At the 55th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, the exhibition of Japan pavilion (the solo show of Koki Tanaka, Committed by the Japan Foundation) was awarded Special Mention for National Participations in which 88 countries participate.
Taiwan Pavilion holds an exhibiton 'This is not a Taiwan Pavilion' presented by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Taiwan attended la Biennale di Venezia since 1995 and this is their 10th participation. Esther Lu, a curator invited 3 units of artists and made 3 projects: Bernd Behr's 'Chronotopia', Chia-Wei Hsu's 'Marshal Tie Jia', and Kateřina Šedá + BATEŽO MIKILU, a group of six high school students from Zastávka, a town in the Czech Republic's 'This is not a Czech Pavilion'. The title of the exhibition 'This is not a Taiwan Pavilion' uses a negative sentence and develops images of Taiwan which the audience have.
An collateral event of la Biennale di Venezia, 'Personal Structures' has started from June 1, 2013. Personal Structures is an international art project initiated in 2002 by the Dutch artist Rene Rietmeyer. Asian artists who participate the exhibition are Yoshitaka Amano, Toshikatsu Endo, Hirofumi Isoya and Yoko Ono from Japan, Chul Hyun Ahn and Suh Jeong Min from South Korea, Chen Ping, Qin Chong, Xing Xin and Zhang Yu from China.
Full-Body Scan: Next!, Computer rendering, 2013. Courtesy Cai Studio
The collaboration between independent curator James Putnam and traditional hand-blown glass artisans at Berengo Studio in Venice, “Glasstress,” presents its 3rd edition at the 55th Venice Biennale this year, titled White Light / White Heat. The exhibition opens on 31 May at Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti on the Grand Canal next to Ponte dell’Accademia, and will be on view until 24 November. For the exhibition, Putnam and Adriano Berengo, President of Berengo Studio, invited contemporary artists to work with Murano artisans to create works of art from glass. Among the sixty-six artists featured, Cai Guo-Qiang will stage Full-Body Scan: Next!, his first attempt to employ glass as a medium in his work.
It was announced on December 18 that an artist, Yasumasa Morimura, would be the artistic director of Yokohama Triennale 2014. It is rare that an artist is selected as a director, as it is since 2005 when Tadashi Kawamata performed the executive director. We had an interview with Mr. Morimura to ask his feelings.
Missed Autumn Rendez-Vous, 2013
acrylic on canvas
194 cm x 161.9 cm
© Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy Pace Gallery
RON MUECK’S STUDIO January 2013 ©Ron Mueck Photo ©Gautier Deblonde
The exhibition of Ron Mueck started at Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art on April 16. This is the first major exhibition of Ron Mueck in Europe. He is famous in Japan and his solo show was held at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa in 2008. This time, in addition to six important recent sculptures, he create 3 new works for the show.
From The Venice Biennale's homepageMaria Lassnig and Marisa Merz Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement of the 55th International Art Exhibition.The awards will be presented to the two artists on June 1, 2013, at 11 a.m., during the opening and award ceremony.
YOSHITOMO NARA (Japanese, B. 1959)
Life is Only One!
acrylic on wood,194 x 410 x 7 cm. (76.3 x 161.4 x 2.8 in.),Painted in 2007
Copyright line: © Yoshitomo Nara
© Christie’s Images Limited 2013
White Cube Hong Kong will hold an exhibition of new works by British artists Jake & Dinos Chapman.
Jake & Dinos Chapman
The Sum of all Evil
Fibreglass, plastic and mixed media in four vitrines
84 5/8 x 50 11/16 x 98 3/8 in. (215 x 128.7 x 249.8 cm)
© Jake & Dinos Chapman
Photo: Ben Westoby
Courtesy White Cube