The Armory Show and K11 Art Foundation: The China Symposium

The Armory Show
Piers 92 and 94
Twelfth Ave at 55th St
New York City

March 8 – 9

The Armory Show announces The China Symposium, a program of conversations that aims to elaborate and clarify the state of contemporary art in China today. In partnership with Adrian Cheng and his art foundation, a series of eight discussions will be held over the two most visited days of The Armory Show (March 8-9, 2014). The China Symposium will assemble speakers from around China and beyond, including leading artists, journalists, curators, collectors, gallerists, and academics. The Symposium is held in conjunction with the Armory Focus: China section of the fair, which is being curated by Philip Tinari, Director of the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, and will provide new insight into contemporary cultural practice in China through an exciting selection of galleries from the Mainland and Hong Kong. The first day of the forum explores circumstances and dynamics shaping the external environment, while the second day looks at significant currents in art itself. Together the two days offer perhaps the most comprehensive overview of the art scene in China yet undertaken for a general New York audience.

Adrian Cheng is founder and chairman of the K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, which provides a springboard to launch emerging Chinese artists into the global arena through an array of groundbreaking initiatives, including the K11 art spaces, educational programs, and artist-in-residence programs. In line with the Foundation’s mission to generate international dialogue surrounding the development of Chinese contemporary art, it has made The Armory Show’s China Symposium possible, marking an ambitious expansion of the fair’s long-standing Open Forum discussion series. The Foundation recently provided educational programming support for Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Adrian Cheng comments, “We are the new generation to define the contemporary art landscape of China, and it is my privilege to be part of this dynamic change by nurturing and incubating artistic talents in Greater China. Chinese society is at an important crossroad, and Chinese contemporary art is reflecting the key social and economic developments in China today. As we help young Chinese artists gain recognition at home and abroad, we hope to help educate the wider public about art. We are constantly inspired and humbled by the voices underlying great works of art, and we believe The China Symposium and The Armory Show 2014 will be a milestone for Chinese voices to find a greater audience.”

On his multifaceted involvement in the fair, Philip Tinari notes, “my goal is not only to add a further layer of depth to the broader China Focus initiative, but also allow for a new set of relationships and understandings—interpretive, experiential, cooperative—about art in China today to emerge.”

Noah Horowitz, Executive Director of The Armory Show states, “It has been an honor to forge this partnership with Adrian and the K11 Art Foundation. The Foundation’s support in helping to realize The China Symposium has been immeasurable and we look forward to introducing the important work that they are doing in Greater China to our wide-reaching audiences in New York City.”

All panels will take place in T: The New York Times Style Magazine Media Lounge on Pier 94.

For more information, please visit http://www.thearmoryshow.com/.

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