The solo exhibition by Jun Yang is dedicated to fundamental questions of artistic work: what significance do original works, unique pieces, series and reproductions have in art today? How is artistic practice defined when exchanged with others?
At the beginning of 2018, The Monograph Project by Jun Yang was published, a monograph totalling six volumes about the artist and his work, which – in a sort of paradoxical reversal – challenges monographic conventions and biography. For the format, cover and even spelling of the artist’s name changes from volume to volume. This evokes various artists, which is precisely what interests Yang: to break the narrative of authentic, brilliant creators – a narrative that has proven particularly well-suited to the branding of an artist and his/her work.
The solo exhibition at the Kunsthaus Graz links up to this. The exhibition, like the monograph, becomes itself the subject of artistic investigation. [...]
An exhibition by the MAK, Vienna in dialogue with the collector Uli Sigg and in cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Bern and the Zentrum Paul Klee
With CHINESE WHISPERS: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection a comprehensive exhibition on Chinese contemporary art is coming to Vienna. Uli Sigg has been following the development of contemporary art in China since the late 1970s. In the mid-1990s, he started putting together the world’s most significant and representative collection of Chinese art. A business journalist, entrepreneur, and Swiss ambassador to China, North Korea, and Mongolia (1995–1998), he had the chance to take a look behind the scenes of the social and economic developments dedicated to both tradition and the future, as China’s vision of a new Silk Road shows. Cultural and sociopolitical values form the frame of reference of the MAK exhibition. The museum creates a discursive platform by contrasting works from the Sigg Collection with [...]
The project “Video Europe for all” benefits art in the Sofia underpass. It presents a series of projections of video art works of leading artists who were born and/or live in various European countries. In the underpass in front of the “Tsarevets” building on Eagle’s Bridge in Sofia, in a specially arranged space surprises and challenges, beauty and thought, politics and romantics are awaiting you; a different and controversial Europe is there to be seen – rich in stories, cultures, individuals, opinions…
You do not need a special appointment with contemporary art; you need not visit elite spaces nor do you need to prepare – contemporary art is facing you, it has come to you. You give it some attention, you give it some time even if in passing. You will find that it is interesting, strange, poetic, attractive and challenging… If you are attracted, if there was something left unclear – come [...]
The title of the exhibition, The Overview Perspective — derived from the term “overview effect”, which describes a shift in the awareness of astronauts during their space flights when they view the earth whilst in orbit. Looking at the earth as a blue dot in the universe, looking at oneself from the outside, means both stepping back and gaining distance as well as a shift in perspective – a parallax.
The exhibition is not a retrospective – but the works shown at the exhibition and produced for it describe a shift in perspective, both looking back at a series of his older works and within the narration of the exhibition. There is a shift away from a personal level (from salariiman to superman, Jun Yang and Soldier Woods) to a social and political standpoint (Camouflage – Look like them, Talk like them; Becoming European or How I grew up with Wiener Schnitzel) [...]
Asia Culture Center South Korea, 07.09.–11.11.2018
We are delighted to announce that Jun Yang is part of the Gwangju Biennale 2018, which is titled “Imagined Borders”, in allusion to the Benedict Anderson book of the same name about nationalism. The twelfth edition of the biennial runs from September 7 to November 11 at South Korea’s Asia Culture Center.
Rather than being curated by a few notable art-world leaders, the Gwangju Biennale has broken this edition into several mini-exhibitions organized by a total of eleven curators. Those exhibitions will address a range of issues, and will be organized by art historians Yeon Shim Chung and Yeewan Koon; South Korean curators Sung Woo Kim, Man Seok Kim, and Chong-Ok Paek; Gridthiya Gaweewong, the artistic director of Bangkok’s Jim Thompson Art Center; Rita Gonzalez, the curator and head of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Christine Y. Kim, an associate curator of contemporary art at LACMA; Clara Kim, the senior curator of [...]