December 16, 2005:

[achtung! kunst] *museum news* : Seattle Art Museum - Kathmandu: China's Tibet - Shanghai: Folk Costume Museum - 6th Shanghai Art Biennial - Beijing Museum

Seattle Times, December 14, 2005
New assistant curator for Chinese art at SAM

Josh Yiu to start in 2006

Seattle Art Museum has hired a new assistant curator of Chinese art who will begin work in early 2006.

Josh Yiu holds a doctorate in oriental studies from Oxford University and has interned at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Freer Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian Institution and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

"The buzz in the Chinese art community around the country is that he's like the rising star," says museum spokeswoman Cara Egan.

Yiu will succeed Hsueh-man Shen, who resigned earlier this year after only a year and a half at her post.

Sheila Farr, Seattle Times art critic

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Tibet to open art exhibition in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU, Dec. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- A week-long "Contemporary Art Exhibition of China's Tibet" will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from Jan. 5 to 11.

"This is part of the activities to mark the golden jubilee yearof the establishment of China-Nepal diplomatic ties," Ke Rong, managing director of Sun City Art Gallery and one of the organizers of the exhibition, said at a press conference.

On show will be 50 contemporary art works by renowned Tibetan artists.

A Tibetan artist group consisting of eight people, most of whom come from the Tibetan Arts Association, is scheduled to take part in the exhibition.

"They will make on-the-spot painting jointly with 10 Nepali artists on Jan. 6, at Shoyambhu Stupa of Kathmandu city, one of the world cultural heritage sites of Nepal," Ke noted.

"This will be the first art exhibition of China's Tibet in Nepal," said Deepak Sarkar, president of World Culture Net (WCN), a non-government friendship organization of Nepal, which is the partner organizer of the exhibition.


PD, December 13, 2005
Folk costume museum debuts in Shanghai

China's first folk costume museum opened Sunday in Shanghai, China's largest metropolis, after two years' preparation, according to sources with the museum.

Approved by the state cultural relics authorities, the museum covers more than 2,000 square meters of floor space and collects more than 5,000 pieces of rare costumes including imperial robes, silk garments and clothes of more than 30 ethnic groups in China.

What makes the museum most proud of is the manuscripts on China's costume change by Shen Congwen, late Chinese literature master.

The museum, designed by a professor at Tsinghua University, Tang Xuxiang, cost 20 million yuan (about 2.5 million US dollars) to build, which were provided by Chinese private garment manufacturer Meters-Bonwe.
Source: Xinhua

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6th Shanghai Art Biennial slated for next Sep

SHANGHAI, Dec. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- The sixth Shanghai Biennial, which is scheduled to take place in Shanghai on Sept.5, 2006, will highlight designs, organizers announced on Tuesday.

Zhang Qing, one of the six specially invited planners for the Shanghai Biennial, said design and innovation were closely related.

"In addition to being on an artistic mission, we also hope to amass experience for the World Expo, scheduled to be held in Shanghai in 2010, by holding the 6th Shanghai Biennial," said Zhang.

The sixth Shanghai Biennial, with "hyperdesign" as its main theme, will also feature three subthemes: design and imagination, redesigning and constituting future history, according Zhang.

The Shanghai Biennial, launched in 1996, is the first international art biennial expo on the Chinese mainland. Each time,it will last for two months.

Xu Jiang, head of the art committee for the 2006 Shanghai Biennial and also president of the China Academy of Fine Arts based in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, said,"We are determined to provide the world with a feast of designs and art via the Shanghai Biennial."


People's Daily, December 12, 2005
Old Beijing on show at new museum

Beijing opera, Hutong and local folk culture are just some aspects of the capital's life on show at the new Beijing Museum, which reopens next Friday.

The museum, which focuses on life in Beijing in bygone days, has moved to a purpose-built building in the western part of the city, according to China Daily on Monday.

The 1.23-billion-yuan (152 million US dollars) new venue is expected to receive 2,000 visitors daily. Tickets will be 20 yuan (2.5 dollars) each.

With an area of more than 60,000 square meters, Beijing Museum is second only to the National Museum of China in terms of size.

"To see all the exhibitions in the new museum, it would take at least four or five hours," Cui Xue'an, a consultant at the museum, was cited as saying.

The museum will have 5,622 items on display. The figure is almost 10 times the number of exhibits displayed at the old venue.

The old museum was located in the Confucius Temple in Guozijian Street.

Four years ago, Beijing municipal government started the construction of the new venue in order to put more of the museum's 200,000 relics on show.

The museum will initially have 13 themed exhibitions, presenting a complete picture of the city's history, architecture and folk culture.

In the folk culture section, old Beijing life has been recreated by building two Hutong and a business street based on the capital's ancient alleyways.

To make it more convenient for foreign visitors, there will be information in English and Japanese.

"Other languages will be added in the future," Cui said.
Source: China Daily



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