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Exhibition Detail
Potsdamer Strasse 96
D-10557 Berlin

September 10th, 2011 - October 27th, 2011
September 9th, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
© Courtesy of Arndt
+49.30.20 61 38 7 0
Tue-Sat: 11am to 6pm

Over the last decade, contemporary Chinese and Indian art, in all their artistic
diversity, have established themselves with unparalleled success in the Western
art market. Now, Southeast Asia is set to follow with the whole region shifting
into the focus of the international art world.
The exhibition “ASIA: Looking South” features works by eight artists from
Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, and only aims to provide a
first impression and overview. Each of the region’s art scenes deserves extensive
exposure and each artist’s body of work its own in-depth show. “ASIA: Looking
South” is intended more as a first approach to art in the region than as a traditional
artistic “inventory” and should also be seen as pointing the way to ARNDT’s
future style of work. This first presentation introduces the previously announced
change in format to my almost 20 years as a gallerist, and will be followed by
other exhibitions in Berlin, collaborations with partner galleries and temporary
international exhibition projects (pop-up shows).
A conscientious study of traditional and contemporary art of the Southeast Asian
region would undoubtedly take years, if not decades. Alone the sheer variety of
artistic styles, each rooted in its region’s history and drawing on the unfathomable
reservoir of the traditional arts, is simply overwhelming. Using an intuitive visual
language, the artists explore biographical, region-specific and historical themes,
as well as the fundamental questions of our time and of our globalised existence
– making many works accessible to open-minded Western viewers. If the
exhibition “ASIA: Looking South” manages to go further than expressing my
personal fascination for contemporary Southeast Asian art by also awakening
the interest and enthusiasm of a wider international art audience, it will have
achieved its principal aim.

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