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iglass2018 | Lyrical Transformations-International Contemporary Glass Exhibition
Curator | Michael Rogers

Exhibition Artists | Æsa Björk, Anne Petters, Inguna Audere, Jitka Havlíčková, Jeff Zimmer, Karlyn Sutherland, Koichi Matsufuji, Michael Rogers, Silvia Levenson

Duration | 2018.11.24 - 2019.02.28(Tue.-Sat.)10:00-17:30

Add | 1st Floor, No.107 Huqiu Rd., Shanghai

Tel. | 86 21 52135366

Hosted by | LEVANT ART

【EXHIBITION】iglass 2018 | Lyrical Transformations - International Contemporary Glass Exhibition

【EXHIBITION】Solo2 of ChengGuangfeng

【EXHIBITION】Solo of ChengGuangfeng

【EXHIBITION】Sino-Dutch Artists Joint Solo Exhibition - Revitalisation

Revitalisation - Joint Solo Exhibition of Riet van der Linden and Zhou Beili, held by Levant Art and Consulate-general of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai, will open on 14th April.

This exhibition is the 7th project of Dutch Artists in Shanghai, a series of activities initiated by Consulate-general of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai with the aim of introducing Dutch artists and their works to Shanghai citizens. The exhibition will close on 12th May.

Two female artists have unique and sharp perspectives. Most of the works in the exhibition are made of cardboard. Recycled carton board packaging and corrugated paper are both revitalised with artists’ care for the inner world and the earth we inhabit.


Dutch artist Riet van der Linden collects discarded carton and packaging box and flattens them to their original flat shapes. Then she starts the composition by folding over every single pliable part in every possible direction and draw its contours on the surface of the main body. In this way an interplay of shapes and shadow forms. Riet uses the corresponding brand names as titles for the pieces, which is a pun about (over)consumption of modern society.

Sculptor Zhou Beili utilizes her unique surrealist touch to depict another type of fairy-tale belonging to adults. Her art representation is true to herself. There is no room for affected struggle, careless release of negative emotions, or excessive elaboration. With artist’s creation, the recyclable corrugated paper is regenerated into flexible and fun installation works.

【EXHIBITION】iglass 2017 - International Contemporary Glass Exhibition

Since 2010 when the first iglass exhibition was curated by Bert van Loo in LEVANT ART, it is the sixth time for us to present the contemporary glass exhibition. Over these seven years, early cross-boundary exhibitions of glass artworks have led to narrow-down and in-depth explorations of the classical works from several countries, which enables us to continue our quest, communication, understanding and study in this field, to appreciate a profusion of glass arts from global eminent artists and to depict the expression of glass as a medium in the context of cultural pluralism. Bridging the artists and the audience, we harvest in sharing the brewing and creating stage and studying materials and crafts as well as in the “Eureka” moments.

iglass2017 International Contemporary Glass Exhibition will be exhibited from Oct.31st, 2017 to Feb. 28rd, 2018 and the opening will be held at Levant Art Gallery on Oct. 28th, 2017, 15:30, from every Tuesday to Saturday. This year we continue to present excellent glass works of 10 remarkable glass artists, who come from seven countries: America, South Korea, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic and Australia. This is a celebration of abundant glass arts assembling assorted perspectives formed by diverse geological backgrounds, generations and crafts. At the opening ceremony, the professor Michael Rogers from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) School and the head of the glass workshop of Australian National University will attend the opening,sharing their ideas of creation and more stories with audience.

The preparation for iglass 2017 initiates in the beginning of 2016 and till now does it finally end. Our curator Bert van Loo has invariably injects his expertise and attention into various tasks from inviting artists to the exhibition to selecting each piece of artworks, which has profoundly impressed and touched us. We are deeply sorry that Mr. Bert van Loo has passed away on Dec.19th, 2016. We, on behalf of the whole staff of LEVANT ART, will express our sincerest respect to him. We are grateful for the life-long contribution he has made to glass arts, and we shall carry on with our passion and devotion in glass arts!

Curator | Bert van Loo (The Netherlands)

Duration | 10:00-17:30 (Tue.-Sat.)Oct.31,2017-Feb.28,2018

Add. | No.107 Huqiu Rd., Shanghai 200002

Hosted by | LEVANT ART

Tel. | 86 21 52135366

Artist | Amber Cowan, Javier Gómez, Jiyong Lee, Lene Bødker, Maria Bang Espersen, Michael Rogers, Milan Handl, Richard Whiteley, Stanislava Grebeníčková, Wilfried Grootens

【ARTSHOP】"The 24 Solar Terms" Series Tea Tray

【ARTSHOP】Necklace Inspired from Work “Philosopher” by Beili Zhou

Philosopher

We can insist on staying at a tender age, but the life we have experienced will not leave us as innocent as we were.

Is the philosopher that susceptible true self whose heart opens to no one? The sentimentality, emotion and following troubles of youth are meaningless in an adult’s eyes, but they are what we truly care about in boyhood.

【EXHIBITION】isculpture 2016 - The Spiritscape of Beili Zhou

The year 2016 is Zhou’s one decade anniversary of her university commencement. And also in this year her first solo exhibition coincidentally takes place. November 8, 2016 is a meaningful and extraordinary day for Zhou Beilei, who will issue her first “Spiritscape”trip for all audience.
Her first solo show will last for 3 months and display her 11 sculptures. Most of her works on display are created during 2013 and 2016. This combination of works does not mean to deny her old works before 2013, but to take into consideration the integrity of the whole exhibition and other composite elements including the relationship between works and environments. Among them a critical element lies in that during 2013 and 2016, Zhou’s works were influenced by her refined understanding of space, which meant she was enchanted by low relief. In this group of new works, it is obvious that low relief can more efficiently utilize the space of the wall and its relationship with full-round sculpture becomes more intricate and harmonious. Low relief has also raised the possibility of presenting sculptures as public art both indoor and outdoor in the meanwhile varied the methods of presentation. As an exception, among Zhou’s sculptures, her early work Red Star over China will be displayed. This piece of sculpture holds an unusual meaning for its creator. It is her graduation work as well as her first work to be established in public commercial space of Shanghai, which further offers her opportunities and built her confidence to continuously participate in diverse public art creations. The other early works will be shared with audience in a graphic way showing the process of creation. After all these early works have been presented to audience in different occasions including collective exhibitions, artistic activities and art fairs. Therefore we hope that this exhibition will bring to audience a unique experience and a chance to fully understand her. Her work has a distinct individuality and is highly recognizable. No matter what her works are identified as – cartoon, conceptualized, or contemporary, they are always her self-interpretations true to heart. As for artistic expressions, being honest is an attitude sufficient to appeal to people. The abundant compositions of images and the exactly right revelations of emotions have become her signature.
Zhou has always been following her heart and externalizing the true self. It seems that there are unceasing inspirations for new images and ideas sparkling in her mind, and each sparkle of inspiration is also an opportunity for self-improvement. However, she did not know how to arrange the ideas and thoughts gradually occurring to her during all those years. So she felt a bit hesitated and lost when she was to give a solo exhibition. What should be the principal line of the exhibition? How to develop and continue the main idea? Such problems occupied her mind for a long time in the very beginning. Beili Zhou is not an artist focusing on art theories, so her work will not be restricted by academic doctrines. Enlightened by curator Mr. Li Xu, she gradually found the original motif of self-development – it’s her heart longing for a travel that has been pushing her forward. A deep savor of all her works reveals her desire for a single travel. Because for an artist, receiving stimulations of exterior information is as important as a plant assimilating nutrients and water from the nature. And the self-improvement of every artist is similar to the plant’s transforming the nutrients into O2 , CO2, H2O and H2 or even more complicated reactions of organisms. This process usually comes with sufferings and agonies, but it is the joy of embracing sudden light after struggling to explore in the dark night that the artists really crave. In this way Beili Zhou found her sudden light for her first solo exhibition. The theme of this exhibition was finally defined as “Spiritscape”. I will not explain this theme, whose origin and meaning have been clearly and briefly elaborated by Mr. Li Xu.The literal translation of the theme of Beili Zhou’s first solo show is “Spiritscape and Insights”, a pun in Chinese. This phrase symbolizes Zhou’s insights achieved by years of contemplation and production, at the same time it refers to a possibility of spiritscape that her works bring to her audience. In this situation life experience has taken place of natural landscape to become the subject of “spiritscape”.
Beili Zhou’s art representation is true to herself and spontaneously reveals the nourishing of culture, her religion and life experience. There is no room for affected struggle, factitious outcry, careless release of negative emotions, excessive elaboration or pretended profundity. The process of planning this solo show also proves her positive attitude towards her decadic art work, which experience eventually came to be integrated into one showpiece, namely this exhibition. The next pilgrimage of spiritscape is going underway!

【EXHIBITION】Tianyuan Glass Art Festival “Glass & Ice”

【EXHIBITION】iglass 2016 - Chinese Contemporary Glass Exhibition

Frankly speaking, whatever the participants or LEVANT ART are all looking forward to iglass 2016 - the fifth Contemporary Glass Exhibition. Someone may ask what are the specialities for this glass exhibition?After last 6 years’ study and practice, LEVANT ART has been learning from the curators and all the artists,enriching our professional knowledge, and meanwhile enhancing the exhibition’s quality of operation. We expect this could be a good enough platform in the field of glass to deliver the charisma of glass art, so that the world could understand this group of people fascinated by glass.
The opening of this exhibition will be held at 15:30 September 17, 2016 in LEVANT ART. The extension will be one and a half or so (September 20, 2016 —November 3,2016), it will be opened to the public from Tuesday to Saturday freely. This time there’ll be 11 artists attend the exhibition with their totally 31 wonderful works, most of them are the latest creation. And most of the participating artists will attend the opening ceremony as well, sharing their stories behind each creation.
The whole process of curating iglass 2016 was especially long, with our understanding and studying the development of Chinese contemporary glass art. On the premise of Bert’s selection of participating artists based on his comprehension of the works, we thoroughly go through these artists once more. We find that the current participating artists of iglass 2016 just reflect the developing traces of glass art in China - the pioneers of Chinese glass art who became devoted in glass art and established glass art education in important art academies in the earliest times, the artists who teach in different art academies and are active in art creation, and these independent artists studying overseas.
Since the establishment of the first Chinese glass studio in the Shanghai University, the education and creation of Chinese glass art has been developing rapidly. On the premise of curator Mr. Bert’s selection of participating artists based on their comprehension of the works, we thoroughly go through these artists once more and we finally chose these 11 artists. And we found that the current participating artists of iglass 2016 just reflect the developing traces of glass art in China - the Pioneers who became devoted in glass art and established glass art education in these important art academies in the earliest times; the Nexus who teach in different art academies and are active in art creation;the Rising Stars who are these independent artists studying overseas.

We really appreciate all the participating artists’ support and trust to the team of LEVANT ART!


Curator | Bert van Loo (The Netherlands)

Duration | 10:00-17:30 (Tue.-Sat.)Oct.31,2017-Feb.28,2018

Add. | No.107 Huqiu Rd., Shanghai 200002

Hosted by | LEVANT ART

Tel. | 86 21 52135366

Artist | Zhuang Xiaowei, Guan Donghai, Li Wen, Sunny Wang, Wang Qin, Xu Jinlong, Guo Xiaoyan, Xue Lv, Li Jing, Du Meng, Xie Wendi

【EXHIBITION】Boundless Creativity And Art

【ARTSHOP】3D Priting Jewery 《Thought Experient》 Series

1+1+1
Art+Technology+Fashion

PANKAI - The Chinese sculptor PanKai has reached his highest maturity status in creativity, both in the conceptual as much as in the artistic fields. Ask the world what general logic and connection is, with purity in his meditation. He made a breakthrough in his every creation.

LEVANT ART - To explore and promote innovation cooperation patterns between different fields by cross-border way of thinking.

MALIANGHANG - The professional founder of 3D priting of jewelry.

Show both the sense of space and rhythm of structure of Pankai’s series sculpture “Thought Experiment” through 3D printing technology. The cooperation within three teams synthesize multi-thinking, play “Thought Experiment” jointly.

【EXHIBITION】AArt2015 Citizen Art Shanghai | Room307

【EXHIBITION】Solo Exhibition of Sigurdur Gudmundsson - Untitled Meanings

Levant Art Gallery will open an exhibition by the Icelandic artist Sigurdur Gudmundsson entitled: Untitled Meanings on June 5th (Friday) 2015 at 15:30 pm. The exhibition will be opened by Ambassador of the Republic of Iceland, His Excellency Stefán Skjaldarson.

Sigurdur Gudmundsson is born in 1942, in Reykjavik, Iceland, but he has been living for the longest time of his life in other countries. He studied art in Iceland and Holland and was an art teacher in many art academies in different countries. He is a professor at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

Sigurdur Gudmundsson is best known for his photographic works which were always based on poetry and philosophy. His work has been exhibited in many countries in the world. Such as Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA ; Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France; Stedelijkmuseum, Amsterdam, Holland; The National Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland; Kunsthalle, Kiel, Germany; Malmokonsthall, Malmo, Sweden; Venice Biennial, Italy; Bienniel de Paris, France; Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil; Sydney Biennal, Australia.

In the book Mutes which is about Gudmundsson’s art, he says the following:
‘It is not something built on an idea then becomes visual, but more like a molecule :something that doesn’t present but is the object itself or the characteristic of it.
My art is not something that I know or espouse but something that I believe I need to know or understand.
I want the work to create a new kind of intelligence that is new to me .
My art is not showing my opinions on one thing or another but it is opinions that have yet to come to me .
When I understand an art work I am always disappointed ,I much rather like to believe the work than to understand it.
I prefer to eat the cake itself rather than reading the recipe of it .’

【ART FAIR】2015 ART BEIJING | A35

【EXHIBITION】iglass 2014 - Japanese Contemporary Glass Exhibition

It has been four years since LEVANT ART held its first iGlass exhibition in 2010. Now, we are presenting iGlass 2014—The 4th ‘Glass Art’ Show. The iGlass 2010 International Glass Sculpture Exhibition focused on the artists working with glass from Europe and America. Since then, LEVANT ART has being presenting excellent sculptors working with glass from every part of the world with grand and fine artworks. In 2012/13, we exhibited Czech and Slovakian sculptures. These three exhibitions focused on Europe and America where‘Glass Art’ was originated and has received the best development.This choice of iGlass 2014 is not by accident. This time LEVANT ART is presenting this year the iGlass exhibition of the best artists from our neighboring country, Japan.
And I reckon, it is the first gallery who introduces Japanese glass sculptures on this scale to Chinese viewers. After careful consultations with the curator, we finally made a selection of 30 excellent sculptures made out of glass by 11 Japanese artists of different ages, artistic concepts, shapes and technologies.With a relatively shorter history of development, the ‘Glass Art’ took root in Japan and has gradually grown into a professional medium  for artists showing its own style, and contributed a lot to the Japanese contemporary art. 
I will introduce them in alphabetical order:

Harumi Yukutake
A sculptor who defines space as a poem. Her artworks are very sensitive, and yet made in an ordinary way, so the works are easy to approach. The mirror pieces exist in various shapes, but you will always be surprised how they reshape the surrounding and try to mislead you a bit. You will meet yourself, not in the usual way - but scattered into pieces. It’s not just mirroring. She defines you and your surrounding in unexpected ways, and makes you wonder where you are.

Kazushi Nakada
His pieces belong to an imagined world that is there - and not there. Kazushi attempts to bring hidden imagery out of obscurity, the unconscious into the world of light and reality, inviting his audience to share intuitive experiences that relate to what he refers to again and again as the ‘undercurrent’. Occasionally a specific process, like the growth pattern of a seed, is translated into glass, as in a piece called Garden X. The inspiration for this came from watching a seed change and grow as a result of daily watering.

Makoto Nishikawa
This work struck me, because the precision in perception of space. He has done a number of commissions, and you can see how well his works fits into the surrounding. His work is sensitive, carefully balanced, and witnesses a sharp observation of circumstances. The concept for his art work is based on intuition, while observing natural phenomena like the moon.

Masahiro Nick Sasaki
The material, glass, is inorganic. Yet, when molten, it reveals its organic state. This and other characteristics are clearly presented in these pieces. By sandblasting his pieces, Masahiro Nick Sasaki brings glass back to one of the basic ingredients: sand. “I participate in the cycle of transformation caused by fire and wind,” he said. The result: remarkable objects showing great strength while looking very fragile.


Masayo Odahashi
She talks about the fairy tale of the white rabbit, and about trips with her parents to the Ise-Shrine. Her works fascinate people from different cultures all over the world. Personally,
I would describe her work as self-reflective and slightly melancholic. The figures she uses are real and yet seem to come from another worl. And there is an interesting duality in her work. Girls, Rabbits and more in reflecting poses, unreachable.

Ryoji Shibuya
“Glass is an extremely interesting material,” said Ryoji Shibuya, “as it simultaneously possesses both interior space and exterior form. Not only do we see a 3 dimensional shape, but we experience the richness of inner light.” True, but many others use this technique to create their works, so it is difficult to remain authentic. However, he manages again and again to make artworks with a very personal touch, in which you can feel his deep consciousness.

Shiho Tokoro
She is trying to catch a drizzly day or, better yet, rain is inspiring her - and she knows very well how to transform this atmosphere into a sculptural piece. Her work is made up of multi-layered glass blocks surrounded by transparent green. Inside the glass blocks, one sees the light reflection on the enclosed airdrops. It reminded me of ancient Japanese block prints in which rain really felt wet. She is able to create her own unique poetic world, defined in vitalizing sculptures.

Shunji Omura
I was really impressed when I saw his work the first time. He has made a few remarkable big commissions, which were very successful and unique (as far as I know). For this exhibition, he created an object like a sword, using it as a peace symbol, which is made out of hot glass on a stainless steel pipe. This is very, very difficult to achieve – and it proves his unbelievable skill in handling hot molten glass. His sculptures are personal, powerful and give evidence of a creative and sensitive mind.

Toshio Iezumi
Laminated sheet glass, cut, ground and polished, are the basic elements of his work. Toshio Iezumi is well aware of the optical qualities of glass, and uses a reflection coating to emphasize the depth inside the object. With utmost precision, he transmits light so that with each move you make, you will experience another sculpture.

Yoshiaki Kojiro
When I saw his works without knowing him, my first thought was Zen. Yoshiaki’s work reminded me of the beauty of Japanese stone gardens. Hard to encompass – and even harder to describe. You have to see it and to feel it, whatever “it” is. After you have experienced it, you may agree with me: his work is very authentic, well defined, balanced, has great power of expression - and yet it’s sober and pure as can be.

Yukako Kojima
Young and beautiful work. Yakako says that her inspiration is the beauty of nature. She is a master in catching the light, with a preference for natural light. Her pieces show not only the beauty of the material - she creates very balanced sculptures which show great serenity.
Speaking of the Japanese contemporary art, we can think of these familiar names of the artists, like Yayoi Kusama, Murakami Takashi, Ozawa Tsuyoshi, Tatsuo Miyajima, Yoshitomo Nara, etc., to name just a few, as in fact, there are far more other artistic pioneers who also lead the Japanese contemporary art in the international arena. The Japanese contemporary art dates back to the Meijirshin period. Due to the economic and cultural impacts from the Western countries on Japan during the years after the World War II, it was not until the 1960s—70s that Mono-ha came into being that best interpreted the Japanese traditional culture. The emergence of Mono-ha was a breakthrough in the status quo where the post-war Japan was dominated by European and American countries in the areas of economy, art and cultures. It also served as a crushing retort to the status quo of the fine art and culture and society in the years after the 1960s in Japan. It was then that the Japanese contemporary art officially made its appearance in the international arena.
As technology is indispensable to the material glass, you can expect complexity in craftsmanship. Japanese artists attracted to glass researched glass technology and discovered new ways to express their visual language. 
Why is it that Japan picks up glass so easily in their educational system? Maybe it’s because they have a long tradition in ceramics, which is always close connected to glass, and yet it has a complete different appearance. The allure of glass is known all over the world, but in Japan it fits perfectly in the perception of their environment.
Glass has many great qualities, but one of the most outstanding ones is the ‘fourth dimension’, being the light that can be caught inside the material. Using that, provides you with abilities to maneuver and vary with colors, structures and thicknesses in a sculpture to reach your own superb esthetic goals.  Not only Japanese artists mastered all the technical abilities, they also found gradually their individual artistic expression in using glass as a medium for sculpture. 
Now in iGlass 2014 LEVANT ART presents the finest examples of Japanese individual sculptures made out of glass; using all possible techniques to reach the highest level of beauty and expression and fitting into the Japanese cultural tradition.

Curator | Bert van Loo (The Netherlands)

Duration | 10:00-17:30 (Tue.-Sat.)Oct.31,2017-Feb.28,2018

Add. | No.107 Huqiu Rd., Shanghai 200002

Hosted by | LEVANT ART

Tel. | 86 21 52135366

Artist | Harumi Yukutake, Kazushi Nakada, Sasaki Masahiro, Shunji Omura, Shiho Tokoro, Makoto Nishikawa, Masayo Odahashi, Ryoji Shibuya, Yoshiaki Kojiro, Yukako Kojima

【ART FAIR】AArt 2014 Citizen Art Chengdu | Room0692

【ART FAIR】AArt 2014 Citizen Art Shanghai

【ART FAIR】2014 ART BEIJING | B28

【EXHIBITION】isculpture 2014 - Kim SeonGu Solo Exhibition

【ART FAIR】AArt2013 Citizen Art Shanghai

【EXHIBITION】2014 Life throughout Sri Lanka:From Coast To Highlands.

Years of a civil war is giving way to optimism and development throughout the country. This is a beautiful land that is slowly finding a deserved spot as a destination for travelers in search of an authentic and untouched culture.The exhibition showcases snapshots of life as it is lived from Weligama in the south to Ratnapura in the highlands and Jaffna in the north.

Jan shoots street scenes, portraits and people he meets on his travels. Good communication, patience and great people are key ingredients in creating and capturing beautiful moments.
Born in Norway and based in Singapore for 15 years provides Jan with an understanding of different cultures and an appreciation for the way photography provides a common language across borders.

【EXHIBITION】iglass 2013 - Slovakian Contemporary Glass Exhibition

【ART FAIR】2013 ART BEIJING | A29

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