Lee Kit’s ‘You (you)’ is Great (Great)

Wenny Teo: Lee Kit is precisely the kind of artist that people either love or hate. Those from the sneering "my-kid-could-do-that" school of spectatorship will want to stay well clear of the young Hong Kong artist's solo show, but everyone else should make it a point to visit. MORE

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:15:00 GMT

"The Unicorn and the Dragon" brings China closer to Venice

Wenny Teo: Many Chinese artists exhibiting in Venice over the years have attempted to retrace the rich historical and cultural connections between Italy and China. Indeed, some might still recall Cai Guo-Qiang’s dramatic gesture of Bringing to Venice What Marco Polo Forgot in the form of an exotic junk boat loaded with traditional Chinese medicine, spectacularly marooned somewhere along the Grand Canal, in 1995. MORE

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:52:00 GMT

Kaleidoscopic exhibition presents many facets of Chinese art

Wenny Teo: "Voice of the Unseen" is a sprawling survey of Chinese independent art from 1979 to the present, presented in the Tese delle Nappe, Arsenale Nord. It is an unapologetically spectacular and, indeed, encyclopaedic exhibition curated by the admirable Wang Lin. MORE

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:07:00 GMT

Neocolonialism as multiculturalism at the Kenya pavilion

Wenny Teo: Several pavilions have chosen to include artists of different nationalities in their exhibitions this year, but none have done so as crudely as the Italian commissioners and curators of the first ever Kenyan pavilion. MORE

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:41:00 GMT

(Soft) Power Play at the Chinese pavilion

Wenny Teo: The theme of this year's Chinese pavilion is "Transfiguration”—an elegant English approximation of the Chinese term "bianwei" that literally means “a change of position”. There is no doubt an unfortunate irony in this, given that China's most powerful living artist and activist has not one but three exhibitions currently on display in Venice (none in the Chinese pavilion of course) but has not been allowed to leave the country since his arrest, in 2011, to oversee their installation. MORE

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:27:00 GMT

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