Para Site announces that Great Crescent: Art and Agitation in the 1960s – Japan, South Korea and Taiwan has won the award for Best Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art at the 2016 Prudential Eye Awards.
The award-winning exhibition will be presented at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City from January 30 – May 29, 2016. A small essay of comparative art history, Great Crescent highlights “anti-art” performative tendencies in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan in the 1960s—a decade of turbulence and transformation worldwide, and also a critical period in the social and political, as well as cultural and artistic histories of the three neighboring Asian countries. Against the mainstream dominated by modernist abstraction in each country, orientations toward the use of the artist’s body and ephemeral action emerged not only as local manifestations of a broader movement in international postwar art but also as indigenous responses to their respective national contexts. Great Crescent includes many reproductions of documentary images of immaterial, if critical, performances and events, accompanied by textual narratives and printed matters. Artists include: Chang Chao-Tang, Choi Boong-hyun, Chuang Ling, Hi Red Center, Huang Huacheng, Jeong Gang-ja, Kang Guk-jin, Leung Chi Wo, Yoko Ono, and Zero Dimension.
The exhibition was first shown at Para Site, Hong Kong and subsequently traveled to Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (in the framework of MAM Research001). Great Crescent is conceived by A Future Museum for China, and curated by Doryun Chong, Cosmin Costinas, and Lesley Ma in conversation with Mami Kataoka. This iteration of Great Crescent is co-organised by MUAC and Para Site.