Fiona Tan — Ellipsis

2013.8.3(Sat.) - 2013.11.10(Sun.)



2013.8.3(Sat.) - 2013.11.10(Sun.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa


Mondays, September 17, 24, October 15, and November 5 (Open on August 12, September 16, 23, October 14, and November 4)


"Fiona Tan" and "Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan"
Adult : ¥1,000(¥800)
University : ¥800(¥600)
Elem/ JH/ HS : ¥400(¥300)
65 and over : ¥800

Combi Ticket for "Fiona Tan",
"Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan"
and "Visceral Sensation — Voices So Far, So Near"

Adult : ¥1,700(¥1,400)
University : ¥1,400(¥1,100)
Elem/ JH/ HS : ¥700(¥600)
65 and over : ¥1,400
Available between August 3 and September 1

※( ) indicate advance ticket and group rates (20 or more).

For More Information:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Phone: +81-76-220-2800
Facsimile: +81-76-220-2802

Fiona Tan was born in 1966 in Pekan Baru, on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. She now lives and works in Amsterdam.The daughter of a Chinese father and an Australian mother, she lived in Australia before moving to Europe. Having lived in different cultures as a child, she recognizes within herself a multilayered complexity rooted in that history. Her 1997 film May You Live in Interesting Times depicts the flight of her own family from anti-Chinese violence in Indonesia and highlights her identity as an artist who is herself a symbol for multicultural lives. Tan’s tranquil images reveal the continuing pursuit of difference in works with wide appeal around the world. In recent years she has turned to the use of fragmentary images, articulating a variety of meanings through techniques of montage and restructuring that convey the ambiguities of memory. While each photograph and video image is shot with a steady hand, their failure to convey the true meaning or facts of what they portray compels viewers to speculate, probing deeply into their own memories, and making the images themselves unforgettable. In this exhibition, we present works that range from Linnaeus’ Flower Clock (1998) from Tan’s early period to the more recent Rise and Fall (2009) and Seven (2011), in which lines and voices intersecting in discontinuous time are woven together to create one of art’s most compelling stories.

Artists in the Exhibition
Artist Profile

  • © Marieke Wijintjes

    Fiona TAN

    Fiona Tan is an artist best known for her skillfully crafted and intensely moving installations, explorations of identity, memory and history. Tan initially became known for a body of work using archival films, questioning both observer and observed and challenging the assumptions of the colonial past. Portraiture is explored in various works combining an analysis of its arthistorical and sociological context. Recent works play with how inaccurate and yet creative memory can be. Throughout her work Tan shows a continuing interest in the motivations of the traveler or explorer. The question how we represent ourselves and what mechanisms determine how we interpret the representation of others, is repeatedly investigated, revealing what is behind and also beyond the confines of the image. Fiona Tan has participated in numerous international art events, including Documenta, Biennales in Sao Paolo, Istanbul, and Sydney, and the Yokohama Triennale. In 2009 she represented the Netherlands at
    the Venice Biennale. Her works figure prominently in major public and private collections, including the Tate Modern in London, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the New Museum in New York.



Organized by:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation)

Grants from:

Mondriaan Fonds

Supported by:

Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Osaka-Kobe

In Cooperation with:

NEC Display Solutions, Ltd., Wako Works Of Art