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Talk: The Practice and the Future of Sino-Dutch Cultural Relations

Speaker: Lu Yangli, Curator Shekou Reform and Opening Museum Shenzhen, China
Date: Thursday 26 April 2018
Time: Doors open at 15:30 / Talk 16:00 – 17:00
Location: Bonnefantenmuseum, Avenue Céramique 250, Maastricht

Language: English
Entrance: Free admission with a valid entrance ticket for the museum
Reservation: Required, via this form

In her talk The Practice and the Future of Sino-Dutch Cultural Relations, Lu Yangli will give a brief overview of the landscape of the contemporary art scene in Shenzhen. Through the lens of major cultural institutions, the talk illustrates 1) the socio-cultural impact of previously held events upon the development of contemporary art in the city and the country at large; and 2) what it all means for the practice and the future of Sino-Dutch cultural relations. There are challenges but also opportunities for cross-cultural collaborations. This talk will provide practical advice and inspiration for those who are interested or planning to collaborate with Chinese cultural institutions.

Being China’s first ‘Special Economic Zone’, the forerunner of the country’s exponential economic growth, Shenzhen has been well-known for its experimentalism in urban developments. At the same time, its experimentalism extends beyond to the cultural front, especially to contemporary art. The development of contemporary art was guided by the He Xiangning Museum and OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT) and other museums in Shenzhen. OCAT is unique in being the first professional institution that has organized and hosted numerous important exhibitions and events, such as Ink Alchemy: Gu Wenda Experimental Ink Exhibition, State Legacy: Research in the Visualization of Political History, Visual Polity: Another Wang Guangyi, promoting the development of contemporary art of Shenzhen. With the turnover ratio of exhibitors of 98%, the fifth Art Shenzhen in 2017 saw the participation of many well-known cultural institutions and galleries. The success continues with the upcoming 2018 art biennale ‘Open Source Art Biennale of Shenzhen’, organized by the municipal government of Shenzhen. This biennale has also attracted attention of many internationally acclaimed artists such as David Cerny, Charles Lindsay and Francesca Pasquali.

Visitors Program
Lu Yangli is a curator at the Shekou Reform and Opening Museum, entrusted to organize the opening exhibition. As part of her research she will visit The Netherlands as a guest in the Mondriaan Fund visitors program, between 23 and 30 April 2018. With a view to promoting art from the Netherlands abroad, the Mondriaan Fund organizes special visitors programs for foreign visual art professionals. Visitors programs are organized for curators and other professionals to offer greater insight into contemporary visual arts from the Netherlands and to strengthen international ties and promote the exchange of ideas.