Hong Kong-based collector, philanthropist, and gallerist Amna Naqvi sees herself as an enabler and a storyteller. Through the AAN Foundation, which she co-founded, Naqvi creates platforms for contemporary artists from Pakistan to launch ambitious projects in Asia and globally. Join us for a private reception and take part in an intimate conversation about Naqvi’s unique view of collecting and its impact. Following the reception, enjoy reserved seating at Naqvi’s public lecture.
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Risham Syed – Solo Exhibition at Manchester Art Galleries
In exquisite postcard sized paintings, Risham Syed shows the ever changing urban landscape in Lahore, Pakistan. Instead of idealised postcard images for tourists, Syed depicts the construction work which transforms her home city. The recently built houses in Lahore’s new residential quarters have perfectly finished facades but unfinished back walls. She reveals these darker, neglected areas which are not for public view. – Manchester Art Galleries
The Honolulu Museum of Art presents internationally recognized artist Shahzia Sikander’s immersive 15-minute, 45-foot-wide video animation melding her signature contemporary take on Indo-Persian miniature painting with 21st-century digital technology that she created for the Sharjah Biennial in 2013.
The multichannel installation, composed of hundreds of digitally animated images taken from Sikander’swatercolor, gouache and ink paintings, and featuring atmospheric music and sound by Du Yun, will fill the entire Henry R. Luce Gallery. Visitors can take a seat in front of the wide, arced screen and let mesmerizing imagery flow over them, as it builds in intensity
Amna Naqvi’s lifelong love of art, literature and learning has come together in the AAN Foundation, an effort to provide support and platforms for cultural projects related to Asia. Born in Pakistan, Amna and her family now call Hong Kong home, having also lived previously in Indonesia and Singapore. Although contemporary art is a major passion—the AAN Collection is the largest such private assemblage of Pakistani contemporary art—history figures prominently in her interests and in her development as a collector and arts patron. Alexandra Seno talks with Amna about her connection with art.
A Journey Into The Great Unknown – Shahzia Sikander at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Energy sparked by creativity is full of potential.” So begins Shahzia Sikander’s account describing the sense of exploration and excitement sparked by her recent collaboration with the Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, novelist and screenwriter Ayad Akhtar. – Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Untitled from the Transition/Evacuation Series by Khadim Ali & Sher Ali, 2015 which are in the AANCollection is being shown at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centres exhibition Roaring Guardians
In commemorating ASHKs 5th anniversary at The Hong Kong Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine in Admiralty, the center is proud to present Roaring Guardians: The Mari-Cha Lion with Asian Traditional and Contemporary Art, featuring the remarkable Mari-Cha Lion, a rare mid-11th to mid-12th century South Italian bronze sculpture with multicultural styling, which will be on public view for the first time in Hong Kong.
The Mari-Cha Lion is astonishing for its scale and quality,” says Dominique Chan, ASHK’s head of gallery and exhibition. “It is one of the most important examples of medieval sculpture to have come to light in the last quarter of the 20th Century as declared by many experts.” - Asia Society Hong Kong
The Mar-Cha Lion will be juxtaposed with works of contemporary art from Asia. Three works from the AAN Collection which features the lion as a motif will be included in this exhibition.
Paracosm – Faiza Butt, Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester
Works from the AAN Collection are part of Faiza Butt’s mid-career retrospective, Paracosm, at the Nottingham Art Exchange.
Two Worlds As One – Aisha Khalid at SMK, Statens Museum for Kunst, Coopenhagen, Denmark
The video installation by Aisha Khalid titled 'Conversation', 2002 was created by the artist while at residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam! This work is currently on view at the exhibition Two Worlds As One at SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst at Aisha Khalids solo exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark!
Manmade by Basir Mehmood at the Yinchauan Biennial, China
The first Yinchuan Biennale, titled For an Image, Faster than Light, inviting 73 artists from 33 countries, brings outstanding international art to MoCA Yinchuan from 10 September - 18 December 2016. The video installation Manmade by Basir Mehmood which is in the AAN Collection is being exhibited.
Ecstasy as Sublime, Heart as a Vector – Shahzia Sikander at the MAXXI Museum, MAXXI | Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo
The work of Shahzia Sikandar comes to the MAXXI in Rome for the artist’s first Italian retrospective, “Ecstasy as Sublime, Heart as Vector“, curated by Hou Hanru and Anne Paolopoli. A selection of works, over 30 works in various media and idioms (drawing, digital animations, installations), gives a remarkable outline of her artistic journey. Parallax & the Series ‘Portrait of the Artist’ which are both in the AAN Collection are being exhibited at this show.
Time of Others – Manmade by Basir Mahmood at the Queensland Art Gallery + Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland
'Time of others' is a curatorial collaboration between four of the Asia-Pacific region's leading institutions for collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting contemporary art. An exhibition project evolving as it travels between each venue throughout 2015 and 2016, it is an attempt to create a platform for reflecting on social and cultural relations in the Asia-Pacific today.
The Shadow Never Lies -Parallax by Shahzia Sikander, The Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
"The Shadow Never Lies” opened in April 29, 2016 in Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (M21).This exhibition is designed to show concepts and their aesthetic preoccupations cross political and cultural boundaries. It includes 34 different artists’ works in photography, video, film, animation, painting, installation and performance.
The AAN Collection and the works of its founders is featured in an article in the Financial Times!
Women in Print Portrait of an Artist series by Shahzia Sikander, Pace Prints, New York City
Pace Prints is pleased to present "Women in Print" a group show highlighting Shahzia Sikander's new edition, "Portrait of the Artist," a portfolio of four etchings with an original colophon text by playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar. The edition will be on view at Pace Prints Chelsea through June 11
Lead sponsor: AAN Foundation This body of work also specifically explores Hong Kong’s colonial complexity, both historical and current. The exhibition which is installed within the Chantal Miller Gallery of Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power includes drawings on paper and large-scale animations. The exhibition’s title refers to the potential of an image to communicate in multiple contexts, forms, and formats.
Shahzia Sikander’s video installation Parallax which was created and shown at The Sharjah Biennale in 2013 is being exhibited as well as the animation the Last Post. Three-channel color animation with sound, 15 min and 30 sec Music by Du Yun Music by Du Yun © Shahzia Sikander. Courtesy of Sikander Studio