Artists

ROBERT ZHAO RENHUI

1983 Born in Singapore

Lives and works in Singapore


Education


2010 Masters (with Distinction) in Photography, Graduate Scolarship Program, London College of Communication, London, UK

2006 – 2008 BA in Photography, Camberwell College of the Arts, University of the Arts, London, UK


Solo Exhibitions

2018


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


HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2017, BOSS Store Ngee Ann City, Singapore


 


2017


Christmas Island, Naturally, ShanghART M50, Shanghai, China


The Nature Museum, commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts, 72-13, Singapore


Christmas Island, Naturally, ShangART Singapore, 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


The tree that fell, The Substation, Singapore


The Nature Collector, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China


 


2014


Flies Prefer Yellow, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, California, USA


Fake or Reality, Galarie Anzenberger, Vienna, Austria


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


The Last Thing You See, 2902 Gallery, Singapore


 


2012


The Institute of Critical Zoologists, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK


Living Proof, Bangkok University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand


 


2011


The Land Archive, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore


 


2010


The Whiteness of Whales, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan


 


2009


If a tree falls in the forest, The Substation, Singapore


Group Exhibitions

2018


OH! Emerald Hill, OH! Open House, Singapore


 


2017


Jakarta Biennale 2017, Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem, Jakarta, Indonesia


HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2017, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China


7th Moscow Biennale: “Clouds ⇄ Forests”, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia


Children’s Biennale: Dreams & Stories, National Gallery of Singapore, Singapore


Traces of the Future: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


SUPER/NATURAL, Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


On Sharks and Humanity, Parkview Museum, Singapore


Chobi Mela IX, Dhaka, Bangladesh


 


2016


Singapore International Photography Festival: The Archive as Conversation, National Library, Singapore


Why are we doing what we are doing ?, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore


20th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia


Prudential Eye Awards Exhibition 2016, ArtScience Museum, Singapore


 


2015


No Boundary: An Exhibition featuring Singaporean Artists, ShanghART Gallery, Singapore


What it is about when it is about nothing, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore


Arles Discover Award Exhibition, Arles, France


 


2014


Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore


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


Ocean of possibilities, Noorderlicht Festival of Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands


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


Origins, Memories & Parodies, Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, South Korea


Mapping Asia, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong


Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies, PhotoIreland, Ireland


A time of dreams, Moscow International Biennale of Young Art, Moscow, Russia


Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible?, Times Museum, Guangdong, China


Grandprix Fotofestiwal, Poland


Unearthed, S​ingapore Art Museum, Singapore


Ghost Nature, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinoi, USA


Projections Animalieres, La Box, Bourges at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art, Bourges, France


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


Do you believe in Angels?, MO_Space, Manila, Philippines


 


2013


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


Photoquai 4, Museum de Branly, Paris, France


Novel Ecologies, Cross Art Projects, Sydney, Australia


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


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


International Festival of Photography, Mineiro Museum, Belo Horizonte, Brazil


The Realm In The Mirror, The Vision out of Image, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China


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


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


Edit, Image Phobia and Fetish, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China


Earth Works, PPOW Gallery, New York City, New York, USA


Adapting to the Anthropocene, UNESCO House, Paris, France


Going where, ShanghART Gallery, Singapore


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


Beast Bloom for Thee, Galeri Canna, Jakarta, Indonesia


Between Conversations, Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore


 


2012


Terra Cognita, Noorderlitcht Festival of Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands


FutureMap, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK


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 Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Animal Talk, Jendela, Singapore


Right Here, Right Now, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, UK


Not too far away, 2902 Gallery, Singapore


 


2010


“Haven’t You Heard?”, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong


When Species Meet: A gaze that is non­human, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland


Emerging Wave, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, South Korea


Art & The Law, M1 Fringe Festival, Jendela Gallery, Singapore


Cut 2010: New Photography from Southeast Asia, Parallel Universe, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur,


Malaysia, and Singapore


 


2009


A touch of violence, National Gallery of Arts, Tirane, Albania


Photocinema, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, UK


 


2008


We decided to go to the zoo but it was raining, Photo­Levallois Festival, Paris, France


Awards

2017


Finalist, HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2017, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China


 


2016


Nominee, Prudential Eye Awards


 


2011


Deutsche Bank Award In Photography, University of the Arts, London, UK


 


2010


Young Artist Award, Singapore


 


2009


Arts Creation Fund, National Arts Council, Singapore


United Overseas Bank Prize, Painting of the Year Award, Singapore


 


2008


Honourable Mention, Photo­Levallois Festival, Paris, France


Public Collection

National Museum of Singapore, Singapore

UBS Art Collection, UBS Global

Statoil Art Collection, Stavanger, Norway

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

UOB Art Collection, Singapore

Singapore Art Museum, Singapore


2014


Altered Realities Robert Zhao, Katarzyna Majak, Archivo


The Origin of Invented Species Robert Zhao Renhui, Profiles by Sylvia Tsai, ArtAsiaPacific


 


2013


Enough Room to Fall, President’s Young Talents, catalogue, Tan Siuli


Speculative Everything, Aesthetics of Unreality, book, Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, MIT Press


Misrepresented, The Design Society Journal No.6


Art Cities of the Future, book, Phaidon Press


Contemporary Photography in Asia, book, Prestel Publishing


Zhao Renhui: A Photographer’s Obsession with Animals, The Muse


 


2012


Art Forum, Openings, Essay by Jeffrey Kastner


Nature, Documents of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel, book, MIT Press


LAND Journal, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore


Asian Art News, March/April, Exploring Artifice and Context, Interview by Steven Pettifor


Punctum, Issue 3, Essay by Lisa Botos


 


2011


Fotografia, Zhao Renhui, Essay by Katarzyna Perlak


 


2010


NY Arts, New York, Summer 2010, Voices, Artist’s Interview


Public art, Korea : June, Issue 045


Cabinet, Issue 38, Pulau Pejantan


The Straits Time, Life!Arts, Interview, The Japanese side of whaling, August 07


Art Forum, Best of 2010, December, Selected by Pauline J.Yao


 


2009


Extra 03, Feature, Antwerp FotoMuseum, The Zoo as Cinema


Portfolio Magazine, Contemporary Photography in Britain, Cover and feature, Issue 49


 


2008


L’oeil de la Photographie, France, Nov, Image of the Month


Residencies

2017


NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore


 


2014


Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, California, USA


 


2013


Earth Observatory of Singapore, Singapore


 


2012


National Museum of Wales, Residency by Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK


Langgeng Arts Foundation, Residency on Dutch Colonial Archives


 


2011


Bangkok University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand


The Arctic Circle Residency


Ffotogallery, Penarth, UK


 


2010


Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan