RAM Talk: Large, Larger, Grand Tour: Documenta, Venice Biennale and Sculputure Project Münster 2017
Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday 19:00 - 21:00
MEM Art Space, No.185 Yuanmingyuan Road, 2F
The Documenta 14, the Venice Biennale 2017 and the Sculpture Project Münster 2017 have evoked heated debates in the Western art community this summer. The three prestigious exhibitions will take place in parallel once every decade, conjuring a feast of art known as the “Grand Tour”. Demonstrating the principle of formlessness coherent with its predecessors, the Documenta 14 themed on “Learning from Athens” has received unprecedented criticism after its simultaneous inauguration in Kassel and Athens, for which its curator Adam Szymczyk is greatly responsible. Under the title of “Viva Arte Viva,” the Venice Biennale 2017 curated by Christine Macel has also been regarded by numerous critics as a flawed one. Only the Sculpture Project Münster 2017 is highly recognized. In this talk, the speaker will try to identify the intent of each exhibition, talk about art works exhibited, and introduce the corresponding debates fueled by the features of our time.
Georg Imdahl is an independent art critic and a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). Specialized in art and publicness research, he is a columnist of art criticism for the Frankfurt General Newspaper (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), and has served as professor of Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts Münster (Kunstakademie Münster) since 2011.
Jiang Jun, an artist and art critic who graduated from Kunstakademie Münster receiving the title Meisterschüler of Prof. Aernout Mik, a reseacher at the theoretical studio of Shanghai Public Art Cooperation Center (PACC) and the International Public Art Association (IPA), and one of the founders of the Art Bureau of Investigation. He is currently a PhD candidate of iconology and exhibition culture studies at China Academy of Art and Peking University, and lives and works in Hangzhou and Shanghai.
The Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and the Public Art Cooperation Center (PACC) are jointly presenting a series of academic talks on “the publicness of the community” (die Öffentlichkeit der Gemeinschaft) from August to December, 2017.
Today, the concept of “community” (Gemeinschaft) has become particularly important, as the increasing division of labor and fast mobility in society result in a status that “all that is solid melts into air, and all that is holy is profaned,” as described in the Manifesto of the Communist Party. Since the start of modernity, lives of traditional communities have been degrading towards two opposite directions: the atomization of individuals, and the construction of new alternative communities. The degradation can be found everywhere, from large organizations such as a regional political union or a country, to small units like a working group or a one-to-one relationship. In addition, the current global economic integration is leading to fast and unstable change of life, as well as the rapid gathering, division and reconstruction of communities… A stable relation and the pursuit toward a community have emerged as a compensatory measure for or the resistance to an atomized and alienated society, and an attempt to regain a healthy and humane life – living as a socially integrated individual.
In March 2017, RAM hosted the Audiences International Symposium, aiming to re-examine the definition of “audience” and its implication to today’s people and institutions. Over the past two decades, a new round of museum expansion and the significant changes of societies and technologies have resulted in reforms on daily operation of institutions. Therefore, it is increasingly critical to figure out how museums and art institutions, both identified as public institutions, should respond to such changes. Today, art institutions are performing more and more functions: they have to not only establish deeper and more diverse interactions between modern art projects and their audience, but provide extensive public activities outside the institutions for a wide range of social groups.... Read More
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