Jitish Kallat

What is the role of art publishing today? Much has encroached on this established vehicle for art and its surrounding critical discourse as of late. Taking exhibition catalogues, magazines, artist books, and historical and philosophical writing into consideration, Hong Kong, Mumbai, and New York-based artists, curators, editors, and authors delve into how literary, research-based, and digitally-oriented hybrid practices alongside region-specific challenges impact their work.

Reiko Tomii, Co-Director, PoNJA-GenKon, New York; Jitish Kallat, Artist, Mumbai; Christina Li, Curator-at-Large, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong; Pak Sheung Chuen, Artist, Hong Kong

Moderator: Ingrid Chu, Public Programmes Curator, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong


Access: With Art Basel VIP card or purchased ticket; artbasel.com/hong-kong/salon

3/25/2017, 2-3 pm

Oda Jaune
'Peindre, dit-elle’ - group show

"Paint, She Said”, celebrates the current buoyant state of painting and particularly of painting by women artists living in France. Grouped under this title (reminiscent of Marguerite Duras' film and book "Destroy She Said") are a selection of established or up-and-coming artists who have clearly placed themselves in a painterly tradition and contribute to its continuing renewal. 

With Oda Jaune, Giulia Andreani Farah Atassi, Amélie Bertrand Anne Brégeaut, Marion Charlet Coraline de Chiara, Nina Childress Béatrice Cussol, Hélène Delprat Vanessa Fanuele, Vidya Gastaldon, Maude Maris Elodie Lesourd, Iris Levasseur Eva Nielsen, Laure Prouvost ClaireTabouret, Delphine Trouche.


From 3/10/2017 to 5/28/2017

Philippe Cognée
Jan Fabre
Pierre et Gilles
Chiharu Shiota
Yue Minjun
Daniel Templon - Portrait of a Gallery

On the 9th of March 2017, the Cultural Institute Bernard Magrez, leading centre for arts and culture in Bordeaux, pays tribute to Daniel Templon through an important exhibition organised at the Château Labottière.

With over 600 exhibitions and 250 artists, the world-renowned French galerist, always knew to pay particular attention to the artistic avant-garde.

The exhibition, portrays Daniel Templon, pioneer and major figure of the art world, featuring five major artists of his gallery, offering different artistic styles: Philippe Cognée, Jan Fabre, Pierre et Gilles, Yue Minjun and Chiharu Shiota.



From 3/09/2017 to 6/25/2017

Pierre et Gilles
L'ESPRIT FRANCAIS CONTRE-CULTURES - 1969-1989 - group show

From Narrative Figuration to the hardcore graphics of Bazooka, from Les Editions Champ Libre to the first «radios libres» (a form of pirate radio), from Hara-Kiri to Bérurier Noir, the exhibition looks at the formation of a critical, irreverent, dissenting «French spirit» by proposing a multitude of crossovers and affinities. Through some sixty artists and over seven hundred works and documents, spanning newspapers, flyers, posters, and extracts from films, videos and television shows, it purposely looks to other creative «genres» than those generally in the spotlight of contemporary art.

From 2/24/2017 to 5/21/2017

Pierre et Gilles
Clair-obscur - solo show

Pierre et Gilles embody a highly sophisticated art of the portrait, somewhere between photography and painting. They infuse a touch of humanity to the artificial beauty of celebrity, glorify ordinary people and enchant the world with superheroes plucked from mythology, the Bible or fairy tales. Nourished by art, film and all forms of popular culture, these painted photographs fit perfectly into the contemporary world.

Curator: Sophie Duplaix, Centre Pompidou

From 2/16/2017 to 5/14/2017

Pierre et Gilles
Pierre et Gilles '40 years' - publication

Already 40 years: It was in 1976 when the photographer Pierre Commoy met Gilles Blanchard, a painter from Beaux-Art in Paris, and when they start their four-handed oeuvre on the boarders between painting and photography. Under the name of Pierre and Gilles, art cannot be dissociated from personal issues or intimacy. In order to celebrate this anniversary, the artistes chose to publish a book presenting year by year like in an album.

Published in October by Flammarion, the book offers 350 illustrations, including never published photographs and a sophisticated text by Éric Troncy. It’s all in one : An anniversary, a tribute, a discovery.


Pierre et Gilles - 40 years, artist monograph published by Flammarion,

Available in bookstores on October 18, 2016

Jonathan Meese
Dr. Merlin de Large (Marquis Zed de Baby-Excalibur) - solo show

From February 15 to April 30, 2017, the Carré Sainte-Anne in Montpellier presents "Dr. Merlin de Large, Marquis Zed de Baby-excalibur”, an exhibition by the Berlin artist Jonathan Meese.

Blending references to history, legends and science fiction, for the last fifteen years, Jonathan Meese has been juxtaposing different personalities from various modes of expression such as film, opera, video or live performances. The expressionist forms and colours of his paintings are characterised by bold brush strokes and spontaneous scripts on a black background, completed with objects that are glued on. The artist develops his installations out of various items that he has collected.

The exhibition refers to the mythical legends of Arthur, as well as to the works of Stanley Kubrik, John Boorman and the Marquis de Sade. It consists of a series of paintings on canvas and ephemeral works created directly on the mouldings of the former church.


From 2/15/2017 to 4/30/2017

Jitish Kallat
Here After Here - solo show

A major solo exhibition of works by Jitish Kallat titled Here After Here, curated by internationally renowned curator Catherine David will open at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi on 15 January 2017.
Here After Here brings together Jitish Kallat’s vast œuvre spanning painting, photography, drawing, video and sculptural installations with some works dating back as far as 1992. The exhibition is spread across two buildings of the NGMA – the ornate Jaipur House, originally built as the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1936, and the museum’s new wing constructed in 2009.
Here After Here is the largest and most wide-ranging exhibition of Kallat’s work to date. To commemorate this significant juncture, a specially commissioned monograph published by the National Gallery of Modern Art will also serve as an anthology of essays on Kallat’s works.

From 1/15/2017 to 3/14/2017

Chiharu Shiota
Where are we going ? - solo show

Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche is honoured to be welcoming Chiharu Shiota and her outstanding exhibition in the heart of the department store. Famed for her vast in situ installations in wool thread and the evocative impact of her works, the artist has exploited her carte blanche with the intensity you would expect. "Where are we going?" invites us to be amazed, but also to question an intrinsic element of Chiharu Shiota’s work.

In this new installation, Chiharu Shiota establishes an analogy between human life and travel : people set off for an unknown destination, crossing an ocean of experiences, emotions, encounters and memories. At the suggestion of le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Chiharu Shiota has used white-coloured yarn for the very first time in an installation. The artist evokes the purity of a fresh start, while keeping the itineraries open: “Life is a voyage with no destination”.

From 1/14/2017 to 4/02/2017 

Chiharu Shiota
Piranesi - group show

The exhibition juxtaposes Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s series of prints “Carceri d’invenzione,” from ca. 1761, with Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota’s 2012 installation Stairway: a web of black threads featuring a staircase. Shiota's heaped yarns create hatches and spaces reminiscent of etching and of Piranesi’s architectural fantasy spaces. The culture-dependent prisons of passion and nightmares exist in the artists’ imagination and incarcerate dreams and memories.

Curator : Emanuela Calò


From 12/16/2016 to 05/06/2017


Omar Ba
En toute modestie, Archipel Di Rosa - group show

The Exhibition En toute modestie – Archipel Di Rosa portrays this artiste from Sete, Hervé Di Rosa, through his influences, preferences and commitments. By bringing together 70 artistes, the exhibition explores the theme from contemporary art to pop arts, referring also to Outsider art, religious art and craft industry.

Curator: Julie Crenn  

With: ACM – Kwame Akoto / Almighty God – Pilar Albarracin – Elodie Antoine – Pierre Ardouvin – Marion Auburtin & Benjamin L. Aman – Omar Ba – Enrico Baj – Rina Banerjee – Raphael Barontini – Zoulikha Bouabdellah – Thérèse Bonnelalbay – Anne Brégeaut – Bernard Buffet – Marcos Carrasquer – Henri Darger – Hélène Delprat – Mathilde Denize – Dewar & Gicquel – Hervé Di Rosa – Jean Dubuffet – Christelle Familiari – Richard Fauguet – Harald Fernagu – Aurélie Ferruel & Florentine Guédon – Charles Fréger – Vidya Gastaldon – Romuald Hazoumé – Hippolyte Hentgen – David Hockney – Benoit Huot – Lydie Jean-Dit-Pannel – Milan Kunc – Yayoi Kusama – Carlos Kusnir – Charles Lapicque – Francisco Larios – Léa Le Bricomte – Mélanie Lecointe – Fernand Léger – Eugène Leroy – Natacha Lesueur – Aurélie William Levaux – Pascal Lièvre – Myriam Mechita – Elena Moaty – Pierre Molinier – Lucien Murat – Hassan Musa – Otobong Nkanga – ORLAN – Régis Perray – Guillaume Pinard – Agathe Pitié – Raphaëlle Ricol – Athi Patra Ruga – Lionel Sabatté – Peter Saul – Judith Scott – Sarah Tschann – Sarah Tritz – Willem Van Genk – Alan Vega – Erwan Venn – Marion Verboom – Adrien Vermont – Jean-Luc Verna – Gretel Weyer – Maria Jeona Zoleta – Unica Zurn.

From 02/02/2017 to 9/17/2017

Jan Fabre
Knight of Despair/Warrior of Beauty - solo show

Belgian artist Jan Fabre has been invited by the St Petersbourg Hermitage to create an extensive exhibition circuit at the museum, to include both new and existing works.
This outstanding new presentation at the State Hermitage commences in the Apollo Room. Fabre will also be integrating his drawings, sculptures and installations into the rooms of the Old Hermitage (with its collection of Southern Netherlands Renaissance painting), Catherine the Great’s Winter Garden, the Flemish rooms in the New Hermitage (Snyders Room, Van Dyck Room, Rubens Room, Jordaens Room), the Twelve-Column Hall and the Knights’ Room. The exhibition continues on the other side of the museum square in the recently installed rooms of the General Staff Building, once the Russian tsars’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The final part of the exhibition is the performance film 'Love is the Power Supreme' (2016) which will be made in St Petersburg.

Curator Dr. Dimitri Ozerkov

From 10/21/2016 to 4/9/2017 

Ivan Navarro
Pommery experience #13 : Gigantesque ! - group show

The Estate Pommery, one of the most famous champagne estates worldwide, is showing the exhibition Gigantesque!, in the framework of the 13th edition of Pommery’s Experiences. The exhibition takes place in the 30-meter deep cellars and their breathtaking 18 kilometers long maze.

The Pommery Experiences brings together an exceptional heritage and contemporary creation in a unique and fascinating space.

More than twenty French and international artistes are reunited for this occasion around the theme “from the infinitely big to the infinitely small”. With: Brook Andrew, Daniel Buren, Lilian Bourgeat, Vincent Carlier, JulianCharrière, Gaëlle Chotard, Michel de Broin, Choi Jeong Hwa, Bertrand Gadenne, Séverine Hubard, Guy Limone, Chaim van Luit, Soundwalk Collective, Pablo Valbuena, Enrique Ramirez, Su-Mei Tse, Iván Navarro, Stéphane Thidet, LeeMingwei... 


From 10/14/2016 to 5/31/2017 

Ivan Navarro
Chiharu Shiota
From here to eternity – group show

From “Where do we come from?” to “Where are we going?” From beginning to end, from origins to eternity, such is the guiding theme and framework of the exhibition, From here to eternity. In his works, guest artist Angelo Musco tirelessly explores the cycles of existence: birth—a recurrent theme in his work; origins and evolution ; the metamorphoses of the human being and nature; mystery; and abysses.

Accompanying Angelo Musco on his journey are works, among others from Chiharu Shiota and Ivan Navarro, that encounter his, engaging in a dialogue and free falling weightlessly into an open space with no beginning or end. Existence can therfore be the intertwining of connections and relationships, sometimes due to chance, other times intentional, like the threads that are woven and (out)stretched, as in the work by Chiaru Shiota.

From 10/06/2016 to 4/30/2017

Daniel Templon, une histoire d'art contemporain
Julie Verlaine
Editions Flammarion

Daniel Templon, une histoire d'art contemporain published by Flammarion, will be available on May 25.
Placing Daniel Templon’s activity in its artistic, economic and political context, Julie Verlaine’s detailed account follows the career of a man whose position has made him a privileged witness to the making of art and the remaking of the art world. The accompanying interviews with Daniel Templon himself are rich in personal recollections of some of the leading artists of our time (such as Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Helmut Newton, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ben, Daniel Buren, César, Gérard Garouste, and Jean-Michel Alberola). They also offer some frank and vivid insights into the workings of the French art scene.
The English version of the book Daniel Templon, a History of Contemporary Art is to be released mid-June.
480 pages / more than 200 images.

Available in bookstores on May 25