1. Implementing The Curator System
This edition of the festival will continue with and also strengthen the curator system. There will be one General Curator and one Joint Curator. Suitable artists will be selected based on the overall theme determined the General Curator, the exhibition structure, the Joint Curator chosen by the General Curator, the topics of the exhibition that the Joint Curator is independently responsible for, and under the framework of individual topics. The goal is to ensure that the exhibition’s field of vision is complete and unlimited.
The General Curator is Chinese Art Historian Lu Peng. He has extensively researched the history of Chinese modern art and participated in the practice of new China’s new art from the 1980s on. He has a deep understanding of contemporary Chinese art, while also working on translating and researching Western art history, participating in planning different kinds of exhibitions, and collaborating with curators of international stature. As this exhibition will be held in China, he was chosen to lead it.
The Joint Curator Letizia Ragaglia has rich work experience in the field of European art and also has a very close relationship with North American colleagues, thus providing a truly global view. She has sharp critical facilities with regards to art, having once served as a judge for the Venice Golden Lion Award. She brought a small art gallery into eyes of the international art world and has excellent academic and organizational ability. Thus, for the selection and judgment of works from Western countries she will be accurate and precise, while also ensuring the integrity of academic aspects of the exhibition.
(2) Establishing the Academic Committee
考虑到展览的国际性质，展览组委会邀请了7位策展人和批评家成立了专门的学术委员会。七位成员分别是：李章旭Lee Janguk(韩国)、Heidi Ballet(德国)、申宝瑟Nathalie Boseul Shin(韩国)、何桂彦、付晓东、杜曦云、卢迎华。学术委员的主要工作是提名参展艺术家，对参展艺术家及其涉及的艺术问题写出学术报告。更为具有挑战性的是，他们要在参展的几百位艺术家中甄选出6位在艺术和学术上被本届高度认可的艺术家，同时通过展览的学术论坛进一步表达他们对当代艺术的看法。其中3位是分别来自德国和韩国的策展人，我们认为这个文化背景和知识结构有利于对参展艺术家在全球范围内的选择。
In light of the international nature of the exhibition, the Organizing Committee invited seven curators and art critics to form a specialized Academic Committee. These seven members are: Lee Janguk (South Korea), Heidi Ballet (Germany), Nathalie Boseul Shin (South Korea) He Guiyan, Fu Xiaodong, Du Xiyun, and Carol Yinghua Lu (the last four are Chinese). The main role of the Academic Committee is to nominate participating artists and write academic reports on the participants and art-related questions. More challengingly, they must select six artists out of the hundreds participating in the exhibition for special recognition, while at the same time expressing their views on contemporary art in an academic forum at the exhibition. We feel that the cultural background and intellectual thought process of the three curators who hail from South Korea and Germany will benefit the exhibition’s selection of international artists.
The seven members judging committee also is made of curators with rich experience. They have extensive work to do communicating with artists after participants have been determined and setting up the exhibition design. In fact, they also play the role of curators.
(3) Collection and Selection of Works
This edition of the festival uses both open global selection and nomination by members of the Academic Committee as means of selecting works. On one hand, the Organizing Committee will extensively advertise the exhibition in domestic and foreign media to collect a wide range of outstanding Chinese and foreign art. Artists can use the unified online application system to submit materials. Separately, the Selection Committee Members will nominate artists to participate and curators will select and confirm the participating artists from the nominees. The festival plans to exhibit around 800 works of 400 artists that cover different fields of fine art and performance media.
For this exhibition the plan for the award system is to give out six academic awards that are not differentiated by rank. The awards should be granted based on the many distinctive characteristics of contemporary art (form, materials, theme, effects) and should not be determined by mechanical criteria. The judges should make comprehensive judgments based on their artistic and academic knowledge and experience.