Talk: Ink Painting (or Art), a (Troubled) Symbol of Trans-Asian Modernity
May 19, 2014 Monday 19:00 - 21:00
2F Y.W.C.A Building (Shanghai 133 Yuanmingyuan Road)
In China, "Ink Painting" is also called "Chinese Painting", the concept of which is not only related to the media and materials of this form of art but also stands in contrast with Western art (oil paintings). Therefore, since the birth of this concept, Ink Painting (Chinese Painting) has been closely related to the modernization process brought about by the West—not only in China, but in all of East Asia, this traditional form of art has been transforming along with the establishment of modern nation-states in this region, reflecting the changes in world culture, economy and politics for the past century. The recent global "revival" in Ink Painting is just the manifestation of a (new) phase in this ongoing process. This lecture will start with historical analysis, then explore the origins of related issues of today's Ink Art, as well as its contradictory and complex nature in the interactions between tradition and modernity, East and West, and the academic and commercial world.
Hou Hanru is an independent curator, critic and museum advisor. Born in 1963 in Guangzhou, China, he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and moved to Paris in 1990. He lived 16 years in France before moving to America in 2006.
Based in Paris and San Francisco, he is MAXXI(National Museum for XXI (21st Century) Arts) artistic director, worked at San Francisco Art Institute as the Director of Exhibitions and Public Program and Chair of Exhibition and Museum Studies. He has also taught and lectured in Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. He has been consultant in many international institutions including Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, USA, and served in juries of many international awards including Chinese Contemporary Art Award in Beijing, etc. Among about twenty independent curators in the world, Hou is one of the top curators and thinkers.
He curated many international biennials, including Istanbul Biennial, Le Biennale de Lyon, and Venice Biennale, etc. Hou Hanru has curated Cities on the Move from 1997 to 2000, which involved more than 140 artists and toured seven cities around the world, receiving great global attention in the fields of art and architecture. In Venice Biennale, the largest art platform in the world, Hou Hanru had two remarkable works: he curated French Pavilion in 1999, and Zone of Urgency in 2003.These two exhibitions brought him fame and recognition in the art world. He also worked as a curator in Shanghai Biennale in 2000. Currently he acts as the curator for the 5th Auckland Triennial.
Free admission, reservation is required.