'Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art' at Queens Museum

24 SEPTEMBER 2014-4 JANUARY 2015

Queens Museum
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368

Opening reception: 21 September, 4-7.15pm

Anonymous showcases contemporary Tibetan art from the Donald and Shelley Rubin Collection. In collaboration with curator Rachel Perera Weingeist, the works shown express the unique methods at which contemporary Tibetan artists express themselves in the evolving situation of their nationality and culture. Many Tibetan artists who live in exile are included in the exhibition, reflecting the influence of the local communities on the evolution of their art. 27 artists based in 6 countries are included in the exhibition, including Benchung, Dedron, Gade, Nortse, Tsering Nyandak and Tsewang Tashi in Lhasa, Kesang Lamdark in Switzerland, Palden Weinreb, Tenzing Rigdol and Tsherin Sherpa in USA.

An exciting schedule of events has been planned for the opening reception on 21st September. The film Contemporary Tibetan Art will be screening at 4pm and 6pm. It would be introduced by guest curator Rachel Perera Weingeist and the participating artists. Rachel will also be conducting a tour at 5pm. At 6pm, Tenzing Rigdol will be executing Offerings, which will be performed for the first time in this venue.

Image: Tsherin Sherpa, Untitled, 2014, Gold leaf, acrylic and ink on canvas, 124.5 x 128.3 cm (49 x 50 in).


Heman Chong in 'Countershadows (tactics in evasion)' at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore


Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
Gallery 1, 2 and TriSpace, Basement 1
1 McNally Street
Singapore 187940

Private view: Friday 19 September, 6.30pm

Countershadows (tactics in evasion) is a curatorial project by Melanie Pocock that looks at art characterised by its evasive concepts and aesthetics. Referring to the graphic technique of countershading, in which gradations of colour are used to camouflage a subject or object, the exhibition explores how exposure and concealment are often intertwined, each paradoxically “revealing” the qualities and axioms of the other. Featuring existing and commissioned installation, video, sculpture, photography, and drawing by artists from Singapore, Countershadows (tactics in evasion) creates a dynamic play between the artworks and the gallery space, encouraging viewers to look within, around, and beyond, for insight.

Artists include: Heman Chong, Tamares Goh, Ho Rui An, Sai Hua Kuan, Jeremy Sharma, Tan Peiling, Robert Zhao Renhui (The Institute of Critical Zoologists).

Image: Heman Chong, Monument to the People We've Conveniently Forgotten (I Hate You), 2008, offset prints on 280 gsm paper, each 9 x 5.5 cm (2¼ x 3½ in), approx. 1 million copies.


Naiza Khan in 'Trajectories: 19th-21st Century Printmaking from India and Pakistan' at Sharjah Art Museum


Sharjah Art Museum
Arts Area, off Corniche
United Arab Emirates

Trajectories: 19th–21st Century Printmaking from India and Pakistan features more than 100 original prints by several artists from the sub-continent. Curated by Camilla Hadi Chaudhary and Dr. Paula Sengupta, Assistant Professor at the Department of Graphics, Rabindra Bharati Univeristy, the exhibition explores decades of techniques and styles in printmaking.

Image: Naiza Khan, Libas-e-shab Khawabi, edition 5/8, 2007, hand-tinted etching on Rives paper, 23 x 15 cm (9 x 6 in).


'Bringing Tibet Home' wins 'Emerging Director' award at Asian American International Film Festival 2014

Tibetan filmaker Tenzin Tsetan Choklay was awarded the 'Emerging Director Award' at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City last month for Bringing Tibet Home. The documentary was screened to a full-house audience, and followed by a Q&A session with Tibetan artist Tenzing Rigdol.

Bringing Tibet Home follows Tenzing Rigdol on his mission to smuggle 20 tonnes of Tibetan soil from Tibet, through Nepal, to Dharamsala, India for a site-specific art installation. The installation was a tribute to his father, who past away without the opportunity to return to his native Tibet and set foot on its soil. The installation, Our Land, Our People, gave Tibetans-in-exile the opportunity to walk on their home soil.

Rossi & Rossi will be bringing Rigdol to Berlin in October 2014 for a group show in collaboration with ARNDT. Curated by Tsherin Sherpa, artists of the Tibetan diaspora will be presenting their divergent experiences of reality. For more information, please contact the gallery.


Heman Chong at Gwangju Biennale


Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall
111 Biennale-ro
Republic of Korea

The 10th Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down the House explores the process of burning and transformation, a cycle of obliteration and renewal witnessed throughout history. Evident in aesthetics, historical events, and an increasingly rapid course of redundancy and renewal in commercial culture, the Biennale reflects on this process of, often violent, events of destruction or self-destruction–burning the home one occupies–followed by the promise of the new and the hope for change.

Curated by Jessica Morgan, the Biennale will feature the work of 105 artists from thirty-six countries, including Singapore's Heman Chong.


Lois Conner's Latest Catalogue 'Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial'

Lois Conner's latest book captures the last 30 years of architectural change in Beijing. The ruins of Manchu-Qing dynasty's Garden of Perfect Brightness are juxtaposed with the ultra-modern "Bird's-Nest" Olympic Stadium by Herzog de Meuron. The Garden had been destroyed by the Anglo-French in 1860. Today, officials cite this humiliation as a reason for why the country needs to undergo continuous change and revitalisation. The coexistence of the old and the new in Beijing reflects the social and cultural changes experienced by its residents as China rises as a new global power today.

Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial accompanied an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Photography Gallery earlier this year. The book includes 169 panoramas which have been shot with a custom-made, oversized camera.

Purchase the book here: US / UK


Contemporary Tibetan Artists Featured on the Culture Trip

9 of the 10 artists recently featured in the Culture Trip's article "10 Contemporary Tibetan Artists and Where to Find Them" are artists that we regularly work with and represent. The article featured: Tsering Nyandak, Nortse, Dedron, Tsherin Sherpa, Tenzing Rigdol, Gade, Benchung, Kesang Lamdark, and Tsewang Tashi. These 9 artists are currently being exhibited, amongst other contemporary Tibetan artists, in our exhibition Impermanence at Rossi & Rossi Hong Kong. The first exhibition to be held in Hong Kong that focuses solely on contemporary Tibetan art, it will remain open until 24 August 2014.

(read the article here)

Image: Tsherin Sherpa, Neo Conqueror (Magenta), 2014, gold leaf, acrylic and ink on cotton, 124 x 98.5 cm (48¾ x 38¾ in).


Faiza Butt in 'the Image of an Image' at Canvas Gallery, Karachi

Hours: Mon.–Sat., 11AM–8PM

Private view: 5 AUGUST, 5–8pm

Canvas Gallery
D40 / 1 A, Block 4, Kehkashan, Clifton
Karachi, Pakistan 75600

This month Canvas Gallery, Karachi will present a solo exhibition of works by Faiza Butt. The Image of an Image will present both new and old works by the artist.

Later this year, Rossi & Rossi are planning to hold an exhibition of new works by Faiza Butt at our new location in Mayfair, London. The exhibition is to be Faiza's first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Image: Faiza Butt, Pehlwan 3, 2012, ink on polyester film, 45 x 55 cm (17 ¾ x 21 ¾ in).


Leang Seckon's 'Hell on Earth' extended!

27 JUNE–8 August 2014
Hours: Mon.–Sat., 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street

We are delighted to announce that Leang Seckon's exhibition Hell on Earth has been extended until Saturday 9 August 2014.

The exhibition has received a thoroughly positive response from visitors, and has received wonderful press coverage. This includes Leang Seckon's live interview on BBC World News' programme Impact (watch the video here) and and his interview with The Times' Catherine Nixey that was published in the Times Saturday Review (read the article here). Leang Seckon's discussion with SOAS researcher and lecturer, Dr. Peter Sharrock, can also be seen here.

The exhibition has also been featured in publications and online blogs such as Cambodia Daily, the Culture Trip and One World.

Image: Leang Seckon, King Sihanouk's Funeral, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 50 x 40 cm (19¾ x 15¾ in)


Konstantin Bessmertny at Museu Fundação Oriente


Museu Fundação Oriente
Avenida de Brasília,
Doca de Alcântara (Norte),
1350-352 Lisboa,

365. A Work a Day at the Museu Fundação Oriente, Lisboa is an exhibition of Konstantin Bessmertny's "Project 365". The series consists of individual works, each measuring 39 x 28 cm, that were created every day from the 15th September 2012, and was completed on the 15th September 2013.

Image: Konstantin Bessmerty, Project 365: 2013.04.16, 2013, mixed media on paper, 39 x 28 cm (15 ½ x 11 in).