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Art and Tradition Meet in Berlin's Asian Spirit

Eight contemporary artists exhibit at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst in Berlin

July 22nd, 2016
Ionuț-Eugen-Radu Sava, News from Berlin

Sven Drühl, Jia, Naoko Matsubara, Ônishi Hiroshi, Rhee Jae Yong, Kate-Hers Rhee, Luzia Simons and Aiko Tezuka are this summer's attraction at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst in Berlin. Their masterpieces of art were showcased in a special limited exhibition at the museum which comprises a traditional Asian art collection.

Opened in 2006, the Museum für Asiatische Kunst is one of the National Museums in Germany located in the south-western Berlin-Dahlem area. It is supported by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and, on a regular basis, displays art collections comprising of works from the south, southeast and central parts of Asia.

Hosted within the space of the permanent exhibition, the gallery entitled "Intersections: Contemporary Art and Tradition" is an analogy between East Asian traditions and art; yet art may be perceived here as translation, a way of expressing traditions and, implicitly, cultures.

"The resulting dialogues challenge ways of seeing and thinking, cast a new light on familiar objects and provide surprising insights and perspectives" say the museum officials which expect a wide range of audiences until the end of the exhibition.

The concepts brought up by means of this exhibition bring into light the effect of combining culture with communication. It has been claimed and proven scientifically that communication is the best asset one may possess in order to transmit one’s values and principles. Hence this event, inspired by traditional East Asia, pushes boundaries towards enriching imagination and cooperation, creativity and the spread of mutual understanding and inter-connectivity.

Porcelain vases, for instance, are displayed, in such a way that "subversive purpose appears behind decorative order" according to museum descriptions.

This exhibition will close for the public on the 8th of January 2017 due to its relocation to the Humboldt Forum; a forum which comprises of a large scale museum project aiming to become a world center for culture in Berlin.

In another sense, the collection is a great opportunity for Asian enthusiasts to gain an introspective and retrospective view of Asian arts in Berlin. It is an opportunity to start initiating windows of dialogue and bridges between people and between cultures.

The entrance price list ranges between 4 and 8 Euros, although Asian culture enthusiasts may be granted annual memberships to the museum.


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