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Europe: Land of the setting sun?

Keynote sppech in Chinese COntemporary Art at Louise T Blouin Foundation


Is European culture outdated? Is Beijing the new Venice?: A one off discussion between the curators of The Real Thing - Tate Liverpool’s forthcoming exhibition of contemporary Chinese art - and the curators of China Power Station, in the company of two pioneering scholars.

Part of the London Festival of Europe, a two-week series of high profile debates and events: www.festivalofeurope.com

The much-publicised market boom in contemporary Chinese art coincides with increased institutional attention. 2007 sees Tate follow both The Victoria & Albert Museum and the Serpentine Gallery in mounting a major survey exhibition of contemporary Chinese art. Outside of Britain, The Art Newspaper has reported that Shanghai will receive its very own Pompidou Centre. Beijing and Hong Kong are also expected to follow suit with similar ‘franchise’ museums.

In this context, distinguished speakers will address the nature of Sino-European artistic exchange and the new geography of contemporary art, touching upon the following key themes:

- After Orientalism? Beyond region-specific group shows?: How to present contemporary Asian art to a European audience?
- The extent of interaction between Chinese and European artists.
- The importance of the Chinese diaspora and new hybrid-identities in contemporary Chinese art.
- Is there a shift of cultural power eastwards?

The event will be followed by a reception and a special art performance by Mad for Real.

Speakers:

Hans Ulrich Obrist is Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Galley, London. His recent curatorial projects include China Power Station, London, Oslo, and Beijing (2006-2008).

Julia Peyton-Jones OBE is the Director of the Serpentine Gallery and Co-Director of Exhibitions & Programmes. Honorary Fellow of the RIBA

Simon Groom is Head of Exhibitions, Tate Liverpool, and curator of The Real Thing.

Dr Katie Hill is Research Fellow in Modern Chinese Visual Culture at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. She is currently developing the Contemporary Chinese Visual Culture Project.

Karen Smith is a Beijing-based critic, art-consultant and author of Nine Lives: The Birth of Avant-Garde Art in New China.


Speaker(s):

Mr Hans Ulrich Obrist | talks
Julia Peyton-Jones OBE | talks
Simon Groom | talks
Dr Katie Hill | talks
Karen Smith | talks

 

Date and Time:

24 March 2007 at 3:00 pm

Duration:

4 hours

 

Venue:

Louise T Blouin Institute
3 Olaf Street
London
W11 4BE
0207 985 9600
http://www.ltbfoundation.org

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Tickets:

£10/£5

Available from:

The Institute. Please phone 020 7985 9600 to reserve a ticket.

Additional Information:

For further information please visit our website - http://www.ltbfoundation.org/ltbi_events.htm
l or www.festivalofeurope.com

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