1990 - 1999Into the International Stages
Japan Foundation ASEAN Culture Center opens with an exhition of Fukuoka Art Museum collection
Narrative Visions in Contemporary ASEAN Art, consisting of the collection of Fukuoka Art Museum, is held from February 12 to 26 as an inaugural exhibition of the Japan Foundation ASEAN Culture Center, Tokyo. Curated by Ushiroshoji Masahiro (Fukuoka Art Museum).
The first exhibition of Chinese avant-garde art outside China
Art Chinois: Chine Demain Pour Hier (Jul. 7–31 at Pourriéres, Frace) is held curated by Fei Dawei who lives in France as the first introduction of contemporary Chinese art outside China. Participating artists are Cai Guoqiang, Huang Yongping, Chen Zhen, Yang Jiechang, Gu Wenda, and Yan Peiming.
Museum City Tenjin begins
Museum City Tenjin: Circulation of Sensibility–Visual City, Functioning Art (Sep. 17–Nov. 4 at various locations in Tenjin, Fukuoka) is held. The participation of Cai Guoqiang leads the project to organize the Exceptional Passage exhibition held next year. The exhibition continues on a biennial basis between 1992 and 2002 in various locations in Tenjin and Hakata. Each time, Asian artists are invited to participate.
Large-scale exhibition of five Chinese artists gives Japanese art world a great impact
Exceptional Passage: Chinese Avant-garde Artists (Aug. 29–Sep. 29 at the Mitsubishi-Jisho Artium, Fukuoka, and Sep. 1–30 at Kashii former train yard, Fukuoka) is held, organized by the Museum City Project, curated by Fei Dawei. The exhibition becomes the first full-scale exhibition of Chinese contemporary art, including large outdoor installation, in Japan and has a nationwide impact.
19919.17 South Korea, North Korea
199110.16 North Korea
The Space exhibition with local and international artists
The Artists Village and National Arts Council jointly organize The Space, a Fringe Festival visual arts event for the Singapore Festival of Arts (May 31–Jun. 21 at the Hong Bee Warehouse). Forty local artists and twenty international artists participate in the event.
19928.24 South Korea, China
The first large-scale exhibition of Southeast Asian contemporary art by the Japan Foundation
New Art from Southeast Asia 1992 is held. After the exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space Exhibition Gallery (Sep. 15–25), it tours to Fukuoka Art Museum (Sep. 29–Oct. 18), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (Oct. 31–Nov. 29), and Kirin Plaza Osaka (Dec. 2–13). The exhibition becomes the first large-scale exhibition of contemporary art from the Southeast Asia by the Japan Foundation.
Exhibition in public spaces
Artists, including Navin Rawanchaikul, teachers, and art students organize the Art Festivals: Temples and Cemeteries, which is later known as the first exhibition of Chaing Mai Social Installation. The festival consist of installations, performances, talks, and participatory events. Experimental public arts and cultural events take place in the public spaces of the city for three months.
19931.30 Germany, Neitherland, U.K., Denmark
The first large-scale introduction of Chinese avant-garde art at an European art museum
China Avant-Garde (Jan. 30–May 16 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin) is held. The exhibition tours to the Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, and the Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik (Denmark), becoming the first large-scale exhibition of Chinese contemporary art.
19931.31 Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, U.K., Canada
The first historical survey of Chinese avant-garde art
China’s New Art, Post-1989 (Jan. 31–Feb. 14 at Hong Kong City Hall, Pao Galleries, and Hong Kong Arts Centre) is held. The exhibition introduces artworks crated after the second Tiananmen Square Incident. Works of cynical realism and political pop receive attention. The exhibition tours to Taipei, Sidney, London, Vancouver, and five cities in the United States, including Eugene.
Josef Ng’s performance causes controversy and the proscription of performance art begins
At the exhibition, The Artists’ General Assembly, at the 5th Passage Gallery, Josef Ng shaves his pubic hair in protest of the antigay operations. The performance creates a controversy and leads to the proscription of performance art in Singapore.
19942.5 South Korea
The first exhibiiton of Asian American artists by the Asia Society
Asia/America: Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art (Feb. 16–Jun. 26 at Asia Society Galleries, New York) is held. The exhibition is curated by Margo Machida and tours to six cities in the United States. The participating artists include Hanh Thi Pham, Zarina, Manuel Ocampo, and Tseng Kwong Chi.
Three-part exhibition of Asian Art
Creativity in Asian Art Now, Part I Contemporary Folk Art, Part II Contemporary Painting and Sculpture in Asia (Sep. 7–Nov. 13 at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art) is held, under the program of the 12th Asian Games held in Hiroshima. Cai Guoqiang, Anish Kapoor, Tang Dawu, and Yook Keunbyung participate in the Part III Asian Installation Work (Sep. 18–Nov. 6).
The 4th Asian Art Show tours from Fukuoka to Tokyo etc., attracts natiowide media attention, comprises “Asian art boom”
The 4th Asian Art Show, Fukuoka: Realism as an Attitude is held from September 10 to October 16, commemorating the 15th Anniversary of the Fukuoka Art Museum, with the special exhibition Rickshaw Painting Traffic Art in Bangladesh. The workshops are held during the show. The exhibition tours to the Hakone Open-Air Museum (Jan 1.–Feb. 12, 1995), the Akita Integrated Life Cultural Hall Atorion Art Gallery (Feb. 17–Mar. 21), and the Setagaya Art Museum (Apr. 5–May 14). The exhibition introduces politically oriented works produced in China and Southeast Asian countries around 1990, along with installations and performances through artist-in-residence workshops. Partly because the exhibition tours to Tokyo, the exhibition causes a nationwide impact. Together with the exhibitions at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and symposiums by the Japan Foundation, the exhibition is said to form the “Asian Art Boom.”
The first exhibition of exchanges among Chinese, South Korean, and Japanese artists
The ’94 Beijing, International Com-Art Show: is held at Art Museum of Capital Normal University (Oct. 25–31). It is the first culture exchange exhibition by artists from China, South Korea, and Japan. In 1995, the exhibition tours to the Gyeonggi Arts Center, Korea, then to Kirin Plaza, Osaka (Jul. 20–Aug.3), and Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo (Aug. 23–Sept. 5).
19959.20 South Korea
Exhibition of development of Modernism in Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand
Asian Modernism: Diverse Development in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand (Oct. 28–Dec. 3 at Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo) is held. The exhibition tours to the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, the National Gallery, Bangkok, and Gedung Pameran Seni Rupa (Art Exhibition Hall of the Departement of Education and Culture), Indonesia.
The first exhibiiton of Asian contemporary Art in New York
Contemporary Art in Asia: Traditions/Tensions (Oct. 3–Dec. 23) is held in three venues in New York City: the Grey Art Gallery, the Queens Museum of Art, and the Asia Society Galleries. The exhibition is curated by Thai curator Apinan Poshyananda and is the first large-scale Asian contemporary art exhibition in the U.S. It further tours to Canada, Australia, and Taiwan.
International workshop with artists from Pakistan and the 4th Asian Art Show
Lahore International Art Education Workshop (Dec. 8–22 at the National College of Arts, Lahore) is held. Nilofar Akmut organizes the event and invites Fuji Hiroshi and Lee Wen, whom she met at The 4th Asian Art Show, Fukuoka.
The first exhibition of historical developments of modern art from five countries of Southeast Asia
The Birth of Modern Art in Southeast Asia: Artists and Movements (May 9–Jun. 8 at Fukuoka Art Museum) is held. The exhibition is the first large-scale exhibition in Japan that introduces modern art from Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The exhibition tours to Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum (Jun. 17–Jul. 13), Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art (Jul. 19–Aug. 31), and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (Sep. 6–Oct. 12).
19977.1 Hong Kong
19977.23 Laos, Myanmar
Urban style Asian art exhibition international tour
Cities on the Move (Nov 26–Jan. 18, 1998, at the Vienna Secession), a major traveling exhibition curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Hou Hanru, is held and tours to New York, Bordeaux, Humlebaek (Denmark), London, Bangkok, and Helsinki. The exhibition involves 150 artists, architects, and urban designers, becoming the first event to feature the impact of the spread globalism and hyper-urbanization.
19983.20 South Korea
Serial exhibition of Taiwanese artists
Contemporary Taiwanese Art Exhibition: The New Identity is held at Mitsubishi-Jisho Artium, Fukuoka. Part 1 (Aug. 27–Sep. 15) features Lee Mingsheng, Mei Dean-E, and Yao Juichung; Part 2 (Sep. 18–Oct. 4) features Hou Chunming and Chen Chienpei; and Part 3 (Oct. 8–25) features Chu Chiahua and Wang Junjieh. The exhibitions are organized by MOMA Contemporary.
Exhibition of Chinese art
Inside Out: New Chinese Art is held (Sept. 15– Jan. 3, 1999) at Asia Society and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (present-day MoMA PS1) in New York. The exhibition tours to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Asian Art Museum, as well as the Museo de Art Contemporañeo in Monterrey and Tacoma Art Museum, Mexico, and other museums.
Exhibition of early oil paintings in East Asia
Oil Painting in the East Asia: Its Awakening and Development is held at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art (Apr. 10–May 23) and tours to Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (May 29–Jul. 11), Tokushima Modern Art Museum (Jul. 17–Aug. 29), Utsunomiya Museum of Art (Sept. 12–Oct. 20), and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Oct. 30–Dec. 19).
Exhibition of abstract art by Asian American artists
Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions: Asian American Artists and Abstraction, 1945–1970 is held at Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (Apr. 11–May 30) and tours to Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Jul. 17–Aug. 22) and Akita Senshu Museum of Art (Sep. 4–Oct. 11).
19999.4 South Korea