Aranya Art Center is a kunsthalle for contemporary art, powered by Aranya, a seaside community in Beidaihe, China. Architecture is designed by Neri&Hu. Its heavy volume, dark facade and concrete wall tiles with different textures make the exterior of the art center look like a tough rock. The spiral staircases inside the building connect the open-air atrium at the bottom with each exhibition gallery. Since its opening in May 2019, the Aranya Art Center has presented seven exhibitions, including the group exhibition Long Day and Études, as well as Anselm Reyle’s first museum exhibition in China After Forever. Since November 2021, the director of Aranya Art Center is Damien Zhang.
Aranya Art Center is pleased to present the first major institutional exhibition of the renowned Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury in China. The exhibition brings together nearly thirty artworks that exemplify Fleury’s prolific and diverse artistic practice across a variety of mediums, spanning over three decades. The exhibition will be on view from March 6 to May 29, 2022.
Tao Hui traverses into the art of video and installation, drawing from personal memories, visual experiences and popular culture to weave an experimental visual narration, the focus of which is often our collective experience. Running throughout his work is a sense of misplacement vis-à-vis social identity, gender status, ethnicity and cultural crisis, prompting the audience to face their own cultural histories and living conditions.
Tao Hui was born in Yunyang, Chongqing, China in 1987 and currently lives and works in Beijing, China. Solo exhibitions include OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an, China, 2017; UCCA, Beijing, China, 2015. Selected group exhibitions include re- IMAGE-n, the 4th Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver, Canada, 2019; 11th Shanghai Biennale, PSA, Shanghai, China, 2016; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France, 2016. In 2015, he received the grand prize of 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc Videobrasil and won the special award of Contemporary Art Archive from Art Sanya & Huayu Youth Award.
Gabriel Kuri’s practice employs the use of the everyday. Through the weaving of forms forged and intervened by his hand, along with found or purchased objects, Kuri investigates rational structures of value, function and exchange. Often linked to numerical categorisation, both in economic and hierarchical structures, Kuri filters and extracts visual and linguistic value through a process of physical construction and conceptual selection, with the objective of understanding the world at present.
Gabriel Kuri was born in 1970 in Mexico City and currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Recent solo exhibitions include sorted, resorted, WIELS, Brussels (2019); with personal thanks to their contractual thingness, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2014); Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2012); Before Contingency After the Fact, South London Gallery, London (2011); nobody needs to know the price of your saab, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2011); join the dots and make a point, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany (2010).