Abbas Kiarostami in 'Doors Without Keys' at Aga Khan Museum

21 NOVEMBER 2015–27 MARCH 2016

Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive
Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1K1

Prepare yourself for a journey through memory and imagination with this remarkable installation piece by acclaimed Iranian photographer, poet, and filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.

Walls and doors are both boundaries and barriers. Yet doors offer us hope of entry or of escape — hope for connection, for finding another world, for finding freedom. With this evocative premise, Abbas Kiarostami presents the world premiere of his installation piece, Doors Without Keys.

Photographed over two decades in Iran, Italy, France, and Morocco, these weathered doors have been witnesses to the many lives lived behind, through, and before them. Presented at life size on canvas, they are works of art that transcend their origins of time and place.

This is the first solo artist exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum and a rare opportunity for visitors to explore Kiarostami’s prolific multidisciplinary practice. Examples of Kiarostami's tremendous achievements as a filmmaker will be shown throughout the exhibition's run. A selection of his work will be screened in a space adjacent to the installation, and in early 2016 the Aga Khan Museum and TIFF will co-present a series of Kiarostami’s films in the Aga Khan Museum Auditorium and at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Image: Abbas Kiarostami, Snow No. 43, 2002, digital print on rag paper, 57 x 90 cm (22 ½ x 35 ½ in)

Leang Seckon in ‘Unorthodox' at the Jewish Museum

6 NOVEMBER 2015–27 MARCH 2016

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128

Inspired by the Jewish tradition of dialogue and debate, Unorthodox presents 55 cross-generational contemporary artists from around the world whose practices mix forms and genres without concern for artistic conventions. The large-scale group exhibition, featuring over 200 works, resists cultural and artistic uniformity to highlight art's key role in defying rules and traditions. United by a spirit of independence and individuality, the Unorthodox artists explore a range of themes including social and political values, religion, trauma, identity, and the human figure.

Image: Leang Seckon, Ghosts in Hell, 2014, mixed media and collage on canvas, 200 x 200 cm (79 x 79 in)

Heman Chong in 'Time of Others' at the Singapore Art Museum

21 NOVEMBER 2015–28 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore Art Museum
71 Bras Basah Road

A survey of contemporary art from the Asia Pacific region, Time of Others features works of artists responding to social, historical and geopolitical concerns at this present juncture of living in a more interconnected world today, where notions of boundary, difference and Otherness have also become more complex.

Time of Others poses the paradoxical question of how we can authentically and meaningfully conceive, understand and engage with other cultural contexts of society, while residing within our own localities, and being part of a globalised world today. The exhibition presents contemporary artists from diverse regions whose works reflect on both individual and shared histories, cultural specificities, colonial legacies, as well as their subjectivities that shape our understanding of culture and identity today.

Time of Others is a co-curatorial collaboration between Singapore Art Museum (SAM) Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), National Museum of Art Osaka (NMAO) and the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG). With more than 20 artworks drawn from the participating museums’ collections, artist loans and commissions, the exhibition will travel to the four museums from 2015 to 2016.

Image: Heman Chong, Calendars (2020–2096) (detail), 2004–2010, 1001 offset prints with matte lamination, each 30 x 30 cm, installation dimensions variable.

Heman Chong, 'An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories' at South London Gallery

11 DECEMBER 2015–28 FEBRUARY 2016

South London Gallery
65-67 Peckham Road
London SE5 8UH

A million blacked out business cards covering the floor set the scene for this exhibition which explores ideas of exchange, and the role of rules and regulations in determining codes of behaviour. Every Wednesday, a performance will occur in the main space where participants are taught to recite a short story which is transmitted by word of mouth.

Second-hand copies of novels are included in the gift shop and made available for sale, while sixty-six paintings in the gallery weave together a list of novels, abstractions and spam e-mails.

In the first floor galleries Writing, Rooms, an informal residency programme for fiction writers, sees Mira Mattar, and a collaboration between Natasha Soobramanien and Luke Williams, working on their own projects throughout the course of the exhibition. Chong invited the writers to develop texts they were already working on, creating a continuum undisrupted by the hosting institution. At the end of the residency they have been asked to publish an excerpt of their writings and hold a public conversation to discuss their experiences.

Heman Chong is an artist and writer whose work is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations and writing. His work continuously interrogates the many functions of the production of narratives in our everyday lives.

Image: Heman Chong, Lust / Elfriede Jelinek, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)

Palden Weinreb in 'Drawn From Nature' at Asia Society

19 SEPTEMBER 2015–21 FEBRUARY 2016

Asia Society
1370 Southmore Blvd
Houston TX 77004

Artists have been deeply influenced by nature for centuries, and perhaps nowhere more so than in Asia. Drawn from Nature brings together a group of contemporary artists for whom nature plays a pivotal role in the inspiration for, and execution of, their artworks. Sopheap Pich forms sculpture out of organic materials such as rattan, beeswax, bamboo, and burlap. The sculptures echo vegetal, geometric, and corporal forms while referencing his themes of time, memory, and the body. Mineko Grimmer’s sculptural sound installations position pebbles frozen with water into forms above wire and wood sculptures. As time passes in the gallery, the frozen mass slowly melts and the small stones fall upon the sculptures below, creating a visceral connection with the sounds of nature. Palden Weinreb uses his deep study of the geometry inherent in nature and its relationship to Tibetan Buddhist philosophy to render ephemeral drawings and sculpture which give viewers a heightened sense of spatial awareness, and their relative position in the larger environment. These artists featured in Asia Society Texas Center’s first-ever exhibition dedicated to nature allow visitors to see its continuing impact as a source of artistic inspiration in the contemporary context.

Image: Palden Weinreb, Cascade of the Enshrined, 2011, mixed media, 198 x 193 cm (79 x 72 in)

Heman Chong in 'Ifs, Ands, or Buts' at Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai

23 JANUARY–3 MAY 2016

Rockbund Art Museum
20 Huqiu Rd, Huangpu,

Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) is proud to present Ifs, Ands, or Buts by acclaimed artist Heman Chong from 23 January to 3 May 2016. Curated by Li Qi, Senior Curator at RAM, Ifs, Ands, or Buts is the first museum solo exhibition in Mainland China for Singaporean artist Heman Chong.

Ifs, Ands, or Buts is imagined as chapters of a novel; one that will possibly never be written. The elements in the exhibition explore attempts at writing and failure to put things down in words. In Chong’s world, things often start off as one thing and ending up as something completely different. The exhibition is a continuation of his conceptually-charged investigations into how individuals and communities imagine the future. This generates a multiplicity of objects, images, installations, situations and texts as the work.

Image: Heman Chong, One Thousand and One Nights, 2016, light box, dimensions variable

Tsherin Sherpa at The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries

Bring it Home: (Re)Locating Cultural Legacy through the Body

22 January–7 May, 2016
Grand opening celebration: 22 January, 2016, 6–9 p.m.

SFAC Gallery
401 Van Ness Avenue (War Memorial Veterans Building)

San Francisco

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Galleries celebrates the opening of a new, and greatly expanded 3000-square-foot gallery space in the historic War Memorial Veterans Building with three distinct exhibition projects featuring works by thirteen regional artists.

Taking up the largest volume of the gallery is the exhibition Bring it Home: (Re)Locating Cultural Legacy through the Body, curated by SFAC Galleries Director Meg Shiffler and independent curator Kevin B. Chen. The exhibition presents work from artists representing diverse Bay Area communities, and centers thematically on how these artists grapple with cultural identity and its relationship to the human condition. Bring it Home features work by both established and emerging Bay Area artists including Zeina Barakeh, Jeremiah Barber, Vic De La Rosa, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Dana Harel,Carolyn Janssen, Summer Mei Ling Lee, Ranu Mukherjee, Ramekon O’Arwisters, and Tsherin Sherpa. Working in media ranging from painting to digital photography, video to textiles, performance to sculpture, the artists attempt to reconcile and bridge differences—such as past and present, historical and contemporary, Eastern and Western, traditional customs and modern conventions, religious and secular—and the ongoing search for grounding and a sense of home, these artists make culture and history highly personal by presenting the body (and often their own body) as a site of inscription and fractured performances.

Image: Tsherin Sherpa, Fifty Four Views of Wisdom and Compassion, 2014, acrylic and ink on canvas, each 51 x 51 cm (20 x 20 in), 54 panels in total

Closing soon: 'Phnom Penh' featuring Leang Seckon at Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse

26 SEPTEMBER 2015–17 JANUARY 2016

Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse
32 Rue de la Monaaie
59000 Lille

Curated by Christian Caujolle, Phnom Penhpresents three generations of Cambodian artists who question the Cambodian identity and its history. A permanent tension between cultural tradition (in the choice of materials, the iconic references, references to traditional forms) and an incontestable anchoring in contemporary reality runs through all this work, which, while they conform to visual conventions are never decorative.

The exhibiiton features three internationally recognised Cambodian artists including Leang Seckon, alongside works by artists never or rarely seen outside of Cambodia.

Together the artists raise the question of how one can be Cambodian in a country that barely twenty years ago was completely destroyed after forty years of conflict, and how people can look ot the future while the country is caught up in headlong consumerism under an authoritarian regime. Each in his or her own way as well as collectively they assume their roles as artists: asking relevant questions of the society in whihc they are creating art. Without having the answers, they call attention to these questions with an absolute sincerity that marks the cohesiveness of their individual practices.

Image: Leang Seckon, My Cambodia, My Beer, My Heart, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 100 x 75 cm (39 ¼ x 29 ½ in)

Palden Weinreb at Asia Society, Texas

31 JANUARY 2016, 2:00–3:30pm

1370 Southmore Blvd
Houston, TX 77004

“I’ve always had an interest in the unapparent systems and structures that make up the natural world. The idea of an invisible framework for our existence fascinates me. Alluding to an unknown order in the chaos has always been a driving force in my work.” – Palden Weinreb

In this presentation complementing the exhibition Drawn from Nature, Asia Society Texas Center welcomes artist Palden Weinreb, who will discuss how the organizing principles of the physical world inspire his drawings and sculptures.

Image: Palden Weinreb, Astral Invert, 2011, encaustic, wood, LEDs, 57 x 45 cm (22 ½ x 17 ½ in)

Christmas Opening Times

Rossi & Rossi London will be closed 24th December 2015–3rd January 2016, reopening Monday 4th January 2016.

Rossi & Rossi Hong Kong will be closed 24th December 2015–4th January 2016, reopening Tuesday 5th January 2016.

Image: Tsherin Sherpa, Twinkle Twinkle... Who You Are (Blue), 2015, gold leaf, acrylic and ink on paper, 33 x 41 cm (13 x 16 in)