ASIANART – Contemporary Asian Art in Berlin-Mitte, Fall 2007

Ji Yeon Heo
Galerie Schuster, June 24 - September 20

Kyungwoo Chun, Tatsumi Orimoto, Takafumi Hara, YuJin Kang
Galerie DNA, August 16 - September 22

Wang Chengyun, Wang Qingsong, Qiu Xiaofei, Chen Bo, Zhou Wenzhong, Xiong Yu
Chinablue in Berlin, September 6 - October 6

Tatsumi Orimoto
C/O Berlin, September 10 - 23

Hanayo, Helen Cho, Yoon Lee, Yudi Noor, Yuka Oyama, Yukihiro Taguchi
St. Johannes-Evangelist-Kirche, September 9-22

Asian Art Scenes – panel discussion
Art Forum Berlin, October 1st

The Project ASIANART – Contemporary Asian Art in Berlin-Mitte took place within the scope of the Asian-Pacific-Weeks Berlin and Kunstherbst 2007, in an effort to create a meaningful cultural and economic feedback, to consolidate partnerships between the participants and to continue the artistic relations between the regions involved. Berlin-Mitte is the right stage for presenting Asian culture in the capital city, because the development of the contemporary local art scene and culture started at the beginning of the '90s in this neighborhood. The program consisted of exhibiting Contemporary Asian Art simultaneously in different galleries and institutions.

The compact exhibitions offer to the Berliner public a bright view of the current Asian art production involving artists from China, Japan, Korea and Indonesian from different generations and backgrounds. The selected works including painting, photographs, performances, installation and video represent a patch work of Asia as an immense continent sub-divided into various geographic scenarios composed by singular historical development. The curatorial responsibility has to reveal complex cultural identities, artistic heritages, and political orientations present in the current production. This material is the basis for a bright research and approach with the European continent. The media follows constantly the development in Asia, it is nowadays one of the key continents in terms of globalization: “Made in China” is for instance a constant factor and product all over the world. The artists will provide, through their artistic statements, a view in this complex network created with basis in their own experience, which has been introduced in the west world massive in different significant exhibitions in the last year.

A significant number of represented artists including Wang Chengyun, Helen Cho, Hanayo, Yoon Lee, Yudi Noor, Yuka Oyama and Yukihiro Taguchi got part of Berlin art scene due to their constant presence in the city. They assume in this context a double role as members of this context and also as active partner in the approach process redialing with their memories and revising their identities. Wang Qingsong, Kyungwoo Chun, Tatsumi Orimoto und Takafumi Hara became notorious in Berlin taking part in relevant exhibitions. Chen Bo, Ji Yeon Heo, Yujin Kang, Qiu Xiaofei, Xiong Yu and Zhou Wenzhong have ASIANART as the right platform for their debut after a acquiring the recognition for their artistic statements in local and international field.

The exhibition ultimately explores individual and collective aspirations in the Asian Contemporary art due to the engagement of every partner involved in ASIANART especially through the contribution of advisers and curators as Shaheen Merali and Carson Chan.

Tereza de Arruda, curator

The Asien-Pacific-Weeks is supported by Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin (DKLB)