CPA Talk | Researching on Exhibitions Histories: A Decisive Challenge for the Development of Contemporary Art in Asia
Nov 13, 2018 Tuesday 19:00 - 20:30
2F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
In many local contexts including China, before and with the rise of numerous art institutions and major art events in Asia, exhibition practices in the past decades have played major roles in the making of contemporary art scenes and histories. These decisive practices and histories are often forgotten, neglected or excluded from the official global contemporary art history and Asian art institution references. Thus, they deserve to be urgently researched, archived and questioned in order to develop a better knowledge of the modern and contemporary arts specific to Asia and to evince new angles of the global contemporary art history.
This talk will look at the exhibition histories starting from China’s local context in relation to the upcoming assembly, co-organized by the Rockbund Art Museum and Biljana Ciric titled From Exhibition Histories towards a Future of Exhibition Making with a focus on the 90’s in China and Southeast Asia. Through this period, we witnessed the rise of biennials (including Shanghai Bienniale established in 1996) and other large-scale exhibitions throughout Asia as a response to weak infrastructure of local art institutions to support more experimental contemporary productions.
Conversation around exhibition histories between Larys Frogier (Director of the Rockbund Art Museum), Biljana Ciric (Independent Curator) and Cuauhtémoc Medina ( Chief Curator of the 12th Shanghai Biennale) will open up questions on how exhibition histories turned into active knowledge; through which prism we can reflect upon our practice of curators and artists today, as well as how we can challenge standardized modes of production today.
Biljana Ciric is an independent curator based in Shanghai. Her recent exhibition programs include: Institution for the Future (2011), Taking the Stage OVER (2011–12), Alternatives to Ritual (2012–13), and One Step Forward, Two Steps Back—Us and Institution, Us and Institution (2013). Her upcoming exhibitions in 2013 include Tino Sehgal solo exhibition at UCCA Beijing and exhibition hosted by Times Museum titled One Step Forward, Two Steps Back- Us and Institution, Us as Institution. In 2013 Ciric initiated "From History of Exhibitions towards Future of Exhibitions Making", ongoing seminar platform that proposes to revisit the importance of exhibition making; beyond art work itself, such is one of the key factors in the arts pertinent to social contexts. The seminar will look specifically at the history of exhibitions in China, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Ciric is a regular contributor to Broadsheet and Yi Shu journal, and has been nominated for an ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award.
Larys Frogier is the Director of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai. Curator, critic and art historian. He is involved in artistic and social challenges in post-global contexts, where ongoing social, economical, cultural transformations demand new ways of interrelations, citizenship and reinvented creativity.
He curated numerous exhibitions and published extensive essays on the works of international artists: Adel Abdessemed, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Paola Pivi, Ugo Rondinone, Wang Du, Yang Jiechang.... Read More
Free admission, reservation is required.