Chinese Contemporary Art: Consolidating Powers - Thomas J. Berghuis in Conversation with Pi Li

11 September, 2012

The Power Institute, University of Sydney and the China Studies Centre are pleased to announce an evening conversation with the curator and art historian Pi Li. Pi Li is a leading art critic, who has an extraordinary track record as an independent voice in China with great insight into the development of contemporary Chinese art. Pi Li has also acted as an important bridge builder for contemporary art exchanges between China, Europe, and Asia; working with institutions in Europe including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Tate Modern in London, as well as numerous institutions in Asia. During the past 15 years, Pi Li has made a significant contribution to the understanding of Chinese contemporary art. His work highlights the important role of the curator in consolidating the powers surrounding Chinese contemporary art within the context of a rapidly developing and expanding Chinese art and museum world.

In Sydney, Pi Li will be talking with Thomas J. Berghuis, Lecturer in Asian Art and a specialist on contemporary Chinese art, with the University of Sydney. The conversation will provide an opportunity to reflect on Pi Li’s outstanding career as an art critic, curator and art historian, whilst also critically examining the many changes that have occurred during the past 10-15 years in the development of contemporary Chinese art.

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Dr Pi Li is the Senior Curator of M, Museum of Visual Culture, which will be opened in 2017 as part of the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong. He obtained his PhD in Art Theory from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. Prior to his appointment in Hong Kong Pi Li worked as a critic, curator and lecture of contemporary Chinese art. Pi Li has worked with prominent museums and galleries in Europe, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Tate Modern in London, next to as numerous prominent institutions in China and across Asia. His writings have been published in Artforum, Flash Art, Third Text, amongst others.




Dr Thomas J. Berghuis is a lecturer in Asian Art at the Department of Art History & Film Studies; Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Asian Art & Archeology; and a Member of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Berghuis is also an international curator of contemporary art, and has written for Art & Australia, ArtAsiaPacific, Artlink, Broadsheet, positionsand Third Text. His first book, Performance Art in China, was published in 2006 with Timezone 8, Hong Kong.


Dr Pi Li is in Australia in his official capacity as Senior Curator representing M on the occasion of the opening of Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese portraiture, a dual venue exhibition showing exclusively at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney and the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.



Chinese Contemporary Art: Consolidating Powers has been generously supported by the University of Sydney China Studies Centre, and Verge Gallery.





Location: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Road, Darlington, University of Sydney

Contact:Susan Thomas

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