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Spatial Design as Medium: Philip Tinari in conversation with Li Hu

UCCA Director Philip Tinari invites OPEN Architecture co-founder and the designer behind the Center’s current exhibition “The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017,” Li Hu, for a conversation in the Auditorium to discuss a wide range of topics related to the design of the current exhibition and beyond. Working on “The New Normal,” Li Hu/OPEN Architecture traced the works’ implicit narrative cues to develop a linear pathway, integrating the Center’s unique architecture and the exhibition theme into a constellation of diverse, engaged practices presented independently, but always in dialogue. What role does spatial design play in the presentation of an exhibition? What are the connections between exhibition design and a museum’s architectural characters? During the conversation, Philip Tinari and Li Hu will revisit the past projects of OPEN Architecture; focusing on OPEN’s recent and ongoing collaborations with various art museums, they will together explore the potentials of spatial design in reshaping the presentation of and public appreciation for art.

Li Hu and OPENArchitecture have stuck to a consistent principle in their designs, with a clear emphasis on the lived experience of those who inhabit their spaces. In their art-related projects, OPENhave used this principle to focus on the experience of the museum-goer—avoiding monumental or sculptural form in favor of intelligent configurations of program and paths of circulation that put the viewer at the center of the art experience. In this talk, Philip Tinari—UCCA director but also a curator who has worked in a number of distinctive spaces including the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim museum in New York and Frank Gehry’s Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris—and Li Hu discuss OPEN’s work, and particularly its museum projects, built and unbuilt, in relation to this question of how architectural spaces structure the presentation and reception of art.

 

Ticketing: Free

Note:

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*Please no late entry;

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For this event, UCCA members will enjoy:

• Exclusive seats reservation service

• Members-only guided tour

 

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Schedule

13:00-13:20 Ticket pick-up at the reception desk (for UCCA members who RSVPed)

13:20-13:50 Exclusive UCCA members-only guided tour

13:30-14:00 Ticket distribution at the reception desk (for UCCA members who didn’t RSVP and non-members)

14:00-16:00 conversation

 

*Please arrive promptly.

Guests

Philip Tinari

Philip Tinari has served as director of UCCA, the museum at the heart of Beijing’s 798 Art District, since late 2011. In his six-year tenure, he has mounted more than sixty exhibitions and organized a wide range of public programs and development activities. His program has introduced to China major international artists including Robert Rauschenberg, William Kentridge, Taryn Simon, TinoSehgal and David Diao, and has tracked the evolving Chinese art scene through retrospectives and surveys of artists including ZengFanzhi, Liu Wei, Xu Zhen, Wang Xingwei, KanXuan, and GuDexin, as well as initiatives focused on emerging artists such as the 2013 survey “ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice,” the international group exhibition “The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017,” and the ongoing exhibition series “New Directions.”

Prior to joining UCCA, he was founding editor of LEAP, the internationally distributed, bilingual art magazine published by the Modern Media Group. He is a contributing editor of Artforum, having previously served as founding editor of that magazine’s online Chinese edition, artforum.com.cn. Tinari was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015 and to the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in 2016. He holds degrees from Duke and Harvard, and is currently a D.Phil. candidate in art history at Oxford. He is co-curator, with Alexandra Munroe and Hou Hanru, of the exhibition “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” which opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in October 2017. Philip Tinari has served as director of UCCA, the museum at the heart of Beijing’s 798 Art District, since late 2011. In his five-year tenure, he has mounted more than sixty exhibitions and organized a wide range of public programs and development activities. His program has introduced to China major international artists including Robert Rauschenberg, William Kentridge, Taryn Simon, Tino Sehgal and David Diao, and has tracked the evolving Chinese art scene through retrospectives and surveys of artists including Zeng Fanzhi, Liu Wei, Xu Zhen, Wang Xingwei, Kan Xuan, and Gu Dexin, as well as initiatives focused on emerging artists such as the 2013 survey “ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice,” “The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017,” and the ongoing exhibition series “New Directions.”

Prior to joining UCCA, he was founding editor of LEAP, the internationally distributed, bilingual art magazine published by the Modern Media Group. He is a contributing editor of Artforum, having previously served as founding editor of that magazine’s online Chinese edition, artforum.com.cn. Tinari was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015 and to the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in 2016. He holds degrees from Duke and Harvard is currently a D.Phil. candidate in art history at Oxford. He is co-curator, with Alexandra Munroe and Hou Hanru, of the exhibition “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” which opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in October 2017. Philip Tinari has served as director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), the museum at the heart of Beijing’s 798 Art District, since late 2011. In his five-year tenure, he has mounted more than sixty exhibitions and organized a wide range of public programs and development activities. His program has introduced to China major international artists including Robert Rauschenberg, William Kentridge, Taryn Simon, Tino Sehgal and David Diao, and has tracked the evolving Chinese art scene through retrospectives and surveys of artists including Zeng Fanzhi, Liu Wei, Xu Zhen, Wang Xingwei, Kan Xuan, and Gu Dexin, as well as initiatives focused on emerging artists such as the 2013 survey “ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice,” “The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017,” and the ongoing exhibition series “New Directions.”

Prior to joining UCCA, he was founding editor of LEAP, the internationally distributed, bilingual art magazine published by the Modern Media Group. He is a contributing editor of Artforum, having previously served as founding editor of that magazine’s online Chinese edition, artforum.com.cn. Tinari was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015 and to the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in 2016. He holds degrees from Duke and Harvard is currently a D.Phil. candidate in art history at Oxford. He is co-curator, with Alexandra Munroe and Hou Hanru, of the exhibition “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” which opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in October 2017.

Li Hu

Li Hu and OPENArchitecture have stuck to a consistent principle in their designs, with a clear emphasis on the lived experience of those who inhabit their spaces. In their art-related projects, OPENhave used this principle to focus on the experience of the museum-goer—avoiding monumental or sculptural form in favor of intelligent configurations of program and paths of circulation that put the viewer at the center of the art experience. In this talk, Philip Tinari—UCCA director but also a curator who has worked in a number of distinctive spaces including the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim museum in New York and Frank Gehry’s Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris—and Li Hu discuss OPEN’s work, and particularly its museum projects, built and unbuilt, in relation to this question of how architectural spaces structure the presentation and reception of art.

About OPEN Architecture

OPEN Architecture is an international team of architects, designers, and collaborators from a range of different disciplines. Their practice includes urban design, architecture, interior design, and the production of strategies in the context of the new challenges of our time. Founded by Li Hu and Huang Wenjing in New York, OPEN established a Beijing office in 2008.

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