“Phoenix Project” Unveiled in Beijing
Events include outdoor installation, document exhibition, catalogue and series of scholarly lectures…
Consisting of two 28 meter long birds pieced together from construction debris gathered at the site of the new Beijing World Financial Center and weighing 12 tons, the Phoenix Project will be on display, suspended from cranes in front of the Today Art Museum, from March 28th to April 6th, 2010. As the sun sets each night, small light emitting diodes embedded within the phoenixes will illuminate in a constellation like pattern.
In addition to the outdoor installation of Xu Bing’s phoenixes, The Today Art Museum will also host a document exhibition of sketches, reports and models providing insight into the artist’s creative process (March 28th to April 16th) and an exciting series of talks focused on the Phoenix Project (March 28th). Speakers include critically acclaimed director Jia Zhangke, renowned critic Li Tuo, President of The Central Academy of Fine Arts Pan Gongkai, poet Ouyang Jianghe, and the artist.
Organizers: Today Art Museum, Xu Bing Studio, Ravenel Art Group
Opening Reception: 4pm, 27 March, 2010
Outdoor Installation: March 28th– April 16th, 2010
Document Exhibition: March 28th – April 16th, 2010
Venue: Art Square & Building No.1, Today Art Museum
Address: Pingguo Community, No.32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Xu Bing Phoenix Academic Conference: 28 March, 2010
Venue: 2nd floor exhibition hall of building No.1
Conference 1: 10:00-13:00
The Origin and Meaning of the Phoenix
Keynote Speaker: Li Tuo
Capital and Art: Tension within Conspiracy
Keynote Speaker: Jia Zhangke
Conference 2: 14:00-17:00
Phoenix: The Intersection between Art and Reality
Keynote Speaker: Pan Gongkai
Guest Speaker: Ouyang Jianghe
Returning to the Basics of Art: Understanding the Artistic
Language of the Phoenix
Keynote Speaker: Xu Bing
Selected for his reforestation efforts in the Mt. Kenya region and Inner Mongolia through his Forest Project, Xu Bing received the award in Shanghai on March 12.
Other honorees include Li Bing Bing, Cai Hong, Yu Xiaogang, Fang Minghe, Liu Jiakun, Ren Yu, Yang Mingde, Zhao Zhong. Click HERE for an English summary.
Tools for Thought: Rebuild Haiti, Benefit Auction, Sotheby’s, New York, 15 March 2010, 7:00-9:00PM EST
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Tools for Thought: Rebuild Haiti: Contemporary artists from around the globe have been called on to donate ready-made objects for a silent auction to benefit the post-earthquake relief efforts of Partners in Health (PIH). Tickets are currently on sale for $100, with all proceeds from the auction going directly to PIH. The evening will include performances by Patti Smith and friends and cocktails by Apotheke
Xu Bing has signed and donated one of his favorite calligraphy brushes; a brush he has used to create some of the most notable works in the Square Word Calligraphy series.
Other artists who have donated ready-made objects include Steven Sebring, Dan Colen, Marilyn Minter, Cai Guo Qiang, Alex Katz, Kiki Smith, Xu Bing, Aaron Young, Terence Koh, Michael Stipe, Nate Lowman, Agathe Snow, Todd Eberle, Joe Bradley, Mickalene Thomas, Sebastiaan Bremmer, Dustin Yellin, Will Ryman, Carter, Liza Lou, Francesca diMattio, Stuart Semple, Cheryl Donegan, Andrew Cramer, Shoplifter, Todd Diciurcio, Kenzo Minami, Jeff Koons, Jeremy Kost, Robert Knoke, Scott Hug, Gordon Hull, Ohad Maiman, Gregory Christie, Alec Soth, Camilo Jose Vergara, Virginia Vergara, Alexander Norton May, Grant Singer, Hiroshi McDonald Mori, Michael Bilsborough, Alex da Corte, Ellen von Unwerth among many others.