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Suzhou Art Museum(苏州美术馆)
2016.08.21 Sun - 2016.10.20 Thu
Opening Exhibition
No.2075, Renming Road, Gusu District, Suzhou China(苏州市平江区人民路2075号 )
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Suzhou Documents 2016
[Press Release]

The summer of 2016 will see the inauguration of Suzhou Documents, a large- scale exhibition of contemporary art to be held at several venues within the city of Suzhou, including the Suzhou Art Museum, the Canglang Pavilion Garden (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Suzhou Industrial Park.

Jointly curated by Zhang Qing (Founding Director of the Shanghai Biennial, currently Curatorial Head of the National Palace Museum in Beijing) and Roger M. Buergel (Artistic Director of documenta 12 [2007] and current Director of the Johann Jacobs Museum in Zurich), Suzhou Documents features 40 international artists and researchers over a period of two months.

The aim of Suzhou Documents is to both access China’s artistic legacy and to comprehend its environmental and technological challenges through the prism of the ancient city of Suzhou. Located in the Jiangsu province some 80 kilometers from Shanghai, Suzhou belongs to China’s most densely populated area.

As a starting point for the Silk Road that once connected China with Persia, India and Europe, Suzhou flourished as the undisputed cultural capital of Ming Dynasty-China (1400-1700). Connected with the Yangtze River, Suzhou saw off the fleet of Zhang He, a Chinese Muslim admiral whose early-15th century maritime expeditions brought Imperial China in contact with India and coastal East Africa (present-day Yemen and Sudan).

Suzhou Documents will address Suzhou as a centuries-old but also futurist global hub, exploring through artistic and other speculative means a largely unwritten history of transcultural encounters between East and West in all their vagaries, conflicting timelines and unforeseeable beauties.

After the first edition in the summer of 2016, Suzhou Documents will be developed into a series of exhibitions (or an institution in its own right) destined to move beyond the largely exhausted biennale-type exhibition model with its bouquet of arbitrary themes and emphasis on spectacle.

Instead Suzhou Documents looks to Cultural Objects from Wuzhong – a highly popular exhibition from 1937 (shortly before the Japanese invasion) that displayed the intellectual and material resources of Suzhou’s luminaries in
a conceptual manner.
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John Akomfrah (UK/Ghana)
Ibon Aranberri (Spain)
Maja Bajevic, (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Thomas Bayrle (Germany)
Tiffany Chung (Vietnam)
Maya Deren (USA)
Gonzalo Díaz (Chile)
Sheela Gowda (India)
Tina Gverovic (Croatia)
Kyungah Ham (South Korea)
Hu Rongsheng (China)
Hu Xiangcheng (China)
Yong-ik Kim (South Korea)
Sakarin Krue-On (Thailand)
Leung Mee Ping (China Hong Kong)
Liu Ye (China)
Liu Yue (China)
Lv Meili (China)
Ma Baozhong (China)
NC Group
Pei Yongmei (China)
Willem de Rooij (The Netherlands) Sigrid Sandström (Sweden) Imogen Stidworthy (UK)
Jürgen Stollhans (Germany) Sun Zhezheng (China)
Tang Yingshan (China) Franco Viola (Italy)
Vo Tran Chau (Vietnam)
Simon Wachsmuth (Germany)
Xu Bing (China)
Xu Jiang (China)
Yang Fudong (China)
Haegue Yang (South Korea)
Yu Xuhong (China)
Yue Minjun (China)
Zheng Mahler (Hong Kong)
Zheng Mo (China) and Martin Miller (USA)

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