Hans Ulrich Obrist Looks Into Chinese Future

Chinese edition of ‘The Future Will Be…’ edited by New Hans Ulrich Obrist to coincide with ART HK 12

Internationally celebrated curator Hans Ulrich Obrist is often asked about the future of art. His answer is always that we have to listen to artists. Since 2005, Obrist has expanded this narrative to ask not only artists but also writers, architects, mathematicians, scientists, poets, photographers, designers, novelists, professors, lawyers, actors, and philosophers to complete the sentence, ‘The future will be…’, resulting in a range of different readings on what lies ahead. The first in a series of publications, the China Edition of The future will be… is a collection of answers to Obrist’s question from protagonists working in China, and encourages readers to delve into the futuristic imaginings of a profoundly complex society.

Co-published by the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli and the Ullens Contemporary Center of Art, this bi-lingual publication will be launched during ART HK 12 in May at the Asia Society in Hong Kong.

The China Edition of The future will be… began in Turin in 2010, when the Pinacoteca Agnelli, as part of its programme of exhibiting private collections, invited the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo to exhibit its collection of contemporary Chinese art by hosting the fourth iteration of China Power Station. Initially organised by the Serpentine Gallery in London in 2006, China Power Station was curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Director of the Serpentine Gallery in London, and Gunnar B. Kvaran, Director of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo.

As part of the public programme accompanying the show, Ginevra Elkann, today the President of the Pinacoteca Agnelli, and Hans Ulrich Obrist invited a new generation of Chinese artists to Turin for a marathon talk on the future of China produced with Philip Tinari, now Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art.

The resulting publication includes contributions from:

A Yi, Nadim Abbas, Ai Weiwei, Daniel A. Bell, Cai Guo-Qiang, Cao Fei, Yung Ho Chang, Chen Jiaying, Chen Man, Chen Wei, Chen Xiaoyun, Chen Zhou, Cheng Ran, Cheng Wenhao, Chi Huisheng, Heman Chong, Chu Yun, Ding Yi, Duan Jianyu, Fang Lu, Gao Lei, Gao Weigang, Ge Lei, Frank Gehry, Gu Dexin, Guan Xiao, Guo Hongwei, Zaha Hadid, He An, He Xiangyu, Hu Xiaoyuan, Huang Yong Ping, Huang Ran, Huang Ruo, Hung Huang, Ji Weiyu, Yun-Fei Ji, Jia Zhangke, Jiang Zhi, Jiang Pengyi, Jin Shan, Scott Lash, Leung Chi Wo, Li Hongqi, Li Qing, Li Ming, Liang Yuanwei, Liang Yue, Liu Chuang, Liu Xiaodong, Liu Wei, Liu Cixin, Lu Xinghua, Lu Yang, Lu Zhengyuan, Ma Yongfeng, Masha Ma, Ma Qiusha, Ma Yansong, Ingo Niermann, Pak Sheung Chuen, Ernst Pöppel, Qiu Anxiong, Qiu Xiaofei,

Lucy Raven, Dimitar Sasselov, Thomas Shao, Shi Wanwan, Timur Si-Qin, Song Kun, Song Tao, Song Dong, Sun Xun, Sun Jiabo, Tsang Kin-Wah, Frederic Tuten, Not Vital, Wang Wei, Wang Guangle, Wang Guangyi, Wang Hui, Wang Jianwei, Wang Mai, Wang Shu, Wang Sishun, Wang Yuyang, Wen Ling, Wong Wai Yin, Imagine Wong, Xu Tan, Xu Zhen, Xu Qu, Xue Tao, Yan Jun, Yan Lei, Yan Lianke, Yan Xing, Yang Xinguang, Yang Fudong, Yang Zhenzhong, Yin Xiuzhen, Yu Hong, Yu Youhan, Zha Zheng, Zhang Enli, Zhang Ding, Zafka Zhang, Zhang Da, Zhao Zhao, Zheng Guogu, Zhou Zixi, Zhou Tao, Zhou Yunpeng, Zhu Pei, and Zuoxiao Zuzhou.

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