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Create a journal entry: Engaging with art


How does engaging with art help us to better understand Chinese society?

Share your experiences and have a look a the journals of other participants.
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Engaging with art to understand society


Engaging with art can be one way to get an insight into a society; however, this is only possible in an open society with no constraints on freedom of speech and other restrictive rules. Also art has to be accessible to a wide public, to everyone, and I believe it should be the subject of a public discourse and a dialogue between the artists and the viewers. Personally, I’m very fond of artist talks. Not every artwork is self-explanatory and such talks allow artists to explain their motivation for an artwork, their ideas, visions, criticism, the circumstances (political, social, personal environment) that led to the artwork. Furthermore, I believe we have to look at a lot of Chinese art to be able to get a “feel” for Chinese society. I’m really looking forward to the opening of M+ and the chance to get to see lots of Chinese art.


over 2 years ago

Hi Inés,

Have you seen Christine McCormicks latest journal entry? She emphasizes the importance of knowing about the context of an artwork e.g. an artists background, to develop a deeper understanding, this might interest you:
In case you live in Switzerland or are going to travel here in the nearest future, you can have a look at many chinese contemporary artworks from the Sigg collection at Kunstmuseum Berne and Zentrum Paul Klee Berne right now. The exhibition is called "Chinese Whispers" and a visit is highly recommendable.

Have a nice weekend

Community Management for CCAA

over 2 years ago

Hi Joline,
Yes, I live in Switzerland and I'm looking forward to visiting "Chinese Whispers" very soon. Thanks for the info.

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