Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ai Weiwei: Art, dissidence and resistance, panel discussion at Haus der Kunst

Haus der Kunst

On the occasion of Ai Weiwei:

Art, dissidence and resistance

Panel discussion in English

Wednesday, 27 July 2011, 7 p.m.

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstrasse 1
D-80538 Munich
T +49 (0)89 21127-113
F +49 (0)89 21127-157

Opening hours
Mon­Sun 10 a.m.­8 p.m.
Thu 10 a.m.­10 p.m.

With Flora Sapio, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg,
Hou Hanru, San Francisco Art Institute,
Gao Minglu, University of Pittsburgh,
Shi Ming, Deutsche Welle TV, and
Ulrich Wilmes, Chief curator Haus der Kunst
Moderation: Okwui Enwezor, designated Director Haus der Kunst

While China's ministry of foreign affairs complains, that foreign news
lack respect for the sovereignty of the Chinese judiciary, western countries
want trials to meet the requirements of constitutional standards. Is it
possible to build a bridge that overcomes such different positions? The
will discuss the Ai Weiwei case as part of a comprehensive geopolitical
development. Is the western art system, with its demand for universal
of speech, its international protests, calls on politicians and petitions
asking for the release of defiant artists, a credible system? Did it not
into a complicity with autocratic political systems years ago? And do
such as the Sharjah Biennale, signify our silent tolerance of despotic
Ai Weiwei was released on June 22, 2011. But even so, the time might have
to rethink our political and diplomatic channels of communication.

Flora Sapio is Assistant Professor at the University Würzburg. Her focus is
Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Human Rights, and Philosophy of Law.

Hou Hanru studied art history in Beijing. He teaches at the San Francisco
Institute, curated the 10th International Istanbul Biennial in 2007 and
publishes articles in art magazines, including Flash Art International and

Gao Minglu studied art history in Beijing and Cambridge. In 1998 he curated
the first comprehensive exhibition of contemporary art in North America
("Inside/Out: New Chinese Art"), and he is a professor for art and
architectural history at the University of Pittsburgh.

Shi Ming studied law, and German literature and language in Beijing. He
initially worked as a journalist for Radio China International and since
he has been on the China editorial staff at Deutsche Welle.

Information and reservation (until 22 July) at T. +49 89 21127-113,

Kindly supported by
Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, and
Museum Villa Stuck

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