MUNTADAS: ASIAN PROTOCOLS
City: Beijing
Curator: Esteban Andueza、Du Xiyun
Duration: 2018-08-18 ~ 2018-09-16
Venue: Three Shadows Photography Art Centre
Address: 155A Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100015
Participating Artist(s): Antoni Muntadas
Host(s): Three Shadows Photography Art Centre

Lecture:"Asian Protocols: the Nature of the Project"

Speaker:Antoni Muntadas

15:00,August 18, 2018

The Beijing location of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is proud to present the Spanish artist Antoni Muntadas exhibition Asian Protocols: China, Japan and South Korea, a multi disciplinary research art project investigating the ways that private and public protocols affect society and people’s lives. According to the artist, “Protocols generate at the same time a seriesof regulations that exert their influence as much in our private rituals as in our public behaviour. Conventions, rules and protocols cover a variety of procedures that, by different means, try to control or exercise power.”

Starting from the premise of Muntadas as an outside observer planted in three countries, he develops his own research exploring questions about the idea of “protocol” as applied to culture, politics, education, society, public and private space, economy, the religion, etc. As an artist, his analysis takes the form of videos, installations, documentary films, archives, and others – an array of disciplines that Muntadas has been exploring for the several decades.

Asian Protocols, then, is a visual research work focused on the cultural background of the three countries, dissecting the similarities and differences between the collective and the individual in all three. It also attempts to break down stereotypes about the three countries, focusing on three megacities: Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo.

The exhibition does not intend to delve into politics explicitly, but rather how history and culture condition the manners, gestures, and forms that societies build into themselves. Nor does it intend to apply a critical lens to any of the three countries or societies –just an analytical perspective. It not only focuses on similarities and differences, but conflicts and the potential for cooperation.

The first instalment of the project was presented at the Total Museum in Seoul in 2014. In 2016 the project was shown at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo. The third and final exhibition will be held at The Three Shadows Art Centre in Beijing in August 2018.

Since its beginning, the project has been constantly growing, enriching itself with research carried out in each specific site, offering new contents and formats. In the Beijing exhibition the audience will find a total of 10 well-differentiated sections presented through a wide spectrum of artistic formats that, far from trying to show conclusive ideas, pretend that the spectator himself is the one who elaborates and questions his own analysis and conclusions.

The project will be possible thanks to the support of Acción Cultural Española AC/E, the Spanish Embassy in China, the Ministry of Culture of Spain, the Institute Ramón Llull from Barcelona, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, and the collaboration of Cervantes Institute Beijing as well.

About the Artist

Antoni Muntadas (born in 1942 in Barcelona, Spain) lives in New York City and develops art projects around the world. His projects have been exhibited in prestigious museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro, and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona.

He has been selected to participate in international events such as Documenta Kassel (1977, 1997), the Whitney Biennial of American Art (1991), the 51st Venice Biennial (2005) and other international biennales in São Paulo, Lyon, Taipei, Gwangju, La Havana. He has been the recipient of several international prizes and grants from institutions like the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Premi Nacional d’Arts Plàstiques, the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas in 2005, and the Premio Velázquez de las Artes Plásticas in 2009.

Muntadas has been a Professor at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts for more than 30 years. He has taught and directed seminars at diverse institutions throughout Europe, the United States, Latin America and China. He has been welcomed as a resident artist and consulting advisor by various prestigious research and education centers around the world, and is currently a professor at the Instituto Universitario di Architettura del Veneto (IUAV) in Venice.


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