culture360.asef.org » Culture News http://culture360.asef.org Connecting Asia and Europe through arts and culture Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:56:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 China’s largest private museum opens in Shanghaihttp://culture360.asef.org/news/chinas-largest-private-museum-opens-in-shanghai/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/chinas-largest-private-museum-opens-in-shanghai/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:55:11 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=40810

The Art Newspaper reports on the opening of the Long Museum’s second space in Shanghai last month, now China’s largest private museum, occuping 33,000 square metres. It houses a collection...  Read More

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The Art Newspaper reports on the opening of the Long Museum’s second space in Shanghai last month, now China’s largest private museum, occuping 33,000 square metres. It houses a collection of top contemporary and classic art works and has been founded by collectors Liu Yiqian and Wang Wei.

A last-minute rush of construction is common to new Chinese museums, but at the opening of the Long Museum’s second space in Shanghai, the final touches ahead of the launch on 28 March were only belied by a faint whiff of paint. The who’s who of the Chinese art world turned out to see the collection of top contemporary and classic works, particularly a scroll of Song Dynasty calligraphy whose authenticity has been brought into question.

The branch in West Bund joins the original Long Museum in Pudong, which opened in December 2012; both are founded by the super-collectors Liu Yiqian and Wang Wei. “My wife’s balls are bigger than mine—to get this done on time is a victory,” a happy Liu said at a press conference ahead of the opening.

The 33,000 sq. m building took just over a year to complete, and with 16,000 sq. m of exhibition space, it is now the largest private museum in China. It is part of the Xuhui Riverside development in the Puxi area, which already has the Chinese-Indonesian collector Budi Tek’s Yuz Museum and will soon house the Asian headquarters for the US film studio DreamWorks.

Wang Wei said that both branches of the Long Museum will host four shows each year, with Puxi being “more international and more focused on the future and possibilities”. Though initially envisioned as a Modern art museum in contrast to the mix of Chinese antiquities, Communist and contemporary art on display in the space in Pudong, the scope of the West Bund space has been adjusted to also include Western and Chinese classical art.

[.... read full article by Lisa Movius in The Art Newspaper... ]

Image: The Long Museum West Bund. Photo: 吴俊泽

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Sovereign Asian Art Prize finalists announced | vote nowhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/sovereign-asian-art-prize-finalists-announced-vote-now/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/sovereign-asian-art-prize-finalists-announced-vote-now/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:42:44 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=40822

The Sovereign Art Foundation in Hong Kong has announced the 30 finalists whose work has been selected from over 300 nominated entries for this year’s Sovereign Asian Art Prize,...  Read More

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The Sovereign Art Foundation in Hong Kong has announced the 30 finalists whose work has been selected from over 300 nominated entries for this year’s Sovereign Asian Art Prize, the tenth edition of the competition.

The 2013-14 finalists come from Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand and Japan.  Many of the finalists have undertaken fine art studies and work in Europe and Australia. You can view the finalists here and vote for your favourite.

The Sovereign Asian Art Prize was initiated in 2003 when the Sovereign Art Foundation was established as a charity in Hong Kong.  The prestigious first prize of US$30,000 cash will be announced at the start of the finalists’ exhibition. The “Schoeni Prize”, named in memory of the foundation’s advisor Manfred Schoeni, is decided solely by public votes cast at the exhibition and through the Sovereign Art Foundation website. The prize carries a nominal award of US$1,000.

After the exhibition the works, other than the first prize which becomes the property of the Foundation, will be auctioned off by Christie’s at a charity dinner. 50% of the proceeds of each sale go to the artist and the other 50% goes to the Foundation to be applied to its charitable work.

Image: Jung Lee (Korea), The End, from the ‘Aporia’ Series

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Wochi Kochi magazine | on cross-cultural exchanges with Japanhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/wochi-kochi-magazine-on-cross-cultural-exchanges-with-japan/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/wochi-kochi-magazine-on-cross-cultural-exchanges-with-japan/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:05:31 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=40500

“Wochi Kochi Magazine” is a web magazine in English and Japanese offering stories and topics on cross-cultural exchanges between Japan and other countries. Wochikochi Magazine is produced by the...  Read More

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Wochi Kochi Magazine” is a web magazine in English and Japanese offering stories and topics on cross-cultural exchanges between Japan and other countries. Wochikochi Magazine is produced by the Japan Foundation and carries interviews, contributed articles and serialized stories written by experts in a variety of professional and academic fields on a special topic each month.

Among the most recent articles, you can read about:

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as well as reviews, interviews with up and coming artists and more …

The name “wochikochi” denotes places and times and expresses the desires to spread the Japanese language and culture overseas, deepen mutual understanding with other countries, and play a role as a cultural bridge that spans not only across countries but also among peoples. It derives its meaning from a word in the ancient Japanese “Yamato” language for “here and there” or “the future and the present“.

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Korea dispatches international cultural exchange experts around the worldhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/korea-plans-to-dispatch-international-cultural-exchange-experts-round-the-world/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/korea-plans-to-dispatch-international-cultural-exchange-experts-round-the-world/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:10:36 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=40658

The “NEXT Project to Dispatch International Cultural Exchange Experts by Region” is a Korean government sponsored initiative designed to cultivate cultural exchange and develop resources in the emerging markets...  Read More

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The “NEXT Project to Dispatch International Cultural Exchange Experts by Region” is a Korean government sponsored initiative designed to cultivate cultural exchange and develop resources in the emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, excluding the already robust markets in Europe and North America.

An additional aim is to bolster the Korean Culture Centers’ (KCC) art and culture projects by reinforcing them with trained professionals. The KCC is a government organization, whose main function is to serve as the base from which Korean culture may be promoted, and to strengthen art and culture projects in regions that lack experts in those respective fields. The staff members it sends, may in turn, study the state of affairs in culture and the arts in such countries, and benefit from the opportunity to become regional specialists.

The staff members currently posted in the total of ten countries involved in the project stay in their positions for a period of four to ten months, during which they work as a manager for the Culture Center and research trends in the cultural scene of their countries. They coordinate events, festivals, and other programs affiliated with cultural spaces, and the results of their investigations will be shared externally through the online platform of the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS). Each of them were selected in a public contest held in July 2013 and fulfill KCC requirements of at least three-year experience of planning performance and visual arts.

Read more about Korea’s NEXT program

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Thailand | Air Travel to Preserve Art programme partnership with Thai AirAsiahttp://culture360.asef.org/news/thailand-air-travel-to-preserve-art-programme-partnership-with-thai-airasia/ http://culture360.asef.org/news/thailand-air-travel-to-preserve-art-programme-partnership-with-thai-airasia/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 01:00:08 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=40642

Thailand’s Ministry of Culture has partnered with  Thai AirAsia for the ‘Air Travel to Preserve Art’ program, designed to inspire young people to continue their region’s arts and traditions...  Read More

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thaiairasiaThailand’s Ministry of Culture has partnered with  Thai AirAsia for the ‘Air Travel to Preserve Art’ program, designed to inspire young people to continue their region’s arts and traditions by having national artists impart them with their expertise.

The project is being piloted in 10 provinces in the north, northeast and south of the country. This is the second year the Ministry of Culture has worked with Thai AirAsia to provide air travel to Thailand’s national artists.

AirAsia’s role in the program lies in providing seats at no cost to national artists on all of AirAsia’s routes, both domestic and international, when they travel in their capacities as National Artists as well as for personal affairs.

“We see the nation’s youth as the main force behind preserving Thailand’s art and culture, especially endangered regional traditions. We initiated the ‘Air Travel to Preserve Art’ program, with the great support of AirAsia, to allow national artists to travel to organize training sessions, camps and other events in 10 provinces to teach their youths and to find those with exemplary works to represent their provinces in cultural promotion events both at the national and international level” said Dr. Preecha Kanthiya, Permanent Secretary of Culture.

Mr. Santisuk Klongchaiya, Director of Commercial for Thai AirAsia, said,

“We are very happy to be continuing this program. We will work with the Ministry of Culture to organize training camps in 10 provinces, namely; Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Khon Kaen, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang and Hat Yai. The events will provide the opportunity for youths to audition their own works so that 30 may be chosen to take part in a special camp with the National Artists from which one distinct individual will be selected to act as a representative nationally and internationally. We believe that by providing the opportunity for young artists to learn from masters, they will be inspired to develop their own work.”

Image: Thai AirAsia taking off from Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, Thailand

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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.

[...] Read full article here

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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