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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.

 




MAN: Chen Man Visual Art Exhibition

Date: November 23rd, 2011 ~ Early February 7th, 2012

Curator: Victoria Lu

 

Chen Man, one of China’s top visual artists, has made an outstanding achievement in both commercial field and artistic one in recent years.  She managed to combine mainstream ideas and artistic creation perfectly. “Chinese learning as the fundamental structure, western learning for practical use” goes throughout her creation process.  She created a brand new and independent artistic language which leads the revolution of contemporary fashion photography and artistic photography. In this exhibition, Chen Man continues to discuss the theme, “ELAN”, through the “six dusts”(an idea from Buddhism) i.e. sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and idea, and the relevant representative works that she had created in recent years, including “Vision”,  “Long Live The Motherland”,  “Red Beauty”, “Four Seasons”  and “ Five Elements”, as well as the works she produced about stars and celebrities in recent years. This exhibition will be her largest solo exhibition held in China.

Pixar: 25 Years of Animation---MoCA Shanghai Animamix Biennial III

Exhibition date: August 1, 2011 — October 30, 2011

 

Received with wide acclaim in the UK, Finland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan and Hongkong, Pixar’s animation exhibition is coming to MoCA Shanghai from August 1 to October 30. In MoCA’s three-story exhibition space, Pixar: 25 Years of Animation will systematically present the stories, characters, and worlds of Pixar’s animations, including drawings, 3D sculptures, storyboards, digital models and digital installations. For those captivated by animation, Pixar, or the culture of creativity, this exhibition is too important to miss. 

Since Toy Story (1995), the world’s first fully-animated feature film, Pixar Animation Studios has continued to create hugely successful blockbuster animations, including A Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), Wall-E (2008), Up (2009), and Toy Story 3 (2010). Grossing a total of $63 billion, Pixar’s animations are not only box office record-breakers, but also winners of 26 Academy Awards and 7 Golden Globes. Pixar: 25 Years of Animation will take viewers behind the scenes into the magical world of Pixar animations. 

MoCA Shanghai is dedicated to the promotion of innovation and design in China. In 2007, former MoCA Creative Director Victoria Lu established the concept of “animamix,” an aesthetic that encompasses artworks of animation and comics. In that same year, MoCA Shanghai organized the first Animamix Biennial. 

In collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios and Environment Arts Center, MoCA Shanghai proudly presents Pixar: 25 Years of Animation – MoCA Shanghai Animamix Biennial III. To provide further insight into the artworks, the exhibition will be accompanied by an interactive lecture series given by masters of animation. Through this exhibition and its related programs, we hope to promote the development of animation and comics throughout Shanghai and China.


Organized by:MoCA Shanghai  Environment Arts Center

Collaborated with:China Mobile

Special Thanks to:The Shanghai Orientation Art Center

Equipment sponsor:BenQ  Optoma

Tao of Nature - 2011 Chinese Abstract Art Exhibition

Date: June 4, 2011 – July 10, 2011

Curator: Li Xu                       

Curatorial Assistants: Jenny Dong, Jane Xu

Participating Artists: Chen Guangwu, Chen Qiang, Ding Yi, Huang Yuanqing, Jiang Dahai, Li Lei, Liang Quan, Meng Luding, Qi Haiping, Shi Hui, Tan Ping, Wang Xieda, Wu Shaoying, Yan Feixiang, Ye Fang, Yin Ge, Zhang Hao, Zhou Changjiang

 

“Human beings follow the Earth, Earth follows Heaven, Heaven follows the Tao [the Way], and the Tao follows Nature”, said Lao Tzu in his Tao TeChing. In Taoist philosophy, “Nature”, should not be simplistically equated with “nature” in the sense of “the natural world”; rather, it should be understood as the “free” and “necessary (inherent)” state of being “in accord with one’s nature” or of “natural being”. Nature is the innate, eternal law of the movements of the universe. In art, Nature refers to the smooth, natural, unfettered concordance of hand and mind that should be the lofty condition that artists dream of attaining, that they pursue their whole life long. 

Throughout the history of Chinese art, the active pursuit of realism, of the mimetic imitation of reality, had been in continual decline since the Northern Song dynasty (960 -1127). While the rise of literati painting ultimately led to the establishment of an aesthetic standard privileging “spiritual resemblance” over “formal resemblance (resemblance in external appearance)”, a time when “Sketch conceptualism”(capturing the spiritual essence of the object) gradually became the main current of Chinese painting. The “quasi-abstract” taste of the literati might be said to lie in between the philosophy of Taoism and the aesthetics of calligraphy, between “resemblance” and “non-resemblance”, between “figurative” and “abstract”. 

The achievements of contemporary Chinese abstract art, which represent the modernization of local civilization, can be attributed to the confluence of traditional Chinese aesthetics and the influence of Western Modernism. Abstract art has finally gained attention in the past ten years under the dominance of realism and expressionism, and completed the historical transition from the representation to the metaphor, and to the abstract. Discarding narratives and symbols and ridding itself of ideological struggles, Chinese abstract art can be rated as the truest and purest forms of artistic expression. 

The exhibition brings together 18 artists from Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shenzhen, and Macau. Among them are long-famous veterans of the abstract art world, as well as up-and-coming young stars. “Nature” is the key concept of this exhibition. Despite the great differences among these works in color, texture, size, and shape, they are similar in their faithful manifestation of a natural spirit, in their fluent expression of the creative mind, and in their direct translation of the “mental visions” of the artist. 

Ten years ago in Shanghai Art Museum, I curated four exhibitions of abstract art entitled “Metaphysics” from 2001 to 2005. Most of the artists in “Tao of Nature” also were part of the basic line-up of the “Metaphysics” exhibitions. Time has passed quickly; today, exhibitions related to abstract art have begun to flourish throughout the whole country. As a pioneer in Chinese abstract art, Shanghai ought to continue to develop this unique characteristic of its urban culture. 

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Date: April 30, 2011 – May 29, 2011

Curator: Wang Weiwei

Participating Artists:

Aaajiao, Han Feng, Li Xiaojing, Li Cao, Lu Yang, Liu Ren, Pan Jianfeng, Zhang Liaoyuan, Museum of Unknown (QiuAnxiong, Jin Wang, Hu Yikuan, Chen Liangjie, Qin Touyi, Zhang Jungang& Li Jie, He Yida, Yu Honglei, Guan Xiao, North Forest, Zhang Fei, Zhang Bo, Zha o Zhenyu, Wang Jue, Gong Lini, Wu Ding, Chen Yongwei, Chen Hangfeng, XieXingtao, Sui Changjiang, Xiao Longhua, Han Lili, Gao Ling, Zhang Ning, Yan Pijie, ZhengHuan, Tang Dixin, Su Chang, Liao Fei, Li Xiaohua, ZhongKangjun, ZengXiaoyu, Xu Sheng, Lore Vanelslande, Ye Linghan, Tan Huang, Wang Yue, Wu Xiaohang, Jiang Guorong, Wang Yin, Tian Na, Liu Xinyi, Zhou Menglan, Guo Qi, ZAKA, Zhang Yunyao, Wang Yuejie)

Young, indicates a status of continuous thinking, activating and always willing to try. Young artists road is full of unknown questions, not only for themselves but for us and the audience. When we follow their current status and development, we are concerning about the young group itself, about their refreshed ideas, and their progressing status.    

The comprehension and selection of media reflected artists thoughts and their artistic perceptions, as well as the impact of social environment and life experience casting on them. This exhibition explores the new artistic charms that are created by changing the ways different information exists and transmit. Artists use objects in daily life, new technology, and language as the medium to express their beliefs and ideas. All the participating artists have different background and styles, and yet their attempt and constant effort in exploring the new artistic paths are the same. 

We concern for and support the young artists. At the same time, we dedicated to promoting fresh and avant-garde contemporary art to the audience. Hope this exhibition can draw the audience closer to these young peoples world and experience their meditation, action, happiness and endurance……

CULTURE CHANEL

Exhibition date: JANUARY 15, 2011 – MARCH 14, 2011

 

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (MoCA Shanghai), we are honored to join the House of CHANEL in presenting “CULTURE CHANEL”, a landmark exhibition for our museum. This is the first exhibition that MoCA Shanghai has organized around a designer. Spanning more than one hundred years of the history of art and design, this exhibition gathers together works by the most important artists of the century. By engaging in plural dialogues with the art of the period, it examines the relationship between art and design. “CULTURE CHANEL” centers upon five themes: Origin, Abstraction, Invisibility, Liberty and Imaginary. 

From the designs of the House of CHANEL to the artworks, manuscripts, and photographs of masters of various media, including the poets Jean Cocteau and Pierre Reverdy, the painters Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, and the composer Igor Stravinsky, this exhibition creates various narratives of artistic style and creative activity across multiple time periods. 

It is with deepest sincerity that I express my gratitude to curator Jean-Louis Froment. Thanks to his brilliant curatorial vision, this exhibition has been able to reach beyond the boundaries of fashion design, and enable viewers to experience, appreciate, search, and understand the fine texture of art and culture embedded in Chanel’s designs. In doing so, this exhibition brings out the inner worlds that the designer never directly expressed. 

“CULTURE CHANEL” includes more than four hundred pieces of work, approximately one hundred of which were borrowed from national museums and private collections worldwide. The scale and complexity of this exhibition challenged the spirit, creativity, and resolve of everyone involved. With greatest respect and sincerest gratitude, I thank the House of CHANEL, for this exhibition could never have been realized without their incomparable dedication and foresight. I thank everyone involved with the exhibition, as well as the various organizations that have collaborated with us. It was only with the complete and whole-hearted cooperation of all parties involved that we were able to achieve such success. 

As China’s most representative new urban center, Shanghai’s flourishing outer appearance is well known; yet the city also has great respect for culture, as well as a tradition of bringing together the tastes of the East and the West. This deep cultural foundation has brought her fame as a center of fashion and design. The classic designs of CHANEL have always attracted the attention and enthusiastic responses of people here. Luxury fashion often combines multiple art forms with the technologies of modern industry and design. This allows every piece of fashion to become something like an artwork that declares its designer’s creative conceptions to the world, and that gives expression to his or her aesthetic taste. We hope that as viewers experience this enchanting voyage of the exhibition, they will seize on the energy surging forth from this interweaving of art and design—and at the same time, appreciate the message of unspoken words that exists between the great works of these master artists and the fashion of the House of CHANEL. 

Exhibiting the finest products of art, culture, and design has always been the mission of MoCA Shanghai. But this is a mission that can only be carried out in cooperation with partners who share our vision. “CULTURE CHANEL” is our first collaboration with the House of CHANEL. We hope that our collaborative relationship with CHANEL, as well as our shared pursuit of art and culture, will continue to flourish from this exhibition forth.


Beyond the Body – Contemporary Image Art Exhibition

Date: Nov. 20, 2010 – Jan.2, 2011

Curator: Jun Wang 

Participating artists:

CHU Chu, HU Xiaoyuan, JU Duoqi, LIANG Yue, LIU Lijie, LIU Yiqing, MU Chen, MURAYAMA Kanae, SHENG Jie, WANG Xin, WANG Yanlin, YOU Li, Yuki ONODERA, ZHOU Qing


Among all the artistic genres, photography may be the most expressive of feminine characteristics. The ambiguity and polysemy of a photograph, with the details unveiled through the “optical unconsciousness,” and the relative practical convenience of photography as a medium have made it a means for female artists to reflect on their inner lives, express their emotions, observe the world, and experience life. Their works of image art vividly illustrate feminine delicacy, sensitivity, and accurate instincts, and especially the subtle and reserved, indirect and fluid emotional expression of Asian women. 

The Chinese term for photography is 摄影 (literally: 摄capture;影shadow or image), and in classical Chinese the character影 was interchangeable with 景, meaning “landscape” but most fundamentally “light.” The etymology of “photography” in Western languages is the same, as the root “photo” also means light. In the image arts—these arts of “writing with light”—what the female artists show us are their beautiful and touching inner landscapes captured in their own way with light and shadow. “As the mind changes inside, the appearances respond outside”: so wrote the philosopher Xi Kang 1800 years ago, in a discussion of string music. East Asians often refer to the expression of emotions and vibrations of the soul metaphorically as touching the “heartstrings.” The works of these female artists perfectly echo Xi Kang’s words. 

To an age whose historical, biographical, psychoanalytical and sociological interest is focus on bare expression, how are we to trace those vanishing mysterious poetics and to resist so-called technically exact expressions? The female artists of the present exhibition perhaps enable us to find an answer. These 14 artists turn their cameras and creative gazes to everyday scenes and objects, to the things and people they encounter in their lives. Beyond the body, in the contrast between near and distant, they take light as strings and the heart as a mirror, playing the music of the emotions of self-reflection. 

It is our hope that this exhibition will lead the audience into the enticing world of contemporary female art and, moreover, that contemporary female artists will thereby receive more attention.


Ye Yuan - Nature Rarified: Garden Design by Ye Fang

Date: Oct. 22, 2010 – Nov.12, 2010


During Shanghai Biennial this year, MoCA Shanghai invites artist Ye Fang and host a solo exhibition with the topic Ye Yuan - Nature Rarified: Garden Design by Ye Fang, looking back at Ye Fangs path to garden building and the way tradition has been slowly seeping back, and how this generation of Chinese has managed to think history and tradition afresh, and re-invent daily life with a rooted cultural dimension to it. 

Ye Fang spent years painting gardens scenes; with aerial views he roamed these reclusive realms of both experience and dream through pictorial fantasy. This is perhaps the reason why his Nanshipiji garden became such a sensation all over Suzhou when he completed. Ye Fang does not make a living out of garden building, nor does he use his own garden for worldly enterprise. The garden for him continues to be a methodology for thought, and a gateway into a worldview lost in time. 

In Autumn 2007, under the invitation of Umberto Vattani, President of Venice International University and Samuel Kung, Director of MoCA Shanghai, and to realize the dreams specified in Marco Polos writing about Southern Yangtze Delta China - Fancy sceneries can be seen everywhere, structuring a heaven on the EarthDa Yuan project, which presents Chinese garden for the public spaces of Venice International University started. In 2008, under the title A Gift to Marco Polo, the Guangzhou Triennial brought to the public the plans of a garden Ye Fang. Venice and Suzhou, both water towns in each country has been maintained friendship with special connections for years. This year, Da Yuan will create magnificent appearance for China Year in Italy and stage in the cultural center of western European, which again highlighted the original intention of Yes garden building - explicating more bluntly the worldview embedded in the garden. The garden brings to physical experience the roots of Chinese civilization, which emphasizes the connectedness between Heaven, Earth and Humanity and, as expounded by the Sages, is secured by the wisdom of ethics. 

There is no point in elaborating upon the ideas and symbols the artist himself has expounded about Wu Xiang Yuan (Garden of Five Manifestations) Project, but it seems his approach can also be useful in spreading seeds of new thinking for contemporary living in China. The reason that the nation has become hijacked by real estate market is of course a result of capitalist logic, but the loses we suffer is more than economic; we have lost a way of life that interacts with the seasons and the earth. The five elements Ye Fang has identified in this series of imaginary projects seem almost to be made in direct reply to the building culture of today, and offering in return the possibility of a garden-mentality. As a garden builder Ye Fang naturally takes the garden as both the starting point and the end of architecture; but this change in procedure is precisely the reversal in perspective that new Chinese architectural thinking needs to open up fresh outlooks. Whether the hint will be taken up, whether Ye Fangs garden will soak into the architectural imagination of the public, is beyond the scope of the exhibition; but its ambition is totally within the mission and duty of a contemporary exhibition, and for this the artist and MoCA Shanghai should be congratulated.

Legacy and creations —— Art vs Art

Exhibition date: October 15th to November 12th, 2010


Reflection of Minds ---- MoCA Shanghai Envisage III

Exhibition date: Sept. 12, 2010 – Oct.8, 2010

Curator: Ding Yi, Wang Weiwei

Participating Artists:

Cheng Ran, Chen Wei, Ding Li, Gao Mingyan, Hu Xiaoxiao, Hu Xiangqian, Lu Yang, Lu Pingyuan, Lu Jiawei, Liu Bolin, Li Ming, Ni Youyu, Pan Xiaorong, Tang Yin, Tang Dixin, Wu Juehui, Wang Yuyang, Wang Xin, Wang Sishun, Xu Zhe, Xiao Jiang, Ye Linghan, Yu Tianzhu, Zhang Liaoyuan, Zhou Ming, Zhao Zhao, Zhao Yao


In this information-booming era, people receive their information and knowledge through countless methods, which have made salient the increasingly serious environmental and social problems of our time. How do the artists of the young generation face the ever-realistic world and the increasingly convoluted life as they grow up? They might criticize, mock, meditate on, get entangled in, yield to, or even enjoy it. To some extent, all of these attitudes represent the spiritual status of today’s young people. Profound meditations and lighthearted mocking, strong social responsibilities and the insistence on enjoying life–all are twisted together without denoting right or wrong. In fact, the young generation knows more than the previous one about how to approach life situations from different angles as a way to take a fleeting break from one’s tense life. As people’s material life progressively improves, their appeal to spirituality elevates along with it; not only does the want for physical beauty increase, but so does the aesthetics demanded of people’s spiritual status. The freshness and curiosity of daily life and the hidden, camouflaged beauty in things can bring about brand new aesthetic enjoyment.

MoCA Shanghai Envisage, put on by the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai biennially, always focuses on Chinese contemporary art, discussing the directions and tendencies of this art within a broad scope. The Third MoCA Shanghai Envisage 2010 will revolve around recruiting young artists in China to come together and present“Reflection of Minds – MoCA Shanghai Envisage Ⅲ ”. While presenting the latest tendencies in Chinese contemporary art, we are also trying to simultaneously bring an interesting and vigorous art experience to the audience.

Art Forum Hungary

Exhibition date: August 24th to September 5th, 2010

Participating Artists:

Robert Capa, Marcell JANKOVICS, Attila DARGAY, Ferenc ROFUSZ, Geza M.TOTH, Maria HORVATH, Bela WEISZ, Zoltan SZILAGYI VARGA, Gabor ULRICH, Arpad MIKLOS, Roland BALLAI TOTH, Istvan OROSZ, Attila BERTOTI, Pal TOTH, Ferenc CAKO, Alexei ALEXEEV, Katalin GLASER, Gabor HOMOLYA, Sandor BEKESI, Ervin B.NAGY, 3rd graduate team,  Jozsef SANDOR, Zsolt BUKTA, Laszlo RUSKA, Lstvan HEIM, Dani HUSZAR, Bela KLINGL, Barbara BAKOS, Tomek DUCKI, Matyas LANCZINGER, Zoltan LEHOTAY, Andras SZABO,  Miklos MENDREI, Arpad KOOS, Panna HORVATH-MOLNAR, Viktoria TRAUB, BMC team, László Páger, Eszter Hóbor, János Mangel, Gábor Erlich, Rita Mária Fodor, Gábor Hlatky, Mónika Kovács, Andrea Bak, ákos Zoltán Marosfalvi, Szabolcs Vágó, Réka To˝kés, Katti Zoób, Mme Li, Laszlo HUDEC


Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai first organizes the exhibition ”Art Forum Hungary”. It will present diverse forms and also the development of Hungarian art and culture. 

The exhibition is rich in its content, first of which shows the  “Faces and Fights” series by the best-known Hungarian photographer Robert Capa and meanwhile a selection of work from the most talented contemporary photographers, entitled, “LIVE SYNC”. And varieties of animation film are screened, including The Fly, Oscar Prize in 1981, andMatyi the Goose Boy, also famous with Chinese Audience; while Hungarian female designer Kati Zoób brings her new fashion collections during the Shanghai Fashion Week to us. Also, there’re multiple styles of painting by contemporary artists on ten huge models of the Gömböc, the central element of the Hungarian Pavilion. In the realm of architecture, visitors can explore three buildings of László Hudec, who designedChina's first tallest building, the Park Hotel, in a virtual three-dimensional realization, learning from the Interactive Knowledge Base that contains all the information about his architecture. People can also sit in the big music installation – Music Dome, listen to the music they choose and appreciate the musical scores printed on the surface of the dome, to review the achievements in the world history of music made by Hungarians.

We are much honored to have this exhibition to introduce wonderful exhibitions from different countries and areas to Shanghai residents and visitors from all over the world, hoping to make our life better.


Organizer:

Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

Budapest Music Center

The Hungarian Pavilion at World Expo 2010 Shanghai

The Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary in Shanghai

Contemporaneity: Contemporary Art of Indonesia

Exhibition date: July 23 – Aug 19, 2010

Curators: JimSupangkat、Biljana Ciric

Participating Artists:

AgusSuwage、Angki Purbandono、Arahmaiani、Budi Kustarto、Chusin Setiadikara、Edwin、 Eko Nugroho、Entang Wiharso、Erik Pauhrizi、Faozan Rizal、F.X Harsono、Garin Nugroho、 Gede Mahendra Yasa、Gotot Prakosa、Handiwirman Saputra、I Nyoman Masriadi、Jompet Kuswidananto、Mangu Putra、Nasirun、Pintor Sirait、Putu Sutawijaya、Rudi Mantofani、S Teddy D、Tromarama、Wimo Ambala Bayang 


The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai will present the first major exhibition to focus on Indonesia’s most highly influential contemporary artists this July 23 through Aug 19, 2010. “Contemporaneity: Contemporary Art of Indonesia” features the work of over 20 influential Indonesian artists and exemplifies the unique development of contemporary art in Indonesia. 

These dynamic artists reflect a broad range of experiences and aesthetic values that span generations, interpreting an equally wide range of subject matter –figurative, abstract, and conceptual – in a variety of media including painting, photography, video, sculpture, and interactive installations. The resulting works are thought provoking, visually seductive and entertaining, illustrating the distinctive feel and inimitable expression of Indonesia’s contemporary artists. 

This exhibition is co-curated by Jim Supangkat and Biljana Ciric, and looks to examine predominant themes in traditional and contemporary Indonesian culture and history. For example, the artworks “Too Young to Die but Too Old to Rock N’ Roll,” by Agus Sugawe, “Wayang Republic,” by Nasirun, and “Beyond Versace,” by Angki Purbandono, all reflect the artists’ hope that the public will more carefully examine several aspects of our lives, such as advertisements, the portrayal of heroes, symbols of wealth, and power and divinity. 

The exhibition owes special thanks to AKR Group, China Gold Charitable Foundation, and H2 Foundation for Arts and Education, with additional support provided by Garuda Indonesia, Bank Mandiriand BMW in Indonesia. “Contemporaneity: Contemporary Art of Indonesia” will be promoted at the Indonesian pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo with the support of the government of the Republic of Indonesia, as part of the commemorative events for the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Indonesia and the People’s Republic of China. 

Haryanto Adikoesoemo, the President Director of AKR Group said, “Indonesia’s contemporary artists are world-class artists who deserve to be recognized on the global stage. By showcasing the breadth and depth of artistic achievement of Indonesia’s contemporary artists before a global audience during the World Expo Shanghai China 2010, we hope to significantly raise the profile and influence of Indonesia’s talented artists and engender increased appreciation of Indonesian contemporary art and culture.” 

"China Gold Charitable Foundation is pleased to support this Indonesian contemporary art exhibition as our first major art-related cultural project, in evidence of our dedication to Shanghai, Indonesia, and China as grounds for our future business growth and other worthwhile cultural projects," said Honus Tandijono, Chairman of China Gold (Asia) Limited. 

"In organizing this exhibition, I have met many new friends and talented Indonesian artists. H2 Foundation will continue to support cultural events in China and wishes the best of friendship between Indonesia and China for years to come", added Hallam Chow, Founder of H2 Foundation for Arts and Education. 

The Chairman and Director of MoCA Shanghai, Samuel Kung, added, “The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai organized the Indonesian contemporary art exhibition for the people of Shanghai and for those from all over the world during this special 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Indonesia, and during the ongoing World Expo. Meanwhile, our Chinese artists have the rare opportunity to get a close-up look at these Indonesian works of art. We are deeply honored by this opportunity, and hope to make significant contributions to the art and culture exchange between these two countries.

“STAY REAL forever...” an Exhibition of the Innocent Age

Date: June 10 – July 12, 2010

CuratorsVictoria Lu, Sandrine Cheng, and Justine Huang

Participating Artists:

No2Good (不二良), KEA, Ashin (五月天阿信)



When was the last time you stopped your hurried pace in a bustling stream of people

and looked up into the deep blue sky?

When was the last time you sat still, surrounded by the dizzying air,

and truly felt the flow of your own breath?

People in the real world are preoccupied pursing their own goals,

but somewhere along the way

they forgot to listen to the pure innocence that already exists within themselves.


The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai sincerely welcomes a group of three New Wave Taiwanese artists: No2Good, KEA and Ashin. The three have employed thought-provoking “youthfulness” as the theme in creating their special “Stay Real Forever…” exhibition, in hopes that visitors will discover a fresh innocence within their arts.

This “STAY REAL forever...” exhibition is under the creative leadership of MoCA Shanghai’s Creative Director Victoria Lu, who have planned the exhibition alongside the new coming curators Sandrine Cheng and Justine Huang. Its aims of discussing this new generation of young people, popular culture, and Consumerism, alongside other societal phenomena have sparked a great deal of inquiry and reflection.

The Taiwanese New Wave artists No2Good, avant garde graffiti artist KEA, along with the musician who has recently crossed over into the realm of visual arts, Ashin of the band Mayday, will put to use their respective expertise in sculpture, installations, two-dimensional artworks, and multimedia art in exhibiting their creative and interdisciplinary dialogue. They engage with the hefty composite of world culture, subculture, and popular culture in emanating their reluctance to leave an age of innocence.

At MoCA, Shanghai, “Innovation” is our motto, and assisting and encouraging the work of young artists is one of the major aims of our institution. We stand resolved to push forth the education about aesthetics, and hope to return aesthetics to people’s everyday lives.

SQUARES of ROME

Exhibition date: April.29, 2010-June.4, 2010

Planning and General Curatorship: Achille Bonito Oliva

Curator: Cecilia Casorati

Participating Artists:

Francesco Arena, Elisabetta Benassi, Davide Bertocchi, Loris Cecchini, Enzo Cucchi, Baldo Diodato, Flavio Favelli, goldiechiari, Eva Marisaldi, Maurizio Mochetti, Margherita Morgantin, Liliana Moro, Maurizio Nannucci, Nunzio, Luigi Ontani, Gianni Piacentino, Alfredo Pirri, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Donatella Spaziani, Italo Zuffi                                                

Photographers:

Claudio Abate, Olivo Barbieri, Aniello Barone,  Lorenza Lucchi Basili,  Gabriele Basilico,   Antonio Biasiucci, Andrea Botto, Luca Campigotto, Gea Casolaro, Carlo Maria Causati,  Andrea Jemolo, Andrea Ruggeri, Mimmo Jodice, Raffaela Mariniello, Massimo Piersanti, Donata Pizzi, Marialba Russo, Paola Salerno, Oliviero Toscani, Marco Zanta


Over the course of time the square has had various functions and signs, yet, it has always maintained as a constant its attitude of welcoming together and generating connections and correspondence of people. 

In Italy, the square had its beginnings at the start of the Middle Ages as the courtyard to the Cathedral or as the open space placed before the civil authorities and it thus became the barycentre of the development of the cities. It is with Michelangelo, but especially with Bernini, that the square assumes the modern characteristics as a place of relation between the urban structure and the architectural solution. 

The Baroque square, through the continuous exchange between external and internal, plays upon artifice: it is the stage for the representation of reality, work of art one may move through, symbol of opening towards the world. The fountains, the statues the monuments – located within the square – activate continual and suprising references to one another and they set the seal upon this new vision. 

Squares of Rome, by means of the placement of twenty large-format works of photographic art – that present a modern image of the most eloquent squares of Rome – and with the same number of sculptures, re-proposes the idea of the square as the space of dialogue and dynamic fulcrum of relations.


Organizers:

Italian Trade Commission

Comune di Roma – Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali

Incontri Internazionali d’Art, Rome

Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

Desserts

Exhibition date: 2010.2.9~3.20


On February 9, 2010, the solo exhibition of Dessert by Zhou Tiehai will be held in Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (Shanghai MoCA). Zhou Tiehai has begun to pay attention to the long-standing culinary culture of France since 2005, especially the culture of dessert - he found that he happened to have some wisdom and practice much-needed by Shanghai MoCA. So he began painting the Dessert series the following year. As a French characteristic, some desserts are named after various social occupations and roles, which is a source of inspiration for the Dessert series. The 12 desserts in the series are: diplomat, juge, ministre, prof, commissaire, sycophante, caroleuse, blancheresse, financier, bouffon, chiffonnier and sabotajnik. When gourmets enjoy the desserts, those names seemingly unintentional named but carrying with deep-rooted historical figures and events would appear before their eyes. In this way, dessert itself has become a hidden password. As Dessert is a hybrid, and the texts, images and plot displayed in the works all point to the same idea, i.e., the key to appreciate dessert is to interpret its literary merit with strict logic behind using various senses. Taste is only the first step.Therefore, the artist will invite Richard Toix, the chef from France's Michelin Restaurant to attend the opening ceremony in Shanghai, giving the audience a chance to taste his new understanding of six traditional French desserts named after occupations.


Metaphors of Un/Real - Animamix Biennial 2009-2010

Exhibition date: December 12, 2009 ~ January 31, 2010

Artistic Director: Victoria Lu

Curators: 

Shanghai: PAN Qing

Assistant Curator of MoCA Shanghai Exhibition: Ivy Zhou

Taipei: Maple LIN Yuchieh 

Beijing: LIU Chunfeng 

Guangzhou: HUANG Yun, ZHANG Jiaping


Animamix art does not refer simply to animation or comics alone.  Its derivative products are so abundant in variety and large in number, extending even to items related to people’s livelihoods and to food, clothing, home and transport, that almost nothing is excluded.  The value of the output of the Animamix industry is not just in the artworks themselves, but rather in the totality of the combined or multiplying cultural forces of an era. The production and marketing of Animamix art will become a most important link in the creative industry worldwide. This type of artistic creation is in perfect harmony with popular culture; in this new era, the division between high art and low art no longer exists. 

This new type of art records in the virtual world the creative forces of our  lives and saves them in the fourth dimension of the electronic and digital worlds. 

The inaugural Animamix Biennial was staged at MoCA Shanghai in 2007. This year, the Animamix Biennial is expanding to four venues. It will open at the end of 2009 and continue into 2010, staging at MoCA Taipei, MoCA Shanghai, Today’s Art Museum inBeijing, and Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou. 

Animamix Biennial 2009-2010 is the first major cross-straits international Biennial jointly hosted by four museums. It consists of four different exhibitions with a book,Animamix: The New Aesthetics of the 21st Century, will be published jointly by the four museums.


Invited Artists of MoCA Shanghai Exhibition:

More than one hundred artists from twenty countries attend this Exhibition: 

3P=3Players (LI Hong, WANG Mei, XIE Rong / China); Aiko (Japan); Ame72 (Israel); Aurele (France); BAI Dongliang (China); Aya BENRON (Israel); Patrick BERGERON (Canada); Micah BLOOM (USA) ; BU Hua (China);CAO Hao(China); Gary CARSLEY (Australia); David CHAN (Singapore); CHENG Cheng (China); Emily CHENG (USA); CHOI Sang-ah (Korea); Lital Lev COHEN (Israel) ; Martha COLBURN (USA) ; DAI Chao (China) ; Janice DEVALI (The Netherlands); DONG Junwei (China) ; DU Xi (China) ; FENG Ling (China); Arye GEIMAN (Israel); Mapi GIL (Spain) ; GU Tingting (China) ; GUO Dian (China) ; HAN Yajuan (China); Trenton Doyle HANCOCK (USA); HONG Shaopei (Taiwan); IM Ji-Bin (Korea); JIN Shan (China); Jitti JUMNIANWAI (Thailand); Showichi KANEDA (Japan); Zack KELLER (USA); Yuree KENSAKU (Thailand); KIM Bo Min (Koera); KIM Sung Ho (Korea); Hiroto KITAGAWA (Japan); Matthew KLUBER (USA); Shay KUN (Israel); Sandra KUNZ (Switzerland); KWON Kisoo (Korea); Jun T. LAI (Taiwan/China); LAI Shichao (Taiwan/China); LEE Dongi (Korea); LEE Yeunmi (Korea);  LI Shuguang (China); LI Wenqiang + ZHANG Wei (China); LIANG Binbin (China); LIAO YuAn (Taiwan/China); LIN JinHong (Taiwan/China); Tess LIN (Taiwan/China); LIU Yi (China); LIU Zhiyin (China); Nathaniel LORD (USA) ; LU Tingting (China); LU Yaowei (Taiwan/China) ; Paula MATALLANA (Colombia); Hiroyuki MATSUURA (Japan); MIAO Xiaochun (China); Jean-Luc MOERMAN (Belgium); Megumi MORIMOTO (Japan); Ikumi NAGASAWA (Japan); Chiharu NISHIZAWA (Japan) ; Nail O'CONNER (Australia) ; Shinjiro OKAMOTO (Japan); Oscar OIWA (Brazil); James PATERSON (Canada); :Phunk (Alvin TAN, Melvin CHEE, Jackson TAN, William CHAN / Singapore); QU Weiwei (China);  Porntaweesak RIMSAKUL (Thailand); Francesc RUIZ (Spain); RYU Ho-Yeol (Korea); Ai RYUMON (Japan); SEO (Korea); SHEN Chaofang (China); Angelika SHER (Israel); SUN Xun (China); TAO Na (China); Magali de TORRES (Argentina) ; Venture 3D (USA); Elio VARUNA (Italy); WANG Dawei (China); WANG Mian (China); WANG Peng (China); Nano WARSONO (Indonesia) ; Osamu WATANABE (Japan) ; WEE Young Il (Korea) ; WENG Jingyao (Taiwan/China) ; John WONG (USA) ; WU Xiaohai (China) ; XIANG Yi (China) ; XIAO Gu (China) ; XU Jia (China) ; Victor XU (China) ; YAN Shilin (China) ; YANG Jing (China) ; YING Yefu (China) ; YOON, Dorothy M (Korea); Akira YOSHIDA (Japan); ZENG Lingxin (China); ZHANG Jiaying (Taiwan/China); ZHANG Jiazhen (Taiwan/China); ZHOU Beili (China)


Metaphors of Un/Real - Animamix Biennial 2009-2010

Exhibition date: December 12, 2009 ~ January 31, 2010

Artistic Director: Victoria Lu

Curators: 

Shanghai: PAN Qing

Assistant Curator of MoCA Shanghai Exhibition: Ivy Zhou

Taipei: Maple LIN Yuchieh 

Beijing: LIU Chunfeng 

Guangzhou: HUANG Yun, ZHANG Jiaping



Animamix art does not refer simply to animation or comics alone.  Its derivative products are so abundant in variety and large in number, extending even to items related to people’s livelihoods and to food, clothing, home and transport, that almost nothing is excluded.  The value of the output of the Animamix industry is not just in the artworks themselves, but rather in the totality of the combined or multiplying cultural forces of an era. The production and marketing of Animamix art will become a most important link in the creative industry worldwide. This type of artistic creation is in perfect harmony with popular culture; in this new era, the division between high art and low art no longer exists. 

This new type of art records in the virtual world the creative forces of our  lives and saves them in the fourth dimension of the electronic and digital worlds. 

The inaugural Animamix Biennial was staged at MoCA Shanghai in 2007. This year, the Animamix Biennial is expanding to four venues. It will open at the end of 2009 and continue into 2010, staging at MoCA Taipei, MoCA Shanghai, Today’s Art Museum inBeijing, and Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou. 

Animamix Biennial 2009-2010 is the first major cross-straits international Biennial jointly hosted by four museums. It consists of four different exhibitions with a book,Animamix: The New Aesthetics of the 21st Century, will be published jointly by the four museums.


Invited Artists of MoCA Shanghai Exhibition:

More than one hundred artists from twenty countries attend this Exhibition: 

3P=3Players (LI Hong, WANG Mei, XIE Rong / China); Aiko (Japan); Ame72 (Israel); Aurele (France); BAI Dongliang (China); Aya BENRON (Israel); Patrick BERGERON (Canada); Micah BLOOM (USA) ; BU Hua (China);CAO Hao(China); Gary CARSLEY (Australia); David CHAN (Singapore); CHENG Cheng (China); Emily CHENG (USA); CHOI Sang-ah (Korea); Lital Lev COHEN (Israel) ; Martha COLBURN (USA) ; DAI Chao (China) ; Janice DEVALI (The Netherlands); DONG Junwei (China) ; DU Xi (China) ; FENG Ling (China); Arye GEIMAN (Israel); Mapi GIL (Spain) ; GU Tingting (China) ; GUO Dian (China) ; HAN Yajuan (China); Trenton Doyle HANCOCK (USA); HONG Shaopei (Taiwan); IM Ji-Bin (Korea); JIN Shan (China); Jitti JUMNIANWAI (Thailand); Showichi KANEDA (Japan); Zack KELLER (USA); Yuree KENSAKU (Thailand); KIM Bo Min (Koera); KIM Sung Ho (Korea); Hiroto KITAGAWA (Japan); Matthew KLUBER (USA); Shay KUN (Israel); Sandra KUNZ (Switzerland); KWON Kisoo (Korea); Jun T. LAI (Taiwan/China); LAI Shichao (Taiwan/China); LEE Dongi (Korea); LEE Yeunmi (Korea);  LI Shuguang (China); LI Wenqiang + ZHANG Wei (China); LIANG Binbin (China); LIAO YuAn (Taiwan/China); LIN JinHong (Taiwan/China); Tess LIN (Taiwan/China); LIU Yi (China); LIU Zhiyin (China); Nathaniel LORD (USA) ; LU Tingting (China); LU Yaowei (Taiwan/China) ; Paula MATALLANA (Colombia); Hiroyuki MATSUURA (Japan); MIAO Xiaochun (China); Jean-Luc MOERMAN (Belgium); Megumi MORIMOTO (Japan); Ikumi NAGASAWA (Japan); Chiharu NISHIZAWA (Japan) ; Nail O'CONNER (Australia) ; Shinjiro OKAMOTO (Japan); Oscar OIWA (Brazil); James PATERSON (Canada); :Phunk (Alvin TAN, Melvin CHEE, Jackson TAN, William CHAN / Singapore); QU Weiwei (China);  Porntaweesak RIMSAKUL (Thailand); Francesc RUIZ (Spain); RYU Ho-Yeol (Korea); Ai RYUMON (Japan); SEO (Korea); SHEN Chaofang (China); Angelika SHER (Israel); SUN Xun (China); TAO Na (China); Magali de TORRES (Argentina) ; Venture 3D (USA); Elio VARUNA (Italy); WANG Dawei (China); WANG Mian (China); WANG Peng (China); Nano WARSONO (Indonesia) ; Osamu WATANABE (Japan) ; WEE Young Il (Korea) ; WENG Jingyao (Taiwan/China) ; John WONG (USA) ; WU Xiaohai (China) ; XIANG Yi (China) ; XIAO Gu (China) ; XU Jia (China) ; Victor XU (China) ; YAN Shilin (China) ; YANG Jing (China) ; YING Yefu (China) ; YOON, Dorothy M (Korea); Akira YOSHIDA (Japan); ZENG Lingxin (China); ZHANG Jiaying (Taiwan/China); ZHANG Jiazhen (Taiwan/China); ZHOU Beili (China)



The Fifth Dimension: Art of Fiber and Space

Exhibition date: Oct. 18 ~ Nov. 18, 2009

Curators: Feng Boyi, Shi Hui, Shan Zeng

Curator Assistants: Lin Fan, Xie Anyu, Huang Yan, Ivy Zhou

Participating Artists:

Shi Hui, Shan Zeng, Huang Yan, Liang Shaoji, Chen Wei, Fu Yan, He Shanshan, Huang Zhe, Li Dian, Li Wei, Lin Changwen, Lin Jia, Song Chunyang, Wang Fei, Wang Jinglei, Wang Zhenghong, Wang Zhijian, Wu Jiazhen, Xu Jia, Ying Nihui, Ying Xinxun, Zhan Jun, Zhang Hui, Zhou Hui.

Integration of aesthetics to life is one of the missions of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (MoCA Shanghai). The Fifth Dimension is the second stop of a traveling exhibition after its successful début in He Xiangning Art Museum in June.  It is also the first collaboration between MoCA Shanghai, He Xiangning Art Museum and China Academy of Art.  The curatorial team and the 24 participating artists have made adjustment to the artworks and presentation in order to achieve the best result in the MoCA shanghai space. 

This exhibition is held in memory of Prof. Maryn Varbanov of the Tapestry Research Institute of China Academy of Art who had made tremendous contributions to fiber art.  Following the initiation of the studio-based teaching by the sculpture department of China Academy of Art, the studio of Fiber and Space Art headed by Prof. Shi Hui was established. Through years of education, the result of the studio was significant, opening up an innovative channel in the context of Chinese contemporary art.  The materials used for The Fifth Dimension were specified.  Through artists understanding of soft material, and their perspectives of space, they create and display the soft material forms in the context of contemporary Chinese art.  The soft sculptures, the special structure of fiber, and the usage of soft materials in our daily life, all created a new form of art which is innovative in the context of contemporary Chinese art. 

The three curators, Feng Boyi, Shi Hui and Shan Zeng put forward the concept of “The Fifth Dimension”, aiming to go beyond point, line, surface, space and time. The fifth dimension they refer to are the space of thoughts, contending for the existence of another virtual space of imagination and thoughts outside of our daily interaction within the four-dimensional space.

This also highlighted a different view from the traditional one that in fiber art, the theoretical study and innovation are more important than the technical skills. 

Today, with the advancement of science & technology, fiber products are undergoing constant changes and breakthroughs. The special fiber art exhibition of “The Fifth Dimension” will surely provide visitors with a new aesthetic concept and vision. 

 

Organizers:    

He Xiangning Art Museum

China Academy of Art

MoCA, Shanghai


FANTASTIC ILLUSIONS——Media Art Exhibition of Chinese and Belgian Artists

Exhibition date: Sept.13th, 2009 – Oct.11th, 2009

Artistic Director: Christophe De Jaeger

Co-curators: Christophe De Jaeger, Art Yan

Artists (in no particular order): Anouk De Clercq | Bart Stolle | David Claerbout | Hans Op De Beeck | Heidi Voet | Nick Ervinck | Tale of Tales | Jenova Chen | Hu Jieming | Teddy Lo | Peng Yun  | Aaajiao (Xu Wenkai) | Wu Juehui |


The title of the exhibition alludes to the human desire to be admitted to a world that is out of the ordinary, a world of fantasy. Seven Belgian and six Chinese artists build illusory spaces for the visitor. A continual interaction between the space of the artist and that of the spectator is the recurring theme of the exhibition. The artists work with various media such as painting, prints, video art and computer installations. 

The exhibition Fantastic Illusions is part ofShanghaieArts Festival 2009, as well as one of the programs of Europalia China 2009. By means of these great opportunities, MoCA Shanghai wishes to explore multimedia art further and to promote communication and exchange between domestic and foreign artists.


Co-organizer: Shanghai eArts Festival | MoCA Shanghai | Art Center BUDA Kortrijk | vzw Inventie | Broelmuseum Kortrijk |

Supporter: Consulate of Belgium, Shanghai | 2009 Europalia.China

INDIA XIANZAI——Contemporary Indian Art at MoCA Shanghai

Exhibition date: July 16, 2009 – August 31,2009

CuratorAlexander Keefe, Diana Freundl

Participating artists:

Anju Dodiya, Chitra Ganesh, Fariba Alam, Hema Upadhyay, Jagannath Panda, Jitish Kallat, Justin Ponmany, Mithu Sen, Probir Gupta, Reena Kallat, Riyas Komu, Subodh Gupta, Schandra Singh, Sudarshan Shetty, Suhasini Kejriwal, Suryakant Lokhande, Susanta Mandal, Thukral and Tagra, TV Santosh, Vivek Vilasini

 

India Xianzai, a Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai exhibition, is a timely investigation of the growing presence of Indian contemporary art in Asia, and the encounter between what constitutes Indian-ness in the context of contemporary art and today’s ‘global’ community. India is undergoing a phenomenal transformation as the country develops and new cities escalate into modern metropolises. This rapid expansion however, has not hindered the impulse towards international standards, while fostering its own economic and social values. 

Featuring a broad range of media from internationally recognized artists, India Xianzai is an examination of various processes, narrative structures and aesthetic strategies that focus on the question of culture as an agency in artistic expression. This exhibition will touch upon the topic of cultural assimilation that concerns not only India, but also many expanding Asian countries. As spectators we are encouraged to examine ‘art’ as feature or expression of ethnic identity within society, and likewise to question the notion of culture as an identifying force when viewing art. 

India Xianzai follows on the premise that Indian culture and history has acted as inspiration for a diverse group of artists, not only within India but those residing abroad. This is the largest Indian contemporary art show in Shanghai and the first major museum show in China. Covering painting, photography, video and installation, Nearly 60 works from 21 artists will be included, several of which will be new works created specifically for Shanghai. The structure of the exhibition is based on a common thread throughout the works that demonstrate an active political and social engagement with one’s country and how each reacts to the Indian-ness that is being broadcast outside of the country. 

The exhibition is a significant study of various styles and will feature a large body of new works from a range of mediums. The exhibition will likewise promote and encourage discussions through lectures, screenings, and musical performances held over the duration of the exhibition in the museum’s third floor Art Lab space.  

Merging·Emerging-Art, Utopia and Virtual Reality

Exhibition date: March 8, 2009 – June 30,2009

Artistic DirectorJoe Hu 

CuratorVictoria Lu 

Assistant Curator: Ivy Zhou

New media art is becoming increasingly popular in recent years.  Yet it appears as though the general public has a very vague understanding of what it entails.  The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai proudly presents <Merging•Emerging-Art, Utopia and Virtual Reality> from the 8th of March to June 30th. This new media art exhibition combines art with technology and delivers to the audience the creative power of a new era. 

This exhibition focuses on the omnipresent simulacra that fill our contemporary world.  It attempts to simulate different kinds of future realities within the grounds and vicinity of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai.  The exhibition will make use of the interaction between the visual and auditory senses to bring our audience into a new dimension where visual art as we know it traditionally is transformed by different media.  Art is no longer just about aesthetics; it is also part of our daily lives.    

<Merging•Emerging-Art, Utopia and Virtual Reality> presents an apprehensive interpretation of the cross disciplinary interaction between art and technology.  The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai would like to express their gratitude to Mr. Joe Hu, artistic director of Zhangjiang Leapideas Multimedia System(S.H.) Co., Ltd. and his technical team for their wholehearted support and active participation in this exhibition.  Their work has allowed us to experience for ourselves that technology is not a far fetched or non-pertinent concept in our everyday lives, but is approachable and widely applicable.  Moreover, they have opened a gateway to the future, letting us see through the cracks a glimpse of tomorrow’s world.  

Curator Victoria Lu states that ‘The interaction and combination of images, auditory information, movements, sensory stimulation and virtual reality allows visual art to jump out of the traditional framework of visual representations (paintings) and spatial relations (sculptures and architecture).  It can now be reflected in an abstract sense of time, psychology, and medium of interaction. In an age where the electronic media is ubiquitous, language becomes an inadequate substitute for images; on the other hand images are also insufficient to elucidate language.’    

<Merging•Emerging-Art, Utopia and Virtual Reality> is jointly curated by new media artist Joe Hu and MoCA Shanghai’s in-house curatorial team.    By using digital technology on objects that we encounter on a daily basis, the talents of artists are widely applied to different areas, thus blurring the border between purely artistic design and applied art. 

<Merging•Emerging-Art, Utopia and Virtual Reality> brings out a global perspective that transcends art movements, races and countries.  It reflects the other’s existence through its interactive mode of communication.  Through utilizing different instruments of representation, new media art is able to effectively relay linguistic conceit in a new manner, hence forming a new dimension of artistic creation and aesthetics.  This digitally produced heterogeneous new dimension must be understood, explained and communicated through the language of digital technology.  It transcends the boarders of art and music, to create a utopia of an ‘all-encompassing’ art, allowing the audience’s imagination to run free.   It also seeks to provide its audience with a new set of universal aesthetics geared towards the future, one that is not confined to the course of time.  Art no longer is the monologue of the artist; technology provides artists and its audience with a platform which triggers infinite imaginations, an ideal utopia and a new dimension of human existence weaved together by virtual reality. 


Participating artists:

Jutta Bobbe, Chai Yiming, Chen Yun, Richard Cheng, Joe Hu, Hung Su-chen, Rolf Kluenter, Li Lei, Mu Lei, Qu Yi, Craig Quintero/ Carl Johnson/ Lan YuanHung/ Joyce Ho, Shy Gong, Sweedy Van Soul, Sun Liang, Tang Chao Lao Wu (Liu Yijun), Yang Na, Zeng Xiaoping, Zhang Tianxiao, Zhong Kangjun (listed alphabetically according to surname)

Couples in Contemporary Art

Exhibition date:  December 21, 2008 ~ February 22, 2009

CuratorsJiang Mei, Li Xu


MoCA Shanghai brings the year to an end with a special exhibition highlighting a unique phenomenon in Chinese contemporary art, Couples in Contemporary Art, showcasing 15 artistic twosomes who both work and cohabit under the same roof.  Under the curatorial directions of two of Shanghai’s renowned curators, Jiang Mei and Li Xu, Couples in Contemporary Art explores gender relations of art couples in the Chinese contemporary art. 

Couples in Contemporary Art coincides with the 3rd anniversary of MoCA Shanghai and it carries a special meaning: “In light of the current global financial crisis, I hope that we can join hands to overcome this difficult time and embark on another successful journey,” said Samuel Kung, director and chairman of MoCA shanghai. 

“I hope that viewers will be able to get a further insight into the relationship between contemporary art couples,” said Jiang Mei.  Li Xu added “ I believe that through their works, we can gain a deeper knowledge of the ecology of contemporary art, understand the gender difference between husband and wife, and eventually discover the correlations between life partnership and their artistic features and styles”. 

It is the first time for many artists to participate in an exhibition with the “couples” theme. Amongst them is Victoria Lu, a seasoned curator with over 30 years of experience, borrowed a long-scroll ink painting from the Taipei Palace Museum, which she painted at the age of 17.  Her artwork is showcased alongside her husband Fu She’s innovative calligraphy.  It is also the first time for the two curators Jiang Mei and Li Xu to jointly plan an exhibition. 

The 15 participating couples are important and active in the Chinese contemporary art circle.  Over 60 artworks are featured in a variety of mediums including paintings, sculptures, mixed-media artworks, photographs and videos.

 

Participating Artists (in alphabetical order):

Cao Jingping&Chen Ke, Chen Lei&Yang Ming, Chen Shuxia&Liu Qinghe, Chen Xiaodan&Yang Jianping, Chen Yao-chi&Yuan Jai, Ding Beili&Lu Chunsheng, Fu Liya&Ye Yongqing, Fu Shen&Victoria Lu, Funky Rap&Wow Bravo, Gao Qian&Zhang Jian, Inri &Rong Rong, Ji Jianjie&Wang Yida, Ji Wenyu&Zhu Weibing, Qu Guangci&Xiang Jing, Shen Ling&Wang Yuping

Shanghai MoCA Envisage II—Butterfly Dream

Exhibition date: September 10th to November 9th of 2008 

Curators: Victoria Lu, Pan Qing, and Liu Chunfeng

MoCA In-house Curator: Diana Freundl



When Envisage was first imagined and set in motion, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art had just embarked on its own journey. Two years later, arriving at the second Envisage exhibition, we find ourselves in a continuous process of dreams confronting reality.  Because there is an increasing interest in Chinese Contemporary art from the international community, during the Shanghai Biennale the entire Shanghai art community produces their grandest and most magnificent exhibitions. The second Shanghai MoCA Envisage invites Victoria Lu, Pan Qing, Liu Chunfeng, and in-house curator Diana Freundl to come together and curate MoCA’s large-scale Biennale exhibition.  Our theme for this year’s exhibition will be “Butterfly Dream” and will show from September 10th to November 9th of 2008. 

 

Why Butterfly Dream: Ancient China and Modern China

 

Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn't know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi. Between Zhuangzi and a butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things.

Zhuangzi (莊子)

Zhuang Zhou Meng Die (莊周夢蝶)

 (Ch.2, tr. Burton Watson 1968:49)

 

Zhaungzi’s butterfly dream comes from The Transformation of Things, a story from the Warring States period that raised many philosophical and epistemological debates. What are dreams?  How do we differentiate them from real life? As normal people understand, dreams are illusory and hallucinatory, while the world in which we wake up is reality.  As this story illustrates, however, Zhuangzi thinks differently. In Meng Die, he brings forth the essence of the theory of The Transformation of Things.  Zhuangzi finds the awakened state and dreams to be just a phenomenon. Zhuangzi is not only Zhuangzi, a butterfly is not only a butterfly. These two phenomena are not the same, yet they are not mutually exclusive either.

 

Zhuangzi’s dream sets the stage for the theme of MoCA’s second Envisage. A philosophical conundrum, the works invited for this exhibition more or less reflect the implications of this tale—reality versus dream—as well as the complex relationship between old China and new China. Chinese aesthetics have certainly evolved greatly over time, yet certain qualities and characteristics remain. To the modern eye, many of these classical and traditional attributes that are infused into Chinese art, design and other aspects of life, are not immediately recognizable. But through the interpretations of almost 80 different participating artists in Butterfly Dream, we are able to experience art as a microcosm of actual life. The flourishing characteristics of things and people around us are demonstrated and expressed in different ways. The long and entangled ancestral relationship between new China and old China is what this biannual MoCA Envisage hopes to explore.

 

China’s Identity

 

As complex as Zhuangzi’s story, China’s identity is not easy to isolate—it is neither a singular nor a stagnant entity. It is multilayered with Western and Eastern perceptions as well as past and present differences; it is an intricate composition of a long history.  Certain imagery has helped connect people’s past and current perceptions of China and its rich culture. From the ancient tradition of ink brush scroll paintings to the iconic images of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, this exhibition’s modern quest is for a fusing point between the past and present, a link that connects certain aspects of physical and conceptual Chinese aesthetics, while generating interesting formats and points of discussion.

The seamlessness between Zhuangzi’s dream and waking is paralleled with the seamlessness of new and old China. China, which is currently hosting the Olympics, is exposed to the world’s media. Like suddenly waking from a dream, China’s entrance onto the scene was overnight. It has opened many questions of what the new china is and how to classify it. Has china really transformed into something new or it simply a renaissance of an already established culture? Contemporary Art in China is at the forefront of confronting and approaching this complex question. There are artists who continually confront and explore these complex problem; they employ traditional techniques combined with modern approaches, and are important figures in the hybridization of China’s old and new image. There are some young artists who directly use traditional elements in their work, editing and collaging them to express virtuality and reality, tradition and modernity, yet they avoid confronting these opposing forces that were so intensely discussed in last century.   

 

Through the continual exploration of China’s history and past identities, Shanghai MoCA’s Envisage seeks to see how this reflects in the creative domain of modern China and to use this as an entry point to understand the current situation of contemporary Chinese art as well as to boldly plan future developments.



Artist List:  

曹斐 Cao Fei,曹静萍 Cao Jing ping,Chad Grochowski,陈长伟 Chen Chang Wei,陈可 Chen Ke,陈丽云Movana Chen,陈绍华  Chen Shao Hua,陈宗光Chen Zong Guang,陈世英Wallace Chan,迟鹏 Chi Peng,Collen Guen &Rick Lee,狄奥Dionisio Cimarelli ,董小明 Dong Xiao Ming,高风  Gao feng,高惠君 Gao Hui Jun, 高磊 Gao Lei,高孝午 Gao Xiao Wu,高媛 Gao Yuan,韩娅娟 Han Ya Juan, 何杰He Jie, 贺祖斌 He Zu Bin , 黄可一 & 陈卓 Huang Ke Yi & Chen Zhuo, 黄彦 Huang Yan, 黄翊 Huang Yi, 黄致阳 Huang Zhi Yang,江衡 Jiang Heng, 蒋迪Jiang Di, 李操 Li Cao, 李晖 Li Hui, 李继开 Li Ji  Kai, 李洋 Li Yang, 李真 Li Zhen , 李子勋LEE Tzu-hsun, 梁彬彬 Liang Bin Bin, 梁铨 Liang Quan, 林曦 Lin Xi, 林延 Lin Yan, 刘丹 Liu Dan, 刘韧 Liu Ren, Michael Wolf, 穆磊 Mu Lei, UNMASK, 庞旭Pang Xu, 曲艺 Qu Yi, 商亮 Shang Liang, 施工忠昊Shi Gong Zhong Hao, 石大宇Jeff  Shi Da yu , 石家豪Willson Shieh, 史金淞 Shi Jin Song, 沈少民Shen Shao Min, 他们(They Group), 陶娜 Tao Na, 田伟 Tian Wei, 王光乐 Wang Guang Le, 王迈 Wang Mai, 王明贤 Wang Ming Xian, 王天德 Wang Tian De, 王烨 Wang Ye,魏青吉 Wei Qing Ji, 徐冰 Xu Bing, 许雨仁Xu Yu Ren, 许仲敏 Xu Zhong Min, 薛滔 Xue Tao, 杨北辰Yang Bei Chen ,杨波 Yang Bo, 杨茂林 Yang Mao Lin, 杨纳 Yang Na, 叶甫纳Ye Fu Na, 叶怡利 Yeh Yi Li, 叶永青Ye Yong qing, 尹雁华 Yin Yan Hua, 婴野赋 Ying Ye Fu, 张发志Zhang Fa zhi, 张宏图 Zhang Hong Tu, 张建君 Zhang Jian Jun, 张连熹 Zhang Lian Xi, 张敏捷 Zhang MinJie , 张鹏 Zhang Peng, 张羽 Zhang Yu, 章森 Zhang Sen, 周铁海 Zhou Tie Hai, 朱伟 Zhu wei , 庄凯凯Zhuang Kai Kai, 李岗 Li Gang, 许明淳Xu Ming Chun

Material Links: A Dialogue Between Greek and Chinese Artists

Exhibition date: August 2nd to August 31st 2008

Curator: Iris Kritikou 

MoCA In-house Curators: Diana Freundl, Mati Cuenca

The exhibition Material Links, featuring contemporary Greek and Chinese artists, offers a superb opportunity to trace the elective affinities between two civilizations, both with centuries of tradition and influence on various cultural industries.  

What distinguishes this exhibition is the challenge of a creative cultural dialogue on the level of traditional materials and techniques applied in contemporary art, thus creating a new artistic language with original images and innovative directions in the artistic evolution between Chinese and Greek art.  

The exhibition will open at Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA Shanghai) after which it will travel to Greece. The exhibition lies under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture and the Greek National Tourist Organization, Embassy of Greece in Beijing, Consulate General of Greece in Shanghai, Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation in the frame of “Cultural Year of Greece in China”.  

“The participating artists in Material Links are outstanding in their pursuit utilizing the past while embracing the future. Through their contemporary language and usage of various mediums, they comprehend and compare traditional art forms of the past, bringing us to a new artistic end, which is both stimulating and innovative.,” says Samuel Kung, Chairman and Director of MoCA Shanghai. 

Material Links provides us with a better understanding of the diversity of the art scenes in both Greece and China and the works of the artists themselves.  With varied themes their works represent different discourses and visions and face the challenge of continuously redefining ideas and concerns of both contemporary art and culture. Moreover, continuously questioning how they themselves fit into an environment that is changing so rapidly. 

Collectively the artists demonstrate respect for the classical tradition, yet a passionate desire to revitalize it and rescue it from languishing in the past. They identify strongly with the legacy of their ancestry yet feel a responsibility to perpetuate that legacy towards contemporary culture. Their art gives expression to their unique sense of aesthetics set amongst an international contemporary environment


Participating Artists:

China: Ding Yi, Ji Wenyu, Lu Fushen, Tian Wei, Ye Fang, Liu Jianhua, Zhu Weibing, Ren Zhitian, Chen Qingqing, Li Xiangyang, Qui Zhijie, Yang Yongliang, Ni Youyu, Victor Xu, You Si,

Greek: Alecos Fassianos, Alina Matsa, Ana Mathiou, Apostolos Papageorgiou , Afroditi Litti, Christina Morali, Danae Stratou, Daphne Angelidou, Demetrius Skourogiannis, Elena Papadimitriou, Erietta Vordoni, George Lappas, Harris Kondosphyris, Irini Gonou, Irene Kana, Io Angeli, Constantin Xenakis, Kostis Georgiou, Lida Papakonstantinou, Maria Papadimitriou, Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki, Maria Giannakaki,  Panayiotis Tanimanidis, , Pavlos Samios, Penny Geka, Tina Karageorgi, Dimitris Xonoglou, Miltos Pantelias, Venia Bechrakis.


Exhibition Organizer:

Art-LS (Liana Sourles, exhibition Coordinator)

Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

The World of Other’s: A Contemporary Art Exhibition

Exhibition date: June 24th to July 24th 2008

Curator: Jiang Mei


Shanghai, an international metropolis embodying the characteristics of a modern Chinese city. The intimacy and alienation between people, the integration of international trends with local customs, and the assimilation of what is quintessentially ‘Shanghainese’ with contemporary culture, all contribute to the unique cultural appearance of this city. 

What is the role of contemporary art as a key form of culture in Shanghai? How and where does is place itself both nationally and internationally? What is its contribution and value for the construction of both contemporary culture and art in China today? These questions are at the forefront of The World of Other’s: A Contemporary Art Exhibition. 

This is not a regional exhibition in the conventional sense. The participating artists differ in their artistic approach making it impossible to generalize in terms of a movement, group or school of style. Nevertheless, through insightful observation, one is able to discover a similarity among these artists. Each is concerned with the international dynamics in their artistic field while remaining realistic to his or her individual talent. Their artistic creation adopts an approach of outward expansion while focusing on individual expression. They ceaselessly seek to link and balance the artistic curiosity in themselves yet maintain an international outlook. In one sense, this might be the regional characteristic applicable to contemporary art in Shanghai. 

 “The others” in The World of Others are the objects rather then the subjects. They are the “others” existing outside of one’s sense of self. From another perspective, however, “others” is the “self” or projection of self. The French philosopher Jean Paul Satire said, “Others are purgatory,” illustrating the estrangement between self and others, and absurdness of the human circumstance. Mikhail Bakhtin, an ideologist of the former Soviet Union, said “Others are the friend of oneself in the deepest meaning,” which reveals inter-dependence among humanity. By integrating the viewpoints of these two philosophers, the concept of “others” becomes an appropriate outline between human relations and human situations. 

The World of Others features 23 artists currently living or creating works in Shanghai. “Humans” are the basic element of artistic expression in their works, which explore the essence and significance of human existence against the backdrop of globalization and urbanization. The consciousness of humanism that has long existed in contemporary art in Shanghai is revealed by this group of artists who attach great importance and concern for the development of China’s art scene.

 

Participating Artists:

Hu Jieming、Liang Weizhou, Liang Yue, Liu Dahong, Liu Jianhua, Liu Manwen, Lu Chunsheng, Ma Liang, Ni Jun, Birdhead, Qu Guangci, Shi Yong, Wu Yiming, Xiang Jing, Xiang Liqing, Xu Zhen, Xue Song, 、Yan Peiming, Yang Fudong, Yang Jianping, Yang Zhengzhong, Zhang Enli, Zhou Tiehai

Salvatore Ferragamo Evolving Legend 1928-2008

Exhibition date: March 30th ~ May 7th, 2008

Curator: Stefania Ricci, Cristina Morozzi

MoCA in-house curator: Victoria Lu


Italy is undeniably a super power in fashion. The fashion industry in Italy is renowned for its design of luxury products inspired by aesthetics in daily life. In recent years, increasing numbers of top brands are integrating art into the design of their luxury products through various media and across different domains, infusing diversified features into industrial products. 

On the occasion of Salvatore Ferragamo’s 80th anniversary, MoCA Shanghai is honored to cooperate with the leading Italian brand in organizing “Salvatore Ferragamo Evolving Legend 1928-2008” exhibition. Visitors will be given the opportunity to view the Ferragamo design concept, representing the beauty of Italian craftsmanship and reflecting the history of creative development in fashion. 

   Tracing back to the 1920s, the art of Ferragamo shoemaking already emerged in the West as a symbol of “Made in Italy” luxury. Mr. Salvatore Ferragamo, renowned for his shoemaking techniques, devoted his lifetime to researching for and making fit and comfortable shoes. His inherent sense of aesthetics was brought into full play in shoe design. With his artistic talents, he also changed the history of shoemaking. His never-failing originality, elaborate techniques, exquisite and unparalleled design, as well as the use of the finest materials, reflected innovative design concepts right on the pulse of the times. Moreover, his cross-domain cooperation with artists brought his creativity in shoe design up to the level of art. Today, Ferragamo’s shoes are simply revered as exquisite works of art made in Italy. 

Director of Museo Salvatore Ferragamo Stefania Ricci, together with renowned curator Cristina Morozzi, present an inspired selection of shoes and fashion embodying both social and cultural development over the centuries, in additional to organizing a grand international exhibition focusing on Italy’s shoemaking design and its course of development. These creations by Salvatore Ferragamo, according to Stefania Ricci, are “testimony to an exceptional talent and, above all, to a strong culture of the product, based on the aesthetics of the everyday, on innovative and functional beauty.” 

“Since its founding, MoCA Shanghai has been upholding innovation as its core value. Our cooperation with the fashion industry aims to create an additional image of museum culture to the outside world,” says Samuel Kung, Chairman and Director of MoCA Shanghai. “After the Italy Made in Art: Now exhibition, driven by Italian Trade Commission in 2006, MoCA Shanghai has once again become the spectacular stage to showcase the charm of Italian culture in China.” 

The exhibition showcased hundreds of original pieces by Salvatore Ferragamo. Visitors can experience the allure of the combination of art and fashion through the historical tunnel into the beauty of creative design.

 

Organizers:

Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Florence, Italy

Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

Night On Earth: Spatial Constructions and Time based Collisions

Exhibition date: May 17th to June 14th 2008

Curators: Jani Joenniemi, Mika Hannula, Tuomas Laitinen, Anne Rottig 

MoCA In-house Curator: Diana Freundl

MoCA Shanghai proudly presents Night On Earth, an innovative new project connecting a series of urban arts events in Berlin, Shanghai and Helsinki during the spring and summer of 2008. Night On Earth is an international co-production, generating a creative interaction between artists and the public through a series of intertwined events. The three-part event aims to develop a network bringing together artists and producers from three unique scenes and cities based on shared interests and intentions of dialogue.

The series of events borrows its title from a contemporary film classic by Jim Jarmusch, where events take place simultaneously in different parts of the world, but are poetically and thematically tied together. Through music, performance and visual installations, Night On Earth connects participants and spectators in a fashion that creates opportunity for producing works, communication and distribution among local and international artists. 

The Shanghai portion of the festival, titled “Spatial Constructions and Time based Collisions” will feature a mix of both upcoming and acclaimed artists from Shanghai, Berlin and Helsinki, whose works are no longer about what they do, but how they do it, crossing formal borders of communication and combining different working methods and styles. Studying the various creative and generous ways contemporary art shapes a particular and singular space, the site-specific exhibition reflects on the white cube environment of MoCA’s exhibition space, installing carefully planned interactions and interventions. 

The aim is to construct a site within which the viewers are invited to take part in time and space specific reconstructions. The chosen artists and their works deal with spaces of conflict – challenging and opening up the ways that we relate to our physical being-ness in the world. A being ness that is colored and shaped by our take and views on urban culture, and surrounding mix of visual images and aural soundscapes. 

“Though this project, spectators will see, hear, as well as participate through the programs, exhibition and events at MoCA. They will interact with contemporary performing arts by their own means and experience sensations that cannot be expressed through the constraints of language. Despite the inherent difference of time, location and individual backgrounds, through this exhibition, each and every action, whether observing a painting or listening to a beat, unites us by making an impact on our existence,” says Samuel Kung, Chairman and Director of MoCA Shanghai. 

The long-term aim of Night On Earth is to become a platform for communication and reflection thus generating communities and networks between the different urban arts and music scenes of East Asia and Europe. There is an evident need and also a possibility for such a network that stems from grass-roots levels of cultural activism and develops through each event, accumulating cultural capital, experience and sustainable collaborations. It aims to activate and to deepen understanding and tolerance between different sites and cultures.

 

Participating Exhibition Artists:

From China: ChenWei (陈维), Fang Er (方二), Meng Jin ( ) From Germany: Daniel Pflum,JPECH [Joerg Suermann & Wessel Nimmer], Karsten Konrad,  Alexander Brandt, Rolf Kluenter, Hans Hemmert

From FinlandJesse Auersalo, Jiri Geller, Maija Luutoonen, Mark Maher, Panu Puolakka, Noora Niinikoski, Piia Rinne & Kira GluschkoffTatu Tuominen , Tuomas Laitinen , Company [Johan Olin & Aamu Song] 

Music Artists: Clouds, Hugo CapablancaEero Johannes, Op:l Bastards, Samuli Kosminen, Moby Dictator   

Visual Artists: Jesse Auersalo, JPECH [Joerg Suermann & Wessel Nimmer] 

Unseen: An exhibition of International Photography

Exhibition date: January 26 to March 18, 2008

Guest Curators: Yangjun Peng, Jiaojiao Chen 

In House Curator: Joyce Ho


Beginning in the 1960s, and following the onset of conceptual art, photography became an important media utilized by contemporary artists and likewise a popular medium for spectators to enjoy. At a time when Chinese photography is easily accessible in art institutions, MoCA Shanghai eagerly anticipates the launch of Unseen, a showcase of international photography that has yet to be exhibited in China. 

MoCA Shanghai chairman and director Samuel Kung, illustrates his support for emerging contemporary photographers with an exhibition displaying the world’s up-and-coming artists. “In this exhibition we have invited young curators along with 10 international artists to express the innovation of the new century. It is the aim of MoCA Shanghai to encourage the emerging generations of artists and curators with opportunities in the art field, and only by promoting and awarding their efforts with experience, will well be able to further pursue successfully the development of arts in China.” 

As one of the curators of the exhibition, Peng Yangjun’s enthusiasm towards new and cutting-edge photography in China is realized in Unseen, a photography exhibition that showcases the work of international photographers born during the 1970s and 80s. Peng says: "At this time, we propose a new approach in our exhibition display by showcasing young and talented artists, whose works represent the best from around the world. In this way, the artistic approach and technical methods of these foreign artists creates a dialogue with the local photographers and audience. At the same time, we hope this exhibition will achieve a innovative and open set of artistic achievements in China.” 

Co-Curator Chen Jiaojiao believes these artists' works have captured the essence of their time. “Although the artists are young, their talent is unchallenged and their work extremely mature. Many of these artists have received international awards, participated in important exhibitions and several of these works on display already belong to the museum collections of prestigious art institutions around the world. 

Representing the most recent developments in photography and covering a range of current themes, nearly all of the more than 100 photos will be exhibited for the first time in China. From fashion to documentary and including portrait and art photography, Unseen brings to China an exhibition that is as rich and varied in style as it is in content.

 

Participating Artists:

Ashley Gilbertson (Australia), Camille Vivier (France), Charles Freger (France), Jacob Aue Sobol (Denmark), Julia Fullerton-Batten (Germany), Martin Kollar (Slovakia), Mikhael Subotzky (South Africa), Rafal Milach (Poland), Lieko Shiga (Japan), Simon Roberts (England)

Eco X Design: Japanese Eco Goods Design by 300 Designers and Artists

Exhibition dates:16th December 2007 – 19th January 2008

Curator:Nobumitsu Oseko

While environmental protection and global warming remain imminent issues in the international community, MoCA Shanghai launches the timely exhibition “Eco ╳  Design: Japanese Eco Goods Designed by 300 Designers and Artists” co-organized with Recruit Co. Ltd. Japan. Some 300 Japanese designers have designed and created traditional Japanese and multi-purpose items including folding fans, eco-bags and ‘furoshikis’ (the traditional cloth-made wraps used to hold and carry items), all of which correspond to the universal trend towards environmentally friendly products.

In this exhibition, viewers can explore designers’ individual concepts concerning environmental protection, and witness the best and emerging creations of Japanese graphic design and illustration. Among the 300 designers participating in this exhibition are leading designers and illustrators who represent classic Japanese styles as well as young and emerging artists. Some 800 works will be showcased, including 600 design pieces and 200 artworks including posters, video art, and sculpture.

Organizer: Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai  

RECRUIT CO., LTD. JAPAN

Co-organizers: Foreign Affairs Office of Shanghai Municipality、

School of Art and Design in Shanghai

Shanghai People’s Fine Arts Publishing House 

Japanese Ministry of the Environment

Japanese Consulate in Shanghai

Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc.(JAGDA)

“Art in Motion”: BMW Art Cars Exhibited Together with Chinese Contemporary Arts

Exhibition dates: November 26 – Feb 25, 2007

Curator: Victoria Lu, Andrea Niedhoefer  

The “Art in Motion” exhibition opens at Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (MoCA Shanghai).  The exhibition features 30+ most famous Chinese contemporary artists along with a selection of 4 BMW Art Cars and 11 miniatures models of the BMW Art Car Collection. The exhibition not only provides the audience a visual feast, but also marks the first stop of the BMW Art Car World Tour in mainland China. 

The theme of “Art in Motion” is twofold: On the one hand the BMW Art Cars are arts on wheels crossing the boundaries of technology and arts; on the other hand, Chinese art is developing hand in hand with the international art scene and has entered a state of constant motion.

The four BMW Art Cars on exhibition include the first BMW Art Car, a BMW 3.0CSL created by the American artist Alexander Calder in 1975; the BMW535i designed by the Japanese artist Matazo Koyama in 1990; the BMW 850Csi completed by the British artist David Hockney in 1995 and the newest BMW Art Car, a BMW V12 LMR finished by the American artist Jenny Holzer in 1999

The exhibited works of the Chinese contemporary artists cover six categories, including From Social Realism to Expressive Individualism; From Romanticism to the Shangri-la of Memory; The Systems and Propagation of Visual Signs; Neo-Literati Art; Material Experimentation and Multimedia Art, and Conceptualism and Crossover. This schema roughly reflects the paths of development of Chinese contemporary art over the past 20 years.

Chinese contemporary artists participating in the exhibition include: Ding Yi, Fang Lijun, Wang Guangyi, Wang Gongxin, Lu Fusheng, Ai Weiwei, Ye Yongqing, Liu Wei, Liu Jianhua, Liu Xiaodong, Liu Ye, Li Shan, Xiang Jing, He Duoling, Zhang Xiaogang, Wu Shanzhuan, Wang Jianwei, Yue Minjun, Lin Tianmiao, Yang Fudong, Zhou Chunya, Luo Zhongli, Zhou Tiehai, Yang Shaobin, Zhan Wang, Yuan Jai, Sui Jianguo, Yu Hong, Zeng Fanzhi, Yan Lei and the Long March Project, showcasing more than forty art pieces representing six diverse artistic styles.

Through the delicate arrangement, the exhibition allows the audience to see the correlations and interactions between Chinese and Western contemporary art. Such interactions enable people to re-consider different aesthetic paradigms, and to redefine what is considered “mainstream” and “alternative”, and ultimately re-evaluate Chinese contemporary art.

The BMW Art Car collection consists of 15 BMW Art Cars to date.  Besides works of the artists mentioned above, it also includes works from Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and other masters. Reflecting the cultural-historical development of the integration of art, design and technology, the Art Cars have been exhibited at various museums worldwide, including the Louvre in Paris, the Royal Academy in London, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.  

The BMW Group is the most successful premium manufacturers in the world. With the exclusive aesthetic design, outstanding engineering and craftsmanship, each BMW car is endowed with an aesthetic feeling of art instead of being a simple transportation vehicle. The BMW Art Cars are the best demonstration of the concept.

Located inside People’s Park in the city center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai is the first purely private, not-for-profit contemporary art museum in China. Since its opening in September 2005, the museum has organized eight large-scale international exhibitions, and in addition to exhibiting the works of important international artists, the museum places special emphasis on providing a platform for Chinese contemporary art.  

 

 

 

 

Adidas “Gong Zhen” Sport in Art Exhibition

Exhibition Date:10th November to 9th December, 2007

MoCA Shanghai is honored to co-organize the Shanghai segment of “Gong Zhen - Sport in Art Exhibition” with adidas. Initiated by adidas, 71 artists created works under the same theme of humanity and sports to showcase the spirit and passion of the Olympic Games through their talents. Several of the artists invited already enjoy worldwide reputation, including Yue Minjun, Wang Guangyi and Zhong Biao. Following Shanghai, the exhibition will travel to Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shenyang, Chengdu and Beijing. After the Olympic Games, all art works will be auctioned in Hong Kong. adidas will donate a portion of the money raised at the auction to charity, in support of further development of China’s sport facilities for children.

Adidas is the official partner of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and initiator this exhibition; Mr. Paul Pi, Marketing Vice President of adidas Greater China says, ” Sport is a strong social and cultural force, which connects people regardless of nationality, race and language - just like art - nourishing and inspiring our heart and soul. Together, sport and art can elevate our perception and help us reach our own physical and mental limits - and overcome them with dedication, passion and inspiration. As adidas believes: Impossible is nothing. We hope that this exhibition will give audiences an extremely unforgettable journey of sport in art. “

Chairman and Director of MoCA Shanghai says, “Innovation is the core value of MoCA Shanghai. We would like to make contributions to all-rounded and in aesthetics daily life as well as to extend the role of MoCA Shanghai in contemporary art. As China and the international community are celebrating the event of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, we fully support the innovative idea of combing sport and art by co-organizing this exhibition. Through this exhibition, we look forward to seeing interactions between the art of sports and aesthetics. We would also like to wish adidas the best for promoting sport in art in the future.”

During the exhibition in Shanghai, a site-specific piece was created by Chinese artist Ann Niu. Designed around the unique glass architecture of MoCA Shanghai and painted directly on the glass itself, the piece titled “Gongzhen – Beats Together” marries the contemporary structure of the venue with that of the artist’s unique style. Niu says, “This is the second time for me to complete a work on MoCA’s glass exterior. By painting directly on the museum in the center of People’s Park, a public space, the work relates directly to the people. Rather than create a work for commercial purposes, I give this piece directly to the people.”

During the preparation and creation stage – lasting over one year – a total of 75 artworks have been created, including paintings, sculptures, videos, photography and interactive installations. We hope that adidas’ Gong Zhen – Sports in Art will form innovative connections between art and sport to the viewers.  

Participate Artists: Addictive TVAntoine LerouxArthur UngerBoris IvandicChamizo,陈文波Chen WenboElectronic ShadowErnesto,俸正杰Feng ZhengjieFransziska Megert, Gabriel AnastasiosHans Gissinger,何汶玦He Wenjue,贺子鉴 He Zijian,胡向东Hu XiangdongJF. Larrieu,焦兴涛Jiao XingtaoJ.P. Roc RousseyJoung-A Lee, Keisuke MatsuuraKoji Furodoi,孔巍蒙Kong WeimengKrikiKumiko Kurachi 李继开LiJikaiLita Cabellut李天兵 Li Tianbing,罗氏兄弟(罗卫东、罗卫国、罗卫兵)Luo BrothersMaki UmeharaMarcel OdenbachMasaki Nakao, Masanori SuzukiMozNobuko SugaiPaul AlexisPer HüttnerPeter KlasenPierre MatterRINPA, Robert CombasRomero BrittoSamy Briss,宋克西Song Kexi,隋建国Sui JianguoTakeo HataiTalents DVD,唐志刚Tang ZhigangThierry Bouet,王承云Wang Chengyun,王大军Wang Dajun,王广义Wang Guangyi  Wang Qingsong,王榕屏Wang Rongping,韦Wei Jia,殷阳Yin Yang,岳敏君Yue Minjun,钟飙Zhong Biao

Animamix Biennial: From Modernity to Eternity

Exhibition dates: October14 - November 05, 2007

Curator: This exhibition has been curated by Victoria Lu, eArts Creative Director and Lisa Zhou, Deputy Supervisor of the Project Development Department at the Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation

The Animamix artists of the 21st Century are not merely producers of animation and comics, they are active in all areas of the creative industry. Their works cover an entire range of art forms, reflecting the aesthetics of Animamix [the culmination of Animation + Comics]. 

Chair and Director of MoCA Shanghai says: “The popularization of Animamix Art has created an entirely new industry, which is prospering in many regions throughout Asia. The deep-rooted heterogeneity of form and ideas in Animamix Art can therefore be seen as a prototype of the latest form of artistic direction, which is quickly spreading throughout the world. In other words, Animamix Art has become one of the most important sources of inspiration for the global art scene of the new century. MoCA Shanghai is honored to host Animamix Biennial in collaboration with Shanghai eArts Festival.” 

In the words of the curator of the first Animamix Biennale, Victoria Lu, Creative Director of Shanghai eARTS Festival, “Animamix Art is not about Animation or comics itself it is an all-inclusive concept of the aesthetic choice of this new century. It is a kind of art beyond art, time beyond time, space beyond space, and life beyond life. Animamix Art is a brand of art that is recording our creations of third-life in virtual realities and existing in the fourth dimension of all electronic and digital worlds.”

The 1st Animamix Biennial at MoCA Shanghai demonstrates the strength of this new genre from fine art to popular art. The worship of “youth” culture travels at light speed via endless new products in the electronic and digital media including but not exclusive to the Internet, television, and mobile communication systems. The aesthetics of Animamix norms realized from modernity to post-modernity are based on visual languages or visual codes that have a possibility to last an eternity.

One of the participating artists, Lorenzo Pizzanelli, from Italy, has graciously donated his art piece, Iconoclast Game, as a permanent collection piece to MoCA Shanghai. Iconoclast Game is a work of art involving experimental musicians in the filed of electro-acoustics and uses the language and technology of video games to critically analyze Western art history from the Byzantine period to the present. The Animamix exhibition is the first time this artwork is being showcased in China. MoCA Shanghai would like to sincerely thank Mr Pizzanelli for his exquisite donation. 

About Animamix:

“I first suggested the concept of the ‘Neo-Aesthetics of Animamix (Animation+Comics)’ when MoCA Taipei was hosting Fiction.Love in 2004. I then curated a new version of Fiction@Love for MoCA Shanghai in 2006, at which time I identified four important characteristics of 21st Century Animamix: firstly, that the numerous diversified Animamix images in popular culture are based upon the worship of “youth” culture. Secondly that Animamix Art is full of unique and evolving narrative texts and images, which themselves are a visual language. Thirdly, Animamix is a product of electronic media featuring a spacious vision of colored light. Fourthly, because the formation of Animamix Art often involves a great amount of material, financial and human resources, cross-industry integration is a unique phenomenon of Animamix culture.”--Victoria Lu

Participating artists :

From China:

Chen Fei陈飞 ,Fu Kai Lai傅开来,Fu Liya甫立亚,Gao Feng高风,Gao Xiao Wu高孝午,He Wei何伟,Hu Bin胡宾,Ji Lei吉磊,Kang Can康璨, Li Guo李果,Li Jie李捷,Li Zan李赞,Liao Man廖曼,Lin林海容,Liu Bin 劉冰,Liu Jia刘佳,Liu Xiao Ying刘晓颖,Luo Dan罗丹,Luo Hui罗珲,Luo Jie罗杰,Luo Zhenghong罗振鸿,Mu Lei穆磊,Peng Bo彭博, Qin Jie邱节,Tang Zhi Gang唐志冈,Tu Hong Tao屠宏涛,Wang Mai王迈,Wang Xi王玺,Wang Yang汪洋,Wei Jia韦嘉,Wu Ding Long吴定隆,Xiao Man小满(薛满利),Xu Mu Yun徐牧原,Xu Qin徐勤, Yan Yun颜韵,Yang Na,杨纳,Zeng Ling Xin曾令馨,Zhang Shuang张霜,Zhang Tian Xiao张天晓,Zhang Xiao Dung张晓东,Zhang Xiao Jun张晓军,Zoe Zhou周蓓丽

From Taiwan/China:  Agi Chen陈怡洁,Chang Chan-Ru + Hsu Tung-Xsiang张蝉如+徐东翔,Chang Geng-Hwa + Chang Keng-Hau张耿豪+张耿华,Charwei Tsai蔡佳威,Chen Yao Ci陈耀圻,Chu Chia Hua朱嘉桦,Ding Zhao Chen丁肇辰,Eric Chen(Ahbin) & Jackie Lee of Gamania游戏橘子品牌中心陈秉良、李佳勋,Hsu Tang-Wei许唐玮,Johnny Wen-ping Liao廖文彬,Joyce Ho + Craig Quintero何采柔+郭文泰,LEE Tzuhsun李子勋,Lin Chuan-chu林铨居,Ma Chun Fu马君辅,Mr. Eyeball眼球先生,Mr. Red红胶囊,Mark Chang of Pixie Gallery张嘉伦,Rae周瑞萍,Tsai Chih Wei蔡至维,WowBravo & Funky Rap翁邦凤 方廷瑞

From Cuba: Claudio Castillo

From Germany: Oliver Griem,Dieter Jung,Rolf A. Kluenter

From France: Ai-Hz, Corinne Marchetti, Florent Nicolas Wendling, Kolkoz, Philippe Codognet, Stephane Sednaoui

From India: Thukral and Tagra 

From Indonesia: Bunga Jeruk

From Italy: Aldo Lanzini,Andrea Gotti,Lorenzo Pizzanelli

From Japan: Eiji Moribe森部英司,Hiroko Fukunaga,Hiroyuki Matsuura松浦浩之,maggie,Shinjuko,Tomoaki Ichikawa市川友章,Yoshitaka Amano

From Korea: Chang-Kyun Kim,Hae-Min Kim,Insook Hong,Kisoo Kwon权奇秀,Minkyu Lee李敏揆,Son Donghyun,Suk-Hyun (Eddie) Kang 姜锡铉

From Russia: Julia Milner

From Singapore:  Jackson Tan of Phunk Studio 

From USA: Lisa K. Blatt,John Maeda,Lisa Ruyter

Sponsors: This exhibition is possible with technical equipment sponsorship loan of TECO   

Cosmos Gaudi. Architecture, Geometry and Design

Exhibition dates: 19th of August to the 5th of October 2007

Curator: Daniel Giralt-Miracl

The State Corporation for Spanish Cultural Action Abroad and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Shanghai have organised the Cosmos Gaudi. Architecture, Geometry and Design exhibition. The exhibition has been organised by SEACEX and the Barcelona City Council through the Barcelona Institute of Culture (ICUB), in collaboration with the Spanish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Cooperation and Culture, the Spanish Embassy in Beijing and the Instituto Cervantes.

According to its curator, Daniel Giralt-Miracle, the exhibition hopes to bring visitors closer to the worlds created by Gaudi, analysing his era, his buildings, structures and materials through a combination of a wide range of resources including photographs, audiovisual materials, scale models, computer graphics and furniture.

One runs the risk of being dazzled by the work of Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), due to its exuberant forms, rich colours and magical symbolism. The postcards, posters, illustrated books and audiovisual displays show us some of Gaudi’s most popular work but just scratch the surface. To gain a deeper understanding of this work we must think about it in the context of the time in which it was created, and go deeper into his buildings, live the spaces, analyse his structures, the materials he used and the techniques he applied. 

A Walk Through the Works of Gaudi

Gaudi owes some of his international renown to photographers who have been drawn to his work because of the great sculptural structures which underlie the buildings created by the architect. One example is the photographer Rafael Vargas (Barcelona 1959), who has examined both the interior and exterior of Gaudi's works in an exceptional way, immersing his audience in the heart of his work and placing them deep inside the setting, light and colours of Gaudi’s buildings. We can see this in his series of photographs which provide a new vision of Gaudi’s architecture, which Vargas has captured with a modern, stimulating and, above all, intelligent point of view. 

Geometry 

One cannot talk about Gaudi or his architecture without mentioning the geometry of space, something that is so easy to comprehend with one’s eyes but so difficult to explain with words. Gaudi was passionate about geometry even as a child, and he gradually became obsessed with it as he grew older. When he discovered (not invented) so-called ruled surfaces, made up of straight lines which can create curved surfaces in space, such as paraboloids, hyperboloids, helicoids and other shapes that derive from them, he found a field to explore which fascinated him and led him to create his pieces of art. Although it is true that Gaudi found inspiration in organic forms and natural models, it is also true that behind the strong, expressionist morphology which characterises his work hides a logical, calculated, measured thought which is the basis of his art and technique. 

Design  

Although Gaudi was contracted to design some important architectural projects, he always saw each project as a whole. As a result he devoted the same amount of effort to the design of the building itself as he did to any of its complementary elements. He always took into account the architecture of the building or the object he was drawing, its construction, decoration and, above all, its user, its anatomy, its sensorial sensibility and its comfort. As a result, he is considered to be one of the fathers of ergonomics, and this can be seen in the selection of furniture and fittings (bell pulls, door handles, peepholes, etc.) and the audiovisual displays in this part of the exhibition. 

Organisers:

Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural Exterior Abroad (SEACEX)

Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA)

Producers:

Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural Exterior (SEACEX)

Barcelona City Council. Barcelona Institute of Culture (ICUB)


Reversing Horizons

Exhibition date: July 7th to August 8th, 2007

Curators: Johnson Chang, Gao Shiming

Reversing Horizons refers to the shift of ideologies and creative inspiration that took place as China became an ever-increasing importance in the lives of Hong Kong residents. Co-curators Johnson Chang, of Hong Kong-based renowned curator together with Hangzhou-based, Gao Shiming, at the China Academy of Art, have asked more than 30 Hong Kong artists to recall the lead-up to the handover and period since as they prepare their artworks. Hong Kong’s up-and-coming contemporary artists illustrate through various their artwork the cultural developments in Hong Kong, which took place during the past decade.

Widely recognized as a financial and commercial hub, Hong Kong has a history of success in commerce, entertainment, and tourism. While visitors will attest to the high-level quality of service in Hong Kong, most have yet to discover the emerging arts culture. In the midst of an exploding Chinese contemporary art scene, this is the first time such a comprehensive representation of Hong Kong artists is exhibited in China. It is the hope of this exhibition that the experience of Hong Kong contemporary art can be shared with that of China. 

Reversing Horizons will bring into focus the newly flourishing arts scene through a spectacular multi-media group show. Works covering video and conceptual installations by established artists such as Hung Keung and Sara Tse will be displayed alongside new painting and photography styles by emerging talents like Ho Siu Kee, Tsang Kin Wah and Ching Chin Wai.

Participating Artists:

陈餘生 (Gaylord Chan), 梁巨廷 (Leung Kui Ting), 梁志和 (Leung Chi Wo), 梁美萍,  (Leung Mee Ping), 何兆基 (Ho Siu Kee), 张韵雯 (Cheung Wan Man), 朱力行 (Henry Chu), 郑波 (Zheng Bo), 程展纬 (Ching Chin Wai), 黄琮瑜 (Wong Chung Yu), Tan Yuk King, Joe Joe Ngai, Angela Su (徐世琪) , (录像太奇 Videotage- Issace Leung Hok Bun, Samantha Culp and Adrian Wong Ho-yin), 周俊辉 (Chow Chun Fai), 林东鹏 (Lam Tung Pang), 罗玉梅 (Law Yuk Mui), 欧凯琳 (Au Hoi Lam), 吕振光 (Lui Chun Kwong), Map Office (Larent Gutierrez and Valerie Portefaix), 白双全 (Pak Sheung Chuen), Suki Chan, 洪强 (Hung Keung), 李杰 (Lee Kit), 曾建华 (Tsang Kin Wah), 关尚智 (Kwan Sheung Chi), 谢淑婷 (Sara Tse), Silia Ka Tung (董葭)杰 (Lee Kit), 曾建华 (Tsang Kin Wah), 关尚智 (Kwan Sheung Chi), 谢淑婷 (Sara Tse), Silia Ka Tung (董葭))

Organizers:This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (MoCA).

Sponsors:This exhibition is made possible by Samuel Kung Foundation. 

Generous support is provided by the Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation and the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office in Shanghai of the Hong Kong SAR government. 


 

 

The Age of Metamorphosis: European Art Highlights from the Centro Pecci Collecti

Exhibition date: July 22st – August 29th 2006

Curator: Marco Bazzino 


From July 22nd to August 29th of 2006, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai will collaborate with the Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (Italy) in hosting the highly anticipated exhibition “The Age of Metamorphosis: European Art Highlights from the Pecci Collection”. Curated by the Permanent Collection Department of the Centro Pecci, the exhibition reflects the contemporary artistic expression not only of Italy, but of all Europe since the 1980s. 

The history of the Permanent Collection of the Centro Pecci runs parallel to the program of the temporary exhibitions that have taken place during the 17 years since its foundation. The selection breathed the character of an age, an incarnation of European art in recent twenty years. 

The theme behind the exhibition project is focused on the significant testimony of contemporary art in Europe. The works chosen come from the various movements in contemporary European art held by the artists from Italy, Russia, Austria, France, England, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. The exhibition project probes their relationships and various expressions, giving a vision of European art since the 1980s. 

The artworks chosen for “The Age of Metamorphosis” manifest themselves through the following themes: reflections on the body in the area of identity and otherness, the idea of multiplicity, the problem of representation in art, the relationship between materiality and spirituality, the narrative form in art and myth as poetic element. Some of these themes are tied to the discussions that arose around the values of Modernism, negating the idea of linear progress, and they constitute a point of arrival after the long voyage begun at the time of the historical Avant Garde at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. 

By hosting this exhibition, MoCA Shanghai intends to bring the European contemporary art to the Chinese audience. The exhibition will also serve as a great opportunity to promote the contemporary art scene within the country.

Art in America: Now

Exhibition dates:1 May, 2007  30 June, 2007

The Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai enables an expanded display of current developments in American art. Art in America: Now features Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle (1994-2002) installation and Kara Walker's subversive silhouette environment that manipulate and generate symbolic orders old and new. Works by Glenn Ligon, Jack Pierson, Paul Pfeiffer, Adam Cvijanovic, and Kelley Walker engage in a similar kind of play with the language and signs of American culture. Nam June Paik, a pioneer of new media art, is represented here with TV Garden (1974, 2007, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), whose site-specificity bears a particularly strong resonance in MoCA Shanghais venue, which was converted from a botanical garden.  This is the first occasion Paik, who died in early 2006, will be exhibited in China. Roger Welch's Drive In: Second Feature (1983, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), with a full-size model of a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado fashioned from twigs, and Tom Sachs's Knoll Area (1996, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), a DIY (“Do-it-Yourself”) rendering of modernist furniture out of telephone books, comprise an homage as well as send-up of forms of Americana. Tom Friedman’s Big Step (2007, courtesy artist and Gagosian Gallery) consists of a magnified Giacometti-esque figure made out of garbage bags.

Art in America: Now presents also diverse strategies in contemporary photography, from the critical documentary eyes of Laura McPhee, Tim Davis, and Miles Coolidge to the conceptual contrivances of Nikki S. Lee, Luis Gispert, and Charlie White and various claims on representation expressed in photographs by Justine Kurland, Katy Grannan, Anthony Lepore, and Sharon Core. Current trends in painting will be seen in works by Dana Schutz, Kristin Baker, Kehinde Wiley, Jules de Balincourt, and Barnaby Furnas.  Jonathan Horowitz and Paul Chan represent a crop of artists engaging political content in works committed to social issues past and present, shown along with their elders Felix GonzalezTorres, David Hammons, and Cady Noland. Erick Swenson's Ne Plus Ultra (2005, private collection), an enigmatic ersatz decomposing buck head, taps into the troubled imagination that fuels all of the works on view. San Francisco-based street artist Barry McGee will create a sitespecific work exclusively for MoCA Shanghai, conveying the vibrancy and boundary-crossing of contemporary American art.

The curatorial team of the exhibition has been led by Thomas Krens, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The following curators of American art contributed to the exhibition: Susan Davidson, Senior Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Elizabeth Kennedy, Curator of the Collection, Terra Foundation for American Art; and Nancy Mowll Mathews, Eugenie Prendergast Senior Curator of 19th-and 20th-Century Art, Williams College Museum of Art. 

The exhibition benefited from the expertise of the following scholars of American art and modernism: Michael Leja, Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania; the late Robert Rosenblum, Professor of Fine Arts, New York University, and Stephen and Nan Swid Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and John Wilmerding, Christopher B. Sarofim Professor of American Art, Princeton University, and a trustee of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. 

Artists:

Kara Walker, Justine Kurland, Erick Swenson, Laura McPhee, Dana Schutz, Kehinde Wiley, Luis Gispert, Charlie White, Paul Pfeiffer, Nikki S. Lee, Katy Grannan, Anthony Lepore, Sharon Core, Nam June Paik, Roger Welch, Tom Sachs, Tim Davis, Miles Coolidge, Adam Cvijanovic, Kristin Baker, Barnaby Furnas, Tom Friedman, Jack Pierson, Barry McGee, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Cady Noland, Jules de Balincourt, Glenn Ligon, Paul Chan, Jonathan Horowitz, Kelley Walker, David Hammons, Matthew Barney.

REMOTE/CONTROL Interactive and Multimedia Art @ MoCA Shanghai

Exhibition Dates: March 4th - April 18th 2007

Curators: Wenny Teo, Ella Liao, Diana Freundl, Pierre Cornette de Saint Cyr

REMOTE/CONTROL, the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghais 10th exhibition, is an investigation of the presence of technology in contemporary art today, and the fraught encounter between these art objects and todaymulti-medial spectator. The use of multi-media technologies is now an international art phenomenon, at once dazzling, seductive, subversive and above all accessible. These art works have not only profoundly changed the nature of aesthetic practice and display, but have also engendered a new means of perceiving and experiencing art. Interactive and video installations put into crises the distance between the work of art and ourselves, both interactive as well as interpersonal, creating an ambivalence of intimacy and alienation that is in itself a paradox of technological development in the global community. 

Featuring the work of both international and local artists, REMOTE/CONTROL is an examination of various perceptual systems, processes, narrative structures, and aesthetic strategies that focus on the question of agency. As the spectator is kinesthetically and sensorially engaged with multimedia objects, the space of the museum is altered, as is the role of the artist. The artist, artwork and spectator are caught in a complex ambit of fantasy and control, inviting us to re-examine the place of art in a technological world, and our place in relation to it. 

SPONSORS: HP, Fabrica, TECO, Island 6 Arts Center, Shanghai Arts & Crafts Vocational College 

Artists:

Alexander Brandt (Germany), Allard van Hoorn (Holland), Alterazioni Video (Italy), Danakil (France), David Cotterrell (UK), Dieter Jung (Germany), Du Zhenjun 杜震君(China), Fabrica (Andy Cameron, Ross Phillips, Oriol Ferrer Mesià, Daniel HirshmannSam Baron )(Italy), Gong Yan 龚彦 (China), Heidi Voet (Belgium), Hu Jieming 胡介鸣 (China), Island 6 [Thomas Charveriat (France), Rose Tang (Taiwan China), Frank Plant(US), Lucas Gurdjian (France), Olivia Gurdjian (France), 杨龙海Yang Longhai (China), 邹林峰Zou Shu Shu (China), Scott Hess(US)], Jin Jiangbo 金江波(China), Ku Shih-Yung 顾世勇(Taiwan China), Peng Huang-chih 彭弘智(Taiwan China), Sheldon Brown (US), Song Tao & B6 宋涛& B6 (China), Stephane Sednaoui (France)

Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity

Exhibition date: September 6th, 2006 – October 22, 2006   

Curator: Ye Yongqing, Uli Sigg , Sun Hee Kim, Victoria Lu 

Prepare a research-oriented MoCA Shanghai Envisage exhibition. Respond to the international attention that is currently being lavished on Chinese contemporary art.  Deal directly with the main arteries of the development of Chinese contemporary art.  Combine research conducted both inside and outside the museum.  And present this research-based, report-like exhibition once every two years.  In organizing this exhibition and in seeking to fulfill these goals, we have created a symbol of our museum’s having strived since its opening last year to build and broaden an international stage for Chinese contemporary art.

This first MoCA Shanghai Envisage, which is dedicated to the theme “Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity,” highlights the special traits of the literati artistic attitude unique to Chinese culture.  It provides a digital age visual feast that brings into full play China’s special sense of aesthetics.  Following the path of Neo-Eclecticism, the exhibition trans-examines the styles and features of art both old and new, Chinese and foreign, ultimately allowing comparison of, and dialogue between, the historical depth of Chinese culture and the current condition of international contemporary art.  This year, besides inviting Chinese artists working both at home and abroad to participate in this exhibition, we have also invited foreign artists who have “entered China,” or whose works are created or produced in China, to participate.  These artists’ works give expression to their experience and appreciation of the aesthetics of daily life.  Moreover, their works express their sense of the neo-aesthetics of the international cultural environment of mass communication and interactivity unique to this new century. 

This exhibition “Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity” is composed of three large systems.  The first centers upon quotidian aesthetic creations related to the context of Chinese literati art; the second treats the traces and vestiges of the artist’s hand; the third deals with expressions of the “extremes,” including the extremely large, the extremely small, the extremely numerous, the extremely few, and other such creative forms that surpass the conditions of real life.  Indeed, the exhibition even touches upon that which represents the “quintessentially” (or “extremely”) Chinese.  We present the Panda Park as a humorous response to this question.  In such a manner, the discussion of what is “quintessentially Chinese” can be brought to an end with a bit of merriment, for the question of “Chineseness” must be left for slower consideration and more research.    

“Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity” reflects the existential attitude of these 21st-century Chinese contemporary artists who are facing the complete invasion of China by globalization.  It presents the heterogeneous, mixed-blooded species of art that have naturally been produced in this environment of cultural hybridization.  In these works we see a common tendency toward a choice of aesthetic values in daily life, a resonance of aesthetic values with the quotidian.  The resistant individual no longer defiantly issues monologues, no longer resists society.  Although we have sought to define MoCA Shanghai Envisage as an exhibition that seeks to maintain an academic spirit and to present the results of our research once every two years, we hope, too, that it will become a herald of the future.    

To exist in the here and now is to seize every moment of life, but to live requires the practice of aesthetics.  

 

The Age of Metamorphosis

The Age of Metamorphosis: European Art Highlights from the Centro Pecci Collection

Exhibition Dates: July 22st – August 29th 2006 

Curator: Marco Bazzino

From July 22nd to August 29th of 2006, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai will collaborate with the Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (Italy) in hosting the highly anticipated exhibition “The Age of Metamorphosis: European Art Highlights from the Pecci Collection. Curated by the Permanent Collection Department of the Centro Pecci, the exhibition reflects the contemporary artistic expression not only of Italy, but of all Europe since the 1980s.

The history of the Permanent Collection of the Centro Pecci runs parallel to the program of the temporary exhibitions that have taken place during the 17 years since its foundation. The selection breathed the character of an age, an incarnation of European art in recent twenty years.

The theme behind the exhibition project is focused on the significant testimony of contemporary art in Europe. The works chosen come from the various movements in contemporary European art held by the artists from Italy, Russia, Austria, France, England, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. The exhibition project probes their relationships and various expressions, giving a vision of European art since the 1980s. 

The artworks chosen for The Age of Metamorphosis manifest themselves through the following themes: reflections on the body in the area of identity and otherness, the idea of multiplicity, the problem of representation in art, the relationship between materiality and spirituality, the narrative form in art and myth as poetic element. Some of these themes are tied to the discussions that arose around the values of Modernism, negating the idea of linear progress, and they constitute a point of arrival after the long voyage begun at the time of the historical Avant Garde at the beginning of the Twentieth Century.

By hosting this exhibition, MoCA Shanghai intends to bring the European contemporary art to the Chinese audience. The exhibition will also serve as a great opportunity to promote the contemporary art scene within the country.

 

 

 

 

ITALY MADE IN ART: NOW——contemporary arts and industrial design

Exhibition dates: May 31, 2006 – July 15, 2006  

Curator:  ACHILLE BONITO OLIVA

The exhibition shows a sample of Italian artworks, chosen among the most interesting and meaningful searches conducted in Italy in different fields of culture (art, design, music, theatre, cinema and dance). “Italy Made In Art: Now” intends to suggest a multifaceted but unitary intellectual path and to represent the interrelation and exchange of ideas among the arts. That has on one hand allowed a stimulating comparison between the different 'representation' fields, and on the other contributed to strengthen the cultural environment, bringing about the process of renewal of the languages and the sharpening of the intuition of different artistic personalities, who have specified sophisticated aesthetic codes and revolutionary telling languages, which today identify some distinctive features of Italian culture.

"In some way figurative artists and artificer of other expressive languages are the fruit of a history that finds its roots in memory and in today’s reality the stimulus for new formal experimentation. This represents the important feature of a febrile mentality, whose emblem seems in the end to be found again in Leonardo’s maxim "art is a mental thing" (A.B.O.).

The layout of the “Italy Made In Art: Now” exhibition, in the shape of a maze, is truly unique. Moving about the “private” rooms of a conceptual “Mediterranean house”, the Exhibition snakes through “courtyards” that lead to the public space of an “Italian Square”. The labyrinth is formed by the works on display: fine arts, design, cinema, music and theatre, to create an ideal outline of the brilliant scope of Italian artistic expression from the latest  50 years. 

The arrangement of works is neither chronological, nor didactic. It forms a sensory path drawing the viewer across live spaces conceived as private interiors where works of fine arts (paintings, sculpture, installations, photographs) naturally coexist with creative industrial design (furniture, lamps, sofas and functional or decorative objects). 

The visual urge happens, therefore, through a sequence of bi-dimensional and tri-dimensional images, fixed and in motion (videos, video installations, films, documentary films), finding further prods in the music, the utmost sublimation of the image, to determine an amplified perception of the space and the time.

The exhibition will be on show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, a contemporary building, in glass and steel, wide and open to the city, symbol of a future in the continuous search for content.

The aim of the exhibition is not only to celebrate and promote Italian creativity across China, but to create a bridge between the evolving course of the Italian arts and the flow of renewal that epitomizes the city of Shanghai, true emblem of the rebirth of a "metropolis", model of architectural experimentation, urban planning, cradle of arts and reference point of the vision of the future.

ARTISTS

Carla Accardi, Nanni Balestrini, Elisabetta Benassi, Carlo Benvenuto, Alighiero Boetti, Loris Cecchini, Paolo Chiasera, Francesco Clemente, Gianni Colombo, Enzo Cucchi, Mario Della Vedova, Lucio Fontana, Francesco Lo Savio, Piero Manzoni, Mario Merz, Maurizio Mochetti, Liliana Moro, Luigi Ontani, Mimmo Paladino, Pino Pascali, Luca Patella, Gianni Piacentino, Alfredo Pirri, Vettor Pisani, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Paola Pivi, Maria Pizzi, Daniele Puppi, Luisa Rabbia, Mario Schifano, Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio, Ettore Spalletti.

DESIGNERS

Franco Albini, Gae Aulenti, Achille Castiglioni, Antonio Citterio, Joe Colombo, Michele De Lucchi, Stefano Giovannoni, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Nathalie Grenon, Ferruccio Laviani, Piero Lissoni, Vico Magistretti, Angelo Mangiarotti, Alberto Meda, Alessandro Mendini, Mario Milizia, Bruno Munari, Paolo Pallucco, Gaetano Pesce, Denis Santachiara, Ettore Sottsass, Studio tecnico Valextra, Marco Zanuso.

Production Companies: 

Alessi, Arflex, Artemide, Atelier Alessandro Mendini, Boffi, Brionvega, Domodinamica, Flos, Edizioni  Corraini, iGuzzini, Kartell, Luceplan, Moroso, Naos, Olivetti, Oluce, Poltrona Frau, Poltronova, Richard-Ginori, Studio Italia Design, Valextra, Vistosi, Zanotta, Zerodisegno.

PHOTOGRAPHERS:

Gabriele Basilico, Antonio Biasiucci, Paola De Pietri, Mimmo Jodice, Raffaella Mariniello, Ugo Mulas, Paola Salerno, Oliviero Toscani.

 CINEMA:

Antonio Capuano, Pappi Corsicato, Matteo Garrone, Mario Martone, Paolo Sorrentino

 MUSIC:

Giovanni Verrando, Lama Morciano, Lucia Ronchetti, Nicola Sani e Salvatore Sciarrino

 THEATRE:

Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio; Antonio Rezza e Flavia Mastrella

 DANCE:

Marianna Troise


The Original Animamix

Exhibition dates: 8 May, 2006 – 22 May, 2006

Curator: Victoria Lu

The Animamix artists of the 21st Century are not merely producers of animation and comics. They are active in all areas of the creative industry. Their works cover a whole range of art forms, reflecting the neo-aesthetics of Animamix.

For the exhibition, The Association of Japanese Animations has brought a precious collection of hand-drawn originals never before seen, to be displayed to the public for the first time on such a grand scale. The Folimage Studio of France has provided the exhibition with four award-winning films, including those by Jacques-Remy Girerd, Konstantin Bronzit and Michael Dudok de Wit. The audience will also have a chance to see the humorous paintings by the German artist, Uli Stein. The famous Chinese-American artist John Wong has sent his original paintings as well as a whole collection of sculptures. The Taiwanese artists Johnny Liao (the author of Teenage Huang Feihong) and the Lao Fuzi family (Alphonso Wong and his sons Joseph, Peter, Anthony and Ken) have provided over eighty art pieces. Audiences of China are of course familiar with Disney and Nickelodeon channels, both of which have given generous support to the festival, bringing to us new films currently screened in international film festivals as well as many collections of artworks, creating an ample visual feast for fans of American comic styles. 

Unlike the Pop artists of the last century who only directly appropriate the visual symbols of Animamix art, the artists of the new generation are completely immersed in the neo-aesthetics of Animamix. The various Animamix styles are in fact the prototypes of the artists’ creation. In other words, the Animamix art has become one of the most important sources of inspiration in the 21st Century. Through an exploration of theories, the exhibition intends to advance the movement of the industry, and usher in a new era of Chinese Animation and Comics.

Participate Artists:  

The Association of Japanese Animations,The Folimage Studio, Jacques-Remy Girerd, Konstantin Bronzit and Michael Dudok de Wit, Uli Stein, John Wong, Johnny Liao, the Lao Fuzi family (Alphonso Wong and his sons Joseph, Peter, Anthony and Ken), Nickelodeon channels

 

RESTLESS

Exhibition dates: 31st March 2006 – 5th May 2006


In this age of frantic visual and sensory over-saturation, what catches our eye?

MoCA Shanghai’s two young female curators Ella Liao and Wenny Teo hope to examine and showcase with the exhibited artists, a new vision of contemporary, metropolitan experience. “Restless: Photography and New Media” comprises nearly thirty intriguing artists born in the 70s and 80s, who, through experimentation and innovation, express the ambivalent emotions of contemporary life and the complex layers of metropolitan existence in a variety of challenging ways. 

The special exhibition Restless: Photography and New Media records the franticity of modern-day encounters and day-to-day voyages through the landscape of the city, from the banal to the extraordinary. We hope that the viewers free themselves from passive appreciation and respond intensely instead, to physically embrace the museum space in its stimulation of the senses, in indulgence, in intensity and nostalgia, and in this way explore and understand the artworks from multiple perspectives, and thus re-discovering the value of our own aesthetic instincts

Artists: 

Xu Zhen, Xiang Liqing, Alexander Brandt, Zhu Hao, Qiu Anxiong, Song Tao, Xu Cheng, Miao Jiaxin, Ji Weiyu, B6, Zheng Zhiyuan, Jin Hua, Gu Chen, Vincent Sung, Zhang Ding, Jin Feng, Huang Kui, Chen Wei, Jin Shan, Liang Yue, Peng & Chen, Alfred Chu, Monica Bertini, Liu Yiqing, Sharon Paz, Juliane Stiegele and more to be announced

 

 

Fiction@Love

Exhibition dates: January 7 – March 26, 2006 

Curator: Victoria Lu


In an era where time travels at the speed of light, seeing the world through the lens of digitalization and the Internet rapidly deteriorates the sense of distance. In the unlimited world of the web, individuals can find ways to fulfill their fictional desires, and any fantasy or dream seems not too far from being realized. 

This space between reality and fiction has inspired the artists of the new century to widely infuse digital technology, comics, cartoons and animation with their creations. In half a century, this expression as influenced by the pop artists of the 60s has blurred the boundaries between art and non-art. Via cartoons, comics and animation, this new expression has become popularized. It entered the 21st century with a bang and continuously expands and molds the perception of art. 

This new trend in the art of animation and comics not only cultivates the boundless territories of artists free expression, but also it expands the imagination space of viewers. These new techniques and redefinitions of art have been named by scholars as the ninth art, and are flying towards new, unpredictable directions. I sincerely believe that the new password as keyed in by our Creative Director Victoria Lu, the Neo-aesthetics of Animamix, will color the next page in the books of art history.

No matter how the world evolves, only “love” is perpetual, and remains the universal language. Since the launch of MoCA Shanghai Fiction@Love is the first international exhibit that employs great human and material resources as the premier in-house curated exhibition. It invites over 80 artists from more than 15 countries to participate, breaking the traditional exhibition model of art museums, filling every corner with artworks, so that the entire exhibition space will be ignited with visual, auditory, and tactile signals, which serve as explosive emotional triggers for the audience, a kaleidoscope experience of lights and colors.  

As a museum that serves the people, we at MoCA hope to use love and care as our departure points, exploring innovative thinking, revolutionary definitions, and bold management to excavate a new path for the future of art. Using the education of aesthetics as our foundation, we hope to increase the viewing public of art museums, to raise the aesthetic awareness of popular society, and to return art to life and fuse the beckoning of beauty into everyday experience. This expansive exhibit of the neo-aesthetics of animamix will be the first but definitely not the last note that we strike on the cultural grounds of Asia. In the future, we promise to continue to solder the link between Chinese contemporary art and the international cultural stage.


Artists List 

China中国: 曹斐Cao Fei, 陈长伟Chen Changwei, 陈飞Chen Fei, 程士钦Cheng Shiqin, 戴嘉明Jimmy Day (中国台湾), 高孝午Gao Xiaowu, 韩娅娟Han Yajuan, 洪东禄Hung Tunglu (中国台湾), 几米Jimmy (中国台湾), 金芬华King Fenhua (中国台湾), 李晖Li Hui, 李山Li Shan, 梁彬彬Liang Binbin, 林俊廷Lin Jiunting (中国台湾), 刘鼎Liu Ding, 刘建华Liu Jianhua, 刘韡Liu Wei, 罗珲Luo Hui, 潘贞如Pan Zhenju (中国台湾), 钱纲Qian Gang, 瞿广慈Qu Guangci, 隋建国Sui Jianguo, 师进滇Shi Jindian, 屠宏涛Tu Hongtao, 王功新Wang Gongxin, 王智远Wang Zhiyuan,杨静Yang Jing, 楊茂林Yang Maolin (中国台湾), 张弓Zhang Gong, 张可欣Zhang Kexin, 赵桢Zhao Zhen 

Japan日本: On/Megumi Akiyoshi秋好恩,Yoshitaka Amano天野喜孝, Chiho Aoshima青岛千穗, Matsuura Hiroyuki松浦浩之,  Naoki Koide小出直毅, Akino Kondoh 近藤聪乃, Tomoko Konoike鸿池朋子, Yayoi Kusama草间弥生, Kaneda Shouichi 金田勝一, Yoko Toda/Masayuki Sono户田阳子/曽野正之, Yoshihiro Sono曽野由大, Ai Yamaguchi山口蓝

Nokia Connect to Art Project: Kati Aberg, Brian Alfred, Louise Bourgeois, Juha Hemanus, Sari Kaasinen, Stefan Lindfors, Nam June Paik白南准, Osmo Rauhala, David Salle, William Wegman

Korea韩国: Soonja Han韩顺子, Soyoun Jeong郑素妍, Ki Soo Kwon权奇秀, Dongi Lee李东起, Minkyu Lee李敏揆, Kyung Won Moon文敬媛

USA美国: Sang-ah Choi崔湘娥, Phyllis Green , Huang Shih-chieh黄世杰, Nathaniel Lord , Thaddeus Strode,

Singapore 新加坡:  fFurious, Claire Lim, Joanne Lim, Lim Shing Ee, Zul @Zero 

Denmark丹麦: Rasmus Bjørn, Triene Bosen, Julie Nord 

India印度: Pushpamala N.& Clare Arni, Pamela Singh  

UK英国: Anthony Gross, Lisa Milroy, Fiona Rae Swag

Germany德国: Manuela Hartl, Kanjo Take 

Belgium比利时: Win Delvoye    

Canada加拿大: Christy Chu曲家瑞

Malaysia马来西亚: www.theclickproject.com

New Zealand: Hye Rim Lee 李惠林

 

Swiss Design Now

Exhibition date: 27th Nov. 2005 – 27th Dec. 2005

MoCA’s highly anticipated second exhibition, “Swiss Design Now,” will be unveiled on November 26th and continue till December 27th. Jointly presented by MoCA and the Swiss Consulate General in Shanghai, “Swiss Design Now,” is curated by Professor Pierre Keller of the Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne. The selected artworks reflect the new aesthetic aspect of contemporary lifestyles. Meanwhile the exhibition  has found a way to create a typical Swiss environment, so that viewers who step into the museum will find themselves have entered another world full of complete Swiss cultural experience.

The current exhibition –“Swiss Design Now" illuminates the spirit of MoCA’s initiative: innovation and distinction. Swiss design is considered to be an example of modernity.  Pierre Keller conceived the exhibition based on what the new generation of Swiss designers offers today, combining the typical made in Switzerland know-how as well as an open mindedness that overcomes boundaries. The selected objects show well that they can be easily integrated into the everyday life thanks to their practical, playful or even aesthetical qualities. The common ground of all these Swiss products is a combination of technical precision together with a touch of humor and wit that makes these projects a success. Whether domestic products or internationally made, the exhibited pieces clearly reflect the importance and unquestionable excellence of today’s Swiss designers in both creative and economic network.

Apart from acclaimed works, this exhibit will also feature Switzerland’s internationally famous designer labels, such as a special reading room decorated with name brand furniture. Viewers will also have the opportunity to appreciate a valuable collection of Swiss design watches, not to mention a classic selection of Swiss Army knives. To further enrich the Swiss cultural experience, during the exhibit period, MoCA will endorse a variety of Swiss souvenirs in its gift shop, as well as provide workshops for its viewers on Swiss fairy tales.

“Swiss Design Now” allows the Shanghai public to experience the pulse of Switzerland, the country in the heart of Europe through the artworks and multi media which reflect both Switzerland’s tradition of aesthetics and its interpretation of modernity. At the same time, MoCA is honored to continue its educational program by inviting its visitors for a unique journey to explore Switzerland.

Participate Artists:

Adrien Rovero, Alexis Georgacopoulos, Alfredo Häberli, Antoine Cahen, Atelier Oï, Augustin Scott de Martinville, Christian Kägi, Christophe Marchand, Cornel Windlin, Emanuelle Jaques, Fabio Biancaniello, Felco, Hannes Wettstein, Jörg Boner, Körner Union, Martino D'Esposito, Nicolas Le Moigne, Nicole Aebischer, Norm Studio, Rémy Jacquet, Vitra company, Rolf Fehlbaum , Ruedi Baur, SIGG, Swatch, Thilo Brunner, Victorinox, Yves Béhar.


Pierre et Gilles: A Retrospective

Exhibition date: 25th  September 2005 – 15th November 2005

24th September 2005 marks the Opening Launch of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Shanghai.  Funded by The Samuel Kung Foundation, this independent, non-profit institution signifies an exciting new wave of cultural development in Asia. Moreover it promises to elevate China’s cultural influence in the global art arena. 

Located in the People’s Park of Shanghai, MOCA Shanghai is surrounded by prominent cultural institutions such as The Shanghai Grand Theatre, The Shanghai Art Museum, The Shanghai Museum and The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. As a modern glass complex, the Museum boasts an exhibition space of 1,800 square meters. It is set to become a preeminent launching platform for both Chinese and International Contemporary Art and Design. 

Samuel Kung, Chairman and Director dreamt of bringing Shanghai, ‘The Pearl of the East’, a conduit to the international art and culture scene: “Being a Jade artist and a great patron of all forms of artistic expression, I wanted to showcase the diverse talents of contemporary international artists as well as Chinese modern design under one roof. Art opens up a world of inspiration and creativity; I built MOCA to help fuse diverse ideas and broaden the minds of local, regional and international art enthusiasts.”  

Victoria Lu, Creative Director of MOCA Shanghai and Artistic Director of Shanghai Bund 18 Creative Center, believes: “MOCA Shanghai is the wellspring of minds’ fulfillments for the Shanghai locals, the platform for the artists and designers to express their creativities and innovations, and the joy land for people of all ages, colors and genders. We will, as a team, build a hall of crossover esthetics for lifestyle. ”

To encourage cultural dialogue with the international art community, the Museum has arranged an extensive program of international exhibitions together with locally curated exhibitions on Chinese contemporary art. series of outstanding exhibitions will open the new museum, including a retrospective of the French artists Pierre et Gilles”; an exhibition on Swiss Contemporary Design, and an exhibition entitled ‘Italy Made in Art’ curated by the well-known Bonito Olivia. 

MOCA Shanghai opens on September 24, 2005 with ‘Pierre et Gilles: A Retrospective’ an exhibition celebrating the grand finale of the “French Year in China.”

Notice Dear Visitors: During the Labour Day, the museum/MoCA Pavilion/MoCA on the Park restaurant will be open as usual. Thanks.