The Cang Art Museum, an art institution that focuses on exploring the incorporation of the fine arts into society, recently opened in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province, with a maiden exhibition that focuses on the development of international contemporary art.
The Time Capsule - International Contemporary Art Exhibition features 40 works, including paintings, sculptures and multi-media installations, from more than 20 contemporary artists, including renowned Chinese artists such as Xu Bing and Ding Yi and Japanese sculptor Nobuo Sekine.
"The exhibition sounds like a wonderland for art lovers who value the conceptual nature of modern and contemporary art. Chinese artists such as Xu Bing and Ding Yi are representative figures known around the world because of their focus on the art's relationship with socially and culturally meaningful issues, even taboos… Nobuo Sekine is also the greatest artist of the post-modernist Japanese minimalistic movement called Mono-ha, the only Asian art movement included in Western modern and contemporary art history… It is a good quality exhibition that I would love to go to," Li, a modern art lover and researcher, told the Global Times on Monday.
Besides of being a time capsule for such artworks, the museum focuses on other areas such as research, collection and exchanges. It is also seeks to create bonds between art galleries, visitors and local communities.
The founding of the museum is also an attempt to break out of the cul-de-sac situation unseen in cities like Beijing and Shanghai, in Hangzhou, where people's modern art interests are still developing.
"There are not many galleries in Hangzhou, many artists have gone to Beijing and Shanghai," Shiyong, a Chinese contemporary artist, told media at the exhibition's opening press conference.
"Privately owned modern and contemporary art centers, compare to those that are 'historical' or 'folk culture-oriented' cultural spaces, are facing challenges to attract visitors because they are 'specific' rather than universal. But, the situation is changing in China, in some international and compatible cities- there are more audiences with modern art taste, especially among young people. Hangzhou is a prominent cultural and educational capital, it has a lot of potential," Lu Ming, a global city researcher, told the Global Times on Monday.