culture360.asef.org » Culture News http://culture360.asef.org Connecting Asia and Europe through arts and culture Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:14:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 China’s booming museums sector | uncertain times ahead?http://culture360.asef.org/news/chinas-booming-museums-sector-uncertain-times-ahead/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/chinas-booming-museums-sector-uncertain-times-ahead/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:58:28 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=40677

A recent Guardian Culture Professionals blog looks at the growth of new museums in China and raises questions about how successful they are in reaching the public. On a...  Read More

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A recent Guardian Culture Professionals blog looks at the growth of new museums in China and raises questions about how successful they are in reaching the public. On a recent visit to Shanghai, freelance journalist Jo Caird observed sky-high running costs, low attendance figures and issues with access for several new high profile contemporary art museums, possibly reflecting trends across China.

The hotel concierge had heard of neither of the museums I intended to visit that day. Not all that surprising, perhaps, until you consider the scale of the institutions in question. One was the Long Museum, a 10,000 square metre private art gallery owned by one of the biggest art collecting couples in China. The other was the Power Station of Art (PSA), Shanghai’s first public museum of contemporary art, named for the enormous former industrial building it occupies on the banks of the Huangpu river.

Both were about to celebrate their first birthdays at the time of my visit to Shanghai in September last year and both were eerily quiet. No one likes an overcrowded gallery, of course, but there’s definitely something off-putting about being in a museum alone.

The Long Museum and the PSA are part of an extraordinary wave of high profile public and private museum and gallery building taking place not just in Shanghai but across China. The last couple of years in Shanghai alone have seen the relocation of the China Art Museum; the launch of the Yuz Museum; and the relocation of the Shanghai Himalayas Museum (another private institution) to an enormous new space in Pudong. In March, these institutions will be joined by another – larger – branch of the Long Museum, opening in a newly developed area of the city known as the Xuhui Riverside.

It’s a thrilling time for the Chinese museum sector, but it’s also an uncertain one. Attendance figures for both the Long Museum and PSA have been disappointing so far. The PSA attracted only 250,000 visitors in 2013, while the picture at the Long Museum is grimmer still. Wang Wei, the museum’s chief curator, and her husband, billionaire businessman Liu Yiqian, spend over £1m on running costs annually and paid out around £30m in capital expenses, but welcomed only 50,000 people through their doors last year. The couple have deep pockets, but it’s hard to see how such a project is sustainable in the long-term, especially given their soon-to-open second space has set them back a further £30m.

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Image: The Long Museum is a 10,000 square metre private art gallery owned by one of the biggest art collecting couples in China. Photograph: Long Museum

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Asia’s indie music scenehttp://culture360.asef.org/news/asias-indie-music-scene/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/asias-indie-music-scene/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 23:29:46 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=40489

A report from the BBC looks at the independent music scene in Asia. From the huge commercial pop factories of Japan, Korea and China and the dominance of India’s...  Read More

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A report from the BBC looks at the independent music scene in Asia. From the huge commercial pop factories of Japan, Korea and China and the dominance of India’s Bollywood song, it also gives insights into the rise of indie music in other Asian countries, including Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines.

It is no accident that there are booming fine art scenes in places like Bangalore, Bangkok, Jakarta and Shanghai. Artists and musicians alike are dealing with issues of modernity and tradition, and in some cases, re-imagining their own culture and music.

The Asian music scene is dominated by juggernauts. The sound factories of Indian, Japan, Korea and most recently China churn out hits and these Bollywood, J-pop, K-pop and C-pop songs beam out of millions of mobile phones and Ipads across the region.

With the rapid economic rise of India, China and Korea, along with the ‘tiger’ economies of South East Asia, entertainment has boomed. A growing Asian middle class, with greater disposable income than ever before, has fuelled the growth in concerts and festivals.

Talent and reality TV shows featuring aspiring singers are screened in nearly every Asian country. Right now, Korean girl groups and boy bands are hot, but before that it was Japanese and Taiwanese. Perhaps China is next.

READ the full article from BBC Entertainment

About the author: John Clewley is a photographer, writer and editor based in Bangkok. He writes about music for the Thai press, and also for Songlines magazine. He has lived in Asia for 30 years.

Image: Burma’s Thxa Soe sugar-sweet music mixes popular Burmese music with hip hop

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UNESCO & IFACCA co-host Convention signatory meeting in Bangkokhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/unesco-ifacca-co-host-convention-signatory-meeting-in-bangkok/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/unesco-ifacca-co-host-convention-signatory-meeting-in-bangkok/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:50:19 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=40306

At the invitation of the UNESCO Bangkok office, IFACCA co-hosted a meeting of representatives of signatory countries from Asia-Pacific of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the...  Read More

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At the invitation of the UNESCO Bangkok office, IFACCA co-hosted a meeting of representatives of signatory countries from Asia-Pacific of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Bangkok, Thailand from 4-6 March.

Representatives and Convention focal points from nine countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, New Zealand, Korea, Tajikistan and Vietnam) attended the meeting entitled ‘Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Asia: Challenges and Perspectives on the Implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Promotion and Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions’. 

Other participants included guest speakers, Giselle Dupin (focal point for the 2005 Convention and representative of the Ministry of Culture of Brazil) and Danielle Cliche (Chief of UNESCO’s Diversity of Culture Expressions Division and Secretary of the Convention, Paris) and representatives from Thailand and Nepal, who attended as observers.

The Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, adopted by UNESCO in October 2005, entered into force in March 2007. The Convention seeks to strengthen the five inseparable links of the same chain: creation, production, distribution/dissemination, access and enjoyment of cultural expressions, as conveyed by cultural activities, goods and services.

The meeting agenda covered cultural policies and measures; international cooperation, preferential treatment and artists’ mobility; integration of culture in sustainable development; engaging civil society’ and new avenues for the strengthening of the Convention. Each of the meeting participants also presented on their experiences of implementing and reporting on the Convention.

As background to the meeting, IFACCA had prepared a draft report ‘Analytical Report on Cultural Policies and the 2005 Convention in Asia’. A final version of this report will be available soon.

In 2010 IFACCA published the IFACCA Briefing Note for National Arts Funding Agencies: UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. This briefing note is available in English, Spanish and French from the topic page on our website: http://www.ifacca.org/topic/convention-cultural-diversity/.

Read more about UNESCO and Cultural Diversity

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Philippines to participate in Venice Biennale 2015 after 50 year absencehttp://culture360.asef.org/news/philippines-to-participate-in-venice-biennale-2015-after-50-year-absence/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/philippines-to-participate-in-venice-biennale-2015-after-50-year-absence/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:33:12 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=40430

The Philippines will participate in the Venice Biennale 2015 after a five decade absence. The Filipino Department of Foreign Affairs has announced that the Philippines will have a pavilion...  Read More

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The Philippines will participate in the Venice Biennale 2015 after a five decade absence. The Filipino Department of Foreign Affairs has announced that the Philippines will have a pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, after a 50-year hiatus.

The Department of Foreign Affairs communique states:

After 50 years since the country’s first and last official participation in The 32nd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 1964, the exhibition of the Philippine Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015 aims to strengthen the role of the Philippines in the international community as a nation of and destination for contemporary art.

Curated by international contemporary art historian Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut, Ph. D., The Philippines Pavilion exhibition entitled “Heterot(r)opic” revolves around the concept of the Philippines as a tropical heterotopia, a real space of crises where utopia – the myth of civilization and the project of progress – is simultaneously represented, negotiated, and/or subverted.

The return of the Philippines to the Venice Biennale in 2015 signals a bold and unwavering commitment to provide the opportunity and recognition to Filipino artists residing in and outside the Philippines and representing a wide range of mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video and digital platforms, and performance. Artists of Philippine nationality are invited to apply through a global, open-call competition. Official competition guidelines, including eligibility requirements, online application forms, and deadlines, will be made available on the website.

The 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale will take place from 9 May to 22 November 2015 and will be curated by African-born curator, art critic, editor and writer Okwui Enwezor, also Director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich since 2011.

Art Radar Asia comments that the announcement has sparked worldwide interest.  The Philippines have not had a national pavilion at the Venice Biennale since their first and last participation at the Biennale’s 32nd edition in 1964. This 50-years hiatus and the sudden news of the country’s participation next year have sparked speculations and questions on why the Philippines are now returning and whether the country’s art scene is ready for such a big challenge.

Read  more about the Art Fair Philippines, the 2nd edition of the contemporary art fair held in Makati in February 2014.

Read more about the 2013 Manila Vice Philippines contemporary art exhibition in France.

Image: Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, ‘Passage: Project Another Country’, 2009, mixed media installation. Image courtesy the artists and Multitude Art Prize.

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International Scholar Rescue Award in the Arts launchedhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/international-scholar-rescue-award-in-the-arts-launched/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/international-scholar-rescue-award-in-the-arts-launched/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:18:20 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=40322

The first-ever award to rescue scholars in the arts from parts of the world where they are oppressed and denied freedom of expression has been announced by the Institute...  Read More

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The first-ever award to rescue scholars in the arts from parts of the world where they are oppressed and denied freedom of expression has been announced by the Institute of International Education (IIE), one of the largest international exchange organizations in the world.

Established with gifts from IIE Trustees Robert L. Dilenschneider and Mark A. Angelson, the Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Scholar Rescue Award in the Arts will provide life-saving fellowships to 10 threatened scholars in fields such as painting, dance, music, architecture, and the performing arts.

Candidates apply through IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund, which provides fellowships of up to $25,000. Each selected scholar is then placed at a host university, which matches the fellowship and provides a safe place for the scholar to continue to advance his or her work.

The Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Scholar Rescue Award in the Arts becomes part of IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund, which over more than a decade has rescued 525 scholars from more than 50 countries.

“Scholars of the arts are an extremely important part of the intellectual fabric of open societies and, sadly, are too often neglected in the face of emergencies or persecution from tyrannical regimes,”

said Dr. Allan E. Goodman, IIE’s President and CEO.

“We lose their creative work, which includes teaching the next generation of artists. This new program will protect free expression and creativity, so essential to any country’s growth and development, and to fostering peace and prosperity.”

Read full Press Release

The Scholar Rescue Fund is open to applications from scholars at risk (professors, researchers and public intellectuals) in any country of the world, from potential host partners (universities and other institutions of higher learning) in any safe country in the world and from anyone who wishes to donate to the fund.

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Phnom Penh | launch of German book on Contemporary Art and Urban Change in Cambodiahttp://culture360.asef.org/news/phnom-penh-launch-of-german-book-on-contemporary-art-and-urban-change-in-cambodia/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/phnom-penh-launch-of-german-book-on-contemporary-art-and-urban-change-in-cambodia/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:35:48 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=40346

Sa Sa Bassac gallery in Phnom Penh, Cambodia has hosted a book launch for the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) contemporary art book on Rescue Archaeology / Contemporary Art and Urban Change...  Read More

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Sa Sa Bassac gallery in Phnom Penh, Cambodia has hosted a book launch for the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) contemporary art book on Rescue Archaeology / Contemporary Art and Urban Change in Cambodia.

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The book launch connects with the gallery’s current exhibition (till March 21 2014) Phnom Penh, Rescue Archaeology | The Body and the Lens in the City

The book is published in German and English and is available from the ifa:

ppbookPhnom Penh: Das Verschwinden verhindern / Rescue Archaeology

Zeitgenössische Kunst und Stadtentwicklung in Kambodscha / Contemporary Art and Urban Change in Cambodia. – Berlin: ifa, 2013. – 192 pp. – (connect)

Artists: Chan Dany, Khvay, Samnang, Leang Seckon, Lim Sokchanlina, Sopheap Pich, Amy Lee Sanford, Svay Sareth, Than Sok, Tith Kanitha, Vandy Rattana
Exhibition concept by: Erin Gleeson
Texts: Leeza Ahmady, Barbara Barsch, Zoe Butt, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Pamela N. Cory, Shelby E. Doyle, Ev Fischer, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Erin Gleeson, Khairuddin Hori, Boreth Ly, Roger Nelson, Francesca Sonara, Nora Taylor,Lyno Vuth, June Yap

The book was produced in conjunction with the Rescue Archaeology exhibition of contemporary artists from Cambodia held in the ifa galleries in Berlin and Stuttgart in 2013.

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Asialink Arts announces 2014 Australia-Asia arts residentshttp://culture360.asef.org/news/asialink-arts-announces-2014-asia-australia-arts-residents/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/asialink-arts-announces-2014-asia-australia-arts-residents/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:52:26 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=40227

Asialink Arts in Australia presents the artists selected for the Asialink Arts Residencies in Australia and Asia in 2014. A diverse range of artists, locations and projects have been...  Read More

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Asialink Arts in Australia presents the artists selected for the Asialink Arts Residencies in Australia and Asia in 2014. A diverse range of artists, locations and projects have been awarded.  The Asialink Arts Residencies support Asia Capability through Cultural Exchange and the programme has run since 1991.

In 2014, Australian artists selected for Residencies to Asia will travel to Cambodia, India, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Several Reciprocal Residencies will take place, involving artists selected in both locations. Residency Laboratories are taking place in Japan and Indonesia in 2014.

The Asialink Arts Residencies are supported by The Australia Council for the Arts

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Seismopolite | Journal of Art and Politicshttp://culture360.asef.org/news/seismopolite-journal-of-art-and-politics/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/seismopolite-journal-of-art-and-politics/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:42:21 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=40218

Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics is a Norwegian-English quarterly which investigates the possibilities of artists and art scenes worldwide to reflect and influence their local political situation. The...  Read More

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seismopolite6Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics is a Norwegian-English quarterly which investigates the possibilities of artists and art scenes worldwide to reflect and influence their local political situation. The current issue features an Editorial on the future of the contemporary art biennial and asks whether they are “experimental places to reinvent political space”.

Other articles in the current Issue 6 include examinations of the Athens Biennale, Bucharest Biennale, Venice and more biennale locations and questions.

All Seismopolite issues are available free online. See Issue 2 for several articles on Asian artists and localities.

Seismopolite aims to highlight diverse artistic forms and strategies that stimulate new future trajectories in precarious socio-political situations, for example by critically examining geopolitical, cultural and historical master narratives, challenging and questioning the roots of censorship and violations of Human Rights, or working to reach understanding and bridge real or constructed differences in areas of conflict.

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Tate Modern announces major Hyundai sponsorship partnership for Turbine Hallhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/tate-modern-announces-major-hyundai-sponsorship-partnership-for-turbine-hall/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/tate-modern-announces-major-hyundai-sponsorship-partnership-for-turbine-hall/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:34:40 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=40057

Visitors to Tate Modern in London can look forward to a new series of specially commissioned Turbine Hall installations funded by a major 11-year partnership between Tate and South...  Read More

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Visitors to Tate Modern in London can look forward to a new series of specially commissioned Turbine Hall installations funded by a major 11-year partnership between Tate and South Korean automakers Hyundai.

The Hyundai Commission will see a different artwork transform the iconic public space annually from autumn 2015, giving visitors the opportunity to view unique works from international contemporary artists.

The Turbine Hall has previously housed commissioned works from artists such as Ai Weiwei, Olafur Eliasson and Tacita Dean, attracting worldwide attention and millions of visitors a year.

Hyundai will also work with Tate’s Asia-Pacific Acquisition Committee to acquire nine key works by South Korean artist Nam June Paik.

The acquisition of Paik’s work, which examines humanity’s relationship with technology through various mediums, reflects Tate’s aim to build a larger platform for international artists in its collection.

The partnership, confirmed until 2025, is the longest initial commitment from a corporate sponsor in Tate’s history.

Tate director Nicholas Serota said: ‘Hyundai’s commitment to Tate will give us an unprecedented opportunity to plan for the future, and will secure a decade of exciting new Turbine Hall commissions for all Tate Modern’s visitors.’

Image: Turbine Hall | Tate Photography

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France-China 50 | 2014 celebrations and cultural agendahttp://culture360.asef.org/news/france-china-50-2014-celebrations-and-cultural-agenda/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/france-china-50-2014-celebrations-and-cultural-agenda/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:28:30 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=39933

France and China celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations in 2014 with France-Chine 50 Year, presenting a cultural agenda and an evolving programme of events in the two countries. Current...  Read More

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france-chineFrance and China celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations in 2014 with France-Chine 50 Year, presenting a cultural agenda and an evolving programme of events in the two countries.

Current highlights on the 2014 agenda include:

  • De la Chine aux Arts Décoratifs | applied arts exhibition at the musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (13 February – 29 June)
  • Shanghai Ballet | performing in Paris 13-20 March
  • China as Guest of Honour | Art Paris Art Fair 27-30 March
  • 1st Round Table of Mayors from France and China | 13 June in Lille
  • Light Festival | end of May 2014 in Xi’an and December 5-8 in Lyon
  • Month of Science and Culture | April 25 – May 25 in Shanghai
  • Exhibition of masterpieces from French museums | Beijing, as part of Croisements Festival, opens 8 April

and commemorative postal stamps will be issued in both countries.

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