February 15, 2006 - miart – International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art - Cina intra / extra Ovest
February 15, 2006

Cina intra / extra Ovest

Cina intra / extra Ovest

MiArt 2006
Fiera Milano International
March 30th-April 2 2006
 
tel. 39 02 485 501 fax 39 02 4855 0420<br>
E-mail: miart@fmi.it
Website: www.miart.it

The eleventh MiArt fair has scheduled a round table discussion on Saturday 1 April, entitled Cina intra / extra Ovest, centered on contemporary Chinese art. The event is part of a special program devoted to China that also includes the presentation of some of the most influential art galleries headquartered in the Peoples Republic.

The round table is part of a new program kicking off in 2006 that will invite a different foreign country to feature every year at MiArt. The first country is China, reflecting the rising level of interest that Chinese art is attracting in both Italy and Europe in general.

MiArt has invited some of the countrys foremost contemporary art galleries to give local audiences a birds eye view of Chinas fast-changing artistic landscape one that has made waves amongst critics and art enthusiasts alike over the past few years.

The galleries participating in the Chinese exhibit represent a broad cross-section of the many that have been raising the profile of Chinese art for quite some time now. Some galleries were set up in the Peoples Republic by Chinese owners and managers, others have European, American or Japanese founders and managers, but are headquartered permanently in China and work exclusively with Chinese artists.

The galleries will be side by side for the first time at an international art fair, and their attendance will contribute significantly towards building a wide-ranging and consistent critical space, as well as provide the delegation with an opportunity to view and interact with the latest Italian and international artistic experiences.
Besides bringing a group of Chinese galleries to Milan, MiArt is also staging a round table discussion between some of the most influential artists, curators and collectors whose activities link China with the West.

Ai Weiwei and Huang Yongping, Hou Hanru and Li Xianting, Guan Yi and Uli Sigg, together with Hans Ulrich Obrist, will be painting a picture of a unique artistic phenomenon Chinese contemporary art that is developing at an amazingly accelerated pace.

An artist, a curator and a collector who live and work in China will share the stage with an artist, a curator and a collector who conduct parallel lives outside China.

As the panelists discover and define the influence and impact of geography, the discussion will offer an incomparable chance to single out the specificities, processes and evolution of contemporary Chinese art, from the perspective of a connection with the international art system, and through the many layers of perception existing in China and the West, across boundaries that are far more than merely geographical.

Lorenzo Fiaschi and Adriana Forconi selected the Chinese exhibitors and are organizing the round table discussion.

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