Scottish art exhibition debuts in Shanghai
Updated: 2015-07-03

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Exhibition poster image [Photo/himalayasmuseum.org]

Showcasing artworks by artists of different generations, the exhibition emphasize the complexity of practices thriving in Scotland. Defined by originality and risk-taking, this complexity resists, subverts and transforms how art and culture are stereotypically seen, valued and understood on the international stage.

A Scottish art exhibition themed “Current: Contemporary Art from Scotland” is being held in the Shanghai Himalayas Museum from June 28 to Aug 9.

The exhibition, jointly hosted by the Shanghai Himalayas Museum and Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), University of Dundee in Britain, is an art program of the 2015 UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange. It showcases for the first time in China the distinctiveness of contemporary art made in Scotland, its grass-roots spirit and its keen debates with the social and political dimensions of art and culture.

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Le Poster Chaud, installation at Glasgow Print Studio, 2011 © Poster Club

Playing off its Chinese titl2 “不合时宜" (Untimely) and drawing upon Roland Barthes succinct aphorism “The contemporary is the untimely”, Current questions the political, social and economic discourses that contest this present moment and its apparition as culture.

Including solo exhibitions by Bruce McLean, “Poster Club” (Anne-Marie Copestake, Charlie Hammond, Tom O’Sullivan, Nicolas Party, Ciara Phillips and Michael Stumpf), Edgar Schmitz, Ross Sinclair, Lucy Skaer and Corin Sworn, Current also plans to present seminal British Artists’ Video works of the 1970s and 1980s from the REWIND research project (http://www.rewind.ac.uk/rewind/index.php/About) at DJCAD and a moving image screening program of emerging artists’ works from Scotland.

The two opening exhibitions exemplify the curatorial ethos of Current. Surplus Cameo Decor by Edgar Schmitz is a discursive process of artistic and critical dialogue, whilst Wheat, Mud, Machine illuminates the experimental and collaborative spirit of “Poster Club” which embodies the plurality and complexity of contemporary cultural practice.

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