‘Deutschland 8’ comes to China

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/6 18:03:39

An installation work by Hanne Darboven  Photo: Courtesy of the CAFA Museum

7 Figures with House by Stephan Balkennhol  Photo: Courtesy of the CAFA Museum


Poster for the Deutschland 8 exhibition Photo: Courtesy of the CAFA Museum

Deutschland 8: Deutsche Kunst in China, an important part of celebrations of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Germany, will kick off at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) Museum on September 15, event organizers from the Foundation for Art and Culture Bonn and CAFA announced in Beijing on Wednesday.

Deutschland 8 will be the largest showing of German contemporary art in China to date, presenting nearly 320 works by 55 of the most influential German artists since the 1950s.

In addition to the exhibition at the CAFA Museum, the works will also be shown at the Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Red Brick Art Museum, Today Art Museum, Yuan Art Museum and Whitebox Art Center together with lectures and forums at a later date.

According to Shi Mingde, ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Germany, Deutschland 8 was inspired by the 2015 exhibition China 8: Contemporary Art from China Along the Rhine-Ruhr, which showcased more than 500 works by 118 contemporary Chinese artists in nine museums across eight cities in the Rhine-Ruhr region of Germany. After visiting China 8, Joachim Gauck, former president of Germany, said in an interview that he hoped Germany would be able to hold a similar large-scale exhibition in China.

On Wednesday, Shi explained that to mark the 45th anniversary, museums, art festivals and cultural institutions in China and Germany have been jointly hosting a series of cultural events, in which the Deutschland 8 is an important part.

Michael Clauss, ambassador of Germany to China, praised Deutschland 8 at a press release saying that art can help overcome the long distances between countries and can be used as catalyst for improving understanding. 

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