East Contemporary

Category: Exhibitions

Arario: Hayoun Kwon “Si proche et pourtant si loin (English: So close yet so far)”

Shanghai, February 28 – May 5, 2019, http://www.arariogallery.com/ Arario Gallery had an installation by Hayoun Kwon. The topic was the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ). Different media were used to convey stories and impressions of the DMZ: Filming an architectural model, 3D animation with a narrated voiceover, a thermal-vision-like video loop showing guards walking around a…

Long Museum (West Bund): permanent collection + Yu Hong 喻红 “The World of Saha”

Shanghai, March 9 – May 9, 2019, http://thelongmuseum.org/en/ The first impression of the Long Museum on the West Bund (Puxi): It was cold. The large concrete halls above ground have a magnificent feel. But no heating. And in fact a large part of the exhibition halls is located underground. There it smelled like entering a…

GHMP: Hulacova – Keresztes – Janousek “Entomos”

Prague, November 21, 2018 – March 3, 2019, Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace 3F, http://www.ghmp.cz A duo-exhibition of two young sculptors. The exhibition space was located in an old crumbling palace, but the insides of the rooms were transformed in a white-cube setup, and I could feel that the exhibition architecture was considered as an inherent part of…

GHMP: Roman Stetina “Foreword”

Prague, November 21, 2018 – February 24, 2019, Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace 2F, http://www.ghmp.cz The space in which the exhibition took place was by itself very impressive: An old, crumbling palace, walls covered in red canvas surrounded with golden ornaments on white background, some in marble, creaking wooden parquet flooring, large crystal chandelier… Within the space I…

Chronus Art Center “Machines Are Not Alone: A Machinic Trilogy”

Shanghai, July 21 – October 21, 2018, 新时线媒体(CAC)艺术中心, http://www.chronusartcenter.org/ Chronus Art Center (CAC) specializes in New Media Art. The exhibition was well designed and prepared. The artworks consisted of a mix of new media artworks, also with a mix of the typical issues that new media artworks have. Some were accessible and poetic, other were…

Rockbund Art Museum: Lin Tianmiao林天苗 “Systems“

Shanghai, June 26 – August 26, 2018, 上海外滩美术馆, http://www.rockbundartmuseum.org/en/ After some years, I visited the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) again. The atmosphere was still very pleasant, as I remembered from my prior visits. The visitor experience, as well as the artworks, are shaped by the unique multi floor space where visitors ascend and see the…

Long Museum: “Ruyi To Be Found Everywhere In Life” + “L’étranger mélancolie” + more

Shanghai, Pudong, 2018, http://thelongmuseum.org/en/ My first visit to the Long Museum (龙美术馆) Pudong branch, about 5 years after it opened. The architecture is minimalist, and it stood still and calm. It was quite empty during my weekend visit. Shows ranged from ancient to modernist to communist. No contemporary.

Porticus: Arin Rungjang „Bengawan Solo“

Frankfurt am Main, June 30 – September 2, 2018, http://www.portikus.de/ The installation of Arim Rungjang, a Thai artist who made his first biennale appearances in the last few years, consisted of one large dark room with video projections on all walls except the entrance. The room was very dark, especially as one was entering straight…