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11th Shanghai Biennale

The title for the Shanghai Biennale 2016 is “Why not ask again” and is on view at the Power station of Art in Shanghai until March, 2017. The Museum’s huge second-floor atrium i taken over by Nou Sen+MSG moonscape installation The Great Chain of Being – planet trilogy, which consists of a an experimental theatre within a crashed spaceship, video sound and bees.

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Sky Ladder by Cai Guo-Qiang

SKY LADDER is a new documentary on Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang directed by Kevin McDonald, a Scottish filmmaker. The film premiered on Netflix recently and looks at the dynamic practice of Qiang and his rise to the art world success, told from friends, family and himself. Qiang is best known for his explosive performance and works, in which he uses gunpowder and fireworks to paint the sky with smoke and flame. 

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Zeng Fanzhi exhibition in Beijing

From September 19, through November 19, 2016, Ullen Center in Beijing will host a new solo exhibition called “Parcours” by Zeng Fanzhi. This is his first institutional solo show in Beijing curated by Philip Tinari and Guo Xi and branded as his most prolific show held so far. 

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Abstraction on Chinese Contemporary Art

White Cube Mason’s Yard in London is currently having a group exhibition titled “The world is yours, as well as ours”, which focus on the work of nine contemporary Chinese artists to explore modes of abstraction in Chinese contemporary painting.

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2016 Asia Arts Award Winners

In conjunction with Art Basel HK last week, Asia Society hosted an awards gala named the Asia Arts Game Changers. Cai Guo-Qiang form China, Nalini Malani from India and Yoshitomo Nara from Japan was recognised for the Asia Arts Awards for their “artistic excellence and contributions to Asian art”. Winners in the past have been Lee Ufan from South Korea, Takashi Murakami from Japan and Nyoman Masriadi from Indonesia.

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Ai Weiwei makes another offensive statement

Ai Weiwei has always taken the opportunity to show his opinion on current world events in order to get recognition and appreciation. The latest stunt happened in his new residence city Berlin where he during the Berlin Film Festival decorated the pillars of the venue Berlin Konzerthaus with 14,000 life jackets flown in from the Greek island Lesbos. The installation is meant to commemorate refugees drowned at sea, escaping the living conditions in part of the Middle East.

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Huron Foundation Exhibit Chinese Ink Art in London

Huron Art Foundation’s first exhibition in London is called “Circle Lines” and celebrates Chinese contemporary art by featuring art works by 15 artists including Qiu Jie (above), Mao Lizi, Shen Fan and Wang Tiande (below). Huron is a publishing and event company based in Shanghai, and dedicated to support emerging and established Chinese artists.

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Chinese Contemporary Artists to follow in 2016

Who is making waves among China’s up-and-coming contemporary artists that are under 40? Of course the answer will differ depending who you ask. Yet, the response still illustrates the wind of China’s vibrant and growing art scene and the difficulty in defining just what is China’s contemporary art today. 

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Abstract Art In China

China is something of a newcomer to abstract art, but a new exhibition at the Today Art Museum in Beijing is embracing the work of 16 representative artists in this field. More than 80 artworks are on display at the museum and all created during the past 10 years.

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Wang Guangxi at MOCA in Singapore

The Chinese avant-garde artist Wang Guangxi, a pioneer in the Chinese contemporary art scene, is often referred to as the ‘King of Political Pop” for his “Great Criticism” series, which imposed popular Western capitalism icons onto Communist style revolutionary propaganda posters. He visited Singapore to launch his new exhibition “Image Correction” held at MOCA and part of the unique Singapore Art Week, with fairs like Art Stage and Singapore Contemporary Art Show.

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Ullen Center’s program for 2016

The Ullen Center for contemporary Art in Beijings district 798 has two strong highlights on its calendar for 2016. Firstly, works by the American painter Robert Rauschenberg will run from June to August and will display the 450 meter long composition “The 1/4 Mile”, which he began in 1981 and continued in 1998.

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Ding Yi at The Long Museum

Ding Yi has exclusively created and painted abstract paintings built up of small crosses since the mid-1980s. He recently finalised 10 new paintings, named “Appearances of Crosses 2015″, each almost five meters high for his first solo show at the Long Museum in Shanghai. His dedication is very time consuming and detailed and he states ” It’s not my intention to do something that is proven difficult because the major challenge for me is to explore a new language with which to express myself, not to simplify the technique”.

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Charity Sale at Sotheby’s HK for a newsworthy price

Sotheby’s in Hong Kong had their fall sale yesterday October 4th and one art piece named “Paradise” was a collaborative piece by top Chinese Contemporary artist Zeng Fanzhi and Alibabas founder Jack Ma. It was produced to raise awareness for the need for environmental protection with an estimation of HK$ 2,5 million (USD 322 thousand). Well a business man from China got the final bid for HK$ 42.2 million (USD 5.4 million) and the Paradise International Foundation should be grateful for such fantastic contribution to their activities. We hope it comes to a good use to make our environment cleaner and better.

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Retrospective Show of Zhang Dali

Last weekend was the opening of Zhang Dali’s first retrospective exhibition at United Art Museum in Wuhan, China. The show is titled “From Reality to Extreme Reality – The Road of Zhang Dali” and will be open until 18 December 2015.

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UN flags of ART

Chinese Artist Liu Bolin has last week completed a commissioned piece for the United Nations Global Goals team, using his signature invisibility concept to paint himself into the 193 flags of every country. 

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Ai Weiwei visits Berlin

Since Ai Weiwei got his passport returned last July, he is not wasting any time to catch up on the numerous invitations he has received. Tomorrow September 2nd, he will make his first speech since his detention in 2011. He is invited to the International Literature Festival Berlin which includes a panel discussion with fellow Chinese dissident and poet Liao Yiwu.

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