Lecture: Images of Nature
Jun 24, 2011 Friday 19:00
1F, Associate Mission Building (Shanghai 169 Yuanmingyuan Road)
Speaker: Hu Yun
In 2010, Hu Yun spent 3 months in London doing a residency programme (a partnership between the Natural History Museum and Gasworks) based on the Scientific Illustration Collections (The John Reeves Collections contains more than 2,000 scientific illustrations commissioned and collected by Reeves while he was working in China from 1812-1831) of Natural History Museum. During my stay, a new piece of work which was commissioned by the museum need to be created and would be shown in a wooden scientific specimens showcase in the Images of Nature Gallery inside the Natural History Museum for one year.
All the amazing watercolor drawings from the Reeves Collection are done by native Chinese artisans before the Opium War and their names are all unknown, which contrasted with the fact that everything about John Reeves who commissioned all these works is recorded in many books, just like many other Great British Names.
——Hu Yun, 2010
Artist, born in Shanghai in 1986
Graduated from China Academy of Art, now based in Shanghai.
Art Topics Series
Art Topics is the section in Night @ RAM that directly associates with the contemporary art practice. Rockbund Art Museum will curate and cooperate with other cultural and art organizations, inviting excellent domestic and international artists, critics, and curators, to share with audiences their most recent achievement and profound thinking. They will also communicate and interact with audiences during the events, in the hope to assist them to better understand contemporary art, and also help the artists to obtain direct feedbacks from the audiences, so as to provide them beneficial references.
These events demonstrate the open and interdisciplinary vision of Rockbund Art Museum. Artists will introduce the art practice not only on their expression, but also including the motivation behind the works, the related social and cultural issues, as well as the politics of art representation and seeing, etc. Contemporary artists have actively broken the traditional boundary between themes, media and forms of art, and the art has been emancipated. Therefore, Art Topics is going to become a public platform that probes into a certain art topic and allows all to have the opportunity to fully express their ideas and communicate with each other.
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