'Namibia: A Land of Moving Emotions' charity photography exhibition at Rossi & Rossi London

26–28 MARCH 2015
Reception: 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Rossi & Rossi London
27 Dover Street

Paola, Gabriella and Loretta, share a story of moving emotions and travel through their photographs. All proceeds from the sale of the photographs will be donated to support Scintille, a secular association that focuses on alleviating poverty in Africa, focusing especially on women and children in Namibia.

For more information about Scintille, please visit their website: www.scintille.org.

Rossi & Rossi to present Leang Seckon at Art Basel Hong Kong


15–17 MARCH 2015
Vernissage: 14 March 2015, 4:00–9:00 p.m.


Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive
Wan Chai
Hong Kong

T: +852 3575 9417

Rossi & Rossi is pleased to announce its participation in this year’s Art Basel Hong Kong. Exhibiting in the art fair’s ‘Insights’ section, which focuses on galleries and artists from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, the gallery will present a solo show of recent paintings and collages by one of Cambodia’s foremost artists, Leang Seckon.

Having grown up in the 1970s during the devastating period of Khmer Rouge rule, Seckon witnessed firsthand the government-enforced policies that led to famine and disease, as well as state executions. Today, his striking artworks in a variety of media—textiles, photographs, posters, found objects—are intimate narratives of his memories from the period and the civil war that followed. Brimming with references to popular culture and local lore, such as Buddhist prophecies and folk stories, his intricate and delicate pieces depict both the beauty and the horrors of Cambodia’s past.

For Seckon, the process of creating artworks is cathartic; it allows him to experience and express the identity that was denied to him as a youth. Through his works, the artist looks nostalgically to an idyllic vision of Cambodia in the 1960s, to a time before the destruction of the Vietnam War and the rise of the Khmer Rouge. However, Seckon’s corpus also acts as a warning: drawing parallels between Cambodia’s past and present, it cautions against corruption and environmental destruction.

Image: Leang Seckon, Giants and Gods, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 90 x 74 cm (35 ½ x 29 in)

Rossi & Rossi at TEFAF Maastricht

13–22 MARCH 2015

Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre (MECC)
Forum 100
6229 GV Maastricht, Netherlands

Rossi & Rossi are delighted to once again be participating in The European Fine Arts Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, Netherlands, where we will be presenting rare classical paintings and sculpture from the Tibet, Nepal and India. Included amongst the works of art is an outstanding circa 16th century gilt repoussé statue of Vajradhara, the embodiment of the Vajrayana path of Buddhism.

The statue is a remarkable example of the Nepalese art of repoussé at its medieval apogee during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The entire figure, including the head and crown, is repoussé, except for the hands, which are cast and attached. The back of the figure is reserved from gilding, but the rest of the figure is richly gilt. In the later period, when the Vajradhara bronze was made, we find fully realise three-dimensional sculptures in this technique. In addition, we find unprecedentedly large sculptures, with the Vajradhara being the largest so far known.

Works by contemporary Tibetan artists, Tenzing Rigdol and Tsherin Sherpa will also be on display during the fair.

Image: Vajradhara (detail), Nepal/Tibet, c. 16th century, gilt and cast copper repousse, 94 cm (37 in).

'Fluidity and Encounters' at Rossi & Rossi Hong Kong, in conjunction with The Drawing Room

FLUIDITY AND ENCOUNTERS: Current Versions of the Philippine Contemporary
Rossi & Rossi Hong Kong in collaboration with the Drawing Room, Manila

7–30 MARCH 2015
Special viewing: Sunday, 15 March 2015, 5:00–10:00 p.m.

Rossi & Rossi Hong Kong
Unit 3C
Yally Industrial Building
6 Yip Fat Street
Wong Chuk Hang
Hong Kong

+852 3575 9417

Rossi & Rossi and The Drawing Room are proud to present Fluidity and Encounters: Current Versions of the Philippine Contemporary. Featuring eleven Filipino artists, the exhibition explores multiple languages and milieus that have emerged from the Philippines since the postwar period. It also examines how artists from the archipelago grabble ideas of neocolonialism, history’s debris in a cosmopolitan world and other practices formed from having experienced diaspora and itinerancy.

Artists featured: Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Yasan Banal, Vermont Coronel Jr., Gaston Damag, Kiko Escora, Dex Fernandez, Robert Gutierrez, Riel Hilario, Manuel Ocampo, Diokno Pasilan, John Frank Sabado

Image: John Frank Sabado, Image of the Past II, 2014, ink on paper, 79 x 60.5 cm (31 x 24 in).

'Bringing Tibet Home' Screening in London, with director Q&A

There will be screenings of Bringing Tibet Home, followed by a Q&A with Tibetan filmmaker Tenzin Tsetan Choklay, at the Prince Charles Cinema on Sunday 25th January at 4:15 p.m. (tickets can be found here), and at the Horse Hospital on Monday 26th January at 7:00 p.m. (tickets can be found here)

Bringing Tibet Home is a deeply personal feature documentary that follows, from start to finish, New York-based Tibetan contemporary artist Tenzing Rigdol while he creates his most ambitious installation yet: Our Land, Our People. Inspired by his father's dying wish, to once again set foot on Tibetan soil, Rigdol sought to transport native soil from Tibet through Nepal to Dharamsala, India, the heart of the Tibetan exile community and home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Choklay films Rigdol's physical and emotional journey to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges as he navigates the border controls of three countries to smuggle out 20 tonnes of Tibetan soil. The aim was to create a unique installation that would bring a piece of Tibet to the heart of the Tibetan exile community and allow Tibetan exiles to engage with the artwork with the inherent political and cultural connotations that the installation represented. Bringing Tibet Home is a deeply inspiring portrait of human resilience at its most tested, and a profound example of enduring creativity through times of political turmoil.

Upcoming screenings in the UK:
18-19 February: Eden Court, Inverness
8 March: Hebden Bridge Picture House
11-12 March: Mac, Birmingham

Faiza Butt in conversation with Nour Aslam

SATURDAY, 24 JANUARY 2015, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Rossi & Rossi is pleased to be hosting a talk between London-based Pakistani artist Faiza Butt and South Asian art specialist and curator Nour Aslam. The talk will introduce Symmetrical, an exhibition of intricate works and portraiture the artist that draw on the most basic of human questions: our sense of mortality coupled with the overwhelming will to survive.

Nour Aslam is Head of Gallery Development for Art15, having previously served as a specialist in Modern & Contemporary South Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish art for London auction house Bonhams. Nour graduated with a BA in Art History and Visual Arts from New York’s esteemed Sarah Lawrence College.

The event is free to attend.

Image: Faiza Butt, Ghost 3, 2014, ink and acrylic on polyester film, 84.1 x 59.4 cm (33 x 23 1/2 in).

Palden Weinreb: Veiled Realities, 6 February - 19 March


Rossi & Rossi
27 Dover Street
London W1S 4LZ

Tibetan-American artist Palden Weinreb presents Veiled Realms: a new departure into three-dimensional works that explore the ambiguous nature of space.

Since his childhood, Weinreb has incorporated parts of Tibetan Buddhism into his base of inspirations. Regarding his artistic activities, he notes, "In some ways, I have created a sense of personal spirituality by mining my experiences and background. Borrowing from Tibetan Buddhism, New Age theory, utopian modernism and science, I look for overlapping and collective ideas and forms that speak to me". What results from his artistic practice is something that seems to exist in a place beyond the realm of human understanding. "I think the general goal in my work is to transcend the viewer's perception", he says, "and take it to a space or existence that lies beyond our comprehension".

Weinreb's new body of three-dimensional works adopt concrete motifs from Tibetan Buddhism including offering bowls, sutras and pagodas, as well as abstract forms that seem to resemble vessels, containers and lighthouses. These works appear to attempt to usher our consciousness into a realm beyond the façades of our existence.

Image: Palden Weinreb, An Empty Host, 2014, mixed media, height 274 cm (108 in), diameter 86 cm (34 in).

Faiza Butt: Symmetrical, 12 December - 28 January

Extended to 28 January 2015

27 Dover Street
London W1S 4LZ

Due to a strong and positive reception, we are pleased to announce that Faiza Butt's solo exhibition, Symmetrical, has been extended until 28 January 2015. Symmetrical features intricate works and portraiture by contemporary Pakistani artist Faiza Butt that draw on the most basic of human questions: our sense of mortality coupled with the overwhelming will to survive.

Inflamed by the geopolitical panorama of our time, Faiza Butt pours this charge directly into her art. Erosion (2014), a new series of portraiture by Butt, is the artist’s response to the brutality and violence of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. The series uses the human face to highlight the absurdity of such comprehensive destruction: each face acts as a map to tell stories, establish cultural references and mark emotional trauma. She has consistently used images of children (her own or found images) in her practice, as children bring into focus an immediate and visceral response to the human tragedy of conflict.

Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Butt was trained as a Mughal miniaturist at the National College of Arts in Lahore. The meticulous labour and conceptual rigour of such training can be seen in her current practice, where images are built up through a methodical and pointillist technique that hovers between the purdakht method of traditional Mughal miniature painting (the application of tiny marks of colour) and the pixels of a photograph to generate saturation of tone and colour. Using photographic images from the news media as a starting point for her creative projects, Butt works constantly to narrow the gap between photography and drawing in order to find a way to marry the two mediums. The artist’s pixilated images thus resemble photographs, but are handcrafted out of a labour-intensive mark-making.

A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by renowned curator and art historian Dr Sona Datta (Head of South Asian Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, USA), accompanies the exhibition.

Image: Faiza Butt, Erosion 4, 2014, ink-jet print and ink drawing on archival cotton paper, 29.7 x 21 cm (11 ¾ x 8 ¼ in).

Bringing Tibet Home UK release

The first European theatrical release of documentary Bringing Tibet Home takes place this month in London. The documentary will be shown at the following locations:

FRIDAY 12 DECEMBER, 7PM: The Cinema, Goldsmiths (Univeristy of London), LONDON SE14 6NQ (tickets)

SATURDAY 13 DECEMBER, 3PM: The Proud Archivist, 2–10 Hertford Road (Regent's Canal), LONDON N1 5ET (tickets)

SUNDAY 14 DECEMBER, 7.30PM: Platform, 2nd floor, Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, LONDON E8 3RL (tickets)

MONDAY 15 DECEMBER, 7PM: The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, LONDON WC1N 1JD (tickets)

dir. Tenzin Tsetan Choklay, US/India/Nepal/S. Korea 2013, 82:00min

Bringing Tibet Home is the pivotal, poignant and deeply personal debut feature documentary by Tibetan filmmaker Tenzin Tsetan Choklay. The film crew follow from start to finish the New York based Tibetan contemporary artist Tenzing Rigdol while he creates his most ambitious, political and crucial installation yet, the Soil Project. Inspired by his father's dying wish, to once again set foot on Tibetan soil, Rigdol transported soil from Tibet through Nepal to Dharamsala, India, to bring a piece of Tibet to the exiled community who are unable to return to their homeland. Choklay films Rigdol's physical and emotional journey to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges as he navigates the border controls of three countries to smuggle out 20 tons of Tibetan soil. A deeply inspiring portrait of human resilience at its most tested, and a profound example of enduring creativity through times of political turmoil.

Erbossyn Meldibekov in 'From Almaty to Astana' at Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain

5 DECEMBER 2014–1 MARCH 2015

Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg
67076 Strasbourg Cedex

Despite the complexity of both its history and its current political situation, Kazakhstan has always been a fertile ground for the development of intensive and high-quality artistic activity. The current project aims to showcase the diversity and significance of the positions of contemporary Kazakhstani sculptors with a selection of works that has never before been displayed in France. The ten selected artists of international renown, including Maori artist Erbossyn Meldibekov, are all between 40 and 50 years old. They have in common the questioning of Kazakhstan's history and popular culture and the developing of a vision that is by no means complaisant and is driven by a remarkable creative vitality.

Image: Erbossyn Meldibekov, Borderline, paper and cardboard, 126 x 94 x 120 cm (49½ x 37 x 47¼ in).