Alongside the magnificent art fair of Art14 London, there will also be a series of talks, which hope to bring together participants from the Global Private Museum Summit, Art & the City, members of the International Advisory Board as well as independent art world experts. Hoping to reflect the international scale and reach of Art14 London’s 180 galleries from 40 countries presenting modern and contemporary art from regions such as Asia, the Middle East and Africa, next to galleries from Europe and the US.
‘Museum era: The Rise of Asia,’ hopes to examine the impact that private and public museums have on life in contemporary Asia. Speakers will include key figures such as: Dr Oei Hong Djien (Indonesia), Owner of OHD Museum in Java, Wang Wei (China), Founder of the Long Museum in Shanghai, Budi Tek (China/Indonesia), Founder of the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, Sunhee Kim (Korea), Director of the Daegu Art Museum and former senior curator of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum.
’10 Things You Didn’t Know About…’ focuses on a series of informal talks exploring contemporary art across the globe, offering advice from experts in specific countries and mediums. Each talk lasts about 20 minutes with topics varying from Indonesian art, collecting photography, Chinese art, collecting editions, to collecting Middle Eastern art. With a rare opportunity to hear collectors from all over the globe talk about the experience and insights into a very exclusive industry, ranging from museum directors, private collectors, and private museum owners.
‘Art & the City’, will look at place-making as a global concern and look at cities from Washington to Shanghai and from Rome to Daugavpils in Latvia, where the Mark Rothko Art Centre has recently opened. Kate Rothko will even be in attendance as a participant to discuss the impact of art as an engine for urban regeneration. Each speaker has helped drive developments in cities using art and culture to highlight how art is a motor of change, both socially and economically as well as culturally. Other participants include, Dai Zhikang, founder and chairman of the Zendai Group, and the owner of the Himalayas Art Museum in Shanghai, Giovanna Melandri, president of MAXXI, National Museum of the 21st Century Art of Rome and former Minister of Culture, Italy, and finally Don and Mera Rubell, owners of the Rubell Family Collection, also working on a cultural development in Washington to help regenerate that area of the city.
As well as discussing these issues and others, the established and emerging artists will also participate and contextualise their work on display. With such a rich diversity in the talks programme, it ensures that it is a must do for any interested art fans.
Olympia Grand Hall,
Dates: 28 February – 2 March 2013