GA TALK 027 “Observations of Shanghai’s Art Scene (2020 to First Half of 2021)” by Kodama Kanazawa(curator)

Pudong New Area reflected in Zhang Ding's art piece at Fuxing Art Center, 2020 Photo: Kodama Kanazawa

GLOBAL ART TALK 027 “Observations of Shanghai’s Art Scene (2020 to First Half of 2021)” by Kodama Kanazawa(curator)

I’ve worked in Japanese museums for 12 years, went on a training program in New York, went to graduate school in London, and was involved with exhibitions held in various countries in Europe. In each region, of course, there are differences in work styles and how art is viewed. But when compared with Shanghai — where I live now — I felt those differences are not that much.

Shanghai is a great commercial city in China with some 26 million residents and 100 art museums. Two large art fairs and the Shanghai Biennale are regularly held. This is not a place where art develops but rather it matures in an original ecosystem that is created. By sharing how I see Shanghai, I hope you can feel the different forms art takes in the world.

About the Talk

Time/Date:2021.6.18 FRI 18:30→20:00
Admission:Free (Booking required)

*We will hold the Global Art Talk online this time to take preventive measures against the proliferation of COVID-19. Please kindly understand that we still have possibility to cancel this event depending on the circumstances.
*Information to access the online talk will be informed via email in advance.
*Talk is in Japanese only.

Organized by:Kyoto University of the Arts, Graduate School of Art and Design Studies/HAPS

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About the Speaker

Contemporary art curator. She got her master’s degree from the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts and the Royal College of Art (RCA) in the United Kingdom. After working for 12 years in public art museums such as the Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, she began working independently in 2013. Her recent major curatorial projects include Yokohama Paratriennale 2020, Hangzhou Fiber Art Triennial (Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, 2019), solo shows of AKI INOMATA, Yuko Mouri and Rafaël Rozendaal (Towada Art Center,2018-2019), Enfance (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2018) ), Kenpoku Art (6 cities and towns in Ibaraki Prefecture, 2016), etc. She is co-founder of Gendai Bijutsu Online Event JP, a calendar website of online events of/about contemporary art conducted in Japanese.


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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 the Arts, 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.

The “GLOBAL ART TALK” is part of the Curatorial Research Program of the HAPS, which seeks to provide support to young emerging artists.

The Kyoto University of the Arts 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.


2020 Art Boxing Ranking, Tang Dixing Studio, 2020 Photo courtesy of Tang Dixing/photo:Sensend

Solo exhibition Hole by Su Chang at ShanghART M50, 2021 Photo:Kodama Kanazawa