Please join us for the opening of Chen Hangfeng's first solo exhibition in the Netherlands: Excited With No Reason.
The opening will be done by Sietske van Zanten, curator and director of LAM (Lisser Art Museum), the first dutch institution to acquier work by Chen Hangfeng.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a new text written by independant curator Rebecca Catching which you can find here
On November 4th, SinArts presents the second of two artists talks on the occasion of our exhibition "Our Gaze- a solo presentation by Tsou Yung-shan". After engaging with Rotterdam independant Publisher YinYin Wong about the Artist Book as object, Yung-Shan will now go into conversation with art historian Nancy Hoffmann about the changing boundaries between our public and private sphere.
The Crossroad Between Public and Private - Where I End and You Begin
Nancy Hoffmann in conversation with Tsou Yung-Shan
The art of Yung-shan Tsou hoovers silently between us.
It is up-close and personal without being intrusive. It is familiar like a déjà-vu and homely like a tent. The space that her work occupies is the space we take and the space we leave behind us, once we walk outside our private residencies. That is where I end, and you begin.
Yung-shan Tsou makes this space small so it could fit into our pockets. An entire world can evolve around a book. Beyond expectation. Sometimes she gives it in our hands to shape it every way we like. Just to give us the opportunity to be a little more aware of our own steps in life. And then she even shows us what we have been over-looking. Gently, modestly. By showing us little scraps and pieces we all leave trailing. Or by sharing the chaotic complexity of her world with us. Her work is mesmerizingly simple and imperceptibly complex. But completely recognizable.
I can’t escape the western philosophical outlook on Yung-shan’s work, even if I tried. I go to De Certeau’s outlook on everyday life, tiptoe around Bachelards’ poetics of space, and then she bluntly confronts me with Walter Benjamin’s flâneur. I am left with an endless stream of questions that don’t need an answer. They just need to be asked. And I am sure Yung-shan Tsou will be inspiring company during our mental stroll.
We invite you to walk along.
We are excited to invite you to the first installment of artist talks to accomapny our upcoming solopresentation by Tsou Yung-shan at SinArts Gallery.
In line with the exhibition “Our Gaze”, the artist Tsou Yung-shan will engage in a conversation surrounding the Book as Object and the Artist Book with Yin Yin Wong (NL), graphic designer and founder of Publication Studio Rotterdam.
Together they will discuss their sometimes contradictory perceptions of the “Artist Book”.
In this conversation, artist Shen Wei and curator Thomas Berghuis will reflect on the role of photography in contemporary art today, and discuss what Shen Wei considers to be the ‘precious object of photography'.
Whereas photography, particularly in China, has long been printed in numerous editions and sizes, "For his most recent projects, Shen Wei has made the conscious decision to focus on carefully mastered small editions of a single size. Simultaneously raising the value of the work and the status of photography as art.
Contemporary art is often valued in terms of its public access, keeping fast and extensive distribution and circulation amongst the broadest possible audience in mind. At the same time, there are many contemporary artists who consider the intrinsic value of an art object through its unique character and value. Sometimes this leads them to be criticized for their formalism. Especially by critics, who prefer seeing artists use wide distribution and public activism in their work, raised by the need for spectacle and the event. However, can the precious object and some form of exclusiveness experience spearhead art’s objective as a unique and sometimes intimate, activist medium? Activating and connecting to people at their inner-most activist senses? How do we reconnect our senses to the precious object? Through devotion, spirituality, activism or through our intrinsic senses for art ? What is the role of photography now, in generating our senses towards seeking and finding intrinsic meaning and purpose in contemporary art?
SinArts Gallery will be present at ParisAsiaNow, from 18-22 october, both A200, representing the works of ao Shen Wei and Chen Hangfeng. Please get in touch for the possibilities of complimentary tickets.
SinArts is very excited to be presenting at Europe's premiere art fair for contemporary asian art.
We will be presenting the work by: Shen Wei and Chen Hangfeng
Following Shen Wei's successful 1st solo show at the gallery we have the pleasure of taking some of his intimate an beautiful photographs to ASIA NOW : Paris Asian Art Fair 3rd Edition.
Taken across 5 continents they represent a personal and philosophical search for beauty and aesthetics.
We will be combining these personal works with the more engaged and colourful work of Chen Hangfeng. Like Shen Wei he presents us elements from nature but uses them to very different effect. We will be showing a part of his "Wind from the West" series, as well as elements from his much acclaimed Logomania series.
As an extra, on each day of the fair, we will be highlightig a catalogue or book about contemporary chinese art, published in the Netherlands. Follow us on instagram to find out more
The Chinese script is truly special. It was reformed from several types of writing into the present script with the unification of the Chinese empire under the First Emperor, ca. 200 BC, and it has remained the binding force between all the different cultures, languages, and peoples of this vast country up to the present day. Even though the Chinese could read the characters and understand their meaning, the peoples from different regions could not understand each other’s languages when spoken. Being able to write and read became the basis for governing the empire and education the path to wealth and glory. But what if texts become meaningless and nobody can read the characters?
Dr Lennert Gesterkamp (Utrecht University) takes us on a journey through the work of Xu Bing.
When Xu Bing (1955) first exhibited his Book from the Sky in Beijing in 1988, the Chinese were, understandably, shocked. His installation consisted of ca. 400 books printed in the traditional manner with woodblocks but with characters that resembled Chinese characters closely but that at closer inspection were entirely unreadable and, therefore, meaningless. Following the set rules of brushstrokes, radicals, and composition of traditional Chinese characters, Xu Bing had “invented” some 4000 new Chinese characters, a number that would allow a Chinese to be literate and “read the newspaper”, but which had become useless without the common historical and cultural background. Evidently, many Chinese did not know exactly what to think of Xu Bing’s work of art or how to interpret it, and not surprisingly the initial Chinese reception was very negative.
Very soon, Book from the Sky went abroad and people in the West, perhaps unhampered by any historical or cultural baggage concerning the Chinese script, were much more positive and saw a genius artist breaking the mold and shattering established conceptions on and connections between words, images, text, and meaning, aspects that all converged in the Chinese script and that were now suddenly placed on shaking ground, ready to tumble and fall apart. Book of the Sky became an instant classic and Xu Bing one of the first pioneers of Chinese contemporary art crossing over to a western audience and reaching star-status in the West.
Despite its fame, its numerous exhibitions all over the world, and uncountable scholarly publications, Book of the Sky remains enigmatic about its precise meaning or purpose. Xu Bing for one has remained silent on this aspect. The West thus far has gauged the work in typical art theoretical discourses and focused predominantly on the “Book” part of the exhibition; the “Sky” part has thus remained unexplained. This presentation will therefore place Xu Bing’s masterwork in the perspective of Chinese art history where no-meaning and no-use has always been considered the highest form of art.
About Lennert Gesterkamp
Dr. Lennert Gesterkamp is a Chinese art historian specializing in Chinese painting, Daoist art, and cultural exchanges between East and West. He studied sinology at Leiden University and art history at SOAS and got his PhD again from Leiden University. He did research as a postdoc for five years in Taiwan and China and is currently a postdoc at Utrecht University in the research project The Chinese Impact: Images and Ideas of China during the Dutch Golden Age.
Twee vertalers Chinees-Nederlands binden de strijd aan en geven daarmee een kijkje in de keuken.
Anne-Sytske Keijser (vertaler van onder meer Gao Xingjian en Ye Zhaoyan) en Annelous Stiggelbout (vertaler van onder meer Liu Zhenyun en Xu Zechen) vertalen allebei hetzelfde fragment uit een kort verhaal van de Chinese schrijver Yu Hua (bekend van 'Leven!' en 'Broers'), en gaan er gemodereerd door Maghiel van Crevel (hoogleraar Chinese taal- en letterkunde aan de Universiteit Leiden) over in discussie.
Welke keuzes maken ze? Hoe verdedigen ze die? Welke keus is de beste? Wat zou jij doen?
Voertaal Nederlands, kennis van het Chinees is leuk maar zeker niet noodzakelijk.
Between Blossoms | Shen Wei
SinArts Gallery is very excited to invite you to the opening and exhibition of the works of Shen Wei. After succesful exhibitions in Shanghai and New York it tis time for the Benelux to discover his wonderful work.
Shen Wei will join us for the opening.
Originally from Shanghai, Shen Wei lives and works in New York. His sombre portraits, of himself and others, have been exhibited internationally. His stil-lifes and nature photographs have gained global acclaim and will be shown for the first time in The Hague and the Netherlands.
Shen’s work takes us on a journey across 5 continents in search of inner peace, which he finds in everyday still-lifes he encounters. Often inspired by classic Chinese imagery, the negative spaces in his images, between the blossoms, along the naked bodies, let our minds wander.
On the occasion of the exhibition of Zhang Dali, Body and Soul at Museum Beelden aan Zee [1.7-8.10.2017] and the heightened interest in experimental art and the role of activism in China after the Yellow Umbrella revolution in Hong Kong. SinArts Gallery and Museum Beelden aan Zee have taken this opportunity to bring together three critical minds in the field of Chinese art to discuss their views and ideas on activating space in contemporary China.
Rachel Marsden [Chinese artists as Activists - From Museums to Occupy Movements] and Zoénie Liwen Deng [Exercising Right to the City – Urban Artivism in China] will each present on the current situations of art and activism in and about the city in China. As a researcher on performance art and art and activism in China and Indonesia Thomas Berghuis will act as a respondent, followed by a moderated discussion and a Q&A led by Dick van Broekhuizen [curator contemporary sculpture Museum Beelden aan Zee]
Drinks will be served after the presentations.
Sheng Qi | Zhang Dali | Shen Wei | Chen Hangfeng
For our summer exhibition, we have the pleasure of bringing together some fantastic artworks and artists that span almost 3 decades of contemporary art from China. We will be showing works by China’s very first activist graffiti artist. One of the first artist to draw me into the fascinating world of contemporary art. Zhang Dali’s oeuvre has inspired me many times over. We will present work from the Destruction series as well as 2nd Histories.
We will show some amazing paintings by Sheng Qi. Known for his huge paintings of Mao Zedong being toppled on Tian an’men Square, we will be showing work reacting to everyday living conditions of people living in today’s Chinese cities.
We will oppose these with beautiful photographs of Shen Wei, who shows the magnificent beauty of the Chinese countryside and manages to draw us into fragile details in a series of works he has recently successfully shown in his solo Show at Flowers Gallery in New York.
Lastly, we will show works from Chen Hangfeng’s Invasive series in which he plants alien species and forms in common landscapes discovering how cultures and societies influence and eventually can overtake one another.
Please join us at the opening on June 24th from 16-19h
This talk addresses issues of identity and space in Hong Kong from the viewpoint of contemporary art. Questions of identity and space in Hong Kong are socially, culturally, and politically complex, especially in the broader fabric of today's global world. Glocally inspired artistic responses to/from Hong Kong might contribute to a different understanding of this vibrant postcolonial city beyond Western or Chinese perspectives.
Fabrics of Identity II | Solo Exhibition by Chen Xi
For it s first exhibition in The Hague, SinArts is very happy and very proud to invite you to the festive opening of the first solo exhibition by Chen Xi in the Netherlands.
The presented works stem from an ongoing series which Chen Xi has established over the past decade. Based on an ideal of mastering techniques which he was taught in his early Shanghai years, each of his works is hand drawn without a prior sketch on handmade Xuan-paper (long fibred rice-paper). The resulting "floating sculptures" reveal a concentration, dedication and intensity we love at the gallery.
Chen Xi will join us at the opening of his exhibition.
We look forward to seeing you there.
On the last day of the current exhibition at SinArts Gallery we are happy to invite you to a discussion between curator Maria Sigutina and artist Naoki Fuku.
During the discussion, with Naoki's paintings as a backdrop, we will delve into the origins of Naoki's work and how his personal experiences have influenced his more socially engaged work.
The talk will be followed by drinks and bites.
SinArts is happy to participate in this years Art The Hague from 5-9 October
To celebrate the summer, SinArts invites you to join us for a few drinks at the gallery before we close for the holidays
The last day of our exhibition, Me, Myself and I, and the last day before we close the gallery for the summer. After sunday we will be available upon appointment, and will reopen at the beginning of September.
For the occasion we will also be showing some of our favorites from the ast 6 months, including some of Chen Xi's drawings and Tang Bohua's fresco's.
We look forward to seeing you
SinArts is pleased to invite you to the opening of Me, Myself and I, a duo exhibition with the works of Hou Chien Cheng (TW, 1981) and Benjamin Li (NL, 1986).
Both artists explore concepts of perceived identity, borrowed, multiplied, self sustained, or otherwise.
We will show Hou's latest Installation conceived on the basis of his fresh novel Green(PublicationStudioRotterdam, 2016), the second part of his triology he is currently writing for his PhD at the HISK in Ghent.
With Benjamin we will be presenting a number of photographs from his series 'Being Yellow' and 'Official Identity' .
Opening reception on the occasion of the exhibition of the works of Tang Bohua
SinArts Space has the pleasure of presenting, for the first time in the Benelux, the animation and original paintings of Tang Bohua.
The Zhuangzi is one of the most important books in Taoist philosophy. Based on the colourful and often fantastic tales of Master Zhuang it is one of the most influential philosophical books written. As a young man, Tang Bohua (CN, 1986) spent much time around Taoist temples in his home town of Liuyang. Inspired by the stories he heard from the old masters and the creativity of the temple sculptures he presents to us his first animation based on a famous quote from the Zhuangzi.
By painting almost 10,000 scenes and figures on plasterboard, using classic fresco techniques and his own mix of paint and minerals, Tang has brought to life the story of a young general, a scholar and a hulk as they go in search of Winter.
SinArts has the honour of presenting to you this fabulous animation accompanied by a large number of these beautiful fresco paintings.
For its first exhibition in Brussels, SinArts Gallery proudly introduces the works of artist Chen Xi (CN,1966). We proudly invite you to attend the opening on Thursday, January 14th, from 18-21h.
Chen Xi will join us at the opening. Around 18h30, Bernard Dewit, Chairman of the Belgian Chinese Chamber of Commerce, will give a short speech to offically open the space and the exhibition.