Contemporary Art for South & Southeast Asia
‘No Country’ at the Asia Society
New York City’s prestigious Guggenheim Museum debuted the critically-acclaimed No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia exhibit this spring, and when it was announced the exhibition would tour the globe, it was little surprise that Hong Kong’s dedicated Asia Society centre was selected as the inaugural host. Opening October 30 and running until February 2014, the exhibition features works from 13 innovative artists representing the region – from Bangladesh to Myanmar; Pakistan to Vietnam – and whose range of media spans as wide as their heritage, including film, oil and watercolour painting, and sculpture.
Tracing a vibrant narrative of countries whose collective history is marked with colonisation, division, and intervention, each of the modern art pieces now on view speaks to civilisations both on the mend and on the up. Jakarta-based Reza Afsina contemplates the confluence of Islam and Christianity in a short film; Myanmar’s Aung Myint is one of the country’s few modern artists, creating acrylic and gold on canvas interpretations of classical scenes; and Vietnamese mixed-media artist Truong Tan challenges common (and heavily French-influenced) conceptions of art with controversy and taboo. Afterwards, be sure to swing by the ultra modern AMMO
for a refreshing tipple and light bites.