Collecting Asia : A New Internationalism?

Symposiums

Collecting Asia : A New Internationalism?

Speakers: Bharti Kher, Marc Quinn, Gu Wenda, Kwok Kian Chow, Philip Dodd
Moderator: Gayatri Sinha

The symposium ‘Collecting Asia’ focused on the local and international intersections of contemporary Asian art in terms of art and curatorship, criticism and academic scholarship and artist access and mobility. The last decade saw a process of re-examination of systems of exhibition and display in Asia, especially India and China. The panelists included artists, museologists and entrepreneurs who view Asia from within and outside. They questioned what it means to aggressively position ‘Asia’ within its own local and national narrations with its own take on globalism. Additionally, a discussion regarding the shift of focus from the West to Asia, where the economic power makes way for cultural power, came into play which led to interesting responses from the panelists regarding issues of representation of ‘Asia’ in International and Asian collections.

Coinciding with the India Art Fair, the symposium was a result of KNMA’s collaboration with China Art Foundation and drew encouraging responses from the audience attending the international panel.

This was the second symposium in the Museum Document series, curated by Gayatri Sinha. 

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