1970 - 1989Beyond the Modernism
19706.9 South Korea
Korean Art Grand Award Exhibition, Kim Kulim’s challenging installation removed
Korean Art Grand Award Exhibition, the first open-call based exhibition organized by the Hankook Ilbo, is held (Jun. 9–Jul. 9 at National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul). Kim Whanki receives the Grand Prize with Where, in What Form, Shall We Meet Again. Kim Kulim is invited to participate, yet his work From Phenomenon to Traces, an installation to wrap the museum building with white cloth, is removed by the organizer.
197112.3 India, Pakistan
197210.17 South Korea
197310 South Korea
Toward a Mystical Reality exhibition focuses on Asian philosophy, condemning the imitation of Western art
Sulaiman Esa and Redza Piyadasa hold the exhibition Toward a Mystical Reality between August 2 and 7 at the Institute of Language and Literature in Kuala Lumpur. Criticizing the imitation of Western art based on a science-oriented view and anthropocentrism, they focus on Asian philosophy, such as Zen, and release their manifest that provokes the experience of real space with temporality. Salleh Ben Joned urinates on a copy of the manifesto, causing a controversy among artists, critics, and poets.
“Black December” manifesto against the judges in Jakarta Painting Biennale
Artists against the judicial selection of the winner of The 2nd Jakarta Painting Biennale (the Great Indonesian Painting Exhibition) declare their manifesto “Black December” and send the prize-winners the funeral flower with the message “Our sincere condolences to the death of art.”
Third Dharma Group Exhibition supressed and the group dissolves.
The Third Dharma Group Exhibition is held at Bhirasri Institute of Modern Art. Reacting to the massacre at Thammasat University, the group takes down and burns political works, including the Thammasak Booncherd’s large-scale woodcut print, Wheel of History. The rest of their works are confiscated by the police. The group is disbanded after the incident.
Bloody Wednesday incident. Many demostrators against the return of Thanom are killed
The Thammasat University massacre (Bloody Wednesday) occurs. Demonstrations by the leftist students and laborers protesting the return of former Prime Minister Thanom Kittikachorn are interrupted by the police, causing the brutal murder of the protestors who have occupied the university.
IAA Japan Committee despatches a research team to India etc.
The International Association of Art Japan sends Western-style painters, Ishikawa Shigehiko, Maeda Josaku, and the director Kurata Heikichi to Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka between January 7 and 28. They give a talk about the trip on April 4 at the Artists Hall, Ginza, Tokyo.
Fukuoka Mayor announces Asian Art Exhibition as the inaugural exhibition of the Fukuoka Art Museum
Artists from Western Japan form the Asian Art Committee and submit a request to Shinto Kazuma, mayor of Fukuoka. Accordingly, Mayor Shinto announces on the 29th that the inaugural exhibition of the Fukuoka Art Museum is Asian art exhibition.
Exhibition of Kaisahan artists in Japan
Kaisahan Travelling Art Exhibition is held (Oct 17–19 at Doshisa University, Kyoto). The exhibition features the paintings by the Kaisahan members, including Edgar Fernandez and Jose Tence Ruiz. Fernandez visits Japan during the show. The exhibition tours to the Kansai Seminar House in Kyoto and then to Nishinomiya, Sendai, Fukushima, Yokohama, and Tokyo.
19792.17 China, Vietnam
The 1st exhibition of Gangaw Village Art Group
The 1st exhibition by the Gangaw Village Art Group is held at the first Department of Medicine Dome of Rangoon Arts and Sciences University (present-day Yangon University). The group is formed mainly by the students of Rangoon Arts and Sciences University. The group continues until today.
The first official exhibition of No Name Group
The No Name Group Exhibition by Zhao Wenliang, Yang Yushu, and others is held on July 13–29 at Huafangzhai in Beihai Park, Beijing. The exhibition preview is held from the 7th, and Liu Haisu visits on the 9th. The group becomes the first independent group that seeks art for the sake of art.
The First Stars Exhibition supressed
The First Xingxing (Stars) Exhibition is held (Sep. 27–Oct. 3 at the outdoor wall of the National Art Museum of China, Beijing). The group issues the statement that Picasso is their pioneer. The police interrupt the exhibition on the 28th, arresting Ma Desheng and Huang Rui. On the 29th, the exhibition is suspended, and the works are confiscated by the police.
197910 South Korea
A painting depicting the tragedy of the Cultural Revolution appears
In the art exhibition celebrating the thirty-year anniversary of the foundation of the Sichuan Province in Chongqing, Cheng Conlin exhibits the work, The Snow on a Certain Day in 1968. The work is noted as depicting the tragedy of the Cultural Revolution.
The street demonstration by Stars members
The Xingxing members hold the demonstration in Beijing against the government’s interruption of their exhibition, which is the first public demonstration since the establishment of People’s Republic of China. Wang Keping puts up the banner with the slogan “Demand democracy in politics and freedom in art.”
197910.16 South Korea
197910.26 South Korea
197912.6 South Korea
197912.12 South Korea
The first Grass Society Exhibition suppressed
The first CaoCao (Grass) Society Exhibition, Art for the 1980s, is held at Luwan District Clture Center, Shanghai. The exhibition is scheduled to run until March 9 but is closed midway through and is criticized by the authorities as bourgeois liberalism.
19805.18 South Korea
Gwangju Democratizing Movement
The Gwangju Democratizing Movement (Gwangju Uprising) occurs. As martial law is expanded at 00:00, the martial law troops (paratroopers) begin massacres and atrocities against students and citizens. Hong Sungdam later conveys the incident nationally and internationally with his print series.
198010 South Korea
Reality and Utterance exhibition refused
The Reality and Utterance Exhibition is held at Art Hall, Korean Culture and Arts Foundation in Seoul. Permission to use the venue is revoked, but the show continues for about two hours under candlelight. The works are re-exhibited at the Dongsanbang Gallery on Nov 13–19.
Fukuoka Art Museum holds the first exhibtion of contemporary Asian art
The Commemorative Exhibition of the 1st Anniversary of the Fukuoka Art Museum, Asian Artists Exhibition Part II, Contemporary Asian Art Show is held between November 1 and 30. The symposium entitled “What must be done for the future of Asian tradition and art which have been changed under the influence of Western art?” is on Nov. 3.
We and the Third World exhibits Thai works
The 3rd We and the Third World: Towards Extinction of Nuclear Armaments, Restoration of Mankind and Nature is held (Jul. 13–23 at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum). Approximately 200 contemporary artworks from Thailand are exhibited, and Santi Isrowuthakul and Sathaporn Chaiyaseth are invited.
198210.29 South Korea
Tour of Korean art exhibition in Japan
Korean Contemporary Arts Exhibition: An Aspect in the Latter Half of the 70s, is held from June 11 to July 10 at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and tours to the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, and Fukuoka Art Museum.
19844.21 South Korea
Fukuoka Art Museum introduces contemporary art, folk art, and print in Let’s Meet with Asian Art
The Commemorative Exhibition of the 5th Anniversary of the Fukuoka Art Museum, Let’s Meet with Asian Art: Traditions & Today (Oct. 24–Nov. 18) is held in four sections each featuring Indian contemporary art, India’s Mithila Painting, Chinese modern contemporary woodcut works, and Suzhou New Year Paintings.
Conference on Oil Painting officially guarantees freedom of expression
The Huangshan Conference on Oil Painting guarantees a great deal of freedom of expression. The conference is organized by Chinese National Academy of Arts Fine Art Research Center, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing Fine Art Academy, Chna Artists Association Anhui Branch, and Art History Editorial Department.
The 2nd Asian Art Show by Fukuoka Art Museum
The 2nd Asian Art Show (Nov. 2–Dec. 1, Fukuoka Art Museum), with 268 artists from 13 countries, is held with the special exhibition Art of Bali. Along with the exhibitions, Asia Festival and the symposium “Contemporary Asian Art: Its Future Perspective” are held. The exhibited works are divided into two and tour to the prefectures in Kyushu as Asian Contemporary Art Exhibition. The exhibition also tours to the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea (Aug. 26–Dec. 25, 1986).
An exhibition of Rauschenberg in Beijing causes Pop Art boom in China
Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI) is held (Nov. 18–Dec. 8, National Art Museum of China, Beijing). The exhibition causes an impact on Chinese art history by introducing works using various mediums and styles, such as collage, assemblage, and photography. The exhibition triggers a Pop Art boom in the Chinese art world. The exhibition also tours to Lhasa from December 2 to 23 at Xizang Exhibition Hall.
198511.22 South Korea
Council of National Art People founded as the united front of People’s Art
The founding conference of the Council of National Art People is held at Yeoido Hundred Women Hall in Seoul. Son Jangseob is appointed as the director, Kim Yongtae as the secretary general, and Choi Yeol as the project inspector.
198512 South Korea
19862.21 South Korea
19868 South Korea
National Museum of Contemporary Art moves to Kwacheon and holds Asian contemporary art exhibition
National Museum of Contemporary Art is moved to Kwacheon. Asian contemporary art exhibition is held (Aug. 25–Dec. 25) as one of its inaugural exhibitions as the tour of the 2nd Asian Art Show at Fukuoka Art Museum with re-organized Japanese section.
The first exhibition of woman artists organized by women
The exhibition featuring female artists organized by females, Through the Looking Glass, is held at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, for the first time in India. The exhibition tours to Bagalore (present-day Bengaluru), Bombay (present-day Mumbai), and New Delhi (until 1989).
Fantasy World Supermarket exhibition by the members of the New Art Movement
The members of the New Art Movement are reunited after ten years since the group’s first exhibition. The exhibition, Fantasy World Supermarket (Jun. 15–30 at Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta), criticizes the consumerism in the Indonesian art world.
19876.29 South Korea
19879.11 South Korea
198712.16 South Korea
1988Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand)
Indian Tribal Art exhibition as a programn of Festival of India
The Art of Adivasi (Indian Tribal Art) (Apr. 19–May 12 at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art) is held as a part of the Festival of India and tours to the Museum of Modern Art Saitama (Jun. 17–Aug. 5), Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art (Aug. 11–Sep. 25), and Setagaya Art Museum (Oct. 8–Nov. 3).
Indian Contemporary Art Exhibition as a programn of Festival of India
The Indian Contemporary Art Exhibition (May 13–29 at Takaoka City Museum of Art) is held as a part of Festival of India and tours to Meguro Museum of Art (Jun 11.–Jul. 17) and Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts (Nov. 12–Dec. 11).
19888.19 South Korea
19889 South Korea
Large exhibition as a peak of 1980’s avant-garde art suspended
China Avant-Garde Exhibition (Feb. 5–19 at National Art Museum of China, Beijing) is held. It is historic for the national museum to exhibit many experimental and avant-garde works. Tang Son and Xiao Lu shoot Xiao’s work, Dialogue, in shape of a telephone booth. The artists are arrested, and the exhibition is suspended in five days. Shortly after the reopening of the exhibition, the museum and police receive a bomb threat. The exhibition is closed again accordingly in two days.
The first introduction of Chinese avant-garde art in Japan
Toward the 1990s: Documents on Contemporary Chinese Art (Apr. 10–15 at Gallery K and Gallery Kobayashi, Tokyo) is held. The exhibition showcases the archive of the exhibition held in Beijing in February. Chiba Shigeo and Fang Zhongming give a lecture on the 14th.
Magiciens de la terre, large and controvercial exhibition of art from non-European world
Magiciens de la terre (May 18–Aug. 28 at Centre Georges Pompidou, la Villette, Paris) is held. This historic exhibition showcases non-European tribal art on par with European and American contemporary art. It also makes the existence of Chinese avant-garde art internationally known. Huan Yongping makes his international debut and stays in France after the exhibition.
19897.6 Japan,South Korea
The 3rd Asian Art Show, with thematic selection of works and printmaking workshop
The 3rd Asian Art Show, Fukuoka: Symbolic Visions in Contemporary Asian Life , commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Fukuoka Art Museum, is held from July 6 to August 13. The Asia Festival and Printmaking Workshop are held during the exhibition. The exhibition tours to the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea (Sep. 7–Oct. 3), and the Yokohama Museum of Art (Nov. 3–Dec. 25).
The first ASEAN Symposium on Aesthetics
The first ASEAN Symposium on Aesthetics is held with workshops and an exhibition, Tradition, the Source of Inspiration. Malaysian artists, including Ismail Zain and Wong Hoy Cheong, discuss the link between local art history and modernism. The exhibition tours to Japan in the following May.