Exhibition Circuit

Exhibition Circuit

Political and cultural identities are explored in our tour of the best new exhibitions from around the globe
Political and cultural identities are explored in our tour of the best new exhibitions from around the globe
Tsang Tsou-choi (King of Kowloon), Map of Kowloon, c.1994–97. Courtesy M+, Hong Kong © Tsang Tsou-choi / King of Kowloon

Hong Kong: Here and Beyond

M+, Hong Kong – Until 27 November
Hong Kong: Here and Beyond is showing throughout 2022 and sheds new light on the city’s previously neglected contemporary art scene. Tina Pang, the exhibition’s curator, says: “We wanted to give audiences a unique insight into some of the most distinctive and outstanding developments in visual culture in the city over the past 40 to 50 years.”

It begins with a pair of wood and metal doors and a map of Kowloon, both painted on by Tsang Tsou-choi (also known as the King of Kowloon). The artist is known for his graffitied calligraphy in public spaces around the city, which now only exist in museums and art collections. Meanwhile, traditional Chinese “literati” painting is subverted by modernist artist Lui Shou-kwan, a central figure of the New Ink Movement who rose to prominence in the 1960s. Hong Kong’s legacy is also explored through the works of international artists and architects, including Tiffany Chung and Zaha Hadid, who were inspired by the region’s culture. Where Do We Look Now? is a dual-channel installation presenting clips from films either made by Hong Kongers, about or set in Hong Kong, revealing different perspectives on the city.

A new immersive animation by Kong Kee, an animation director and comic book illustrator, closes the show. Pang says: “It really reflects on all of the themes in the exhibition, the relationship of humans to the city, and projecting into an uncertain future, looking at how technology and people work together and what possible futures might be.”

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Lawrence Abu Hamdan: The Sonic Image

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Rubber Coated Steel (still), 2016. Courtesy: artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg

Sharjah Art Foundation UAE – Until 4 July
Artist and human rights activist Lawrence Abu Hamdan is known for his politically charged installations using sound and voice. This large solo show includes a new commission, Air Conditioning, 2022, which explores what the artist calls a recent history of “atmospheric violence”.

Paul Gauguin – Why Are You Angry?

Paul Gauguin, Arearea no Varua Ino. The Amusement of the Evil Spirit, 1894. Alte Nationalgalerie © Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin – Until 10 July
The post-Impressionist works of Gauguin and his fascination with the concept of primitivism are challenged by contemporary artists and activists, including Angela Tiatia, Nashashibi/Skaer and Henri Hiro, who respond to his work from a postcolonial viewpoint.

Daido Moriyama: A Retrospective

Daido Moriyama, Hayama, Kanagawa, 1967. Courtesy: IMS Paulista

IMS Paulista, São Paulo – Until 14 August
Daido Moriyama is best known for grainy, high-contrast photographs of Japanese urban culture, diaristic in style. The first major Latin American retrospective of his work covers 30 years starting in the 1960s.

Mondrian Moves

Piet Mondrian, Victory Boogie Woogie, c.1942–44. Courtesy: Kunstmuseum Den Haag

Kunstmuseum den Haag, The Netherlands – 2 April–25 September
For the 150th anniversary of Piet Mondrian’s birth, the Kunstmuseum den Haag, which holds the largest collection of his work in the world, is mounting an exhibition exploring his relationships and also his role in inspiring later artists, such as Bridget Riley and Fred Sandback.

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael

Raphael, An Allegory (“Vision of a Knight”), circa 1504. © The National Gallery, London

National Gallery, London – 9 April–31 July
Though his career only spanned two decades, Raphael became an iconic figure in the world of Renaissance art. This major exhibition includes paintings and drawings and also shows the breadth of his achievements including architecture, poetry and designs for sculpture, tapestry and prints.

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Coco Fusco, still from Your Eyes Will Be an Empty Word, 2021. Courtesy: the artist and Alexander Grey Associates, New York

Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as it’s Kept
Whitney Museum of American Art
6 April–5 September

The 80th edition of the Whitney Biennial, curated by David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards, will question “American” identity and US borders. It will include contemporary works by artists from Mexico and First Nation artists from Canada, as well as its usual focus on artists living and working in the US, including Coco Fusco, Rebecca Belmore and Kandis Williams.

Faith Ringgold, American People Series #18: The Flag Is Bleeding, 1967. © Faith Ringgold / ARS, NY and DACS, London. Courtesy: ACA Galleries, New York

Faith Ringgold: American People
New Museum
Until 5 June
The first significant retrospective of the artist and activist’s work in New York will include a catalogue of more than 60 years’ work, including early paintings, political posters for the Black Panther Party and activist Angela Davis and her well-known narrative quilts.

Marion Cajori et Amei Wallach, Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine, 2008. Courtesy: TCD/Prod.DB / Alamy Stock Photo

Louise Bourgeois Paintings
The Met
12 April–7 August
Best known for her sculptural explorations of femininity, gender and her own psychology, this exhibition will showcase Bourgeois’ paintings from 1938 to the late 1940s, the decade when she developed key motifs such as the female body and spiders.

Our Selves: Photographs by Women Artists from Helen Kornblum
MoMA
16 April–2 October
This collection of 90 photographs by female artists – donated by collector Helen Kornblum and including works by Sharon Lockhart and Lola Álvarez Bravo – examines the interconnection between the global feminist movement and the history of photography as a visual art form, spanning more than 100 years.

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