Art districts in Asia: 5 top posts from 2008 to 2011

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Art districts are popping up all over Asia revealing, perhaps, the effectiveness of this model for both art professionals and the public. As part of our ongoing ‘Lists’ series, we have stepped back into our archives to bring you our top posts on Asian art districts.

Covering an extensive area from the West Asian region to Japan, Art Radar explores the various sides of this topic. Read more about the lack of government support for the arts in the Asian region, the emergence of a two-sided reality in India and the growing regard for Sharjah as a “cultural emirate.”

A two-folded reality: Modern Mumbai art spaces show up New Delhi “house conversions” – CNNGo

April 2011

Jitish Kallat, 'Cry of the Gland', 2009, installation: 108 colour photographs. Image from sallybohan.blogspot.com.

Jitish Kallat, 'Cry of the Gland', 2009, installation: 108 colour photographs. Image from sallybohan.blogspot.com.

This post refers the dichotomy of India’s art scene and the emergence of a two-fold reality: Mumbai, as a city of art dealers, galleries and art lovers versus New Delhi as a town of more public-oriented institutions. The emergence of an art district in Mumbai is a situation worth keeping an eye on, whilst the dichotomy of these two cities is of interest to researchers.

Click here to read the full post on modern Mumbai art spaces.

Hong Kong hosts speakers: Is Hong Kong a cultural desert? How can you become a better collector? Answers revealed at Asia Art Forum

Hong Kong-based curator Valerie Doran. Image from asiaartforum.com.

Hong Kong-based curator Valerie Doran. Image from asiaartforum.com.

June 2010

This post explores the opinions of two art professionals – a curator and a collector – working and living in different parts of Asia. While Valerie Doran explains the difficulties of integration of artistic discourse in Hong Kong, Dr. Oei Hong Djien, one of Indonesia’s most preeminent art collectors, speculates on how a region whose government remains alienated from art practices that are highly regarded in the international art arena has managed to support artistic practice and freedom of speech for at least thirty years.

Click here to read the full post on contemporary art in Hong Kong.

Sharjah, the “cultural emirate”: Where is the Sharjah Art Museum heading? – Manal Ataya, Sharjah Museums director

June 2009

Location of Sharjah, the "cultural emirate". Image from login.greatbignews.com.

Location of Sharjah, the "cultural emirate". Image from login.greatbignews.com.

This post highlights the growing interest and leading position of Arabic countries in museum studies in the realm of the arts. It also points out how these public-oriented institutions can be supported by political powers that consider them strategic places for civic education.

Click here to read the full post on Sharjah, the “cultural emirate”.

15 years of change or tradition? Japanese contemporary art – changes and trends – by gallerist Koyanagi

March 2009

Gallerist Atsuko Koyanagi discusses the past fifteen years. Image from jigiart.blogspot.com.

Gallerist Atsuko Koyanagi discusses the past fifteen years. Image from jigiart.blogspot.com.

An overall reading of Japan’s art scene for the past fifteen years through a personal perspective, this interview explores the conditions and consequences of a particularly Japanese reality, one that is known for being highly modern while remaining traditionally guarded. A fascinating post that breaks away from common preconceptions.

Click here to read the full post on changes and trends in Japanese art.

China struggles: Caochangdi as alternative art district in Beijing

June 2008

Coachangdi art district, Beijing. Image from travel.nytimes.com.

Coachangdi art district, Beijing. Image from travel.nytimes.com.

This historical post reveals how the Chinese government perceives the arts. As the text shows, the area now known as Caochangdi was scheduled for demolition, leaving art professionals in the area frustrated. More recently, the arrest and subsequent release of artist Ai Weiwei by Chinese authorities has demonstrated the difficulties the Chinese art community faces in making their voice heard and their art practice recognised and respected.

Click here to read the full post on Beijing art district Caochangdi.

Want to have a browse through our archives yourself? Click here to take a look at what else we have written on art districts in Asia.

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