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Retrace the Route of Contemporary Art in China - A Curatorial Mission

September 21, 2012, Moscow, Russia

Exchange, dialogue and migration between nations and cultures have taken place throughout the history of art and continue to impact our society today.  It is now commonly recognized such cultural interchanges are not exceptions but normal conditions of modern day living. Unfortunately, very few scholars have investigated the development of collective visual culture, especially those occurring outside the European-American cultural arena.

Curator Hou Hanru recently wrote: “The place of the curator here is in the production of intellectual cultural criticism.  Curating is not about organizing fancy events; it is about stimulating or preserving debate within a creative, dynamic space… It is about trying to materialize an agenda, about producing difference or disruptions in the order. ”As an independent curator, my interest lies in exploring the cross-cultural quality of art’s transition from modern to contemporary.  Focusing particularly on Chinese art, I have been seeking to identify the different forces that have influenced and shaped contemporary Chinese art in the past century.


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