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POP-UP SHOW | Antoni Muntadas & Tang Chao: Nights after Days (Seoul)

Nights after Days

Artist: Antoni Muntadas, Tang Chao

Duration: 2022.08.27-10.30 | Venue: The Store,Seoul



Vanguard Gallery is pleased to launch its first pop-up exhibition “Nights after Days” in Seoul on August 27, 2022. The exhibition features selected works of Antoni MUNTADAS and TANG Chao. The exhibition will remain on view through October 30, 2022.


Antoni Muntadas,  Actions       Video, b&w, sound, 12’35”,  1972



Antoni MUNTADAS (b.1942) is an internationally acclaimed pioneer of conceptual art, whose exploration and reflection on moving images continue to the present day. The work selected for this exhibit, Actions (1972), Muntadas’ earliest but emblematic creation, proposes a set of experiences articulated around perceptual sensitization – touch, smell, and taste – through the contact and recognition of materials and bodies. Actions demonstrates Muntadas’ perpetual intention in activating the viewers’ sub-sensorial potentials, which transform the spectators into active subjects during the cognitive process. 



Tang Chao, Shimmer

Single channel video, color, sound, 8’02’’ (Loop), 2021



TANG Chao (b.1990) is considered one of the leading artists of his generation, who works primarily with video while integrating performative or theatrical approaches. Tang articulates the tone and rhythm of his works through a succinct and fluid language: Shimmer (2021) composes an illusory universe where the viewers are enabled to discover trivial things shimmering in corners of everyday life, from natural creations to inventions and constructions of the human world; In Black Pearl (2021), Tang edits pixelated video game clips into a historical montage, with the imagery of fire as an reoccurring narrative thread. All the materials of the two works are sourced or generated online, then rearranged, reprocessed and converted into lo-fi collages to stimulate the viewer’s own interpretation.



Tang Chao, Black Pearl

1080 x 1920, Single-channel video,1080×1920, color, sound, 12’53”, 2021




This duo exhibition suggests an intense dialogue between the two artists, who are of different generations but echo each other in a multitude of approaches and perspectives. Underlying this interaction is the artists’ never-ending endeavor in making visual composition with shadow and light, nights after days.



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Antoni Muntadas

 is an internationally acclaimed pioneer of media art and conceptual art. Through his works, Muntadas addresses social, political and communication issues such as the relationship between public and private space within social frameworks, and investigates channels of information and the ways they may be used to censor or promulgate ideas. His projects are presented in different media including photography, video, publications, the Internet, installations and urban interventions.


Born in 1942 in Barcelona, Muntadas has lived and worked in New York City since 1971, and developed art projects around the world. His projects have been exhibited in prestigious museums such as The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Berkeley Art Museum in California, the Musée Contemporain de Montreal, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires, the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro, MACBA, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, OCAT Shanghai or Three Shadows Photography Art Center in Beijing.


Muntadas has been selected to participate in international events such as Documenta Kassel (1977, 1997), the Whitney Biennial of American Art (1991), the 51st Venice Biennial (2005) and other international biennales in São Paulo, Lyon, Taipei, Gwangju and Havana. He has been the recipient of several international prizes and grants, including those of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Electronica in Linz, Laser d’Or inLocarno, the Premi Nacional d’Arts Plàstiques awarded by the Catalan Government, the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas 2005 and Premio Velázquez de las Artes Plásticas 2009 granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. His works has been collected by important museums but also by public and private collections such as Centre Pompidou (Paris), Colección “la Caixa” (Barcelona), DZ Bank AG (Frankfurt), Fundação de Serralves (Porto, Portugal), Fundación Botín (Santander, Spain), Kunsthalle Bremen, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), or Tate Modern (London), among others. He has been a Professor at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts for more than 30 years. He is currently a Professor at the Instituto Universitario di Architettura del Veneto (IUAV) in Venice.


His recent solo exhibitions include: “Nights after Days”, The Store, Seoul,South Korea (2022); Exercises on Past and Present Memories, Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila, Philippines (2021); “Muntadas. Interconnessioni”, Villa delle Rose, MAMbo, Bologna, Italy (2020); “Palabras, El País”, Arco Madrid, Madrid, Spain (2020); “MUNTADAS: Look, See, Perceive”, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China (2019); “Asian Protocols”, Three Shandowns Photograpy Art Center, Beijing China (2018); “Art KARLSRUHE”, Brigitte March International Contemporary Art, Stuttgart (2018); “Muntadas: ESTRATEGIA DEL DESPILAZAMIENTO”, Kent Fine Art, Santiago de Compostela (2018); “Muntadas: Projectes/Proposals”, Kent Fine Art, New York (2017). Also, he attended the following group exhibitions: The 13th Shanghai Biennale – Bodies of Water, Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum(PSA), Shanghai, China (2021); “MASTERPRINTS & PHOTOGRAPHY”, Brigitte March International Contemporary Art, Stuttgart (2018); “From The VAULT”, Kent Fine Art, New York (2018); “A Human Condition”, Kent Fine Art, New York (2017); “WITNESS”, Kent Fine Art, New York (2016).




Tang Chao

was born in Hunan, China in 1990. He graduated from the School of Inter-Media Art of China Academy of Art in 2014. He now lives and works in Shanghai. The essence of Tang Chao’s work is like ItaloCalvino’s suggestions on lightness in literature. For instance, he refines awhole script into one sentence: “The dilemma of being in a modern island, aparadise of self-exile.” And recently: “Several delightful dots covered of aseries of weak voices.”When you focus on the tone and rhythm of thesentence,  and express it though camera, youthen get the shaking focus, light and the scenes. The words are not the mostimportant content; they are sometimes softly whispered, stuttered, or eventopsy-turvy. Of course he occasionally uses pictures, performances, installationsor dramas for expression, sometimes even typing a few letters on the keyboard.Tang Chao is good at pause and press space, press and hold for a fewseconds would be fine as well. Healways tries to release some illocutionary meaning in every blank space with astraightforward manner.


His recent solo exhibitions include: “Nights after Days”, The Store, Seoul, Korea (2022); “Nonphysical: Shimmer (online project)”, Vanguard gallery, Shanghai, China (2021); “From Lack to Light” (2017) took place at Vanguard gallery, Shanghai. His works were featured in the following group exhibitions: Within Space – Time, We Walk Through Images, Glow Shenzhen 2021 – Futian, Shenzhen, China (2021); “Emerging Media Artist Exhibition Un/Conventional”, OCAT Shanghai, China (2020); “Play Socieities: wolves, lynx and ants”, Hyundai Motorstudio, Beijing, China (2020); “In a Half of Maze”, CAA Art Museum, Hangzhou, China (2019); “Sooner/Later”, SNAP, Shanghai, China (2019); “Incandescence”, BIG SPACE x Chino Gallery, Shanghai, China (2019); “The Time That Remains—Room No.6”, Grey Cube, Goethe Institut China, Beijing, China (2018); “Questioning Photography Now”, GCA, Chongqing, China (2018); “Pity Party”, Sleepcenter, New York, USA (2018); “Indoors Universe”: the 5th Huayu Youth Award, Huayu Art Center, Sanya, China (2017); “A map of the world that does not include utopia is not worth glancing at”, Beijing Commune, Beijing, China (2017); Spain Moving Image Festival, Madrid, Spain (2017).