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



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As 2011 draws to a close, the Burger Collection looks back on some of the collection’s pursuits, the partnerships forged as well as the contributions made. The Burger Collection embarked on a variety of self-organized projects and contributed to different events in 2011.


In preparation for the 2012 Hong Kong exhibition and public programs the Burger Collection funded the independent platform entitled “Writing Fotan”. Held in January of this year it consisted of a two-day seminar in the Fotanian artist studios, a self-organized site of artistic production in Hong Kong. The future Hong Kong project by the Burger Collection will relate to some of the local cultural concerns, but will also make the city in a more general sense the site for research and artistic practices from abroad. Lecturers included local artists, curators, and writers  Anthony Leung Po Shan, Jeff Leung, Enoch Cheng, and Vivian Ting . For a review of the seminar in Chinese (Art Forum) please click here. For a review in English (Art in China) please click here.


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For over a decade Asia Art Archive with its research centre, and educational and public programs, has played an instrumental role in the Hong Kong arts scene. Monique Burger, director of the Burger Collection, serves on the Board of Directors for Asia Art Archiveand has been a member since 2009.
For the third consecutive year the Burger Collection funded “Backroom Conversations”, a series of panel discussions and screenings organized by AAA during the Hong Kong Art Fair, ART HK. The “Inaugural Burger Collection Keynote Lecture" was delivered by renowned writer, professor and curator Sarat Maharaj.
Coinciding with the lecture, the Burger Collection supported the Asia Art Archive booth at ART HK 2011. „Another Life“ presented a reproduced studio of the well-known art critic and curator Geeta Kapur and the artist and archivist Vivan Sundaram. The display was presented in conjunction with the completed digital archive of the art practitioners. AAA issued a statement earlier this year about the project: “The first personal archive in India to be digitised by AAA, the project brings to the public the broad range of material collected by Kapur and Sundaram since the late 1960s. Originally established as a personal archive, the collection not only documents the artwork and writings produced and published during Kapur and Sundaram's prolific careers; it also documents events of India's art scene over the last 50 years, and includes group show catalogues, newspaper clippings, and artist slides, some of which are entering the public domain for the first time." For more information about the project, click here
. In the up-coming years, the Burger Collection will also become active in the South Asian Subcontinent.




Aside from the exhibition and research project of the Quadrilogy, the Burger Collection is actively engaged in arts patronage and assisted the realization of numerous projects throughout the year. Doug Aitken’s ambitious work Black Mirror (2011) was funded in part by the Burger Collection. Black Mirror, a live multi-media theatre performance, was realized and performed on a barge floating off the Greek port of Piraeus in Athens and the island of Hydra in June 2011.
Black Mirror, rich with spectacle, deals with notions of constant travelling as a global condition. The work reflects upon the high velocity of information in the digitalized age, and the potential dissolution or loss of self as a result of this. For a review of the the performance (The New York Times) please click here.




In the summer of 2011, the Burger Collection acquired KHOJ International Artists' Association publication, A Gift for KHOJ (Edition I). This edition is a photography portfolio containing twelve signed photographs from artists Amar Kanwar, Anay Mann, Anita Dube, Atul Bhalla, Avinash Veeraraghvan, Ayisha Abraham, Bani Abidi, Gigi Scaria, Ram Rahman, Raqs Media Collective, Surekha and Vivan Sundaram. All proceeds of the limited edition series have gone towards acquiring and refurbishing the KHOJ buildings in Khirkee, New Delhi. Since its founding in 1997 artists from Iran, Egypt, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Lebanon, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Mainland China, Taiwan and several countries in Africa, have participated in workshops and residencies.
To view an online pdf version of the book please click here.




In September Burger Collection launched its own research entity with its first self-organized seminar, “Showing Without Telling”, about the trans-cultural dynamic in contemporary art. Participants included artists Bani Abidi (Karachi/Berlin), Damien Roach (London), and Barthélémy Toguo (Paris/Bandjoun), the critic and writer Manuel Cirauqui (Valencia/New York) as well as the researchers Alexandra Chang (New York) and Stephen Ching-kui Chan (Hong Kong). Building on the results of the seminar “Showing Without Telling” the Burger Collection will be organizing a symposium in Spring 2012 during Art HK. The symposium will be part of the “Backroom Conversations”, a series of lectures, film screenings and panel discussions hosted by Asia Art Archive. All the while, the Burger Collection continues preparing its next set of exhibitions and public programs in Hong Kong in 2012.




Theory/Conversations with curator Johan Pousette, critic and writer Manuel Cirauqui, and artist Titus Kaphar were published on the Quadrilogy website. Swedish curator Johan Pousette sheds light on the question of how geographical, political and historical parameters of a specific exhibition site (here the south-Slavic region of the Balkans) reflect back on the curatorial strategies deployed. Spanish curator and critic Manuel Cirauqui argues for an extended notion of intellectual activity; he calls for an ethically inclined practice aiming at institutional change and transformation. American artist Titus Kaphar talks about his recent body of work and reflects upon how history and subjectivity apply to the construction and conservation of memory.
The Quadrilogy team is preparing further conversations to be published in Spring 2012.

The Burger Collection team wishes you a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year 2012!

Photo 1: Local shop, Athens, Greece, Burger Collection © 2011

Photo 2: Public Forum, audience response - Dr. Yeung Yang, independent curator. Writing Fotan, Public Forum, Fotan Studios, Hong Kong, 2011, © Writing Fotan/Burger Collection

Photo 3: Inaugural Burger Collection Keynote Lecture with Sarat Maharaj. Photo taken by Cheung Chi Wai, courtesy of Asia Art Archive.

Photo 4: Doug Aitken, Black Mirror, 2001, performance, courtesy of 303 Gallery, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Regen Projects, Victoria Miro Gallery
© Doug Aitken

Photo 5: Bani Abidi, The VIP’s Waiting Room, 2009, Inkjet prints on archival paper, courtesy of KHOJ International Artists Association, © Bani Abidi



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