ArtReview Asia Spring 2017

Refusing to forget – Anselm Franke on ritual, spirits and ghosts in the work of Ho Tzu Nyen and Hsu Chia-Wei; Theaster Gates on activism; the uncanny sculpture of Zhang Ruyi; Patricia Perez Eustaquio’s waste aesthetic, and more!


In this issue 

Nirmala Devi picks 21 must-see exhibitions this Spring – in Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, Delhi, Amsterdam, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Singapore, Melbourne, Dubai, Toronto, Taipei, Hanoi and Tel Aviv

Anselm Franke on weretigers, frog marshals and other modern mediums

Ho Tzu Nyen – Mark Rappolt on the Singaporean artist’s peculiar obsession with Hong Kong cinema icon Tony Leung Chiu-wai and his multiple aliases.

Theaster Gates – Mark Rappolt talks to the artist activist ahead of his Hong Kong show

Le Brothers – The divisions and splits in politics and society within the Le Brothers’s native Vietnam are both a core subject and something from which to run away. By Max Crosbie-Jones

Patricia Perez Eustaquio – Adeline Chia writes on the Filipino artist’s eye for the beauty in decay and her regenerative take on waste

Zhang Ruyi – Aimee Lin finds the Shanghainese artist’s sculptures and installations reflect contemporary feelings of isolation, alienation and urban dysfunction

Pak Sheung Chuen – Aimee Lin looks at the work of the Hong Kong artist following the withering of the Umbrella movement

Our columnists have their say…

New fiction from Hu Fang in which the narrator finds themselves trapped in a ‘pleasure park’ nightmare; the fourth instalment of Charu Nivedita’s ‘Notes from Madras’ laments the lack of respect for the arts and their propagation in Tamil culture; fashion writer Clara Young on sleepwear as everyday attire and the fading boundary between our public and private selves.


Busan Biennale at various locations
He Yida: Right Misplacement at A+ Contemporary, Shanghai
When We Become Us at Capsule, Shanghai
Hans-Henning Korb: Kaya Cynara at The Empty Gallery, Hong Kong
Interpreting New Art Movement at Gallery Katamsi, Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta
Haig Aivazian at Sfeir Semler, Beirut
The Bizarre Honour at OH! Open House, Singapore
Singapore Biennale at various locations
Chun Kai Qun at Fost, Singapore
Kamin Lertchaiprasert: The Timeless Present Moment at Maiiam, Chiang Mai
Kamrooz Aram: Recollections for a room at Green Art Gallery, Dubai
Ghislaine Leung at Cell Project Space, London
On The Origin of Art at Mona, Hobart


Istanbul: a tale of three cities, by Bettany Hughes
Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
The Refugees, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada
Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader In Singapore Contemporary Art, edited by Jeffrey Say and Seng Yu Jin
The Best We Could Do: an illustrated memoir, by Thi Bui


The Strip presents a new work by the Timorese artist-activsit Alfe RM, introduced by Paul Gravett. Meanwhile, things get deadly on install day at Art Basel Hong Kong, as Gallery Girl masterminds a plan to replace a leading gallerist. Whatever the execution, she will get her way…