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