2018 - 2019 Program
‘TROPOSPHERE’ in RIO
In response to the overwhelming positive impact of the exhibition in Beijing. Currents is co-organizing an exhibition with the same concept at the museum of the modern art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Opening on November 6th, 2019. TROPOSPHERE in Rio will emphasize a vision of China through the lenses of Chinese artists. Different artists will participate in the exhibition at MAM – Rio. Sarina Tang and Fernando Cocchiarale, will co-curate this exhibition assisted by Fernanda Lopes.
2017 - 2018 Program
TROPOSPHERE - Chinese and Brazilian Contemporary Art
December 9, 2017 – March 4, 2018
Beijing Minsheng Art Museum
Museum Hall 1/2
798 Art District, Chaoyang District
TROPOSPHERE – Chinese and Brazilian Contemporary Art, opened at Beijing Minsheng Art Museum on December 9, 2017. Organized by the Museum and China Minsheng Bank, in cooperation with CURRENTS Art and Music, Embassy of Brazil in Beijing, and Beijing Minsheng Culture and Art Foundation, TROPOSPHERE marked the first large-scale exhibition of contemporary Brazilian art in China.
The TROPOSPHERE is the lowest layer of Earth's atmosphere, and, as such, it connects the entire world, including countries as far apart as China and Brazil.
Amidst profound political, social, and economic shifts within both China and Brazil in recent decades,TROPOSPHERE examines points of connection among leading contemporary artists from these two countries. Co-curated by CURRENTS Founder and Director Sarina Tang and art critic Bao Dong, the exhibition presents the work of twenty-one Brazilian artists in juxtaposition with that of twenty-one contemporary Chinese artists in direct, one-to-one pairings. Although the artists are not aware of their counterpart, their works express an astonishing interconnection. Through painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation, this presentation exposes synergies across aesthetic solutions, working methods, and historical narratives.
TROPOSPHERE was announced at the 9th BRICS Summit, which took place in Xiamen, China, on September 5-7, 2017. During the press conference on September 7th, co-curator Tang stated, "TROPOSPHERE – Chinese and Brazilian Contemporary Art" is held to focus on the parallels between Chinese and Brazilian artists. I am honored to have the opportunity to bring about this exhibition, whereby the Chinese audience, for the first time, can be exposed to contemporary art from Brazil" Fellow curator Bao Dong echoed the exhibition's aim of emphasizing common ground between Brazil and China, speaking of shared circumstances of everyday life reflected in the participating artists' work. Titled in reference to the closest, most fundamental layer of the Earth's atmosphere, in which all human activity takes place, TROPOSPHERE aims to frame these exchanges in contemporary art on a global scale, in "promoting a direct exchange between these two countries – and a mutual understanding of each other's culture.
罗德里戈 · 安德拉德 Rodrigo Andrade
莱达 · 卡通达 Leda Catunda
卡利托 · 卡瓦略萨 Carlito Carvalhosa
圣克莱尔 · 切明 St. Clair Cemin
马科斯 · 查韦斯 Marcos Chaves
菲利普 · 科恩 Felipe Cohen
约纳塔斯 · 德 · 安德拉德 Jonathas de Andrade
安东尼奥 · 迪亚斯 Antonio Dias
伊朗 · 圣埃斯皮里图 Iran do Espirito Santo
安德烈 · 小松 Andre Komatsu
维克 · 穆尼斯 Vik Muniz
恩里克 · 奥利维拉 Henrique Oliveira
亚伯拉罕 · 帕拉特尼克 Abraham Palatnik
安娜 · 普拉塔 Ana Prata
卡伊奥 · 莱塞维茨 Caio Reisewitz
米格尔 · 里奥布朗库 Miguel do Rio Branco
阿丰索 · 托斯特 Afonso Tostes
阿德里安娜 · 瓦雷让 Adriana Varejao
路易斯 · 泽尔比尼 Luiz Zerbini
蔡磊 Cai Lei
傅中望 Fu Zhangwang
胡晓媛 Hu Xiaoyuan
黄永砅 Huang Yongpin
蒋志 Jiang Zhi
李松松 Li Songsong
梁铨 Liang Quan
林天苗 Lin Tianmiao
刘韡 Liu Wei
骆丹 Luo Dan
马秋莎 Ma Qiusha
欧阳春 Ouyang Chun
尚一心 Shang Yixin
石青 Shi Qin
宋冬 Song Dong
隋建国 Sui Jianguo
王光乐 Wang Guangle
王宁德 Wang Ningde
杨茂源 Yang Maoyuan
杨振中 Yang Zhenzhong
余友涵 Yu Youhan
Curators from China - Contemporary Art Survey in Brazil
Four curators from China visited Brazil: Bao Dong 鲍栋, Zhu Zhu 朱朱, Zhang Li 张离, and Felicia Chen. The visit was a Currents Art and Music initiative, co-hosted by Latitude and the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations. During the trip, the curators researched contemporary art in Brazil, so that they can include Brazilian artists in future exhibitions in China. This was a first time for all 4 curators, and they were both surprised and impressed by Brazil's environment, culture, and especially the myriad practice and agency in contemporary art. Curator Bao Dong published a blog of this visit in ArtForum China, which elicited great interest.
Highlights of the trip: Inhotim, a vast complex with 27 art installations, each of which had its own custom pavilion designed by architects in cooperation with the artists. Three additional spaces were made for temporary exhibitions
ArtRio – art fair in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
32nd Sao Paulo Bienal – Chinese curators met with Bienal's chief curator, Jochen Volz
Visits to museums, met with Directors and curators, as well as galleries
20 artists' studio visits, in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
SONG DONG in 4 cities in Brazil
Song Dong created his "Eating the City" architectural installation—and saw it devoured by audiences—in Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, and Brasilia. A production team of 16 built it each time in 4 days using crackers, cookies, candy, chocolate, and Nutella. Exhibition of "My City" at Cultural Center of the Bank of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, including launch of bilingual book Song Dong in Brazil.
SONG DONG: REGENERATE at Baro Gallery in Sao Paulo
Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen were invited to Brazil to visit museums, art galleries, and artists' studios in Sao Paulo, Rio, and Inhotim. As a result of this trip, Sarina Tang was asked to curate an exhibition for Song Dong at Galeria Baro, in 2014.
This major exhibition is of special significance to the artist. At age 48, he is at the beginning of his fifth 12-year cycle and finds a new beginning. Song Dong profoundly feels the loss of the old neighbourhoods in Beijing of his childhood, and he created this exhibition as his rebirth in a new city in a new country. His installation, "My City", represents this rebirth and follows the format of the map of old Beijing. All the materials for this installation were sourced in Brazil, with the exception of the red door, which was in fact, the door to his home in Beijing.
Contemporary and Traditional Multi-disciplinary Project
Currents is producing a multi-year Chinese contemporary music and art project with major institutions in New York City, starting in 2012. This started with a new production of Feng Yi Ting, a chamber opera by renowned composer Guo Wenjing, directed by Atom Egoyan. Featuring Shen Tiemei (沈铁梅), the Sichuan opera diva, and famous Beijing opera performer Jiang Qihu (江其虎) (details below)
The first element of the project is the co-production of Guo Wenjing's Feng Yi Ting, which premiered at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 27, 2012. Performances in New York City began at the Lincoln Center Festival on July 24th, 2012.
Four-star Review of Toronto, Canada performance by the Toronto Star, June 20, 2013
Review of Lincoln Center performance by The New York Times, July 29, 2012
"Into the Music" article by The New York Times, July 22, 2012
Review of Spoleto Festival performance by The New York Times, June 4, 2012
Review by The Wall Street Journal, June 4, 2012
Review by Charleston's oldest daily newspaper, The Post and Courier, May 28, 2012
See photos below
2013 - 2014 Program
Shared and Divergent project (2009-2014): An exhibition in 2014 will feature works of art created by the artists' exchange residencies whereby Brazilian artists produce new work in China and Chinese artists do so in Brazil.
Barrao, a Rio de Janeiro-based artist, a sculptor using ceramic and porcelain objects, was in residence in Jing Dezhen, in October–November, 2012 (details below)
Leda Catunda, a Sao Paulo-based painter who is known for her works using fabrics, from Sao Paulo, was artist-in-residence at Currents in October–November, 2012 (details below)
Marcelo Moscheta and Rodrigo Bivar - Residencies with the artists were centered in Sichuan province, and impacted them with new experiences and diverse cultural references. They paid an observation visit to Leshan, the largest extant Buddha – 71 meters high, from the Tang dynasty, San Xingdui, the 3,000 year-old bronze culture and ancient towns contrasted with the Juizhaigou natural scenic reserves, and Emeishan. With mist moving up and down mountains depicted by classical Chinese brushstroke artists, culminating in the sunrise floating at a parallel latitude. Both artists were also invited to make presentations of their work at UCCA in Beijing, and then at the Sichuan Academy of Fine Art in Chongqing
Past artists-in-residence: Marcos Chaves (2011) and Caio Reisewitz (2009-2010)
Sarina Tang, founder of CURRENTS - Art and Music, in the media:
Sarina Tang interviewed by Yuhan Liu, of China Daily USA (watch on YouTube)
Report by Yuhan Liu at Dress Rehearsal performance, Lincoln Center Festival (watch on YouTube
Profile in O Estado de S. Paulo, a major Sao Paulo newspaper (see link)
Profile in Stream magazine (see PDF)
Review written by Sarina Tang for ArtInfo on the eighth edition of Mercosul, the bienal representing South America (see link)
Barrao, Artist in Residence
Barrao is a well-established artist based in Rio de Janeiro, working with found ceramic and porcelain vases, figurines, depictions of animals, etc. He cuts these objects, re-uses fragments and parts, transforming them into humorous re-configurations distorting and twisting their original use and aesthetic.
Leda Catunda, Artist in Residence
Leda Catunda is a Sao Paulo based artist who uses paint and fabrics, or fragments of clothing items, sewing them into shapes that morph into wall hangings. Her soft sculptures betray an enticingly tactile multiple-perspective re-imagination of landscape. The negative space between the fully covered surfaces emphasize the organic forms which are paintings, assemblages and sculptural forms.