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"OPENASIA 2OO4 7 th International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations"
2004-09-01 until 2004-10-10
OPENASIA 2OO4 7 th International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations is the result of a dialogue between East and West, giving a voice to a group of Asian and international artists. The aim is not only to explore current artistic research in the East, but also to discover the deep interest Western artists have shown in the Asian cultural context. The exhibition, planned by Paolo De Grandis, will be held at Venice Lido parallel to the 61 st International Film Festival. It has been organised by Arte Communications in collaboration with the Venice City Councilís Culture and Tourism Service, institutions from the participating countries and under the patronage of Italyís Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Veneto Region, the Province of Venice, Venice City Council and the participating countriesí embassies.
The eventís official curator is Chang Tsong-zung, an internationally recognised, authoritative scholar and eminent art critic of contemporary Chinese art. Asia is a veritable social and human universe, which is becoming increasingly vast and important as regards world balances. It is a globalised world undergoing continuous expansion and opening up to the Western world, in a transcultural comparison based on a new line of research and ideological mediation. It is an area that is rich in history and traditions. Its culture and lifestyle are inevitably present in the creations of its artists, whose art cannot but have special, if not indeed unique, characteristics. Thus, whilst the influences are evident, so too is the individual itinerary each has chosen, on the one hand freeing himself from the self-evident attachment to social themes or topical problems, and on the other seeking to identify new itineraries. The exhibition dedicated to Oriental contemporary art and its most innovative trends represents an extraordinary opportunity to discover emerging talent and to learn more of established names, as well as to explore the unknown, enchanting works of many Western artists who have over the course of their careers developed a strong interest in the Oriental figurative tradition. The exhibition thus not only offers an incursion into a specific cultural situation, but also focuses on transversal interpretations of a theme of global interest. The event, which will bring the most interesting artists from the Asian and international scene to the Venice Lido, will explore new forms of knowledge and culture which may be seen in the charming spaces of the Lido: along the promenade, in the squares and open-air spaces, within the Blue Moon complex and in the leading hotels: Hotel The Western Excelsior, Des Bains and Hungaria Palace Hotel. The exhibition will include works in various media, from sculpture to video art and installation; all expressive forms evocative of the personal and collective memory of the artists who each year appear in OPEN, and there compare their work and recover and criticise a new system of art.