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Robert  Zhao Renhui

Robert Zhao Renhui

born in 1983 in Singapore (Singapore)

"What I aim to do is to have a conversation with people about what their ideals and idea of nature is. We should always question everything that is given to us." RZR
Zhao works mainly in photography, but often adopts a multi-disciplinary approach by presenting images together withdocuments and objects, in order to test the principles behind the dissemination of knowledge and to challenge the ways in which we commonly receive andaccept information. He has created "A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World," which seeks to document and reflect on the myriad ways in which human action and interventionare slowly altering the natural world. Based on the evolutionary premise that all living things constantly change and adapt to cope with and respond to theirchanging environments (or risk extinction), Zhao’s Guide presents a catalogue of curious creatures and life-forms that have evolved in often unexpected waysto cope with the stresses and pressures of a changed world.
Zhao is one the most prominent artists in Singapore, having exhibited widely in his country and abroad in high-profile exhibitions and events. Renhui received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Photography from Camberwell College of Arts and the London College of Communication respectively. His most relevant exhibitions include the Singapore Biennale 2013, President’s Young Talents 2013, The Institute of Critical Zoologists at Chapter Arts Centre (UK), Photoquai 2013, International Festival of Photography at Mineiro Museum (BR), and Engaging Perspectives at CCA (SG). 

Solo exhibitions

 

2018

 The Institute of Critical Zoologists Final Report of the Christmas Island Expert Working Group, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

 

2017

The Nature Museum, By Institute of Critical Zoologists (ICZ) General,

 

2017

Singapore International Festival of Art, SIFA, Singapore

The Bizarre Honour, Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore

Singapore, Very Old Tree, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore

 

2016

The Natural History of an Island, DECK, Singapore

 

2015

A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia

 

2014

A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy

Flies Prefer Yellow, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, U.S.A.

 

2012

The Institute of Critical Zoologists, Chapter Arts Centre, U.K.

Living Proof, Bangkok University Gallery, Thailand

 

2011

The Land Archive, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore

 

2010

The Whiteness of a Whale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

 

2009

If a Tree Falls in the Forest, Substation, Singapore

 

Group exhibitions

 

2018

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9), Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Australia

Taipei Biennial 2018, Post-Nature: A Museum as an Ecosystem, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Civilization: The Way We Live Now, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Fotofestiwal, Lodz, Poland

Starting from the Desert Ecologies on the Edge, The Second Yinchuan Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Yinchuan

PhotoEspaña, Madrid, Spain

Fast Foward Festival 5, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

A World in a Grain of Sand, Mapping Shapes and Sites for Social Geometries, Atlantis, Hainan Sanya

Civilization:The Way We Live Now, Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, U.S.A

 

2017

The Reason Why Classic Is, Artron Art Center, Shenzhen

JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia

Hugo Boss Asia Art 2017, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai

7th International Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Moscow, Russia

The Modern Look, Part I, Modern Art Base, Shanghai

Chobi Mela IX, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

2016

20th Biennale of Sydney, The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed, Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia

Prudential Eye Awards Exhibition

Art Science Museum, Singapore

 

2015

‘Next Door’, Curated by Tang Fu Kuen, The White Box @ Publika, Malaysia

Pause, PhotoBangkok, Bangkok Arts Cultural Centre, Thailand

 

2015

Biel-Bienne Festival of Photography, Switzerland

Les Rencontres d'Arles expositions, Arles Discovery Awards Exhibition,

 

2014

Bright S'pore(s), Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy

Landscape: the Virtual, the Actual, the Possible?, Times Museum, Guangdong

APB Foundation Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

The Origin of Beauty, Dramatic Nostalgia Busan Museum of Art, Korea

Ocean of Possibilities, Noorderlicht Festival of Photography, Amsterdam, Holand

Going, Going until I Meet the Tide, Busan Biennale, Korea

Origins Memories & Parodies, Daegu Photo Biennale, Korea

Mapping Asia, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong

Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies, PhotoIreland, Ireland

A Time of Dreams, Moscow International Biennale of Young Art, Russia

Grandprix Fotofestiwal, Poland

Unearthed, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Ghost Nature, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, U.S.A.

Projections Animalieres, La Box, Bourges at The École Nationale Supérieure d'Art, France

The Land Archive, 24/7, Sculpture Square, Singapore

Do You Believe in Angels?, MO_Space, Philippines

 

2013

President’s Young Talents, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Singapore Biennale: If the World Changed, The Peranakan Museum, Singapore

Photoquai 4, Museum de Branly, France

Novel Ecologies, Cross Art Projects, Sydney, Australia

The Artist, the Book and the Crowd, Substation, Singapore

Living in the Ruins of the 20th Century, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

International Festival of Photography, Mineiro Museum, Brazil

The Realm in the Mirror, the Vision out of Image, Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou

Engaging Perspectives, New Art From Singapore, Centre of Contemporary Art, Singapore

President’s Young Talent Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Adapting to the Anthropocene, Unesco House, Paris, France

Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore

 

2012

Right Here, Right Now, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, U.K.

Terra Cognita, Noorderlitcht Festival of Photography, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

FutureMap, Zabludowicz Collection, London, U.K.

Future­Proof, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Hijacked III, Contemporary Photography From the UK and Australia, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia

 

2011

We Who Saw Signs, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore

Territories of the Real and Unreal, Langgeng Arts Foundation, Indonesia

 

2010

A Touch of Violence, National Arts Gallery, Albania

Haven’t You Heard?, The Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

When Species Meet : A Gaze That is Non­human, MOMA Warsaw, Poland

Emerging Wave, GoEun Museum of Photography, Korea

 

2009

Photocinema, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, U.K.

 

2008

We Decided to Go to the Zoo But It Was Raining, Photo­ Levallois Festival, Paris, France

 

Projects

 

2018

Trying to Remember A Tree (iii) – The World Will Surely Collapse, Special outdoor installation project in conjunction with Art After Dark, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore

 

2014

Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, U.S.A.

2013

Earth Observatory of Singapore, Singapore

 

2012

National Museum of Wales, Residency by Chapter Arts Centre, Wales, U.K.

Langgeng Arts Foundation, Residency on Dutch Colonial Archives, Holand

 

2011

Bangkok University Gallery, Tailand

The Arctic Circle Residency, Arctic Circle

Ffotogallery, Wales, United Kingdom

 

2010

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

 

Collections

Statoil Art Collection, Stavanger, Norway,

National Museum of Singapore, Singapore,

UBS Art Collection, UBS Global

Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, U.S.A

UOB Art Collection, Singapore

Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Robert  Zhao Renhui - [plate 37] Glow in the dark Fish at Sunset
[plate 37] Glow in the dark Fish at Sunset
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
Cm 84 x 121
Robert Zhao Renhui - [plate 37] Glow in the dark Fish at Sunset
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - Cm 84 x 121
Robert  Zhao Renhui - [plate 39] White House Crow
[plate 39] White House Crow
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
Cm 84 x 121
Robert Zhao Renhui - [plate 39] White House Crow
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - Cm 84 x 121
Robert  Zhao Renhui - [plate 41] Bioluminescent Deer
[plate 41] Bioluminescent Deer
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
Cm 84 x 121
Robert Zhao Renhui - [plate 41] Bioluminescent Deer
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - Cm 84 x 121
Robert  Zhao Renhui - [plate 47] Falcon that is an Owl
[plate 47] Falcon that is an Owl
2013
Pigment print on canvas
Cm 210 x 140
Robert Zhao Renhui - [plate 47] Falcon that is an Owl
2013 - Pigment print on canvas - Cm 210 x 140
Robert  Zhao Renhui - [plate 49] Eagle with Flowerhorn Cichlid
[plate 49] Eagle with Flowerhorn Cichlid
2013
Pigment print on canvas
Cm 210 x 140
Robert Zhao Renhui - [plate 49] Eagle with Flowerhorn Cichlid
2013 - Pigment print on canvas - Cm 210 x 140
Robert  Zhao Renhui - [plate 50] Cat that Can See in the Dark
[plate 50] Cat that Can See in the Dark
2013
Pigment print on canvas
Cm 210 x 140
Robert Zhao Renhui - [plate 50] Cat that Can See in the Dark
2013 - Pigment print on canvas - Cm 210 x 140
Robert  Zhao Renhui - [plate 54] Pond that never dries up
[plate 54] Pond that never dries up
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
Cm 84 x 121
Robert Zhao Renhui - [plate 54] Pond that never dries up
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - Cm 84 x 121
Robert  Zhao Renhui - [plate 55] Lazarus Island Carp
[plate 55] Lazarus Island Carp
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
Cm 84 x 121
Robert Zhao Renhui - [plate 55] Lazarus Island Carp
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - Cm 84 x 121
Robert  Zhao Renhui - Set of Plate# 18, #19, #20, #21, #22 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"
Set of Plate# 18, #19, #20, #21, #22 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
Cm 54 x 36 each
Robert Zhao Renhui - Set of Plate# 18, #19, #20, #21, #22 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - Cm 54 x 36 each
Robert  Zhao Renhui - Set of Plate #9, #10, #16, #17 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"
Set of Plate #9, #10, #16, #17 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
54 x 36 cm each
Robert Zhao Renhui - Set of Plate #9, #10, #16, #17 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - 54 x 36 cm each
Robert  Zhao Renhui - Some Kind of Expedition from "The Glacier Study Group"
Some Kind of Expedition from "The Glacier Study Group"
2012
Archival Pigment Print
Cm 84 x 121
Robert Zhao Renhui - Some Kind of Expedition from "The Glacier Study Group"
2012 - Archival Pigment Print - Cm 84 x 121
Robert  Zhao Renhui - Day 1 from "The Glacier Study Group"
Day 1 from "The Glacier Study Group"
2012
Archival Pigment Print
Cm 84 x 121
Robert Zhao Renhui - Day 1 from "The Glacier Study Group"
2012 - Archival Pigment Print - Cm 84 x 121
Robert  Zhao Renhui - Expedtion #46 from "The Glacier Study Group"
Expedtion #46 from "The Glacier Study Group"
2012
Archival Pigment Print
Cm 84 x 121
Robert Zhao Renhui - Expedtion #46 from "The Glacier Study Group"
2012 - Archival Pigment Print - Cm 84 x 121