June 15–Nov 04, 2007
Thermocline of Art. New Asian Waves
ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
Exhibition: June 15-Nov 04, 2007
Opening: June 14, 2007, 7 pm, ZKM_Foyer
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This exhibition, with 117 artists representing 20 Asian countries from the
Middle East to Far East, from Southeast Asia to Near East and Central Asia,
offers the first comprehensive picture of contemporary Asian art production.
The show’s title refers to a climatic phenomenon: just like the whirlpool
that one can see shooting from the water’s surface when ocean waters experience
a considerable change in temperature, the exhibition »Thermocline of Art.
New Asian Waves« makes visible Asian art, which is still largely undiscovered
in the West, from an Asian perspective.
The exhibition focuses on the multiple realities and hybrid identities that
have arisen in Asia through the effects of globalization, post-colonialism,
and the poly-contextuality of the diverse cultural, political, religious, and
economic systems. The artists react with fantasy, satire, skepticism,
humor, and cynicism to the conflicts and absurdities of the social systems
between tradition and innovation.
The curator, Wonil Rhee, head of the Media City Seoul and co-curator of the
6th Shanghai Biennale, is a recognized expert on Asian art. He will present
not only internationally renowned artists who have immigrated to the West,
but primarily up-and-coming artists who still live in their home countries,
from von Kazakhstan to Korea, from Malaysia to Indonesia. This art reveals
different values and criteria than Western art or the art that is produced
in the West and for a Western art market. It is a contemporary and global,
but also postmodern and post-ethnic art, including paintings, installations,
films, videos, photographs, sculptures, and objects, that unveils the potential
conflicts of globalization and its effects on the Asian realm. It opens a panorama
of art that expands the boundaries of a Western concept of art. The exhibition »Klio.
A Brief History of Art in Euramerica after 1945« will take place at the
same time on the top floor of the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art.
Catalogue: Thermocline of Art. New Asian Waves. Wonil Rhee,
Peter Weiebl and Gregor Jansen (Ed.), exhibition catalogue, ZKM | Center for
Art and Media, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2007.
Guided tours: Sat 2 pm, Sun 4 pm
With the kindly support of
Gallery Hyundai Seoul
Partner for the exhibition
Art Asia Pacific. Today's
Art from Tomorrow's World