Neue Veranstaltungsreihe zur Lage der Kunst in China
Unter dem Titel „Das Bild hinter dem Bild — zur Lage der Kunst in China”

New Series: “Hidden Images” — on the Situation of Art in China

Opening event on 16 January 2013 with the Director of the Shanghai Biennale Qiu Zhijie, the Director of Arthub Asia, Davide Quadrio and the China expert Tilman Spengler

Under the title “Hidden Images — on the situation of Art in China” the University of the Arts Berlin has invited artists, creatives and intellectuals from the People’s Republic of China to Berlin to participate in a series of events staged in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The year-long series of talks on contemporary art in China is designed to show the many different aspects of the turbulent art scene in this huge country and to place them in a social context.

Together with international experts, protagonists of Chinese contemporary art will participate in a series of discussions, a series of lectures and artists’ workshops, thus giving insight into the rapid developments in China’s most recent art history and enabling in depth engagement with Chinese art. The discussions plan to use a political and poetic approach addressing questions about the social role of the artists as well as the artistic visions that currently move China. What forces drive art in China? What new horizons and modes of thought will our engagement with Chinese Art open to us? By alternately looking at Chinese art from a European and Chinese perspective we gain views from both inside and outside, gradually revealing an unaccustomed picture that can assume many forms — the pictures behind the picture, the hidden images.

UdK Berlin has been committed to developing contacts with China for many years and in 2006 launched a joint Master’s programme in Visual Arts and Design with the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. While knowledge transfer initially operated only in one direction — from Germany to China — the road is now open for a two-way exchange, the appointment of Ai Weiwei as Einstein-Guest Professor at UdK Berlin being an exemplary step in that direction. The series “Hidden Images — on the situation of Art in China”, instigated by Prof. Martin Rennert, President of the Berlin University of the Arts, will add a new dimension to this exchange, bringing many different voices from China’s art scene to Berlin and thus allowing an open encounter and the emergence of new ideas.

The series is curated by the artists and China experts Andreas Schmid and Bignia Wehrli. The opening event will take the form of a discussion between the Chinese artist and Director of this year’s Shanghai Biennale Qiu Zhijie, the Director of Arthub Asia, Shanghai, Davide Quadrio and the author Tilman Spengler from Munich. The discussion will be led by Andreas Schmid und Bignia Wehrli.

16 January 2013, 7 pm
Opening event “Hidden Images” — on the Situation of Art in China
Political and poetic – about the tension between Contemporary Art and Society in China
Opening words: Prof. Martin Rennert, Präsident der UdK Berlin
Qiu Zhijie, artist/chief curator for the 2012 Shanghai Biennale, Peking
Davide Quadrio, Arthub Asia, Shanghai
Tilman Spengler, author, Munich
Moderation: Andreas Schmid and Bignia Wehrli, artists and project team, Berlin

Jazz-Institut Berlin
Einsteinufer 43-53, Berlin-Charlottenburg

Duration : 2:45:10


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