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The Quadrilogy is a multi-regional exhibition and research project of the Burger Collection curated by Daniel Kurjaković.


Backroom Conversations, ART HK 12, Hong Kong

In May 2012 the Burger Collection (Quadrilogy) in collaboration with Asia Art Archive hosted a panel discussion and a lecture during Backroom Conversations, a series of discussions held at the Hong Kong International Art Fair, which the Burger Collection has sponsored since 2008. This year the Burger Collection moderated the conversation The Collection as Social Sculpture? and for the second year in a row presented The AAA Burger Collection Keynote Lecture. The Backroom Conversations were held from the 17th to the 20th of May 2012.

The Collection as Social Sculpture?

In recent decades, the prospect of going-public appeared as an increasingly attractive option for private art collections and foundations. But while this path sometimes generates positive results and adds to a more diversified manifestation of art, the process can also be deplored as a trend lacking in professional rigor, convincing cultural engagement or artistic relevancy in the long run. Private collections and foundations that have gone public have been aware of the divided perceptions towards their undertakings. They therefore need to address the ethics of their activities in relation to artists, to the institutional art world, to the art market, to diverse art audiences and to society at large. Today, private collections both in the East and in the West seem compelled to think about, and respond to questions about their function not only within the circumscribed confines of the art world, but more and more also in relation to culture at large including civic concerns and endeavors.

Panelists: RAHAAB ALLANA, Curator, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi | TOBY KAMPS, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Menil Collection, Houston | FRAM KITAGAWA, Chairman of Art Front Gallery Co. Ltd.; President of Gendaikikakushitsu Publishers; General Director for Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial; General Director for Setouchi International Art Festival

Moderator: DANIEL KURJAKOVIC, Curator/Head of Program, Burger Collection, Hong Kong

The AAA Burger Collection Keynote Lecture: OKWUI ENWEZOR

The AAA Burger Collection Keynote Lecture recognizes an academic voice that has made significant contributions to the field and invites that individual to present his/her ideas. This year, Asia Art Archive and the Burger Collection welcomed Okwui Enwezor, curator, art critic, writer, poet, educator, and specialist in art history. He was artistic director of the Documenta 11 exhibition (1998-2002), the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale (1996-1997), and the 7th Gwang-ju Biennale in South Korea (2008). Currently serving as Director of Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany and Adjunct Curator of the International Center of Photography in New York.

To read more about the entire program of Asia Art Archive’s Backroom Conversations held during ART HK 12 please click here

In conjunction with ART HK 12
Sponsored by Home Affairs Bureau
Additional support from Burger Collection, Platform, Yana & Stephen Peel
Media Partners: ArtAsiaPacific, Time Out

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Nalini Malani, In Search of Vanished Blood, 2012, Documenta 13, Kassel

The Burger Collection is pleased to announce the participation of Indian artist Nalini Malani at this year’s Documenta 13. Nalini Malani will be presenting In Search of Vanished Blood, a video/shadow play produced by Documenta 13 in collaboration with the Burger Collection, the Documenta Patron for this project. Documenta 13 runs from June 9 to September 16, 2012.

In conjunction with this special event the Burger Collection has launched a magazine entitled “Torrent“. The pilot edition features a conversation between Daniel Kurjaković and Nalini Malani. The e-version is available for download as a pdf here. “Torrent“ provides information and source material related to work of artists represented in the Burger Collection by focusing on in-depth conversations with diverse authors, practitioners and producers. Hatje Cantz will also be releasing a publication about Nalini Malani entitled In Search of Vanished Blood edited by Zasha Colah and Johan Pijnappel. For more information please click here

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Uncatalogued: The Case of Oil Street Artist Village

In line with its ongoing mission to support artistic, curatorial and editorial projects, the Burger Collection funded Asia Art Archive’s booth during ART HK 12 entitled Uncatalogued: The Case of Oil Street Art Village. The project chronicled the activities of the former artist community Oil Street Art Village, the first art “village“ in Hong Kong. As the organizers explain: “In 2006, a member of Hong Kong’s artist community walked into Asia Art Archive and, in haste, deposited a box of material before leaving Hong Kong. Kept in the special collections room until 2011, it was recently re-discovered to reveal a range of material related to Oil Street—the short-lived and warmly remembered artist village located in the former Government Supplies Department in the North Point section of Hong Kong—and the ensuing 'Save Oil Street Campaign', which took place in the late 1990s.“

Another part of the exhibition is still on view at Asia Art Archive’s Library until June 28 2012 featuring the chronology of events, news clippings, letters, drawings, and photographs. A public program allowed for an in-depth insight of the material through talks by artist Paul Chan and local storyteller Yuen Che Hung as well as a project introduction by Asia Art Archive’s researchers.

Funded by Burger Collection
Supported by 84000 Communications, ART HK 12, Pico Group

This project was made possible by contributions from individuals from the Hong Kong art community, including: Art Promotion Office, Carolyn Cartier, Howard Chan, Damien Cheng, Almond Chu, Frog King, May Fung, Andrew Lam, Lily Lau, Jeff Leung, Leung Po Shan, Fion Ng, Robert O'Brien, Pak Sheung Chuen, Ellen Pau, To Wun, Tsui Pui Wan, Vivian Ting, Wong Chi Fai, C.W. Wong, Wong Leung Shek, James Wong, Stanley Wong, and Videotage.

16 May – 28 June 2012
Library, Asia Art Archive, 11/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

For more information please click here

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Aside from its own exhibition and research project of the Quadrilogy, the Burger Collection regularly responds to loan requests from artists and institutions in its open policy of making works available to the general public. The following works of the Burger Collection can be presently or soon seen on tour:

Fernando Bryce, The Spanish War/The Spanish Revolution, 2003; East Asia Review, 2006 at the MUAC, Mexico 03/12 - 05/12, at the MALBA, Buenos Aires, 28/06/12 - 27/08/12

Urs Fischer, Servil Serenade/Servil Symphony, 2001 at the Palazzo Grassi, Venice, 12/04/ - 15/07/12

Chitra Ganesh, The dream as it happened, 2009; Midday Compulsions, 2009; Garden’s secrets, 2009; Moment of Clairvoyance, 2009; Forever October, 2009; The gift, 2009; Behind the bleeding eye, 2009; She, The Question, 2008; Reaching, at the Göteborg Konsthall, Göteborg Center for Contemporary Art, Sweden, 15/06 - 16/09/12

Anton Henning, Blumenstillleben no. 169; Spiel no. 2, 2003; L’origine de la sculpture no. 2, 2005; Portrait no. 114, 2006; Blumenstilleben no. 315, 2006; Portrait no. 195, 2007 at the mamco, Geneva, 06/06 - 16/09/12

Photo 1: Actress Mishka Sinha; preparatory work for In Search of Vanished Blood, Nalini Malani, 2012. Photo by Payal Kapadia, Courtesy of Nalini Malani and Burger Collection.

Photo 2: Panelists of The Collection as Social Sculpture?, AAA Backroom Conversations, ART HK 12. Photo courtesy of Asia Art Archive.

Photo 3: Cover page of Torrent Magazine. Photo of Nalini Malani by Payal Kapadia, Courtesy of Nalini Malani and Burger Collection.

Photo 4: Documentation related to the Oil Street Art Village, Hong Kong (detail). Photo courtesy of Asia Art Archive.




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