Guggenheim eyes China (2)

08:52, June 07, 2010      

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Richard Armstrong, Guggenheim director. (Photo: Global Times)

Guggenheim New York opened in 1959 and houses a renowned collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, modern and contemporary works. It also promotes contemporary art around the world with solo exhibitions held each year at its different venues. Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guoqiang held a solo exhibition last year from March until September at Guggenheim Bilbao.

Armstrong said that Guggenheim's future direction is to promote such exhibitions and enhance its cultural influence around the world, including cooperating with local museums rather than building new structures.

"There will be more flexibility in terms of cooperating in this way," he commented, comparing his position to one running a company.

Armstrong added that since each place in the world has its own particular history and cultural characteristics, it is impossible for Guggenheim to fully explore each region, with local cooperation a more favorable option.

He said that cooperation activities could include joint exhibitions, education promotion, training workers and publishing catalogues, amongst others, adding that Guggenheim is looking at China for this type of cooperation, although nothing has been finalized at this stage.

After a nine-day trip to coastal cities in East China, Armstrong said he was deeply impressed by Chinese art, which has a close connection to Chinese history but also is very vibrant. Source: Global Times
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