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COSMOS: Limited and Limitless, Existence and Co-existence

Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum Opening: COSMOS
November 22nd, 2014—April 19th, 2015

Chief Curator: Dr. Ai Min
Co-curator: Li Zhenhua

On Friday November 21st, 2014 at 3pm, the Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum will celebrate its grand opening with its inaugural exhibition “Cosmos” (open to the general public on November 22nd). The Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (“M21”) was established by the China Minsheng Bank and is located on the premises of the former French Pavilion in the World Expo Park in Pudong District. The grand opening exhibition—“COSMOS”—is composed of several modules: “Perceptual Resonance,” “Experience and Action,” “Three-dimensional Landscape,” “Poetic Sound,” “Displacement of Space,” and “A Return to the Individual.” “COSMOS” comprises hundreds of works from 52 artists and five art groups originating from 12 countries and regions including China, France, Japan, The Palestinian Territories, Italy, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Norway and Hong Kong SAR and encompasses painting, installation, video, sound, photography and other art medium.

Heading the curation of this exhibition is Dr. Ai Min, Vice Chairman and Secretary of the Social Responsibility Management Committee of the China Minsheng Banking Corporation and Chief Director of the Minsheng Art Foundation. The museum has also invited internationally renowned curator Li Zhenhua to act as co-curator for this exhibition. Created by Dr. Ai Min, the overall exhibition concept and theme references the infinite possibilities theoretically existing in the field of physics—a hypothesis of pluralism evinced in the exhibition title “COSMOS.” Through this topic, the exhibition explores and describes the laws and constants of space, time, substance and energy, in order to examine how contemporary art defines and expresses our world. The exhibition was designed to inspire reflection by the artists and the audience on the ambiguity of “existence, the multi-dimensional nature of the world and the diversity of values of human society. This theme also deals with the reproduction of and inquiry into truth and the relationship between human civilization and narrative, which not only involves the imagination, but also the specific transformations of life and thought. Within this chaotic context of multi-dimensional realities, who doesn’t play a variety of roles?

The works presented in this exhibition explore how humans perceive their relationship with the natural world (natural sciences), their relationships with themselves (the humanities or anthropology) and their relationship with architecture. The exhibition includes Sissel Tolaas’s olfactory research and the Zen-like emptiness of the study’s final presentation as well as other reflections on natural and human environments—each of these suggesting the beginnings of a comprehensive awareness. Artists tend to classify themselves as “in-betweeners” rather than artists, and we can find this tendency in Ryoji Ikeda’s work, “Radar,” which converts visual mathematics and information into certain natural phenomena. Through an immersive experience and subtle methodology, the artist formulates a conjunctive gap between creative space and nature through visual spectacle and transmits this gap through sound and environment.

By means of exhibition, “COSMOS” conducts a discourse on the overall correspondence between the individual and space, resources, nature and the self. In particular, encounters between individuals within the space have the potential bind or exclude the individual from the epistemic world. This is perhaps why we require an exhibition with multiple levels of interpretation when discussing the eternal topics of “existence” and “co-existence.” Artists are not only able to share, project and meet with the audience through their works; they are also able to convey a spiritual, mental and physical experience to the audience. Humanity is inseparable from the real world and possesses an infinite imagination when it comes to possible worlds. Though we only rarely transcend the real world, this eternal moment of enlightenment may well serve as exercise for the body and mind.

Featured artists (in alphabetical order): Aaajiao [Xu Wenkai] (China), Bitnik (Switzerland), David Bestué and Marc Vives (Spain), Complaints Choir (Finland), COM&COM (Switzerland), Chim↑Pom (Japan), Duan Jianyu (China),Fu Xiaotong (China), Harun Farocki (Germany),Harald Fernagu (France) , Guo Xi (China), Niklas Goldbach (Germany), Hu Jieming (China), Hu Weiyi (China), Ryoji Ikeda (Japan/France), Alexandre Joly (France/Switzerland), Khaled Jarrar (PalestinianTerritories), Jiang Hongqing (China), Imagokinetics (China), Kang Haitao (China), Li Ming (China), Li Xiaofei (China), Liao Wenfeng (China), Lin Yilin (China), Liu Xinyi (China), Liu Guangyun (China/Germany), Lu Shengzhong (China), Ma Ke (China), Jennifer Wen MA (China), Shen Ruijun (China), Roman Signer (Switzerland), Berndnaut Smilde (Holland), Song Dong (China), Song Kun (China), Sissel Tolaas (Norway/Germany), Tatiana Trouvé (Italy/France), Bignia Wehrli (Germany), Morgan Wong (Hong Kong, China), Wu Jian’an (China), Xu Zhen (China), Xu Qu (China), Yang Fudong (China), Yang Zhenzhong (China), Yan Lei (China), Zeng Lingxiang (China), Zheng Guogu (China), Zhou Xiaohu (China) and Zhou Wenzhong (China).

Minsheng Collection Artists (in alphabetical order): Michael Bevilacqua (USA), Fang Lijun, Pang Maokun, David Salle (USA), Wang Chuan, Wang Guangle, Wu Guanzhong, Yang Feiyun, Yan Jiecang, Zeng Fanzhi, Zhu Jinshi and Zhou Tiehai.

Special Site-specific Video Commissions: (in alphabetical order): Chen Juli and Chen Ran

About the Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Museum

The Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Museum (M21) was established by the China Minsheng Bank to promote an in-depth exploration into contemporary life and establish a widespread influence on society. For many years, Minsheng Bank has viewed the construction of regional, non-profit art museums as an essential part of its commitment to social responsibility and giving back to society. Over the years, it has established an outstanding level of professional and public influence. Building on Minsheng’s previous efforts, M21 aims to further consolidate its undertakings for art and public benefit in its brand-new venue and contribute to the establishment of a Minsheng art institution with international influence. An important mission of the new Museum is the creation of a vibrant art space; M21 will serve as a platform for discourse between pure art and applied arts, traditional art and avant-garde art, in order to break down the barriers between different artistic disciplines and diminish the distance between the public and contemporary art. The future exhibitions, collection, research and publishing at M21 will be founded upon a critical sensibility towards the cultural landscape of a new era, taking steps to participate in the creation of the contemporary.

The Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Museum is located in the former French Pavilion of 2010 World Expo. After the closing of the Expo, the French government, the Shanghai Municipal Government and the Shanghai World Expo Development Group with the support of former China Minsheng Bank Chairman Dong Wenbiao organized the repurposing of the building to be a comprehensive museum—a platform for integrating the arts and humanities, international exchange and creation of contemporary art that serves the local population of Shanghai and visitors from abroad.

About Dr. Ai Min, Chief Curator
Dr. Ai Min is a poet and the Vice Chairman of the Social Responsibility Management Committee at China Minsheng Banking Corporation. He has obtained a PhD Degree from the Department of World Economy at Fudan University. He possesses a deep and abiding passion for culture and has devoted himself to the promotion of culture in all fields including public education, contemporary cultural development and more.

About Li Zhenhua, Co-curator
Li Zhenhua has been an art professional since 1996, working in curation, artistic creation and production management. Since 2010, he has been a nominator for the Summer Academy at the Zentrum Paul Klee Bern (Switzerland) as well as for The Prix Pictet (Switzerland). He was a member of the international advisory board for the exhibition “Digital Revolution” held at the Barbican Centre in the UK in 2014. Since 2014, he has been the curator of the Film Sector in Art Basel Hong Kong.

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多重宇宙:有限与无限 存在与共存

2014年11月22日— 2015年4月19日




此次展览所呈现的作品意在探索人如何思考与自然世界的关系(自然科学)、人与自身的关系(人文学科或人类学)以及人与具体建筑的关系。正如观念艺术之于Sissel Tolaas对于气味的研究,或这一研究最终呈现的空无所指向的禅意,或是对自然、人类环境的返照,都在暗示着一个综合认知的开始。艺术家更愿意将自己称为“inbetweener”(只见状态的人),而非艺术家。相似地同样出现在池田亮司的创作中,《雷达》(Radar)无疑将数学和信息的视觉转化成了某种自然现象的特征。艺术家通过沉浸体验和潜移默化的方式,通过视觉奇观来创造空间和自然接壤的间隙,并将这一间隙通过声音和环境传达。


常规参展艺术家(按拉丁字母顺序排列):aaajiao (徐文恺)、Bitnik小组(瑞士)、David Bestué & Marc Vives(西班牙)、Complaints Choir小组(芬兰)、COM&COM小组(瑞士)、Chim↑Pom小组(日本)、段建宇、付小桐、Harald Fernagu(法国)、郭熙、Niklas Goldbach (德国)、胡为一、胡介鸣、黄荣法(中国香港)、池田亮司(日本/法国)、Alexandre Joly (法国/瑞士)、Khaled Jarrar(巴勒斯坦)、江宏庆、康海涛、李明、李消非、廖文峰、林一林、刘广云(中国/德国)、刘辛夷、吕胜中、马文、马轲、Berndnaut Smilde (荷兰)、Roman Signer(瑞士)、宋冬、宋琨、沈瑞筠、Sissel Tolaas (挪威/德国)、Tatiana Trouvé (意大利/法国)、Bignia Wehrli & Peter Andreas (德国)、邬建安、徐震、徐渠、想象力学实验室、杨福东、杨振中、颜磊、曾令香、郑国谷、周啸虎、周文中

馆藏作品参展艺术家(按拉丁字母顺序排列):Michael Bevilacqua(美国)、方力钧、庞茂琨、David Salle(美国)、王光乐、王川、吴冠中、杨诘苍、杨飞云、朱金石、周铁海、曾梵志





1996年开始从事艺术工作,涉及展览策划、艺术创作和项目管理领域,现担任瑞士保罗克利美术馆夏日学院推荐人(2010年至今),瑞士Prix Pictet摄影节推荐人(2010年至今),2014年将担任英国巴比肯中心(Barbican Centre)国际展览《数字革命》(digital revolution)的顾问,自2014年担任巴塞尔艺博会(香港)光映现场策展人。

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