K11 and Centre Pompidou join forces on contemporary Chinese art research

Paris’s Centre Pompidou has signed a major three-year partnership with Hong Kong’s K11 Art Foundation revolving around the Chinese art scene. 

As part of the three-year research partnership, K11 will appoint a Chinese curator who will identify fresh young talent from China and help enhance the Centre’s research programme.

The Centre Pompidou. Photo by Philippe Migeat. Image courtesy K11 Art Foundation.

The Centre Pompidou. Photo: Philippe Migeat. Image courtesy K11 Art Foundation.

Three-year research partnership 

K11 Art Foundation announced last week that it has signed a major three-year partnership with the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The planned collaboration will focus on the development of the Centre’s research programme on the Chinese contemporary art scene.

One of the major initiatives of the partnership will be the appointment of a Chinese curator who will assist the Centre in navigating art trends in China. In addition, the curator will be responsible for identifying fresh young talent from the region. According to the press release:

[K11 Art Foundation] will support the [Centre Pompidou] to further enhance its research programme and expertise of young contemporary Chinese artists. This will include the appointment of a Chinese curator who will work to develop an in-depth knowledge of the different movements as well as identifying outstanding young talented artists from Greater China.

Spotlight on China

Founded by Adrian Cheng in 2010, the K11 Art Foundation aims to nurture contemporary artistic talent in Greater China and showcase them on the international stage. The press release quotes Cheng as saying:

It is vital to continue to identify and show outstanding new talent. [K11 Art Foundation is] delighted to join forces with Centre Pompidou to enable the institution to further expand its expertise in this area.

In 2003, the Centre Pompidou hosted a groundbreaking exhibition “Alors, la Chine?” (“What about China?”) to introduce the vitality and diversity of Chinese contemporary art to an international audience. The press release quotes Cheng:

With its widely acclaimed exhibition “What about China?”, Centre Pompidou was one of the very first international institutions to show its commitment to Chinese artists […]

Adrian Cheng (left), Founder of K11 Art Foundation, with Serge Lasvigne, Chairman of Centre Pompidou. Photo by Hervé Véronèse. Image courtesy K11 Art Foundation.

Adrian Cheng (left), Founder of K11 Art Foundation, with Serge Lasvignes, Chairman of Centre Pompidou. Photo: Hervé Véronèse. Image courtesy K11 Art Foundation.

Looking Eastwards

The partnership follows a previous agreement signed between the Centre Pompidou and National Gallery Singapore. Commenting on the new partnership with K11, Serge Lasvignes, Chairman of Centre Pompidou, observes that Asia is an increasing focus for the institution:

[…] this new partnership contributes to knitting ever closer links between the Centre Pompidou and the arts scene and networks of this particularly active region of the globe. Working closely with such dynamic major partners testifies to the Centre Pompidou’s continued international development.

To commemorate the beginning of the partnership, Cheng personally donated two major works to the Centre Pompidou’s collection. These include Zhang Enli‘s The Material (2014) and Xu Zhen‘s installation Corporate (4 Knives Groups) (2014), the latter of which was donated together with businessman David Chau.

Michele Chan

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