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April 28, 2010

Asia Art Archive presents Backroom Conversations for ART HK 10

Asia Art Archive
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All programmes are free

Thurs 27th May | 6–8 pm | Containers of the Present: Institutional Collections and the History of Japanese Contemporary Art | Speakers: Shinji Kohmoto, Chief Curator, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto | Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo | Yukie Kamiya, Chief Curator, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art | Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York | Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York | Moderated by Andrew Maerkle, critic & writer, Tokyo

This panel will address the roles that Japanese and international institutional collections play in developing the history of Japanese post-war and contemporary art. The panel will address their collection maintenance and development, despite severe budget cuts initiated in the post-bubble era of the 1990’s; their role as counterweights to market-driven value systems; and possible relevance to rapidly emerging art infrastructures elsewhere in East Asia.

Fri 28th May | 3.30–5.30 pm | Private Endowments in Contemporary Art | Speakers: Dr. Gene Sherman, Chairman and Executive Director, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney | Yana Peel, Co-founder and Director, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, London | Daniela Zyman, Chief Curator, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna | Agnes Lin, Founder and Director, Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong | Moderated by Savita Apte, art historian and Director of Art Dubai

The growth of private art foundations around the world in the last two decades reflects the pressing need for resources in support of the arts. This panel asks prestigious art foundations to discuss their development in relation to contemporary art, social responsibility, recent economic challenges and their influence on artistic practice and the art market.

Sat 29th May | 2–4 pm | Artist as Activist, Art as Catalyst* | Speakers: Martha Rosler, artist | Zanny Begg, artist | Wong Hoy Cheong, artist | Choi Tsz-kwan, Ger, artist | Moderated by Manray Hsu, independent curator and art critic

In response to contemporary social and political conditions, artists and activists have developed new tools for thought and new strategies of resistance aimed at making other worlds possible. This panel invites artists to discuss questions such as: What is the political in political art? What can art do to make another world? What is the role of the exhibition, especially of projects that were made in an activist context, and what role does communication and networking play in art-making?

*A series of screenings will be held in conjunction with this panel at the same venue (Sat 10.45am & Sun 2pm.)

4.15 – 6.15 pm | In the Aftermath of the White Cube: Museums and Other Spaces | Speakers: Sabine Breitwieser, Secretary and Treasurer of International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art | Eungie Joo, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York | Bec Dean, Associate Director, Performance Space, Sydney | Michael Rush, curator, writer, critic and Former Director, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Boston | Moderated by Adele Tan, art historian, teacher and writer

No longer willing to be pristine, disinterested and ultimately sterile white cubes, museums and alternative art spaces today are pressed to continually assert their vitality and relevance and trade in banalities for accessibility. Competition with the international art biennales and art fairs forces museums to define their own missions in the expanded art ecosystem. How is today’s art museum re-imagining its ethics and politics? What is the function of the art museum in the 21st century? Who is its audience?

Asia Art Archive’s Booth G10 at ART HK 10 | Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990

AAA has recreated an artist’s living-working space reminiscent of the 1980s in China, along with a display of selected materials acquired through the ‘Materials of the Future’ project. In conjunction with the booth, part of the collection will also be on display at AAA’s library in Sheung Wan, from May through September.

The China 1980s Project was made possible by the generous support of: The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, The W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, Ilyas and Mara Khan and the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.

Backroom Conversations:
Presented by: Asia Art Archive
In conjunction with: ART HK 10
Supported by: Home Affairs Bureau, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and Burger Collection

For more information: http://www.aaa.org.hk or visit AAA’s booth at ART HK 10

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