History and Culture

Emerging economies through artist eyes

2016-12-14 16:06:00 (Beijing Time)         Ecns.cn

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Marcela Armas,I-MACHINARIUS,Variable Dimensions,2008 (Courtesy of Today Art Museum )

(ECNS) -- After six years of preparation, Today Art Museum in Beijing has put forward its 3rd Today Documents Exhibition that will last into March.

Co-presented by Chinese and Cuban curators, Huangdu and Gerardo Mosquera, the exhibition includes the works of 50 artists from countries including China, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, India, RussiaSouth Africa and South Korea.

To reflect the idea of "presenting multi-arts", it is titled in three languages: BRIC-à-brac (French), The Jumble of Growth (English) and 另一种选择(Chinese).

The French expression is broadly employed to mean a jumble, odds and ends, or an uneven group of things, with a certain undertone of confusion.

The first word of this idiom coincides by chance with the acronym BRIC, which indicates the connection between the exhibition and geopolitics.

Kendell Geers,Wretched of the Earth, Iron dust on paper,2016

The term BRIC was first launched in 2001 by economist Jim O'Neill, referring to Brazil, Russia, India and China. It developed into BRICS to welcome a new member, South Africa, in 2010.

The exhibition's title thus refers to complexities and disparities that economic growth and accelerated modernization have unchained in the "living" societies of emerging countries.

With great changes taking place around the globe, the exhibition discusses what role arts could play in dealing with social transformation, their influence on social groups and individuals, and conflict among geopolitics and cultures.

The exhibition is divided in four parts: The Jumble of Growth, Chaotic Space, Discourse Practice and Individual Narrative, and Microscopic Bodies.

Among some highlighted works, Russian artists group AES+F is showing The Feast of Trimalchio to express its perception of economic transformation in a globalized market.

It originated form the most celebrated chapter of a satirical novel by ancient Roman poet Gaius Petronius (c. 27-66 AD) titled The Satyricon.

The artwork consists of three dramatic images, which were titled by the artists as "The Success of Asia", "The Rise of Africa" and "The Decline of Europe".

Images show cultural pluralism and different cultural contexts in the process of modernization, and voice feelings of emerging economies and cultures that were once marginalized.

Simryn Gill's installation Roadkill comments on urban problems caused by urbanization and industrialization.

The piece is made of real waste the artist collected on highways: plastic, bottles, cans, packages, cardboard, and many other vestiges.

They seem to spin along with the wheels in her piece, as well as with today's expanding markets and consumer societies.

Wang Guangyi, All the Lands in the World Belong to the King, Mixed media,Variable Dimensions, 2016

Since the first Today Documents in 2007, the museum has aimed to offer platforms for international art dialogue based on the Chinese context.

It hopes to further encourage communication among different cultures all over the world.

If you go:

Open: Dec. 10, 2016- March 5, 2017

Venue: Building No. 1 and No. 3, Today Art Museum

Address: Today Art Museum, Building 4, Pingod Community, No. 32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.