Meditations in an Emergency

Meditations in an Emergency
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The collective exhibition curated by the curatorial team of UCCA (Guo Xi, Luan Shixuan, Ara Qiu, Rocky Lin, Duffy Du, Neil Zhang) is a response to the ongoing pandemia which has swept the world and left its indelible mark on the global art scene. At a moment when the sanitary emergency has presented all of us with problems we had never known just months ago, the young curators at the UCCA see art as a guide, a comfort, a joy. The works on display here, from 26 artists of various generations and nationalities, are not presented as a sort of direct response or a schematic illustration of any given situation in particular. Rather, they offer various ways to think of art which, recently, have instilled these curators with vitality and noble values, both personally and professionally. Articulated in five correlated sections, the exhibition gets its name from an anthology of work by Frank O’Hara (1926-1966), a poet known for finding beauty in daily life and whose idea of poetry is well-adapted to the current situation of limited mobility and the growing state of uncertainty with which we all must live. The artists range from Zhang Peili to Pierre Huyghe, from Qiu Anxiong to Mika Rottenberg, from Yang Fudong to Forensic Architecture. In presenting these artists, UCCA seeks to engage the spectator in a process of exploration and introspection, inviting them not to lose hope and to continue to explore their relationship with themselves and others.

Manuela Lietti - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing