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




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The Burger Collection recently funded Art Hotpot from Sopot, an art exchange program between artists from Sopot and Hong Kong. Burger Collection actively encourages the forge of locally specific endeavours that enhance new or underexamined cross-cultural linkages of artistic production.

Art Hotpot from Sopot was jointly organized by the art spaces C&G Artpartment (Hong Kong) and Zatoka Sztuki/MCKA (Multi-disciplinary Center of Arts and Culture Foundation, Sopot/Poland). Part one of the exhibition and public program united nine local Polish artists and five Hong Kong artists, and took place this January at the site of Zatoka Sztuki. The space, situated off the coast of the Baltic Sea, was a public bath house in the beginning of the 20th century, and was reconstructed in 2009 upon the intitiative of the city council. Artists were invited to create site-specific works. As the organizers explain: „Many of the pieces were done with materials or people from the area, and all participating artists either conceptually or physically involved "heat" in their artworks for the exhibition. Some artists used their own bodies to give out heat. Some used other media to give out heat. Some applied heat-related issues in their artworks. Some directly used heat to reveal different meanings.“

The two locales of Hong Kong and Sopot share a common denominator, an urge to „stir up the passion for contemporary art amongst the public.“ The title of the program, „Hotpot”, stems from a Chinese dish, a communal cooking pot in which everyone is involved in the food-making process. The organizers state: „In Hotpot, we all sit together in a round table as a union, cook together, eat together and chat together. The cultural and symbolic meaning of Hotpot for the intimate exchanges amongst a group of friends is essential in this program.“

Amongst the various activites was an artist talk entitled Art and Society in Hong Kong which was centred around the issues of cultural space allocation and proprietership in general, in the city of Hong Kong, and introduced alternative artworks and art projects of Hong Kong. The cross-cultural incentive also included other activities such as Chinese lessons, Polish lessons, a Chinese New Year’s party as well as visits to the local Polish artist studios.

The second part of this program is to take place this month in Hong Kong with an exhibition opening on March 31. For more information please click here

Participating artists:

Poland: Elvin Flamingo, Katarzyna Podpora, Kamila Chomicz, Natalia Turczynska-Schmidt, Karolina Matea, Magda Malyjasiak, Justyna Stycha Orlowska i wspoltworcy and Gosia Kalinowska
Hong Kong: Cally Yu, Law Man-Lok, Lock Lo Chi-Kit, Clara Cheung and Gum Cheng

To read more about the project and to see the artists’ works please click here (English)
For a Polish version please click


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As part of its policy the Burger Collection encourages artists represented in the collection by supporting their trajectories. In 2011 the Burger Collection co-funded the studio grant of artist Vittorio Santoro. Some works developed during his one-year stay in New York City will now be shown in the artist’s solo exhibition at the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard in Paris. The exhibition Owls Turn Their Entire Head to Change Views focuses on the allusive installations and sculptural works, and features some enduring tropes of Santoro’s practice such as his time-based text drawings and participatory script works. A new artist book, featuring previously unpublished material from the artist’s ongoing research archives, will be published to coincide with the exhibition. It is entitled D(A)EDALUS, MY FATHER’S HORSE, TAKEN FROM THE MILL, A TOURNÉ EN ROND AUTOUR D’UNE STATUE DE… and contains new essays by Rebecca Geldard and Daniel Kurjaković. It is available through Les Presses du Réel, France.
For more information please click here
The exhibition opens on March 5 and will be on view until March 31, 2012.
For more information please click here
Concurrently Paris gallery Yvon Lambert commissioned the artist book Silence Destroys Consequences by Vittorio Santoro, which is based on a time-based script work involving letters from various participants.





In line with its ongoing mission to support important publication projects, the Burger Collection recently co-funded Art Spaces Directory. The publication is a concise compendium of over 400 independent art spaces from 96 countries jointly published by the New Museum and ArtAsiaPacific. The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition The Ungovernables (the second iteration of the New Museum’s Triennal) curated by Eungie Joo. Included in the guide are spaces such as 1a space, Asia Art Archive, the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Para/Site, KHOJ and the Renaissance Society Chicago which Burger Collection has worked in partnership with on different projects. The book features essays by Víctor Albarracín, Reem Fadda and Christine Tohme, Stefan Kalmár, Naiza H. Khan, Catalina Lozano, Elaine W. Ng, and tranzit. As curator Eungie Joo and writer Ethan Swan write: “these contributions assess the determination, consequence and limitations of independent spaces and suggest possibilities for future activity. Examining new curatorial and creative models, the writings also consider larger trajectories of resistance and remind us of the mortality of the alternative.” Quadrilogy Part 2 which is scheduled for the end of 2012 will be working together with independent art spaces, implicating artists from Hong Kong and abroad, in aim to respond to the local cultural concerns of the city of Hong Kong.
Burger Collection has previously cooperated with Art Asia Pacific in 2010 assisting in the publication of the exhibition catalogue Traditions Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond. The exhibition was held at the Rubin Museum and was the first exhibition of contemporary Tibetan art
in a New York City museum. It included the participation of artists Dedron, Gonkar Gyatso, Losang Gyatso, Kesang Lamdark, Tenzin Norbu, Tenzing Rigdol, Pema Rinzin, Tsherin Sherpa and Penba Wangdu.
For more information about the publication please click here
The Ungovernables is on show until April 22, 2012, at the New Museum, New York. For more information please click here





Aside from its own exhibition and research project, 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 Museo de Arte de Lima 25/10/11 - 02/12, at the MUAC, Mexico 03/12 - 05/12, at the MALBA, Buenos Aires, 28/06/12 - 27/08/12

Li Hui, V, 2011 at the Singapore Art Museum 14/01/12 - 25/03/12

Kris Martin, Still Alive, 2011 at the Kunstmuseum Bonn 02/02/12 - 22/04/12, at the Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau 12/05/12 - 12/08/12, at the Kestnergesellschaft Hannover 12/05/12 - 12/08/2012

Gonkar Gyatso, Summer 2007, 2007 at the Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia 25/02/12 - 14/04/12

Vittorio Santoro, Among Caged Songbirds, July 2011 - January 2012, at the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris 05/03/12 – 31/03/12  


Photo 1: Art Hotpot from Sopot (part I of an exchange art program between Sopot, Poland, and Hong Kong, China).

Photo by C&G Artpartment © 2012 (altered by the Burger Collection)

Photo 2 (from top left to right): Law Man-Lok Lock, C&G Artpartment, C&G Artpartment, Lo Chi-Kit (Lock) © 2012 (recomposed by the Burger Collection)

Photo 3: Exhibition view. Vittorio Santoro at Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris.

Photo by David Anselme

Photo 4: Front cover of Art Spaces Directory, designed by NR2154, New Museum/ArtAsiaPacific © 2012

Photo by Ann Woo for ArtAsiaPacific © ArtAsiaPacific




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