As we enter the last weeks of 2017, we look back on a year that has been challenging on a global scale and we're excited for the opportunity of a new start in 2018. However, the one thing that has kept us inspired has been the art, with so many amazing exhibitions showcased this year. Scroll down for a look at some of our top picks for exhibitions featuring Asian art in 2017...
"Berburu Celeng (after Djoko Pekik)" (2016) by indieguerillas
Image courtesy of the artist and Mizuma Gallery
13 January – 19 February 2017
Mizuma Gallery, Singapore
Indonesian artist collective indieguerillas explores our current socio-economical state through a multimedium exhibition that features artwork in the form of homeware, clothing, as well as more traditional forms like sculpture.
An installation view of Ronald Ventura's 'Shadow Forest: Encounters and Explorations' at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila
30 January – 4 March 2017
Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila
The most comprehensive solo exhibition of the wildly successful Filipino contemporary artist, Ronald Ventura, 'Shadow Forest' featured over 100 works, including lithogrphic prints and even his life-sized mechanical carousels.
An installation view of Rasheen Araeen's 'The Reading Room' at Kassel, dOcumenta 14, Neue Neue Galerie (Neue Hauptpost)
Image courtesy of Milan Soremski
8 April – 17 September 2017
Athens & Kassel
Arguably, one of the biggest and longest exhibitions of the year was dOcumenta 14, which was held across two cities this year. Although now shrouded in controversy, we can't deny the incredibly massive undertaking that this exhibition was. Artists featured included Rasheed Araeen, Banu Cennetoğlu, Mounira Al Solh, Nevin Aladağ, Wang Bing and more!
"Narcissus Garden" by Yayoi Kusama at National Gallery Singapore
9 June – 3 September 2017
National Gallery Singapore, Singapore
This summer, Singapore was taken over by a polka dot fever with a first major survey of Yayoi Kusama's works in Southeast Asia. The exhibition featured installations, paintings, video, photogrpahy and of course, two of her iconic pumpkin sculptures.
"Stormy Weather" (2009/2017) by Felix Bacolor at 'Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia from the 1980s to Now', Mori Art Museum
Image courtesy of thosewhowandr.com
5 July – 23 October 2017
Mori Art Museum & national Art Centre, Tokyo, Tokyo
A major show of Southeast Asian Contemporary Art that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) displayed across two museums, 'Sunshower' featured works by artists such as Yee-I-Lann, Lee Wen, Liew Kung Yu, Apichatpong Weerasethakul + Chai Siris, Surasi Kusolwong, and more!
An installation view of 'Land of Freedom' by Heri Dono
Image courtesy of the artist and Tang Contemporary Art
29 June – 12 August 2017
Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
The first solo show in Hong Kong of the latest works by one of Indonesia's most celebrated contemporary artists, Heri Dono, the exhibition picks up on that artist's unique brand of satirical political commentary and visual vernacular by touching on iglobal ssues that plagued 2017 such as Brexit and the Trump era.
"Fireworks (Archive)" by Apichatpong Weerasethakul at NTU CCA
Image courtesy of Art Agenda
1 September – 19 November 2017
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
A showcase of video installations and films by artists such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ho Tzu Nyen, Nguyen Trinh Thi and Park Chan-kyong that was also part of NTU CCA's Fourth Anniversary programmes.
29 September – 4 February 2018
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
The first major survey of Takashi Murakami's work in Russia, spans several periods of the artist’s career from the mid-1990s to now. The exhibition includes paintings, film models, sculptures and even an in-depth look at Murakami's Kaikai Kiki Factory!
Installation view of Huang Yong Ping’s “Theater of the World” at the Guggenheim Museum
Image courtesy of David Healda and The Guggenheim
6 October – 7 January 2018
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Another exhibition on our list, shrouded in controversy due to animal rights issues, 'Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World' is a mjor exhibition of Chinese art to be shown at this internationally-acclaimed institution. The list of exhibiting artists is a long one, but include work by 71 key artists and groups active across China and worldwide including Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping, Zhang Peili, Zhang Huan, and Cai Guo-Qiang.
"Arch" (2017) by Ai Weiwei in New York
Image courtesy of Jason Wyche, Ai Weiwei StudioFrahm & Frahm
12 October – 11 February 2018
Various locations, New York
Last on our list is Ai Weiwei's public art exhibition commissioned by the Public Art Fund. Entitled 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbors', as a response to the controversial wall that president Donald Trump wants to build between North and South America. Ironically, one of the works drew some ire amongst the residents of one particular neighbourhood - perhaps even good fences can't make good neighbours sometimes.
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