Tuesday, July 14, 2009

About: Lance Fung

For those interested in knowing more about Mr. Fung, please read his bio below:


With the encouragement of video/Fluxus artist Nam June Paik, Lance Fung left his directorship begun in 1989 of the Holly Solomon Gallery to open his own gallery in 1996. The Lance Fung Gallery became a leading contemporary gallery in New York, working with many pioneering artists from the Fluxus, Minimal, and Conceptual periods such as Nam June Paik, Sol LeWitt, and Robert Barry. Additional artists such as Shigeko Kubota, Peter Hutchinson, and Robert Morris joined his unique gallery focusing on installation and the avant–garde.

As an independent curator, Mr. Fung has created important exhibitions such as Crossing Parallels at the SSamzi Space in Seoul, Korea; Going Home at the Edward Hopper Historical Museum in Nyack, New York; Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark at Next: The Venice Architectural Biennale in Venice, Italy, The Ship of Tolerance by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Siwa Egypt and The Snow Show: Venice at The 50th International Art Exhibition/La Biennale di Venezia, and Dreams and Conflicts – The Viewer’s Dictatorship, in Venice, Italy.

One of his most exiting projects includes The Snow Show exhibition, which was realized 2004 in Lapland and in 2006 in Torino, Italy for The Cultural Olympiad of the XX Olympic Winter Games. The Snow Show presented the collaborative works of over thirty internationally recognized artists and architects, including Yoko Ono, Morphosis, Kiki Smith, Norman Foster and Tadao Ando. These exhibitions were successful in terms of catching the attention of the international press and media and its legacy has been preserved by a Thames & Hudson exhibition catalogue as well as a BBC documentary. The project was unique in artistic terms as well, allowing the participants to explore the collaborative process between art and architecture and to create works by using snow and ice as materials. The Snow Show also generated new technological knowledge about snow and ice building.

Recently, Lance curated in 2008 the SITE Santa Fe Biennial titled Lucky Number Seven and The Beijing Project, the first international large-scale exhibition of public installations in Beijing, China in conjunction with the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. He is also in the process of realizing The Hub for which a “living” museum and cultural center will be constructed in Bali. The first exhibit for The Hub will be SINK, the world’s first art exhibition that will partner artists with scientists to create works of art about environmental issues. Also in planning stages is a large land art exhibition for Dubai and a film based exhibition for Sicily.

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