Taiwan to loan art to China amid warming ties

Taiwan to loan art to China amid warming ties

July 25th, 2013 | China, Museums, News, Politics, Taiwan

Taiwan plans to loan for the first time a treasured painting to China in yet another sign of warming ties between the two former bitter rivals, officials said Thursday. Previously, Chinese requests to borrow nationally important cultural relics have been rejected as Taiwan feared the… Read More

Too many forgeries – Museum in China shuts down

Too many forgeries – Museum in China shuts down

July 16th, 2013 | China, Forgery, Museums

Chinese authorities forced the closing of a museum curated by a local Communist Party boss in northern China after determining that almost all of the items in its 50 million-yuan ($8.1 million) collection were fake. Bloomberg reports that “forgeries at the Ji-Bao-Zhai museum in the… Read More

Voice of the Unseen – Chinese independent art 1979-today on view in Venice

Voice of the Unseen – Chinese independent art 1979-today on view in Venice

June 17th, 2013 | China, Contemporary Art, Shows

Voice of the Unseen is an epoch-making event: the largest show of independent Chinese art organized so far in the Western world, with a 50% of artists who had never been shown before outside the national borders. Where are and what are the artists doing… Read More

The Qiuzhuang project – A dispersed museum project

The Qiuzhuang project – A dispersed museum project

June 4th, 2013 | China, Contemporary Art

Over the last months, the Chinese artist Li Mu (Qiuzhuang, 1974) has been developing an art project in his home village Qiuzhuang in China together with the collection of the Van Abbemuseum and Art Hub Asia. Qiuzhuang is a small village of about 1.000 people,… Read More

Copyrights – Blurry Google Meta-Art from China

Copyrights – Blurry Google Meta-Art from China

Phil Thompson made screen grabs of the blurred images which had to be blurred for The Google Art Project, gets them painted at a painting factory in China and then exhibits the results in a gallery. A few words from the artist: “The Google Art… Read More

Dumbass – Ai Weiwei’s Heavy Metal Music Video

Dumbass – Ai Weiwei’s Heavy Metal Music Video

May 22nd, 2013 | China, Contemporary Art, Music, Videos

A good day for all the headbangers out there. The music video for ‘Dumbass’, the first track from Ai Weiwei’s forthcoming heavy metal album Divine Comedy, has just popped up online and we got a sweet HD copy from the man himself right here. And,… Read More

Ai Weiwei shows map of China made of baby formula at Para Site art space in Hong Kong

Ai Weiwei shows map of China made of baby formula at Para Site art space in Hong Kong

May 21st, 2013 | China, Contemporary Art, Shows

“A map of China made from more than 1,800 cans of baby formula created by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei went on show in Hong Kong Friday, reflecting the controversy over mainland demand for milk powder. A surge in demand for formula in China sparked… Read More

Ai Weiwei about representing Germany at Venice Biennale

Ai Weiwei about representing Germany at Venice Biennale

May 13th, 2013 | China, Contemporary Art

Ai Weiwei is one of four artists who will represent Germany at the Venice Biennale in June. French newspaper Libération also recently reported some formerly top secret details about the Ai Weiwei affair in 2011 when the artist was arrested. Weiwei’s release was a result… Read More

Trade Routes – Connecting art from Africa, China, Europe, India, and the Middle East

Trade Routes – Connecting art from Africa, China, Europe, India, and the Middle East

Trade routes have connected the major centres of civilisation in Europe and Asia since antiquity. These routes not only made the exchange of goods possible, but also fostered cultural exchanges between distant regions. The group exhibition, ‘Trade Routes’, on view at Hauser & Wirth’s Piccadilly… Read More

Chinese-French abstract painter Zao Wou-Ki dies at 93

Chinese-French abstract painter Zao Wou-Ki dies at 93

April 10th, 2013 | Abstract Art, China, News, Paintings

Chinese-French abstract painter Zao Wou-Ki, a significant figure in 20th-century Chinese art, died Tuesday at his home in Switzerland aged 93, a lawyer for his wife told AFP. A lawyer for Zao’s son, who was in a legal battle with his father’s wife to obtain… Read More