Gucci “No Longer / Not Yet” Art Exhibition in Shanghai

SHANGHAI – Gucci stages the “No Longer / Not Yet” art exhibition co-curated by Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele and Love Magazine’s editor-in-chief Katie Grand at the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai. The cutting edge contemporary art exhibition runs from 17 October 2015 till 16 December 2015 for public.

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“Those who are truly contemporary, who truly belong to their time, are those who neither perfectly coincide with it nor adjust themselves to its demands. They are thus in this sense irrelevant. But precisely because of this condition, precisely through this disconnection and this anachronism, they are more capable than others of perceiving and grasping their own time. Naturally, this noncoincidence, this “dys-chrony,” does not mean that the contemporary is a person who lives in another time…”

Giorgio Agamben – What Is the Contemporary?

With this quote in mind from Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele challenged those attending the presentation of the house’s autumn/winter 2015-16 women’s collection to explore the notion of the contemporary.

Gucci is currently committed to posing questions rather than necessarily searching for answers, and this question above all – ‘What does contemporary mean?’ – has opened up a creative debate. In Michele’s mind, it is a state of temporal flux, where relics of the past merge with signs of the future, and where there is freedom to construct new meanings at this intersection of divergent paths. His autumn/winter 2015-16 collections for both women and men embody this idea by celebrating traces of pre-existing worlds and glimmers of worlds in the making.

Michele would agree with French semiotician Roland Barthes, who said: ‘The contemporary is the untimely’. It is with this in mind that Michele, in collaboration with Katie Grand, Editorin Chief of LOVE magazine, has curated an exhibition entitled ‘No Longer / Not Yet’, in which renowned artists from around the world have been invited to contemplate the concept of contemporary/untimely.

The exhibition opened on 16th October 2015 in Shanghai’s Minsheng Art Museum and comprises a series of rooms in which the artists’ installations are displayed including a personal artwork by Alessandro Michele.

The participating artists are: Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei, American sculptor Rachel Feinstein, American Neo-conceptual artist Jenny Holzer, British photographer Glen Luchford, sound designers Steve Mackey and John Gosling, who have created an original soundtrack for each installation, British photographer Nigel Shafran, Chinese Op artist Li Shurui and British illustrator and artist Unskilled Worker.

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investigate this site ABOUT Minsheng Art Museum 

Minsheng Art Museum is sponsored and funded by the China Minsheng Banking Corporation, which is an non-for-profit organization mainly establishing varies types of activities that engaged in art located in Shanghai, China. It is also the first public welfare organization in context of financial institutions in Mainland China. It is based on the study of Chinese modern and contemporary art. With an international perspective, closely reflecting the trend and the status of Chinese contemporary art, and actively promoting the communication and cooperation between Chinese contemporary art and international cutting-edge art. Minsheng Art Museum will collect and exhibit the outstanding artworks from both in and out of China; also, it promotes different forms of international communications to support the academic research. Meanwhile, Minsheng Art Museum will conduct multiple forms of education programs of art and aesthetic to the public. The Minsheng Art Museum was formally established in September 2008, which will operate independently and open to the public and whole society. The Museum is located in the Redtown International Art Community. The total surface of the museum is about 4000 square meters. There are five exhibition halls and the total area of the five exhibition hall is about 1600 square meters.


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