“Misfits”: Pages from a loose-leaf modernity

Tang Chang, Rox Lee and Bagyi Aung Soe
2017, Apr 21, Fri — 2017, Jul 03, Mon

Tang Chang | Untitled, 1982 (Detail) | Courtesy Thip Sae-Tang

Tang Chang | Untitled, 1982 (Detail) | Courtesy Thip Sae-Tang

Rifles forming the shape of the Democracy Monument, Bangkok. | Tang Chang | Untitled, 1980. Blue marker on glossy paper | Courtesy of Thip Sae-Tang

Rifles forming the shape of the Democracy Monument, Bangkok. | Tang Chang | Untitled, 1980. Blue marker on glossy paper | Courtesy of Thip Sae-Tang

Rox Lee: Blue Man in Corner | © Roy Lee, courtesy Rox Lee and Yuji de Torres

Rox Lee: Blue Man in Corner | © Roy Lee, courtesy Rox Lee and Yuji de Torres

Bagyi Aung Soe | Untitled, 1980s. Felt-tip pen on paper | Courtesy of Gajah Gallery

Bagyi Aung Soe | Untitled, 1980s. Felt-tip pen on paper | Courtesy of Gajah Gallery

Pages from a loose-leaf modernity: How can outsider figures in modern art question the framing narratives of art history—the bounds of national narratives as much as those that organize global contemporary art? How is visibility generated and art validated? The three artists Tang Chang, Rox Lee, and Bagyi Aung Soe defy clear classification, developing their work outside of art’s institutions. Their consciously marginal positions suggest alternative criteria for canonization: refusing patterns of identification, developing a critical transnational consciousness, and understanding modernity and the present as a precarious, contested state. With concrete poetry and abstract expressionism, experiments in performance, comics, animated film, and above all, drawing, “Misfits” showcases work from personal archives that haven’t previously been accessible to a wider public.

Curated by David Teh in collaboration with Yin Ker, Merv Espina and Mary Pansanga
Kanon-Fragen under the artistic direction of Anselm Franke

Part of Kanon-Fragen

Exhibition, public program

Opening: April 20, 2017, 7pm
Free admission

Daily (except Tue) 11 – 7pm
Admission: 5€/3€, admission free on Mondays

Combined ticket for the parallel exhibitions 2 or 3 Tigers and “Misfits”: 10€/7€

Guided tours: €3 plus admission