GA TALK 008 “My Journey with Art”

Lee Mingwei, The Mending Project, 2009/2017, mixed media interactive installation, Photo courtesy of Lee Studio, Photo: Anpis Wang

GA TALK 008 “My Journey with Art”
Rudy Tseng (Independent Curator / Art Collector)
Within the ecology of contemporary art, there are artists, gallerists, curators, as well as the vital presence of collectors, the people who buy the artworks. Looking back at history, there are cases where collectors have acted as patrons to specific artists, supporting their art and livelihood. In the case of contemporary art, however, there are various types of collectors. Among them is Rudy Tseng, who is based in Taiwan and travels to international art fairs and exhibitions, acting also as a curator himself. He has actively collected art and is known as a collector with connections to a great number of artists. At GLOBAL ART TALK 008, we will ask Tseng about his unique approach and criteria, among others, he uses towards his collection.

About the Talk

Time/Date: 19:00-20:30 Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Venue: Chiyukan, Kyoto University of Art and Design
Admission: Free (Booking required)
Seating Capacity: 100
*English>Japanese consecutive translation available

Organized by: Kyoto University of Art and Design, Graduate School of Art and Design Studies /
Higashiyama Artists Placement Service(HAPS)

About the Speaker

Rudy Tseng was born in 1959 in Taipei. He is now an independent curator and a full-time art collector based in Taipei. Currently, he is also actively involved in the international art scene, sitting on several international committees. Rudy, who has been a collector for over 20 years, started collecting modern art before moving into contemporary art a few years later. He founded his contemporary art collection on Young British Artists (YBA) and has since built a wide collection of Chinese, European/American and Asian contemporary art (including Taiwan, Japan and Southeast Asia), including, for example, artworks by Hsieh Tehching, Chen Chieh-Jen, Michael Lin, Heague Yang and among many others. Rudy Tseng has curated exhibitions internationally including Peng Wei’s solo exhibition Coming Full Circle at National Museum of History in Taiwan (2015), Unseen Existence, Hong Kong Art Center (2014), Taiwan Platform, La Salle Aux Images, in Art Stage Singapore (2014) and Dojima River Biennale in Osaka (2013).

Dojima River Biennale 2013, Little Water, Dojima River Forum, Osaka, Japan

Booking & Inquiries

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Connecting Kyoto and the World through Contemporary Art

The environment surrounding contemporary art has become vastly more complex over the past few decades. Faced with this situation, it is no easy task for artists to find a way to be active at a global level. Naturally, it is virtually impossible to get a firm grasp on the art scenes that are being produced concurrently all over the world. In particular, in neighboring Asian countries that are seeing rapid economic growth and modernization, there are more opportunities than ever before to show one’s work, taking into account the new art museums and art fairs that are being established, and the flourishing numbers of international exhibitions. Although global attention focused on this region has increased, the situation is quite different in Japan, where there is a general sense that the work of developing art-related institutions has been finished. However, it is precisely this state of affairs that has led to a renewed questioning of how global networks are constructed, a reconsideration of how institutionalization works, and the role of artists in society.
In Kyoto, art schools produce a large number of new artists each year. But what kinds of connections might one discover today between this center of traditional Japanese culture and the world of contemporary art that has grown ever more complex in this way? “Global Art Talk,” presented by HAPS and Kyoto University of Art and Design, is a program where internationally active artists, curators, collectors, researchers, and gallerists, among others, are invited, and, through a series of dialogues, strives to provide a global perspective as well as deepen understanding. (Until last year it ran under the title of “ULTRA x HAPS.”)

The “GLOBAL ART TALK” is part of the Resident Curator Program of the Higashiyama Artist Placement Service (HAPS), which seeks to provide support to young emerging artists.

The Kyoto University of Art and Design is dedicated to establishing an institution that will foster artists from Kyoto who aim to work in the contemporary art world at a global level.