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背景

当代艺术已经成为了一种真正意义上的全球性文化形式。中国公众对于新的观看方式、社交媒体、新兴市场开发等议题的极大热情,促使中国以更为开放的姿态迎接当代艺术。进入新千年以来,中国社会和经济经历了蓬勃发展,中国多次位居全球第一大艺术市场,本地当代艺术界活跃迸发。最近几年里,在北京和上海开创的私人美术馆以及艺术博览会发展日新月异,观众对当代艺术的热情日益增长。随着城市化水平的不断提高,更多中国城市也开始加入到这股当代潮流之中。当前,中国艺术市场拥抱来自国际范围内的当代艺术,中国收藏家开始积极参与全球重要艺术机构的赞助和理事工作。艺术界曾经单向流动的影响力如今由东向西、由西往东变得更为流畅自如。

面对这些发展态势,我们力求推动相应的对话,并对当代文化所面临的诸多重大挑战予以回应。不仅交流彼此间的想法,也对这些不同背景和语境下的想法提出质疑和挑战。「北京国际艺术高峰论坛」这一全新的年度平台得以提出,旨在对影响当下中国以及全世界当代艺术的根本性因素进行交流与探讨。




主办方

「北京国际艺术高峰论」坛由北京七星华电科技集团有限责任公司(简称七星集团)——北京798艺术区的产权所有方和运营方发起。早在中国当代艺术发展态势成型之前,798艺术区就已经为当代艺术机构开创了一种可持续性的生态,国际性画廊早在二零零二年就开始驻扎于此。UCCA尤伦斯当代艺术中心、林冠艺术基金会、木木美术馆等重要艺术机构以及包括长征空间、佩斯北京、常青画廊在内的重要画廊的入驻,使得798艺术区成为当前中国最大、也最具活力的当代艺术中心。二零一七年,七星集团首次推出画廊周北京,吸引了北京诸多商业性以及非营利性当代艺术平台的参与,力图打造一场紧凑而和谐的艺术盛会。二零一九画廊周北京的规模将极大扩张,将推出一项诸多重要国际画廊参与其中的展览项目。与二零一 九画廊周北京同期推出的「北京国际艺术高峰论坛」将每年邀请来自全球各地的人士汇聚一堂,对诸多重要议题进行探讨,从而进一步拓展七星集团对可持续艺术生态的美好愿景。




策划团队
艺术总监

秦思源:艺术家,策展人

国际策划

Mari SpiritoProtocinema总监、巴塞尔艺术展论坛策划人

特邀顾问

胡欣:中法文化论坛法方秘书长



相关机构

七星集团

北京七星华电科技集团有限责任公司(简称「七星集团」,坐落于北京市酒仙桥电子城,是一家定位于电子基础产品服务及文化创意产业开发的高科技专业化产业集团。下属企业包括:北京797音响股份有限公司、北京七星飞行电子有限公司、格林斯乐设备制造有限公司、北京798文化创意产业投资股份有限公司、北京七星华盛电子机械有限责任公司等子公司。七星集团电子基础产品服务包含电子专用设备、电子元器件和新能源产业的研发、制造、销售、投资服务。七星集团所属的原798厂区由于其特有的包豪斯建筑风格吸引大批艺术机构、艺术家入驻,已发展成为著名的798艺术区,并被北京市列为首批十个文化创意产业区之一。目前入驻的艺术机构有五百多家,已成为中国现当代艺术的展示、交易、交流中心,是国内外具有广泛影响力的文化产业集聚区。主要产品包括:集成电路专用设备、光伏设备、绿色环保电池设备、高端电子元器件、高端电子磁性材料、专业电声器件等。产品广泛应用于电子、通信、化工、航空、航天等领域,用户遍及中国大陆、香港、台湾、美国、日本、韩国、印度、德国等国家和地区。

798艺术区

北京798艺术区是原国营798厂等电子工业的厂区所在地,一九五零年代由苏联援建、东德负责设计建造的重点工业项目,它曾经见证了新中国工业化从无到有的历程。798厂区的部分建筑采用现浇混凝土拱形结构,为典型的包豪斯风格,在亚洲亦属罕见。二零零二年开始,大量艺术家工作室和当代艺术机构开始进驻这里,在对原有的历史文化遗留进行保护的前提下,旧有的工业厂房被重新定义、设计和改造,逐渐发展成为画廊、艺术中心、艺术家工作室、设计公司、时尚店铺、餐饮酒吧等各种空间的聚集区,使这一区域目前已攫升为国内最大、最具国际影响力的艺术区。

画廊周北京

画廊周北京是由当代艺术圈的专业资深人才组织搭建的一个具有文化凝聚力的当代艺术推广平台。画廊周北京期间,画廊与艺术家将合力呈现一年中最精彩的展览。画廊周北京邀请全球艺术行业精英来北京感受拥有深厚文化积淀而有生气十足的中国当代艺术。观众可以充分体验并和每一间拥有不同气质的画廊空间直接交流,更深刻的了解中国当代艺术的发展以及成长的土壤。

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The Project

The role of contemporary art has increased globally as markets and the role of cultural influence rapidly shift. China’s growth towards new ways of seeing and thinking, have given way to massive social media usership and love for new modes of consumption. Art worldwide has become more participatory and enthusiastic. Since 2011 China has become the world’s largest auction art market and artists from all over Asia are studying at art schools in Europe and the US in increasing proportions. Beijing and Shanghai’s contemporary art scenes have blossomed with high quality private museums and art fairs capturing even larger public audiences. As a reflection, the Chinese art market is mirroring China’s new stance on the geopolitical stage by embracing international contemporary art. Equally important is that Chinese collectors have started taking seats as Boards of Trustees of major Western art institutions. Influence, which used to flow one way is now fluid in both directions, East / West and West / East.

Beijing Art Summit recognizes that an increase in action is also a call for an increase in dialogue. Working for the best possible outcomes, this platform will be for hearty discussions on the range of substantial issues facing contemporary culture — both to exchange ideas, but also to challenge those ideas in different contexts with art professionals from China and the international art community.




The Organizer

Beijing Art Summit was initiated by the SevenStar Group, an enterprise that owns and runs Beijing’s 798 Art Zone. Many years before Chinese contemporary art developed into today’s scale, the 798 Art Zone trailblazed a sustainable ecology for contemporary art with international galleries establishing a foothold there as early as 2002. It has since developed into China’s largest and most dynamic center for contemporary art with influential institutions such as Ullens Center of Contemporary Art / UCCA, Faurschou Foundation, and M Woods Museum, and major galleries such as Long March Space, Pace Beijing, and Galleria Continua. In 2017, SevenStar launched Gallery Weekend Beijing, bringing together Beijing’s various contemporary art platforms, commercial and non-profit, to create a cohesive and coordinated art festival. Gallery Weekend Beijing 2019 will increase in scale substantially with an exhibition program including major international galleries. Beijing Art Summit, which will coincide with Gallery Weekend Beijing’s 2019 edition, expanding further SevenStar’s overall vision of sustainable art ecologies futher by inviting people from all over the world to discuss important issues together on an annual basis.




The Curatorial Team
Curators

Colin Siyuan Chinnery: Artist, Curator
Mari Spirito: Founding Director, Protocinema since 2011; Curator, Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach Conversations, 2013–2018

Special Consultant

Hu Xin: General Secretory of Sino-French Culture Forum



Related Organizations

Sevenstar Group

Located in the Beijing Jiuxianqiao Electronics Industry Zone, Beijing Sevenstar Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (Sevenstar Group), is a specialized high-tech industrial corporate group focused on basic electronics product service and cultural and creative industries. It has five subsidiaries including Beijing 797 Audio Co., Ltd., Beijing Flight Electronics Ltd., GreenSo-lar Equipment Manufacturing Ltd., Beijing 798 Cultural and Creative Industry Investment Co., Ltd. and Beijing Sevenstar Huasheng Electronics Ltd. Basic electronics product service of Sevenstar Group includes research and development, manufacturing, sale, and investment of electronic equipment and alternative energies. The 798 Art Zone, owned and managed by Sevenstar Group, is China’s earliest and largest district devoted to contemporary culture.

798 Art Zone

The 798 Art Zone, developed and managed by Sevenstar Group, is China’s earliest and largest cultural district. Constituting a complex of former factory buildings, 798 initially attracted artists and galleries because of its unique Bauhaus architecture built by East German engineers in the 1950s. Now it houses some of China’s best-known contemporary art institutions including Ullens Center of Contemporary Art/UCCA, Faurschou Foundation, and M Woods Museum, and major galleries such as Long March Space, Pace Beijing, and Galleria Continua, and it has been listed by Beijing Municipality as the first of 10 cultural and creative industry zones.

Gallery Weekend Beijing

Gallery Weekend Beijing, run by SevenStar Group and based at the 798 Art Zone, was launched in 2017 as an annual celebration of Beijing’s diverse range of art galleries and non-profit institutions. For a weekend very March, art organizations and artists work together to present the most exciting exhibitions of the year, galvanizing local collectors and audiences and attracting art professionals from the region and beyond. Gallery Weekend Beijing aims to actively promote Beijing’s overall contemporary art ecology, fostering a sense of community and collaboration between institutions and their patrons.