PD Café PD Café | Philip Tinari: Contemporary art tells where China fits in the global picture

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PD Café | Philip Tinari: Contemporary art tells where China fits in the global picture

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19:25, June 28, 2019

There might be a difference in language and musical variations, but contemporary art transcends boundaries. This time we sat down with Philip Tinari,the Director of the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, to talk about the chemistry between Chinese and global contemporary arts.

Chinese contemporary artists such as Xu Bing began to emerge in the world in the 1980s and 1990s, said Tinari. Now, many art workers, who used to work in various fields such as banking and entrepreneurial businesses, have come to this art world and are almost immediately part of this big international community, which serves as a very important diplomatic function in terms of China’s conversation with the world.

It is also about exchanges among individuals in China and the world, who share the passion and love for one another, the Director added. 

Tinari has always believed that China’s contemporary art is one of the fields in which China really excels globally, especially in the past five years. Contemporary art has been a useful space, allowing for a kind of nuance and indirect expression. 

The development of China’s contemporary art helps voice different opinions in the country and dispels some Western misunderstandings, said the Director. 

UCCA renovated its building in 2019 with new inside structures and designs, which is able to offer a new experience of contemporary art. The avant-garde exhibits in UCCA tell you that the present forms of contemporary art have already gone beyond your imagination. 

(Produced by Liang Peiyu, Qu Qiuyan, Qiao Wai, Yan Yiqiao and Wang Xiangyu, documentary footages provided by the Action Media)

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