China - Belgian artists in several group exhibitions and festivals26/08/2010
This Fall several contemporary art exhibitions and festivals in China will focus on or include Belgian artists.
During the Brussels Days at the WORLD EXPO, the Brussels-Capital Region presents the exhibition Resonance in the Belgian Pavilion. Resonance restyles the exhibition into a communicative space, a "force field" in which different installations of Chinese and Belgian artists evoke an enchanting atmosphere. With: Anouk de Clercq, Kris Verdonck/A Two Dogs Company, Hans Op de Beeck a/o.
BODY SPEECH, another show part of the Brussels Days, will display works by five Belgian artists, including Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Frank Theys, David Claerbout, Ann Veronica Janssens and Joelle Tuerlinckx. The exhibition concept is based upon a strong opposition between what could probably be considered the oldest form of human intelligence: 'Dance', with choreography celebrating the format of the human body every day, and a scientific debate known as "transhumanism" championed by mostly American scientists who believe that the challenges of the future will oblige people to modify the format of the human body, even to quit it all together.
Expo 2010 Jing'An International Sculpture Project is an important large-scale project held in the center of the city during the 2010 Shanghai World Expo that covers the non-core area of the Expo. Some 40 international artists are selected, among them also 5 artists form Belgium: Jan Fabre, Wim Delvoye, Folon, Arne Quinze and The Leroy Brothers.
At the same period, work by Nele Tas will be on view at the 4th BEIJING IINTERNATIONAL ART BIENNALE. The theme of the exhibition is the 'Environmental concern and human existence'. The artist will show the work 'Concentration Portrait VII' which deals with the tension between individual existence and public life in our contemporary societies.
DOC.be is a joint initiative of Cinema Nova in Brussels, an alternative place for film, and CIFA, which is based in Beijing and aims to promote Chinese independant documentaries. DOC.be shows nearly 30 Belgian documentaries. No tourist trip that leads you around exotic Belgium, but an exploration of contemporary documentaries that show in very diverse ways all kind of realities, made in Belgium. Doc.be is nomadic and will travel from Beijing to Shanghai, Hefei, Kunming till Hong Kong. Participating artists: Olivier Smolders, Benoît Dervaux & Yasmina Abdellaoui, Bram Van Paesschen, Olivier Meys & Zhang Yaxuan, Dominique Henry & Vincent Detours, Yuen Yeung Fun, Olivier Smolders, Xavier Christiaens, Kathleen Vermeir & Ronny Heiremans, Laurent Van Lancker, Jorge Leon, Dominique Henry & Vincent Detours, Manon De Boer, Dounia Bovet-Wolteche, Elias Grootaers, Khristine Gillard, Guillaume Vandenberghe & Raphaël Kolacz, Guy-Marc Hinant & Dominique Lohlé, Claudio Pazienza, Claudio Pazienza, Claudio Pazienza, Nicolas Rinon Gille, Patric Jean, Xavier Lukomsky, Bernard Bellefroid, Collective film, Elias Grootaers.
The exhibition This Modern World? An 'Art as Billboard' Project will utilise the language and means of the advertising industry, over 10 international artists will create messages and images that explore what it means to be modern in a world that is beyond modernity. Reflecting the World Expo theme of a 'Better City Better Life' with its yearning for the future, This Modern World will examine what global capital has done to shape an international public. With work by Lore Vanelslande, Heidi Voet a/o.
- Resonance: September 19 - September 24 2010 www.inventie.be/resonance
- Body Speech: September 19 - October 9, 2010 www.brusselsbodyspeech.org
- Jing'An International Sculpture Project: September 1 - Oktober 31, 2010 www.jisp.cn/english
- 4th Beijing International Art Biennale: September 20 - October 10, 2010. www.bjbiennale.com.cn
- DOC.be: September 10 - 30, 2010. cifa.nova-cinema.org
- This Modern World: September 7 - October 31, 2010. www.artlinkart.com/...
Image: Nele Tas, Concentration Portrait VII, 2006, oil on canvas, 80x100 cm. Copyright: Marijke Seresia