The British Council (operating as the Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate-General in Eastern China) has been collecting British art works all around the world since the 1930s. Its collection of over 8,500 art works is known as one of the most comprehensive and exquisite holdings of modern and contemporary British art in the world. Every year, the British Council holds regular tour exhibitions around the world with selected art works and brings the British contemporary art to all corners of the world. The past destinations include Australia, Switzerland, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Greece, Kenya and Malaysia.
As a major event of British participation in the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the British Council will work in collaboration with the Shanghai International Culture Association and the Minsheng Art Museum in exhibiting 90 art works of contemporary British art by 41 established artists in China. With the title The Future Demands Your Participation: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, the exhibition of the best pieces of contemporary British art will be held in the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai from January to March 2010 with later tours to other cities in China.
As one of the most well-known prizes, the Turner Prize has encouraged many contemporary British artists with outstanding artistic achievements. Among the 41 artists participating in this exhibition, there are 12 Turner Prize winners and 22 Turner Prize nominees including Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Mona Hatoum and Steve McQueen, which will make this exhibition an extravagant feast of contemporary British art.
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The Future Demands Your Participation: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection
Time: January 28 to March 21, 2010
Opening hours 10:00-18:00
Closed on Mondays and during Spring Festival (February 13to February 16)
Location: Minsheng Art Museum
Bldg.F No.570 Huaihai(W) Rd, Shanghai, China
Andrea Rose, Director of Visual Arts in British Council, said, “these art works are as valuable as Rolls-Royce cars, and like multi-purpose off-road vehicles, they carry the achievements of British art to different places in the world. Visual art has been flourishing in Britain after the Second World War and there has been a passionate need of seeing these art works around the world. Thanks to the British Council Collection, we are able to present the British innovative ideas and achievements to the world in the fastest and best way.”
1. Part of the Artists List（descendent by artists’ last names）
· Nathan Coley (nominated for Turner Prize in 2007)
· Ian Davenport (nominated for Turner Prize in 1991)
· Jeremy Deller (won the Turner Prize in 2004)
· Peter Doig (nominated for Turner Prize in 1984)
· Gilbert & George (nominated for Turner Prize in 1984 / won in 1986)
· Douglas Gordon (won the Turner Prize in 1996)
· Mona Hatoum (nominated for Turner Prize in 1995)
· Damien Hirst (nominated for Turner Prize in 1992 / won in 1995)
· Sarah Lucas
· Steve McQueen (won the Turner Prize in 1999)
· Cornelia Parker (nominated for Turner Prize in 1997)
· Simon Patterson (nominated for Turner Prize in 1996)
· Grayson Perry (won the Turner Prize in 2003)
· Wolfgang Tillmans (won the Turner Prize in 2000)
· Mark Titchner (nominated for Turner Prize in 2006)
· Mark Wallinger (nominated for Turner Prize in 1995 / won in 2007)
· Rebecca Warren (nominated for Turner Prize in 2006)
· Gillian Wearing (won the Turner Prize in 1997)
· Bill Woodrow (nominated for Turner Prize in1986)
2. Contemporary British Art in China
In recent years, the Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate-General has successfully introduced much of the British art to China. In the past decade, exhibitions such as Henry Moore in 2000-01, Antony Gormley: Asian Field in 2003, Aftershock in 2006-07 (an exhibition of works selected by Chinese exhibition organizers that introduced to China many young British artists, including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Mark Wallinger) and Turner from the Tate Collection in 2009 have been successfully held in China.
3. About British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for education opportunities and cultural relations. We work in over 100 countries worldwide to build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people. We work in the arts, education, science, sport and governance and last year we reached over 128million people.
Our first office opened in 1943 and we work in five cities in China. In Beijing we operate as the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy. In Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing we operate as the Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulates-General in those cities. In Hong Kong we are known as the British Council.
4. About Shanghai International Culture Association
Shanghai International Culture Association (SICA), founded in 1986, is a municipal people’s organization being conducting international cultural exchanges. Its aim is to strengthen mutual understanding and friendly cooperation between Shanghai and various countries and regions around the world through people to people international cultural exchanges for the purpose of contributing to economic development, science advancement and cultural prosperity in Shanghai.
SICA engages in wide-range of exchange activities related to the fields such as arts, literature, science and technology, economics, social sciences, health and education. These activities include artistic performances, exhibition, academic conferences, symposiums, overseas cultural exchange tours, etc. Since its founding, SICA has actively organized various kinds of international cultural exchange programs and events, and has established food relations with many organizations and people in many countries and regions. The SICA has also built up a good reputation and credibility in Shanghai and abroad.
SICA has its council that is composed of nearly one hundred famous celebrities. SICA has the offices and departments responsible for specific exchange programs and administrative affairs. There are also some subordinate units including Shanghai International Financial Research Center and Shanghai International Culture and Arts Exchange Co. Ltd.