TrAIN Open Lecture By Hou Hanru ‘Open Museum Open City’

Open Lecture



20 May 2015 – 17:30 to 19:00

TrAIN Open Lecture By Hou Hanru
‘Open Museum Open City’

Room C202
Central Saint Martins
1 Granary Square King’s Cross London

Hou Hanru will address how the museum might be developed into a new public sphere for our times. With reference to some of his recent projects as Artistic Director of MAXXI in Rome, he will ask how “experimental” and “radical” practice may be continued beyond the market. Facing the global trend to “fetishise” art production, how might the museum become a new life context for creation, public participation and community building? And how can a museum programme respond to the geopolitical changes of today? In tackling these and related questions Hou Hanru will explore the ‘exhibition-event-museum-city’ as a transnational space.

Hou Hanru is a prolific writer and curator based in Rome, Paris and San Francisco. He is currently the Artistic Director of MAXXI (National Museum for 21st Century Art and National Museum of Architecture) in Rome. In the last 25 years he has curated and co-curated around 100 exhibitions, notably contributing to biennials and triennials in, for instance, Johannesburg (1997), Shanghai (2000), Gwangju (2002), Venice (French Pavilion 1999, Zone of Urgency 2003, Chinese Pavilion 2007), Guanghzhou (2005), Tirana (2005), Istanbul (2007), Lyon (2009) and Auckland (2013). His books include Hou Hanru (Utopia@Asialink and School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, 2014), Paradigm Shifts, Walter and McBean Galleries Exhibitions and Public Programs, San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI, 2011) and On the Mid-Ground (English version by Timezone 8, Hong Kong, 2002; Chinese version by Gold Wall Press, Beijing, 2013).

Image credit: MAXXI, Rome

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