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Today is Shanghai time #2

+++++ 1. 38 solo exhibitions in Shanghai (Opening: 6pm, May 20th, Daily: May 20th -27th, 2006) Creative Garden, 2577 Longhua Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai.

Du 20th – 27th, May 2006 (12:00 to 20:00)
Opening: 20th, May 2006 (18:00)

Bizart (http://www.biz-art.com/), Shanghart (http://www.shanghart.com/), le Duolun Moma ainsi que le Zendai moma (http://www.zendaiart.com/) organisent une semaine d'exposition pour donner une idee de ce que sera le creative garden un nouvel ensemble de galleries qui n'ouvrira officielement que dans quelques mois...

* Let's see who's lucky -- Chen Shaoxiong's solo exhibition

* Half Hitching Post -- Yang Fudong's solo exhibition

* Make-up – Yang Qingqing's solo exhibition

* VIP --- Huang Kui's solo exhibition

* Follow me --- He An solo's exhibition

* My Photographs Exhibition, Zhang Ding's solo exhibition

* A sleepy afternoon, and unavoidably past time --Liang Yue's solo exhibition

* Happy Pool --- Geng Jianyi's solo exhibition

* Protected by colors -- Kan Xuan's Solo Exhibition

* One project composed of 100 projects -- Zhu Yu's Solo Exhibition

* Fictious Name - Zhou Xiaohu's solo exhibition
* Materialists discovered the way of understanding big prophecies - Lu Lei's solo exhibition
* The Next second - Alexander Brandt Solo exhibition
* The stand-in, at art's service - Song Dong's solo exhibition
* Surviving - Zhang Qing's solo exhibition
* This is a solo exhibiton - Zheng Guogu's solo exhibtion
* Sunday -- Tang Maohong's solo exhibition

* Oh, ny god! -- Jin Feng's solo exhibition

* Liu Wei's solo exhibition -- Love it, bite it

* Realistic.Reality - Shi Yong's solo exhibition

* Specimen and Secrecy - Liu Weijian's solo exhibition
* Violent Transformer - Chen Xiaoyun's solo exhibition
* I have a dream - Yang Zhenzhong's solo exhibition

* A man called Derek Jarman - Zhou Hongxiang's solo exhibition
* Ah! The route of life... - Wang Xingwei's solo exhibition
* Can you tell me? - Liu Jianhua's solo exhibition
* Delighting Therapy - Li Pinghu's solo exhibition
* Power Cut - Ni Jun's solo exhibition
* Soul's Specimen - Sun Xun's solo exhibition
* Love it, bite it - Liu Wei's solo exhibition
* Entertainment's surplus value - Xiang Liqing's solo exhibition

* An Animal - Xu Zhen's solo exhibition

* Ya Cinema - Song Tao's solo exhibition

* Beijing Arboretum - Shi Qing's solo exhibition
* An appeal without word - Jin Feng's solo exhibition
* I feel puzzled: What you know cannot save you - Qiu Anxiong's solo exhibition
* OEM Image project - 1: My Younger brother's first film exercise by Yu Ji
* One of the most stupid attacks, against science fiction is that it is unable to forecast the future - Lu Chunsheng's solo exhibition

2. Revival: New Ink Art Shanghai 2006
Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art

Culture has been facing a long crisis of survival, a long battle. Chinese and overseas ink painting artists have been carrying on the renovation of traditional Chinese culture for years. Their practice – from upgrading the ink-painting to self-restoration – takes remarkable creativity, courage and effort. The main forces composed of both old and young generations have made a go as bold as breaking away from their former beat and concept so as to reach a new level where painting and personality meet. Their distinctive and varied expressions share the same goal that maintains the multifaceted update of the aesthetics of ink art and offers a more revolutionary perspective of Chinese neo-ink painting in the 21st century.

Influenced by the experience in the contemporary domain, artworks frame themselves in certain contexts while the exhibitions are more and more involved in the visual contexts. Between the works/exhibitions and environment/background are enacted the response, dialogue and communication, which lead to the norms, methodology and trends of art conveyance. When arts enjoy a growing speech power and exhibitions reap a swelling economy, an overlap of concept can be traced in shows and artworks; in other words, exhibition-oriented artwork or exhibition-as-an-artwork marks a new fashion. Thus art exhibitions, ever changing within the context of contemporary visual art, have made their unique and solid contribution to the society. The ink painting through the constant renewal, based on the vintage of Chinese culture, is confronted with a new context of development. The global contemporary society sees the ink painting, within the visual context and thus arrives at the logic to its evolution. It reaches a breaking point where the restoration retains the possibility that is generated by the present theory of display and exhibition as well as the visual presentation .
Designed in line with the academic pursuit of Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Revival: New Ink Art Shanghai 2006 is launched as an annual blockbuster display of contemporary art. It embodies the building system of an institute following the guidelines of the neo-ink-painting forum it hatched. This aim being; to build Shanghai into an international platform of neo-ink-painting, to prompt (through scholarly efforts) the originality and influence of neo-ink in today's world, and to demonstrate the lineage and renovation of the rich Chinese traditional culture.

Opening: May 12th, 2006 3P.M.
Opening Reception: F1, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, 580 Ouyang Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai
Date: May 12th – June 6th, 2006
Venue A: F1-3, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum (580 Ouyang Road, Shanghai)
Venue B: F1-3, F6, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art (27 Duolun Road, Shanghai)
Presented by: Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art

3. Shanghart Art Space (May 25 - July 15, 2005)
works by 8 Shanghai artists :
Ding Yi

Hu Jieming

Ji Wenyu

Pu Jie

Shi Yong

Xue Song

Zhang Enli

Zhou TIehai

The exhibition features recent works by 8 Shanghai artists side by side with sample of works the same artists created 10 to 20 years ago.

Artists in their 40's are a unique group in China. Many of the best paintings created today in China are from artists of this generation. Born shortly before the Cultural Revolution, they grew up in the 'old China', then entered the re-opened art academies, got confronted the possibilities of contemporary art in the experimental times of the 80's and after graduation they found themselves in Deng Xiaoping's new China.

The following 25 years of enormous change in China covered their artistic life. Being the generation 'grown up in the old, but living in the new China' their art deals often with meaning, with content, deals with all the changes and contradictions they witnessed.

Their work is also characterized by a rigorous search for individuality, for an own position, away from a bigger conformity. This exhibition will be centered around artist living and working Shanghai, a city which seems to fosters especially well this kind of innovation and artistic individuality . The 8 artists of the exhibition were trained in art academies, mostly in classical oil painting. But then they went different ways developing the artistic possibilities: while some paint and still enjoy the brush ( e.g. Zhang Enli); some are good painter, but are - in a time of computer processed images - not so proud of it anymore (Ji Wenyu); other developed the painting language further (e.g. Ding Yi with his almost obsessive abstraction, or Xue Song, who recycles earlier images with collage); other moved far away from painting into the digital possibilities ( e.g. Shi Yong, Hu Jieming); thinking even further about the possibilities of painting, Zhou Tiehai, who experimented with the computer and digital art ten years ago, doesn't paint anymore but has a studio with people painting (airbrushing) for him perfect paintings.

Beijing Time...
3. Dashanzi International Art Festival

Beijing/Background, DIAF2006

Contemporary art connects the world, Beijing is energized!

Dashanzi International Art Festival, held for the first time in Beijing since 2004, continues to uplift contemporary, cutting-edge art forms, crowned by the nuances of antithetic words.

>From the DIAF2004 theme, Light.Sound/Time, to the theme of 2005, Language/Fable, Beijing/Background completes the circle from human nature to knowledge and human nature". Beijing/Background, becomes a theme that, as a precursor to the Olympics, binds human nature, art and the city. Igniting the flame, it illuminates the thoughts of the people of Beijing.

"A speck of fire can set the prairie alight". Dashanzi Art District, which was in the throes of demolition, was transformed, as the Bauhaus architectural factory complex, the site of the festival, was saved. This fierce spark, bursting into flames, represents the intense rise of the strength of culture. Recently, Dashanzi has been selected by the government of Beijing as the foremost of six districts of cultural industry. Of these six regions, Dashanzi is the only art district that truly interacts with people and that has an independent organic style.

>From April 29 to March 21, the DIAF2006 will attract an audience of around 150 000 to this grand contemporary meeting of people.

The domain of the art festival extends over Jiuxianqiao District, to Caochangdi East Art District, Tango Club and Chaoyang House of Culture. Mutually, the regions extend to convey the festival's freshness and liveliness.

DIAF2006 brings passion. The opening of the festival on April 29, from afternoon to evening, will be accompanied by the sounds of drums, dancing and music. Special guest Jimmy Biala, will conduct the beats of SambAsia, as they offer an ode to the sounds of the city. The beats will continue as twenty young international musicians put together an exceptional and unbridled DJ workshop in May. Top foreign DJs, Ges-E, Sam Zamam will dazzle the same stage for two blazing nights at Tango.

DIAF2006 brings you even more impulse. The argument of how to define the border between documentary and fiction will be reopened as the Nordic Film Festival explores the dogumentary movement. Memories, personal revelations, political and tragic scenes, the odyssey of the city, love and growing up… in films from Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Will dogumentary ever find its role players in China? Other role players such as Ye Fu find their own means of expression in DIAF.

DIAF2006 adds spirit. Photographers Ronrong and Inri subtly reflect the relationship between a man and a woman in 'Intimate Beijing', an exhibition that contrasts two different visions of public and private space. The public space offers the scene for the relationship. Marrigje de Maar will investigate intimate spaces like bedrooms, exploring the psychology of private spaces.

DIAF2006 has soul. Huang Rui, the art director of DIAF, together with architect Neville Mars, Wu Hua and Cheng Lei, are launching 'Soldiers at the Gates', an encounter between architecture and art. Borrowing the catchphrase of the Eight power allied forces and applying it to the construction encroaching Beijing, the challenge of history and future, art and architecture will be captured, ultimately searching for the limit of the point of view human nature. A series of Chinese, and well known foreign architects, artists and urban planners will come to Beijing from May 19 – 21 for an Open Forum. The motive is not only to approach Beijing from a building perspective but to emphasise the importance of considering art, culture and identity in the growth of the city.

In these three weeks of the festival, more than one hundred galleries, organisations, studios will create over twenty different types of events: visual art, music, dance, movie, theatre. Around 100 international artists and more than 500 Chinese artists will gather. Every event will emphasize youth and dynamism through cutting-edge contemporary art: the foundation of a new Beijing, the reflection of its background.

DIAF2006, April 28, 2006

DIAF2006, Organising Committee
Chinese media coordinator: Ellena /yina@stargroup.com.cn/ +8610 64444174
Foreign media coordinator: Lauren Gollasch / diaf@vip.163.com / +8610 64382797

4. Appel a residence... Residency call, a Lijiang, province du Yunnan au Lijiang Studio

Lijiang Studio provides living space, working space, and facilitation for international, Chinese, and local artists in two locations: one rural location, Lashihai, and one urban location, Kunming, both in Yunnan Province, China.

Lijiang Studio's base is at Lashihai, a rural farming community 20 kilometers from the city of Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The main residency facility is a traditional Naxi courtyard house, lightly renovated. Lashihai is a lake, situated at the base of 5596 meter Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, inside a nature reserve.

The Lashihai residency has 4 small double bedrooms rooms available, and a dormitory with 8 beds. There is shared studio space, some open and some enclosed, suitable for a variety of work from sculpture to video editing. The residency has a large shared kitchen and eating area, two showers, two sinks, and two toilets. There is currently no special equipment. As it occupies a traditional family dwelling, living and working space has limited privacy. There is electricity there, but currently no internet.

Lijiang Studio also maintains a small space in Lijiang's dense Old Town to support the Lashihai residency. This space is available for specific projects and gatherings, but is generally not available for long-term residencies. This space has an internet connection. Lijiang Studio is also building a village exhibition center at Lashihai, expected completion is August 2006.

In Kunming, the Yunnan provincial capital, Lijiang Studio maintains one office, with computers and internet, and two two-bedroom apartments for resident artists. We have access to warehouse exhibition spaces, and workshops and classes can be arranged at the local universities, including the Yunnan Art Academy.

Lijiang Studio welcomes artists working any medium, from visual arts to music to literature to performance. If your work requires special equipment, please check with us.

Artists are required to pay for their own airfare, internal transportation in China, appropriate insurance, production or project expenses, and general living expenses. Lijiang Studio provides living and working space, and most meals. If your project has been accepted by us and you are applying to external funders, we can provide a letter of invitation.

Lijiang Studio is not a traditinoal residency in the sense of "retreat", a quiet haven for visiting artists to work in. Please catch up on your previous work before coming. Our goal is the meaningful interaction between local, Chinese, and non-Chinese artists, which contributes to the long-term development and stimulation of Lijiang. To accomplish this, we require several things of visiting artists:

1. The visiting artist creates project(s) which involves local people, those people could be common people, farmers, craftsman, children, etc.

2. The visiting artist organizes lessons, master classes, presentations, or workshops in Kunming or Lijiang at least twice per month.

3. During the residency period, the artist should initiate or participate significantly in one special event (for past examples, please refer to the Jianghu section on this website) according to his or her interest. This event should involve local artists and people, and may be done in collaboration with others. Lijiang Studio will help the artist organize this event.

A rough schedule of these requirements will be agreed upon within the first two weeks of the residency, and be revised according to circumstances. There will also be at least one mutual evaluation session between local artists, Lijiang Studio, and visiting artists for each project or residency period.

At the end of the residency period, the artist will donate some works to Lijiang Studio, primarily to serve as evidence of their residency and whatever stimulation may have come of it, and a record of their work for local people to access later. This work, or some version/representation of this work, must be available to Lijiang Studio to use for archives, presentations, exhibitions, web and print publishing, etc. Permissions for use must be discussed clearly before the visiting artist leaves Lijiang Studio.

Residencies are currently by invitiation. Contact us at info@lijiangstudio.org with your project ideas and for more information about applying to the residency.

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