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A COOPERATION OF DEICHTORHALLEN WITH THE SIGG COLLECTION AND THE M+, HONG KONG

NOVEMBER 8, 2014 − FEBRUARY 8, 2015 AT THE falckenberg collection, hamburg-HARBURG


The Deichtorhallen — in cooperation with the Museum M+ in Hong Kong and the Sigg Collection housed there — will be showing an exhibition project on the topic of writing in Chinese contemporary art as a part of CHINA TIME HAMBURG 2014.

Over 3,000 years old and having existed for over 2,000 years in almost unaltered form, the Chinese writing system is a phenomenon that is unique throughout the entire world. The exhibition in the Deichtorhallen shows that, from the end of the Cultural Revolution to the present, Chi- nese artists have posed the question of a Chinese identity with the theme of writing. This process has taken place under the sign of a remarkable incorporation of their old and highly developed culture, in the face of a fundamental insecurity stemming from the Maoist period and under the conditions of globalization as well as the westernization accompanying it. The exhibition will deal with topics such as the deconstruction of writing and the commercialization and trivialization of writing as a mass-cultural medium.

Furthermore, the exhibition will investigate the question of individual expression in light of the rich and long historical practice for learning calligraphy. The exhibition will bring together around 35 artists’ two-and three-dimensional works in various media: calligraphy, photography, video, installation, and sculpture. It begins with works from the 1980s and extends on to artworks conceived specifically for the exhibition — by Ai Weiwei, for example. Other well-known artists in the exhibition include Gu Wenda, Xu Bing, Qiu Zhijie, Zhang Huan, and Zheng Guogu, among others.

ASSOCIATED PROGRAMME

Together with numerous cooperation partners like the Hamburg Konfuzius-Institute and the Hamburg University Deichtorhallen Hamburg is offering a wide-ranged programme accompanying the exhibition. Among them are different practical calligraphy workshops, a concert in the context of »New music in China«, panel discussions and lectures with international experts.

GUIDED TOUR IN CHINESE
Sun, November 9, 2014 at 2 p.m.
With Shaofeng Ni, University of Hamburg.
Free admission, no registration required.

GUIDED TOUR IN ENGLISH
Sat, November 8, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Free admission, no registration required.

CATALOGUE

On the occasion of the exhibition there will be a comprehensive catalogue published featuring contributions by renowned authors such as Hu Mingyuan and Lesley Ma as well as interviews with the collector Uli Sigg and with several artists participating in the show.


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