Art Radar rounds up the top 10 articles on exhibitions in 2015.
Another eventful year in art is about to come to a close. Here is a list of the most clicked and read articles on exhibitions of contemporary art from Asia, the Middle East and Africa in 2015.
1. 10th Shanghai Biennale, “Art as a social factory” | Power Station of Art, Shanghai | 23 November 2014 – 31 March 2015
Under the general theme “Social Factory”, the 10th Shanghai Biennale opened at the end of November 2014 and ran until 31 March 2015. The Biennale’s programme drew together contemporary and historical artworks, as well as music and cinema, curated independently by Nicholas Bussmann and Hila Peleg. Art Radar looked at the achievements and challenges faced by the Biennale’s ongoing edition.
2. Ben Quilty, “Straight White Male” | Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong | 15 January – 1 March 2015
In his solo exhibition at Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong, Ben Quilty subverted the paradigm of masculinity in an ongoing pursuit to find himself. The award-winning Australian artist’s latest series of paintings is a potent examination of the cult of masculinity through a keen exploration of history and culture, as well as his own identity.
3. 56th Venice Biennale | Arsenale and Giardini, Venice, Italy | 9 May – 22 November 2015
The 56th Venice Biennale opened at the beginning of May 2015 with an intense programme of events and the enthusiastic participation of international art world figures. Less than a month after its closure, Art Radar revisits its selection of 10 pavilions that stood out from among the participants from Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.
4. “China 8: Contemporary Art from China and Rhine & Ruhr″ | 8 cities, 9 museums, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany | 15 May – 13 September 2015
Nine museums across eight cities in Germany’s North-Rhine Westphalia state came together in May 2015 in an ambitious project featuring nine exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art, spanning older and newer generations of artists and including a wide variety of media. It was heralded by the organisers as “the largest institutional exhibition of contemporary art from China ever to be assembled anywhere in the world”.
5. “Ai Weiwei” | Galleria Continua and Tang Contemporary, 798 Art District, Beijing | 6 June – 6 September 2015
Ai Weiwei had three simultaneous solo exhibitions in Beijing in June 2015, marking his first-ever solo shows in the mainland and a wave of subtle, new works. Art Radar peered into the largest of the three exhibitions, a major show of the activist artist’s new works at Galleria Continua and Tang Contemporary Art. Although the show was a far cry from his political oeuvre, Ai’s homecoming made for a sensational re-appearance in his home city.
6. “Mona Hatoum” | Centre Pompidou, Paris | 24 June – 28 September 2015
In June 2015, the Centre Pompidou in Paris launched a major survey of Mona Hatoum’s 30-plus year career, spanning 31 pivotal artworks. The historic retrospective provided an insight into the multidisciplinary world of Hatoum and her explorations into an unstable universe.
7. The M+ Sigg Collection – Chinese art from the 1970s to Now” | Whitworth, Manchester | 1 July – 20 September 2015
An exhibition of the M+ Uli Sigg Collection arrived at the award-winning Whitworth in Manchester in July 2015 for the last leg of its European tour, revealing the visionary nature of the collector. The influential Chinese contemporary art collector donated his collection to Hong Kong’s M+ museum in 2012. On display at the Manchester museum were 80 works created during 40 years of artistic production in China by some of the most significant names in Chinese contemporary art.
8. “North Korean Perspectives” | Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago | 23 July – 4 October 2015
The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) has a history of unleashing particularly relevant exhibitions. Art Radar peered into the exhibition “North Korean Perspectives” launched in July 2015, which strove to reveal a balanced image of the world’s most secretive country through the work of 12 internationally-based photographers.
9. Takashi Murakami, “The 500 Arhats” | Mori Art Museum, Tokyo | 31 October 2015 – 6 March 2016
Takashi Murakami’s latest solo show at the Mori Art Museum, launched in October 2015 and running until March 2016, is his first in Japan in 14 years. Among some of his most recognised pieces on display is the 100-metre-long painting The 500 Arhats, offered to Qatar as a token of gratitude for its assistance to Japan following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
10. 8th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art | Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane | 21 November 2015 – 10 April 2016
Art Radar turned the spotlight on the influential, regional contemporary art triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, Australia. The 8th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8), launched in November 2015, runs until 10 April 2016 and features more than 80 artists from over 30 countries and includes a dedicated film programme and kids workshops.
C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia
More popular exhibitions in 2015:
- “Roots. Indonesian Contemporary Art” | Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt | 26 September 2015 – 10 January 2016
- Shirazeh Houshiary, “Through Mist” | Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong | 25 November – 9 January 2016
- Farhad Ahrarnia, “A Dish Fit for the Gods” | Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai | 15 November – 14 January 2016
- Jumana Manna | Chisenhale Gallery, London | 18 September – 13 December 2015
- 10th Bamako Encounters, African Biennale of Photography 2015 | various venues, Bamako, Mali | 31 October – 31 December 2015
- 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil | Southern Panoramas | various venues, São Paulo | 6 October – 6 December 2015
- 14th Istanbul Biennial 2015 | various venues, Istanbul | 5 September – 1 November 2015
- Wael Shawky, “Crusades and Other Stories” and “Cabaret Crusades” | Mathaf, Doha and MoMA PS1, New York | 17 March – 16 August 2015 and 31 January – 31 August 2015
- Sharjah Biennial 12 | various venues, Sharjha, UAE | 5 March – 5 June 2015
- “Realism in Rawiya” | New Art Exchange travelling exhibition, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK | 18 February – 16 May 2015