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2016 Exhibition Roundup


2016 Exhibition Roundup
Image courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


As we bid farewell to the year that was and head into 2017, The Artling takes a look back at some of our top picks for exhibitions featuring Asian art in 2016...

Image courtesy of Ilham Gallery

Love Me in My Batik: Modern Batik Art from Malaysia and Beyond

28 February – 20 June 2016

Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Telling the story of batik painting, from its traditional origins to its use in the contemporary world, Love Me in My Batik featured works from over 70 artists.  


Image courtesy of teamLab & ArtScience Museum

FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science

From 12 March 2016

ArtScience Museum, Singapore

This permanent exhibition at the ArtScience Museum presents Japanese art collective teamLab’s interactive installations, utilizing technology to create participatory artworks.  


Image courtesy of Para Site


19 March – 29 May 2016

Para Site, Hong Kong

Afterwork was a group exhibition exploring issues of class, race, labor and migration in Hong Kong, its surrounding region, and beyond.


"8' x 12'" (2009) by Hema Upadhyay
Image courtesy of the artist

Megacities Asia

3 April – 17 July 2016

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

In this exhibition, 11 artists respond to the political, environmental, and social conditions of their respective home cities in Asia, with works by Choi Jeong Hwa, Asim Waqif, Song Dong and many more.


Image courtesy of the artist


3 April – 30 August 2016

MoMA PS1, New York

Beijing-based artist Cao Fei had her first museum solo show at MoMA PS1 this year, featuring the artist’s multimedia works, mixing social commentary and pop aesthetics.


Subodh Gupta Hungry God 2005–06  (detail)
Collection of Larry Warsh, New York
Image courtesy of the artist

Subodh Gupta: Everyday Divine

13 May – 23 Oct 2016

National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne

In collaboration with Indian artist Subodh Gupta and New York-based art collector Larry Warsh, NGV presented a solo exhibition including key works that utilize Gupta’s signature use of domestic, everyday objects.



“All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” (2016) b Yayoi Kusama
Image courtesy of the artist & Victoria Miro Gallery

Yayoi Kusama: Sculptures, Paintings & Mirror Rooms

25 May – 30 July 2016

Victoria Miro Gallery, London

This blockbuster exhibition across Victoria Miro Gallery’s three locations saw queues out the door, for a [timed] peek inside one of the artist’s famed mirror rooms.


Negeri Kaya Fatwa (2013) and Mayoritas Dihalalkan Minoritas Diharamkan (2013) by Eko Nugroho
Image courtesy of the artist

Eko Nugroho: Lot lost

25 June 2016 – 19 February 2017

Art Gallery NSW, Sydney

Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho’s solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW includes immersive installation and two-dimensional works, reflecting on Indonesian cultural identity within a contemporary context.


“F Lotus” (2016) by Ai Wei Wei
Photo: © Belvedere, Vienna

Ai WeiWei: Translocation – transformation

14 July 2016 – 20 November 2016

21er Haus, Vienna

2016 was undeniably the year of Ai Weiwei, exemplified by the dissident Chinese artist’s four simultaneous exhibitions in New York City at the end of the year. The 21er Haus exhibition presented Ai’s first major solo show in Austria, with past as well as site-specific works.


Tsang Kin-Wah's work in Tales of Our Time
Image courtesy of the artist

Tales of Our Time

4 November 2016 – 10 March 2017

Guggenheim, New York

Chia-En Jao, Kan Xuan, Sun Xun, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Tsang Kin-Wah, Yangjiang Group, and Zhou Tao explore concepts of geography and nation-state in this second exhibition of The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative.  



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