ever,” we hope to express our concern with and love of the city. The past decade is like an étude that we have practiced repeatedly. The exhibition can be regarded as the spiritual renaissance of MoCA Shanghai. With all those who care and love our art museum, we will come to a brave new movement.

“Patterns,So Much Fun!”--Youth Art Project

Curatorial Team of MoCA, Shanghai

Exhibition date: April 10th to November 24th 2015

 

As a Youth Art Project, “Patterns, So Much Fun!” is an exhibition hosted by MoCA Shanghai in collaboration with Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and Children’s Museum of Art in Taiwan Offering both art education and interactional activities, it aims to re-define the art museum as a space not only for appreciating art works but also for active participation from the viewers, so that “communication” will be established between them and the exhibits in a free and highly creative manner.


As the exhibition is themed on the aesthetics of extensional design, we have asked the artists to create relevant works in the form of patchwork, computer-aided painting, clothing, paper cutting, fibre, engraving, and stamp engraving. The various styles, materials, colours, and forms are expected to empower the discovery and imagination of our viewers, who will appreciate the beauty of patterns, feel the change between traditional and avant-garde patterns, and further interpret in their own way the artists’ splendid creations.

 

During the exhibition, our viewers not only can appreciate and touch the formal beauty of the pattern made with different materials but also may experience the creation and application of patterns with their own hands and thereby to find and feel a brave new world of patterns.

 

Organize by: Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai Foundation

Coordinators:Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and Children’s Museum of Art in Taiwan


The following artists are represented at the exhibition: FUKUDA Sakae and Nicole TENG, QIU Jia, the SHI Hui Group (i.e., REN Jie, Stanislava MARKOVA, WANG Chunxin, WANG Xi, and ZHANG Xiaoyu), Magali de TORRES, WANG He, XIA Xiaojie, XIAO Yingxian, YANG Mo, and ZHOU Jiachu

Echos — Sculptures by Oliviero Rainaldi

Exhibition Date: April 10th to June 30th, 2015

Curator: Peter Benson Miller


MoCA, Shanghai is honoured to host the extraordinary exhibition,“Echos: Sculptures by Oliviero Rainaldi” in the early spring of 2015. This is not only the artist’s pure solo in Shanghai but also in China.

With his concentration on the sculpture’s figure and material, Oliviero Rainaldi’s works feature a simple style, flowing lines, classical beauty, refined composition, and a condensed yet dynamic form. His materials are rich in modernity, since he keeps exploring the texture of different things to express his own feelings.

Obviously, Rainaldi’s art style looks Western. The genes of ancient Rome and his childhood background have endowed his works with the flavour of religion and the classics and have enabled them to meditate critically on religion, theology, and philosophy. However, the art context that he has constructed is Eastern. With a way of discourse suggestive of hermitage, acrylic paint is replaced by ink and water, so that between black and white, thickness and thinness, similarity and dissimilarity, what counts is only the imagery in impression and the spirit in form. Rainaldi’s choices of materials include plaster, bronze, marble, and glass, which are employed to present a Zenist metamorphosis between absence and presence and a poetics of spiritual clarity and agility, both characteristic of Eastern culture.

As an exhibition, “Echos” is not only for the viewers to see butalso for them  to hear and feel. As Rainaldi has said, this is “a show of horizontal and vertical, of plenty and void, of immersion and appearance, of existence and non-existence, of intimacy and display, also of seas and mountains.” Included in “Echos” are not only his representative works but also his creations of recent years. Apart from sculptures, there are sketches and oil paintings. In all, around 45 works are exhibited. It is intended as a panorama of Rainaldi’s achievements, with focuses on specific works as well as his general style.

What is different from other kind of sculpture exhibitions is the artist’s starting point of re-creating the whole space for the show, so that his works, old and new, make a perfect match with the architectural characteristics of MoCA, Shanghai after his careful design of life and space.Thus a visual experience of poetry and doubt of infinity is born, and the viewer’s attention will be led to the form of and spirit in every sculpture on display.

We heartfelt thanks to all the supporters of MoCA, Shanghai. We sincerely grateful Maserati’s generous sponsorship and because of their contribution make the “Echos: Sculptures by Oliviero Rainaldi” exhibition possible. Special thanks to  Ambassador Umberto Vattani, president of Venice International University, under his leadership we have established deep collaboration and brilliant exhibitions together in the past decade, Ambassador Umberto Vattani came all the way from Italy to attend the opening, make us feel more honored. Thank you for Mr. Stefano Beltrame, Consulate General of the Republic of Italy in Shanghai for their continuous support. We hope when every viewers to enter into the “Echos”exhibition could experience the dynamic synergy, the poetic beauty and the power  of artworks. 


Organizers:

Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai Foundation

Sponsor : 

Maserati

 

i - Contemporary Art of Gu Changwei

Exhibition Date: 2014.12.13 – 2015.3.31

Curator: Kong Changan


With honor and pride, the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai will host Gu Changwei exhibition in the middle of December, 2014.

One of China’s most famous film directors today, Gu began studying art in his pre-college days. In 1978 he was enrolled into the Cinematography Department of Beijing Film Academy as his entry to the movie industry. His practice and exploration of contemporary art, however, has so far remained largely unknown to the public. In this sense, “i - Contemporary Art of Gu Changwei” is a presentation of his art works after years of silent accumulation.


In this exhibition, the artist used different media including video, two dimensional pieces, and installation. All the works are closely linked to our day-to-day lives and yet they have represented an unexpected and extraordinary splendor. In front of these works,we question on ourselves and derive all kinds of solutions, which also hide behind the artist's interpretation of the contemporary social values, and thinking of the current physical existence.


This solo exhibition is not intended as a summary or extension of Gu’s achievements as an artist. Rather, it marks a beginning with a unique perspective, a sober-minded meditation expressed with passion. Here and now, we will see an old friend of ours opening up his brave new world of “i ” to us.


To explain his motivation in creating these works, Gu quotes from Marcel Duchamp: “Art is not about itself but about the attention we bring to it.”


The curator of this exhibition, Kong Chang’an was among the curators and organizers of the China/Avant Garde ‘89. In the early 1990s,as an eminent art critic, he introduced China’s contemporary art to the West through Flash Art, a world-famous art magazine. Besides, he is the first Chinese curator to work for the 45th Venice Biennale in “Aperto” in 1993. In recent years, Kong has been more involved in research and practice on visual/video art in the United States.


“i - Contemporary Art of Gu Changwei” at the MoCA, Shanghai is a display of contemporary art based on the trans-disciplinary cooperation between a celebrated film director and a senior curator and on an intellectual dialogue by means of visual/video art. For China’s art circles, it will be the year’s finale notable for its flickering novelty.

Shanghai Flower: Abstract by Li Lei

Date: Sep. 20 to Nov. 30, 2014

Curator: Dr. Melissa Chiu


"Shanghai Flower: Abstract Art by Li Lei," which is hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) Shanghai and the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (APECF), was opened to the public on September 20th, 2014. This is the first stop of Li Lei's debut international tour as an eminent abstract artist. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Melissa Chiu, Museum Director and Curator for Contemporary Asian and Asian-American art at the Asia Society, who wishes to further promote the contemporary art and culture of China in a wonderfully new world outside.

 

As the topical phrase, "Shanghai Flower" is an epitome of the urban life under the brush of the artist, who has unveiled the splendor behind the hustle and bustle of the cosmopolis and has established a creative relationship between art and the reality of life. This exhibition includes the recent abstract works by Li Lei that are themed on the urban humanism of Shanghai and embody the miscellaneous facets of the city with unique thoughts and techniques. The “Shanghai Flower” is not a real flower but the spirit and character of the city, which concern all of us.

 

At "Shanghai Flower: Abstract Art by Li Lei," the artist has converted the exhibition itself to an installation, so that every viewer will find him-or herself immersed in the ambience of art as soon as he or she enters the exhibition hall. By means of paintings, installations, and videos, the metamorphosis of abstract elements is represented, pointing to the passion, uproar, hesitation, decay, and meditation of the life in the city. With the twenty-four transparent works of abstract art that are capable of being revolved by the viewers, the nature of the "Shanghai Flower," an entanglement of being gorgeous and perplexing at once, is shown dynamically. Within the labyrinth of stripes of colors, a poem-like context has arisen all of a sudden on the canvas. Meanwhile, in the space of the MoCA Shanghai, a visual rhythm has been constructed, resembling a symphony.

 

The artist Li Lei is primarily a creator and researcher of Chinese abstract art. He endeavors to merge the core concepts of Chinese culture with the sophisticated language of international abstract art and, on this basis, to blaze a trail for Chinese abstract art and lead it to the world outside. After its MoCA Shanghai debut, the next stops for the exhibition tour of "Shanghai Flower: Abstract Art by Li Lei" will be Hong Kong and Taiwan. 

 

Organizer:

Museumof Contemporary Art, Shanghai

APECF

Co-organizer:

Oriental Morning Post 

School of the Humanities of Tongji University

 

Executed by Shanghai Red Town Culture Development Co. Ltd.

 

Sponsors for the Opening Ceremony: Martell, Monini Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Pika Pika Spanish Restaurant.

Aura of Poetry

Exhibition Date: July,12 th 2014 - September,10 th 2014

Curator: Tiffany SOONG, Qilan SHEN, Miriam SUN.

Participating Artists: (in alphabetical order): 

GAO Ruyun, HU Xiaoyuan, LIU Jianhua, PENG Yangjun, QIU Anxiong, SHI Zhiying, WANG Youshen, WANG Guangle, YANG Yongliang and ZHANG Enli.


Our curatorial intention is to seek out the cracks in time of our fast paced and intense urban lifestyle. Our hope is to allow viewers to find refuge in the beauty of poetry and to experience its spiritual power. In the “Aura of Poetry”, the artists do not attempt to present utopian paradises, but rather to inviteviewers to enter into a poetic space – a space that can allow the cultivation of new thoughts and indeed nurture strength in the viewers.

In Chinese, the characters and concepts of Poetic Sentiment and Poetic Nature are different. Poetic Sentiment soothes one’s mind, while Poetic Nature refers to spirituality and spiritual transcendence. The beauty of poetry is like light that illuminates the world.  The power of poetry lies in“beauty”, and as well as its ability to reflect the truth. Poetic nature becomes the light that breaks through the complexities of modern life, creating a crack in time,a crack that emits the beauty and radiance that hides below the surfaces. 

In the “Aura of Poetry” viewers will experience the poetic light from these cracks. With light forms time and space, and from that time and space, individual stories unto human history. We have introduced the theater concept in this exhibition, inviting viewers and dancers to feel the artwork with their hearts and and start a dialogue with the artwork through their body language.

 

Organizer:

Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

Museum of Contemporary Art, ShanghaiFoundation 

Sponsor:

Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai Foundation

 

Meeting Da Vinci - Little Mona Lisa

Exhibition Date: April 12th, 2014 to November 30th, 2014

Curatorial Team: Miriam Sun, Christina Yang, Jenny Dong from MoCA, Shanghai and “Little Mona Lisa” curatorial team from Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

Participating Artist: Bei Lynn, Jun-yen Tsao, Tang Tang, Croter Hung, Li-chuan Huang, Tom Liu, Page Tsou, Earl Tai, Pan Jianfeng, Wang Tingting, Chris Chang, Wang Gangfeng, Tang Yin

 

Mona Lisa, created by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous painting in the world. However, people do not really know much about Mona Lisa and her life besides this painting.

 

Who was actually the model in the painting? When did Da Vinci start the painting? Who commissioned the painting? Did the client receive the painting? Why did Da Vinci carry this painting around with him? When Da Vinci was alive, there were already a group of followers, making imitations of his works. For example, Raphael painted several portraits in which the models posed just like Mona Lisa. Since the beginning of the 16th century, there have been a deluge of portraits of dressed or nude females in Mona Lisa pose. These kinds of works are called “Giocondas” or “Giocandas”. The innovation of Da Vinci in his Mona Lisa has changed the tradition of portraits.

 

With so many mysteries and so little clues or proofs about it , Mona Lisa has become a captivating symbol of art and culture in the long history of human being. Many artists in the past imitated this painting in order to appreciate and learn about Da Vinci’s painting skills. By contrast, modern artists focus more on innovation and, instead of imitating the painting, they infuse their own creativity and twist into Mona Lisa to express their own ideas. For example, there is a re-interpretation of Mona Lisa rich in sarcasm by Duchamp, a narcissistic version of Mona Lisa by Dali… and many, many other different versions of Mona Lisa with metaphoric, poetic and introspective messages about life, technology and a wide variety of topics and different times. In the modern context, there are kaleidoscopic images of Mona Lisa for people’s eyes.

 

This exhibition is based on the painting Mona Lisa and tells different stories to interpret the exhibition from different perspectives: different kinds of Mona Lisa in different times, spaces and backgrounds, imitating paintings from the original painting different from the western traditions. The contemporary illustrators and artists are going to invite you to this interesting and magic exhibition about Mona Lisa with the wings of imagination, and inspire children to create their own stories about Mona Lisa, thus adding more fun into the story-telling part of this exhibition. There are also outfits especially designed for Mona Lisa by fashion designers, and through the costume role play, children will be able to gain understanding of the crossover between fashion and Art. This exhibition intend to provide children opportunities of exploring different artistic styles and creative materials and the varity of interactive art pieces will encourage them to come up with their unique re-interpretations of Mona Lisa through their hand-on experiences and observations.

 


Animamix Biennale

Date:April, 12th 2014- June, 15th 2014

Chief Curator: KIM Sunhee (Director of Daegu Art Museum)

Advisor: Victoria LU

Commissioner: Samuel KUNG (Director of Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai)

In-house curator: WANG Weiwei

Participating Artists:

BAE Jongheon, David BLANDY, HAN Sungpil, HSU Cheyu, Alan KWAN, Danny LEE, LI Qingyue, LU Yang, SUN Xun, TSAI Shiucheng, WANG Xin, YANG Chihhao, Viki Lulu House (Victoria LU, Rick JUANG, Joe LEE, Pao Pao, Dongxu SUN, CHEN Hongzhu, HAN Yajuan, XU Qin, NathanielLORD)



“Animamix Biennale” started by Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai  (MoCA, Shanghai) , and this is the fourth time MoCA Shanghai organized “Animamix Biennale “ Project, and this year MoCA Shanghai is honored to work with 8 art institutions all over Asia region.The 8 institutions are Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, Academy of Arts & Design Tsinghua University, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Daegu Art Museum in South Korea, Hong Kong Visual Arts Center, Oi!, City University of Hong Kong and Macao Museum of Art. In Director Sunhee Kim of Daegu Art Museum,as well as the chief curator of Animamix Biennale 2013-2014,sets up the theme of the exhibition as “Drama Within”which attempts to present the realm of spirit in the form of Animation and Comics, and the program reflects how artists and audience interact and communicate to each other spiritually based on different cultures and backgrounds.

 

Wang Weiwei-the curator of Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai names the exhibition as “Rediscovery” to interpret “Drama Within”, and reflects the fact that nowadays western culture dominates our daily lives,the ancient oriental culture and tradition gradually became very distanced and unfamiliar where they are like myth or urban legend that we heard during childhood. When looking back to the past is almost like starring at the other side of the mirror, where there is hardly boundary between reality and illusion. More over, living in a western lifestyle which the eastern tradition and culture are less important and easy to be ignored, it seems like values and beliefs that were highly praised by our ancestors have become obsolete. As the result when people try to puzzle up the uncompleted pieces from past, they will only fall into the swirl of confusion and lose the ability to tell truth from illusion.  This complicated emotion is very similar to what people receive during watching animation, as the viewers become hypnotic, and then enter a surreal world and start to follow the emotions in animation.

 

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Daegu Art Museum in Korea held their exhibitions in November, 2013; Academy of Arts & Design Tsinghua University, Hong Kong Visual Arts Center(Including Oi! and City University of Hong Kong), Macao Museum of Artheld their exhibitions in March, 2014.The exhibitions in Korean, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao all presented theirlocal Animamix artists’ works and presented their artistic personalities and status. Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, as the final stop of this Biennale, presents its exhibition with 13 artists/artist group from China and abroad to display their wonderful works, so as to connect different places in Asia under the atmosphere of Animamix. The famous curator, as well as the first one who created the idea of“Animamix Biennale”,Victoria Lu leaded the artists’group and created a series of interesting works based on the character Viki– Lulu.

 

The exhibition aims to break the stereotype impression of only ‘cartoon and comics’, and present the art work in various forms and expression of art forms including paintings, photography, video, sculptures, installations and interactive new media, which will lead the audience into a paradox and animated world. In this world where there seems to be no boundary between the surreal world and the real world, the audience will be able to think about the relationships between history, civilization, faith, time, truth and illusions.

 

The concept of “Animamix Biennial” refers to that several artistic institutions hold exhibitions related to Animation and Comics at the same time or in succession so as to build up an exhibition network and contribute to the development of new forms of art. We hope that “Animamix Biennial” will arise greater discussion and integrate to more diverse fields.

KUSAMA YAYOI-A DREAM I DREAMED

Exhibition date: December 15th, 2013 to March 30th, 2014


“KUSAMA YAYOI---A DREAM I DREAMED” is Kusama Yayoi’s first Asia tour exhibition, and MoCA, Shanghai is very honoured to hold this exhibition in mainland China. “KUSAMA YAYOI---A DREAM I DREAMED” exhibition is very meaningful to MoCA, Shanghai, we hope this exhibition can be seen as an unique gift given from MoCA, Shanghai ’s 8th anniversary, to all the friends that loves art to experiences the colorful, expressive and stunning art world by Kusama Yayoi.


Needless to say, Kusama Yayoi is one of the greatest artists now. She has constantly expanded her artistic scope, creating new aesthetic concepts and using new methods and materials through and despite her life challenges for over 60 years. She has created her own powerful and insightful art that is strikingly different from other artists. The abundant meanings in her works are beyond the boundaries of language, “Love and Peace” is continue through her creation and wide accessibility to different people from different areas and from different ages.

 

Viewing and appreciating Kusama’s works will surely be an unusual and fascinating experience for anyone. It is possible that every single day of the exhibition could become a celebration of the arts if the majority of the population were mesmerized by Yayoi Kusama’s art world. For those modern people who hustle and bustle every day, Yayoi Kusama’s work could bring them brand new inspiration and delight. 


The Esprit Dior

Exhibition Date: 13th September 2013 to 20th November, 2013 

Curator: Florence Muller

Participating artist: Liu Jianhua, Lin Tianmiao, Qiu Zhijie, Yan Peiming, Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Huan, Zheng Guogu, Yan Lei, Zhang Shufa, René Gruau, Christian Bérard, Giacometti, Patrick Demarchelier, Mats Gustafson (Dior Café)


The Esprit Dior, is the spirit of a visionary designer: Christian Dior. He has changed the rules of elegance forever and in the whole world. He created a Couture House rooted in the deepest French traditions, with the purpose not only to bring women beauty and elegance but most of all happiness. A Couture House in which passion for creation is still constantly alive, and where craftsmanship is dedicated to a desire for absolute excellence.

 

From September 2013, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Shanghai, will honour Christian Dior on the occasion of a major exhibition entitled ‘Esprit Dior’.

 

Alongside more of a hundred dresses that epitomize Christian Dior's revolutionary work will be presented photographs of Patrick Demarchelier and works by some of the major contemporary Chinese artists such as Liu Jianhua, Lin Tian Miao, Qiu Zhijie, Yan Pei Ming, Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Huan and Zheng Guogu, who will all give their own vision of the Dior spirit.

 

REVEL--CELEBRATING MoCA’s 8 YEARS IN SHANGHAI

Exhibition date: June 20th, 2013 to August 11th, 2013 

Curator: Mathieu Borysevicz 

Participating Artists: ARTLINKART Lab / Bird Head / Chen Wei / Ding Yi / Fang Wei / Thomas Fuesser / Geng Yini / The Badland Project / Hu Yun / Jiang Pengyi / Liu Jianhua / Ma Daha / Shi Qing / Shi Yong / Tang Dixin / TOF / umafang / Heidi Voet / Wang Meng / Xu Zhen / Yang Zhenzhong / ZAKA / Zhang Ding / Zhang Enli / Zhang Ruyi / Zhou Tiehai


Everyone revels in their own way. Some reveling has changed the course of history, while most others are merely acts of self-indulgence. The Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai reveled in drunken binges that helped produce lyrics that have delighted generations since. The counter-culture movement of the 1960s in America and Europe reveled in alternative lifestyles that have shaped global culture today. At one point or other each of us has reveled in our own miseries and fantasies. At this moment we have seized the occasion of Shanghai MoCA's 8th year anniversary to revel in the recent history of this city's burgeoning visual culture scene.

 

Shanghai, with its unique blend of cosmopolitanism and regional culture, is an essential part of today’s global contemporary visual arts. For eight years MoCA has experienced the trials and tribulations, successes, and diversification of Shanghai’s art scene. Since opening in 2005, MoCA, Shanghai has contributed to the development of visual culture in this city by exhibiting both Chinese and international arts and design, and more importantly, it’s continued support and dedication to local artists.

 

For this exhibition MoCA, Shanghai has invited some of the most revered, international art stars, as well as promising younger talent from Shanghai and beyond to revel in the spirit of this great city’s imaginative forces. Like Shanghai itself, the museum has been divided into quarters - or exhibitions within the exhibition, which act as a way to assess the mutual inspiration, shared influences and diverse approaches to revelry that the creative incubator of Shanghai harbors.

GAO Xiaowu·Joyce HO Joint Exhibition

Exhibition Date: April 28th to June 12th, 2013

 

We are delighted to present the “GAO Xiaowu · Joyce HO Joint-Exhibition”.

The first floor of the museum will be presenting a series of large-scale sculptures with the theme of "Quest" by Gao Xiaowu, a well-known artist in Beijing.

Moreover, on the second floor, the new generation artist Joyce Ho from Taipei will be expressing her observations with the theme ‘Mimesis’ by her creation of paintings and installations.

 

GAO Xiaowu: Quest

Gao Xiaowu, who is well known by his signature bowing sculptures, is also a victim of plagiarism and imitation. Among domestic sculptors, Gao Xiaowu’s art pieces have been copied and imitated so many times all over China, most in inferior and poor-quality ways, that it’s beyond his ability to put a stop to these unethical behaviors. Due to the frequent plagiarism, Gao Xiaowu has changed his humorous and cute artist style in recent years. Instead, a new direction in both form and concept in his newseries emerged, which tend to show humanistic concern in their connotations, by diversification and installation in their forms and they are often created with a larger volume. Gao Xiaowu considers the significance of art in society as‘art should play a role as a reminder, to send out the warning message to the world.’ His art enables the audience to not only understand but admire his sense of humor but also the deeper message behind it. In addition to format itself, his sculptures bring inspiration and serious reflection to the audience, where artists seem to be able to pour some positive energy into the society.

 

Joyce HO: Mimesis

Joyce Ho immigrated to United States from Taiwan when she was 14 years old. While she enjoyed a liberating life in the states, she also felt unsettling about the sudden sense of dislocation. This experience had a huge impact on Joyce Ho’s way of thinking and hence to her artwork. The images she painted always contain some disturbing vibe, whether it’s the angle of the character’s head or the awkwardness of the distorted bodies. Through her use of luminescent palette and theatrically styled compositions, she was able to create a decidedly feminine perspective that embodies her generation’s precarious psychological state of un-balance and instability. Despite contemporary art, Joyce Ho also crossed over to theater and stage creation, including directing and script writing, which enables her to describe the essence of what the painting was trying to discuss. She hopes to provide the beginning of a story and allow the audience to finish their own versions of the ends.

 


+ Follow 2013 – Existence

Exhibition Date: February 23, 2013—April 21, 2013

Curator: Wang Wei-Wei

Artists: Gao Mingyan/Su Chang/Andy Mo/Zhang Yunyao/Xiao Longhua/Liao Fei/ Chen Tianzhuo

 

MoCA, Shanghai presents its Second Young Artists Group Exhibition + Follow 2013 –Existence, aiming to infuse new concepts and elements into modern arts field and to provide a platform for domestic young artists to show their talents.  Painting, installation, photography, images, texts and various forms of art are used as their artistic expression to communicate with the world; seven artists portray their observations and questions of society with their unique perspectives and artistic languages. When audience walks into the exhibition hall, it is almost like they walk into the artists’ insight world, and they may be able to connect with artists’ emotions through their art works. This time, MoCA, Shanghai specially organizes the exhibition by allowing each artist building up their independent spaces, so that the artists are able to fully demonstrate how they explore their self-existence under those self-created environments. Every exhibition space has its own unique style: it may feel like a shelter for souls, or a space where the brainstorming is forming or even shuttling in between the border line of reality and hyper-reality…

If everyone is shackled by all kinds of pressure and dissatisfactory in daily life, is it possible that arts can help people to appreciate and treasure the beauty and goodness in the world? How to transform modern arts into positive energy? How to see artworks as invisible shields to defeat the complicated world, allowing artists to pursue their search on self-identification and self-existence at the same time? MoCA, Shanghai wishes the young artists’ group exhibition may not only reflect the current status of existing modern arts society but also bring audience a different scenery.   

These seven young artists may have distinctive styles, but they share one common feature---their directions of exploring art are quite clear, however none of them are confined by the stereotype of “artists”, instead they tend to experiment various media to expand their views. In this information explosion and media flooding era, all the modern artists face the challenges of how to break the old creation pattern same time still able to communicate with audiences through their works. Is it possible that the power of art may change audience’s perspective of viewing the world, or might widen audience’s horizon or even be able touch  audience’sinner secret in their hearts where no one has discovered before …

 

Organizer: MoCA,Shanghai

Sponsor: Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, Foundation Limited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tian Wei & Qiu Jie – Joint Exhibition

Exhibition Date: December 22, 2012--Feburary 16, 2013

 

While embracing the year of 2013, MoCA, Shanghai sincerely invites two Chinese artists Tian Wei and Qiu Jie, who have lived in oversea countries for a long time, to present you a refreshing joint exhibition. Though their perspectives and styles differ from each other, their works reveal same profound life comprehension. MoCA, Shanghai wishes to bring the audience to a self-reflecting, peaceful journey for mind through this exhibition.

Tian Wei started learning calligraphy when he was a childtherefore traditional Chinese artistic skill naturally enhanced his artistic language. After living, studying and working in America for many years and also under the influence of oriental and western culture, he combined oil painting and ink, started to draw western characters with the techniques of Chinese calligraphy. There is a profound philosophy in each of his work.  In recent years, his works has become freer and freer via different format of media, however the central message that these works represent remains consistent. Tian Wei hopes through his work, audience enjoy the aesthetics which is expected to be rooted in Chinese’ spirit and beliefs, namely a philosophy connects different perspectives.  His works bridge different cultures form east and west. 

Qiu Jie’s works would appear heavy and rather complicated. You may find, in his works, a blonde who fits into the typical stereotype pin-up poster girl stands with a slogan which is often seen during China’s cultural revolution era, and a couple of Chinese and English characters and letters that are placed in a strange order…Usually Qiu Jie picks one corner of apiece of paper as the starting point and then slowly expands to another piece of paper like a growing organism.  He manages to picture all threads and ideas together: a dream, a memory, a live object, etc. All of these make his works realistic and somehow surrealistic.  His canvas shows how a Chinese who lives his life in the Western world feel about with his unique expression, his canvas actually creates the emotions mixing disorder, absurdness and even ambiguity. 

Both Tian Wei and Qiu Jie were born almost at the same unique period of time in China. They started their journey to the West, experienced different cultures in America and Europe; on their way, they felt confused and even lost when trying to find their sense of belongingness.  The overall environment in China has now becomes more internationalized and opened; where different cultures and ideas seem to achieve the peak time for interacting and impacting one ach other, thus we sincerely hope our audience may reflect a little and reach to some common understandings through their works.

Design Colours Life – Contemporary Finnish Design and Marimekko exhibition

Date: 2012/10/27~2012/12/7

Curators:  Tuuli Sotamaa / Jeremiah Tesolin/ Sami Ruotsalainen

Exhibition architecture: Sotamaa Design 

Designers: Aino Aalto, Alvar Aalto, Klaus Aalto, Eero Aarnio, Arktis, Artek, Kaj Franck, Bertel Gardberg, Graphic Concrete, Habitat, Iittala, Kristina Isola, Maija Isola, Mari Isopahkala, Helkama, Erja Hirvi, Ville Kokkonen, Mikko Laakkonen, Nathalie Lahdenmäki, Maija Louekari, Aino-Maija Metsola, Multitouch, Samuli Naamanka, Noora Niinikoski, Nikari, Nokia, Antti Nurmesniemi, Vuokko Nurmesniemi, Heikki Orvola, Mikko Paakkanen, Minna Parikka, Annika Rimala, Sami Ruotsalainen, Pentagon Design, Timo Saarnio, Timo Salli, Timo Sarpaneva, Tuuli and Kivi Sotamaa, Ilkka Suppanen, Astrid Sylwan, Janna Syvänoja, Kirsti Taiviola, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Thinglink, Jenni Tuominen, Tiia Vanhatapio, Kari Virtanen, Heidi Wikar, Wikar & Yakowlef and Tapio Wirkkala.


Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (MoCA, Shanghai), Radical Design Week and Marimekko proudly present Design Colours Life – Contemporary Finnish Design and Marimekko exhibition.

Design Colours Life – Contemporary Finnish Design and Marimekko is an exhibition about design, life and Finland offering insights into Finnish culture and creativity. Ultimately, the exhibition underlines the way that design plays a key part in our everyday life.

The exhibition takes a twofold approach to the theme. While one component presents a hand-picked selection of works by the great masters of Finnish design, their younger peers, and a set of interesting design companies, the other offers an extensive look at Finnish fashion and design house Marimekko, providing an in-depth plunge into its creative culture as a role model in the Finnish design industry; the Marimekko creative process is vividly presented in the form of installations. Together these two parts form a vast, vibrant, surprising and emotionally colourful show.

The Finnish design industry retains an excellent reputation in the world and Helsinki, the capital of Finland, was selected as the World Design Capital this year (2012). MoCA Shanghai believes that with this exhibition, it will bring positive energy to cultural communication between the two countries and introduce Finnish design's unique fun, colourful, functional and cultural oriented style to the greater Chinese public.

The exhibition is not a definitive account of the history of Finnish design, but rather an illustrative selection of designers, companies, objects and products from Finland. Together, the exhibition contains 92 sets of exhibited items, all presenting a unique perspective on Finnish culture. Finnish design is international and timeless. Although the exhibition spans over 70 years of Finnish design, no object or item appears to be obsolete or faddish and the various design styles and influences neither clash nor conform markedly. What unites each of the exhibited works is their organic connection, however subtle, to life and natural environment. The designers and companies taking part in the exhibition share the same desire to develop and innovate. Not only are they comfortable in the global environment, they are also receptive to new ideas and practices. This combination of curiosity and willingness to reach higher has helped make Finland and Finnish design unique.  

The objects in this exhibition are presented in real-life contexts. Design is not something to be viewed on a pedestal against a white, immaculate backdrop. Thus, all the visual images that are presented in the exhibition do not only focus on one single design object, but concentrate on telling a story about a certain moment in life to all the viewers – the timeline, the cultural background and the interaction between the object and the person that are more meaningful. This further supports the belief that good design is always embedded in reality;   enduring years of use, eventually showing signs of wear and tear, a history of functionality.  The definition of good design is hence not only about beautiful appearance, creative and innovative idea, but also about improving the functionality and performance of the object, bringing convenience and usability. Consequently all the exhibited items are strictly selected with this criterion, which make the participating designers of Design Colours Life – Contemporary Finnish Design and Marimekko the real practitioners of art. 

“Contemporary art shall exist in various formats in everyone’s daily life, MoCA Shanghai believes that there shall be no limitation nor restrains on how contemporary art shall be interpreted, and this belief perfectly matches the concept of Design Colours Life – Contemporary Finnish Design and Marimekko exhibition. MoCA Shanghai wishes this exhibition will be able to shorten the distance of contemporary art and general public and be able to plant the seed of art in people’s heart in a natural way”, said by Director of MoCA Shanghai Mr. Samuel Kung.

As part of the exhibition, MoCA Shanghai organizes seminars, lectures, and a variety of special events in order to bring to people a visual feast of art and design through the form of practical art, and the organic combination of modernist and design concepts.

Design Colours Life – Contemporary Finnish Design and Marimekko exhibition is the spearhead project of Radical Design Week. Opening of the exhibition is the Opening Event of the whole Radical Design Week.

 

Organizer:  MoCA Shanghai / Radical Design Week/ Marimekko  

Will The World Ever Get Better?——Xiang Jing+ Qu Guangci Joint Exhibition

Date: September 9 - October 17, 2012

Artist: Xiang Jing, Qu Guangci

                  

It’s a great honor for MoCA Shanghai to work with two outstanding sculpturers Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci. “Will Things Ever Get Better?” Xiang Jing+ Qu Guangci Joint Exhibition tries to experience, realize and question life, art, the past, the present or the future, hoping the visitors can reflect on their own lives.

From Shanghai to Beijing, Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci secretly observe the prosperitythe vanitythe beauty and the emptiness existing in two cites, and they raise the crucial question “Will the world ever get better?”

Will this world ever get better, if it will turn good or simply the other way around? There is no correct answer for that question. Good and bad can both be deceptive in an objective sense or could be a form of subjectively anesthesia. The order of the ordinary world has been disturbed when an artist asks such question, and the answer revealseach individual’s status of mind. It is almost similar to the uncertainty principle in quantum physics, when you try to get an answer; the fact is, you have already disturbed the quality and location of microscopic particle, as the result absolute truth can be a just a mask of vanity.

In this world, the present is the left over from the past and the future is built on the unrealistic present. People’s answers would show their joys and sorrows and they can be interpreted as the unconscious adjustments of their status of mind in reality.  The past, present and future interact with each other and form various compositions, no matter what there is always a subtle balance between the vanity and the reality.

Xiang’s works can be classified into two categories: acrobatics and animals. And in fact they are all describing one thingthe situation. Acrobatics can be descried as the reflection of the reality, and vice versa. Some believed acrobatics is the imitation of life while every performance is a battle with fear. The price of breaking the normality is losing normal life, and then mending life to normality with the glory of victory. And the cycle continues, no training can guarantee perfect performance. Neither the performers nor the audience can feel a sense of relaxation.

When spotlight shines on performer’s body, it’s always uncertain if the performer will win applause or pay for the unsuccessful performance. Ironically once the audience isused to watchaudience itself has also become a part of the performance as well.

If acrobatics is a metaphor of human’s social attribute, animals in this exhibition stand for human’s natural attribute. If survival of the fittest is truethen why not leave the worries to the outsiders.  

We observe animals, and be observed by greater creatures. The animals could not make people feel nervous as the relationship of performer and audience do not stand, instead, there are simply two species relying and depending on each other, thus the perspective of “me” becomes less important. Moreover, the eyes of animal are not to convey human’s visual experience, but to express the sympathy for the whole world and excessive feelings towards the whole universe. Human’s perspective is relatively narrow, thus it should be given up, and on the contrast Xiang Jing persistently shows her sympathy and love to the world with a non-personal standpoint through her artwork.

Qu Guangci’s Twittering and The Grand Dinner PARTY pictured the shallow appearances of vanity, as artist listened to the verbal or non-verbal languagesand concretize the void expression to the naïve fatty faces in his artwork.

The most bustling place can also be seen as the most desolate place, in this prosperous world. So “prosperity” can be interpreted as the steam produced by the collision and friction of many isolated individuals.  Hardened heart or lonely-looking appearance can’t stop you from posing arrogance, even when you are bulging. No matter where you stand, a concrete building or a bronze forest, posture is the most important thing. People, bird and tree become too close to separate. The personality cannot leave bird, people and bird cannot leave the branch. There is no wish to fly away, the field of sky does not belong to this vanity world. Qu’s works has an sarcastic flavor at the same time shares a strong sense of calmness.

There is too much sarcasm from the bystander effect brought by The Grand Dinner PARTY and the misunderstanding from Twittering. But the author did not want to focus oncriticizing the world. Walking in this world, the visual experience will change as the audience’s mood swings, just as the net formed by prosperous street and the shabby lane. Objectively, everything is real, and more objectively, everything becomes unreal.

That is “Ukiyoe” of Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci. It is fortunate to be an artist who has independent thoughts, as in modern world usually the crowd speaks louder than individual.

MoCA, Shanghai hopes the two artists’ perspectives can help the visitors to be able to look inside themselves. The artistic works can be treated as a special language, and it takes on different forms to question the current society. Unanswered though, we believe every visitor can find their own answers. As to our museum, it is a journey to observe culture and also a social responsibility to provide a place where the artists can tell story.

Moreover, as the co-organizer, Modern Media Group and with its Modern Weekly and LEAP attach great attention to this exhibition, dedicating to build a necessary medium between contemporary art and the public.


Organizer: MoCA, Shanghai

Co-organizer: X + Q Sculpture Studio, Modern Media Group < Modern Weekly>< LEAP>


Will The World Ever Get Better?——Xiang Jing+ Qu Guangci Joint Exhibition

Date: September 9 - October 17, 2012

Artist: Xiang Jing, Qu Guangci

                  

It’s a great honor for MoCA Shanghai to work with two outstanding sculpturers Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci. “Will Things Ever Get Better?” Xiang Jing+ Qu Guangci Joint Exhibition tries to experience, realize and question life, art, the past, the present or the future, hoping the visitors can reflect on their own lives.

From Shanghai to Beijing, Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci secretly observe the prosperitythe vanitythe beauty and the emptiness existing in two cites, and they raise the crucial question “Will the world ever get better?”

Will this world ever get better, if it will turn good or simply the other way around? There is no correct answer for that question. Good and bad can both be deceptive in an objective sense or could be a form of subjectively anesthesia. The order of the ordinary world has been disturbed when an artist asks such question, and the answer revealseach individual’s status of mind. It is almost similar to the uncertainty principle in quantum physics, when you try to get an answer; the fact is, you have already disturbed the quality and location of microscopic particle, as the result absolute truth can be a just a mask of vanity.

In this world, the present is the left over from the past and the future is built on the unrealistic present. People’s answers would show their joys and sorrows and they can be interpreted as the unconscious adjustments of their status of mind in reality.  The past, present and future interact with each other and form various compositions, no matter what there is always a subtle balance between the vanity and the reality.

Xiang’s works can be classified into two categories: acrobatics and animals. And in fact they are all describing one thingthe situation. Acrobatics can be descried as the reflection of the reality, and vice versa. Some believed acrobatics is the imitation of life while every performance is a battle with fear. The price of breaking the normality is losing normal life, and then mending life to normality with the glory of victory. And the cycle continues, no training can guarantee perfect performance. Neither the performers nor the audience can feel a sense of relaxation.

When spotlight shines on performer’s body, it’s always uncertain if the performer will win applause or pay for the unsuccessful performance. Ironically once the audience isused to watchaudience itself has also become a part of the performance as well.

If acrobatics is a metaphor of human’s social attribute, animals in this exhibition stand for human’s natural attribute. If survival of the fittest is truethen why not leave the worries to the outsiders.  

We observe animals, and be observed by greater creatures. The animals could not make people feel nervous as the relationship of performer and audience do not stand, instead, there are simply two species relying and depending on each other, thus the perspective of “me” becomes less important. Moreover, the eyes of animal are not to convey human’s visual experience, but to express the sympathy for the whole world and excessive feelings towards the whole universe. Human’s perspective is relatively narrow, thus it should be given up, and on the contrast Xiang Jing persistently shows her sympathy and love to the world with a non-personal standpoint through her artwork.

Qu Guangci’s Twittering and The Grand Dinner PARTY pictured the shallow appearances of vanity, as artist listened to the verbal or non-verbal languagesand concretize the void expression to the naïve fatty faces in his artwork.

The most bustling place can also be seen as the most desolate place, in this prosperous world. So “prosperity” can be interpreted as the steam produced by the collision and friction of many isolated individuals.  Hardened heart or lonely-looking appearance can’t stop you from posing arrogance, even when you are bulging. No matter where you stand, a concrete building or a bronze forest, posture is the most important thing. People, bird and tree become too close to separate. The personality cannot leave bird, people and bird cannot leave the branch. There is no wish to fly away, the field of sky does not belong to this vanity world. Qu’s works has an sarcastic flavor at the same time shares a strong sense of calmness.

There is too much sarcasm from the bystander effect brought by The Grand Dinner PARTY and the misunderstanding from Twittering. But the author did not want to focus oncriticizing the world. Walking in this world, the visual experience will change as the audience’s mood swings, just as the net formed by prosperous street and the shabby lane. Objectively, everything is real, and more objectively, everything becomes unreal.

That is “Ukiyoe” of Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci. It is fortunate to be an artist who has independent thoughts, as in modern world usually the crowd speaks louder than individual.

MoCA, Shanghai hopes the two artists’ perspectives can help the visitors to be able to look inside themselves. The artistic works can be treated as a special language, and it takes on different forms to question the current society. Unanswered though, we believe every visitor can find their own answers. As to our museum, it is a journey to observe culture and also a social responsibility to provide a place where the artists can tell story.

Moreover, as the co-organizer, Modern Media Group and with its Modern Weekly and LEAP attach great attention to this exhibition, dedicating to build a necessary medium between contemporary art and the public.


Organizer: MoCA, Shanghai

Co-organizer: X + Q Sculpture Studio, Modern Media Group < Modern Weekly>< LEAP>

 


​Mock-up: Architecture of Spatial Art, 2012

Exhibition Date: August 4th to September 2nd, 2012

Participating Architects:

Atelier Archmixing, Atelier Deshaus, FENG Guochuan, FENG Lu, Atelier GOM, KUU, YU Ting, YUAN Feng + Neil LEACH (Digital Future Shanghai Workshop), ZHANG Bin + ZHOU Wei, Vector Architects  

Participating Artists: 

DAISHIMA Noriko, GAO Mingyan, Uno LAI, Simon MA, SU Chang, YIN Yi, etc.

“Mock-up: Architecture of Spatial Art, 2012” marks a brand new start for MoCA Shanghai. The exhibition focuses on contemporary Chinese living spaces. While it considers the basic relationship between people and their living environments, it also extends multiple links between living spaces and the city. 

The exhibition is inspired by daily living spaces. MoCA Shanghai will be abstractly divided into ten domestic spaces, including a living room, kitchen, study, bedroom, bathroom, and so on. Correspondingly, ten teams of architects are invited to employ conceptual designs to express their understanding and interpretations of their respective spaces. It is an architect-dominated exhibition combined with artists’ interaction and participation that will bring a diverse set of space designs and visitor experiences. Thus the spaces exhibited are not mere reproductions of household environments, but thought-provoking explanations of space as a repository for exploration. It may be strange and clash with common conception, but the strangeness will be an opportunity for audiences to rethink their habitual expectations of everyday living spaces, and even their approach to everyday life. 

“Mock-up” will be a novel venture that pushes far past the boundaries of ordinary art exhibitions. Based on the idea of “Reconstruct, Break and Represent Space,” it breaks down conventional ideas of museum spaces, exhibition modes and general visiting methods, while enabling visitors to interact directly with architects, designers, artists and their works, and to naturally blend into the art spaces. Every corner of life will be full of art. 

A series of art events will be held during the exhibition, such as curator and artist talks, designer salons, small concerts, book clubs. These events are as much a part of the exhibition as the spaces themselves, as they transform the museum into a real city public space of movement, culture and activity.

Van Cleef & Arpels, Timeless Beauty

Date: May 20th to July 15th2012


The Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai — MOCA, Shanghai — will be hosting “Van Cleef & Arpels, Timeless Beauty”, a heritage exhibition, from 20th May to 15th July 2012. Spanning over 100 years of history, the exhibition will allow visitors to view jewellery, watches, and precious accessories, as well as archive drawings and documents of the place Vendome Maison. For the first time in China, more than 370 pieces gathered from the Maison’s Collection and from private French and International owners will be on display. 

Set in a dreamlike scenography designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, the creations will be presented on two levels, in an 1200 sq. metres space. The area will be transformed into a journey built around four themes: Exoticism, Nature, Elegance and Femininity. This immersion into Van Cleef & Arpels’ style is also the opportunity to discover the Maison’s unrivalled savoir-faire, passed on by generations of Mains d’Or, the magic of exceptional Pierres de Caractère, not to mention the stories attached to some of the pieces that have achieved mythical status. From iconic pieces to the legendary women who wore them and contributed to the reputation of the Maison, “Timeless Beauty”highlights the enduring legacy and the constantly renewed creativity of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Nostalgia: East Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition

Exhibition Date: 18th Feb – 1st May 2012

Participating Artists:

DUAN Jianyu, HAI Bo, HUR Unkyung, IDEMITSU Mako, JUNG Yeondoo, LEE Juyong, MIZUKOSHI Kaeko, PAN Jianfeng,

QIU Anxiong, SAWADA Tomoko, SONG Hyunsook, TSUBAKI Noboru, TU Weicheng, WON Seoungwon


MoCA, Shanghai is honored to present Nostalgia: East Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition in collaboration with The Korea Foundation in welcoming the year 2012. This exhibition forms part of the “China-Korea-Japan Culture Shuttle” implemented by the foreign ministers of the three Northeast Asian countries in 2007, and it is an event celebrating the 20 years of diplomatic relations between China and Korea, and 40 years between China and Japan. Organized with total devotion by Kim Sun-hee, a representative curator of the Asian art world, this exhibition presents works by 14 artists from China, Korea and Japan, and strives to deepen the prosperity of cultural partnership and exchange among the three East Asian countries through contemporary art. 

Through a long period of continuous exchanges and contact, China, Korea and Japan have built a diverse cultural context and a collective value system reflecting traditional culture, character and identity. Fortunately, the gap among the three countries is gradually closing due to the impact of globalization. Having undergone the massive social changes of the 20th century, Asian countries in general have been surrendering their ways of life, living environment, system of thought and traditional culture formed through thousands of years, and replacing it with Western civilization. The same can be said for East Asian contemporary art. The question as to how East Asian art can establish its own independent standing and autonomous competence in the context of the international art world remains a subject for continuous debate as well as our common future. 

The hope is that new perspectives can be opened up in Chinese contemporary art through this exhibition, which expresses nostalgia for traditional art that has been lost in East Asian contemporary art during its growth under the influence of Western modern art. Furthermore, we hope that Nostalgia: East Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition revitalizes emotional values that are the most fundamental and universal of human values, as well as offering a venue for the exchange of contemporary art of the three East Asian countries.