Exhibition Theme

In explaining the theme of this exhibition I am not attempting to propose a single direction in art, but rather to elucidate history and practical problems relating to art since the 1990s. As the general curator of this exhibition I am simply hoping, through my examination and personal views regarding the two sections titled "Review of Today's Historical Background" and "HISTORICODE", to provide approaches and guidelines for the exhibition judging committee and the participating artists: What are the issues in art that most concern us today? How do we regard previous "contemporary art" and historical factors that impact on contemporary art of? What are art's tasks today? As the exhibition curator I do not seek to conceal my own view, which is that for a fairly long time contemporary art has been in the situation of "testing the water" (given its difficulty in rousing positive responses and ideas and thus its apparent lack of meaning), so that people have almost lost the curiosity and passion for art that they had prior to the 1980s. It is possible that mankind has once again gone through a change of views regarding

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本展览的主题阐释并不试图提倡一个单一的艺术方向,而是对20世纪90年代以来与艺术有关的历史与现实问题的提示。总策展人仅仅是通过"审视今天的历史背景"和"HISTORICODE"两个部分的探讨和个人意见,为展览评委和希望参展艺术家提供思考的路径:什么是我们今天最关心的艺术问题?我们将如何来看待之前的"当代艺术"和涉及当代艺术的历史要素?艺术在今天的任务究竟是什么?总策展人不掩饰自己的一种观点:有相当长的一个时期,当代艺术处在"温开水"——难以让人产生积极的反应和思考以致显得缺乏意义——的境况之中,人们几乎失去了像20世纪80年代之前那样对艺术的激情和好奇心。也许,人类再一次像19世纪末20世纪初那样改变了对艺术的看法,但是,形形色色的看法是否构成了今天的当代艺术表面繁荣而实质萧条的正当性?在看上去经济力量决定一切的全球化时代,艺术的"丰富性"是否也掩盖了"精神性"的缺失?或者我们今天在讨论艺术的时候不必使用"精神性"这样的词汇?更不用说去讨论从文艺复兴时期以来就支撑着人类文明的人文主义以及知识传统的命运?HISTORICODE关涉价值取向与目标,是人类继续存在与发展的理由,使用经济学术语"萧条"和"供给"不过是希望将存在的问题和如何去面对这些问题提示出来。总之,如下的文字是有关本次展览主题的开放性阐释,可以概括为:如果历史的创造仍然是我们的任务,甄别与分析人类面临的当代问题并挖掘富于建设性的可能性是本次展览希望提示的艺术动机和主题。

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