Between Turbulence and Transformation - Contemporary Art in China Today

Saturday 12 March 2016

4 p.m.
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Between Turbulence and Transformation - Contemporary Art in China Today

Contemporary art in China finds itself in a complex position. It enjoys both a global following and a domestic support base, yet finds itself outside the social mainstream. Its visual language is increasingly cosmopolitan, to the point where some critics have begun to ask what makes it specifically Chinese. It is embraced by certain official institutions and academies, yet still constrained by the pressures and sensitivities of both the political system and the market.

What are the urgent questions facing artists in China today?

How do they relate to earlier generations of artists there and to the international art world?

What might the future hold?

Join us for this discussion among exhibition artist Qiu Zhijie, who has been active on the Chinese art scene as a writer, educator, and curator in addition to his own practice, since the early 1990s; the critic and Bentu, des artistes chinois dans la turbulence des mutations catalogue essayist Lu Mingjun, a young professor at Sichuan University who has extensively researched the new generation of Chinese artists; and Emmanuel Lincot, professeur à l’Institut Catholique de Paris et chercheur associé à l’Institut de Relations internationales et stratégiques (IRIS), spécialiste d’histoire politique et culturelle de la Chine contemporaine; moderated by Bentu co-curator and director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Philip Tinari.    


Laurence Bossé

Laurence Bossé, co-curator of the Bentu exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Emmanuel Lincot

Born in 1970, Emmanuel Lincot is a professor at “Faculté des lettres”  of the “Institut Catholique de Paris” and he heads the research centre “Religion, culture et société”. A specialist on contemporary China’s political and cultural history, he is also a research associate at the “Institut de Relations internationales et stratégiques” (IRIS). He is co-editor in chief of the periodical Monde Chinois Nouvelle Asie, and he oversees a research seminar on cultural strategy in partnership with the “Ecole Normale Supérieure” and the “Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.” His most recent academic works focus on cultural diplomacy in China and its periphery.

In addition, Emmanuel Lincot runs the weekly section Culture China  for the programme China Hebo  broadcasted on BFM radio, and he is a guest speaker on China for many media outlets such as France Culture, RFI, France 24. Moreover, he just released the first MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on the geopolitics of China.

Lu Mingjun

Lu Mingjun has a PhD in History from Sichuan University (2011). He is currently Associate Professor of Art History at Art College, Sichuan University. Lu’s research interests include the history of modern and contemporary Chinese art, and art historiography in Europe and America since the 1960s. His recent books include Writing and Narrating of Vision: The Vision of History and Theory (2013), Visual Cognition and Art History: Michel Foucault, Hubery Damisch, Jonathan Crary (2014), and On Meta-Painting: An Art Institution and Cognition of Universality (2015). In 2015, he was the recipient of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater.

Philip Tinari

Philip Tinari was appointed director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in 2011. In this capacity, he organizes a programme of exhibitions devoted to established figures and rising talents both Chinese and international, as well as a wide range of public and educational programmes and development activities aimed at UCCA’s annual public of nearly a million visitors. Over the past four years at UCCA, he has curated exhibitions of work by such artists as William Kentridge, Liu Wei, Sterling Ruby, Matthew Monahan, Kaari Upson, Alex Israel, Pawel Althamer, Xu Zhen/MadeIn Company, Ji Dachun, Tino Sehgal, Taryn Simon, Wang Keping, Teppei Kaneuji, Tehching Hsieh, Wang Xingwei, Kan Xuan, Yung Ho Chang, Yun Fei-Ji and Gu Dexin. Prior to joining UCCA he was founding editor of the bilingual art magazine LEAP, published by the leading Chinese publishing group Modern Media. He speaks and writes Mandarin fluently, and has written and lectured around the world on contemporary art in China. Tinari currently serves on advisory boards to institutions including the Guggenheim, the Asia Society and NTU Center for Contemporary Art Singapore, and was recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He holds a BA from the Program in Literature at Duke, an AM in East Asian Studies from Harvard, and was a Fulbright scholar at Peking University. He is currently pursuing a DPhil in art history at the University of Oxford.

Qiu Zhijie

Born in 1969 in Fujian, China. Currently working and living in Beijing and Hangzhou. Graduated in 1992 from the China National Academy of Fine Art, he is an Associate Professor in the Mixed Media Art Department and Co Director of the Visual Culture Center of CAA in Hangzhou.

Solo exhibitions

2015: Qiu Zhijie: Qiu’s Annotation of the Lantern Festival Plan, Museum of Contemporary Art of CAAM, Hangzhou

2014: A Suicidology of the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge – On Leveling All Things, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing

2013: The Unicorn and the Dragon, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice

2012: Blue Prints, Witte de With Art Center, Rotterdam Tathagata, Tian Ren He Ye Museum, Hangzhou


Selected group exhibitions

2015: All the World’s Future, 56th Venice Bienniale, Arsenale Corderie, Venice

2014: The 31th Sao Paulo Art Biennial, Sao Paulo On site: Cross Contextual Ink Art Experience, Himalayas Museum, Shanghai

2013: Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York  ; The Origin of Dao: New Dimensions in Chinese Contemporary Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong 55th Venice Biennial, Museo Diocesano d’Art Sacra, Venice

2012: Guanxi: Contemporary Chinese Art, Guangdong Museum

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Saturday 12 March 2016
4 p.m.


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