The intercultural dialogue between China and Germany started in 2015 with a successful exhibition China 8 – Contemporary Art from China in the Rhine and Ruhr Area, an eight-site show of Chinese art in Germany. As a continuation of this dialogue, the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur e.V. and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing will soon present the much-anticipated Chinese exhibition of acclaimed German contemporary artists. Bringing together painting, sculpture, installation, photography and video art, the exhibition titled Deutschland 8 aims to bring closer the diversity of German contemporary art from the 1950s to the present day with established and emerging positions to the Chinese audience. Taking place at no less than eight different, renowned museum venues across Beijing, the exhibition will show some 350 works by more than 50 artists.
Showing the best that German art ateliers have to offer, the exhibition will present artists who significantly contributed to the development of the country's art landscape. New works, as well as key works by the most important artists, will highlight the historical context and developments in German art from 1945 to the present day, but also focus on current artistic topics and contents. This ambitious exhibition will encompass the informalists and abstract painters of the ‘50s and ‘60s such as K.O. Götz, Emil Schumacher, and Peter Brüning; the ’70s Fluxus and neo-Expressionists such as Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Markus Lüpertz and Georg Baselitz; important photographers such as Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, and Candida Höfer; and leading emerging and mid-career contemporary artists such as Katharina Grosse, Hito Steyerl, or Michael Sailstorfer. The show is conceived as an art expedition into a foreign country.
Fan Di’an, Director of the Central Academy of Fine Arts and an iconic figure in the Chinese art scene, and Walter Smerling, chairman of the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur e.V., also an expert on Contemporary Art himself, will be collectively responsible for the curatorial concept. Forming a heart of the eight-venue exhibition, the Taimiao, a historical temple located just outside Beijing’s Forbidden City, and its Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum will for the first time host contemporary art by a foreign nation. The CAFA Museum will present the works of 17 artists in the most extensive display in the group; the Red Brick Art Museum will focus on abstract art from the Germany’s post-war era; the Minsheng Art Museum will host German contemporary photography, focusing on works from the Becher School in Dusseldorf, but also by Katharina Sieverding and Andreas Mühe; the Today Art Museum will present video and media art; the White Box Art Center will show select examples of very recent art; and the Yuan Art Museum will juxtapose works by teachers with those of their art students. It will be accompanied by a symposium on the social significance of art.
The project will contribute to the intensification of the Sino-German relationship, at the same time giving the Chinese audience the unique opportunity to experience Germany and its cultural diversity through the perspective of art. The exhibition Deutschland 8 will be on view in Beijing from September 16th until October 31st, 2017 at the Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum (Traces of Memory – Masterworks of Contemporary German Painting from September 17th until October 20th), CAFA Art Museum (Paradigms of Art – Contemporary Art from Germany from September 16 until October 29th), Today Art Museum (Arrested Time – New Media Art from Germany from September 17th November 12th), Whitebox Art Center (Next Generation – Young German Art from September 15th until October 31st), Beijing Minsheng Museum (Language of Photography and the Duesseldorf School from September 16th until October 22nd), Red Brick Museum (Prologue – German Informel Art from September 16th until October 22th), Yuan Art Museum (Dialogue – The Spatial Dimension of Colour from September 16th until October 31st).
Featured image: Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum. All images used for illustrative purposes only.