Andreas Schmid über Hans van Dijk

5.7., UCCA, Beijing: Talk mit Andreas SchmidIEinladungInvitation140705 UCCA

Die Rezeption der Entwicklung chinesischer Kunst als globales Phänomen hat dabei genau zwanzig Jahren  in Berlin seinen Anfang genommen: Die Ausstellung „China Avantgarde“ im Haus der Kulturen der Welt (1993) war die erste Ausstellung zeitgenössischer chinesischer Kunst außerhalb Chinas. Die Schau, an der – neben Hans van Dijk und Jochen Noth – auch Andreas Schmid, Co-Kurator von „Die 8 der Wege“, beteiligt war, wurde zur Initialzündung der Vermittlung im Westen. Das UCCA in Beijing erinnert derzeit in einer Ausstellung an Hans van Dijk:
July 5, 2pm, UCCA, Beijing: “Hans van Dijk: 5000 Names” Exhibition Talk: Andreas Schmid on Hans van Dijk and Contemporary Art in the 1990s

Dutch-born, Beijing-based curator, scholar, and dealer Hans van Dijk (1946 – 2002) was a foundational influence on contemporary art in China. His myriad contributions include the seminal 1993 exhibition “China Avant-Garde” (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, with Andreas Schmid), the first major show of Chinese contemporary art in Europe; the New Amsterdam Art Consultancy (NAAC), which connected Chinese artists with collectors and curators abroad; and the China Art Archives and Warehouse (CAAW), an experimental gallery and exhibition space.

Hans van Dijk acted as a teacher, curator, dealer, and scholar in a time when art infrastructure in China was virtually nonexistent. He taught artists how to manage themselves and the minutiae of the art world: how to curate and have their shows curated, pack artworks, fill out loan forms, and show to local and international collectors. Critically, he was one of the first to view these artists within their larger context, both as a continuation of Chinese art history and as a part of international contemporary art practice. Van Dijk worked against predominant post-colonial attitudes, encouraging Chinese artists to see themselves as equal contributors to a global cultural dialogue. Based on extensive interviews and archival research, the exhibition “Hans van Dijk: 5000 Names” considers his legacy as it looks at the major artists he championed and the scene they inhabited during the 1990s.