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In Course of the Miraculous Asia Debut

In Course of the Miraculous, directed by Chinese contemporary artist Cheng Ran was unveiled at the chi art space on 20 March 2016. To show an epic 9-hour-film, the venue is converted into a cosy cinema, with a magnificent light box, recurring the glamour and retro of traditional theatre. Over 80 guests and media friends attended the debut, as well as the art talk organised by the K11 Art Foundation (KAF) and in collaboration with Frieze Magazine.

In Course of the Miraculous is based on three real life stories that end mysteriously. [w1] From a crossing of the Atlantic, to an expedition to the summit of Mount Everest, to inexperienced sailors losing the majority of their crew before returning to Mainland China, a spirit of exploration, loss and melancholy unite the diverse stories.

Cheng Ran explained to KAF his concept on this extraordinary piece of film, he intended to create a 9-hour experience, resembling a process of time passing in one day, not just the film itself. The whole experience of audience may include light in/light out, crowd moving in/moving out, which also contribute to part of the original concept of the film.

1Exhibition view of In Course of the Miraculous at the chi art space.
2Opening of In Course of the Miraculous at the chi art space on March 20, organized by the K11 Art Foundation.
3Exhibition view, In Course of the Miraculous at chi art space, organized by the K11 Art Foundation.
4Colin Chinnery (on the right, a Beijing-based artist) and Enoch Cheng (on the left, a HK artist, also a close friend of Cheng Ran) were having a dialogue in the art talk to share their impression and opinion on the film.
5Adrian Cheng(left), Founder and Honorary Chairman of K11 Art Foundation and artist Cheng Ran(right) at In Course of the Miraculous.
6Cheng Ran, Colin Chinnery and Enoch Cheng (from left to right), at the opening of In Course of the Miraculous at the chi art space, organized by the K11 Art Foundation.

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HACKED BY ARTISTS

HACK SPACE was officially launched on 21 March 2016 with a promising number of around 850 visitors at the exhibition opening disregarding the heavy rain that evening. It is a collaboration between the K11 Art Foundation and the Serpentine Galleries, co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Amira Gad. HACK SPACE presents the works of 11 artists from Greater China including aaajiao, Cao Fei, Cui Jie, Guo Xi, Hu Qingtai, Firenze Lai, Li Liao, Liang Shuo, Tao Hui, Xu Qu and Zhai Liang, and also together with the works of New Zealand artist Simon Denny.

Prior to the official opening, over 20 media friends attended the press preview in the afternoon to meet the curators, artists Simon Denny , aaajiao, Cui Jie, and Guo Xi. To coincide with the opening, an art talk was held in the same day. Participating artists including Cui Jie, Simon Denny, Li Liao, Zhai Liang, aaajiao joined co-curators Amira Gad and Hans Ulrich Obrist, to discuss the culture of hacking and how their works collectively create a dialogue in this context.

The exhibition takes at its core the theme of hacking space – the idea that place, territory and infrastructure can be radically adapted in unorthodox ways to solve problems. HACK SPACE sits adjacent to the phenomenon of Shan Zhai (山寨), a widespread term in China often associated with nearby “silicon valley of hardware” city Shenzhen. Moreover, the exhibition is the expansion of Simon Denny’s exhibition Products for Organizing previously held at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. It redefines notions of innovation through unconventional, organizational, social and spatial arrangement. The hacker-like Shan Zhai principle is an underlying link between the exhibited work. As a comparison of hacking culture and innovation in different contexts, the show brings together practices that question, cheat, flip, redefine and short-cut notions of space, buildings and creative practices.

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Media–Dalí Education Program

The K11 Art Foundation (KAF) is committed to the appreciation of art and education in Greater China. During the exhibition period of Media–Dalí, KAF has organised 16 accompanying lectures at chi K11 art museum and invited curators, artists and local art organisations to explore the surrealism’s impact on contemporary art from multidimensional perspectives. Meanwhile, a series of art workshops with different themes including Surrealistic Jewelry Design, Becoming Dalí and Surrealistic Photography have also been organised for public audience with various interests.

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The Future of Museum and Gallery Design

“The Future of Museum and Gallery Design” was a three-day academic conference jointly organised by the University of Leicester, the K11 Art Foundation and UKTI. The conference took place from November 13th to 15th at the Graduate House, University of Hong Kong. Echoing with its title, the conference discussed the feasibilities and explored the possibilities on the future of museum-building through a series of Keynote presentations, panels, papers and workshops.

With the participations of over 65 speakers from 16 different countries, the group generated very interesting and intellectual conversations in an international context. Through theoretical frameworks and case-studies, the speakers sharing enabled the audience to think from multiple perspectives and asked key questions: What is the role for design in the ongoing development of museums, galleries and cultural experience? How is design currently conceived and carried out in museums and galleries?

The three-day thought-provoking conference was rounded up with a concluding session led by Dr Suzanne MacLeod (University of Leicester), Ms Tricia Austin (Central Saint Martins) and Dr Jonathan Hale (University of Nottingham); participants were divided up into three groups to discuss the factors that contribute to the successful planning and execution of future museum-building in terms of its process, product and legacy; they put together a list of and keywords such as communications, adaptability, flexibility, digitalization await to be further elaborated in future papers.

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Keynote speakers Ms Eve Tam (Director of the Hong Kong Museum of Art), Dr Yongwoo Lee (Executive) and Chair Dr Adrian Cheng.

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Keynote speaker Dr Nars Littve ( Executive Director, M+ West Kowloon Cultural District Authority) presenting on M+ and other case studies.

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All participants have shared ideas on what the future of museums should be about.

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Enter the Dragon: Zhang Ding’s Dazzling Mirror Maze and Performance at the ICA, London

K11 Art Foundation (KAF) and Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) jointly presented young emerging Chinese artist Zhang Ding’s solo project with improvisation given by 28 pairs of musicians at ICA, London on the evening of October 12th; the exhibition will run until October 25th. Named after the celebrated Bruce Lee film, Enter the Dragon, Zhang Ding’s exhibition is one of a kind. It stages a series of extraordinary performances and free-spirited collaborations over the two-week period, with music programmed by Zhang Ding in association with NTS Radio and DJ sets from Bell Towers, Pandora’s Jukebox and Trevor Jackson.

The alluring exhibition hall was packed with over 3,000 visitors at the opening. The lightings were thoughtfully tuned facilitating the fabricated stage and the atmosphere to be warmed and brightened up by the bling-bling effect from Zhang Ding’s installation. His installation was inspired by and thus took reference from the final scene from
Enter the Dragon (1973), which Bruce Lee entered a mirror maze and encountered inner struggles. As one of the most representative and influential figures in Chinese martial arts, Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon earned exceptional public praise and gained international awareness in illustrating his understanding of Eastern philosophies to Western audiences.

Differed from Lee’s philosophical messages, Zhang incorporated some of the elements and transformed the ICA theatre into a ‘mutating sound sculpture’, layering the room with reflective surfaces, suspended sound panels and a series rotating mirrored sculptures positioned next to two music stages. Zhang’s opening performance featured Bo Ningen and Powell. Bo Ningen are a Japanese four-piece acid punk band and Powell a DJ and music producer, who specializes in making hard-hitting leftfield dance music. Zhang Ding’s installation and performances aim to be co-operative, inventive, experimental and self-reflective. Echoing with this previous practice, he once again constructed absurd scene full of contrasts and emotional momentum.

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ARTISTS’ SHARING — ART AND LIVING OF GUANGZHOU AND HONG KONG YOUNG ARTISTS

Led by Mok Yat San, K11 Art Foundation hosted an art talk during the Cafam exhibition period (May 24th – July 5th, 2015) at chi art space, Hong Kong on June 2nd, 2015. We were very honoured to have invited a group of celebrated Hong Kong and Guangzhou artists to share with us their experiences, opportunities and struggles in their artistic careers. Our speakers included Hong Kong artists Peggy Chan, Sarah Lai, Otto Li and Guangzhou artists Hang Jianyu and Yang Yifei.

Born, raised and educated in different regions, geographic and cultural differences have exposed them to different encounters; these elements have been captivatingly reflected in their creative process and artworks. The art talk was no doubt thoughts-provoking and informative for art enthusiasts to learn about the art scenes of Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

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Emerging Chinese Contemporary Artist Tianzhuo Chen’s First Solo Exhibition outside China

With a theatrical performance, the opening of Tianzhuo Chen’s solo exhibition was a great success with over 5,000 participants. Co-produced by K11 Art Foundation and Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the opening took place on June 22nd at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. This exhibition is Tianzhuo Chen’s solo debut outside China, indeed a great achievement for young Tianzhuo Chen, who is known as one of the most promising artists of our generation. This is the second exhibition out of the three-year-collaboration between K11 Art Foundation and Palais de Tokyo after the well-received Inside China- L’Intérieur du Géant. Both organisations share the same mission and vision in promoting young talents through world-tour exhibitions, artist residencies and educational programmes.

The courage and creativity to produce work which brings surprises to the audience is incredibly challenging, but Chen has an ambition to transport his profound philosophy to the audience through bright colours, disturbing scenes and emotional approaches, to explore the relationship between reality and spirituality.

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OPENING OF INSIDE OUT IN WUHAN – A CULTURAL EXCHANGE BETWEEN WUHAN AND MANCHESTER

Inside Out showcases the talents of the artists from two cities, Wuhan and Manchester, and celebrating the overall 2015 UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange with its UK season themed ‘Next Generation’. Across a range of formats from installation to film, Inside Out will explore how artists investigate a sense of place in their practice, looking at how artists cross over from their personal studio into public and digital worlds. An inaugural exclusive performance of EIGHT – a dynamic and collaborative new piece, especially created by eight musicians and artists from Manchester and Wuhan, took place last night to celebrate the opening of the British Consulate. 014019IMG_7220IMG_7351_1000IMG_7499webwxgetmsgimg

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OPENING OF CINEMATHEQUE – CHEN WEI AND CHENG RAN SOLO EXHIBITION

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In collaboration with Leo Xu Projects, the long awaited Cinematheque exhibition by Chen Wei and Cheng Ran was finally opened on Monday (16 March 2015) and opening ceremony held on Tuesday (17 March 2015). Guests were bustling with noise and excitement to see the new media art works and films produced by the two artists, it is definitely a non-conventional exhibition. With Chen Wei’s work, “The Drunken Dancehall”, guests were almost ready to dance along with the music performance by Cheng Ran. The show provides viewers an opportunity to understand how the new generation of young Chinese artists is interpreting and experimenting with visual imagery, space and performance art.

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Opening of The Tell-Tale Heart

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The Tell-Tale Heart exhibition, co-hosted by K11 Art Foundation, Pilar Corrias Gallery and Leo Xu Projects, is now opened at chi art space. The exhibition features recent and commissioned new works from a lineup of internationally acclaimed artists: aaajiao, Ian Cheng, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Koo Jeong A, Ken Okiishi and Rirkrit Tiravanija.
A talk was held in the afternoon yesterday to kick off the exhibition, with speakers Cosmin Costinas, aaajiao, Koo Jeong A, Ken Okiishi and Cheng Ran. The opening ceremony last night was joyful like a party! Rirkrit Tiravanija prepared Dim Sum for all of the guests during her special performance. Remember to visit to see the works inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s famous short story The Tell-Tale Heart.

Date: 13.03.2015–17.04.2015
Time: 11:00 – 18:00 (except Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays)
Venue: chi art space, 8/F New World Tower 2, 18 Queen’s Road Central
Co-organiser: K11 Art Foundation, Pilar Corrias Gallery and Leo Xu Projects

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OPENING OF INSIDE CHINA – L’INTÉRIEUR DU GÉANT

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The opening of Inside China – L’Intérieur du GÉant on 11 March was a great success. From Paris to Hong Kong, and to Shanghai soon, the artists and curators have shared the creating process of the exhibition, along with founder of K11 Art Foundation, Mr. Adrian Cheng, and the President of Palais de Tokyo, Jean de Loisy, the talk was held successfully with a full house! A special performance by Yu Ji and Yan Jun followed. The exhibition is now open to public!

Date: 12.03.2015 – 03.05.2015
Time: 11am – 7pm (except public holiday)
Venue: K11 Art Foundation Pop-Up Space, G/F, Cosco Tower, Grand Millennium Plaza, 183 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
Artists: Cheng Ran, Mathis Collins, Renaud Jerez, Li Gang, Edwin Lo, Jonathan Martin﹑Nadar, Aude Pariset, Wu Hao, Yu Ji, Zhao Yao
Co-organiser: K11 Art Foundation, Palais de Tokyo
Curators: Jo-ey Tang, Wang Chunchen

Sound walk by Aude Pariset and Edwin Lo
Date: 14.03.2015
Time: 15:00 – 16:00

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KAF Talk – CAFAM Future artist sharing

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K11 Art Foundation and CAFAM’s first collaboration was the CAFAM Future exhibition held from January to March in Beijing, and it will be coming to Hong Kong in May and then Shanghai! As it is approaching, we have invited three artists out of over 90 artists to share their work and experiences with us. Michelle Lee, representative of 1a space, also one of the institution nominators, first shared her opinion on the reason these three 80s artists were chosen. The artists, Ko Sin Tung, Mak Ying Tung and Kingsley Ng, shared some of their work and also their experiences in art. Each of them have very unique works and style, giving us a preview of CAFAM Future. We were amused by their amazing work.

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KAF & CAFAM reached a three-year strategic cooperation agreement

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In order to encourage young Chinese artists, KAF inaugurated a three-year collaboration with CAFAM, hoping to nurture the emerging artists through developments, research, exhibitions and more. The collaboration starts with opening of the 2nd CAFAM FUTURE exhibition on 15 January, in which the agreement was successfully signed in CAFAM on 7 January. During the collaboration period, KAF will provide full support to different exhibitions and activities, and it is exciting that Mr. Adrian Cheng, the founder of KAF, will hold the post as Art Consultant, providing valuable insights.

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Date: 15 Jan – 1 Mar
Venue: Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum

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Art Talk – Panel Discussion: Cross Over Collaboration – Art & Tech

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Technology and art were originally individual mediums, but now they are inseparable. Our speakers Ellen Pau, Isaac Leung and Samson Young, all with different background but also good at incorporating technology into art. Isaac Leung particularly gave examples of recent political issues in Hong Kong to address the importance of internet in influencing the public. The speakers have also fully investigated the future potential of art and tech collaboration. The moderator, Jason Li, have provided some engaging topics for the speakers to discuss about. With Samson Young’s example of his performance, The Anatomy of a String Quartet, they explained that the idea of collaborating art and tech is the act of putting something together that were not supposed to be seen together and it is the way to reach out to a wider audience in this digitally driven society.

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Art Talk – Panel Discussion: Cross Over Collaboration – Art & Performance

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There has been an explosion of interest in performance art in recent years, our speakers this time, Cosmin Costinas, the Executive Director of Para Site; Mathieu Borysevicz who traveled from Shanghai, the founder of MABSOCIETY, and Ingrid Chu as the moderator, have discussed how performance and art is highly correlated and provided the audience insights of different kind of performances apart from the traditional dance or theatrical performances. Cosmin expands on this conversation using his past works done in Para Site to bring out the idea that performance is a manifestation of visual arts. Mathieu mentioned that the audience who engage in social media is actually performing themselves by simply sharing content in the digital platform.

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Art Talk – Curating for Public Space

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This December, the curators, Hitomi Hasegawa, Qinyi Lim and Robin Peckham, inaugurated the K11 Art Foundation Art Talk series held in Chi art space, Hong Kong. This panel of leading voices in the field investigated curators’ work in a public space context. Despite the growing demand in public art, questions come up with how to ensure art in public space can reach their target audiences and how not to affect the public space and the general audience. Hitomi, the Director of Moving Image Archive of Contemporary Art (MIACA), introduced an art project that was done on the streets in Japan that almost faced legal charges. Qinyi Lim, a curator of Para Site, has analysed different dynamics of public art. Robin Peckham, the Deputy Editor of “LEAP”, has recently curated the Tianzhuo Chen WAWADOLL IS X’MAS DATA solo exhibition at K11 Art Mall that brought a more in-depth discussion between him and the other speakers.

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Inside China | Origin

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[Inside China | Origin] Inside China – L’Intérieur du Géant is curated by Palais de Tokyo’s Jo-ey Tang in consultation with K11 Art Foundation appointed curator Wang Chunchen. Tang travelled around ten cities, from Hong Kong to Wuhan, shanghai to Beijing, and other places in greater china throughout 2014 for the exhibition, with the idea of discovering contemporary artists who have not been widely seen in the international context. He encountered a number of artists working with and responding to overproduction and monumentality in their use of materials, as well as to the rapid developments in the urban flux of their surroundings. The five selected artists all present vastly different works, in various mediums and contexts, yet are able to present a micro and macro view of what it is like to be inside china.

 

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Inside China | Featured Artists – Part 1

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[Inside China | Artist] Inside China presents a selection of Chinese artists. Beijing artist Li Gang focuses on the symbolism of certain found urban materials – soot from exhaust pipes of cars, a source of terrible pollution – and transforms them into contemporary works via traditional methods; Another Beijing artist Zhao Yao is more interested in the accumulation of internet images of conflicts and collectivity, as well as his large-scale, totemic sculptures; Shanghai’s Yu Ji, in her ‘Public space’ series, creates maquette-like structures with imperfectly formed white plaster cubes, referencing the early communist-era public toilets

Image: Installation view of works by Renaud Jerez, Li Gang, Yu Ji, and Zhao Yao

 

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Inside China | Featured Artists – Part 2

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[Inside China | Artist]  Inside China presents a selection of Chinese artists. Hong Kong’s Edwin Lo produced a sound installation based on oil tanker, that affects the reception of other works in the exhibition space; Wuhan’s Wu Hao’s works is a continuous project spanning several regions in china, courtesy of the artist’s residency within the K11 art village. His glass vessels document the humidity and temperature of each city through layers of evaporated acrylic paint.

Image: Installation view of works by Wu Hao and Edwin Lo

 

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