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Clash of the Titans 泰坦之战

aww-masthead.jpgTwo very different characters who came from two different centuries and both very influential art figures in the world art and social scenes. No one in their wildest dream in the art circle would have imagined to have the opportunity to witness a joint exhibition of Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei until National Gallery Victoria in Melbourne Australia presented more than 300 works, including major new commissions, immersive installations and a wide representation of paintings, sculptures, film, photography, publications and social media.

A one of its kind exhibition that has successfully collaborated the artist, Andy Warhol that symbolised the 20th century modernity and the ‘American century’ and on the other hand having the ‘Chinese century’ artist from the 21st century, Ai Wei Wei.

Among the exhibits, Ai Wei Wei’s installation of 1500 bicycles from his Forever Bicycles series is definitely one that cannot be missed by any visitors as the two wheelers standing tall with a powerful demand for attention upon entering the National Gallery of Victoria.

DSCF2441_final.jpgBlossom – 2015, Porcelain

The Blossom 2015 is another of Ai’s installation depicting a large bed of thousands of delicate, intricately designed white porcelain flowers. Interesting enough is that the only exhibits that both artists had in similarities is the Andy Warhol’s Absolut Vodka created in 1985 and Ai Wei Wei’s Tang Dynasty Courtesan in Bottle (Absolute Kurant) 1994. The former having the liquor bottle design silkscreened into typical Warhol’s presentation whereas the latter used the bottle as a representation of modernity of Chinese being influenced by the Western culture whilst reminding the public of Chinese cultural artefact that survived China’s history.

DSCF2434.jpgThe original bottles that Warhol designed for the Absolut Warhol campaign in 1986

DSCF2438Clay sculpture dating from the  Song dynasty (960 – 1279) in glass Johnnie Walker Red Label bottle.



DSCF2407_fianl.jpgAndy Warhol’s screen prints from his Campbell’s Soup II series (1969), with Ai Weiwei’s Coloured Vases (2015)



DSCF2386_final.jpgForever Bicycles – 2015, Stainless steel bicycle frames

Melbourne Art Fair Cancelled 墨尔本艺术博览会已取消!

Highly anticipated and only another few months to go, organiser of the Melbourne Art Fair had just announced that this important and successful biennale down under that attracted over 80 galleries and made a sales of $100 million in 2014 is now cancelled.

Chairperson of the non-profit Melbourne Art Foundation, Anna Pappas, cited that one of the reasons of this unfortunate announcement was due to the withdrawal of some of the high-profile galleries days before payment of the exhibition was due according to The Guardian reports. Pappas further elaborated that the organiser has no interest in becoming an affordable and mediocre art fair.

One of the withdrawn galleries voiced an opinion that the cost commitment was high, yet there were signs of good marketing and professional staff handling the fair. Another gallery had an interview with Art Asia Pacific, citing that the unofficial announcement that Sydney Contemporary run by the Art Fairs Australia (AFA) will be transforming the biannual art fair into an annual event in 2017 had influenced the decision. Adding insult to injury was that AFA had terminated its 20-year term contract with Melbourne Art Fair after 18 months.



其中一个退出的画廊认为,即使有良好的营销和专业工作人员举办这场博览会,但仍嫌成本太昂贵。另一个退出的画廊接受亚太艺术组织采访时说,举办悉尼当代艺术展的澳大利亚艺博会协会 (AFA),将在2017年把该双年展改成常年展的非正式消息传出后,影响了他们的决定。


Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats 村上隆: 500罗汉

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‘Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats’ exhibition marks the first large–scale Murakami exhibition in Japan in 14 years. Presented by Mori Art Museum, this amazing art exhibition is one show that should not be missed by anyone that has a heart for art. Born in 1962 in Tokyo, completed his doctoral work at Tokyo University in Fine Arts and selected by Time magazine’s ‘The 100 Most Influential People’ in 2008, Takashi Murakami is currently one of the most internationally acclaimed contemporary artists working today. Through his artistic career, the artist has cleverly connected the ‘otaku culture’, character iconography and Japanese art history against the backdrop of thematic landscape of post-war Japan. Hence developing the concept of ‘Superflat’, that has left his define mark in the contemporary art scene.

_O8A7641.JPGDuring this long awaited solo exhibition, Murakami presented one of the largest paintings ever produced in global art history – his 100-meter-long-painting, The 500 Arhats, showing off for the first time in Japan. Some other new works are also on exhibition in which the artist continues to amaze the public by exploring new challenges to the traditional Japanese art. This exhibition provides an important insight to Murakami’s art journey in terms of scale, energy and artistic accomplishment.


在期待已久的个展上,村上隆最巨大的画作也缔造全球艺术历史记录—长达100米的画作 - 500罗汉,这是首次在日本展出。其他新作品也让观赏者通过探索发现日本传统艺术的新鲜挑战。展览会塑造想象洞悉力,观摩村上的艺术之旅、能源与艺术修养。