OPENING APRIL 24
EXHIBITION APRIL 25 – JUNE 12
PRESS PLAY: New Perspectives in Contemporary Chinese Art, The dslcollection at MOMENTUM | Berlin
Featuring works by: Cao Fei, Chen Chieh Jen, Liang Juhui, Zhang Peili, Cui Xiuwen, Jiang Zhi
“A collection cannot survive in isolation. It needs to be heard, to be seen and most importantly, to be experienced.” (Sylvain Levy)
PRESS PLAY: New Perspectives in Contemporary Chinese Art brings six outstanding video works from the dslcollection to MOMENTUM | Berlin. Framed around the 3D exhibition curated by Martina Koppel Yang, MOMENTUM shows the video works featured in dslollection’s virtual museum. While the 3D film contextualizes these works within the broader framework of the dslcollection and the development of Chinese contemporary art, MOMENTUM enables the experience of direct contact between the viewer and the artwork. PRESS PLAY: New Perspectives in Contemporary Chinese Art explores the balance between our experience of an artwork and the mediated document of that artwork. Presenting an innovative model of exhibition practice with a 3-dimensional immersive experience of a virtual museum, alongside the video works themselves, PRESS PLAY highlights the integral role of time in the experience of art. We need to give any artwork time to see it in all its complexity, to understand it on both a mental and emotional level. This is especially true in the case of time-based media, such as video art. As a collection needs to be heard, to be seen, and to be experienced in order to acquire meaning, the 3D film acts as a contextualising counterpoint to the works themselves, allowing them to be understood within the broader framework of the dslcollection.
In joining forces with the dslcollection, MOMENTUM is proud to collaborate with a cutting edge collection, at the forefront of contemporary Chinese art and of utilizing new technologies in exhibition practice. The dslcollection, positioned as a virtual museum, is open to the public by way of innovative digital media and collaborative practices. Started in 2005 by Sylvain and Dominique Levy, the dslcollection focuses on the best of contemporary Chinese art. Including a broad array of artistic practices and media, the principles linking the Collection as a whole are quality, communication and coherence, and a direct address to issues confronting contemporary Chinese culture. With a mission to show art outside the traditional white cube of the gallery space, and to bring the Collection to a broad audience irrespective of national and institutional borders, the dslcollection is available as a resource online, and hosts online exhibitions of curated works from the Collection. Sharing the experience of Chinese contemporary art online as well as in traveling exhibitions, the dslcollection also supports Chinese contemporary visual culture through its cinema with DSL CineMag.