How Is the World Engaging with Contemporary Asian Art?
A Special Symposium with the Mori Art Museum International Advisory Committee

Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

The world art scene today, a decade since the millennium, has taken on a more varied, complex and multifaceted look than ever. With a notable flourishing of artistic production by artists emerging from such areas as Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, contemporary Asian art is expected to garner more attention in the coming years as well, reflecting the rapid economic growth experienced by China, India, and other emerging nations in the region. We are all facing to an issue how we could mutually understand these vernacular cultures and socio-political situations in globally expanding art scene and markets. With this in mind, how is the world engaging with contemporary Asian art?

Mori Art Museum is organizing a special symposium to examine how today’s art institutions around the world are engaging with the increasingly prominent realm of contemporary Asian art at an occasion of our International Advisory Committee meet in Tokyo after 4 years. The first half will feature a discussion on how the global state of contemporary art is reflected in the collection policy and exhibition programming of leading museums in the West, and their views on contemporary Asian art in particular. In the latter half, experts on contemporary art in Asia, including China and Japan, will weigh in on how the global art scene, which has expanded to include Asia as one of its centers, is engaging with contemporary Asian art.

Date & Time
17:00-20:00, February 17 [Thu], 2011
International Advisory Committee members
Glenn D. Lowry (Director, The Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Alfred Pacquement (Director, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris)
Sir Nicholas Serota (Director, Tate)
Udo Kittelmann (Director, Nationalgalerie, Berlin)
David Elliott (Arts Advisor to CPS Project, Hong Kong)
Fan Di’an (Director, National Art Museum of China, Beijing)
Takashina Shuji (Director, Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki)
Nanjo Fumio (Director, Mori Art Museum)
17:00Start (registration from 16:30)
17:10Session I: “Towards Asia”
Glenn D. Lowry, Alfred Pacquement, Sir Nicholas Serota,
Udo Kittelmann
17:50Discussion I
18:30Session II: “Out of Asia”
David Elliott, Fan Di’an, Takashina Shuji, Nanjo Fumio
19:10Discussion II
19:40Q & A
Ustream Live Streaming of the Symposium
The Mori Art Museum is planning to stream the symposium live using Ustream, enabling the viewers to log their comments via Twitter. Some of those "tweets" may be referred to during the Q&A Session.
Mori Art Museum Ustream Channel:
Booking Period
2011.2.17 [Thu] - 2.17 [Thu]
Tower Hall, Academyhills 49 (49F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Adult 3,000 yen, MAMC Member and Student 2,500 yen
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