Art Basel Hong Kong’s SZ-GZ Tour March 24, 2017

SZ-GZ Art Tour

On the road for the 2017 SZ-GZ Art Tour

One of the highlights of this year’s Art Basel Hong Kong Art Fair was the SZ-GZ Tour to Shenzhen and Guangzhou. The bus picked us up at 9:00 from the Hong Kong Expo site and drove to the Mainland border. After passing through the required Chinese Customs check we headed off to the OCT exhibition spaces (www.ocat.org.cn).

OCT Loft

OCT Loft exhibition space Shenzhen, China

This cultural organization in Shenzhen has been providing a rich diet of cutting edge contemporary art to the Delta region since 2005. Here we viewed a solo exhibition, installation and video work by Simon Denny entitled, Real Mass Entrepreneurship curated by Venus Lau. As a frequent visitor to the OCT Museums I have enjoyed their program, a highlight of which can be seen in this 2016 ‘Land’ Art exhibition, Digging China.

OCT Loft exhibition space

OCT Loft exhibition space’s 2016 exhibition, Digging China

Next after a small bus mishap we were taxied off to our second stop, which was the Shenzhen-Shekou offices of the Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation (www.fyfoundation.com) where a wonderful exhibition was prepared by curator Biljana Ciric to go with a great bag lunch.

From Shenzhen we then headed off to the Chinese mega city of Guangzhou, known historically as Canton it is the largest city and capital of Guangdong province. Guangzhou, which is located on the Pearl River is approximately 120 kilometers northwest of Hong Kong, and has an estimated population of over 13 million. Here our first stop was in the delta-lands just outside the city the site of the Mirrored Gardens, hosted by Vitamin Creative Space (www.vitamincreativespace.com).

Mirrored Gardens at Vitamin Creative Space

The architecture of ‘Mirrored Gardens’ is designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Mirrored Gardens at Vitamin Creative Space

the Mirrored Gardens

Mirrored Gardens at Vitamin Creative Space

The Mirrored Gardens

Zheng Guogu at Vitamin Creative Space

Zheng Guogu exhibition, The Winding Path to Trueness.

Here we were presented with the work of Zheng Guogu, The Winding Path to Trueness. The architecture and landscaping of this tropical garden designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects is spectacular! Onward to the final stop on this trip, one of my favorite sites in Guangzhou, the Times Museum (www.timesmuseum.org) in the city’s Huangbian district. Here curator Nikita Yingqian Cai guided us through the exhition, The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away, a conceptual show based thematically on the 1988 installation by Russian artist, Ilya Kabakov. Another great show at the Times Museum was the 2013 Pipilotti Rist solo exhibition highlighting the artist’s video work recorded in Guangzhou, China.

Times Museum

Pipilotti Rist solo exhibition at the Times Museum 2013 Guangzhou, China

Times Museum

Pipilotti Rist solo exhibition at the Times Museum 2013 Guangzhou, China

To say the tour was a fantastic glimpse of the contemporary art resources of southern China’s Delta region is an understatement. I look forward to future adventures along these lines, perhaps including some of the other great sites of the region like Shenzhen’s Design Center, as well as locations in Zhuhai and Macau.

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