A Museum That is Not

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A Museum That is Not
Curated by: Yingqian Cai, Nikita

Huang Bian Bei Road, Bai Yun Avenue North
510440 Guangzhou
September 1st, 2011 - October 30th, 2011
Opening: September 1st, 2011 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM

south eastern china
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00


Participating Artists and Contributors:

ChART Contemporary, HomeShop, Hu Xiangqian, Liu Ding, Museum of American Art in Berlin, Museum of Unknown, Wilfredo Prieto, Wu Jie, Zhang Xiangxi

Curated by: Nikita, Yingqian Cai

Opening:Sep. 11, 2011

16:30 VIP Preview;17:30 Opening & Reception

19:30-20:30 Lecture “The Unmaking of Art” by Walter Benjamin

20:30-21:45 Keynote & Discussion: The Forming Institutions

Exhibition Period: Sep. 11 to Oct. 30, 2011 10:00-18:00(Free entry, closed on Mondays except for Holidays)

Finissage: Oct. 30 , 2011

15:30-16:00 Xiangqian Museum, Performance by Hu Xiangqian

16:00-18:00 Lecture “A Museum of Museums” by Nav Haq

Guided Tour: 15:00-15:30 Every Sat. & Sun., Sep. 17 to Oct. 30, 2011

Guangdong Times Museum Times Rose Garden III, Huangbianbei Road, Baiyun Avenue, Guangzhou(Exit D, Huangbian Station, Line 2 of Guangzhou Metro)

A Museum That is Not sounds a bit like the all-too-familiar institutional critique. Albeit déjà vu as such doesn’t make much sense in this site-specific museum where the direct references are not the far away and abstract art system, but the bank next door, the shop nearby, the residential building where the museum resides and the restaurants across the street. In reality, it is simply a deferred museum, so a deferred story based on this deferred museum may be subversive. It is not even “a museum” that is not, but a performative statement about any other museums that are not and will never be. If we are to approach the museum with a sense of the unknown, then attention to empirical encounters is crucial. Pursuing this investigation in the form of an exhibition and series of events, and attempting to present these undefined motives and questions is the starting point of the reflective journey that is A Museum That is Not.