It Takes Four Sorts (A Cross-Strait Four-Regions Artistic Exchange Project 2012)
Osage Art Foundation has partnered with He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, Taipei Fine Arts Museum and Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macau to co-present a touring exhibition that begins in Taipei Fine Art Museum, and continue on to Macau, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The exhibition presents more than 40 artworks from 14 artists in the 4 cities.
The Cross Strait-Regions Artistic Exchange Project is a recurring exhibition based on a geographical concept. The project has comprised three touring editions over the past years. Previous project were Departure in 2008, The Butterfly Effect in 2009, and 1+1 in 2011.
‘It takes Four Sorts’ is the fourth edition of the Cross Strait-Regions Artistic Exchange Project. The exhibition features crossed regional ‘curating the self’ exchange from the curators from four regions with a shared Chinese cultural root, they displace and reattach each of their own focuses, observation and judgment of art to the selected artists and artwork in the ‘offshore’; hence the art and cultural disposition and tangle of these regions are reflected. Such occurrence is perhaps the results of the incompetence of the exhibition selection and presentation, or the preconception of the ‘stage’ itself, as if art itself is a game of crossed-signals and misinterpretation.
Each curator selected artists from one of the three other regions instead of their native region. For instance, curator from Taiwan selected artists from Hong Kong, and curator from Macao selected artists from Taiwan. In such way they displace their individual curatorial research and hence immerse their curatorial look into other regions’ peculiarities, uniqueness of this shared Chinese culture. By means of observations, ‘field work’ and impressions the four curators will advance their analysis on the current scenario and features of contemporary art practices within these four regions. Therefore it is not the only between the artist but also in the curatorial level.
This project is co-presented by He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, Osage Art Foundation in Hong Kong, Taipei Fine Arts Museum and Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macau.
The Exhibition in Hong Kong is presented by Osage Art Foundation in collaboration with Osage Gallery with the support from Hong Kong Arts Development Council.